Julia Larina Photography

Julia Larina Photography Best Family and Wedding photographer located in Leesburg, VA, on a regular basis we serve Washington D.C. area, Northern Virginia and Maryland.

And travel worldwide. Wedding photographer in Leesburg. Newborn, Kids and Family, Love-story, Engagement, Food photography

Operating as usual

04/22/2021

Hi! We’re Julia Larina Photography and although we hate to brag, we are a pretty fun bunch. Our team started with one team member, who officially started this business 4 years ago with nothing but a dream. Today, we have 6 team members who are as different as they come! One of them is a guinea pig, another one is a rabbit and two are the cats, who provide us emotional support (and cute Instagram stories!) See? We’re as different as we come. Somehow we manage to work together to design and organize beautiful photo sessions. It’s our differences that make this company successful.

What work/person is influenced you the most ? Who is inspiring you on days when you don’t feel like working/shooting?Fir...
04/05/2021

What work/person is influenced you the most ? Who is inspiring you on days when you don’t feel like working/shooting?

First of all I have a very good imagination, I see a pair of shoes in the store and I can create the whole story and imagine several photo sessions with those shoes. I see a painting and I can decorate the whole room in my head in several different styles with they painting on the wall.

Travel, movies, people, fashion are my main sources of inspiration.

A bunch of photographers internationally famous and local are inspiring me daily. Following the trends in design, photography and fashion helps my eye to stay sharp and notice what colors and styles are in trend now, how to mix colors. Movies can be helpful too, when you pay attention how people are standing in every frame, their poses, what they are wearing, the colors. Every movie has a team of the stylists, so every color and every item in the frame were selected for a reason. If you will pay attention you will notice it. Press the pause and notice all those details, gap many colors do you in one frame, where is the camera right now?

Photographers who are influenced me:
@bulavina
@andrewbayda_wed
@ekaterina.romakina
@anna.komarov
@annarostovceva

I don’t know what does it mean “don’t feel like shooting”, I might feel lazy to process the photos, but I am always ready to shoot. I love meeting new people, I learn so much from them. My best remedy from laziness is to keep myself busy. If I have to much free time I am getting lazy, so I am always on the go. It is also important for me to have creative projects to myself, not just daily work. So I regularly have projects, where I collaborate with the bloggers, influencers, models and local businesses, and it helps me to overcome burn out.

#julialarinaphotography #dc #washingtondc #weddingphotographer

What work/person is influenced you the most ? Who is inspiring you on days when you don’t feel like working/shooting?

First of all I have a very good imagination, I see a pair of shoes in the store and I can create the whole story and imagine several photo sessions with those shoes. I see a painting and I can decorate the whole room in my head in several different styles with they painting on the wall.

Travel, movies, people, fashion are my main sources of inspiration.

A bunch of photographers internationally famous and local are inspiring me daily. Following the trends in design, photography and fashion helps my eye to stay sharp and notice what colors and styles are in trend now, how to mix colors. Movies can be helpful too, when you pay attention how people are standing in every frame, their poses, what they are wearing, the colors. Every movie has a team of the stylists, so every color and every item in the frame were selected for a reason. If you will pay attention you will notice it. Press the pause and notice all those details, gap many colors do you in one frame, where is the camera right now?

Photographers who are influenced me:
@bulavina
@andrewbayda_wed
@ekaterina.romakina
@anna.komarov
@annarostovceva

I don’t know what does it mean “don’t feel like shooting”, I might feel lazy to process the photos, but I am always ready to shoot. I love meeting new people, I learn so much from them. My best remedy from laziness is to keep myself busy. If I have to much free time I am getting lazy, so I am always on the go. It is also important for me to have creative projects to myself, not just daily work. So I regularly have projects, where I collaborate with the bloggers, influencers, models and local businesses, and it helps me to overcome burn out.

#julialarinaphotography #dc #washingtondc #weddingphotographer

Do you remember that feeling, when you spinning as fast as you can until you will fall? And when you fall, you laugh and...
03/26/2021

Do you remember that feeling, when you spinning as fast as you can until you will fall? And when you fall, you laugh and start spinning again. Don’t let your fall take your laughter away from you, stand up and start your new spinning day, and maybe even new spinning life. All of this is temporary.

Do you remember that feeling, when you spinning as fast as you can until you will fall? And when you fall, you laugh and start spinning again. Don’t let your fall take your laughter away from you, stand up and start your new spinning day, and maybe even new spinning life. All of this is temporary.

