NEWS | Off to Asheville for the Wildflowers Workshop!

The eve has come!  Tomorrow I leave for Asheville North Carolina to attend the workshop of one of my favorite photographers ever, the renowned and highly sought after, Joy Harmon Prouty of Wildflowers Photography; featured in/by Parenting Magazine, The Maternal Lens, Reverie Blog, and Access Hollywood as she’s the choice family photographer of celebs including Minnie Driver.

I’ve been following her worked for a couple years now and am continually inspired and constantly in awe of the creativity she brings as well as the beauty, whimsy, and “freeness” (is that a word?) she so effortlessly captures in her sessions. See for yourself in these images of hers from just a few of my favorite sessions.

WHAAAAAT!!!?? I’m sure now you can understand both why tonight feels like Christmas Eve and why I’ve been acting like a giddy child counting down the days. From delving into the “how to’s” of creating themed shoots that really tell a story, to exploring the antique shops of Asheville, to gaining insights into better balancing it all, I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow! So excited!

Tune in soon for pictures from the Wildflowers Workshop and our themed shoots, including a “cowboys & Indians” family session!!

AHHHHH!! I’m never gonna fall asleep tonight

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PRESENTING | Samantha, The Stunning Senior

Generally I try not to have overwhelming amounts of images and/or scrolling involved in any single post but since I can’t bear to eliminate a single additional image from these storyboards this time is going to be an exception, as was my last post about Penny.  : )    It seriously just took me over an hour to narrow the original number of pictures I wanted to include in this post, to these 19 (which I know is still a crazy number considering it’s just shy of the total amount I typically edit and present following a shoot) but you’ll see why its been so hard in a second…

Recently I had the opportunity to do something I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while and that is shoot one of my bestie’s little sister, who begins her senior year next week!  Thanks to her fresh style, fun easy going personality and willingness to not only do anything but let me dress her in anything, including my grandpa’s old belt, not to mention her beautiful blonde hair, huge expressive brown eyes, and sweet smile, the images she gave me were better than I’d ever hoped for.  Thanks Samantha, you’re a stunner!

PRESENTING | Look Who’s Turning 1

She’s not a tiny little newborn anymore…wow how time flies.  Just 12 short months ago I got this shot which immediately became the front of my newborn session business cards and remains one of my favorite images to this day.  [See more from Penny’s Newborn Session] As you’ll see in the not 1, not 2, but 3 storyboards below, that cover the pre and post aspects of a cake shoot along with the mess in between, she has gotten sweeter and sweeter with each passing day and still delivers shot after show stopping shot with her angelic, expressive, and precious little face…and personality!  

After convincing me they really really would not have any use for the tin tub that they’d just purchased the day before to use in this shoot they let me pack it into my trunk and bring it home to join my prop collection!!  So book your tub shoots now!!  Can’t wait!

MY WORLD | Suckers, Smiles & Sunshine

I have been very busy lately. Too busy.  This week I took a quickie break from the pressing workload to spend some time with and spoil one of my favorite people in this world.  My niece Gia.  I am so glad I was able to sneak away for a bit to not only capture her sweetness in this summertime sunshine but to have her joyful smile uplift and energize me – the way it always seems to and in the way only IT can. Thanks my sweet G.

PRESENTING | Craziness at the Carnival

This was actually an unplanned and nearly spontaneous shoot believe it or not.  About 2 hours before we planned on meeting to hit up the local fair I had a thought…we should try and get some fun carnival type shots, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. To my delight Emily was game and Daniel, being the stud he is, was willing. : )   Despite the masses of people and multiple times I was yelled at for taking pictures on rides, blocking the lines and/or exit ramps, we still got some fun shots before the sun went down and we were escorted from the park(just kidding).

Here’s to supportive, willing, awesome, fun, gorgeous and GREAT friends! Thanks guys!

PRESENTING | Their Town

After weeks and weeks of postponing this session due to majorly uncooperative weather…we did it!!  Originally having big plans to head to the gorgeous Meadowlark botanical gardens facility, we switched it up and met at Vienna’s new Pavilion area, Vienna on the Green, where any given day you can go there to enjoy a book, beautiful scenery, ice cream, and live music.

Considering this is where they’ve laid their roots and watched their family grow.  We thought the simple and stunning park in the heart of downtown Vienna, would be a more fitting location for their final family portrait, before kids begin heading off to college this fall and the next phase of their family begins.  I’m so glad we did and really love how this special time is now captured in a special place.  The familiar heart of “their town”.

PRESENTING | Summer Portraits

This last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting up with one of my favorite families to do some summer portraits capturing this memorable time in their young family’s journey as sweet Penny rounds the final corner and will be turning one in just a couple months!  We met at frying pan park on a beautifully sunny afternoon. Though we were a little worried since the sun was scalding and we were nearing Penny’s nap time, in the end the backlight was beautiful and Penny was perfect.  So…as is always the case with this clan, the final product was more than I could have hoped for.

PRESENTING | Baby Sy

Talk about a champ.  Little Sy, several weeks outside the 4-10 day window recommended for newborn sessions, was a delight!  Even after stripping him down and dressing him in hat after hat, he was still all smiles and eventually even gave us some of the precious sleeping pictures we’d hoped for!

PRESENTING | The Lion Sleeps Tonight

A much anticipated arrival has finally come! From this first set of pictures you can see that this little one had an entire army waiting in the wings to meet him, the sweet boy they’d been loving for the last 9 months(but it you ask me I’d say they’ve loved him much longer than that).

From this second set of images you can see both his sweetness and cuteness far surpassed what any of us could have imagined. My favorites of the entire session definitely being any and all where the lion hat is in play. I’d been holding off on using that hat knowing when baby Brady came he would turn it out…and as you can see, he did not disappoint.

PRESENTING | Back to the Basics

I just can’t get enough of this baby mama’s style…as I’m sure you all fell in love with as well when you saw her Maternity Shoot. This simple and natural in home setting gives such an intimate feel that really speaks to me. Though the shoot is essentially prop free the images have such a cozy and precious outcome. I couldn’t love them or this little guy more! Can you even stand his little nose and lips!  Too precious!

PRESENTING | Daddy’s Little Man

I’ve never thought of a necktie as being an oversized article of clothing, until we put one on a 10 day old baby that is. We thought it would be fun to put little J in one of his daddy’s many ties. I couldn’t believe how the tie appeared to just keep going and going forever when it laid beside his tiny body. I really started thinking this had to be the longest tie I’d ever seen in my life…so long in fact it didn’t fit in the frame. I was assured it was a normal sized tie and suppose it’s all just relative to the fact that little man is so teeny and precious. How do we start out so small?

COMING SOON | Boys, Boys, Boys!

Funny that just a couple months ago I was thinking to myself  “man, I’ve done tons of newborn sessions with little girls but so few with baby boys.”  No sooner than that crossed my mind 4 newborn sessions were booked and ALL BOYS!! Needless to say things have been pretty busy for me lately. Just a couple sneak peaks for now but here are some of the precious newborn sessions to be looking for in the next week or so!

PRESENTING | Justin Timberlake is Graduating!

Looking through my viewfinder I honestly could not get over this Seniors resemblance to Justin Timberlake. Uncanny! And would you believe when I that thought with him that he informed me he’d never been told that before! Not a bad doppleganger if you ask me!

Nick was super fun and easy to shoot, which is never expected when you’re working with a teenage boy. Funny though that with all the shots I take, my favorites are always the close crops on the face where you can really see their eyes sparkle. This shoot was no exception.

PRESENTING | Visitor’s From Across the Pond

Since February 18th I’ve been counting down the days until this shoot. That’s when some dear friends I met in Switzerland last summer emailed saying they’d be out here visiting family and wanted to do some portraits!

Well after weeks and weeks of anxiously waiting the day finally came! (and so did some swiss chocolate that I promptly inhaled) This shoot was sooo much fun, just as I knew it would be. Irene & Joerg are always a blast!! This time with them was especially neat to me as they shared with me the details of “their story”. How they came across one another several years after they’d initially met. Upon first meeting, they immediately had feelings for eachother but the feelings were kept to themselves as they lived in different countries. She gave him her address and hoped to hear from him and he sent postcards hoping to hear back but somehow the postcards weren’t received and therefore they weren’t returned and each figured the other wasn’t interested in them. So you can imagine their excitement to have a bit of a chance encounter one Easter weekend several years later. After being reunited and just a week or so of hanging out they knew they didn’t want to live another day without each other and that was that. Unbelievable right!?!  I can’t wait for their movie to come out! ; )

It’s been several years since that time but you wouldn’t know it when you’re around them as they’re as affectionate and in love as ever! It’s really a beautiful thing to be in the presence of.  It was my goal to capture they’re warm fun personalities as well as that love they feel for each other. I couldn’t be happier with these images…unless I was in Switzerland when I took them. I guess I’ll just have to go back!

PRESENTING | Intimate In-home Maternities

Oh my gosh I’m so obsessed with these right now I can’t stand it! I’ve been wanting to do a shoot like this for awhile now where it’s an intimate in-home setting but there are always so many issues to consider – having enough light, space, the right decor, etc. Well the stars were all aligned for this shoot and it was amazing! Starting with the beautiful mom-to-be being a PERFECT subject to photograph. Add an immaculately decorated home and tons of huge windows offering an abundance of natural light and voila! I feel like Heather Locklear was expecting and I was hired by Vogue to get a spread of  images for an interview they have with her about the pregnancy. Thank you Brittany for giving me some of my favorite images of all time!

MY WORLD | Two Bums I Would Die For

So I know this isn’t a legit photo shoot picture but I can’t not share it and I’m not too old for “show and tell” right?

So…we were getting the girls ready for bath time and as they excitedly stood there watching the tub fill up I made a mad dash for my camera and am so glad I did. This moment is perfection. Say, with her rain boots still on -just standing there poking her bum and G, holding her toy whale ready for some bath time fun. Ahhhh, I could just die! I know I’m an overly obsessed aunt but are these not the cutest little bums you’ve ever seen!!

PRESENTING | The Blissful Bambricks

This week I met a family I was truly inspired and touched by. After several months in Ethiopia waiting out the adoption process the Bambricks were finally able to bring their son and daughter home and as you can see, home for these little ones is wherever their mom and dad are. I swear when I was taking pictures of the four of them together, getting the babies to look at me and smile was a little bit of work.  Whereas when we were doing solo shots and they could see their parents or be held by their parents, the smiles were free flowing and nonstop. The love existing in this family not only transcends blood and dna but thrives and inspires. Thank you Bambricks for sharing with me the beauty that is your family.