Lifestyle – The Sandbox

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” ― Alan W. Watts

There is beauty in the crash between J’s playing and my own.

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The Biggest Family Yet!

Sorry for the delay in posting, we’ve had a busy week here welcoming a new family into our unit, preparing for our own move, and taking care of out little mess maker! I have been working diligently on some amazing sessions in the mix of all of that so be prepared for some gorgeous family portraits!

I had the pleasure of working with this cute BIG family and we had such a blast and it was such a challenge to make sure we captured all of the small connections and the big. But I think we succeeded in getting a ton of laughs and a ton of great memories to have for a lifetime! Stay tuned to see more of the littlest one here with her mom, dad, and big brother!

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Lifestyle – Playtime with Granny

Living away from family is hard. A lot of times we enjoy our freedom but more often we feel isolated. We build up friendships which is essential and a true blessing, but it’s hard to watch J grow up away from his grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. But, fortunately, we got a nice long visit with Granny, Grandpa, and Auntie S (and a big trip to Italy) this month and I wanted to share a few of J playing with his Granny as, unfortunately, these portraits are few and far between and highly cherished.

To talk about these photos a little: the too bright sun kept coming and going while I was taking these so the shadows and lighting is really harsh. I wouldn’t want to work with this light with a client because it’s so hard to get a flattering portrait like this! The shadows from eyebrows can make a person look exhausted or completely black out their eyes! Keep that in mind when working on your own or looking for a photographer to work with–no midday sessions!

I, however, had to capture J with his Granny because they were too cute together and again–the opportunity to photograph them together is a rare one.

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See more of J here: Lifestyle – Pizza Party in GreeceLifestyle – At the Mediterranean SeaLifestyle – Athenian PlaygroundLifestyle – Athens National GardensPhoto Feature: Red White and BlueJ does Brit FeteHappy Father’s DayLifestyle – Looking through the WindowLifestyle – J & Co. Sensory PlaySplish Splash

Little Princesses

“I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess

We saw this mama the other day with her youngest baby in Back to Nature and today’s post features her oldest two–bedecked in their princess best! After our family session at the Abbey (Back to the Abbey, +1), these two wanted to work with me again (cause I’m fun!) but this time they wanted to make sure they got some photos alone with mama. So mama let them pick out their outfits and I brought J’s tea set out for this fun little session.

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Painting with Vision

“Little girls with dreams become women with vision.” -Unknown

I had the pleasure of working with this little spitfire the other day. She came complete with heels, lipstick, pearls, and of course, princess Minnie. She very carefully made this gorgeous painting. She’s such a wonderful character and I am so happy that I have had the chance to know her and her family and I cannot wait to watch her grow up. She is already such an awesome embodiment of feminism. She’ll shape the world, that’s for sure.

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Lifestyle – Athens National Gardens

I’m sharing a part of my journey–more from our family vacation to Greece.

I usually take a step back when we’re traveling to take photos and then I put my camera away. I’m sure that it sounds foreign that a photographer would just put her camera away but I want to live. I want to experience our vacation with my husband and son more than I want to document it. I still capture the essence of our day, like when we visited The Parthenon, but then we move on to enjoying the world we’re in. It’s hard sometimes with the toddler wanting to get down and explore when we’re walking on the street or in a museum so we always look for places to take him that he can be free–this time it was the National Gardens in Athens.

We walked through the gardens, I made sure to let him lead and capture the beauty that is a toddler in a park. He has no idea we are in a completely different country and that it matters at all; he just wants to play with a stick.

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Lifestyle Newborn – Mini Mama and Mini Bebe

My first maternity clients were a gorgeous couple I got to photograph not once but twice before their little one rushed her arrival (yep she was a month early, healthy as can be!)! I had such a great time with this couple before their baby arrived and now they’re even more in love and more fun to work with. I’m so thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with them from bump to baby!

You can see Mini Mama’s maternity photos here: Mini Mama Maternity! and Lifestyle – More Mini Mama

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