Parent Photography Class and Spring Mini Sessions in DC

Grace Olivia was born July 12, 2011 at 7:29am. I remember that moment with the most intricate detail. My husband’s face was framed by a bright orange otterbox, my parents holding my hands standing behind my head, and the most beautiful cry I heard. Grace was born while my husband Steven was deployed and we were not reunited until she was nearing her 6th month. So to say capturing every moment was important would clearly be an understatement. I wanted to capture every moment for him as if he didn’t miss a moment. So this is when I became passionate about capturing the momentous, ordinary, and crazy moments of our life. Since then, I’ve been able to look back at those precious moments when I feel like the past four years have been a blur. Especially through my sleep deprived and fuzzy baby brain. We all know what that is like!

Since teaching workshops, mentoring session, and capturing special moments for couples/families, I’ve come across a common theme… people want to be able to capture ordinary moments of their life, not just with their iPhone, but with their DSLR.

So let’s learn to take the DSLR off of Auto, get past those blurry and bright yellow/orange photos, and learn to use your DSLR to its highest potential.

Requirements:

DSLR

Lenses (If you’re shopping for a new lens, I recommend the 50mm fixed lens)

Available classes with take place in Capitol Hill on Saturday March 28th 2015 at 10am and Sunday April 19th at 3:30pm. This class is available to anyone who owns a DSLR. If you’re considering a DSLR and have not yet made the purchase, feel free to email me at sonya@sonyaruthphotography.com and I can send some recommendations.

FAQ:

Are you allowed to bring children to the class? Yes and No. I don’t recommend bringing them to the first part of the class unless they are the sleepy newborn kind. However, feel free to meet up with your children at the part that will take place in Lincoln Park!

How many spaces are available per class? 12 spots

What if your photos still come out blurry, out of focus, and yellow after the class? You can email me to figure out what you could be doing wrong.

What if I am unable to make it? There is no refund but you can transfer it to another date or sell your seat!

If you have anymore questions, please feel free to email me at sonya@sonyaruthphotography.com

Purchase your seat here: http://sonyaruthphotography.bigcartel.com/

 

Here is a video of images and movie clips from the past 3.5 years! Enjoy!!

(Thank you to Rachel Fitzgerald, Hillary Wright, Jessica McAndrews, Amber Rhodes, and Kelsey Kuns for capturing us as a family when I couldn’t!)

 

I also am offering 3 additional days for Spring Mini Sessions! The other days filled up fast, so hurry and book your spots! I added in Monday April 6th, Sunday April 12th, and Saturday April 18th!

Purchase your session here http://sonyaruthphotography.bigcartel.com

 

What was your favorite memory from this past year? Life is so short and time goes by so fast. It all ends up blurring together. Which is why I’m so passionate about capturing all the sweet and precious memories! I think about how the messy peanut butter hands, toys everywhere, and the need for constant cuddles will soon be part of my fondest memories.

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  • Ashley ReavesMarch 22, 2015 - 9:57 pm

    mu favorite memory from this last year isn’t husband playing with all 3 of our children, wrestling and giggling all over the living room floor! ReplyCancel

  • Tory PuglieseMarch 21, 2015 - 10:17 pm

    My favorite memory from this last year was graduating from college. What made it especially special was having my boyfriend travel all the way from Ft. Rucker Alabama (at 3AM) to surprise me on my special day.ReplyCancel

  • Michele MeaseMarch 21, 2015 - 5:23 pm

    Watching my husband take Command of his Recruiting Station and celebrating our 18th anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • Erin MeehanMarch 21, 2015 - 3:47 pm

    If I had to pick my favorite memory this year it would have been seeing my great grandparents in North Dakota. They are having their 75th anniversary this Sept. They are 94 and 96. I love them dearly.ReplyCancel

  • Narla BreithauptMarch 21, 2015 - 3:06 pm

    My favorite memory of this past year was taking my dementia client to visit his homeplace. His eyes lit up as his memories came alive again.ReplyCancel

  • Victoria Campbell BrownMarch 21, 2015 - 3:02 pm

    My favorite memory was when my husband and I received free VIP tickets to see Little big town! Being a military family we don’t get many date nights and we both work 40+ hours a week. We got a babysitter and enjoyed a night of laughter, beer and great music! It was so wonderful to get that one time last year to remember why we fell in love with each other and get a little break from everyday life for a few hours.ReplyCancel

  • KallieMarch 21, 2015 - 12:22 pm

    this year has been a whirlwind. We had our second baby while husband was deployed and when he got home we moved west coast to east coast. My favorite memory was being together. The moments as a family of four are the best.ReplyCancel

