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"]
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"]
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"]
I love my annual check in with this family... And considering Jordan (who is now 5) has been taking part in these photo sessions since he was just 13 months old, he definitely knows the drill (he even directed the 2nd photo in this gallery - wanting to pose in the background of his sister). We met at North Beach Park in Hollywood this year, which gave us great places to "explore" (& play find-the-grills) before ending up on the beach. There was no doubt Jordan was going to be first in the water - It gave our family photo session a trash-the-dress-esque edge. Ha. Had a great time as always - love watching these two grow up!
When its my first time meeting (& photographing) a family, I always do my best to explain my creative process a bit in the beginning. It starts simple... "just be yourself", "engage with each other", "pretend I'm not here"... but after this past Sunday, I think Melissa & Josh might tell you it sounds much easier than it actually is. I'm sure when they arrived at Colee Hammock Park Photo Sessions in Fort Lauderdale for family photos, they were probably not expecting to get a full workout complete with running, lifting, throwing, etc. But good news... I don't charge extra for the unexpected calorie burn! ;) I had such a blast with these girls, covering every inch of the waterfront park... pulling those natural smiles out from behind those shy, hiding faces I first met. It was great to meet you all - I hope you enjoy the photos... full gallery coming soon!
After doing a multi-generation family session at this same location just 2 weeks ago, I returned to hang out with 3 different families for my second round of mini-sessions this season. Without too many available days for sessions between now and Christmas (I know, I know, it scares me too), I'll be spending the rest of my year focusing on full photo sessions. It was great to have one last back-to-back-session day of the year - never a dull moment! I met so many great faces!
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"]
This season's first round of holiday mini-sessions took place at Tree Tops Park. Like usual, I had a great mix of repeat clients and some new faces - with little ones ranging from 8 months old to 6 years old! Here are just a few of my favorites from 3 of the families that joined me that day...
Saturday at a quiet North Beach Park in Hollywood, I hung out with this great three-generation family of twelve... and shot HUNDREDS of photos! It was just 9 months ago that I photographed 15-day-old Jackson - the newest addition to the family, so it was great to see how him and big sister Avery have grown. Not to mention, the rest of the family, most of whom I had first met at Avery's first birthday party. I definitely owe this session to Jess for being the best subject and assistant at the same time, making sure all groups were covered and everyone knew exactly where they were supposed to be. It made MY afternoon super relaxed - hope we got it all covered! I had a blast with all of you... it was so difficult to narrow down my favorite photos. The entire gallery is coming soon! [tg_grid_gallery gallery_id="8791" layout="wide" columns="4"]