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….
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.
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:
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.
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!”