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Your Authentic Love Story: A special promotion for Washington DC Families


What? I’m giving away ONE “Authentic Love Story” session – the full one-hour session plus one matted 8×12 print.
How? Read the blog post below to understand what this session is all about. If you’re down to enter the giveaway, you need to complete BOTH of these TWO steps. STEP ONE: leave a comment on this blog post telling me something about how you show your partner love nowadays. STEP TWO: post the same comment to the “How Does Your Love Look” post on my Facebook Biz page.
Then what? On Valentine’s Day, February 14th, I’ll announce the winner on Facebook and via email if you’ve left me an email address in your blog post comment.

Fine print: This giveaway session must take place within a 30-minute drive of Red Turtle Photography’s location near Takoma DC, between 2/14 and 3/30/2018. 


February is almost here… in a few days you’ll remember Valentines Day is coming, and think… dammit, what should I do this year?

I know you love your spouse. More now than you did back in the day when V-Day got planned weeks in advance. When flowers, date nights, and romance came fast and easy and hot.

It’s a little different now.

You’ve been through a lot together. As the old war vets say in the movies, “I’ve seen some shit, man….”

Documentary Newborn Photo Session in Brookland

And you mean that literally. You’ve seen each other with baby poo on your hands (best case scenario here). You’ve seen each other exhausted, broken, and maybe even a little mean. You’ve seen each other kiss boo-boos and change pee sheets and have the most ridiculous arguments with indefatigable preschoolers. You’ve argued over who forgot to RSVP to a trampoline park party.

Newborn Documentary in Chevy Chase

You’ve been to hospitals together.

You’ve been to banks together.

You’ve seen your friends wed, and divorce.

You’ve sat in those tiny, kid-sized chairs and listened to a teacher tell you stuff about your kid.

Silver Spring family documentary photography

You’re happy now to ride bikes with children together, excited to find out the splash park is staying open an extra week in September. You’re not entirely put off by Chip and Joanna renovating yet another Waco fixer-upper.

Those people who embraced and winked at the camera in engagement photos a few/lot years back… what did they even know about loving the way you love now?

April 2017-21


And you know as well as I do that the pictures of love out there, outside the warm walls of the home you’ve made together, look so different. They are so well groomed and fit; their rooms are so clean and their kids leave their clothing on. They make it out the door for date night and babysitters never cancel. Their vacations don’t end with a huge sigh of relief to be home. When they kiss, there is no one crying in the background. No one tells them knock knock jokes till they want to scream. They give each fine jewelry that never gets yanked off her neck by the sticky hand of an overly affectionate toddler.

And we know it’s not real. What we have is real. And it’s messy, and it’s funny (except when it’s not, and then it’s Really Not), and it’s exasperating and it demands so much more of us than we thought it would when we started out.

May 2017-18

So I’ve got something for you that marches right past the fluff and head first into what authentic love looks like, your love, your life, this thing you’ve built with your blood, sweat, tears and laughter.

Between now and Feb 14 you can schedule a 1-hr Authentic Love Story session for just $200. These sessions are documentary style, you two together in the midst of your real life. And while I take a lot of photos of how your love shows up in your family, I’m also going to make sure to get the two of you together.

Your Authentic Love Story can be scheduled anytime through the end of March, you just need to book and pay the session fee by 2/14. If you book it by 2/10 I can mail you a great little card to gift to your sweetie.

And you’ll get an 8×12 fine art print, professionally matted and ready to frame (artist’s choice),  to capture the authentic love you’re celebrating.

(No digitals are included in this session fee)

Afterwards you’ll have the opportunity to purchase what you love in the form of digital files, a la carte products or collections, as you please.

View the 2018 Client Guide for details on collections and a la carte products here. 

Sessions are for immediate family only, and are documentary in nature (unposed, meant to capture real life). Sessions must be paid for by 2/14 and scheduled by 5/30/18. 

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  • February 9, 2018 - 11:08 pm

    Lisa Kays - My husband makes dinner a lot and has become the de facto laundry carrier. We have lots of stairs. He also makes coffee for us on many mornings and usually makes breakfast for our son. It’s so sexy.ReplyCancel

    • February 11, 2018 - 9:59 am - As the “coffee making for us both” spouse in my marriage, I can assure you it’s an act of love. 😉ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2018 - 9:44 am

    Laura Delaney - What you need to know first is that I’m not a morning person & I’ve never been a morning person. I’m loving my husband Lee, in the midst of parenting twin daughters, by helping him make his breakfast and lunch in the early mornings. It’s quiet time before the kids get up and we can actually talk to one another. We’re nourishing body and soul.ReplyCancel

    • February 11, 2018 - 9:58 am - Love this! It’s so true that you need these times of connection, and the reality is that they often happen in the midst of really routine tasks. I empathize with not being a morning person – or at least I’m not until an entire cup of coffee is circulating in my bloodstream! Getting up early to help *and* connect is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2018 - 12:41 pm

    Emily Glodzik - I show my husband love by washing the dishes every time he cooks our family an amazing dinner, and doing my best to do so by the end of that night so I don’t leave dirty dishes until the next day! Also, we trade off weekend mornings with my daughter so that the other can sleep in past her 6am wake up call, and on his mornings to sleep in, I entertain/cajole/distract our energetic toddler so she doesn’t wake him up early.ReplyCancel

