I feel like I have turned over a new leaf – two posts in as many days! Today, I am sharing some of my favorites from a sweet family portrait session with one of my favorite families! The Donovans hit the golden hour jackpot with their session this fall, and I was squealing in delight throughout the entire session, AND as I was editing. We met up at my favorite location (Silver Lake Park, of course!), with the best weather, most beautiful light, and the cutest little baby. What more can a photographer want?! Here are just a few of my faves:
One of my favorite babies turned one back in September. I can’t believe I haven’t shared these portraits yet! Orrrrr really anything at all in this space over the past several months. I have a ton of content headed your way, including maybe the most beautiful wedding, sweet newborns, fun families, and the cutest holiday session. I’ve been away so long that at the time of these photos Taylor was a new one year old, and now she is almost 18 months old, and has a baby sister on the way! Here are some of my faves from Taylor’s first birthday portraits!
I first met Lindsay several years ago, through a friend that we share. We crossed paths at a couple of events or nights out, but I REALLY got to know Lindsay on my best friend’s bachelorette party. We had so much fun together in Miami, and one of my favorite memories is getting the most gigantic slices of pizza (Jumbo Slice, anyone?) and sitting on the sidewalk outside of a club devouring them. There happens to be very impressive photographic evidence of this, but I will spare you that gem for now. We all had so much fun at the bachelorette party that it bled over into the wedding and even beyond. One night all of us (except Lindsay, she couldn’t make it) tried to recreate the party by having a girl’s night out in Arlington, VA. We were sad that Lindsay couldn’t be there in person, but we had life-size cutouts of her head on sticks to bring with us, and they made it in manyyyy photos. I will spare you those lovely images as well :). Since the years of our bachelorette galavanting (by the way, we should do that again soon, ladies!), Lindsay has started the sweetest little family, and I was so happy that I was able to photograph them this spring! Lindsay + Brandon’s daughter, Ellery, is a MOOD – and I mean that in the best possible way. She is a GOOD mood. She is three years old and adorable, with her Shirley Temple curls. She is outgoing and funny. She had me laughing for the entire session, which is pretty impressive for a 3 year old! I am sharing some of my favorites of Ellery (and her parents) today, and I can’t wait for you to see how fun she is!
WOW I have been ignoring this space lately! It has been over two months since I last posted, and boy have I been busy! I have been so lucky and worked with so many fantastic clients. Between all of the photo work and daily life, I just haven’t found the time to fit in a good blog post! This should explain why tonight’s post is of a session that was two months ago! I am looking forward to getting back into the groove of sharing my work here, and showing you some of the highlights from a lovely spring filled with lovely clients!
One of my all-time favorite friends has one of my all-time favorite babies! Hilary and Taylor are the cutest little mother-daughter duo, and I was all too happy to hang with them and capture how sweet and silly Taylor is at six months old. An even better bonus is that Hilary’s sweet mom was in town again for Taylor’s portraits, so we got to capture a few of the two of them as well. Here are some of my favorites of Taylor and all of her squishy, smiley, sweetness!
Happy Friday, friends! I am so excited to share Rheanna + Pat’s engagement portraits with you this afternoon! I actually went to high school with Rheanna + her brother, and it is always fun to see people you used to know all grown up with families and living life. I reconnected with Rheanna about a year ago, when I found out that she is pretty much the greatest eyelash and spray tan artist around. She keeps my lashes looking long and luscious, and for that I can’t thank her enough :). Seriously, though, she is very sweet and funny, and if you are interested in getting eyelash extensions, derma planing, or a spray tan, she is your girl! You can check out her facebook page (and rave reviews!) here, find her on instagram at @lashesbyrheanna, or go straight to book an appointment by clicking here. I always do classic lashes, and am so happy with them that I have become addicted to her, and go at least every month! Rheanna also offers lash parties, so you can even get a bunch of girls together for brunch and lashes, and its always a fun time!
I actually really met Patrick for the first time at the engagement session, but I already knew he was a nice guy and SUPER talented wood-worker. He makes so many gorgeous custom wood pieces. Rheanna & Pat also have the cutest little boy named Ryder, and although he didn’t necessarily want to have his photos taken on the day of the shoot, we still managed to get a couple of him :). I am so looking forward to this wedding in the fall – it sounds like it’ll be SUCH a fun event, taking place on Pat’s family land, which is also where we had the engagement sessions. The evening light on this property is SO beautiful, and there was so much variety in scenery. These portraits were taken in cold, dead January, so I can only imagine how stunning the property will look in the fall! Here are some of my faves!
