Treaty Oak Park – Children’s Session

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.

Siblings always get the best smiles out of each other.
I love this picture for so many reasons. I love how she is standing perfectly in a aisle of light, how she has folded her arms for me (unplanned), and her cute rabbit teeth.
I believe they are falling over here. I may be too.
What a beautiful family!

I’m glad I get to explore beautiful areas around me and focus on capturing these precious human connections.

Josh and Holli – Arlington Area Wedding

All the family were in tears at this intimate ceremony in a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel in the Arlington area of Jacksonville. Without words, it was felt that this day was long awaited and there was such joy they could be together. I felt lucky to be apart of it all and witness the family’s playfulness, Holli’s liveliness, Josh’s adoration for his new wife.

After the ceremony and family pictures, we went to American Legion Post 283, just down the road from the church. There, a more carefree reception unfolded. One of my favorite pictures of the night was an unprompted kiss captured from across the room. In the midst of guests and revelry, they only had eyes for each other. 

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.

Child Modeling Session – Walter Jones Historical Park

You know the dreams that you have where you are trying to get somewhere, and the more you walk, the further away from your goal you get? That’s how I felt trying to get to this location, because unfortunately, on the day of the shoot there was a huge marathon running on the road right in front of the park. Not to be daunted, I took a 45 minute detour/park/walk-far-away to get there because I would not be defeated by healthy people.

I’m glad Dana was able to get there too. We had a full-on modeling session with props and wardrobe changes. She’s the perfect age where she can be directed easily, she has lots of focus, but she’s not self conscious. Here is a sample of our day:

 

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We took extra time to set up the headshot. Dana’s mom became expert in using the reflector board to light up Dana’s eyes. My favorite part about Dana is her dimples, visible even when she only smiles softly.

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For the next series, I told Dana to walk down the ramp like a Disney princess. She knew exactly what I meant.

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We did at least 5 minutes of pure spinning, but the flying hair shot was 100% necessary.

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Trying to capture someone mid-jump can only bring joy. We laughed a lot over this shot. In the end, 45 minute detour or not, we had a lot of fun.

Love,

Enge

Alpine Groves Park – Family Photo Session

It was a chilly 8:00 a.m, but the sun pierced through tree and fog to highlight this beautiful family. We walked through a rustic flower garden, climbed up and about the porch of an old, white farmhouse, and ran through grassy fields – the kids getting more and more relaxed as time went on.

My favorite part was when I asked Tammy to pose in front of a fence and I had Brent stand behind me with the instruction to get her to smile. Within moments, she  suppressed laughter and said, “he’s spanking himself.”

Later, when I was doing individual pictures of parent and child, I was touched at how their expressions softened and changed when they were close together. I was happy to capture not only their personality, but their relationship. Enjoy these sweet moments!

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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!