I was contacted by the H-family just prior to baby boy Zachary’s birth. They were the recipients of a gift certificate for family portraits. It was a pleasure to finally meet them and document their family. At 8 months old, little Zachary was on the move, showing off his crawling. Big sister Jillian, a new two-year old, was full of spunk and character. The H-family’s photo session was complete with fun, full of jokes and laughter. I love that their family images really documented their relationships and personality and all the milestones happening for them.
Archive: ‘Child / Children’
I started photographing this family when Erin was pregnant with #3 and did Tate’s newborn session as well, over three years ago. Since that time, I have photographed their family every year around the holidays including in 2010 and again in 2011 (although, it appears their session slipped through the cracks and didn’t get blogged).
In that time, we have become neighbors and the greatest of friends. So, when Erin joyfully confided in me that she and Brian were adding to her family, I started plotting. Being overly cautious, Erin chose not to officially announce her great news until well after the first trimester had passed. We waited well past the eleventh hour to photograph their family for holiday cards, with the plan of making the card a pregnancy announcement too. But, Erin and Brian weren’t ready to tell the boys prior to the session. So, pulling of this great surprise was nothing short of miraculous – just like the much anticipated Baby W – VI! This session was fast, easy, and fun – and Brodie, Evan, and Tate were none the wiser after – which we all called a big success!
The official countdown has begun, with just about four weeks to go. Can’t wait to meet Baby Boy 4.0!
Still playing catch-up on blog posts. I was blessed with a busy fall and winter and spring is proving to be equally as active. I have known these boys for almost five years. They happen to be some of my children’s best friends. We got together for a super quick simplicity session and I love the results. Seven-year old Jake’s big toothless smile and five-year old Zach’s freckles and baby blues just melt me. I love the look little brother Zach is giving big brother Jake. What you don’t see is the full-on tackling and wrestling that ensued immediately following (and in between) these shots. I love that these images are just so them. So, school-age BOY!
I can’t believe an entire month has past since the first installment of “Chasing Moments”. This month has been filled with so many events, but I decided to feature Thomas playing in his first season of coach pitch baseball. He played t-ball for two years at Central Sarasota County Little League. Let me tell you though, this is an entirely differently game. These kids are big, and strong, and GOOD! As a fairly new six-year old, he’s one of the youngest on the team. While intimidated at first, he is having a blast and gaining some mad skilz as we call them in our house. There are so many things I want to remember (and want him to be able to look back on as well) about this year. I wish I had captured the first ball he really caught when playing first base to make an out. Or the time he hit a line drive into the outfield. Or the times all the kids ran out of the dugout to chest bump with their teammates who hit homeruns (and some out-of-the-park)! What I see in these images is not just the building of baseball skills, but the building of a good person, with good sportsmanship. I am thankful and blessed that he is a part of a team with coaches who foster learning skills and sportsmanship over just winning. That allow for mistakes to be teachable moments and not an opportunity to scream or yell at the kids. I am thankful to be married to one of the coaches (who happens to be featured in this edition as well). I am thankful that most of the fans in the stands feel the same way. I love that some of his little “boyness” shows through in these images. The fingers in his batting helmet as he rounds the bases. Running with his glove in his mouth after he makes a leaping attempt to catch a ball at first. Remembering to keep his hand behind his back at catcher. Ready position at second. The at-bat routine near the end. I love that his crazy sense of style shows through with his neon green socks and red high-top cleats.
I have seen this sign shared many, many times on social media sights and it really fits my thoughts on this experience for my own child so wanted to share again.
Hopefully, you all remember the drill. This is a blog circle where you can click your way through the links of some super talented photographers documenting their own family’s lives until you come back to me. You can start with the super talented Kelly Gorney of Kelly Gorney Photography out of Pennsylvania who just opened up a fabulous studio location. She does AMAZING senior work and rocks a lifestyle family session.
Prior to becoming a photographer, I was a Speech-Language Pathologist. One of the things I enjoyed the most about my job, was being on a TEAM with like-minded professionals. When I changed my career-path four years ago, I joined another team. I have met many amazing photographers along the way, on-line. Many of us started this journey in attempts to take better photographs of our own children; however, as we got busier documenting other people’s lives, many of our own family’s moments have been neglected. In an effort to inspire ourselves to capture our own families more, we have started a blog circle entitled “Chasing Moments” where we will all showcase a bit of our personal lives once a month. I am honored to be a part of such amazing, professional and talented ladies.
