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When I first started family photography, I was shooting and capturing families one after the other because I loved photography. Now I shoot family photography because I love seeing the bonds that tie the families together and seeing the joy in their lives. I truly do get inspired in those hours that I get to capture what us mom and dads smile about forever. I leave every session with a renewed sense of motherhood each time and thankful that I get to come home to those that I love! It is with great pleasure to give these memories to my clients and I remember every session I have ever taken like it was my first.
Before I began this session at The Waters in Pike Road Alabama, I made sure I had my photographers pass cleared to shoot. It is such a gorgeous property that I really didn’t know where to start. The moss trees and light coming through the trees was amazing! As soon as I saw that light, I knew exactly where I needed to go. Little Isi was ready for her close ups and she knew exactly what she wanted to do. I loved capturing this family because I know their story. I know how much they love this little girl more than anything in the world and I know she is the reason they smile before they go to bed at night. It’s a cute story that one day Isi will get to hear about over and over and look back at these pictures and know…. She IS & ALWAYS will be the joy in their lives.
When a family contacts me that I have never met before and they found me through word of mouth, I get so excited. Not only do I get all warm and fuzzy inside because somebody is sharing my work but also because I get to meet a whole new family. Family photography is something I have fallen in love with because I know how important these photos truly mean. Pictures like these go on longer than our own lifetime and it’s so important to have these memories. I know that these pictures don’t just end up in frames, an album, or a collage on the wall. These pictures stay in our hearts and we cherish them year after year. We are sending a message of love and beauty to not only our children but to their children. It’s truly a timeless piece.
When I first met the Goode family for the first time, I had discussed with mom & dad the personalities of their children. So I showed up knowing that their older yet somewhat shy & reserved daughter had a love for Harry Potter and their youngest was full of energy and loved getting her picture taken! I dived right into getting the girls excited for our fun little evening and it wasn’t before long that we became friends. I seriously could have played with them all night long. They are so sweet and so beautiful! I loved editing this session. I had a hard time deciding which ones to choose for the blog because there were so many special images. It definitely doesn’t feel like a job when you can’t help but stop smiling because of the love you just witnessed.
The Goode family was wonderful to work with and I definitely walked away with a happy heart!
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She is the cutest little thing! Well I got to see her again only this time I met her in Montgomery, Alabama! My oh my has she grown up in such a short period of time. Last time I saw her she was sitting up but this time she is RUNNING! It was adorable and she’s still the happiest little girl alive. Look at her all grown up!
I was trying to figure out if I should name this post Reflection or Stuck in the mud. However, the more I thought about it, everything on here is a mere reflection of who I am and my life as a photographer. Since my dog decided to try to dig her way out of her new Alabama backyard, this fit wayyyyy better. Bad Dog! Lately I have been kind of digging (no pun intended) for where I see my photography heading and which direction I am leaning to and the amazing thing about moving IS that I get to start over. It’s rewarding to me that I am able to gain clients despite the obstacle of having to move because most photographers get to build their business in one area with connections and an audience that they specifically market to. Being a military wife, my audience changes along with my environment. The one thing that I am so appreciative of is that my military audience is always supportive! So as I have been unpacking, I have also been doing some soul searching. I started to think back. Wayyy back. When did I start photography? Why did I start photography? What do I love shooting? I bought a camera in 2008 so that I could document my son’s first years. It was a Nikon D80. I wanted the images to be amazing so he could look back and see how much joy he brought me and how much I enjoyed capturing every moment. I had no knowledge of digital cameras and I honestly didn’t own a film camera. I had it set on Automatic and I was shooting like I was a pro. At least when you don’t know the rules, you can’t really break any. Right? I started a blog to post the images and I thought they were good. Real good. It wasn’t until I spoke to a photographer that pointed out everything that I was doing was wrong. :) All wrong. I spoke on the phone with her for maybe 15 minutes and she asked if she could critique my blog photos. I thought I was going to die but I was so excited at the same time. Needless to say, I realized I had a lot to learn. Of course I realized I needed to get off of Automatic settings and start learning photography and that was the beginning of my self taught experience.
I have shot weddings, I have shot newborns, bellies, and more. I love all of it. However, what I really love is the reason I began this journey: The love for childhood memories and to capture love.
As I look back on my photos last year I absolutely loved that they told a story. I didn’t just point and shoot. I wanted to evoke the emotion out of your children and represent love in your family. I want to capture you like I would capture my own. My good friend thought I was crazy to narrow down my specialty but I really do believe you have to follow your heart. Therefore I am no longer taking weddings and limited newborns. It was a huge decision but I do believe that this is the right thing to do, for now. I still love capturing engagements and the love between two people but I will not shoot weddings unless there’s a ton of begging involved. :) I feel confident that my photography is going to be even better this year. I can’t wait to deliver.
While I hate the fact that my dog can’t stand to be in the backyard w/o me for more than 2 minutes and has to try to dig her way out … I am so thankful that she made me realize that I too was stuck in the mud myself. I should probably thank her for making me realize that I needed to make the decision to move forward. But I think I will give her a bath instead…..
