Family Portraits tips Fox 5 DC

I have a confession,  I made an appearance  to discuss Family Portraits tips Fox 5 DC this past Saturday morning and I have just now watched the video. Two days later.  For some reason I was really nervous about watching this.  It was such a blur and I felt like I just stumbled my way through it.  After many people confirmed that I didn’t look like a complete idiot, I got up the nerve to watch it this morning.  So of course, when I look at it, I see areas where I could have improved, but it wasn’t as horrible as I thought it was.  Whew!

To see the clip you can go to this link: DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Many people have asked how I was chosen to go on the show and what it was like.  Well, I was chosen because I pitched the segment idea to Annie Yu, one of the their on air personalities.  I did a cover photoshoot with her and her sweet, adorable daughter for Washington Parent magazine back in April for their May issue.  (You can see that segment and read about it on this post.  WASHINGTON PARENT SEGMENT.)  Annie is just as sweet and personable as you would expect if you watch her on the morning program.  We have kept in touch over the past few months and when I got the idea I just sent her an e-mail and asked her what she thought.  It wasn’t a big PR push or anything like that.  I sent a message to a friend and she liked the idea and pitched it to her boss.  Pretty simple.

The producer called me on Monday and booked me for the Saturday slot.  They asked me to come up with some talking points and provide some images.  That was about it.  I didn’t hear from them until Friday to ask about directions, submit my images and  ask any final questions.

So Saturday morning we got up EARLY and started to head downtown at 6:45 to make our 7:30 call time.  Once we found our way to the security guard and were escorted in the building we were asked to wait in the greenroom until we were called into the studio.  So we waited.

A disclaimer, all these images were taken with my cel phone.  I didn’t want to deal with my “real” camera so my husband was my photographer for the morning using the best camera for the job.  The one we had with us.

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A little selfie before I got called onto the set.

A few minutes later we were escorted into the studio and told to get ready.  I put my stuff down, introduced my family to Annie and Wisdom Martin, sat in my seat, had my mic put on and we were off.  The last thing I remember being told is, “Don’t look at the camera, we are here to just have a conversation. It is going to be great.”   Luckily the segment started with the weather and I was in my spot but off camera.  That gave me a few minutes to look around, take a big breath and just relax. weather

Two seconds to air!

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And we were off.  This image was taken of the monitor during the segment.  You can see my daughter on the far left watching me.


Wisdom Martin is a smart man.  As soon as he saw Sydney he knew that the cute little girl in the pretty dress had to come on camera.  She picked out her own outfit that morning and I was so glad to be able to share my airtime with her.

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We took this after the segment was over and I could breathe a sigh of relief.


A few observations from that morning.  There were no camera operators at the cameras.  All the cameras are remote controlled and move around on their own.  I assume that there was a person in a control booth somewhere in control of them.

TV anchors must be experts at multitasking.  Not only do they have monitors in their ears, they have teleprompters, laptops, nooks and iphones all right there in front of them.   They have to be quick on their feet, great conversationalists and do all of this with a smile.   Wisdom and Annie couldn’t have been nicer and more accommodating to me and my family and for that I am thankful.  Of course there are things that I wish I could have done differently but it was a great experience and I would love to go back again some time and talk about how people can capture their family memories in beautiful images.

If you want more information about the topics we discussed here are some great resources:

What to Wear:

Here is my pinterest board that gives some great examples.  DHP Pinterest

Here is a link to the What to Wear posts on my blog.  These give you a great idea of some things you can use to put together a cohesive look.  WHAT to WEAR Ideas

Locations and Permits

My friend Kat has done an incredible amount of research about what areas need permits and how to get those permits.  I have her permission to share that link here.  Thanks KAT!  Location Permit Resource

Lastly, If you still haven’t booked your Fall family portrait, What are you waiting for????  Slots on weekends are very limited at this point and weekdays are filling up quickly.  I would love to hear from you!!!


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