Popping in really quickly this afternoon to share some of my favorites from a recent newborn session with an adorable baby girl named Ria. I met Ria and her family at their home a couple of months ago and had the best time photographing the growing Pittman family. Ria was exactly like a tiny little doll, and she was so adorable in all of the different outfits we put her in. I especially loved the crocheted onesie with the pearl headband that Becky picked out for her! Here are some of my favorites from our day:
Oh, the Bahamas. It feels like such a lifetime ago that we went on the most fun trip to Nassau, when in reality, it has only been a short two months since we returned. My best friend, Becca & her mama, WON THE TRIP on Ellen’s 12 Days of Giveaways. Isn’t that nuts!? Who gets to say that Ellen freaking Degeneres gifted them a trip to a tropical island and ten thousand star resort?!! My bestie, thats who! My husband and I were the luckiest of all people, because Becca’s sweet and generous as heck mother gifted us her trip. WHAT?!!!? I don’t know what I will ever do to repay her for her generosity, but I have a few ideas on how to start. Anyway, we stayed at the most beautiful resort, which is pretty new, called Baha Mar (linked here). They had about 1000 pools, a casino, 364312 restaurants, and really gorgeous accommodations. I am exaggerating a bit on the pools and restaurants, but it was really a lot! The resort has converted a bunch of airstreams into the cutest food trucks on the beach, has FLAMINGOS for you to admire, and even a sanctuary with a grotto where you can also admire sting rays, nurse sharks, and sea turtles. I can’t even describe how cool that was. We spent our days by the beach and pool, and our afternoons walking next-door to the Daiquiri Shack, which was always well worth it. Who knew that a plum daiquiri was the best flavor ever? You are welcome. Our bahamas dream trip lasted from Sunday to Friday, and I really wanted to gift Becca + Luke a nice set of portraits from our trip, so by Wednesday evening, we had been around the resort enough for me to pick out some lovely portrait locations, and we set out to create some beautiful images. I loved how many different natural backgrounds we were able to get – it really looks like we were at at least 4 different locations, but these were all taken on resort. Here are a few of my favorites!!!
This will probably be the last holiday post I do, since we are now a month post-Christmas, but I just couldn’t resist sharing the Nir Family’s sweet holiday session with you guys. I first met PJ, Zorro, & Sam for baby Sam’s newborn portraits last spring. I was so happy when PJ called me and wanted me to come capture their family for Sam’s first holiday season! I knew he was going to be precious, but I was NOT prepared for just how squishy and adorable he has gotten over the last 7 months! Sam has perfect rolls, a gummy smile, and the coolest eye color I have ever seen on a baby! I met the Nir family at their home to take a few portraits by their Christmas Tree (which was beautiful, by the way!), and then we went out into some pretty scenic areas of their neighborhood to capture some outdoor family portraits of the family. I absolutely loved that PJ wanted me to capture some portraits of just her! I thought she looked so glam and that they turned out beautifully!
My sweet friends, Daniel & Elizabeth, welcomed an even sweeter baby boy into their family about six weeks ago. His name is Rhett, which I love. I was so excited when Elizabeth asked me to photograph him in all of his newborn glory, and I couldn’t respond with a resounding YES quickly enough!!! I spent a couple of hours with Elizabeth & Rhett at their home, and we had so much fun! He was such an awesome baby – he slept for pretty much our entire shoot, making him super easy to work with, but he held out on the smiles until the very end of our time together. We had wrapped up all of his individual portraits and taken some with his mama, and decided to put him in the teeniest cutest red wagon I have ever seen. This was during the holidays (I am so behind, remember!?), so we placed his wagon in front of their Christmas Tree, and I was dying over how sweet he looked when he flashed me the BIGGEST smile! I happened to catch it on camera while squealing, and it was in focus, so it was a true miracle (have you ever tried photographing a newborn while squealing? I do it alot, and things tend to get a little shaky in the focus department! ;)). Here are some of my favorites from his sweet session (note the smile, the fox outfit andddd the bear outfit! It all may be too cute to handle, so proceed with caution!)
I keep saying just how behind I am on updating this space. I really am, and I need to get better about it! I have so many sessions from the holiday season that I haven’t even shared with you yet! I likely wont be able to share all of them, since it would be weird to post about Christmas in August, but hopefully this week I can catch up on some of these fun sessions I had over December and January! Today, I am sharing my favorite images from the sweetest first birthday portrait session. My buddy, Brooks (you may remember him as Chip!), turned one whole big year old in early December, and I was only too happy to go see him and capture all of his sweet squishiness at this age. I had to throw in some portraits of his sweetheart big sister, Brinnley, too! For a look back at how much Brooks has grown, you can check out his newborn session or six-month portraits from this summer! I loved how full of JOY he was at the six month session, but I could not get over how SWEET and cute he is now! See below for all of my faves!