To this very day evertime we go to the beach my kids run ahead of my husband and I leaving us with all the bags, coolers etc. They are so excited to see what lies ahead at the ocean. I can barely get sunscreen on them, especially my son, who sprays it on in one spot and then says “ Can I go now” As soon as I say “yes” he is off, followed by my daughter and usually my husband too. I am left to gather up all of our belongings that are scattered along the beach almost forming a line as they have walked the sand to the water! I feel that kids are the same way during a photo session, it does not matter that we have dressed them up in nice clothes, to them its all the same, they are so eager to get to the water or dig in the sand or just run and play. They do not want to sit or snuggle but they just want to explore and be free. During sessions I feel its important for the parents to just go with the flow and have fun with their kids, play games with them, and let go of those expectations that your kids are going to sit for a long time and I bet you will find their is magic that will begin to happen. You are making sweet memories that you will treasure with your family!!
People ask do I get tired of photographing at the beach during the summer? My answer is NO WAY!! The sun is shining most of the time here, I suppose that is why we are called the Sunshine State. The ocean changes daily, sometimes you can see all the way to your feet and other times we have lots of waves. Our sunsets are just amazing and different everyday, I never get tired of watching the sun set as you all splash around in the waves.
I like to photograph my families in a natural, fun and relaxed way by truly capturing the spirit and joy of you and your relationships! Expect to have fun, laugh, and play..
Isn’t that what being at the beach is all about?
Do you remember before you had any kids at all, thinking about the kind of mom or dad you wanted to be? I remember having all these ideas in my head , I thought, I am going to be a perfect mother, my child will be perfect and my life will now be perfect. My child will achieve every milestone on time if not early and everyone will be singing my praises as a mom. Well just how wrong was I?? Life certainly threw a curve ball. Diapers, up all nights, crying, food spilling, bottle cleaning, crying, oh did I say crying all ready!! it has been a crazy busy ride, but such rewarding one too. Then what did I decide to do, have a second baby, as if I forgot all about everything from the first time, oh forgot to mention, the weight gain!! But isn’t it just such an amazing crazy wild ride you want to be on?
I just love it when families tell me they want an In-home newborn session, its such a wonderful sweet time in your crazy journey of life, and it also lets me know that the parents have decided to embrace the craziness of where they are at in their lives and just enjoy being in the moment because it boy does go by way too fast . If you are thinking about an in-home newborn session I encourage you to explore this type of session as an option, you don’t have to worry about taking your family anywhere , the session happens right in your home, and don’t worry I will move everything if needed, you just come as you are. and how awesome is it to have these wonderful memories of your family in your own home, being a Family.
There is nothing sweeter than family time!! Deciding to take a vacation with extended family members can be extra special because these days so many of us are separated by many states for reasons of kids, spouses, and jobs. A beach vacation is special in many ways, it can be a time when many families come together for the first time in several years or sometimes a family gets together every year or even every couple of months. I am so honored to be able to tell your story as you are here enjoying being in the present moment relaxing and enjoying your family. In my sessions I enjoy capturing true and honest family connections. I thank you for for trusting me with your family and I hope you leave the beach loving it as much as I love it here.
Do you remember your first time to the beach? The smell of the salt air, the wind in your hair and feel of the sand between your toes!! And when you finally saw the water you could just sit and stare at it all day!!
Now you are thinking about a beach photo session because you enjoy all of the above just as much as I do and you want to preserve those memories and have your family present with you. My approach to a family session is that I want it to be stress free, I want you to enjoy this time you have set aside to be with your family. This is a time for you to be present in the moment and to let go and have fun with your family because let’s face it with we are not with our families enough!
If you have young children they will lead our session. It is normal for kids to be somewhat curious about me in the beginning and then quickly loose interest and when there is a great big beach ahead of them, who can blame them!! I will work to get the more traditional photos first and from there we will play some games and just have some fun and explore, yes mom and dad included in the fun!! If you feel led to splash around in the water or allow your kids too, I would love to capture these photos for you too, so be sure to bring a towel or an extra change of clothes if you desire. I can’t wait to meet you!!
What to bring:
Towels or Change of Clothes (if desired)
What is an Extended Family Session?
Extended Family Sessions are when you have several families that are related come together for one photo session. As life gets busier and busier we find ourselves being apart more from the ones we love, sometimes only getting together at Holidays. When a family has taken the time to plan a vacation to have everyone gathered all together this is a very special event to document. Some families get together every year in the same location while others may get together only every few years. I have seen some families who have not been together in many years, so you can imagine how more special that would be for everyone to want to document their time together.
i love being apart of these sessions, I love to capture each families personality as well as the entire family as a whole, and even get some candids of the kids running, and jumping in the water! These sessions always make me laugh, they make me cry at times, and sometimes they surprise me with a baby announcement, a birthday, or even a wedding proposal. I feel so honored to be apart of each family as they travel here and enjoy the beach, which is the place I call Home!!
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Have you ever heard people say pregnant ladies have a beautiful glow about them? I believe it’s because of the very special gift that we have growing inside our bodies! What a time of excitement and anticipation of knowing your family is about to change.
I love maternity photography because it is such a special moment in time, one that should be celebrated. In this session with Charity, we picked out a special dress from Rainey’s Closet, we chose this dress because of its flow and beauty. I wanted to include all the beautiful ways light shines on this very special mom to be and make her feel like a princess!!
My favorite time of the year to take beach photo sessions is actually in the fall of the year!! The weather here on Pensacola Beach is still warm but not as hot as the summer. The sunsets seem to radiant brighter orange, pink, and blue colors that make the sand even take on a slightly different tone.
This family travels to Pensacola Beach every year with their family just before the start of the school season, soaking up the last of the beach days. This year in the middle of their trip they got to experience a real life hurricane drill, by the grace of God we did not experience a hurricane in our area.
The beach is such a wonderful place to relax, explore and have fun. When you have a session with me we go on a bit of adventure playing games along the way to keep the kids entertained, we explore every part of the beach from the dunes to the water. We hunt for shells, run, twirl, jump, and even sometimes splash in the ocean.
I don’t want anyone to leave my sessions feeling like they don’t have some part of the beach to take back home with them.
This summer I decided I wanted to offer beach photo sessions to families traveling to our area. I started back in the winter preparing my advertising and my website, finally all was ready. The summer came and I am proud to say I have been busy ever since. I can't stop smiling, It has been so exciting to meet the many families who have traveled here to the Gulf Coast and watch them have fun in the sand and water, and being able to capture their story. I wanted to include an email I received from one family, and by the way Her name is Marie Ann and mine is Ann Marie so when we spoke I knew I would love her. She sent me a photo of her whole family which also told me she was a proud Mom!! It's emails like these that make you cry and smile for all the sweetness that still exists. I am so grateful!!
"Oh my gosh....I just don't know how to thank you......every picture is my favorite. They are priceless. You went way over my expectations. I mean I knew the pictures would be great, but I wondered what I would miss because our contract said 35 shots and you were taking so many great ones.....but I see them all and I just can't thank you enough. You are an incredible photographer and you did just what I asked.....a family having fun at the beach. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!! I look forward to next time......my kids do also.....they want to continue the tradition as our family grows and changes......and we had fun."
I like to give a questionnaire to all of my families to get to know them a bit better before I photograph them. I love reading all the sweet and wonderful things they say about each other, its just a small glimpse into their lives.
How quickly does time fly and when you have 4 kids, I can't even imagine how you can get anything done and savor every moment of what sweet precious time you have with them while they are little. Elizabeth contacted me about a month out so I had enough time to prepare for our session. I knew to keep everyone's attention may be a bit of a challenge so I researched, and asked around and then finally I started to think like a kid. I wrote down a bunch of games that I thought may be fun for the kids and keep them engaged with the family at the same time. This would involve me running, and asking a lot of questions. We did the usual running, jumping, and hugging things. But we also drew in the sand, writing our names and played a bit of freeze!! I think they liked running and chasing each other the most, and then they found this big hole that someone had dug so that was a great place to do show off their jumping and twirling skills. Before I knew it the sun was setting low to the ground and it was time to go. I love it when families are just able to relax and go with the flow of things and have a bit of fun. Needless to say I slept well!! I hope to photograph them again soon.
