“Can you photograph my daughter’s first birthday party?”
YES! YES! YES!
This family has been so special to me and it was an honor to be a part of the celebration.
A few years ago, I was looking for a way to be more present during Christmas morning. I felt intense pressure to capture the moment but also not miss the moments because I was behind a camera. The idea of doing a time lapse each Christmas has changed that for me completed. I still use my phone for snapshots throughout the morning but overall, I sit back and enough the magic and joy of Christmas morning.
Over the years, the family loves that we capture these moments and have even spent time trying to one-up each other with funny frames.
Want to see past time lapse videos?
- Our first video was in 2013. For comparison it was 415 images. This year was close to 2,000 images.
- 2014. This was the year of Sean’s walk across the sofa and the beginning of funny frames.
- 2015 was warm outside so no fireplace. Declan did a copycat sofa walk and Von Miller dancing was all the rage! Also, it looks like it was the first year of LED lights. Believe it or not LED lights flicker but you can’t see it with the human eye. The camera catches it if your shutter is at a certain speed so it looks like our tree lights flicker but they don’t.
- Sadly, I don’t think I made my 2016 video. I took the photos but never put it together. Grace, not perfection 🙂
- 2017…here you go:
If you’re interested in the set up of the
Goodness gracious…this is what you get when a family as kind as they are beautiful meet a crazy gorgeous fall day. I’ve been photographing this sweet family since before the little guy was born and it’s such a joy to watch his personality.
Some of my very favorite shoots are at home…the kids feel comfortable, the background is familiar and you make memories in the place that’s most sacred to you.
FAITHFUL, ACTIVE and FUN!
Each time I capture a family, I start with a questionnaire so I can learn a little more about them, what they enjoy and the types of things they do together. I was instantly connected with this family because of our love for travel and ironically, we’re taking similar summer vacations. So fun! And then, I meet them and all three boys had long hair which has a special place in my heart since my little guy rocks the long hair.
Mom described her family as faithful, active and fun and she couldn’t have been more accurate. Enjoy a few images of our time running around Maymont! read more
This family was such a joy to photograph — you could feel the outpouring of love, grace and true adoration for each other with a little silliness mixed in. We spent the first few minutes getting the little guy warmed up to the camera but wasn’t long before he was hamming it up and calling the shots for the whole family. His big sister was full of beauty and grace and some of the images of her and her mom are some of my favorites. I’m so grateful to have met them and captured their love for each other. And how much does Dad and his look guy look alike? Click read more to see the rest of the images. read more
Do you have thousands of family or travel photos? Can you find the photo you want when you need it? When it comes to storing your images, printing is always my favorite and most timeless way to guarantee your memories but that doesn’t override the importance of backing up your photos in the cloud. For years, I’ve used Dropbox and it worked well but after finding dozens of disks from a decade ago it was time to do a massive back up and I found Google Photos. Google Photos has given me the freedom to have over a decade of images at my finger tips! read more
Eight years ago I was photographing everything I could put in front of my camera and shooting my little heart out. There wasn’t a business yet…I was trying to learn, practice and practice some more. Besides my husband and family there was one person who was cheering me on with support like no other…Erin. She spoke encouraging words, wrote thoughtful cards and never forgot to tell you how much she appreciated you. She referred some of my first clients, she trusted me with her most precious memories and she never stopped cheering. I’m confident I wouldn’t be where I am today without her. read more
There will always be an extra special place in my heart for Honeymoon Island. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida and it was in our backyard while we lived in Tampa. If you haven’t been….GO! You won’t be disappointed. While we were visiting, I was fortunate to schedule a few sessions and one just happened to be with a family that my husband grew up with. Emily’s parents and my in-laws have been friends for many, many years and it’s been a joy to visit with them and capture the energy on camera. And honestly, I’m convinced if shoot ends with two boys dressed in suspenders in the Gulf of Mexico we did something right! read more
I was on my way to drop my daughter off at gymnastics and the light in this field off a small road in Ashland caught my eye. Something about it was warm and welcoming. Ironically, the day after I got a message from this Momma. I was booked for the season but I felt like it was meant to be and I always loved photographing this sweet family. They were super flexible and we snuck a quick session in just before we lost all light and I’m so glad we did. They never disappoint with sweet smiles, belly laughs and Franklin (the dog) making the shots that much sweeter! read more