  • Katelyn rupertoMarch 21, 2015 - 11:10 am

    My favorite memory of this past year is welcoming our second little boy into this world and seeing the bond between his older brother and him (20 months apart). Pure joy watching them play together.ReplyCancel

  • Aileen BraeseMarch 21, 2015 - 10:56 am

    My favorite memory from this past year would have to be when my daughter met her little brother. Seeing my two beautiful children together for the first time and realizing how absolutely blessed my husband and I are. Seeing the love she had for her brother, the second she laid eyes on him was magical. The 4 of us being together as a complete family was so amazing, and it just gets better every day.ReplyCancel

  • Angelica BarssMarch 21, 2015 - 10:55 am

    My favorite memory of this year was finding out that our second child is going to be a boy. He’s due any day now!ReplyCancel

  • Anna CejkaMarch 21, 2015 - 8:49 am

    its hard to chose a favorite memory from last year. I had an amazing last year! I was pregnant with our second baby girl and we as a family made a ton of memories in our last year in Florida. I think my absolute favorite, if I had to pick, was our first vacation as a family of four before we moved back to the DC area. It was a quick weekend away to Sanibel, Florida and it was amazing.bee had so much fun and it was a blast watching my 2 year old and my (then) 2 month old on the beach with their daddy. DC is home, we grew up here, but our time in Florida captured our hearts and we can’t wait to move back someday.ReplyCancel

  • ️️Jami TafollaMarch 20, 2015 - 12:47 pm

    my favorite memory of the past year is the day
    My oldest graduated from College. A long 4 years for
    Him and hard earned. So proud to watch him
    Walk across that stage at VMI!ReplyCancel

  • Shayna GravesMarch 20, 2015 - 12:45 pm

    My favorite memory would be when my husband was on leave and the moment I saw him in the airport, he picked me up and spun me around. Oh what joy was rushing through our hearts that day.ReplyCancel

  • Doris RossMarch 19, 2015 - 12:35 pm

    favorite memory of the past year: answering my phone at a swim meet (I’m a coach) and hearing “hi mom”, my son was on US soil after a 9 month deployment! Pure joy. I cried.ReplyCancel

  • Meagan RossMarch 19, 2015 - 11:17 am

    My favorite memory of this year is the day my husband returned home from his 3rd tour in Afghanistan – Nov 1! But if we’re talking 2015 – my favorite moment would be… NOW. we’re mid move to our next duty station- living in a hotel with a toddler and four animals – and life is a beautiful, chaotic, blissful mess – and I love it!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley StellMarch 19, 2015 - 10:58 am

    A favorite memory from this last year was after awful life changing miscarriage and deployment, waking my husband up the morning of November 10 and showing him one of the greatest gifts God could have given us. WE WERE PREGNANT! We both cried as we looked at the two tests I had silently taken alone while he was sleeping. He embraced me, and I cried some more. Now 22 weeks later we are over halfway through this beautiful pregnancy and we are so anxious to meet our little man in July!ReplyCancel

  • DominiqueMarch 18, 2015 - 5:52 pm

    My favorite memory from last year was returning from my deployment and seeing the excited faces of my 4 year old and 1 year old. I had been notified 4 days before having to leave and was still nursing my Lil one so it was a hard deployment. It made me even more grateful for my wonderful husband and my beautiful children!ReplyCancel

  • Candice AriasMarch 18, 2015 - 5:25 pm

    My favorite memory of this last year was when my boyfriend graduated basic trainingReplyCancel

  • Lindsay CarrascoMarch 18, 2015 - 5:21 pm

    My favorite memory was throwing my husband a surprise party. He was shocked and so happy and it made me so happy to see that.ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa LieboldMarch 18, 2015 - 4:31 pm

    My favorite memory from this past year was how excited my kids (and I) were when they saw fireflies for the first time. We were in the backyard of the home we purchased in Maryland. We saw a little flicker of greenish-yellow light. There were suddenly more and more, my kids and I ran around the backyard giggling while trying to catch the lights. It was a truly magical moment.ReplyCancel

  • Shae AckersonMarch 18, 2015 - 4:23 pm

    Wow…just one memory?? I would have to say it was exploring the Coast of Wales with my husband on our 2nd Anniversary while stationed in England. We had a plan to start at the bottom of Wales and end up in Snowdonia…we unfortunately didn’t stick too that plan because we love getting lost with each other. We did get lost, but it helped us find out so much more about each other that we love! Each day for us is an adventure and getting lost in Wales we found an abandoned church that still had the sarcophogus’ of the family for which the church was named. We found beautiful stone ruins in the middle of, of all things, a field of sheep. Exploring the world with my soldier is the best part of my world.ReplyCancel

