When Clients book a session with me, I have them fill out a questionnaire, I feel that this is important to get to know each person I am photographing before I meet them. I like to know their names ahead of time and a little something about each person. This is my favorite part of all the administrative stuff that I have to do, because I love reading what each person writes, its interesting because some people share very little so its more like a a story that you have to unfold as you go and others share so much and you are so prepared for how the story will read. Some of the letters make me cry, others make me laugh, and others I am shaking my head with a big Ohh Yes!! I feel you!! I used to read them as soon as I got them, but then I got everyone all jumbled in my head so I started reading them the week of our session.
I love it when families just bring what they love to do with them to the beach and that is just what this family did, mom told me that one of her girls was artsy and the other was a gymnast and they both were outgoing and girly. I found that to be so true what she wrote, as I photograph them, I felt like this was this family on any normal day, dancing and drawing except here we were at the beach with the gorgeous sky and water!! I hope I have given them some wonderful memories to take back with them home to cherish their time here on the Beach!!
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.