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Why you want to book a Full Family Session!

First and #1 reason you get an entire hour with me!  What more of a reason do you need, but if you need more of a reason let me give you a few.  So as we sit and plan out your fall session if you are thinking about doing a mini session again let me stop you and give you some reasons for why you will want a full hour session.  If you are worried that your kids will not last a whole hour do not worry the session will be so laid back that it won’t even feel like an hour.

#2 – Not only do you get a full hour with me but you will also receive all hand picked edited images with a print release.  My mini sessions come with 10 edited images with the option to purchase more. 

#3 – I will help you fully style your session.  I will send you my pinterest board and we can go over colors and then I will find you some shopping links of clothes I think will look so good on your family.  I will pull from H&M, Target, and Amazon.  If you book a mini session I will help you with colors but I will not be able to personally style you.

#4 – You get options for more locations…I try to limit where I do my mini sessions as they are closer to my home.  If you do an hour session I will let you pick a place that might be a little bit further away.

So many good reasons to book a Full 1 hour session vs a Mini Session!!!  Here are some images from sessions that I have styled!  I feel like my help with styling takes a little bit of the stress of a photo session off.  I would like a session with me to be as easy and stress free as possible.

Here are some Photos from 2 sessions that I recently fully styled!

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Papago Park: Parrott Family

So first off how cute is this family.  This time is just some weird times for everyone.  We were able to squeeze in this session before things got super crazy.  Krista or as she is known in my house as Mrs. Parrott is just the best. The morning of this session she sent me the best message about how she couldn’t wait to capture how her family has bonded during this crazy time.  What an amazing way to look at this time. I have been having a hard time dealing with this. I miss seeing people I know and love. I haven’t given a hug to anyone for 3 weeks. That is a long time, I am a huger. Everyone better watch out when this is over I will be coming to everyone’s house for a  giant hug that includes this sweet woman.

This family was the cutest and came dressed perfect.  Look at how well all their outfits fit perfect together without being too matchy.  I had so much fun with them and I can’t wait till this virus dies off so we can get back to a new normal.

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The Wait for Baby E: Sunrise Beach Maternity

Let me start off by saying everything about this session was perfect, the locations were perfect, the sunrise was perfect, and more importantly the mama-to-be was perfect and glowing.  This is the first non four legged baby for Amanda and Brett and they are so excited.  I have known Amanda since she was in grade school.  She graduated in my little brothers class we attended the same church and participated in the same youth group.  She did Drama with my sister was a cheerleader and an all around fun person which she most definitely still is.  She found herself the perfect match in her husband as he seems just as fun loving as Amanda.

I took my tiny little assistant and traveled up to Jacksonville while my boys had a boys day.  I was very much looking forward to doing a sunrise session as they are my favorite to watch and sometimes it is so hard to get up early enough to see them.  I don’t feel like it took much convincing to get Amanda and Brett onboard with the idea.  We went to 2 different beaches Little Talbot and Big Talbot, one which was perfect for catching the sunrise.  The other had some pretty awesome drift wood, I wish that Big Talbot beach was closer to Orlando because I would highly suggest it for many different sessions.  Amanda and Brett brought along their four legged children Gizmo and Montie and be braved the chilly morning for what turned out to be one of my favorite sessions so far.  Amanda was 33 weeks pregnant, with the cutest baby bump.  She is definitely all baby.  I can not wait to see pictures and hopefully get to meet their sweet little girl after she makes her presence known (is it May yet 😉 ).  I can tell she is one very loved little girl already!

I had trouble narrowing down the pictures I wanted to spotlight so I did a lot Enjoy!!!!

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Talia Turns 9 Months

It is hard to believe in just a few short days this pretty girl will be turning 9 months.  Time needs to slow down.  I have been photographing her family since right before she was born and I have loved watching her grow up so far. Talia was having a rough morning the day we did her milestone pictures but we were able to get some good pictures out of her.  The way to this girls heart like anyone is through her stomach so if the cookie is what she wanted the cookie is what she got.  Normally anytime we are together this girl is full of smiles so I knew she wasn’t feeling great when none of my usual tricks were working.

It was so great to be able to capture her big brother in a couple of the pictures because you can tell she adores him and just wants to play all the time with him.  It was also cool to get pictures of Talia with her mommy’s god mother who was in town for a visit.  She is definitely one very loved little girl!

Water User: Why you should trust your Photographer

This mama has trusted me with every shoot we have done together. Everything from style to location to my creative eye for shooting. All of her family picture I have styled them head to toe. Lucky for her she has had most of their outfits in their closets but you don’t have to have a picture perfect closet, I can send you links to outfits that should work for your family. I am also currently working on building up a client closet with outfits for mom. When ever you book a session I will send you my style guide, if you book a full family session I will go even further to help you find outfits.

I also have quite a few locations that I love to shoot at and I will help you to find a location that will work for your family. I want to make sure everything is exactly how you had hoped. I want you to print these photos and have them displayed in your house so you can enjoy them and friends and family can boast about how gorgeous your family is!

This family trusted me when I said lets go play in the water! They didn’t hesitate when I asked them to do this session with me. Morgan always has the best dresses and I secretly want to take this dress and put it in my client closet for all of you to wear but I have been looking at a few of them on resale sights so hopefully soon! We went and played in the water in the morning light but I also think this spot would be beautiful in the evening time soon. With the light hitting the mountain! Here are just a few of my favorites (sorry for the over share I have a lot that are my favorites) along with a cute little film of the family that I put together!

Usery Mountain Regional Park: Banowetz Family

It was so much fun to get together with this family! I got to meet Brooke when I was doing a maternity shoot for her best friend and there is no bigger complement then being asked to do family pictures for her family when everyone was in town. We went with the desert and boy did the Arizona sunset show up. We also grabbed some head shots for the kids. Now a days I highly recommend it for your social media and LinkedIn sites I love shooting at Usery Mountain Regional Park and would be up for venturing out there a few more times this fall! Who’s in?

Queen Creek Wash: Yates Family Session

It was so fun to meet the Yates Family, we got to venture to new location and I am all about that. We went to Queen Creek Wash which was an interesting place. There are trees and a lot of sand there. It was so hot this night I think when we finished their session it was a 107 but everyone powered through and hopefully mom loved photos that we were able to get. I also love that we got to include Grandma in the images. Here are a few of my favorites from their session.

Papago Park: White Bump To Baby!

I love when I get to capture a journey for a family and adding a member to your family is quite a journey for sure! Some of the perks to having the same photographer as your Maternity and Newborn photographer, you get to know me as a photographer before I come into your home to capture those Newborn Photos. The second is that usually you will receive a discount by booking both at the same time!

I was so happy and excited when Breanna contacted me back on Black Friday and asked if I would capture her maternity and then little mans newborn pictures. I loved every minute of it. I got to meet Breanna, Tony, and Waylon in April for Breanna’s maternity session and I instantly knew I was going to like this family. They were so much fun and Waylon is the cutest 2 year old out there! I can not imagine being pregnant and having a baby during a pandemic but Breanna seemed to take everything in strides. She worked with me as we worked through the uncertain times of whether we could do her maternity session. In the end it all worked out!

I was so excited when she messaged me right before Memorial Day weekend and let me know that baby Weston had come Earth side! I was so excited to meet Mr. Weston and to see Breanna, Tony, and Waylon again. I knew that their newborn session would be fun and it did not disappointed we even brought out the dinosaurs!

Quarantine Time

What are you all doing during this time? Who all is still under stay at home orders and who all have been let out? Who all are trying their hardest to help there kids with their school work? Luckily here our teachers are amazing and making it super easy on everyone while keeping the kids brains working. Our days in my house consist of Math work, and reading with spelling work. Then Taylor does a daily virtual call with her teacher and classmates to either do, Art, music, P.E., and Spanish class. Her teacher sends a daily story time for her. Then if we are feeling like it we hop on Art Hub and do our own drawing. Kyle has been kind of doing his own thing, I have him work on this program called Khan academy but other then that he has done a virtual class which he loved and watching his beloved power rangers. Luckily we only have one week of school left and then it is summer break which makes me a little sad because now I will have to find a new since of normalcy.

I on the other hand have been over here just working on some creative projects. Before the whole stay at home order went into place and right before all this stuff got super crazy I was able to squeeze in a creative session with a super sweet friend and her family. I did a film with them. This is something I wasn’t going to put out there till closer to fall but now is as good a time as any. I am so excited to announce that starting in August I am going to start offering film sessions. I will be offering different types of sessions…so stay turned for those. I will be announcing the different types of sessions this summer but here is a small dose of a couple of them Enjoy! And don’t worry I am still offering films with all my Newborn and Fresh 48 sessions.

We can do an outside family film where I capture film and photos for you!
One of my favorite things to do which mixes my multimedia journalist time with my mommy time together!
We can do a day in the life! This is a small glimpse!

How to use your Iphone Camera

So I am going to give you full transparety I started writing this blog before this pandimac so I have had to go thru and make some changes to help those Expecting Mamas and new Mamas. I want to help you take some gorgeous pictures of those sweet babies. So here are my tips.

  1. You can shoot in portrait mode if you have an Iphone but if you don’t know worries. I suggest though if you can change the F stop to change it from 1.4 or even 2.8 to around a 3 depending on how far away from baby you are going to be. This is a first and a must or your baby will look what like to call disconnect from what they are laying on our what is behind them.
  2. Find the light. Preferably a window. Natural light is the most amazing light, don’t worry if it is cloudy that will work in your favor because you will have some wonderful filtered light as clouds are the best filter. I like to put the baby in the I love placing baby in the hospital bassinet and I place it in front of the window. I will a lot of times place babies face facing the light. I will place mama and baby in front of the window. This is a perfect tip if you are wanting to grab some pictures of those babies at home. If there is some good light on the crib I love a wrapped baby in their crib it is a nice perspective.
  3. Grab all those little details the fingers, toes, ears, hair (if they have any), and their little belly button/umbilical cord. You also want to grab a wide shot of the post partum room or the delivery room so you can remember what it looked like during those first 48 hours.
  4. Set a timer and flip the screen so you can place your phone where you can see the screen and make sure to get the whole family in the picture.
  5. Make sure you also grab the reaction of siblings meeting their new baby brother or sister. I highly recommend you grabbing video of this. The wonderful thing about Iphones at least you can grab pictures while you are getting video just push the white button on the screen next to the record button.

How to Edit Your Iphone Pictures

If you want to get crazy you can edit you pictures! I use lightroom mobile but if you don’t have that you can edit them in your photos. Here is a quick video of how I edited a picture of my daughter. https://vimeo.com/405992858

I hope that these tips have helped or will help you guys when it comes to this special time in your life that just seems to be happening right in the middle of a pandemic.

Desert Botanical Gardens: Bauer Motherhood Session

Let me start out by saying as a mom I know just how important these images are to all of us moms. 9 time out of 10 we are the one’s taking the pictures and so the ones we are in are just those sometimes flattering but mostly unflattering selfies. Come on we all know we have taken one and thought wow that was a really terrible angle why did I do that? So lets help with that problem and let’s get all of you moms in front of my camera for the memories to be frozen in time of you being with your kids. You hate being in front of the camera? Please don’t let that stop you because one day these images are the only ones that your kids are going to have. Also life is so short we never know what image might be the last with a member of your family. We all never want that to happen but we all know one thing, tomorrow is never promised.

I love that Morgan wanted to take this time to capture herself an Aiden. Morgan has been a stay at home mom and loves all the adventures she and Aiden get to go on, but Aiden is starting Kindergarten in the spring and as for every mom this is a hard pill to swallow. When you spend your whole self with your child this step is a lot. I know that after a week or two Morgan with be ok and she will love some of her quiet time but it will take a moment. I was so happy that she asked me to capture these moments so she can freeze this time in life forever!

Veteran’s Oasis Park: Miller Maternity

What can I say this family is absolutely gorgeous and Bri was so cute one would think she was happy even when she wasn’t.  I was beyond excited when Lauren contacted me back in November to capture some family and maternity pictures for her.  She was was my first session of 2020 and it was the best way to kick off a year that I am sure will be a great year.  I have known Lauren and Brendan for a few years, she is the absolute cutest pregnant mama.  It takes a lot of work to grow a human while chasing around a toddler but she does it so well.  Here are just a few of my favorites from their session!!!