This session was one that was in the works for quite some time. Chloe’s mom had big plans to document her one-year milestone birthday. We talked and our visions came together beautifully. She wanted to celebrate her Native American heritage in the natural Southwest Florida charm. The S-family’s Siesta Key lifestyle family portrait session was enhanced by the beautiful, natural light that west-coast Florida beaches offer. Add in Chloe’s golden brown eyes and that smile…let’s say it was quite challenging narrowing down images for their gallery.
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The H-family contacted me all the way from British Columbia. The whole family was gathering together in the Sarasota area to celebrate a big milestone birthday for the head of the family – Grandpa John was turning 70. They wanted to document relaxed, fun moments, along with some more traditional family portraits. It was a perfect evening and the sunset provided one giant candle to wish upon that evening.
I cannot begin to express how much happiness this session brings me. Last year, not long after this family session, Tonya contacted me in very strict confidence about some exciting news. They were in the process of expanding their family. I get calls often, from very newly expecting parents, but this was a little different. The S-family were in the very early stages of adopting. So, with chills on my arms and tears in my eyes, I rushed to get them their beautiful family portraits to include in their Dossier. I followed along in their journey to China, where they adopted their sweet, amazing, son Zhen. It was through the power of prayer and positive thoughts, all steps fell into place and Zhen was welcomed into his forever family the last day of 2012. As you can imagine, his first few months in the United States were full of many transitions – for both Zhen and the rest of the family. New roles as big sisters for Ivy and Lily; little brother for Zhen. Going from a “man-on-man” defense to a “zone-defense” for parents Tonya and Chance. There were medical evaluations and surgeries and healing. And lots, and lots of bonding. Here are just a few of their first family portraits. I can’t wait to share more from their second session.
Mrs. S contacted me from Colorado to help document her family’s first of many trips to Siesta Key beaches. Having two children under ages two and under, she specifically wanted to really document them, as babies and toddlers. The candid, real moments they all share as a family. I was thrilled that my mission and goals for most all family sessions matched so perfectly with hers.
Two-year old Elle was silly, and smart, and twirled her way along the beach. She loved being a helper too. One-year old Colin was pretty much as cute and sweet as they come. He loved the sand and thoroughly enjoyed pouring and dumping it. I loved the vintage sand pails they brought along with them. The pails, along with some beautiful images from this session will complete the beachy décor in their Siesta Key vacation home.
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This is the perfect example of why several photographers and I from around the country started this circle. A week + a day late, and I am finally getting to these images. I have very few “real” pictures of my own kids over the past month. Life seems to be on fast forward lately, which meant a handful of iPhone pictures. Madelyn is taking about ten hours of dance a week and has been doing the production and behind the scenes in her school’s morning news. Sadly, I don’t have any ”real” images of her.
I have a handful of Thomas and Caroline, spending a quiet afternoon together when Madelyn was at dance. I have I love the quiet, tender moments shared between them. Thomas taking on the “teacher” role – showing her the World Map. I love that I “caught” these moments – before they spotted me and were cheesing for the camera.
In addition to all the extracurricular activities over the paste month, we all were fighting a respiratory virus. Caroline’s week spot has always been respiratory issues, and this time was no different. She is such a trooper, tolerated the treatments, even requested them when her breathing was labored. She is totally princess-obsessed, and while she doesn’t discriminate, her favorite is Tiana. She wanted to share some of her treatment with her baby Tiana.
And if you have been around, click on over to Kelly Gorney, an amazing family and senior photographer out of Pennsylvania to see what she and her family has been up to.
The last month of summer break was packed full of lots of fun. There were so many fun moments to photograph this time – the beach, the pool, and sprinklers (pretty much anything involving water - – it is summer in southwest Florida after all). We were out the door at 7:00 AM on a Sunday morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise at Siesta Key Beach. It’s one of my favorite places, and my children have taken on the love as well. Some of my favorite portrait sessions are those documenting the fun times families share at the beach and I wanted those same sand and surf-filled moments of my own family. I had a vision - I wanted the cool, hazy light that sunrise on the beach brings. I wanted relaxed, real, family fun. I adore these images. They are just my family. Very little posing was done (unless requested by them). Madelyn had lots of ideas and took the lead while in front of the camera. She discovered a ton of coquina and did stretching right in the water. I love that her smile is still has a mouth full of tiny baby teeth. Thomas had high hopes of catching some fish in his net, but the water was a little rough- by Gulf of Mexico standards anyway, and he came up with lots of empty nets. He had a blast trying though. I love that his tongue is in the hole left behind by the tooth he lost the night before. He also played catch with Dad, something he could do from sunrise until sunset on most days. Caroline was the most excited and happy about the days’ events. She played in the sand, built castles, dug holes, and poured water. Just so, so content. My heart literally skipped a beat when she held a shell up to her ear and said she could hear the ocean in it. Totally unprompted and perfectly captured. That is what this beautiful summer morning was about. My family – together – just being – chasing the last moments of summer.
And, just like that, summer came to a screeching end. The last week of summer was jammed with activities. Caroline turned four, there was meet the teacher night for all three kids, gymnastics shows and dance intensives. I couldn’t post today with sharing the first day of school pictures too. First day of Third grade for Madelyn, first grade for Thomas, and first day of pre-school/VPK for Caroline. This was a big deal in our house. Big deals – Madelyn’s name at her desk was written in cursive!! Thomas is thrilled to have Mrs. Smith and two of his best buddies in class. Caroline’s never been to school We read The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn and even put little red hearts on the palm of our left hands just in case we needed a little reminder of love.
Be sure to check out what Jennifer has been up to with her family and then click through the links to see what the rest of an amazing group of families have been up to this summer.
I truly cannot believe my Caroline is four! My baby is FOUR – I don’t know how it happened. But, the proof is all right here – in the photos below, that documented her BIRTHday, and the celebrations of that special day every year.
From first breaths, to first smiles, steps, words – each milestone has happened so quickly. From a love of Elmo and Abby, to Hello Kitty, in just a flash she is growing up. On this day, Caroline LOVES Disney Princesses, any and all of them, but Sofia the First and Tiana have a special place in her heart. She has a new-found love for Power Rangers too. Purple is still her favorite color. She loves dance and gymnastics and is finally starting to love the pool. She loves just about everything about the beach, but especially building sand castles. She is still an avid thumb-sucker, and while I would love for her to stop for many reasons, there’s just something extraordinarily sweet about her sleeping with the thumb in her mouth, finger on her nose, hand on her cheek. It makes me relax and calm just looking at her.
She is so excited to start preschool. She has lots of opinions on things and holds strong on those opinions. Bribery just isn’t going to work for her. It’s got to be her idea. She is incredibly shy in simple situations and bold and brazen in those where most others would be timid. She is sensitive, oh so, so sensitive, and sweet and funny. She is a perfectionist like I’ve never seen it. She has starting reading short books and is almost to the point that spelling things we don’t want her to know, is not an option. She is a skinny Minnie, weighing in at just 32 lbs this morning, but measuring 40.5″. Her party isn’t until this week-end, but we’ve managed a little birthday fun this morning, including our family tradition of birthday morning donuts. Thomas and Madelyn made cards and both also gave gifts. Thomas gave Caroline two of his favorite cars and $2 along with a card and an envelope (apparently, the envelope was critical). Madelyn read her a special story about turning four and gave her a customized card created on the computer with all of her favorite things. I love watching her grow, and all of us grow as a family. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.
I was so thrilled when Michelle contacted me to photograph her family this past spring. Michelle and I worked together, many years ago, her as an Occupational therapist and me as a speech-language pathologist at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Sarasota. Well over a decade has past since that time and Michelle and her family moved out of state. But, they were back home in Sarasota visiting family and friends and contacted me photograph her family while here.
