Welcome to Penelope

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What is a newborn session at home ?

Renee was pregnant when she contacted me. It was important for her to schedule a session with me. We agreed that the best would be to get a picture between her 5th and 10th day. Penelope was on her 10th day when I met her. She was a sleepy but beautiful baby girl. As her parents were finishing breakfast, I started my session with 15 minutes of her in her crib, to get many facial details.

As you can see on the first black and white pictures, details are so important during a newborn photography session because, really, what’s cuter than a baby foot? I love to pay attention to these small things that are a big deal for newer parents. “There are so small”, is their first reaction. But you also know it’s not going to last. That’s is why hiring a newborn photographer is a beautiful gift to you and your lovely child.

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Documentary newborn photographer in DC

We did our session in the morning, which is my favorite time to come in a home. Why? Because everyone is well-rested, or I hope so, and we get easily manage to have a sweet and quiet session. My clients do like that I’m not invasive, or pushy. As a documentary newborn photographer, I follow your day for one or two hours without posing. Like I always say to my clients : “Stay yourself, you are enough”!

There is nothing easier than getting emotion out of new parents There are so amazed by their baby that I always find it easy to capture emotions of the mom or the dad. The real challenge is to capture the baby’s first expression and emotion. Maybe that’s why it feels like a victory when you get a smile or a funny face, because the baby gave you a bit of itself.

The importance of photography when losing someone you love

This was one of my first thought. I am a professional wedding photographer. Before that, I was a student photographer. I hold a camera in my hand since I’m 16 to document friends, parties, landscapes, news events, and finally, a bit of my family.

The day I lost my father, this was one of my first -painful- thought: I did not take a portrait of my father. And for many reasons. First, because I’m 30 years old and I thought I had so many more years with him. Second, because he did not like to have his picture taken. Third, because as we say "The shoemaker's children always go barefoot".

All these reasons do make up for the fact that I wish I had taken more pictures of him or document my family so much more than I did. I knew he was sick, and I should have taken his portrait, but I remember how I could not bear the situation of taking a picture thinking “in case he dies”.

You search, you find and you smile

Thank you Instagram back in 2013.

Thank you Instagram back in 2013.

A few days after the funeral, we started digging up on old pictures. Fortunately, our childhood vacations were fully documented by my parents and every picture of him we found was like a treasure. We smiled, we laughed, this would bring us the happiness that had been sucked up by our grief.

Like everyone else, as we grew up, we stopped taking so printing pictures during the new digital area. I look through my Instagram account, all our computers as well. I found our USA trip from 2013 and quickly printed an album.

What did my father’s passing teach me?

Memories fade, photographs do not. From our 2013 USA trip.

Memories fade, photographs do not. From our 2013 USA trip.

I’ve always loved being a wedding and family photographer but since my father’s passing a few months ago, I don’t “think”, I KNOW that my job is so important, and I know it more than my clients. When I talk to my clients who are around my age, I want to tell them: “seriously, for the love of God, please please please, make sure you hire a pro photographer to document your family and your wedding”. I am documenting memories and creating photographs that I know -from the pain and the joy of it- that they will be so happy to hold in their hands because once someone you love dies, this is all you have left.

When my clients hire me, they think about how they want the pictures to have and hold. But professional photography is so much more than that. The photographs I create are little treasures that they will dig in one day, full of tears, to remember one of their happiest moments.

Photographer Natasha Lamalle's favorite Washington DC wedding venues

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The St. Regis Washington, D.C.

There are a lot of beautiful venue in the Capital’s nation, but St Regis has this little “je ne sais quoi” that I love. The Astor Ballroom is the most sought after venue for weddings and social galas. Soaring Palladian windows, handcrafted ceilings and dramatic Louis XVI crystal chandeliers create a magical atmosphere that is both majestic and intimate. The lobby, restaurant, bar, and exterior have been beautifully designed and furnished to create an exquisite and welcome environment.

The St. Regis Washington D.C. : 923 16th and K Streets, N.W., Washington, DC (202) 879-6940.

Elite Yacht Charters

If you desire an intimate, classy, and enchanted environment to exchange vows with the love of your life, the National Elite is the place for you. If you want a unique ceremony, this is the perfect way to host a truly distinguished event on the water.

Elite Yacht Charters : Pier 4, Washington, DC (888) 809-7109

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

If you are looking for an elegant event, a convenient location for your out-of-town guests, and reliable services, this is the place for you.

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC: 2800 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC(202) 944-2014

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC : 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC(202) 787-6178

A sweet engagement session at Eastern Market in Washington DC

Our two love birds are really confortable in front of the camera!

Our two love birds are really confortable in front of the camera!

Couple’s photos at Eastern market

Michael and Christianne chose to go with Eastern Market for their engagement session. The prime goal of the session was to get a picture for their “Save the Date” cards to announce their wedding in Hawaii! Christianne is from one of the Island and they cannot wait to be there with their friends !

We started by the famous mural on the west side of Eastern Market. We played games to ease the process (it’s never really easy to be all lovey dovey in front of the camera right?).

To see more engagement photos, take a look here or if you like what you see, contact me here.

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I truly love starting at my couple’s home as I explain it here.

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Documenting your family with a "Day In The Life" Session

Documentary family photographer

A hug in the morning, the first bath, a kiss at night: all these moments deserve to be captured so they will exist forever. I started family photography when my friends and family started to have children. I love capturing these beautiful moments of life that make me smile behind the camera.

What is documentary family photography? The answer here!


What is a “Day in the Life” session?

From sunrise to sunset, I am following your beautiful family around. No need to do anything special : you wear what you usually wear, you do what you usually do, your kids play like they usually play. I’m here to capture the small moments of your everyday life. You might think that there is nothing special, until you look back to see how fast time goes by.


Why should I hire a family photographer ?

Of course, you are taking pictures of your kid all the time. But what about you. I’d like to think that your children will cherish these photos of you and them. More than that, I will capture things you might not see. As a documentary photographer, I am a storyteller. Though my camera, I will tell the story of their childhood and your parenthood with the real moments that you live every day.


Natasha Lamalle is offering Documentary Family Photography Washington DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia. Read some more ! “This Is Why You Need A Documentary Family Photographer During Your Vacation”


You are interested ? Let’s start the conversation!

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Pourquoi avoir un photographe documentaire de famille lors de ses vacances ?

Quand le bébé essaie de me voler mon boulot.

Quand le bébé essaie de me voler mon boulot.

Un photographe de famille pour vos vacances

En tant que photographe documentaire, j'aime capturer les moments de votre vie quotidienne. Mais les vacances en famille sont un moment privilégié entre vous et vos enfants.

Quand Sabine et Fabrice m'ont invité à leur passer le week-end ensemble, je me suis immédiatement dit que c'était une bonne idée et une excellente occasion d'immortaliser leurs vacances en famille. J'ai documenté leurs activités ainsi que les petits moments entre eux et leur bébé.

Vous vous demandez ce qu’est la photographie documentaire de famille? Explication par ici.

Baby Camille on his dad’s shoulders during a small walk.

Baby Camille on his dad’s shoulders during a small walk.

Pourquoi avoir un photographe pendant mes vacances?

La raison principale est simple: documenter vos vacances est un moyen de garder de beaux souvenirs, ainsi que de faire un superbe album professionnel pour que ces précieux moments soient toujours auprès de vous.

C'est aussi pour vos enfants, qui un jour seront adultes. Ils auront de belles photos de souvenirs qui sont peut-être flous ou dont ils ne se souviennent plus. J’aurais aimé que mes parents le fassent, c'est pourquoi je mets un point d’honneur à être une photographe de famille: afin de veiller à ce que vous ayez ses précieuses photographies pour vous, vos enfants, vos petits-enfants.

Nous avons un appareil photo alors pourquoi engager un photographe professionnel?

Premièrement, si ce n’est pas évident, c’est que vous ne pouvez pas être devant et derrière la caméra! Mais la raison principale pour embaucher un photographe est le point de vue unique que je vais avoir au cours de notre session. En tant que photojournaliste de formation, je sais raconter une histoire à travers des images.

Les vacances en famille sont mes meilleurs souvenirs avec mes parents. C'est à ce moment-là que nous avons le plus rigolé, que j’ai passé des moments importants avec mon frère et que nous avons partagé des expériences incroyables ensemble.

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J'aime jouer avec l'émotion, les gestes, la lumière et l'ombre, pour capturer des moments forts ou amusants.

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Que vous partiez pour un week-end ou pour plusieurs semaines, permettez-moi de faire partie de votre famille pendant une journée pour immortaliser vos meilleurs éclats de rire.

Contactez-moi natasha.lamalle@gmail.com. Pour vois plus de photographie de famille, par ici.

This is why you need a documentary family photographer during your vacation

When the baby tries to take over my job.

When the baby tries to take over my job.

A family photographer for your vacation

As a documentary photographer, I love capturing moments of your everyday life. But a family vacation is an extra special moment between you and your children.

When Sabine and Fabrice invited me on their weekend, I thought it was a great idea and the perfect occasion to immortalize their first vacation as a family of 3. I documented their big activities as well as small moments between them and their first born.

What is documentary family photography? The answer here!

Baby Camille on his dad’s shoulders during a small walk.

Baby Camille on his dad’s shoulders during a small walk.

Why have a photographer during my vacation?

The reason is simple : documenting your vacation is a way of keeping beautiful memories alive, as well as having these photos in an album to keep these precious moments forever near you.

This is also for your kids, that will one day be adults. They will have beautiful pictures of moments with you that they will be able to remember as they grow up. I wish my parents would have done that, that is why I love doing family photography : to make sure that I can capture these memories for you, your children, your grand-children.

We have a camera so why hire a professional photographer ?

First, if not obvious, is that you cannot be in front of and behind the camera! But the main reason to hire a photographer/me, is the unique point of view that I will have during our session. As a trained photojournalist, I know how to tell a story through images.

Family vacations are my best memories with my parents. This is when we laughed the hardest, I bonded with my brother, and we shared incredible experiences together. I want to make sure that these feelings are passed to you, through my photographs.

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I love to play with emotion, gestures, light and shadows, to capture powerful , and funny, moments.

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Wether you are going away for a weekend or for several weeks, allow me to be part of your family for one day to immortalize your best laughs.

Contact me natasha.lamalle@gmail.com. To see more pictures click here.

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Mom and dad's names

How to plan a destination wedding in Burgundy, France

France is a beautiful place to set your wedding. Burgundy especially, has some beautiful landscapes. If you are a wine lover, search no more, you found your region in France!

I am from Burgundy, born and raised. I have been a wedding photographer in Washington DC for the past 4 years now. About one year ago, I’ve started to book weddings in Burgundy for English-speaking couples who wanted a bilingual photographer.

This article aimed to help you to organize a destination wedding in France, and in particular Burgundy.

If you are interested in more, here is my Destination Wedding information. You can shoot me an email at natasha.lamalle@gmail.com


Burgundy is the best destination wedding location for wine lovers

Burgundy is a famous wine region located in the East of France. It is home to some of the greatest appellations like Romanée Conti, Beaune, Gevrey-Chambertin or Chablis to name a few. These renowned vineyards were also recently granted Unesco World Heritage status.

Burgundy is littered with beautiful Renaissance Chateaux, medieval abbeys, fortified villages and networks of canals (canal de Bourgogne) each giving you an insight into the wonderful history of this region.

A great example of this is the region capital of Dijon, this amazing city was created by the old dukes of Burgundy who spent fortunes making their capital a beautiful city to show off their wealth and power, which to this day still remains one of the region’s greatest draws.


Where to get married in Burgundy ?

Since I have been photographing weddings in the United States, I realized one thing: there is no castle. We get married in hotels, in wineries, or in a restaurant.

In Burgundy, we are lucky to have the most beautiful castles in the world. So why deprive yourself, especially during an event as fabulous as a wedding! In addition, the castles often have dozens of beds for your guests, a great advantage compared to a small venue in the US!

Here is a list of the most beautiful castles of Burgundy (which included the department of Côte d'Or, Nièvre, Saone-et-Loire, Yonne), from the most expensive to the most affordable. Once you have your venue, choosing your “traiteur” (catering company), band or DJ, florist, hair dresser, etc… will be a piece of cake! I also have a list of vendors that I would happily share with you.

The Château de Vallery in the Yonne

It must be said that this historical monument is located just 1 hour south of Paris. The building, from the Renaissance, is composed of four large rooms, a forest, a park, 28 rooms and suites, enough to accommodate 70 couples. The atmosphere is fabulous which makes this reception room by far my favorite for a wedding in Burgundy.

Pierreclos Castle in Saone et Loire

This time, my other favorite is in the South of Burgundy, in the heart of the vineyard. This emblematic Burgundy castle is a place that exists only in your dream: bright, several terraces, an idyllic setting. From the high terraces, you will admire the magnificent view overlooking the hills and the vineyards.

Barbirey Castle in Côte d'Or

The Côte-d'orien castle offers the bride and groom a superb backdrop with this park and its home from the nineteenth century. And when you rent, you have access to the entire domain.

The Château du Clos Vougeot in Côte d'Or

How not to dream of getting married in the middle of the Grands Crus de Bourgogne. Available for an intimate wedding of 50 seats in Renaissance salons as for an incredible dinner with 500 guests, the castle of Clos de Vougeot is an extraordinary setting, full of 900 years of history of Burgundy and its wines. The receptions are part of the great tradition of Burgundy conviviality.

The Château de Chassagne-Montrachet in Côte d'Or

The villages are better known for their great white wines than for this castle which is simply sublime. In the heart of the Grands Crus of Burgundy, this house has a rare authenticity, between vineyards and prestigious cellars. A photo shoot in front of the prestigious Montrachet hill? A thousand times yes, please! The reception room is a 14th century vault.

Santenay Castle in Côte d'Or

I spent a fabulous night in this castle built in the ninth, twelfth and sixteenth century. The castle team is great and the space is even greater. The exposed stone walls and the beams of the ceiling of the reception room create the charm of this sublime room.

The Château des Broyers in Saône et Loire

The Château des Broyers is ideally located 45 minutes from Lyon and 15 minutes from Mâcon. You receive your guests in the heart of the park, at the foot of the vineyards where there is a beautiful fountain dating back over 100 years.

The Château de Rully in Saône et Loire

This castle nestled in the heart of the vineyard is the ideal theater for a wedding without restraint. The large room is a unique place to accommodate 170 guests. I do not hide that this is one of my favorite places in the Saone-et-Loire, having grown up not very far from this house of the XIV and XV century.

Shoot me an email and let’s start your wedding planning!

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