Mother’s Day In-Home Session

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I love in-home sessions because there is personality and memories in the space all around. Lizzy’s living room glowed with late evening light. Her father (who happened to be visiting) helped me balance my reflector and illuminate this quiet tableau:

Lizzy’s daughter just turned 1 and likes to run around. It required some sweet temptations to get her to sit down. But now she will remember that “Dear Zoo” was her favorite book.

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I asked, “What’s your daughter’s favorite thing to do with you?” Lizzy said, “Squeeze my nose.” And sure enough…

I asked, “What’s your son’s favorite thing to do with you?” Lizzy said, “Put his feet in my face.” Ahhh, boys.

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Lizzy’s house looks like one from a magazine. I thought she maybe arranged it or cleaned up just for me. Apparently, this is how it always looks!

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This sweet moment happened when we were trying to get the whole family to stand together. Their little girl took off, and instead of trying to corral her, Rick and Lizzy stood back and watched. I’m glad they took time to appreciate things while in the moment.

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I love it when kids stand funny or do their own thing – let their personality shine through.

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Rick and Lizzy have this beautiful magnolia tree in their front yard. I’m thinking, there will be many memories under that tree.

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This beautiful girl is 1 and very sweet! She’s asking to be picked up here, and we’re just talking excitedly and clapping our hands. I think she forgave us.

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It isn’t often they get to see Grandma and Grandpa. Glad we got to capture some of these quick moments before the day was done.

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Again, I love in-home sessions for the intimacy and meaning they inherently have. If I could do it again, I would highlight different parts of the house with small family moments, framed with doorways and light. Some exciting things to try in the future!

Backyard Confetti – Family Photo Session

I was excited when Jen decided to have her photoshoot in her backyard. My thinking was that it was a good intimate space that has connections to other family memories. It’s a place of meaning.

Her thinking was that it was a familiar place that would keep the kids contained and calm. Well…it turned out to be a high-energy, bouncing around session, but we rolled with it and got a lot of action shots.  Half the time, as I was editing these pictures, I would burst out laughing. Their family’s craziness reminds me of my own.

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Jen’s son is so sweet. I love his expression when he hugs his mom.

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This whole family is gorgeous.

The confetti shots were tricky because we only had so much confetti and so many chances, and it had to be thrown up high to give us plenty of falling time – this was a task for an adult.

Here are some of our failed tries.

Hands and arms tended to block faces, but after several tries we got it!

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After we got the confetti to look good, I helped coach the family’s reactions, because it’s actually not human nature to look up into the sky and let things fall on your face and eyes with glee. But the whole family proved to be such good sports to doing it over and over.

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At the end of the photoshoot, this kids wanted to throw confetti themselves, so we had some unscripted play on their trampoline. These candid moments are my favorite of the shoot.

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The kids are laughing because I had them lay on top of each other. Why did I had them lay on top of each other? Because I was shooting with a prime and couldn’t fit the whole family in the frame. It’s as good a reason as any to snuggle close.

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In the end, it wasn’t just a fun photoshoot, but a fun memory.

We’re Expecting Photoshoot – Losco Park

Laura is very creative and decided to surprise her family with the big news by 1. taking an announcement picture, 2. placing the picture in an envelope and mailing it to her family with instructions to open it only at a certain date and time. If I had received that letter, I would have been too curious to comply, but what a memorable way to find out about a new family member.

This was taken on an amber-lit evening at Losco Park. And to match, Laura and Chris were glowing with excitement. Just another 6 months, and they’ll have their little one in their arms.

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One-on-One Portraits – Mother’s Day 2018

One day, as I was photographing a mother and child, I was amazed at how the intimate setting of one-on-one brought out different expressions and revelations of personality. It’s something raw and precious that I decided to pursue and capture.

Here are the results:

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My little girl is very floppy and silly when she is around me, but when I kiss her, she seems to achieve inner peace.

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I love my boy’s default expression: indignant. He is my sweet child. It’s like I’m hugging a bag of sugar.

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Heather and I took turns taking pictures of each other and each other’s children, and it looks like we were happy little models, but there was actually a lot of bargaining and bribing that was involved – also, some blackened Oreo teeth.

Her daughter was jostling about and a lot of the photos was Heather trying to contain her, but I love the feeling of movement and life in these pictures.

