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.
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….
“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.
See you next year!
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.
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.