Yep, you read that right! Now, this wasn’t supposed to be a night beach, it was supposed to be a sunset beach family session in Ft. Lauderdale. But sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned! Not only was it after sunset, it was SO windy, I needed extra help holding down the light! Put that with a little three year old who wanted to just run and play and have fun at the beach, it was a challenging shoot! But those can also be the most fun. Despite all the challenges we had, I think we got some fantastic photos for them!
As a little side note, I will be coming down to Ft. Lauderdale more often now. My parents are moving down, so of course, that means I will need to visit more! If you live in south Florida, and would like to book a session with me, drop me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will put you on an interest list, and get ahold of you first, before I put it up to the general public to book. (You don’t have to book if it isn’t going to be a good time, I will just offer it to you first! And if it doesn’t work that time, I will contact you the next time!).
Here are a few sneak peeks from that night. The first one was taken a little earlier in the day, the rest were that night. (I just *love* the older son. He LOVES photo sessions. I don’t pose him at all, he just moves and poses all on his own!):
The term “newborn” is used a little loosely in this case. See, photographers look at “newborn” age as two weeks or younger. That is the ideal time for “newborn” photos. They are nice and sleepy, they still love to be swaddled, and they are more “bendy” (for getting those adorable curled up poses). However, I was not able to photograph this little guy during that time. So, now at four weeks old, I was a little concerned about getting that “newborn” look out of him!
THANKFULLY, he was fantastic! As soon as he laid down on my furry blanket, he was out cold! Didn’t like to be swaddled, but apparently, he never liked that, so we were all good! And it all worked out for the best, because we were able to do a family session after his newborn shoot (and we wouldn’t have been able to do that if we did it 2 weeks ago). So, bottom line, if you have missed your 2 week window for newborn photos, don’t give up! Schedule a session as soon as you are able to. These little angels change so much, seems like every day, that you will still get gorgeous photos!
Here are his newborn sneak peeks (with family sneak peeks to follow later). Don’t you just love his hair (and little smirk in the second one)?!:
I know, I love ALL of my families. This one though, for several reasons. One, it seems to be a family legacy to be one of my JPS senior models. Erin was last year, Shannon this year, and Kelly has her eye on a 2014 rep slot ;). I choose them for my models, because not only are they gorgeous, but they are just a delight to be around! And when you get all three of them together? Forget about it! We have a great time! Another reason I love this family, is because they love the “unposed” family photo. Sure, they will sit for a family photo, but then they start looking at each other talking and laughing, and THOSE are the photos that they love the most. I just hope I am not out of their lives once Kelly graduates high school!
Here are a couple of sneak peeks from their shoot (and the last one is TOTALLY just for me! They don’t always like doing the “serious face”, but I think they look so gorgeous!):
I know, I know, I said that I will never do weddings. Well, I think I have learned that I should never say never! In this past year, I have second shot (which means assisted) another wedding photographer, so I thought if I could take weddings on a case by case basis, I would! Don’t worry, I am not giving up my seniors, or families, anytime soon (or EVER!), but since I am asked so often if I *would* photograph weddings, I thought I should get a couple under my belt. Makes me more well rounded I think ;).
This wedding was for a very special couple out at Cocoa Beach. It was a lovely intimate wedding officiated by “The Colonel” (for those of you at Oviedo in ROTC, that should sound familiar!). See, they met at Oviedo while in ROTC, and having him perform the ceremony was so special! They were surrounded by love all around. (See, that part of weddings I can really get into! The excitement and love in the air!) And yes, there are going to be tons of sneak peeks (don’t go thinking this will be the new normal, because it won’t! Hahaha!). But the reason for a lot of sneaks is because they are both in the Navy, and she has to ship out on deployment really soon (we are talking the end of the week!). So I wanted to give her some extras before she left!
Here are some highlights from their day (and the last one just made me laugh, so I had to put it in!):
I am *thinking* of doing a special little contest coming up soon (for weddings). Let me work out the details, and then I will post it here on the blog, and as always, my facebook page. So, if you haven’t “liked” me yet, please do! And share the page with anyone who is planning on getting married in the first half of 2012 (that is who the contest will be geared to!). Of course I would love it if you shared the page with EVERYONE! http://www.facebook.com/jpsearcy
I am so glad I FINALLY got to meet Rachel. See, we had to keep rescheduling because of those freak rains we had a little while back. Here in Florida, if it is raining, more than likely, wait 30 minutes and you will be just fine. Well, this was the week that it rained all day for days and days! Very unusual! But, for this day, we had a BEAUTIFUL day to shoot in Winter Park. We started off our session at Park Ave, and then did the second part of our session at Kraft Azalea. You see, she is a beautiful ballerina! When she told me that she wanted to do part of her session en pointe, I thought sunset at Kraft would be perfect. I love it when my seniors bring something to their shoot that is a big part of them. Helps keep everyone’s photos looking different! So, note to self, if you are planning on booking a session with me, don’t ever be afraid to bring stuff with you for us to use! Never know, they just might be the favorite part of the session for you!
Anyway, Rachel was a fabulous girl, and we had so much fun! I am excited for her to see her sneak peeks! Here are some from her shoot:
This age is so much fun! OK, so I say that about lots of ages, but it is true! Every age has something that I just *love*. This little sweetheart is about 10 months old. So, that means, she is totally curious about everything. She isn’t quite walking yet, but crawling all over the place! Not to mention, she is such a happy little girl with two parents who just adore her and every thing she does. Life is pretty good at this age!
Here are a few from her session that made me smile:
This family is a very special one to me. I have known the “dad” since I was a teenager. And for the entire time that I have been friends with him, he has struggled. Not like our normal struggles that everyone has, but struggle to simply breathe. He has had cystic fibrosis, and it is just a part of who he has been. Over the years, he has been getting progressively worse, and it was told to him that his only real chance was a double lung transplant. All of our prayers were finally answered on September 20th when he got his new beautiful, healthy pink lungs (or “airbags” as he likes to call them). He has been recovering quicker than anyone expected, and is enjoying his new lease on life. So, under 2 months after the life changing surgery, we are out on the beach celebrating with a new family photo session. Words can not express how happy we are for him and his family!
One little PSA, and then I will get on with the massive amount of sneak peeks! Organ donation saves lives. If you are not already a donor, please think about it, and tell your family your wishes. My feelings are: you can’t take them with you when you are gone! Help another family get their new lease on life, just as this selfless donor family did for our friend.
OK, enough talking! Time for some photos!
And the outtake, because this kid has the funniest faces sometimes!:
And the outtake for this one! I like to warn the clients that I wait for waves to come. Makes a more interesting photograph! Well, sometimes the wave is a little *too* much, like in this case (but I laughed pretty hard when it happened! Hahaha)
Hahahaha! This little mini session was taken when we realized that my nephew would NOT be born while I was up in Atlanta. So, he needed to get whatever kind of session I could give him. This shoot was on the day before he was born. Yes, my sister went into labor in under 12 hours AFTER I left to catch my plane back home! Little stinker showing who was boss, I guess!
Anyway, I was glad I got to do a maternity session for my sister. She was looking great, and feeling great (as great as you can feel when you are 40+ weeks!), and she really did want to get a few belly photos of her and the new big-sister-to-be. Here are a couple from that shoot:
OK, so maybe I am biased because one of these little girls is my niece. But I got to say, these two gorgeous girls are awesome! I was in Atlanta last week, in hopes to catch my new nephew’s birth (with no luck). So of course, I had to do a little session with my niece. But this time, I really wanted to include her BFF. She talks about this little girl all the time, and I think they act more like sisters than anything! So loving one minute, and then competitive the next. Just like big girl BFFs! Hahaha! All I have to say, is watch out Atlanta for these two in about 10 years. I have a feeling they are going to be quite the handful! 😉
Here are a couple of them from their session (which basically consisted of me running around chasing them with a camera!):
You will be able to view all of them (as well as other sessions of mine) on facebook. All you have to do is “like” me, so I go in your news feed 😉 http://www.facebook.com/jpsearcy
I love this time of year! Not just because Christmas is right around the corner, but because this is the time of year that I see some of my favorite families again! Some families want an updated family photo every single year, and I think that is fantastic! This is one of those families. This will be my third year in a row with them, and it is so neat to see the girls growing up! This year, I got to meet two more members of the family – their pups! Now, as you know, I am a dog lover. They aren’t always the easiest to photograph (I think they are more difficult than toddlers, to be honest!), but as long as we have a back up plan in case they are camera shy that day, I am absolutely fine with photographing them. Wether it be for family photos OR senior photos! We love our pets, and they are a part of the family too!
Here are a couple sneak peeks from their session: