Nopal Photography

Nopal Photography Hi! I’m Dulce, a NoVA photographer specializing in families, maternity, branding, and headshots.
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One or two? It’s a tie for me. It was hard even picking which one would go first in the post. 🥹                 ❤️      ...
02/22/2024

One or two?

It’s a tie for me. It was hard even picking which one would go first in the post. 🥹

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10/10 photos in my opinion.I still think kids’ blurry shots are sweet because they are taken by someone you love who gav...
12/09/2023

10/10 photos in my opinion.

I still think kids’ blurry shots are sweet because they are taken by someone you love who gave it their all.

Note that, except for minis, there’s always time for kids to take pictures in my sessions. For minis, it really depends (happy to talk it out if interested).

Living for in-home newborn sessions 😍
10/15/2023

Living for in-home newborn sessions 😍

This is your Monday reminder that baddies get it done. Ponte las pilas, queen. We got this.                             ...
10/09/2023

This is your Monday reminder that baddies get it done. Ponte las pilas, queen. We got this.

It’s that time again! Time to book your fall mini session.Minis are perfect for updating family pictures, smaller scale ...
09/02/2023

It’s that time again! Time to book your fall mini session.

Minis are perfect for updating family pictures, smaller scale maternity sessions, or even a couple’s shoot. Each mini is 20 minutes and results in 20 images of your choice (yup, YOU get to pick).

This year, I’ll be holding them at two locations: Fair Oaks (Oct 22) and Manassas (Oct 14). Here’s the link for allllll the details: https://nopalphotography.pixieset.com/booking/

In case you’re wondering, this picture of the fam and I was taken last year at the Fair Oaks location. We managed to get some good shots of us while the camera was on a self-timer, but I still needed to do one headswap to get this final image 😆. And yes, we went with extra matchy matchy because I felt like being extra cheesy at the time.

When it’s your birthday but you have RBF 😆. She HATED this session so this was the best I could get. Adding it to my gri...
08/25/2023

When it’s your birthday but you have RBF 😆. She HATED this session so this was the best I could get. Adding it to my grid because she’s cute as heck and also why the heck not? Also, doesn’t it just make your Friday even better?

In case you want to try to do the same to your fur child, the bib and hat are from

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Want to see a gallery of a lifestyle-focused family session? Scroll through this sampling of one done with me. Lifestyle...
08/03/2023

Want to see a gallery of a lifestyle-focused family session? Scroll through this sampling of one done with me.

Lifestyle-focused family sessions with me are centered around natural interactions, movements, and activities. All this is done to capture the family as authentically as possible. There’s no emphasis on getting everyone to look at the camera. Instead, the emphasis is capturing that crazy smile your little gets when they get a daredevil idea in their head; the look your spouse/partner gives you because he really takes in how stunning you look; or even your eldest’s serious face that reminds you of how much they have grown. And the list of possibilities goes on. Just unforced facial expressions or movements that capture the now before it’s gone.

And even though I say natural, I do suggest activities and movements. I suggest more as needed but a lot of it includes me staying out of the way.

Are you team lifestyle or team traditional portraits (ie everyone looking at camera)? I’m team both 😬.

“El amor no se mira, se siente, y aún más cuando ella está junto a ti.” - Pablo NerudaTranslation: Love is not seen, it’...
07/17/2023

“El amor no se mira, se siente, y aún más cuando ella está junto a ti.” - Pablo Neruda

Translation: Love is not seen, it’s felt, and more so when she is close to you.

Or am I wrong? 🤣🤣Based on real experiences from my Nikkah sessions (nikkah = Islamic marriage ceremony; think similar to...
07/07/2023

Or am I wrong? 🤣🤣

Based on real experiences from my Nikkah sessions (nikkah = Islamic marriage ceremony; think similar to church wedding).

Hey! It’s me, Dulce aka the face behind Nopal Photography LLC. Swipe to to see the straight out of the camera shot and m...
06/15/2023

Hey! It’s me, Dulce aka the face behind Nopal Photography LLC. Swipe to to see the straight out of the camera shot and my favorite photographer-in-training who took it.

In case you’re wondering what I’m all about, here are 3 quick take aways:
1. No matter what I photograph, I’m all about collaborating with my clients to make sure their session is tailored to allllll of their preferences. You are not a one-size-fits-all and neither should your session be.
2. My niche photography areas include families, maternity, and nikkahs (i.e. Islamic religious wedding ceremonies/parties).
3. I’m a wife and mom of 2 that’s also juggling a business and a workout addiction (I can’t get enough of those endorphin highs; they help me function way better as an all-around human).

Anything we got in common? Anything you’ve wanted to ask me or talk about?

We’re in the midst of Nikkah* Season so make sure you swipe through this post before your, a loved one’s, or a client’s ...
06/03/2023

We’re in the midst of Nikkah* Season so make sure you swipe through this post before your, a loved one’s, or a client’s big day. You won’t want to go to the nikkah without these.

A nikkah is essentially an Islamic marriage ceremony, similar to a church wedding. They can be shaped in all sorts of ways given cultural and personal preferences.

Here's the link for booking and other key details, including rain date: nopalphotography.pixieset.com/booking/ Spots are...
05/16/2023

Here's the link for booking and other key details, including rain date: nopalphotography.pixieset.com/booking/

Spots are limited. Don’t miss out!

Happy Mother’s Day! Wishing all the mamas (including mother figures) as much of “a day off” as possible 😅💜.             ...
05/14/2023

Happy Mother’s Day! Wishing all the mamas (including mother figures) as much of “a day off” as possible 😅💜.

Which option are you going with for your Eid cards this year? I’m currently tied between options 1 (via  ) & 3. Also let...
04/06/2023

Which option are you going with for your Eid cards this year? I’m currently tied between options 1 (via ) & 3. Also let me know if I missed any other options or vendors!

Let’s say G**O to double-chin-in-photos scaries! Get the photos you deserve.                                            ...
03/07/2023

Let’s say G**O to double-chin-in-photos scaries! Get the photos you deserve.

Nikkah details ✨
02/26/2023

Nikkah details ✨

It’s [editing] Transformation Thursday! Swipe right for the straight out of the camera shot.Ramadan is right around the ...
02/02/2023

It’s [editing] Transformation Thursday! Swipe right for the straight out of the camera shot.

Ramadan is right around the corner so I thought this shot from a recent Nikkah was timely. I added a dash of warmth along with some golden bokeh & dust, among other tweaks, to evoke a sense of spiritual intimacy and wonder, if you will.

Do we like? If not, what would you have differently? Would love to hear your thoughts below!

Drop a 🎨 in the comments if you agree. Let me know your thoughts!
01/30/2023

Drop a 🎨 in the comments if you agree. Let me know your thoughts!

Swipe for the straight out of the camera shot. I call this, the old crop-the-image-to-make-it-pop technique aka what you...
01/19/2023

Swipe for the straight out of the camera shot.

I call this, the old crop-the-image-to-make-it-pop technique aka what you do without a macro lens 😅 (It’s on my never ending “to-buy” list).

This is also the first of many [editing] Transformation Thursday posts. Get excited! I can’t promise that they will happen every Thursday, but when they do, it will definitely be a Thursday 😜.

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Stop telling kids to smile or say cheese. Give them a reason to laugh instead. See the difference in smiles between the ...
01/06/2023

Stop telling kids to smile or say cheese. Give them a reason to laugh instead.

See the difference in smiles between the two pictures? Which would you rather have framed or on a canvas?

If you want an authentic smile like the first picture, you’ll need to put in a little bit of effort. But I promise you the results are worth it. For littles like my son, poop/fart humor, knock knock jokes, and random tickling can work wonders. Here, I asked him to give me a big laugh, which resulted in him roaring and then laughing at himself. The sillier the prompt, the better.

New year, new intro post.I’m Dulce, the face behind Nopal Photography. I’m SoCal raised but have claimed the Northern Vi...
01/02/2023

New year, new intro post.

I’m Dulce, the face behind Nopal Photography. I’m SoCal raised but have claimed the Northern Virginia area as my home since 2014. I’m also a mom of two crazies, a wife, a romance novel enthusiast, a Peloton strength training addict, an extroverted introvert, and an unapologetic chicana muslim. Just to name a few.

I started photography in 2019 as a hobby. It was supposed to be a creative outlet to help me stay sane during my last maternity leave. Needless to say it quickly became way more than that. Nopal Photography has now been a business for a little over 2 years now.

Nopal Photography is a means to showcase the beauty of real people in fleeting moments of time. Candids, traditional portraits, creative gallery wall art, timeless elegance, and even bloopers. I do them all.

I also recently started photographing products and I’m so excited to do more. Do I prefer products over people? Nope. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. Each bring their own creative joy to the table.

Any questions or asks of me for this year? I’d love to hear from you!

Also hope you enjoyed this picture of me channeling my inner . Taking my own pictures is my photography ick but I’m trying to push past that.

Myth: I’ll be telling the kids “smile” a lot Fact: I’ll almost always ask the kids if they want to play red light, green...
11/19/2022

Myth: I’ll be telling the kids “smile” a lot

Fact: I’ll almost always ask the kids if they want to play red light, green light.

Red light green light is my go to for games to play to get natural facial expressions (aka what I call candids). If you book with me and are down for candids, get ready for games, silly questions and even some dad jokes lol.

✨q u i n c e a ñ e r a✨This was the most special coming of age celebrations for me to date. Yes, because we both have st...
11/02/2022

✨q u i n c e a ñ e r a✨

This was the most special coming of age celebrations for me to date. Yes, because we both have strong roots in Latin American cultures, but more importantly because this mujercita is essentially a unicorn. I just had to do all her amazing qualities - surface level & beyond - justice. Both latina AND Muslim. A proud and fierce hijabi at such a young age (I am still in awe). And yet still a niña at heart.

Shout out to her amazing mamí & papí who helped get her ready and got her to crack up a ton during the session. Let’s just say her dad took on the task of playing “guess the animal” seriously.

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“And one of His signs is that He created for you spouses from among yourselves so that you may find comfort in them. And...
10/06/2022

“And one of His signs is that He created for you spouses from among yourselves so that you may find comfort in them. And He has placed between you compassion and mercy.” (Quran 30:21)

🚨 Now Booking 🚨Check out the details here: https://book.usesession.com/s/2LPmLm4w0. Spots are limited! Please be sure th...
09/24/2022

🚨 Now Booking 🚨

Check out the details here: https://book.usesession.com/s/2LPmLm4w0. Spots are limited! Please be sure that the rain date & contract details work for you before booking.

Maternity shoot but make it fairy, princess-esque 🥹                 ❤️    ❤
09/23/2022

Maternity shoot but make it fairy, princess-esque 🥹

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Living for maternity shoots with unique yet meaningful props added to the mix. These parents-to-be are gamers and   fans...
09/18/2022

Living for maternity shoots with unique yet meaningful props added to the mix. These parents-to-be are gamers and fans so we incorporated props that reflected that.

Are you team props or no props?

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