This month, my youngest daughter Caroline transitioned from her toddler bed to a “big girl” bed. It has been a long process, especially for a three-year old, so the anticipation was quite great. The first two images are of her last night in the toddler bed. She looks so big – legs stretched out – her body covering nearly the entire bed. Many of her “friends” (four Hello Kitties, a Tinker Bell, a PURPLE Minnie Mouse and a silkie, along with a Hello Kitty pillow case and blanket all make an appearance). These images were taken at night, only light was her nightlight. I LOVE that I captured her long lashes, the thumb in her mouth, the finger over the nose and her left hand cupping her cheek. I could watch her sleep for hours. It brings such a calm over me.
This afternoon, I photographed her in her new, big girl bed at nap. It’s funny to see how little she looks again in her bed. Same friends in the bed (plus a few more – there’s more room now). She has new PURPLE Hello Kitty Sheets that she ADORES. Notice, same thumb in the mouth. I got busted taking pictures this time though. I Love that sweet smile, around her thumb.
And, because this is all about keeping it real – you can also see the ridiculous mound of laundry at the end of the bed that desperately needs done.
Now pop on over to check out the fabulous natural light family photographer from Kalamazoo, Michigan Becky Anderson Photography
Mrs. S contacted me to capture her family while they were visiting Sarasota and Siesta Key from Quebec. She really wanted to capture little Olivia and her first experiences at the beach. She also wanted to capture Olivia with big sister Chloe and their family just being them. I loved everything about this session. The weather was perfect, the girls were beyond adorable, and the family was just plain fun.
I always get a little giddy when I get a call from a past client, scheduling another session. It’s that “they like me, they really, really like me” feeling. We first met last year, at the beach. Mason was feeling a little under the weather, and not quite himself. This year, I had the pleasure of silly, happy, full-of-personality Mason. Marcie, Russ and Mason are a gorgeous family, on the inside and out. They are so much fun! Their love for each other and life in general is evident upon meeting them and shows in their images.
I love creating storyboards to “summarize” a developmental milestone, a family’s moment in time, a hobby etc. These two are no exception. They really showcase what being a four-year old boy is all about. Playing and fun!
I have a few clients who have been with me since I officially “opened my doors” in 2009. The R-family is one of them. I have had the privlege and honor to photograph Kelly’s maternity session and again every year at the holidays ( 2009, 2010, 2011 ).
Kelly and Bobby truly are some of the nicest people you will meet. Gorgeous Taylor is as sweet, beautiful, smart and fun little three-year olds around. It is a pleasure watching her grow and seeing this family every year
I have watched the S-Family grow over the years, starting back in 2009 and again last year. Through the years, the family has grown. Grace and Ashlyn now have a baby brother, Turner. There have been retirements and changes in careers. One thing that has stayed the same though, is the love they have for each other.
I truly look forward to meeting up with this family each year. It’s work that feels an awful lot like fun. Thanks again Smith family, for the honor of photographing your wonderful family.
I know I say it often, but it really is true. I love my job and feel blessed to be able to document stories like this one. I have known the R-family for over four years. Taelyn and my daughter have danced together since they were three. So, when her mom asked me to photograph their family this year, I was thrilled.
There are so, so many things I love about this session and the images that resulted. For started, the love and connection between them is evident in each image. I love that the glimmer of “shy Taelyn” is mixed perfectly with the “silly Taelyn” that those closest to her get to appreciate. I love the silly little girl giggles are perfectly mixed with the sassy poses. I love the mutual joy expressed in both father and daughter when tossing her in the air. I love the laughs and mutual adoration seen with Mama and Kolten. I love the super cool, handsome, and confident Kolten. Ten is sometimes an awkward age, but not for Kolten. He is comfortable with himself and rocked this session. I love the freckles, and the eyes… have you seen the eyes?
I love this family, I love this session. Thank you to the R-family for allowing me the honor to capture this chapter in your lives.