In home photo sessions are ideal because it is more relaxed and you are in a space that inherently has a lot of meaning for the family. I loved doing this photo session with my neighbors, whose kids are arguably among the cutest they come. Every photo session has an interesting story or mishap, and this one was no exception. As I sat them down on patio furniture, I asked them to lean close together so their faces were touching. As the daughter leaned close to her dad, her hair pin hit his face and caused a deep gash. He went inside for 10 minutes to clean up the blood but couldn’t get it to stop bleeding. Finally, his wife went inside and helped him put on a bandaid – which I had to edit out of the subsequent of the pictures. We laugh about it now–and it didn’t negatively affect the pictures, but it goes to show that anything can happen in a photoshoot!
The weather is getting cooler and the early morning sun is gentle and sparkling at Treaty Oak Park. I had the pleasure of meeting with a beautiful family and playing under the trees. Their daughter had so much personality that I had fun capturing her different expressions.
Gotta loved the tongue out. I love this age.
Want to book a session at this park? Feel free to contact me!
Is everyone ready for the most delicious Christmas Mini yet? I’m excited to offer Gingerbread Christmas Mini sessions from my home! I wanted to create a nostalgic scene where families do a family tradition together. I like anything with baking or candy because parents can become kids and kids can be creative. These sessions will not only produce beautiful intimate photos, but it’ll be a fun experience.
What to expect?
You’ll come to my house and I will have a table full of candy and a gingerbread house ready for you to decorate. You’ll have 20 minutes to decorate, eat, and play–all while I take candid photos. At the end, we’ll have 10 minutes to do more formal posing, hugging, or whatever you wish. You can take your gingerbread house home to decorate further or just eat in the car (no one has to know). In about one week, I will send you your edited photos to approve and if you have no requested changes, you can use them right away for Christmas cards, wall prints, etc.
How much does it cost?
Each session is $125, due at time of the session. Some of the cost is the gingerbread house, which you get to take home! You will receive 10+ hi-res edited images a week later.
What COVID-19 precautions will you take?
I’ve decreased the number of sessions I am doing this year to allow more time for me to clean-up in between sessions and to allow more time for families to come and go. I will sanitize all dishes, tables, and chairs. I will wear a mask indoors.
Want to book?
Here are the dates and times available. Choose an open slot and fill in the form below with the date and time you want. I will reply back to you to confirm that you have the slot and send you the address(in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville, FL).
*UPDATE: I canceled one of the shooting dates. I hope you can still make it on November 13th!
3:00 p.m. – CANCELLED
4:00 p.m. – CANCELLED
5:00 p.m. – CANCELLED
2:00 p.m. – available
3:00 p.m. – available
4:00 p.m. – available
Excited to see you and your gingerbread-making skills.
Sunset at the beach is my favorite time and place. I was honored to capture the Stacey and her family’s photos. We met on Jacksonville Beach and sat close to the dunes, then played in the water. They good-naturedly knelt in the wet sand and splashed in the water and looked stunning the whole time (not something easy to pull off).
To make things more fun for their son, I had the father put him on his shoulders and I love the natural joy that came to his face. Just a moment in time for this beautiful family.
It was a hot day, and there were beads of sweat running down our faces, but we sat on a bench with our popsicles until the sun turned from white to gold. As we stepped out onto the docks, it was worth it!
Happy to capture this milestone for this young family and their smiley baby. Can you believe in almost every picture he had a wide mouth smile? It made things so easy for me. My favorite was when he would look at his parents and laugh. You could tell he was a big fan.
Until next time–see you at sunset!
Playing under the trees, chasing leaves, hiding in a wind-blown tent – all in an afternoon to celebrate this little boy and his family! I loved his goofy smile – all thanks to ticking and chasing from his mom. One year down and many to go.
I have to admit, I was a little winded after this shoot. Being with kids keeps you young!
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.
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….
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).
4:00-4:20: S.A. (J.G.)
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!
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: