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!!
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)
I am so excited to be offering Mommy and Me sessions again this year they were just so much fun just year and a break from my normal Family Sessions. When Courtney contacted me she told me she had three children and two of them were twins, so naturally I was excited because I had all these great ideas in my head about how I could photograph them showing love to their momma. This would be such a sweet time for mom to just stop and spend some time with her children because they grow way too fast.
The first time we set our date and time Fog and a bit of rain decided to show up. The second time we scheduled our date it was gorgeous day but the wind decided to show up and I mean really windy!! All the wind also made the air a bit cool, but we decided that our session would go on as planned. The girls did so awesome playing, flipping and twirling in the sand with momma and brother, brother even got into the fun digging into the sand. Even though the wind was strong I think it fits this session quite nicely adding a whimsical look and isn't that what they call the" Salt Life Anyway!!"
My idea of wanting to offer a tea party session all started when I was going thru my daughter's armoire, she had all these princess dresses and tea cups, I remember thinking to myself how sweet would it be to have Belle and Cinderella all at the same table having tea. It's hard to believe this is now the third season I have offered these Tea Party Sessions and each time they have taken on different look. I love offering these sessions in the winter just before the family beach session starts.
This year I decided to change my location because of the camellias that bloom in Florida in January and February. We had such a cold January that I was worried about the blooms but there was just enough to compliment the beautiful setup which is Matilda Jane's line designed by Johanna Gaines.
When this mom contacted me about this session she asked me if she could be in the photos with her daughter and I thought what a wonderful idea! I was so excited, my first Mommy and Me Tea Party!! Our lives are so busy, how sweet is it to take that time to sit and play with our children. These ladies had fun serving tea to each other and had some bonding time together. Candy the unicorn even had a spot of tea and a pixie stick. We ended our session with some walking and crazy twirls!! I believe the youngest one will be back for her very own future tea party as she was very into the tea pot!!
One of the perks about living at the beach is having family come to visit, there is always so much to do here with our white beaches and warm weather! I remember the first time someone contacted me about an extended family photo session, I was so nervous I thought to myself how can I get everyone in focus and to smile at the same time. With a bit of practice and some very patient families I now love extended family sessions. It is a wonderful time for some great memories and since I have taken them on, I have had many families tell me that this would be the first time they have had photos in 5, or 10 years and sometimes even ever together and that makes my job all the more special!
This family in particular is special to me because our children have known each other since Kindergarten, her husband has coached my son and they are such sweet family and always makes me laugh. And this session was no surprise when I met the sister who was just as funny. I love families who can laugh and have fun!!
When this mother of two boys contacted me, she wanted to get photos taken for her Christmas Cards. Just the week before their session we had a hurricane come thru and damage the National Seashore which is where we had planned to have our session. We managed to find this perfect little spot surrounded in a little quiet area of Pensacola Beach and you would never know by the beauty that surrounded us that we had such bad weather just a week ago.
When I asked mom what was the thing she would like to freeze most about her family, she wrote "the sweet hugs and cuddles from my boys" I think she got her cuddles and with boys there always a bit of running involved as well!
Vy grew up here in Gulf Breeze but now lives outside Dallas, she shared with me that she had her family come and visit her baby 3 years ago and they never left, I love that!! It is so nice to have your family close because your children grow up so fast. Vy said they get to visit Florida several times a year but they had never had photos taken at the beach, they wanted to enjoy the our white beaches and our beautiful water. I hope I was able to give them some wonderful memories for years to come!!
When Malinda contacted about taking photos of her family and her two daughter"s dogs, I must admit I was a bit nervous! What if the dogs did not like me, and what if I could not get them to look at the camera?? But oh my!! How cute are they and how well behaved they were and the girls were just so sweet with them! We had a wonderful time in spite of the crazy Flordia Humidity!!
I always feel so honored to be asked by my friend Jenn to photograph the Matilda Jane clothing line she sells. I not only just photograph these gorgeous clothes but my daughter and I are customers too, I love the Finn Pants!!
It is so exciting to wait for the day the trunk comes arrives and to peek and see what is inside! And that is what we decided to do with this session is to celebrate the opening of the trunk. I hope you enjoy these beautiful girls wearing the MJ line.