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.
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!
Haley and I go back, way back, to our college days at Florida State University where we were sorority sisters. Despite not seeing each other for well over 15 years, we have kept in contact through social media. I absolutely love when I am one of the first people to hear the big news, and this was no exception. Haley contacted me very early in her pregnancy to enroll in a Baby Plan. Josh and Haley came down to Sarasota from Clearwater for their Maternity session and we were able to document this first chapter of parenthood for them. This is just the first installment of many and I am truly blessed to be documenting it for this wonderful couple.
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 met with the “W” family, all ten of them this past fall. The “kids” scheduled a visit (and this session) as a surprise gift to their mom. Timing was everything as most were flying back north the following day. As you can imagine, I wasn’t feeling overly optimistic that the session would actually when driving out to the beach in this (taken from my phone).
Fortunately, as the weather often does here in southwest Florida, the skies improved siginificantly, as I approached the beach. We were able to document this special occasion – grandparents, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and cousins – the entire family.
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.