Chick Pics- Rogers Family

I’ve seen those adorable chicken pictures floating around during the spring season for several years, and always thought it would be fun.  When Laurie asked if I would be willing to take pictures of her babies with some baby chicks, I couldn’t resist!  We traveled to a local park where there was a canal, bridge, and little waterfall, and it was a gorgeous afternoon!

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Such a sweet mom and dad.

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Baby chickens, everywhere! It was so much fun to see these little ones playing and chasing these little chicks!

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Look at that sweet smile…I love how the chicks are getting her toes!

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While we were there, this duck came swimming up and walked right behind the set.  It couldn’t have been more perfect!

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Such a sweet family!!  Thank you Rogers family for allowing me to capture these sweet memories for you.  I had such a fun time!

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Skipper Family

Prepare yourself for some of the most adorable pictures of the sweetest family you have ever seen.  My job is simple when you have beautiful subjects like these.  Every single one of these pictures turned out amazing.  I tried my best to narrow down only a few favorites, it wasn’t easy…I know I say that all the time…but seriously, just take a look!

 

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It was freezing, the coldest day of the year at that point and this little one was a champ!

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Big sister knows how to pop a pose let me tell you.  I could have snapped thousands of pictures of her, she was a blast!

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Little one enjoying some tummy time.

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Big sister was trying her best to cheer up lil sis.

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Peek-a-boo!

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We took pictures at a park with beautiful trees covered in moss…it provided a gorgeous backdrop.

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Daddy lovin’

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We took a break from pictures, for big sis to run and build up some heat.

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Beautiful ladies!

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Thank you again Skipper Family, enjoy your beautiful pictures!

Bridget’s 40th Birthday!

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A very special friend of mine turned the big 4-0 this month and when her hubby contacted me about photographing the surprise party for her, I swiftly responded “YES!”  I was so excited to not only be apart of this special time but also to be responsible for capturing the party through my photography…it was such an awesome day!

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When he planned this party for his beautiful bride, he did not miss a beat! Everything coordinated in color, theme, and the room literally sparkled just as she does.

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The party girl’s daddy even had fun with the red carpet at the “after party”!

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The birthday girl with her precious family.

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Red carpet you ask?!  He wanted her to feel like she was walking the red carpet when she arrived to the party, as well as each of her guest.  So what better way than to have a red carpet (literally), a huge backdrop, and a photographer snapping “red carpets pics” as they arrived.  The backdrop read “Happy Birthday Bridget” and had her initials with “40th” behind.  I’m telling you, he thought of everything!

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Me with the birthday girl…I find myself much more comfortable on the other side of the camera!

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You know how they say the prettier the cake usually means it doesn’t taste as good…SO NOT the case with this cake.  It was gorgeous AND tasted amazing!

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Gorgeous girl cutting her cake!

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Goofy picture of the party crowd.

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…and one serious one!

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I’ve always said I love sitting back and capturing the moments through my pictures…SO true at events.  It’s fun to get the detail shots, and the posed with friends or family pictures…but capturing the laughs, smiles, and emotions is priceless!

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Sweet couple!

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Seeing the excitement in her face and the surprise in her eyes when she walked around the corner and saw her family and friends waiting to celebrate her special day…literally brought tears to my eyes.  She’s such a beautiful person with an amazing heart, who would do anything for those she loves…it’s so nice to see her being pampered and loved the way this man loves her.  You two are so special, not only to each other but to us as well and I’m so thankful to have been apart of your special day and wish you many more years of happiness!

The Pearson Family

Earlier this week I talked about the “bloopers” from this family session, which turned out adorable.  I want to share some of the “posed” pictures too.  The session was scheduled for a sunset and in a beautiful location with flowers, trees with hanging moss, and fields full of dried wildflowers (I never thought dried wildflowers could be so pretty).  The session could not have gone anymore perfect.  The weather was cool enough to keep the sweat off (in Florida that is a task in itself!) and the sun was setting perfectly over the trees.  Not to mention, could this family be anymore adorable?!

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I loved how their outfits coordinated, yet weren’t identical.

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Momma with her girls.

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I had been reading about silhouette pictures for a while and was waiting for the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  I love how the sun was at the perfect place in the sky to cast a sun flare through their hands.

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I just love this one.  The sun casting a warm, fall, glow on the trees and the family casually walking down the road.  If you look closely you can see the family pup just in front of the family. So sweet!

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Remember those dried wildflowers I talked about, this is them…I love how they added texture to the background of their picture.

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One last picture, sessions like these make my job so easy…and make picking a “few” favorite images very hard!  They were such a fun group to work with and a beautiful family.  Thanks again Pearson family!!!

The Walker’s

You may have seen this couple a time or two, or three, but I have to share them at least one more time!  She wanted a sunset session, but the timing just never worked out.  I kept telling her to trust me, we would get beautiful pictures even if we couldn’t get the sunset she had in mind.  The session was scheduled for around noon, which most photographers would say is “too harsh” for portraits.  Which I have to admit, I have said a time or two myself, and I was slightly concerned about the sun casting terrible light on them but I had a few ideas in mind that I thought could work even though the timing may not have been “ideal”.

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The location she wanted was wooded and has huge oak trees with moss hanging from them.  I thought we could take a majority of their pictures under the trees and use the trees to diffuse the light.

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There was a clearing in the trees where some wildflowers were planted.  The sun wasn’t diffused but I thought if I could use the wildflowers to frame the pictures I could position myself to have the sun casting a glow on the couple, and I prayed that I could control too much light during editing.  Thankfully, it turned out to be beautiful!

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The couple is high school sweethearts, with three children, and four grand-children.  I love seeing couples stick together, and I wanted to incorporate some of their wedding into the session.  For this pose I wanted to focus on their wedding photo with the slightly blurred in the background

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Remember how I said the sun was a fear of mine, well God helped with that in the form of an over cast day.  In fact that morning it rained, actually stormed, and I was worried we may have to cancel the session but I kept checking the radar and the weather and both indicated the rain to stop around the time of our session, and thankfully it did.  Just as we were wrapping up the clouds covered the sun and I took advantage of the nice soft light.

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More from their wedding, these glasses and their original wedding rings were a nice touch to have in their session.

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Some times it is those “candid” shots that I love most.

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I was adjusting my settings and snapped this one, ended up being one of my favorites.

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Another framed picture attempt.  I actually climbed on the top of the bridge to get the moss to frame my subjects, I love how it turned out!

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Lastly, we couldn’t leave out their precious puppy.  She did so well, she sat right there in her momma’s lap and waited for the photographer to make all kinds of crazy noises to get her attention.

 

Thank you again, Walkers!  I enjoyed capturing the love and joy between the two of you.

Pearson Bloopers!

The majority of the pictures that make it to the blog, Facebook, and Instagram are the “posed” pictures and not the “fun” pictures.  Don’t get me wrong I LOVE posed pictures, those are usually the ones that grandma wants printed on a canvas and hung in the living room, or they are used for Christmas cards and birth announcements.  With that being said, most of my personal favorites from my sessions and of my family as well, is the “bloopers” if you will.  Personally, I LOVE the bloopers…and usually those get the most compliments because they capture the true personality!  I recently took family pictures for a family friend that I have known for a very long time.  She has two of the most adorable little girls ever, and I couldn’t wait to get them in my camera lens.  At first they were a little shy, totally normal, then as they let loose (or we tried to get little sister to open up)…the personalities started flowing and we got some cute “bloopers”…enjoy!

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Big sister tried her best to get little sister to dance with her.

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More big sister silliness!

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She’s a hoot!

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Even though little sister didn’t want to dance, big sister did!

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Little sister was skeptical about dancing.

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Even with the entire family spinning and dancing, little sister still wasn’t sure about it.  But talk about adorable pictures right?!

 

I’ve always tried to snap some candid shots at every session and most of the time they turn out some really awesome pictures, but I’m going to start snapping more!

 

#PearsonBloopers were too adorable to not share 🙂