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