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.
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.
I receive many inquiries and have the privilege to photograph many families from all of the country (and world for that matter) that are vacationing here in the area. I have been a part of baby’s first experience with the Suncoast’s gorgeous white sand in their toes (and mouths). I have photographed families celebrating ninetieth birthdays at the beach, and everything in between. One of the “forgotten” milestones is that “last” family vacation before the kids leave the nest.
The evolution of family is such an amazing thing to witness. I love the feeling I get from the almost empty nesters. Everyone tends to be a lot less tightly-wound. Moms and Dads rediscovering their love. Parents have less need to, well parent and the “kids” are in a place where they are truly OK with themselves and their families.
The sessions are relaxed and fun and real. The D-family was certainly no exception. With daughter off to college and son a senior in high school, the session was truly a special milestone for them.
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.
Now scheduling Sarasota area fall and winter family beach portrait sessions. Contact Fanciful Photography to schedule your Siesta Key, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island family beach portrait session.
Month three – a celebration of first smiles and increased interaction with people and the world around him. As a family, I find the third month is full of new reality – new routines and new roles (that are still ever-changing – but still so drastically different than those just three months before). The “T” family evolution can easily be told through the stories from their Maternity Session and Tate’s Newborn Session. I can see it in the families I photograph as well. The “T” family settled beautifully into their new role as ”family” - which are so evident in these images. I love that the not only Tate’s milestones are exemplified in these images, but also Josh’s and Haley’s as well. This is one of my favorite sessions to date- so intimate and soft and real.
There’s something quite magical about the beach at sunrise. The light is beautiful, but it’s more than that. There’s a sense of calm and quiet magic watching the sun come up. It seemed like eight-month old Noelle had that same sense. Her bright blue eyes were full of amazement and wonder. Being a witness to her first beach trip and being able to watch her parent’s joy and love for her and each other was truly a privilege.
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 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.