Today I want to share a documentary called “Ballon Man”, that was released on iTunes about a month ago. It’s a story abo...
03/11/2021

Today I want to share a documentary called “Ballon Man”, that was released on iTunes about a month ago. It’s a story about how Ex-NFL player Bill Costen became world’s First African American Hot-Air Balloon Master.

The film was written and directed by Costen’s daughter and my beautiful client @chantal.potter . Let’s pause and watch the story and celebrate Chantal’s and Bill’s contributions and achievements!

#supportwomen #womensupportingwomen ##dc #washingtondc #womenhistorymonth

What was missing from last year as you look back? Look at each major area of your life. Don’t focus now on having to do ...
01/04/2021

What was missing from last year as you look back? Look at each major area of your life. Don’t focus now on having to do anything about it. For now, just list each item and think if it’s possible to change it this year.

My list:

- More time reading offline
- Time to really unplug and not think about work
- More time with my family

What is your list?

Happy Holidays, everyone! May the holiday spirit be with you and your family today and throughout the coming year.
12/25/2020

Happy Holidays, everyone! May the holiday spirit be with you and your family today and throughout the coming year.

I have a last-minute cancellation for tomorrow's Fall photo session at Morven Park with the beautiful yellow leaves on t...
11/07/2020

I have a last-minute cancellation for tomorrow's Fall photo session at Morven Park with the beautiful yellow leaves on the background at 3pm. PM me if you are interested or text (571) 267 08 91. The weather is beautiful tomorrow!

New Decorations in our studio in Leesburg.You can find more details about our sessions and reserve your photo session di...
11/06/2020

New Decorations in our studio in Leesburg.
You can find more details about our sessions and reserve your photo session directly from here https://mailchi.mp/d0d37dbed5ef/holiday-photo-sessions-2020-with-julia-larina-photography
For more details send us a private message or text/call 571.267.08.91

#holidayphoto sessions #holidayminisessions #holidayminis #photographer #leesburg #ashburn #sterling #herndon #reston #dc #washingtondc

It is time to announce my Fall Photo Sessions. Here you can read more about them and reserve your spot directly from the...
10/02/2020

It is time to announce my Fall Photo Sessions. Here you can read more about them and reserve your spot directly from there
https://mailchi.mp/5f3c81983456/fall-special-photo-sessions-with-julia-larina

Mini sessions have limited dates. This week mini sessions with burning bushes only. Mini sessions with yellow leaves will be announced after October 10th.

#fallphotography #fallphotosession #fallphotosession #fallphotos #bestphotographer #leesburgva#leesburg #leesburgphotographer

Morven Park Announced that they opened the doors for visitors. This means we can schedule the photo sessions in the park...
07/08/2020

Morven Park Announced that they opened the doors for visitors. This means we can schedule the photo sessions in the park again. I am offering evening sessions on weekdays and morning and evening sessions on weekends.

Re-opeining of Sweeney Barn (wedding venue in Manassas). Please feel free to share what other venues or wedding business...
06/17/2020

Re-opeining of Sweeney Barn (wedding venue in Manassas).

Please feel free to share what other venues or wedding businesses are opening their doors again.

I have followers who might found this information helpful.

#wedding #photographer

As we begin re-opening our venue for weddings and events, Sweeney Barn is committed to the safety of our guests and our team members. We have completed the Global Biorisk Advisory Council Microbial Warrior certification, and we have taken the #princewilliamstrong business pledge to practice sanitary guidance from our state. While our procedures and precautions have changed, the love and excitement we feel for our couples getting married remains the same. We're looking forward to welcoming the rest of our 2020 weddings!

The trend for small intimate Weddings with immediate family in 2020 created the need for unique locations and venues. Si...
06/12/2020

The trend for small intimate Weddings with immediate family in 2020 created the need for unique locations and venues. Since couples can't have the big Wedding they dreamed about, at least they can have special, unique and creative location.
Do you know beautiful, unique place, a venue or location for a small wedding? Please share it with my couples.

Location https://www.facebook.com/stonetowerwinery
Cake https://www.facebook.com/honeybeepastries
Hair & Makeup https://www.facebook.com/elenashairandmakeup
Stationery & Calligraphy https://www.facebook.com/ohelevencalligraphy/

Please, support local businesses.Today I would like to support a small family business from Leesburg, Virginia "Honey Be...
05/23/2020

Please, support local businesses.
Today I would like to support a small family business from Leesburg, Virginia "Honey Bee Pastries". These guys are amazing. They offer a wide variety of pastries: cakes for every occasion, cookies, pies etc.

