Sometimes I get so behind on blogging recent photos, that I think... maybe I'll just do a mishmash post of a bunch of favorites from the past 10 photo sessions. Sounds easy right? Then I start digging through recent photos and my complete indecisive nature takes over and I can't even chose which photos to feature from which family session. So instead, I'm taking a moment to give this too-beautiful-for-words family their own blog feature - again. And there's a reason for it. We first met Noah almost two years ago (as seen HERE)... and since then, I've taken some quick shots for holidays, carried my camera along for a few candids here and there, etc... but it wasn't until this December, that I got to do a whole full session again with these guys. It was my last session in 2012 and a great way to close out the year. Noah will be 2 in May (TWO!), which of course is going to call for another set of photos - so I definitely had to make sure to get these up here first. These were taken in Tree Tops Park in Davie, on a hot but perfectly-partly-cloudy South Florida "winter" evening.PS - I dare you to not fall in love with these curls.
Remember this face? Almost exactly one year ago, I spent the day with Jordan and his parents at Volunteer Park in Sunrise (seen HERE), shortly after his first birthday... which would make him two now. Yep, I can also do math. This time, we met at Fort Lauderdale beach - by the South Beach Park and the Sheraton Hotel, aka Yankee Clipper. You might notice that Jordan had a wardrobe change halfway through the session... well, actually it was probably more like 15 minutes into the session. Two year olds are always drawn to the ocean. Pretty instantly. I usually save the 'let the kids get wet and messy' photos for the end, but in this case, it was a nice start to a BEAUTIFUL morning in South Florida. I smiled the entire time I was editing this set - Jordan's smile is still very much contagious. Love catching up with this family every year... by next session, this family of three will be a family of four!
On a crowded day at Fort Lauderdale Beach, I got to hang out with three generations of a family I've known my whole life... including the two little cuties that I hadn't even met yet! I'm not sure when we all grew up, but its great being close enough to catch up and get them some updated family photos in time for the holidays!
Meet Avery Willow... just three weeks old when she made her modeling debut with me. When it comes to newborn photography, you can never try to prepare too much. I always shoot to start my sessions right after a morning feeding, so the baby will be nice and sleepy during photos. Not all people are really looking for that popular sleeping-baby photo set that you see all the time, but the truth is (and no surprise)... its just easier to take photos when they're sleeping because they're happy, content and still.While setting up and getting started, it quickly became clear that Avery was not going to sleep through any of this fun. Normally, that could mean a difficult, long session with lots of soothing-baby breaks... but that was definitely not the case here. She was wide awake but so completely happy. At just three weeks old, she seemed so aware of my camera and was almost posing herself, shot after shot. She'd start to squirm... I'd lift my camera and point the lens her way... and she'd quickly stop moving and stare, waiting for me to get exactly what I needed.With 2 ecstatic brand new parents... 4 proud new grandparents... and one very supportive greyhound... Avery soaked up the spotlight and seemed to enjoy every second of it.
Since I'm past the age of watching the sunrise on my way home from the clubs, the only time I am really awake in time to enjoy them anymore is when I have a morning beach photo session. I should maybe consider waking up early enough to enjoy them more often...I definitely live close enough to the beach... Eh, but I do love my sleep.Maybe this photo I took of last Saturday's sunrise at Dania Beach Pier will fulfill my need for a while. Until the next morning session, of course.
I spent this past Saturday morning with this adorable family on Dania Beach. Heather is expecting her second child and wanted to do something a little different than the typical studio maternity photos this time, so we did a full family session. When we met at the beach, I gave them one important instruction... to simply have fun - I was just going to hang around to document it. Two year old Ava must have heard me loud and clear, because she seemed to have a blast from start to finish. I can almost hear her laugh coming through some of these images. You can definitely tell she's excited to be a big sister!I had such hard time narrowing down my favorites, but here are just a few...
Something a little different. I had never even been to any kind of fight before, let alone shot photos of a fight. I figured the lighting and the movement couldn't be THAT different from concerts, which I have plenty of experience doing... (as seen HERE, of course). I was somewhat right. As far as setting my camera's ISO/aperture/shutter speed and following moving subjects to focus, it was similar. But behind my camera at a concert, I feel the music and let the beat and the energy of the performers direct my shoot a bit. In this case? I felt like I was missing opportunities for good shots, because anytime anyone got a good punch or kick in, I'd pull away from my camera and cringe. Some of it was painful to watch. I'm sure the fighters involved would love to remind me that I don't have any idea what true pain is, so I'll just stop talking now.The fight took place at the News-Journal Center in Daytona Beach on February 19, 2012. Although the event was made up of several fights, I was there to focus on getting photos specifically of Joe Miller of Dynasty Martial Arts & Fitness - fighting Muay Thai against opponent Kegan Otey. The fights are made up of 3 rounds, but I quickly realized that when I'm behind the camera concentrating on photos, I'm not seeing the fight objectively enough to have any idea who's in the lead. Not that I know enough about fighting to know who should win anyway, but in this case, I'm glad it was Joe - it made the concluding photos that much happier.