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School Photo Series 5

Every few days, I’m going to share a reason school photos so often end up disappointing kids and parents alike.

Want to add to the list? Show me examples by posting on my facebook page or post to instagram and tag me in comments! @ekate_photography

Reason 5 – Terrible Backgrounds/Lighting/Editing.


Have you ever seen the school photos that have the fake outdoor background? Maybe it was obviously a flat picture of a three dimensional object? Maybe the scene was outdoor but the floor was indoor school carpet or tile? Whatever the telltale signs were, those outdoor backdrops have to be used correctly and lit correctly to work well.

I’ve also seen those “wonderful” school photos that are over edited to the point of skin looking so blurry it seems to be glowing. It almost seems like some companies use an all or nothing approach to editing/retouching. Some of the photos I’ve seen are worse than celebrity selfies when it comes to bad and obvious retouching!

Is your child’s artificial looking school picture leaving you disappointed? eKate Photography’s School Picture Makeup Day is the solution! November 4th from 12pm-2pm in the eKate studio.

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Fall Mini Session time!

I know multiple people have been waiting patiently for this – Fall minis this year will be October 28th and 29th!

Not sure you want to commit to a full session? Don’t think your kids will last through a full session? This is the perfect option for you. Even though the session itself is only 20 minutes, you will have a private proof viewing appointment in studio with a custom slideshow of images.

This year, we are planning both days outdoors. $50 retainer will hold your session. You’ll then have the option to choose your day and time slot. SATURDAY OCTOBER 28th will be at Van Dyck Park in Fairfax. SUNDAY OCTOBER 29th will be at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park in Chantilly. With minis, we always try to keep the appointment times and locations outdoors. If it is absolutely not possible because of high wind or heavy rain, you will have the option to either move indoors at the eKate Photography studio, or use our backup date of November 5th.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. If you are ready to reserve your session, contact us using the form below!

Appointments are very limited and are reserved only after a contract is signed and retainer is received.


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School Picture Make Up Day

Who has had a bad school picture? Or, maybe I should ask who HASN’T had a bad school picture?

If any of these sound familiar, come by the studio for school picture make up day! Did you know you don’t HAVE to buy school pictures? Many schools get no benefit for your order. But what about all those prints of your child?! The only reason the big companies print all of those and send them home is exactly because you will be guilted into buying them!

On November 4th, we’ll be at the eKate studio from 12pm-2pm where you can drop in to get photos you REALLY want to give out to family. Only pay for what you want to print, and we have different print packages available similar to what is offered in school.

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Santa Sessions!

Do you HATE waiting in line at the mall every year? I know the feeling. My kids even get sick of it and ask why we are waiting in a ridiculous line to see Santa, because they are hungry/tired/bored/screaming/etc.

Now you don’t have to wait in that line! For $15, you can reserve a spot on December 2nd. Bring your kiddos and have milk and cookies, do a seasonal craft, and get photos with a natural-beard Santa!

Here is how it will work: Once you sign up for a time slot (2pm, 3pm, 4pm) and pay the $15, you’re in. On December 2, you’ll show up at your appointment time along with four other families, and check in. That’s the longest you could possibly be waiting in line – behind four other families. Each of the five families signed up during that hour are guaranteed to get photos during that hour. There’s no rushing (we have other families, so you can’t hang with Santa forever, but you will get to chat with him!), and kids will have activities and snacks while they wait!

Once you get your photos taken, you will see them right away and decide which ones you’d like as prints or image files. ONLY PAY FOR WHAT YOU WANT TO KEEP! Reserve your space now:

Along with prints, we will have holiday cards, ornaments, and MORE!

Drop in space will be dependent upon availability AFTER reserved slots are filled. If you don’t want to risk it, sign up now!

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Summer Mini Session Announcement

Fairfax Mini Session

We have been looking at our calendar, trying to decide when to fit in spring mini sessions. Thanks to our wonderful clients, We don’t have many (or any!) open weekends. We are moving mini sessions to June 3 and 4 this year and calling them, “Hello Summer” minis. This is the perfect chance to “test the waters” of professional photography for your family. While not a full session, you will have a private proof viewing appointment with a custom slideshow of images.

As usual, some times will be indoors at the eKate Photography studio and some times will be outdoors. $50 retainer will hold your session, and as we get closer and the weather forecast comes out, we will decide which time slots are indoor and which are outdoor. You’ll then have the option to choose your day and time slot. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. If you are ready to reserve your session (you smart person, you), contact us using the form below!

Appointments are very limited and are reserved only after a contract is signed and retainer is received.

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Who I Am Project – Model Call


Do you remember that awkward stage before you’d come into your own? Not quite child but not a teenager? Could you have used a confidence boost and a celebration of who you are with no pressure to be anything else?

Babies are so cute, new, and chubby, and everyone wants photos of them. Toddlers have those big, bright eyes do hilarious things all the time as they are learning how to basically be a human. Elementary age kids get lots of attention at first, but those tween ages are often forgotten. At ages 10-12, kids aren’t children anymore but aren’t quite teens. There is so much pressure put on kids as they get older that they may change completely, right before your eyes.

I’m making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. The goal is to help tweens look and feel awesome and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit middle school.

In comes the “Who I Am” project!

We are starting the “Who I Am” photography project to fill in the forgotten photo years while enriching the lives of pre-teens. The main goal is to make pre-teens look and feel beautiful and in the years when everything feels wrong or awkward, we want them to be confident in who they are.

Who we’re looking for:

We are looking for female OR male models for our photography project, ages 10-12. We will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create a meaningful piece of art.

Why “Who I am”?

We want to capture the the personality of these tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young adults. We want them to each realize their own true beauty and identity so that they are confident in themselves before they start middle school. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your tween’s self-image!

How to participate or nominate a friend:

Please e-mail us by Friday, January 20thEXTENDED TO JANUARY 27TH! if you are interested in having your child participate in this project, or if you would like to nominate a friend or family member who you think would be perfect for this. Please nominate people you believe would enjoy the boutique experience we provide. The in-studio session itself is complimentary and includes $50 in product credit (a total $245 value). Our goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your child’s spirit and soul! Many people like to use these photos as birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and “just because” gifts for their son/daughter. NO PURCHASE REQUIRED.

If you DO choose to purchase additional items, our portrait collections start at $1,085, or the minimum a la carte purchase is $300 (if you choose to spend more than the included print credit).

After you email us, we will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your child.

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The promo video is here!

Hello and happy 2017, everyone!

As mentioned before on Facebook, eKate Photography had the opportunity to film a quick little promo video.

You can check it out HERE!

(Also, if you have used eKate Photography services before, please feel free to review us on Yelp!). Thanks!

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Drop in Saturday!

Do you just need a few images for a holiday card? Are you not sure you’re ready to jump into a full professional photography session? Do you want holiday themed prints, or better yet, magnets of your kids to pass out to family at Thanksgiving?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I have your solution! Stop by my studio between 9:30am and 1:30pm or 5:45-6:45pm this Saturday to take advantage of my winter/holiday themed setup. NO SESSION FEE! Just drop in and we are ready to go! You’ll get a few shots, see the proofs right away, and be able to purchase prints, holiday cards, or image files right then and there (cards/prints will be available for pickup on another date).

Sample prices:

Single 5×7 image file – $20

Set of 25 double sided cards with envelopes – $55

Magnets – $8

No appointment is necessary, but please call or email if you have questions!

571-408-9223 – – 10370A Democracy Lane Fairfax ekl-fox-26

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2014 Mini Sessions with eKate photography

Just announced!  Mini sessions are available on August 24th for one day only!

Contact me ASAP to reserve your time slot and book your session.  This is a great opportunity for family pictures before going back to school.  If you have thought about booking a full portrait session, but aren’t sure about the experience or have other doubts, this is a great way to test the waters.  I don’t do mini sessions often, so take advantage of them while you can!

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Shoot me an email that includes which package you’d like, and I’ll get back to you with all of the information on booking!  A few prime slots will be filled by the end of today,

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