After being forced to reschedule this session twice before already, we we're watching the weather radar so closely all day hoping to not have to once again cancel our scheduled session at Coral Cove Park. The previous 2 sessions I had with this family we're at-home sessions & while we we're looking forward to getting outdoors for something different, South Florida's (almost-)summer weather can definitely make it more difficult. Although it was predicted to rain all evening the Sunday of our beach session, we were lucky that it ended up staying dry most of the day. The passing clouds may not have given us the turquoise blue water & sky we're used to down here, but it definitely made for flattering light & a surprisingly cool breeze at times. Because its been since the youngest's newborn session since I've had this family in front of my camera, it was so fun to see how much has changed. Three young boys and each with their own personality that I loved capturing in photos. We had the perfect mix of posed family portraits & fun candids, especially when we ended the session at the nearby playground - which always makes it easy to capture kid's having fun.It was great to see all five you again! More photos coming your way soon! [tg_masonry_gallery gallery_id="9652" layout="wide" columns="4"]
The first photo in this gallery was the instant reaction to pulling my camera out while playing with 4-year old Elena in her room. I immediately realized that documenting truly candid photos of the day could be a difficult challenge for me. She was clearly used to the camera & loved to give me her best hand-on-the-hip model pose & smile anytime I pointed it toward her. However, in the end, the day was still completely unscripted. Our at-home document session consisted of an introduction to all of her books & baby dolls, a game of tickle monster (with the greatest tickle-monster gloves ever), riding around the neighborhood in her sweet pink Corvette, a pillow fight & so much more... I'm not sure who had more fun in the process, Elena or me. The photos that resulted capture so much natural emotion & laughter that would not have been easy to achieve in a boring studio... and the added bonus is that they are so much more personal & special having taken place in their home.[tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8235" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Another sweet baby boy on the blog... this time, just 12 days new! I'll be honest, when mom, Valerie, contacted me to tell me baby #3 was on his way, it had felt like no time had passed at all since I photographed her second baby at their home in Jupiter. But 12 days after sweet baby Parker arrived, I met the family in Jupiter for another session & out ran an adorable 2.5 year old to remind me that it *had* been a while since we last saw each other. The love both Tyler & 6-year old Gavin had for their new little brother was almost too much to handle. Faster than I could even get my camera out of my bag, the 2 big brothers swarmed to their brother, gently petting him, kissing him & looking at him like he was the best thing in the world. Congratulations to the entire proud family!!
My photography-love-affair started with this amazing family a few years ago, when little Avery was first born. Over the last 3 years, I've had the privilege to not only see her grow up into a beautiful little girl, but also have the same opportunity to capture her little brother, Jackson, since his newborn session a year ago. Last time we got together, we were joined by 8 of their other close family members, spanning 3 generations with a big pre-holiday group session on Hollywood Beach. But being that this was their last session in their (second) baby's first year package, this one was all about Jackson and his first birthday. We started the session at Tree Tops Park for some fun with their wagon, but couldn't resist continuing it in their backyard for some fun cake smash & clean-up photos! Always a blast hanging with this fam - thanks for letting me continue to create lasting memories for your family!
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!
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...
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!)
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...)
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.
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!