I have captured this family a few times already, usually during holiday mini-sessions, but this was our first Real-Life Session & at their home. Soon to be a family of 5, they chose a documentary session t0 capture what life was like as a family of 4. I'm going to guess that a typical Sunday morning is looking a little different these days for this crew with the new addition. At least for some of them... Ryan may still be playing Fortnite. We did a lot of hanging out, playing games, etc (and omg, the pot holder loom was instant nostalgia - I definitely weaved quite a few of those growing up) & of course got their pup, Biggie, involved, as well. I loved capturing the brother-sister relationship of these two & all of the facial expressions that came with it. Knowing that their relationship will be constantly changing as they grow up (and perhaps starting with when they became big siblings to their new baby sister), its something that adds to the "now" of these photos. I can't wait to come back in a year to document how their real life has changed!
Hanging out with Kathryn on a typical Saturday morning for this mini Day in the Life at their home was seriously so much fun. Her mother's intention for this documentary family session was to capture her 2.5 year old daughter's maximum curiosity at this age... to cherish the joy in their family's every day moments... and I think we succeeded.
One minute we we're having races in the front yard, the next we we're playing hide & seek and being served fake ice cream in exchange for fake money... (specifically, $2... everything was $2). Kathryn was only a little into helping her mom make muffins, until the chocolate chips came out & her excitement increased, proudly topping off each cup. She sure stayed busy all morning with one activity after another, but she was also perfectly content cuddled up next to her dad on the couch watching some college football. We also broke some documentary-family-session rules (I've always been a rule breaker) and squeezed in just a couple of directed photos of the three of them.
When little ones are involved, you don't need to have any specific activities planned for your documentary family session. If you let everything unfold naturally, it will not only make for a no-stress experience, but also result in much more honest & natural photos. A true glimpse into your current daily life (or in this case, morning).
Combining documentary photography & newborn photography seems like a no-brainer. For this momma, it meant not having to leave the house, plan anything or force the older siblings to sit still for poses, all while still capturing what life was like just 3 weeks after giving birth to their newest addition. I ended up with dozens of photos of these 2 older siblings loving on their new little brother so hard that it looks like I asked them to... but nope. All this snuggling, hugging & kissing happening was completely unprompted & judging by mom's reaction, it happens daily. Welcome to the world, baby Hank! I think its safe to say, you're surrounded by LOTS of love already![tg_masonry_gallery gallery_id="9600" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Is there a non-creepy way to say that hanging out at people's houses for photo sessions is my favorite? Asking for a friend.... I mean, having a camera pointing your way will never be 100% comfortable for most people... but it's a lot more comfortable when you're just hanging out in your own house than when you're standing on a public beach boardwalk in heels. For newborns, at-home sessions are a no brainer. They require a lot of breaks & a lot of conveniences of home, but the best part is being able to incorporate the nursery in the photos & capture what life feels like home with a new addition. Speaking of nurseries... can we talk about this one?! So cute. I loved all the animal details & the theme of adventure, which also carried through in the master bedroom (where we took advantage of a bed big enough for the whole family). You can tell these new parents are world travelers! At a little more than a month old, baby Alexandra was alert through all of her portraits & flashing me all kinds of smiles & funny expressions. I think this is one of my favorite ages to shoot new additions. Yes, they're at their maximum itty-bittiness at the normally-recommended age of 7-10 days old but then you rarely capture them with their eyes open, let alone alert like this. I loved how the entire family joined in on the photo-taking fun, including both of the first children (the dog and the cat). Alexandra was a dream to photograph & I have way too many favorites from this session... [tg_masonry_gallery gallery_id="9505" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Another holiday season snuck up on me & my 'in-time-for-holiday-cards-and-gifts' weeks are filling up fast! I will not be offering my normal holiday mini sessions this year, but I am offering some AWESOME deals on 2 different short sessions on a handful of dates through December. I'm talking like $200 off my normal prices, people. And it gets even better... these photo sessions take place at your home, so you can forget the getting-everyone-out-the-door-on-time stress - I'll come to you anywhere in Broward County.
45-Minute Family Session - $200:
For those looking for the well-groomed family portraits in a short & sweet session, this is the option for you. It takes place in & around your home, which in addition to convenience, means more meaningful photos & the bonus of your kids (and you!) being their most comfortable.These sessions are also great for planned activities - baking cookies, decorating the Christmas tree, reading stories, etc. I'll find the best light & the best spots to shoot and while I do provide gentle direction for posing in these sessions (& capture a couple everyone-looking-at-the-camera- portraits), my personal favorites are the in-between moments & the candid shots that show your family connection. Included in this 45-minute family session is a private gallery to view & share all of your final images, plus a code to deliver your favorite 15 images as high-resolution files. I also offer professional prints & wall art perfect for gifting![tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="10048" layout="contain" columns="3"]
2-Hour Documentary Family Session - $300:
Documentary sessions capture your family's life in a more honest way - creating images of real moments that carry more of an emotional significance than a fancy-clothes portrait. These sessions are unscripted & not directed or posed in any way. They're most meaningful when I'm documenting a typical day in the life of your family, the things you want to remember forever. Do you play board games every Monday? Do you always go to get ice cream as a family on your way home from the park? Maybe your favorite moments are in the evenings when it calms down after bath time & you cuddle up for a story... or how a dance party breaks out in your living room when you try to cook dinner. Included in this 2-hour documentary family session is a private gallery to view & share all of your final images, plus unlimited high-resolution downloads of all images. I also offer professional prints & coffee-table books perfect for gifting!
These family photo session deals are specifically for the 2018 holiday season & available in Plantation, Davie, Cooper City, Weston, Sunrise, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale & all of Broward County. Get updated family photos for your holiday cards, photo book gifts & for your own frames & walls.
Beautiful miss Alesandra was just 4 weeks old when I met her & of course her proud new parents were excited to show her off. We had a relaxed Sunday morning session at their home, which allowed us to integrate some personal items & show off some of the baby's nursery which was AMAZING. All the details worked together so perfectly, including the most adorable little lace onesie. Admittedly, my baby-fever was super strong for this newborn session... I mean look at those perfect little lips & all that new-parent love & adoration! It was so great to meet you all. Welcome to world, Alesandra! [tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="9094" layout="wide" columns="4"]
More than a year and a half after Finley's 1st birthday shoot in Wynwood, I got to make plans with this great family again to welcome baby girl #2. Hurricane Irma, however, had different plans & we had to reschedule not once, but twice because of the storm & recovery. Newborns change so quickly, but its never "too late" to have photos done. Posed newborn photographers have a more limited window to work in because they need the baby to sleep the whole time & be comfortable in super squishy positions. My style is very different & I actually celebrate those open eye photos like the one above... I mean, just look at those big, beautiful, blue eyes. It would have been a complete bummer if I never got to capture those. At 6 weeks old, Makenna spent most of the morning checking out as much as she could around her, while big sister, Finley proudly gave me a tour of her playroom, toys & bedroom. I can't believe how much she has grown since I've seen her last - she is such a proud big sister and so sweet to baby Makenna. Kids are so much more comfortable at home, which allows me more opportunity to capture those truly natural moments. Not to mention, it gets your fur-babies involved as well. Looking at these photos, you'd think we went to great lengths to get their family dog in as many photos as possible, but... nope. He did that all on his own, always staying close by. It was great to see this recently-turned family-of-four & catch up! Congratulations on the beautiful new addition! [tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8931" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Not counting the polaroids while playing dress up in the 90s (which will never be shared here), my photo collection of my best friend, Kristen started when her & her now husband were first engaged. Since then, I've shot hundreds of photos of her first two boys between newborns, birthdays, baptisms & other milestones... Now six months after they welcomed their THIRD boy, I was so happy to finally get him & his proud big brothers in front of my camera. We spent a late Sunday morning just hanging out at home, first venturing outside (SUPER QUICKLY) to get a couple portraits in the trees, but holy heat. If you're not in a body of water, being outside mid-day in the summer in South Florida is just not recommended. More of a reason to embrace all the fun we can still have indoors... not to mention embracing what really happens when you try to force 4 kids to sit still for a posed photo. I can't help but love the complete photo-fail of the 3 boys with their cousin, where half of them were crying & the other half were completely disinterested. Real life, y'all. As the morning went on, things got super relaxed & turned into a big tickle party... and those real moments are always my favorite. <3 [tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8716" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Knowing that tomorrow is never promised... what do you want to remember the most?Maybe its how your family cuddles into your favorite spot on the couch... or how happy your kids get when you take a trip to the local ice cream parlor. Maybe you always want to remember how your daughter once used anything she could to play dress up... or how your son used to turn any piece of furniture into a fort... Whatever it is, I have to guess that your favorite memories do not include the painful hour of bribing your perfectly-groomed children for forced smiles in an unfamiliar park. So why are those the photos we tend to hang on our walls & share with our family?Meet The G's - Grant & Grace. I got to spend 2 awesome days with them hanging at home, going for ice cream, watching Harry Potter in the park & taking a trip down the street to Wekiwa Springs. Thanks to my Dicapac case for my Fuji camera, I was even able to jump in the water with them & still never stop shooting. The result was over a hundred photos that will forever serve as uncensored memories of The G's story at that moment.
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Introducing, baby Amaya. 2 weeks old. Little sister to proud big brother, Nicholas. Totally adored by mom & dad.I spent a late Saturday afternoon hanging out in the comfort of this family's home... and a little earlier in the month than expected. While Amaya was 2 weeks old when I first met her, her due date was just 2 days prior, so we definitely had some last-minute change of plans for this session. I could not have asked for a more perfect session though... The afternoon started with getting the house tour from her big brother & taking a bunch of silly-face photos while we waited for the baby to eat. Once it was baby Amaya's turn to be in front of the camera, she was so perfectly content with whatever we did. As a lifestyle newborn photographer, I prefer babies to get comfortable themselves over forcing them into unnatural poses... and this beautiful little girl had no problem getting comfortable. She slept through almost our entire session, but just as I was getting ready to wrap up, she woke up stretching & smiling, giving me even more poses for the camera. I love shooting at people's homes, because it not only allows me to capture the nursery & get everyone involved including the family dog... it also allows me to incorporate important items such as family heirlooms into the photos, which makes the final photos that much more special. I think my heart may have exploded multiple times throughout our afternoon, especially watching the way big brother was in such awe of his new sister... staring at her tiny little fingers & toes, so amazed & in love. Welcome to the world Amaya... so loved already & a beautiful addition to this beautiful family. [tg_masonry_gallery gallery_id="8269" layout="wide" columns="4"]