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"]
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.
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...