Also, with the aid of a teddy bear, we have this quiet moment:

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I love that you can see the bedroom window reflected in their eyes. This is where they sit sometimes to look outside together.

Ashley has three children who are so different from one another. Each child brings out a different side of her.

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Her son is full of energy, but also so very sweet. The expression on Ashley’s face as he kisses her melts my heart.

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Her youngest son spends a lot of time cuddling just like this with his mom. It’s like he never left the womb.

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One thing about her and her daughter is they share the same kind heart.

This year, for Mother’s day, I’m offering one-on-one portrait sessions to capture the relationship you share with your loved one. If you choose the package that includes a print, here is the end result:

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Barnwood Collage Frame with (3) 4×6 prints.

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The best part about these sessions are they are in-home, so your child can feel more relaxed.

Mother’s Day is May 13th, so I’m scheduling these sessions for the month of April to give us plenty of time to prepare. Let me know when is convenient for you!

Package A: $65 ($55 for return clients)

Includes: 15-20 minute in-home photo session, 6-8 edited digital photos.

Package B: $85 ($75 for return clients)

Includes: 15-20 minute in-home photo session, 6-8 edited digital photos, 1 barnwood collage frame, and (3) 4×6 prints.

Get Giddy at the Carousel – Spring Mini Sessions 2018

I’m all about capturing experiences and memories rather than taking pictures for pictures’ sake. So while searching for a new location for Spring Mini Sessions, I felt drawn to this antique carousel in St. Augustine, FL. The bright colors, the nostalgic atmosphere, even small-town charm of the carousel operators gave me inspiration. And there is nothing like capturing child-like wonder, no matter what age you are.

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Looking at this picture, I feel so happy. One day, maybe brother and sister will move away far from home and only see each other every now and then, but for now they are stuck with each other. This is the brightest part of their childhood.

Who: Children, couples, or families (6 people or less – an extra charge for more).

When: Monday, March 12th, 2018. 4 slots available: 6:00, 6:20, 6:40, 7:00 p.m.

Where: J&S Carousel. 180 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, FL, 32084

The experience: Bring some cotton candy, make it part of your family night, play on the playground beside the carousel, and ride the carousel 2x on me.

What you get: 20 minute photo session, 5 hi-res edited digital files, 1 8×11 framed/matted print.

Investment: $85 due at time of session.

So come and meet me at twilight at the carousel! I’m excited to see you there.

Child Modeling Session – Walter Jones Historical Park

You know the dreams that you have where you are trying to get somewhere, and the more you walk, the further away from your goal you get? That’s how I felt trying to get to this location, because unfortunately, on the day of the shoot there was a huge marathon running on the road right in front of the park. Not to be daunted, I took a 45 minute detour/park/walk-far-away to get there because I would not be defeated by healthy people.

I’m glad Dana was able to get there too. We had a full-on modeling session with props and wardrobe changes. She’s the perfect age where she can be directed easily, she has lots of focus, but she’s not self conscious. Here is a sample of our day:

 

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We took extra time to set up the headshot. Dana’s mom became expert in using the reflector board to light up Dana’s eyes. My favorite part about Dana is her dimples, visible even when she only smiles softly.

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For the next series, I told Dana to walk down the ramp like a Disney princess. She knew exactly what I meant.

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We did at least 5 minutes of pure spinning, but the flying hair shot was 100% necessary.

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Trying to capture someone mid-jump can only bring joy. We laughed a lot over this shot. In the end, 45 minute detour or not, we had a lot of fun.

Love,

Enge

Alpine Groves Park – Family Photo Session

It was a chilly 8:00 a.m, but the sun pierced through tree and fog to highlight this beautiful family. We walked through a rustic flower garden, climbed up and about the porch of an old, white farmhouse, and ran through grassy fields – the kids getting more and more relaxed as time went on.

My favorite part was when I asked Tammy to pose in front of a fence and I had Brent stand behind me with the instruction to get her to smile. Within moments, she  suppressed laughter and said, “he’s spanking himself.”

Later, when I was doing individual pictures of parent and child, I was touched at how their expressions softened and changed when they were close together. I was happy to capture not only their personality, but their relationship. Enjoy these sweet moments!

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