Here’s to less talky and more images in 2013.
This adorable and patient family drove to see me from Medford and behind the scenes we were working with two horrible situations. 1. The brightest day EVER in 2012 stuck out in an open field with nothing to hide under & 2. The coldest day of the year. The kids definitely deserved whatever mom promised them after these photos because they truly hung in the best they could. I still give them major props for making it look like a warm spring day and for absolutely sticking with me to get these images despite the challenges. I love when my clients bring outfits to change into and even more when they are showing off their amazing style from Anthropologie, Mini-Boden, and more. When the images came in from being professionally printed, I was so happy that now they have something to show on their walls for everything it took to get these photos. Every time they look at their walls, they will be reminded of not only the day of that shoot but the life they have together. I love that you can see how proud they are of the family they created, the love he has for her, and the glow of two small happy children. It’s a beautiful life.
My goal in 2013 is to document more and blog more and shoot everyday. Shoot everyday, not blog everyday & I don’t mean shoot on an iphone. GUILTY. Before the holidays I photographed a sweet military family in Jersey. We were suppose to shoot in the spring but then Dad got sent on a deployment so we were going to hold the session for when he got back. I don’t know how Dana kept her sanity for that deployment with 4 kids but she is going down as super mom in my book. On a side note, I absolutely love big families. I came from a family of 6 myself. I couldn’t imagine my life without having two brothers and a sister. The best part is that this family of 6 will eventually get larger as they grow up, get married, have kids, etc. The memories just keep getting created and I loved capturing this one.
“We are still waiting to hear how TJ’s family shore house did. No one is allowed on Long Beach Island for a few days….The pictures we are seeing do not look good though.”
As soon as I saw the images of Long Beach Island, I knew that some of my clients this past summer could have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. Amy & TJ invited me to their family beach house in Surf City, NJ this summer and I’m just now getting around to posting my session with them. As soon as I arrived to the beach house it instantly reminded me of a place full of memories. TJ grew up spending many summers there and now he gets to share that with his own children. Everyone was friendly and happy among the streets as we walked a very short distance up the path to the beach. The kids smiled as they were pulled in their wagon and their hair just blowing in the wind. The day was perfect.
While they were awaiting news of the damage if any, I was thankful that no matter what we had these pictures. The damage on the shores of New Jersey and the images that pop up in our social media pages, in the paper, on tv, and in the magazines is so hard to imagine. But it is real and people are still trying to figure out how to put their lives back together. Where does one begin to rebuild? We start with our hearts and we do it with LOVE.
The Red Cross continues to focus on reaching as many people as possible who need our help. To help with disaster relief here in New Jersey, you can donate here.
I LOVE shooting for another photographer! It’s fun to be able to give something back to someone who you know appreciates photos just as much as I do! Brenda is a photographer herself in the McGuire AFB and Dixx area and so when she asked me to shoot her first family session, I was thrilled!! No pressure right?! I love that she picked me to photograph her family and I love that she went behind the camera for a change! I think Brenda will agree that it feels MUCH different being on the other side of the camera but she rocked it! Brenda & her husband Mike were adorable & they have the most amazing kids. They were perfect models! And what goes with perfect models….perfect little outfits! I’m so excited to show you my many favorites! I can’t blog them ALL or else the blog would shut down but here are a good few!!! Enjoy!!
My clients give me a gift every time I walk away from their session. That gift that life should be celebrated. We should celebrate the company we surround ourselves with and enjoy every moment. It’s such a blessing to capture the love in a family and I walk away with a full heart ALWAYS. So thanks to all my clients for giving me such a huge important gift.
Remember Sam? He was featured on the Indie Tot when I first photographed him last Fall. Since then he has shared the spotlight with his new baby brother who I photographed here. Well months have passed and they are both growing even more adorable! I was thrilled to see them again because they are just so fun! Sam makes my job easy and his brother followed suit. There is so much love and laughter in this family! I love being able to capture photos for families! It’s so rewarding to walk away from a session and feel like I captured their life behind my lens.
I know, I know….the session is over. I feel the same way. Come back and see me Mr. Sam!
Just yesterday I was shooting a sweet family session in Seaside Park, New Jersey on the beach. Seaside Park reminded me of when I lived in Charleston SC and I’d spend the day on Folly Beach or Isle of Palms to take pictures. It was fun to get back to beach photography again! Since I grew up in Virginia Beach, Va., it’s pretty cool that I have been able to go up and down the east coast and see how all the beaches differ. Do you remember cute little Isadora? Well this time she brought her family with her to get in front of my camera! I couldn’t believe how big she has gotten since I had last seen her! We set out to take pictures at Island State Park. I loved that they brought their ten year old dog Casper with them too! Mom and Dad actually had their first date at this beach and it was pretty neat to capture how much their love has grown! I feel so blessed to be allowed to capture moments for others! Here is a sneak peek of their session.