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.

1-Year Old Family Photoshoot at the Docks (Walter Jones Historical Park)

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.

Love the tongue smile.

Until next time–see you at sunset!

1-Year Old Photoshoot at Losco Park

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!

Christmas Minis 2020 – Camp Milton

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.

The Lofgrans

The Donovans

The Garcias

The Carusos

The Daniels

The Bennetts

The Robinsons

The Lasseters

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….

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.

High School Senior Photo Session – Camp Milton

It was a joy working with Hunter and Sola – 2 high school seniors and best friends. They decided to share a session together which turned out to be a wonderful idea. As I would do a set up with one, the other could watch and get ideas for her turn. Then when they switched, the other would cheer and make the other laugh. So glad I could spend an afternoon with these two lively, beautiful girls. 

Thanks for making me laugh! They have bright futures ahead of them.

Phillip and Shantelle, Amelia Island Wedding

I was lucky to photograph and video this intimate ceremony for Phillip and Shantelle. Our day started in a seaside hotel room, with those nervous but happy moments of getting ready. We got delayed when the zipper on Shantelle’s dress broke off! Shantelle was totally calm, and her easy going attitude set the mood for the whole day.

We walked out of the room to see clear blue skies and a sparkling beach. I can see why people love to get married by the ocean. Then every time they go to the beach, they can associate it with the most beautiful day of their life.

From the moment that Phillip first sees Shantelle in her dress to the moment their family cheers for them when they are officially married, this day is full of stunning moments. Watch the video (below) for the full experience!

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Playtime in the Trees: Losco Park

Losco park has a beautiful stretch of old, old trees. There is something about the crawling branches, the close blanket of leaves, and the dotted light that makes me think: fairytale. If anyone is thinking of coming here for a photo session, they would be hard pressed to not be completely charmed.

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P.S. This is the first day in two weeks that Simon has agreed to wear a shirt that doesn’t have Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I thought it was a moment to commemorate.

Conrad: Newborn Photo Session

Sometimes newborn photo session make me nervous because they are unpredictable. So when I arrived at Conrad’s parents house, I was relieved to hear that he had cried the whole morning so now he was tired and ready to be photographed. Parents out there, any way to plan for this for your next newborn photo session?

Those eyes…

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Conrad’s mom said she wanted a minimalist life-style shoot. In the past, I’ve depended heavily on props or unique locations to engage children or make interesting pictures. So this was a stretching moment for me, but in the end, I liked it! There is nothing to distract from family interactions and the sweet moments they shared.

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We shifted him to different positions, held him, passed him around, and he still stayed asleep 90% of the time.

This next picture with baby and big sister was tricky. Big sister didn’t want to cuddle Conrad, and when I loomed over her with the camera, I became scary. So with the help of Mom and Dad, we laid her on the bed and held a laptop playing her favorite movie above her so she could watch while lying down. Then slowly we shifted Conrad closer to her, and like a sneaky hunter in the wild, I moved in – watching and waiting for the perfect moment. That’s what I call a parent-photographer team.

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Some daddy-son moments:

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Some mommy-son moments:

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Mom has a beautiful, contemplative smile.

Some behind-the-scenes of what daddy-daughter were doing in the meantime. Even though it doesn’t seem like anything big, I can imagine this being a cool thing to remember: “Remember how “Sing” was your favorite movie? See! You made me watch it everyday!”

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Mom was so good with engaging her daughter with Conrad. “Where are his feet?” she’d say. “Where is his nose?” Asking the parents on the best way to involve their children is something that I want to work on better in future shoots. The parents know best.

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The love and closeness in their family is very apparent in their home.

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The last few photos of the session, I tried to use some of the props I had brought because I have a secret love of photos where babies are lying in layers and layers of texture rich fabric. Don’t tell my daughter that I cut off the bow-tie from her favorite teddy bear to use in this photoshoot.

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Then, I tried to turn Conrad over and balance his chin in his two hands (I’d seen infants posed like that on other blogs), but that was too ambitious. He got shag fluff in his mouth and he started to cry – the sort of cry that I could tell it was all over. I felt so bad! Lessons, lessons.