What in the world is a Fresh 48 Session? Well a Fresh 48 is a special photo session for those families who want the first few hours of their child's life documented but not necessarily the birth. The time after you have your little one goes by so quickly. After birth you are recovering, nurses, and family are coming in and out of your room visiting, and you are getting used to this wonderful new addition to your family all at once. I don't know about you but for myself it was all a blur. Once you get home and get into a routine you forget what it was like to feel that sweet baby in your arms where you looked into your baby's eyes and said how much you loved them, how it brought you to tears as you watched your husband hold the baby, being such a proud Dad!! These are the moments I try and capture for my families.
I think these Fresh 48 Newborn sessions have become my favorite because they are so full of emotion and love. When I arrived to the hospital for this sweet family's session, I got on the elevator and like always I was in a rush, that seems to be the story of my life. As I stepped off the elevator I see photos of kids and babies on the wall of the hospital. I became emotional and start tearing up. I just stopped and gave thanks to the Lord for the wonderful gift he has given me. I asked him to help me relax and create good memories for this family. I feel so honored by each and everyone of my families that choose me to photograph them, what an important job it is to document your life.
I entered the room to meet Baby Carter, I sat and held him for a bit and then I gave these family some precious memories that I hope they will treasure for a lifetime.
How I came to meet this sweet family is just the coolest story ever. I had posted on Facebook another Fresh 48 Session I had photographed and asked if anyone knew of a family interested please pass my name along. A sweet man named Tom Elkins who also happens to be a realtor in my neighborhood knew of a family that was the coach on his son's baseball team that was about to have a baby. So the whole team got together and decided to gift this session to the family, how Cool is that!! I mean really, this just goes to show you how other people value this precious time in the beginning of a baby's life and how quickly it passes!!
A few weeks went by and on a Wednesday afternoon I got a call saying baby Regan Grace is here name. So we set a time for me arrive to the hospital the next day, when I arrived at the hospital Grandma and Grandpa were there, and Grandma was holding her, she was just beautiful! She was sound asleep and no matter what we did she did not seem too mind to much. We even got Grandpa holding her for the first time, and she just slept right in his arms, it was just precious. Besides the crazy sun going in and out we are able to get some wonderful photos for this sweet family who just about made me cry when I found out this is their first baby. You can see from these photos that this is going to be one loved child indeed. I so hope I get to see them again as she gets older.
When Shelby contacted me she knew she wanted an In-home Lifestyle session but also loved the outdoors too so we discussed doing a bit of both in a location that was just near where they lived. I was so excited that she decided to book a in-home session I just find them so laid back for the parents, they don't have to worry about packing up the whole house and driving to a session.
Some tips I tell parents to prepare them for an in-home Lifestyle Session is that newborns are unpredictable and the session is all about them. Parents do not have worry about if their is baby crying or needing to eat during the shoot. Newborn sessions are purposely longer to allow for plenty of breaks, feedings and even diaper/outfit changes. Matter of fact, during my session with Baby Poppy she stopped to eat and for a diaper change, I used the time to look for light, get to know Dad and get some water. It’s usually a good idea to try and feed your baby right before your session so they’re sleepy and content this makes for the sweetest photos. I prefer babies dressed very simply in plain onesies, muslin swaddles, or just their diaper so we can see their sweet tiny faces because they do change so quickly.
Shelby, Ryan and Baby Poppy were a dream to photograph, they were so laid back! Poppy was a little ham in front of the camera, I believe she has a future in modeling, she did not mind the camera at all. She does love her Passy and you can so tell she is so loved by her Mommy and Daddy!! I can't tell if she is a Daddy's girl yet or a Mommy's girl!! I think she is a bit of both! I hope I get to photograph this dear sweet family again!!