Christmas Mini Sessions

I love the the child-like wonder, the bright hope, and the feeling of togetherness that comes with Christmas. It’s something I tried to embody in the Christmas mini session photos I took last week at Alpine Groves Park. Here is a sampling of the beautiful families that came and shared the day with me:

Garrett and Vanessa:

Vanessa and Garrett came perfectly coordinated with their little baby boy. It took very little direction to position them to look flawless, but we had to work together to get their baby to smile. We tag-teamed tickling him and playing peek-a-boo.  In the end, what worked best was when I yelled out loudly, “Santa!” Then came his infectious smile. Who knew I was so funny?

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Ron and Susan:

There is something so endearing about this couple. Ron’s no-nonsense reminds me of my dad and Susan always makes me laugh. I’m glad we got to do a glitter throw picture, because it helped me capture an expression that I think we would have never gotten had we just faked it. If you look closely, you can see the real glitter around Susan’s hands and everything else was added in post to look like snow. After I shot this photo, the glitter flew back at them and coated their hair and faces with silver specks. They laughed about it, but I was mortified. Here’s a tip: save the glitter throw for last.

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Derrick and Marissa:

Derrick and Marissa had such a carefree, loving dynamic about them. When I’d fiddle with my camera settings or look around to scope for a good background, I’d turn back to look at them and they’d be cuddling their baby or laughing together. I couldn’t stop taking pictures in case I missed something.

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Chris and Laura:

Chris and Laura’s little girl started out a little shy, but I could see a mischievous glint in her eye. That’s why I employed her with the important task of the glitter throw. It took 3 or 4 tries, but when it was done right, a wall dropped from everyone’s face and they forgot I was there for just a second. I love how their daughter’s dress is bunched up from having just swirled around.  It makes for a fun and beautiful moment.

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Thank you everyone who came and let me capture the love in their families. I can’t wait to do more seasonal mini sessions next year! Merry Christmas!

Amelia: Apple Basket Newborn Photo Session

How lucky was I to capture Amelia when she was just 5 days old. As we worked to find a place in the house with enough light, I felt drawn to their front courtyard where the warm weather and soft morning light made for a perfect baby sleeping area.

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It wasn’t all buttery smooth though. At first we put Amelia face-down in the basket, which encouraged her to flop forward and almost tumble out. Later, we went diaperless to get some cute baby bum shots. Feeling free and breezy, she pooped 3 times on her mom’s black dress. Afterwards, we were tired but laughing.

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In the end, Amelia woke up enough to cuddle with her older brother. I love how natural and intimate this moment is, her brother still in his underwear, bouncing with energy and still just long enough to plant a kiss on his sister’s head.

Newborn photography is so priceless. Here are some tips for when you try it:

  1. As a general rule, 5-14 days is the best time to photograph a newborn because he/she has lost their umbilical cord but is still sleepy most of the time.
  2. Be flexible and plan plenty of time for your newborn photo session. The baby may cooperate, but he/she may need to spend half the time nursing.
  3. If you get the baby comfortable in one set-up, consider changing the background or the wardrobe/blanket without moving the baby.
  4. A baby’s expression can change from second to second, so you need to be ready for when they randomly give you a milk-smile.

Let me know if you have any other good ideas!

Love,

Enge

Downtown Professional Headshots with Alycen

Jacksonville’s Main Street Bridge is the perfect place to capture a professional headshot. The early morning light mixed perfectly with the bold blue girders and, of course, Alycen’s beautiful red hair.

The challenge with professional headshots is to portray your subject with the correct balance or strength and confidence with approachability. Alycen was the perfect model, because unlike my one-year-old, she listened to me! She also let me know what felt weird or comfortable – so helpful!

I’m looking forward to more of these in the future!

 

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Christmas Minis – Made Easy!

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How often have you wanted to send out Christmas cards and pictures but are too lazy to get props, clothes, and a photographer together? I’m raising my hand too. But with these Christmas mini sessions, all you need to do is wake up, comb your hair, and come on over! I’ll have cookies, mistletoe, and glitter you can blow at the camera if you so fancy. But uh, don’t wear a coat like I made my daughter do in the picture above. It’s Florida.

See you November 4th!

Delivering the Final Product

I just finished working on my friend’s beautiful wedding. Now it’s time for my favorite part: sending off the final DVDs!

For wedding packages, I include 3 DVDs in tin cases – for the bride and the groom and both sets of parents. That way, your parents can bust the DVD out to embarrass you at family dinners. In any case, I love knowing these will be cherished forever.

 

Let’s get started!

My filming adventures have brought me from Utah, to Washington, Taiwan, and now Florida! We moved to Jacksonville last year, and I’ve been amazed at the beauty of the state and the people. My mom visited in the winter, and while driving home from the airport she asked if we were in the countryside. I laughed because we were driving down the busy interstate, but the lack of billboards and abundance of trees made it look like Utah’s countryside.

Excited to get busy and start making films here! Hope I can work with some of you soon.

-Enge