After a 100-mile drive across Southern Florida, including 6 gator sightings & a lot of swampy nothingness... I got to meet this little 7lb bundle of perfection. Preslee Rose was born just 11 days prior & I think its safe to say this day of photos (although the first of many, I'm sure) was her biggest, most active day yet. She was more interested in being in mommy or daddy's arms than sleeping or modeling anywhere solo, but that just meant a lot more photos of these new parents embracing their new, tiny bundle of joy - which was fine by me! Newborn lifestyle photos are all about allowing you to remember how your child once fit into your arms so perfectly & what it felt like in that first week of having her home... (including every detail, like how the 4-legged "first born" was always sure to stay close by).Congratulations on your new addition - she's beautiful![tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8779" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Crafts, smoothies, Mario Kart & more... a typical Sunday morning for this awesome family & it was great to be a part of it. I guess its safe to say that these two cuties have grown up with my camera. From newborn sessions, to large family portraits, cake smashes & birthday parties... this time we decided to do something a little different: an at-home documentary session. I'm always striving to find the real moments within posed sessions at a park or beach you may have never even been to... so these take it one step further. More personal, more candid & more real life. There wasn't much of an agenda, because letting life happen results in moments like a private patio dance performance to Sia's The Greatest... or an unprompted hug for mommy or an angry drum solo... & course, lots of laughs. The snowflakes they made turned out much cuter than I had imagined - or tried to imagine when they first started, but I should have known not to question the ideas of the creative mind behind Hello Whimsy Designs. It was a stress-free, relaxed & FUN Sunday morning... and it resulted in a huge collection of real moments that made it very difficult for me to choose my favorites.It was so great to see you all again, congrats on the new house![tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8375" layout="wide" columns="4"]
I met this beautiful, recently-turned family of 4 for a quick mini session in Davie, at Bamford Sports Complex - right down the road from where I grew up. Now although the entire sports complex of endless baseball & soccer fields didn't exist when I was a kid, we found ourselves in a nice shady spot in front of the original (& unchanged) community center, where I remember taking dance classes & swimming lessons many moons ago. There is something refreshing about finding myself shooting photos for local families in the very area where I was raised. Pine Island Park was very welcoming & quiet - a nice change from the overcrowded parks I've been shooting at, where there is a photography session every 100ft. I don't know how I've gotten so lucky with so many adorable kids to photograph, but they sure make my job easy!
For being new to shooting photo sessions at Robbins Lodge Park in Davie, I sure have gotten comfortable there fast. For the 3rd blog post in a row, these family mini sessions also took place at Robbins, which continues to provide a beautiful setting & gorgeous light for family photos. This past Sunday were families of boys of all ages & a mix of first-timers & old friends... I had a great time laughing with & getting to know these families (including family pup, Marley!). Thanks to everyone who has participated in this year's park mini sessions. This group's full galleries will be on their way to everyone shortly so I can get ready for this weekend's shoots![tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8782" layout="wide" columns="4"]
I've known this beautiful mother of 2 my entire life... & that isn't any bit an exaggeration since our own mothers were friends long before the 2 of us were born. This is the third time I've had the pleasure of shooting holiday photos for her & her family, but the first time their dog, Biggie, joined in on the fun (who seemed to be a pro on posing for the camera). Although I've gotten used to 5-year-old Ryan always keeping me on my toes for these sessions with his huge personality - I couldn't help but laugh at all his different facial expressions while sorting through the photos. Ava, who is now 7, is a bit of the opposite with a very calm, quiet demeanor - but also super affectionate & loving. I had so much fun with both of them this past weekend at Robbins Lodge Park, it was great to catch up & see how much they've changed![tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8773" layout="wide" columns="4"]
Another year has flown by, which means it was time for my annual catch up with this great family of 4. Always trying to change things up a bit, this year we held our photo session at Robbins Park in Davie & avoided any fully-clothed ocean swims like last year. Jordan, who is now 6 & a pro at these yearly sessions, continues to provide his own creative direction, suggesting poses & locations to go to next. I love that both him & his sister, Kylie are always so enthusiastic to get involved, as they make my job of capturing these real moments super easy.[tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8786" layout="wide" columns="4"]
I usually shoot early mornings in Wynwood, Miami, as its quiet & we have all the walls to ourselves... However, this photo shoot was done late afternoon, when most of the areas of the neighborhood were filled with people. Because my favorite settings are those off the beaten path, within blocks of 2nd Ave, the crowds did not really affect us shooting at all. But can we talk about these fun colors?! You can't beat them - it always makes such a fun gallery. 3.5 year old Elena was loving all the art & choosing which were her favorites. If you're familiar with the area, you know that some of the art is very... adult - political, graphic or otherwise. So at times we had to find alternatives to some of the ones she wanted to take photos with, but we all had a great time.
Hurray! Dates for this year's mini sessions are here & booking starts now! The two dates will be Saturday, October 29th & Sunday, November 13th. The first will be a beach location in Hollywood & the second session in November will be a park location in Davie. New to my mini session photography? No worries! They're created to give people like you a super simple way to get new family photos in time for the holidays without doing a full-length custom session. Mini sessions are short 20 minute lifestyle photography sessions, taking place at a predetermined location, producing around 20-30 final edited photos. The price includes a personal online gallery & 3 of your favorite images delivered as digital files for easy printing. Physical prints, canvas wraps, holiday cards & additional digitals are available for purchase as well.I only accept a limited amount of families per day, so fill out the form below to book your spot.[contact-form-7 id="7549" title="2016 Mini Sessions"]
After being slightly delayed due to South Florida's schizophrenic weather... (okay, okay, it was really just a typical 5-minute drizzle that I probably overreacted to)... we had excellent weather on Fort Lauderdale Beach for a quick maternity session! Just the right amount of sun peeking through the clouds & a nice breeze to keep us from sweating within minutes... a great reminder of how beautiful our beaches are at this time of night. You know what else is beautiful? This glowing mommy-to-be who also happens to be my sister. Baby girl Morgan is scheduled to make her arrival October 12th, so we of course had to get some prime belly shots in before the endless newborn, baby & family photos start up. Consider this Morgan's very first photo session with Aunt Tammi. So much more to come. I can't wait to meet you, Morgan!!
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!!