The third Tree Tops Park post in a row... and my last session there this holiday season - I can't believe how fast it flew by! This great family and I met in an area of the park where there were at least 5 other photographers, most with full holiday prop set ups. Every place I had shot at the weekend before was suddenly flooded with portrait sessions. 'Tis the season. It was easy to work around, but also allowed me to appreciate being so mobile during photo sessions... (because sometimes a mid-session walk to the playground is totally necessary). It was great meet these 4 - such adorable boys!
I think I say this every year around this time, but boy do I love watching families grow over the years! Its one of the main reasons I give special discounted pricing to my repeat clients. This is the 4th session I've done with this family since I moved back to Fort Lauderdale and it seems to fall on almost the exact same weekend each year - just as the weather finally gives us a break from the 90 degree sun. After doing a Fort Lauderdale beach session in 2012 and one at Tree Tops Park in 2013, we've circled back to the same great Plantation location we first met at in 2011, when Jordan, now 4, was just a little younger than Kylie is now. I had a blast as always... looking forward to even more years to come! [tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="9180" layout="wide" columns="4"]
A quick Saturday visit to Davie's Bamford Sports Complex playground with Elena, before the typical afternoon storms rolled in...
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!
It was little Elena's 5 month birthday and since the whole family was in town for Spring Break, it was a perfect time to do a quick mini-session for these three! We found some perfect shade under the trees of Forest Ridge in Davie to try to slow down time a bit and get some great photos during baby's first year. It had been about 3 months since I saw Elena last and she sure is growing up fast! I'm sure there will be lots of these little sessions throughout her life, so remember this face!A special thanks to my recruited photo assistant of the day, Melissa, who wiggled finger puppets over my head shot after shot.
Sometimes, photos should come with warning labels.... "You're about to smile." "You're about to laugh." "You're about to fall in love with this adorable face." "You're about to book me for your own session so you can have photos of your own children looking this happy." Okay, okay, I may have just thrown in that last one for fun... but seriously... Can you look at this smile without smiling yourself?!This is Jordan. He may only be 13 months old but he covered every inch of Volunteer Park in Sunrise last Saturday morning. So if you find it entertaining to imagine me chasing him everywhere with my camera, feel free to do so. I didn't want to miss a beat. Or a shot. Letting kids run free and play on whatever they want may make the picture-taking process a bit more difficult, but I'm always striving to capture their true personality and natural smiles. The only way to do that is to let them be themselves. Are you taking notes? Tammi J Photography, Lesson #1: Keep the kid(s) happy - the photos will show it. Its not usually very difficult... until you try to sit the child down and face your camera for that unexciting, but highly sought after posed group photo - kind of like the last one in this post, of Jordan with his Mom and Dad. I'll let you in on a little secret, though... He's not smiling that big because he likes me... or because I told him to say "cheese". Which I guess can bring me to lesson #2 - ALWAYS pack a bottle of bubbles.I wasn't the only busy one at this shoot... Jordan ran, played, helped drive the golf cart and even took quite a few photos himself. But enough small talk... on to the cuteness. Ready... set... go!