Sunday, August 26, 2012

I finally meet little Avery!

I got the pleasure of meeting and photographing little miss Avery yesterday!  She is about 6 months old now and is the daughter of a long time family friend and his lovely wife.  I have actually known Avery's dad for what seems like forever.  He has been one of my younger brother's best friends for about as long as I can remember (and to this day denies being my brother's accomplice in stealing, almost destroying, and then ditching my car as a teenager!!)  And it was very strange for me to see him in daddy mode, but it looks like he has filled that role perfectly!  He was great at soothing Avery when she was getting fussy.  And little miss Avery is a beautiful little mix of her mommy & daddy.  I love her chubby little cheeks and her great big eyes!!  And her mommy had picked out some really adorable things for her to bring along, as you can see!  She was a little trooper during her session.  I don't think she was too happy about how hot it was outside and she let us know a few times!  :)  But she really did a great job overall and lasted for a long time.  Congratulations on your little beauty!!


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Holly's Senior Session

Another beautiful day made for another great Senior Session.  And today's Senior gal, Holly, was fantastic!  She is a dancer so, needless to say, she made my job easy with poses and such.  And from the minute we got to her house and I saw the outfits she was bringing, I knew we were going to get some cool shots!  She had one outfit in particular that I could have just kept her in the whole time and been totally satisfied with that because she looked so amazing in it!  But obviously that wouldn't have made for much variety for her, so of course I couldn't do that.  Plus, she had other really cute outfits that we needed to use.  But check out my favorite outfit....doesn't she look GORGEOUS???  (ps...I am scheduling an appointment to have my legs traded for hers!!  lol)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tori's Senior Session

Finally, a cooler summer day!  The temps have been scorching hot all summer, so it was a wonderful thing for us not to be melting the whole time!!  That left us to just enjoy the session and that's what we did!!  Tori was a trooper!!  She was ready and willing to go anywhere and do anything, and I thought that was AWESOME!  She sat in dirt, walked in a creek, climbed some rocks, and posed in what looked to be poison ivy!!!  And she was so easily posed it was ridiculous!!  I typically try not to overly pose anyone, but rather give them light suggestions.  Sometimes that isn't quite enough, but for Tori, that was definitely all she needed.  And a lot of the time, she didn't even need that!!  And don't even get me started on her eyes!  I think they were two or three different colors during our shoot...very piercing and pretty!  What a great session!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

First Family Vacation

We are SO excited to have just spent an entire week in Florida.  As most would probably agree, a week long vacation spent almost anywhere is always a welcome relief from the daily grind.  But this summer's vacation really stands out for me because it was our first vacation shared as a family with our little girl.  Seeing her eyes wide with awe as she walked along in the sand and looked out at the ocean for the first time definitely changed the beach for me.  I have always enjoyed the beach, but this time everything about it was different for me because it was almost like I was seeing it for the first time through her eyes.  Her amazement at the new surroundings kept me smiling the whole time.  She was completely fascinated by the sand, sifting her tiny fingers through it constantly.  And she thoroughly enjoyed having the ocean waves wash over her feet.  She didn't have one hesitation about any of it and explored everything with such fearless confidence.  I can only hope that - with a loving, nurturing upbringing - this tiny, brave, wonderful little person will hold on to those traits, as they will carry her far and make anything possible for her.  She is truly the light of my life.

I left my "big camera" behind for most of our trip and relied on our tiny point-and-shoot automatic camera (and my iPhone) to do the work for me.  (Hey, I was on vacation!!)  Here are a few snapshots, some taken by someone other than me, of our trip.