The family was full of giggles and laughter and all the fun that surrounds nine and six year old girls. I am so glad we were able to document the love and laughter with their family.
I don’t know where the time has gone. I have to admit, I took very few photographs this month, but I love the moments I have documented. From my mother’s birthday to fourth of July festivities, this month was another busy one. After a late birthday celebration for my mom on July 3 and a day of swimming (despite the torrential rains) and outdoor play, Caroline was sound asleep before the fireworks started on Fourth of July. Despite some of the technical imperfections, I love the images of Thomas and Madelyn watching the fireworks. I can feel the apprehension Thomas had in the first few – his hands covering his ears, not sure if the sound would be too much. The next few show both Madelyn and Thomas with hands over their mouth and nose, not so sure about the smoke. And then it happened, the “oooh, aaaahhh,” and amazement settled over them. That’s what this blog circle has ignited in me. To capture those feelings and moments, even if they aren’t technically perfect. All these moments with my family are cherished. None quite as much as a visit from my 91 1/2 year old grandmother from Pittsburgh. I can only hope to have the energy and lucidity that she has. My children (along with everyone else who has ever met her), absolutely adore her. The miles between us are great and our visits too few, but the love and bond are strong. These images are a true treasure and a reminder to my children of the times with their Great Grandmother and that relationship.
Remember, this feature is one of a series completed by photographers all over the country. Be sure to check out Jaidean Baker of Spokane, Washington and follow along through the circle.
It has been another exciting and event filled month for my family.
Thomas kicked off this month’s events with Kindergarten Rodeo and field Day. I love the intensity in his face and was shocked to see the muscle definition in his little six-year old body. He received second place in all of kindergarten for reading counts (coming in at 310 points). The best part for him was having two of his buddies on his side. He also got first place in end-of-year class spelling bee. He certainly didn’t get that from me. Kindergarten graduation went off without a hitch, after being rescheduled due to a nasty stomach bug that hit the kindergarten classes in a big way. Our family was one of the statistics – systematically being taken out every 48 hours. I will spare you all the details, but, let me tell you, it was NOT pretty.
I had to do comparison shots from the first and last days of school. The physical changes aren’t all that drastic from the pictures. Both kids still fit into their first day of school outfits, so I made them wear them. But Thomas outgrew his shoes. Both kids are a good two inches taller. Madelyn lost two teeth this year, and Thomas lost one (love that missing spot). We included some of the kids’ best friends in the images too. Love the personality that comes through. I also love that I can see Caroline peeking through the side-light both days. Not so proud of the fingerprints on the windows, but hey, this is real life.
Madelyn worked hard and practiced in dance class for end of the year showcase and finale. It is so amazing to watch her transform when she gets on stage. The smile and sparkle has always been there on stage, but this year, WOWEE, there was also some serious sass and attitude. She had a ballet showcase in studio and performed Jazz, Tap, and ballet dances at recital which I was lucky enough to document in pictures. Caroline also participated in her second recital (first time on-stage without me). She was amazing! The fear she talked about was gone and the sparkle came through. I didn’t have my camera ready when Caroline was on for dress rehearsal and didn’t want to break the recital rules by taking pictures during. Thankfully, the talented Stage Door Preschool director’s husband, Chuck Manahan, got the one of her below. Heart officially melted.
Caroline has been begging to go to the beach and we finally went to Siesta Beach. She was in her full glory, making sand castles and splashing in the sand. She definitely gets her love for the sand and sea from me and my mother.
Finally, we celebrated Father’s Day at home working on refreshing our landscaping and some pool time. We ended the evening with my father. We have some gifts in our family that just keep on reappearing and being regifted. I am proud to say, I added to that collection by giving my dad a bright pink Flamingo for his front yard. I can’t wait to see when or where it makes an appearance next.
Now, go check out what the rest of this talented group has been doing since May. Start off by checking out Jaidean Baker Photography out of Spokane, Washington. Click on through the circle and don’t forget to leave some love.