I have worked with them so many times, I ordered from them for my personal events, and every time they surprise me with their professionalism, how organized and reliable they are and how amazing and delicious their creations are.

If you looking for The Wedding cake, I highly recommend them, because they can make any dream cake designs to come true.

https://www.facebook.com/honeybeepastries/

#weddingcake #wedding #cake #bakery #leesburg #virginia #dc

“Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, ‘I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.”― Dale Carnegi...
05/18/2020

“Actions speak louder than words, and a smile says, ‘I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.”
― Dale Carnegie

#MondayMotivation

Love the detail shots that tell the story of the groom on his wedding day#weddingphotographer #leesburg #bestweddingphot...
05/18/2020

Love the detail shots that tell the story of the groom on his wedding day
#weddingphotographer #leesburg #bestweddingphotographer #dc #wedding

"Focus on fewer tasks to get more things done."-Greg McKeown#MondayMotivation
05/11/2020

"Focus on fewer tasks to get more things done."-Greg McKeown
#MondayMotivation

You are beautiful, you are loved, you are worthy and you are enough! Happy Mother's Day, superwomen!
05/10/2020

You are beautiful, you are loved, you are worthy and you are enough! Happy Mother's Day, superwomen!

What is trending in wedding dresses? Would you like to follow the trends or would you prefer something more classic?
05/04/2020

What is trending in wedding dresses?
Would you like to follow the trends or would you prefer something more classic?

This is your Monday morning reminder that you can handle whatever this week throws at you. #MondayMotivation
05/04/2020

This is your Monday morning reminder that you can handle whatever this week throws at you. #MondayMotivation

Small, intimate weddings and elopements now are more popular than ever. Capture the moments that are most important to y...
05/02/2020

Small, intimate weddings and elopements now are more popular than ever. Capture the moments that are most important to you with Julia Larina Photography. #weddingphotographer

05/01/2020

"Succeed at home first.
Seek and merit divine help.
Never compromise with honesty.
Remember the people involved.
Hear both sides before judging.
Obtain counsel of others.
Defend those who are absent.
Be sincere yet decisive.
Develop one new proficiency a year.
Plan tomorrow’s work today.
Hustle while you wait.
Maintain a positive attitude.
Keep a sense of humor.
Be orderly in person and in work.
Do not fear mistakes—fear only the absence of creative, constructive, and corrective responses to those mistakes. Facilitate the success of subordinates.
Listen twice as much as you speak.
Concentrate all abilities and efforts on the task at hand, not worrying about the next job or promotion."

From the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey

Many wedding venues are offering virtual tours of their venue these days. If your venue was permanently closed, don't ru...
04/30/2020

Many wedding venues are offering virtual tours of their venue these days. If your venue was permanently closed, don't rush to cancel the whole wedding, reach out to another venue or ask your planner, or any other wedding vendor to help you to find a new venue and to do a virtual tour. Postpone, don't cancel!

I am going to try to make a list of venues that are offering virtual tour, if you one of them, please leave your link or contact information below.

A friendly message from a few of your local NoVa photographers ❤️ We truly miss being out on location or in our studios ...
04/29/2020

A friendly message from a few of your local NoVa photographers ❤️ We truly miss being out on location or in our studios with you all! Please know that we're all doing our best to navigate this time as small businesses and have probably all had to come to some hard decisions.

If you have the time to show some love to all of these wonderful photographers, please do! Some of us are running specials or giving back to the community in other ways during this crazy time so go take a scroll lol 😉 😊

A HUGE thanks to everyone that volunteered!
#communityovercompetition

In order shown: TuBelle Photography , Kimberly J Photography , Mari Springer , Shealyn Gene Photography , Jillian Elizabeth Photography , LWH Portraits , House of Moore Photography , Courtney Nelson Photography , Zoe Gregory Photography , Norwood Photography , Jennifer Bezos Photography , Endearing Photography , Ashley Castellano Photography , AMH Photography , Sarah Snodgrass Photography , Lisa Phillips Photography , Adria Michelle Photography , Sweet HG Photography , Courtney Jane Photography , The Moody Momma , Sandia Pantano Imaging and Photography, Jennifer Nolan Photography , Susan Kruger Photography , Julia Larina Photography , Melissa Driggers Photography

Today we celebrate these two young men! I love challenges,  and these guys are the biggest challenge I have ever accepte...
04/28/2020

Today we celebrate these two young men! I love challenges, and these guys are the biggest challenge I have ever accepted. They taught me that there are always at least two points of view for each situation, I admire their patience, I am amazed daily by how similar and how different they are at the same time. I love my relationship with them, and how they proved so many times, that mom is not always right. I wish that they will continue to make good choices in life and hope they will make the world a better place.

Happy 15th Birthday, my sons!

Proud to be part of this amazing community of photographers.
04/28/2020

Proud to be part of this amazing community of photographers.

A friendly message from a few of your local NoVa photographers ❤️ We truly miss being out on location or in our studios with you all! Please know that we're all doing our best to navigate this time as small businesses and have probably all had to come to some hard decisions.

If you have the time to show some love to all of these wonderful photographers, please do! Some of us are running specials or giving back to the community in other ways during this crazy time so go take a scroll lol 😉 😊

A HUGE thanks to everyone that volunteered!
#communityovercompetition

In order shown: TuBelle Photography, Kimberly J. Photography, Mari Springer, Shealyn Gene Photography, Jillian Elizabeth Photography, LWH Portraits, House of Moore Photography, Courtney Nelson Photography, Zoe Gregory Photography, Norwood Photography, Jennifer Bezos Photography, Endearing Photography, Ashley Castellano Photography, AMH Photography, Sarah Snodgrass Photography, Lisa Phillips Photography, Adria Michelle Photography, Sweet HG Photography, Courtney Jane Photography, The Moody Momma, Sandia Pantano Imaging and Photography, Jennifer Nolan Photography, Susan Kruger Photography, Julia Larina Photography, Melissa Driggers Photography

Show your friend's small business extra love
04/25/2020

Show your friend's small business extra love

04/22/2020

Happy Earth Day!
Yesterday we had an opportunity to visit the tulip fields at Burnside Farms in Nokesville, Virginia. Briefly about yesterday’s weather in the video.
Even though it was super windy, it was nice to be outside and enjoy the beauty of this world!

Technically speaking, focus is the result of a combination of your lens aperture and light.With smaller apertures (f/8 t...
04/22/2020

Technically speaking, focus is the result of a combination of your lens aperture and light.
With smaller apertures (f/8 to f/12) less light will come from outside to the image sensor. As a result, a big depth of field, and a bigger part of the image will be in focus. Wider apertures (f/1.4 to f/4), the light rays are spread all over the sensor, and depth of field is narrow. I’ll talk more about deth of field in my post next Tuesday.

You have at least three choices of the focusing method: Single shot autofocus (AF-S), Continuous Autofocus (AF-C) and Manual focus. Each focus method will best suit just a few photographic genres. We use manual focus for static scenes, when you have time to settle down and refocus if there’s the need. For slow moving scenes we use the single shot autofocus and for fast moving situations we use the continuous autofocus.

Autofocus areas modes: the single point autofocus, the dynamic area and the auto area autofocus.

In landscape/architecture photography, generally recommended manual mode or AF-S.

Which focus mode you’ll choose for portraits mostly depends on how much control you have over the situation. If you have your own model, use manual. If you can't control the situation, choose the AF-S mode with the single point or dynamic area modes selected.

For sport or action scenes, you’ll have to use the AF-C with the dynamic area or auto area modes, depending on how fast your subject is moving.

Another option I would like to bring your attention to is Back Button Focus. As soon as you'll discover this button, your life will never be the same again.
There is also Hyperfocal Distance and Focus stacking, but if you are a beginner, you don't need it right now, because these techniques will come handy very rarely and you can come back to them later.

The main subject of your image, by definition, should be its focal point.
Create a focus. Think about where you want the viewer’s eye to go, what story you are trying to tell, and how you are going to do it before pressing the click button.

If you shooting portraits REMEMBER:
1) When shooting portraits of people or animals - focus on the eyes. Nothing draws viewers eyes to a portrait like sharply focused eyes and a blurred background;
2) If head of your subjects is turned to the side, focus on his eye, that is closer to you;
3) When you’re photographing more than one person in a single shot, focus on the eye of the person nearest to the camera, lining everyone up on the same focal plane, or shooting at a smaller aperture setting for a deeper depth of field. Or if it’s obvious that one of the people you are photographing is more important for one reason or another, then clearly it should be this person whose eyes are sharply focused.

Now that you know all about the focus, it is time to put this information to good use by taking your camera into your hands and experimenting!

#TuesdayPhotoTip

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Are you planning on doing any Fall Mini Sessions?