I have been thinking a lot about seasons in life. And just like the song by the Byrds says, “to everything there is a season and a time to every purpose, under heaven.” My photography business came along at a season in my life when I desperately needed it. I wanted to be home with my children during the day. I shot sessions in the evenings. I did my editing when they napped. It wasn’t easy or perfect. But it was a good fit for our family. And it has been a HUGE blessing in our lives. I have met many wonderful clients that have become friends. I have had the privilege of watching your children grow up over the years. And I am deeply grateful to each and every client that has let me in to photograph their special memories. But……I feel like I am entering into a new season of my life and with that, some changes are coming. My children don’t need me so much during the day anymore. They need me to haul them to ballet, soccer, sleepovers with friends, and all of the other demands of a young family. On weekends, they want to go to the pool, boat, or fish. And I’d like to be able to be present for those things. So effective immediately, I am no longer taking new clients. To my established clients, don’t worry. I will always make time for you! I will still be offering mini sessions this fall and will continue to do that as long as it is a good fit for my family. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Again, I appreciate each and every one of you that has been part of this incredible journey with me. It’s been a fun ride.
This is my very favorite kind of newborn session. This sweet family invited me into their home to capture one of their first days as a family of 4. Those first few days/weeks/months of your new baby’s life seriously flies by. I know it doesn’t seem like it when you are knee deep in dirty diapers and sleepless nights. But trust me, it is such a short season of life. Lifestyle sessions (not just newborns) are such a great way to capture real memories for you and your family!
I normally recommend shooting at public beach accesses to minimize background clutter. But this sweet family had not just one, but TWO brand new babies with them. So we decided it was better for the babies for me to come to them. But this does show you that your images will look different – still beautiful – but different than a public access. I do still generally recommend shooting at public accesses to minimize background clutter. At condos and beach houses, tents tend to stay up overnight and beach goers hang around well after sunset to enjoy the beautiful view!
This is my 3rd year with this fun family. They really are such a kind, loving, fun family, and I am so grateful that they keep including me in their vacation!
I get a lot of questions about how extended family sessions work and if we have enough time in just an hour to get everything. I do limit the number of people in a session to 14 for this reason. Because more than that, I don’t feel like I can cover everything in an hour, and I am a one woman show. So we normally start with the big group because that is the focus of an extended family session. Then, we get grandparents with their adult children, with the grandchildren, adult siblings, just grandchildren….then we move on to individual families. Within each individual family, I try to make time to have at least one individual shot of each child. But this depends on time and cooperation level of everyone involved. This also gives smaller kids a break for a few minutes and time to play a little or grab a snack. I do like for everyone involved in the session to hang around for the entire hour. Because sometimes we re-do groupings at the very end of the session as well. If you are vacationing to our beautiful beaches and would like to schedule a session, contact me! I’d love to meet you and photograph your family!