4 Year Old Girl, 21 Month Old Boy + Family | Hollywood Beach Family Photographer

Last Sunday, I went to John Lloyd Beach Park in Dania Beach and spent the day with some of the most contagious smiles ever.  It had been about 2 years since I had last seen this family.  In 2012, we met at the Dania Beach pier at sunrise when Ava was just 2 and RJ hadn't made his appearance yet.  RJ has the same big personality his sister did at about that age, so these two smiles together can make anyone melt.  The morning started out cloudy and drizzling, but we didn't let that affect our fun.  We twirled, played games, raced, jumped... some of us even got tickle-attacked.  Mornings like this are just reminders of how much I love what I do.  I had a blast capturing these huge personalities in photos - looking forward to the next family shoot!

3 Year Old Boy, 10 Month Baby Girl - Family Session | Ft Lauderdale Family Photographer

Another family that I LOVE to grow with!  I first met Jordan, then just 13 months old, back in 2011 when I took photos of him and his parents at Volunteer Park in Plantation, Fl.  Fast forward to the same time of year in 2012, when I took family photos of him, his dad and his then pregnant mom at South Beach Park on Ft Lauderdale Beach.  Now it's November again and I get to spend the morning with this great family again... this time, a family of FOUR!  Kylie is now 10 months old and already has the same great personality as her big brother.  For this year's pre-holiday photo session, we met at Tree Tops Park in Davie, Fl.  Jordan does a great job of acting like he doesn't want his photo taken while we were in the process... but then still steals the show with that giant smile.  He even got a short photography lesson and took some shots of his own using my backup camera.  As usual, it was very difficult to narrow down my favorites of this shoot, but here are just a few...

Family Mini Sessions, Tree Tops Park | Davie Family Photographer

Every year, I try to offer at least one or two days of mini-sessions before the holidays.  This allows me to provide an inexpensive, low-hassle way for you to get your updated family photos for your Christmas cards - without having to do any real planning at all.  I choose the location and afternoon, you choose your time slot.  To make sure each family gets the right attention (and to prevent complete exhaustion), I only offer a very limited number of spots each day, so these sessions book very quickly!  This year, four families joined me at Tree Tops Park in Davie, Fl for their own 30 minute family session.  I got to hang out with 5 kids, 2 teenagers and 7 adults... and shoot family photos at one of my favorite spots in Tree Tops Park with perfect light!  I love letting the sunlight fill my frame to capture its direct relationship with my subjects... in hopes that I can capture it in a way you may not even realize it exists.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the day... (and if you want to be notified about any upcoming mini-session dates, sign up for email alerts!)

4 + 6 Year Old Sisters | Davie Children Photographer

Mia and Marley came to Tree Tops Park with me to do some location test-shooting (for the following week's mini-session date) and they were the perfect models!  There was a fashion show, an impromptu dance, swings and much more.  Six year old, Mia loves the camera and loves the chance to do her best modeling moves... Four year old, Marley, on the other hand, is shy and needs some warming up.  I love the challenge of capturing that natural moment that really shows kids' true smiles... even if it means following them down the slide at a playground.  (That may or may not have been what happened in one of the following photos...)

Part 2, Baby's First Year Package | Fort Lauderdale Baby Photography

There's a reason why I discount my sessions so much when you book a baby's first year package... its because I LOVE growing up with families, especially in this first year of a child's life.  Its great to get to watch a 2 week old baby quickly grow into a little boy - the fact that I get to document it all in photos too is just an added bonus!  Little Jaxon was born back in January, where I shot photos of him as a 15 day old newborn with his family.  Now halfway through his first year of life, we met again for part 2 of the baby's first year package - this time at a neighborhood park.

1 Year Old Girl, Party + Cake Smash | South Florida Baby Photographer

You might remember these beautiful blue eyes from a year ago when I took at-home newborn photos of Avery and her family.  Somehow an entire year has passed and the family celebrated her 1st birthday perfectly at Plantation Woods park in Plantation, Fl.  I loved the first birthday chalkboard with Avery stats and likes... and the month-by-month Instagram photos which served as the perfect decoration.  Surrounded by their closest family and friends, this was Celebrate Avery Day!