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!”
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!
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.
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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
This dog was so sweet and so in love with everyone, especially his mom. His tongue never retracted, but still managed to look classy.
The light was fading fast here, but it manages to cast one last glimmer on Hannah’s beautiful hair.
Could this be symbolic too?
All in all, great evening with a mother and her daughters.