    • February 12, 2018 - 2:32 pm - Trading sleeping in! A truly great act of love!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2018 - 2:06 pm

    Caroline Bergner - I am able to show my husband how much I still love him after almost 8 years by washing, folding, and refraining from tossing his beloved t-shirts that have holes in the armpits. We also take turns watching our son while we work out despite how much our toddler loves “helping” my husband lift weights and how much the same toddler loves to climb on my wobbly pregnant form during plank. I cherish the moments where I am able to work side by side (literally elbow to elbow – it is small!) with him in our tiny kitchen during weekend naps. He chops the chicken and spinach for lunches and I make egg muffins for the sleeping child to eat half of and decide he no longer likes. :-)ReplyCancel

    • February 12, 2018 - 2:33 pm - I also love working in the kitchen with my husband – the moments when he starts drying dishes I’m washing is always an “ahhh, I love this man” moment!ReplyCancel

  • February 12, 2018 - 8:41 pm

    Sarah Biello - What a great question… how do my husband and I show love? Our love is in the unspoken moments we share during our busy days with our baby girl. It’s when I pull out my phone to capture our daughter breaking out in giggles to send to dad who’s at work, it’s when he preemptively stops our big dog from barking when the mailman comes so as not to wake her from her nap, it’s both of us arguing over who wants to take the night shift because we want the other to sleep well, and it’s especially when I overhear my husband singing our daughter to sleep on the baby monitor at night. Our love these days is subtle, but strong.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2018 - 6:01 am

    Alexandra Simbana - After 18 years together we show each other love by finding the joy in being silly together. Whether it’s going to an arcade, a waterpark or just staying home and watching a movie — we never hesitate to find time to just play together.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2018 - 6:57 am

    Meredith Ferris - My husband listens- REALLY listens. He always did, but since we had our son 6 months ago, I’ve cried more than the other 7 years combined. He just wraps his arms around me and listens. He also gets up equally in the middle of the night with our son, lets me sleep “late” on weekends, and brings home chocolate as a surprise on a regular basis. We’re not perfect of course, but I really married a winner.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2018 - 7:13 am

    Brenna - I show my husband Love by remembering all the little things he likes to eat (but no one else does) and getting them at the grocery store. I also listen to him talk politics, despite hating the subject, because he’s home with the kids while I’m at work and know that he needs to vent somewhere! And by encouraging him during his unemployment, which, I’ll be honest, isn’t easy.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2018 - 10:00 am

    Shelita White - Wow, what a great question!!! Ok,so nowadays I show my husband love by taking on the morning and evening hustle and bustle of getting 3 kids ready for school without complaining. His job has him commuting to Tysons Corner everyday for work from DC which is a pain…So, basically I show him love by not nagging so much about it. Also, now that I have gotten him into drama’s…We try to watch a show or 2 together when the kids are asleep. Oh, and yes I will make us both an awesome cocktail so that we can chillax and catch up uninterrupted.ReplyCancel

    • February 13, 2018 - 11:27 am - It means SO much to just take in stride what has to be done, doesn’t it??! And super big yes to the cocktail and television time after kids are asleep. The best. <3ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2018 - 10:02 am

    Kelly - These days, with a 3 year old and one on the way in weeks, it’s the simple things (coffee and sleep). I let my husband sleep in one day on the weekend and make him a coffee when he wakes up. Sleep is precious!ReplyCancel

    • February 13, 2018 - 11:28 am - Oh congrats, Kelly!! You said it: COFFEE and SLEEP. That’s where it’s at.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2018 - 10:20 am

    Marion - I arrange my schedule for him to have one gym night and one game night each week, and I bring him dinner while he is playing during game night.ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2018 - 5:26 pm

    Jen Castor - This year my husband and I are celebrating 18 years of being together, 15 years of being married. Ten years into our marriage, we had our first child. Our identities as individuals and as a couple has certainly evolved during that period of time. We are still trying to figure out balance in our lives with 2 small kids, a dog, and 2 full-time jobs. Before kids (or even before our youngest was born), it was easy to show love by spending time alone together and enjoying each other’s company. We had so much time. But now, it’s hard to find time to do much besides getting from wake-ups to bedtime without losing our minds. The way we show our love is by taking on a larger share of the daily burden in order to allow the other time for him/herself. Whether it be a workout, a nap, a quiet shopping trip alone, a concert, or spending time with friends, it’s a necessary time to recharge and to keep up with our pre-kid interests. And when I’m on my own with the 2 kids while my husband is out doing his thing, it also serves as a good reminder about his contribution to the family…because taking care of 2 small kids and the dog without destroying the house is hard!ReplyCancel

  • February 13, 2018 - 11:44 pm

    Beth Freeborn - My husband and I are lucky enough to work in the same building. We have near daily afternoon coffee dates. Those 10 minutes of child free time are priceless and give us that quick fix of a mini-date. I think taking time to be present with your spouse can be so hard but is also so important.ReplyCancel

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