Christmas Minis 2020 – Camp Milton

Are you ready to see all the beautiful families I photographed in November? Over two weekends, I met with eight families and I loved to see the dynamics of each one. Most of them had young children, and the parents and I had to get creative to get those smiles out, but we had a lot of fun.

The Lofgrans

The Donovans

The Garcias

The Carusos

The Daniels

The Bennetts

The Robinsons

The Lasseters

Thank you everyone for a wonderful time in the most wonderful time of the year! And I’m already thinking of ideas for next year’s Christmas minis….

2020 Christmas Minis Sign Up

One of my favorite traditions is to take family photos for Christmas cards in the fall. It’s a quick and sure way to document everyone’s growth. This year, I’ve been eyeing Camp Milton Historic Preserve for its rustic barn and and grassy fields. It’s a hidden gem and a great place for timeless photos.

When is it?

I will shoot the first two Saturdays of November before sunset. The weather will be cooler and it will give me time to get you your pictures before Thanksgiving. Here are the time slots (I will update them as they fill up).

11/7


3:00-3:20: A.L.

3:30-3:50: T.D.

4:00-4:20: S.A. (J.G.)

4:30-4:50: S.C.

11/14


2:30-2:50 M.D.

3:00-3:20: D.B.

3:40-4:00: L.L.

4:10-4:30: R.R.

4:40-5:00: K.F.

Where is it?

Camp Milton Historic Preserve. 1225 Halsema Rd N, Jacksonville, FL 32220.

How much is it?

Each session is $100 due at the time of the photoshoot.

What is included?

I will deliver 10 or more hi-res edited images to you by digital link within one or two weeks of your session. When you see your images, you will have a chance to provide feedback–most notes I am able to apply!

What COVID-19 precautions will you be taking?

I have chosen an area of the park (the far side of the barn) that not many people go to, so we will have no contact with crowds. While you do not need to wear a mask, I will wear a mask throughout the whole shoot. I have a contactless payment option (Venmo) that you can do at the session.

How do I sign up?

I will email you back to confirm that the spot is available and you got it. Thank you so much! I’m excited to take photos of your family!

P.s. Once you book your session, you should get on clothes collecting right away. I had a lot of shipment delays with my clothes that I selected for this shoot, and it was a little stressful. Here is a layout of the clothing I chose–it’s a good example of choosing a theme of colors that compliment each other, much like a family: different but harmonious.

My husband did not like wearing a Henley. He said it was too hipster. I thought is was nonsense. Hope you have fun getting it all together, and see you there!

Kids at Alpine Groves Park

With the end of summer, I wanted to capture one last glimpse of my baby’s first year. It has gone by so fast! In this quick photoshoot, I captured him standing, pointing with his one finger, and smiling with his goofy, toothy grin. Big brother and sister love to hug him and play with him (in between complaining about the heat).

Here is to treasuring the little moments:

I will always love his one-eye-bigger-than-the-other-smile.
The farmhouse has seen better days and is slated for renovation. I, myself, like the aging wood and growing vines, but I know it will be safer after the restoration.

In the next couple months, I will be gearing up to do Christmas Minis again! Hope you are excited to capture your family and have proof that you survived 2020. Let’s end on a good note.

Love,

Enge

Family Session – Walter Jones Historical Park

“This photo session is 14 years in the making,” Rose told me as we met on a drizzly January afternoon. She told me her husband has not taken professional family photos with her for 14 years, and today was the day that ended. I hoped to not disappoint. Rose’s mother and father were there as well, and they joked and brought out the best smiles from each other.

