Photography

Marion Meakem

DC/VA/MD Metro 

September 9, 2020

Back-to-School Minis | School pictures | Mini Sessions in McLean

This Labor Day was the day before the first day of school for the children and teens in my neighborhood. The first day of a school year like no other. To provide a little semblance of normalcy, as well as a sense of celebration during these crazy times, I conducted mini back-to-school photo sessions right by my home. 19 families with a total of 43 children – ages ten months to twenty-somethings) stopped by for brief, yet productive sessions. Many thanks to my neighbor Adrienne (whose spunky children are pictured above) for this popular idea, and kudos to the weather gods for giving us an impeccable day and gorgeous light.

After nearly 6 months of isolation, it was super fun to see many familiar faces and to meet new (to me) neighbors as well.

Here are some of the beautiful kids and teens who who just entered their new grades – I hope you (as well as your parents) are all off to a good start to what surely will be an unforgettable year.




















































Our Golden Monty came around a few times for photobombs, and sometimes at express request as well.

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  1. Suzanne Tsitsibelis says:

    Thank you so much, Marion — what a wonderful way to start an unusual year for our kids.They were not looking forward to the photo shoot (I said that it really was a gift to me and their Dad!) but ended up having alot of fun. You have a gift!

    • Marion Meakem says:

      Suzanne, you are so welcome and thank you for your heartwarming comment. Making it fun for teens who were not excited is the highest accolade, and I am not kidding. This makes me really happy.

  2. Esther Lim says:

    The beauty of the gorgeous sunlight and the warm smiles of children captured through Marion’s expert lens erase the undercurrent of fear and uncertainty of the pandemic…even for just a moment in time. Thank you, Marion, for sharing your gift to memorialize the rays of hope and resiliency that shine through children as they bravely embark on a new virtual school year. Our girls miss Monty.

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