Windy Day at Camp Milton – Family Photoshoot

Right before Christmas, I had scheduled a shoot with Machell and her family. On the day of the shoot, it was uncharacteristically windy – with gusts of wind at 25 mph.

“Should we change to another location?” Machell asked me, worried the wind would cause a problem in the flat, open fields at Camp Milton. I pictured hair being blown in faces, and people squinting. I also pictured the beautiful fall colors and yellow grass of the fields – something that you can only find a couple months out of the year in Florida. “Let’s risk it!” I said, and with heavily cloudy sky and chilly wind, I headed out to location.

I’m so glad we did! The cloudy sky gave beautiful even light. The wind pushed everyone’s hair back – in perfect model fashion. Machell’s family even brought their dog, who was so picture perfect and made everyone else smile. I’m glad for the little unplanned surprises that make a photoshoot better than planned.

Fanaaj: Newborn Session

The first time I handled a newborn session, I was hesitant to touch or position the baby. Even after handling two babies of my own, other people’s babies seem so fragile, they could break. This session was so great for me, because the mother – and my good friend – trusted me completely and gave me full creative control. I did a lot of rocking and soothing and swaddling (quite messily I might add), but it all paid off in the end because this newborn’s perfection was able to shine through.

My friend has a bright loft in her house that was perfect for a quick family portrait.

High School Senior Photo Session – Camp Milton

It was a joy working with Hunter and Sola – 2 high school seniors and best friends. They decided to share a session together which turned out to be a wonderful idea. As I would do a set up with one, the other could watch and get ideas for her turn. Then when they switched, the other would cheer and make the other laugh. So glad I could spend an afternoon with these two lively, beautiful girls. 

Thanks for making me laugh! They have bright futures ahead of them.

Christmas Minis 2018 – Losco Park

Among the spanish moss-covered trees, I had the privilege of photographing two beautiful families. I had props and music to make an festive atmosphere, but the thing that brought the most fun was climbing on the trees! 

Glad to herald in the season by helping these families remember what is most important to them. Can’t wait to do this again next year!

Josh and Holli – Arlington Area Wedding

All the family were in tears at this intimate ceremony in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel in the Arlington area of Jacksonville. Without words, it was felt that this day was long awaited and there was such joy they could be together. I felt lucky to be apart of it all and witness the family’s playfulness, Holli’s liveliness, Josh’s adoration for his new wife.

After the ceremony and family pictures, we went to American Legion Post 283, just down the road from the church. There, a more carefree reception unfolded. One of my favorite pictures of the night was an unprompted kiss captured from across the room. In the midst of guests and revelry, they only had eyes for each other. 

18 Month Old Photoshoot; Balis Park, San Marco Area

Balis Park is a little oasis in a quaint yet hopping part of San Marco area in Jacksonville. As I met up with Lizzy’s little girl, I saw her peeking out from behind her mom’s legs. At 18 months, kids are full of movement and personality, but they also are beginning to get more nervous around people. Cue the dog statue! Cue the fascinating water fountain! Cue many rounds of peek-a-boo! Cue tickling. After a tag-team effort between Lizzy and I, we saw many gap-toothed smiles and mischievous looks.  It was such a loosely-structured, carefree session, I thought, “I wish I could do this all the time!”

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Phillip and Shantelle, Amelia Island Wedding

I was lucky to photograph and video this intimate ceremony for Phillip and Shantelle. Our day started in a seaside hotel room, with those nervous but happy moments of getting ready. We got delayed when the zipper on Shantelle’s dress broke off! Shantelle was totally calm, and her easy going attitude set the mood for the whole day.

We walked out of the room to see clear blue skies and a sparkling beach. I can see why people love to get married by the ocean. Then every time they go to the beach, they can associate it with the most beautiful day of their life.

From the moment that Phillip first sees Shantelle in her dress to the moment their family cheers for them when they are officially married, this day is full of stunning moments. Watch the video (below) for the full experience!

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Christmas Mini Sessions 2018

Imagine an Asian lady, balancing on top a wobbly apple crate, trying to cast lines of pom pom yarn over a tall branch while sweating profusely. It was a good idea in theory, but in reality, a lot of work!

I’ve been thinking all year of a new Christmas Mini Session set-up, and I kept coming to the idea of hanging things off of trees. When I came across photographs utilizing yarn-ball garlands, I thought I could put a Christmas spin on it and bring a little snow to sunny Florida.

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So come and play under the trees! Christmas Mini Sessions are just around the corner…

Date: Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Place: Losco Park – Jacksonville, Florida

Times: 4-6 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.

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

 

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Mother and Daughters: Bird Island Park

Sunset, at the the boardwalks of Bird Island Park, illuminated the water, the trees, and the beautiful faces of this close-knit family. The way they laugh when they are together is something I could never recreate if they were alone. So I’m glad the sisters joked together, the daughters teased their mom, and they came together in a way that reminds me of my mom and I.

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I love the way their hands are interlocked in the shot above. It’s so symbolic. Did I tell them to do that? I don’t remember. Let’s just say, yes.

I’m standing on an apple box, leaning over them, trying not to spit as I talk. Luckily, we pulled off this creative angle to highlight the family eyes.

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I told Sarah and Hannah to hold hands. Sarah says, “Then we might look like a couple,” but they held hands anyway and pretended to dance and cracked each other up.

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This dog was so sweet and so in love with everyone, especially his mom. His tongue never retracted, but still managed to look classy.

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The light was fading fast here, but it manages to cast one last glimmer on Hannah’s beautiful hair.

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All in all, great evening with a mother and her daughters.

Playtime in the Trees: Losco Park

Losco park has a beautiful stretch of old, old trees. There is something about the crawling branches, the close blanket of leaves, and the dotted light that makes me think: fairytale. If anyone is thinking of coming here for a photo session, they would be hard pressed to not be completely charmed.

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P.S. This is the first day in two weeks that Simon has agreed to wear a shirt that doesn’t have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I thought it was a moment to commemorate.