Walter Jones Park is an interesting historical park – full of old farmhouse buildings, old trees, and famous quirky frog sculptures dotting the area. It’s great to take pictures here because amid the aging structures, we celebrate timeless relationships:

Christmas Minis 2019

Every year, I choose a different location and experiment with different lighting for my Christmas Minis. Usually I do it outside, where the lush green of Florida winter does nothing to add to the Christmas/wintery feeling. This time, I did most of the mini sessions indoors against the bright bay window of my dining room. With enough decorations and overexposure of the window, you can just imagine cuddling by the sparkling tree on a cold, snowy day. However, the gem of each picture turned out to be the Christmas spirit brought by the families photographed. Their smiles were especially merry and bright this year!

And I did one mini-session outside this year. I love this tree at Treaty Oak Park in downtown Jacksonville. The branches seem to be a metaphor for this beautiful family and the closeness they share.

Thank you to everyone who made these sessions fun and meaningful. This is my favorite time of the year because it helps you remember what is important.

See you next year!

2019 Christmas Minis are Coming!

I think what every mom/wife wants for Christmas is a good family picture. You would be surprised how hard that is to deliver. With grumpy husbands, underwear-flashing daughters, raspberry-blowing sons, crying babies, it’s a miracle we come out alive. I guess I’m just talking about my family, but if you feel the same way, let me make it easy for you. Come to my indoor studio and put a star on the tree, throw some cotton snowballs, and hug each other while smiling (only naturally, of course). I promise you’ll come out of it alive and with beautiful memories of the ones you love most!

Christmas Mini Sessions are just around the corner…

Date: Saturdays, November 16th & 23rd, 2019

Place: Indoor Studio (close to Losco Rd. in Mandarin area). Jacksonville, Florida

Times: Mornings, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What: 20 minute mini-photo session (perfect for kiddos, quick family pictures, and Christmas cards).

Investment: $75

You get: 10 edited digital files/print release.

You can set up a time through here. You can also check out 2017’s Christmas Minis here and 2018’s Christmas Minis here. See you there!

Pumpkin Newborn Session

Fall and babies! This one is my own baby, so whether he likes it or not, he will now be my photography model. I bought some mini pumpkins with visions that he would hold it or lean against one but he thought them strange and cold. So here he is, dreaming among them.

My oldest two love their baby brother so much, it’s all I can do to keep them from smashing him. As they were holding him, he made bubbly butt music, which of course elicited the best smiles.

Don’t grow up too fast, little one.

Ocean Vista – Jacksonville Fishing Pier

While visiting my sister in Maui, I looked at the pictures on her walls and loved the beautiful vistas she had shot and edited personally. Her family could be seen in the distance. It seemed more like a visceral memory than portrait or a landscape. I strove to mimic that the next time I went to the beach. It happened to be with my other sister –who was visiting from Utah with her son and my mom. It was the end of the day, but the kids were loving the water, especially my nephew. It was his first time to see the ocean, and his laughter could be heard wafting over the white surf. I hope these pictures have a certain feeling – different from my other pictures. Perhaps it’s just a quiet moment in time in a place that is important to me.

Treaty Oak Park – Children’s Session

Trees have the magic ability to turn children into monkeys, so we decided to go to Treaty Oak Park – a small patch of land in between busy streets and office buildings in downtown Jacksonville. The tree has huge branches that shade a boardwalk and stretch to the ground. It was the perfect place to capture the happy antics of Lizzy’s young children – shady, quiet, and fun. Most of the time I felt like I was chasing them with the camera, like paparazzi. But I’m glad that in the end, we had some sweet and completely unplanned moments.

Siblings always get the best smiles out of each other.
I love this picture for so many reasons. I love how she is standing perfectly in a aisle of light, how she has folded her arms for me (unplanned), and her cute rabbit teeth.
I believe they are falling over here. I may be too.
What a beautiful family!

I’m glad I get to explore beautiful areas around me and focus on capturing these precious human connections.

“1 Day Old” – Newborn Session

A few months back, I had the unique opportunity to see my friend in the hospital just hours after her baby was born. Needless to say, she and her husband were both exhausted, but glowing and as happy as could be. After two beautiful, energetic boys, they finally had their little girl. These are just a few quiet images of their new family: