Family In-Home Photo Session

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!

I was ringing a bell around my neck and for a split second, both dogs looked. It was perfect.
We were careful not to cut any faces in this shot.

2021 Christmas Minis: Gingerbread Houses

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!

11/6/21

3:00 p.m. – CANCELLED

4:00 p.m. – CANCELLED

5:00 p.m. – CANCELLED

11/13/21

2:00 p.m. – available

3:00 p.m. – available

4:00 p.m. – available

Excited to see you and your gingerbread-making skills.

Christmas Minis 2019

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!

2019 Christmas Minis are Coming!

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).

Investment: $75

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!

Pumpkin Newborn Session

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.

Don’t grow up too fast, little one.

Fanaaj: Newborn Session

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.

Mother’s Day In-Home Session

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I love in-home sessions because there is personality and memories in the space all around. Lizzy’s living room glowed with late evening light. Her father (who happened to be visiting) helped me balance my reflector and illuminate this quiet tableau:

Lizzy’s daughter just turned 1 and likes to run around. It required some sweet temptations to get her to sit down. But now she will remember that “Dear Zoo” was her favorite book.

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I asked, “What’s your daughter’s favorite thing to do with you?” Lizzy said, “Squeeze my nose.” And sure enough…

I asked, “What’s your son’s favorite thing to do with you?” Lizzy said, “Put his feet in my face.” Ahhh, boys.

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Lizzy’s house looks like one from a magazine. I thought she maybe arranged it or cleaned up just for me. Apparently, this is how it always looks!

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This sweet moment happened when we were trying to get the whole family to stand together. Their little girl took off, and instead of trying to corral her, Rick and Lizzy stood back and watched. I’m glad they took time to appreciate things while in the moment.

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I love it when kids stand funny or do their own thing – let their personality shine through.

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Rick and Lizzy have this beautiful magnolia tree in their front yard. I’m thinking, there will be many memories under that tree.

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This beautiful girl is 1 and very sweet! She’s asking to be picked up here, and we’re just talking excitedly and clapping our hands. I think she forgave us.

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It isn’t often they get to see Grandma and Grandpa. Glad we got to capture some of these quick moments before the day was done.

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Again, I love in-home sessions for the intimacy and meaning they inherently have. If I could do it again, I would highlight different parts of the house with small family moments, framed with doorways and light. Some exciting things to try in the future!