  • ShelbyMarch 18, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    My favorite memory from last year was marrying my husband on September 5th 🙂 we had pictures done together then and I’d love to get some more done soon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • MelissaMarch 18, 2015 - 11:52 am

    Picking one was tough but my favorite memory has to be marrying my best friend on 03.09.14.ReplyCancel

  • Christina SpenceMarch 18, 2015 - 11:23 am

    My favorite memory of last year was when my husband and I drove 13 hours to Missouri to surprise his parents. It was our first big trip together and it was beautiful. He hasn’t been home for the holidays since he enlisted so it was a huge deal! Everyone was so surprised! But then I got the best surprise ever. That’s also when we got engaged in Christmas morning. Double the blessing! Now we are happily married!ReplyCancel

  • DiannMarch 18, 2015 - 10:57 am

    My favorite memory this past year was the moment my 3yr old held his newborn brother. Seeing those two together with my husband melted my heart. Big brother was protective from the very begining ♡ the most amazing blessing is having my two sons and my husband- wouldnt trade them for anything in the world.ReplyCancel

  • Robyn MorrisonMarch 18, 2015 - 10:03 am

    My favorite moment of the last year was my son telling me that he had his first “girlfriend.” It brought back so many memories of my first “boyfriend” and I loved the moments that followed sharing my story with him. It was a beautiful moment when he looked at me like I wasn’t just his mom but his friend. I later that day messaged him, the boy who ultimately broke my heart or so I thought at the time, to thank him for giving me a story to share with my children.ReplyCancel

  • Diana TungMarch 17, 2015 - 9:38 pm

    My favorite memory from the past year –when my nephew called me “Auntie” for the first time!ReplyCancel

  • Megan HensleyMarch 17, 2015 - 9:42 am

    My favorite memory from last year was on New Years Eve when my entire family was intown and in the same house for the first time in 7 years!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny ReidMarch 17, 2015 - 7:38 am

    Picking just one memory is hard!! But one memory I hope I never forget was just a special time that I had with our youngest who is 16 months. It was just a special time of tickling him and hearing his great big belly laugh. I hope I never forget those sweet moments!!ReplyCancel

  • Britney CangemiMarch 16, 2015 - 11:57 pm

    my favorite memory of the past year was this summer when my husband returned from a 9 month deployment. He had not seen our baby since she was 5 months old being 14 months when he came back. It was the best moment every to be able to run down those stands, find him and share a huge family hug. The moment was priceless and so precious!ReplyCancel

  • EmmaMarch 16, 2015 - 10:53 pm

    My favorite memory from this year was surprising my grandfather. He had just come home from the hospital and he didn’t know I came home for grad school to see him. He was so surprised that he got teary eyed. It was so sweet. Definitely worth the crazy long car ride to see his joy!ReplyCancel

  • Kandace Cobbinah-SmithMarch 16, 2015 - 10:38 pm

    my favorite memory from this past year would have to be the birth of my 2nd son and that fact that my husband got to be there before he deployed! I’m so blessed in life with two amazing boys and an absolutely amazing husband!ReplyCancel

  • Damara JenningsMarch 16, 2015 - 10:27 pm

    My favorite memory from the past year is witnessing the joy my daughter felt when she read her first book by herself. No greater feeling than that a smile on your child’s face brings!ReplyCancel

  • Kayla SchadeggMarch 16, 2015 - 10:03 pm

    My favorite memory from the last year was finally getting to walk down the aisle and marry my best friend! After spending 2 1/2 years living 1,200 miles apart, we got married on March 25, 2014 (our one-year anniversary is next week!!) in a tiny little chapel in Annapolis. Then we got to do it all over again in front of our family and friends in July. I’m so lucky to finally be able to be this amazing man’s wife and our wedding day was beyond anything I had ever dreamed of.ReplyCancel

  • MauraMarch 16, 2015 - 9:45 pm

    My favorite memory of the last year has to be the vacation we took to Bermuda as a family last summer. It was just the four of us, and so relaxing. My kids had a great time, my husband and I had a great time. It was so special.ReplyCancel

  • Eliza GentileMarch 16, 2015 - 9:43 pm

    My favorite memory from the past year was speaking at my college graduation. My husband watched it via livestream from Afghanistan which made it that much more meaningful!ReplyCancel

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