Yesterday was a day. One of those days where you end up going thru every epic mom fail from the day, which rabbit holes into all your mom fails ever.
You messed up their lunch, forgot something they needed for school, didn't listen to the entire story because you were working...on your phone.... (yes, that last one gets me every time)
Had one of those days?
While praying about it, I realized I needed to replace those negative thoughts. Replace them with positive ones that remind me how blessed I am. And that I am not the worst mother that has ever walked across the face of this earth.
So, for any other moms who have those days I am here to remind you, that YOU ARE AN AWESOME MOTHER.
God, MADE YOU PERFECT FOR YOUR KIDS. So, your faults (that you see in your children and kill you) your strengths all of it are perfect for the troubles and triumphs your kiddo will face in their life. Perfect to help them grow into a functional, independent, contributing adult. Even if it seems like the opposite is true.
So scroll down and find some quotes that lift me up. Help me remember what is important. Remember how much I am blessed. Remember that I don't suck.
In hopes that you too will remember how blessed you are. How amazing you are. How much you are loved.
And one more because we all need a laugh every now and then...
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Now, go. Make today Awesome and Happy Wednesday!
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I LOVE being able to capture Milestone's for families. Especially, when it's new Milestones (like birthday's, a new sibling) with returning families. I was lucky enough to meet Miss E for her 1st birthday Portrait session last year.
So, when her mama called about a 2nd Birthday session including her 6 month old little sister, of course I was thrilled!
We met at Walter Jones Park in Mandarin at 10a. Not a normal session time, but if you want a park that provides lots of shade your Portrait Session times can be almost anything.
Oh, E was still as beautiful with her blue eyes and red hair, but she had a happy and adorable little sister too. To see just how adorable they were keep scrolling.
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Happy Monday and I hope this cuteness makes it even better!
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Being asked to capture one of the biggest day's of a person's life is humbling. Weddings are a time to celebrate love, joy, family all the things I cherish.
The Blevins wedding was beautiful. When I first toured Casa Isabel in Lake City, FL with the bride I could see all the light, all the beauty and I was excited for their big day.
The day didn't disappoint. Columbia Events and Rentals had done a beautiful job with the decor, Casa Isabel looked beautiful, the bride looked amazing and Kara Winslow was a wonderful makeup artist. The flowers from CC's Flower Villa were perfect. It all came together to form a simple, classic, beautiful wedding. Just as the bride had envisioned.
Though these are not all the images, here are my Top favorites (so far) from the Chamberlin/Blevins wedding.
Venue: Casa Isabel, Lake City, FL
MUA: Kara Winslow, Gainesville, Fl website/facebook
Flowers: CC's Flower Villa, Lake City, FL website/facebook
Wedding Coordinator/Decor: Columbia Events and Rentals website/facebook
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Yesterday, I shared an article on Facebook about why mom's take selfies. (find it here) It basically laid out why mom's need to be in front of the camera so much better than I ever could.
So, when a good friend asks for a Mommy & Me session at St. Augustine Beach, of course I was excited to do it.
Carly was a ham, loved taking photos with my smaller camera (her shots can be seen below) and loves her momma. We played, laughed and I was able to capture some timeless moments to turn into memories Antoinette will have forever.
Interested in scheduling a Mommy & Me session of your own? Click here for details on all the session options.
Now, go, grab a Unicorn Frappacino and have a great Thursday!
Photos by Carly age 4
Note the whole "hold it halfway to focus" thing didn't pan out. So, if blurry images bother you stop here. But if you want to see what a 4 year old does with a D90 then scroll on!
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Capturing gorgeous mommas while they wait on their new arrivals is one of my FAVORITE parts of my job.
The excitement, (maybe exhaustion), beauty and love of a family preparing to welcome a new little one makes Maternity Portrait Photography so amazing.
I met the Mullins Family in Vilano Beach, FL for their Maternity Portrait session. They drove all the way from near Orlando to meet me, and I'm excited about the returning the favor when this new little man makes his debut.
The dress was perfect, the sash which was a nod to this amazing Rainbow baby and the evening was beautiful. I couldn't have asked for better conditions.
So, keep scrolling to see many of my favorites from this gorgeous Maternity Portrait Session near St. Augustine, FL.
P.S. Want to plan a session for your new arrival? Check out all the information on my Maternity & Newborns page.
Easter has passed and Spring is in full force! I love this time of year and always love the Family Portraits I am able to capture. Many families I was lucky enough to capture again and see just how much they have grown. As a photographer, I love being able to capture Family Portraits for a family year after year. To see the kids grow, new additions and just life as it is.
Check out a few of my favorites from my Spring Mini Sessions from back in March! Gorgeous location, fun families and a beautiful day.
What could make a Friday better?
All the sweetness and simple love of a new little life. Many of you have seen a few of my favorites from Owens Lifestyle Newborn Portrait Session in Atlantic Beach, FL. But there are SO many more. This is one of my favorite newborn sessions to date.
Owen was perfection an oh how he smiled. All the time. From the beginning to the end. And editing newborn smiles is probably a major perk of the job.
I love Lifestyle Portrait Sessions as siblings can come and go as they please, everyone is relaxed and I get to capture details of the first home this new little life will ever know. The love and connection that a family shares at their home is one of life's blessings.
So scroll to the end. Smile with Owen. Count the smiles and comment on how many you saw. It's definitely a newborn record for me.
P.S. Want more information about booking your Newborn portrait session or a Lifestyle Portrait session at your home in the Jacksonville, FL or St. Augustine, FL areas? Click here to contact me or read the Session options I offer here.
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What do you see in the photo above?
Simple. A precious, new little life. All the focus is on this life. No crazy set ups, props or poses. Just a simple, sweet perfect little man. A Lifestyle Newborn portrait session where the focus was love. Connection. And the simple beauty of a new little life.
This is me. Simple. I like simple. I'm a t-shirt and jeans girl. I like time with my family and friends, even just at my home. I like admiring the things God made as they are. The beach, the mountains and of course new little lives.
After praying, webinars and more, I think I have finally found me.
Who I am as a photographer. I LOVE some work by other photographers who have amazing props, lots of colors, painted backdrops and more. They are beautiful. They are amazing. But, they're not me. And I'm finally ok with that.
I'm going to be redoing my website soon with a few changes for my Jacksonville, FL and St. Augustine, FL clients and friends, but mostly so that I can be true to me. Because that's when I do my best work. When I'm doing what I love, not trying to imitate someone else. So, what do I love?
Family connection. Love. Baby led newborn posing and the connection you can get between a 3 week old and their family. (that's right, 3 weeks old is ok). I love newborn smiles and newborn sneezes. BIG stretches and big yawns. All the simply beautiful things about a new little life.
That's what I want to capture. That's what I want to give my clients. The beauty of their family. Their love. Their new little life.
Packages will include things like:
So, if you want set ups filled with props, flowers and more. I'm not your photographer. There are many awesome photographers out there who rock that. Feel free to use them and get what you envision for your family. Because you need to be happy.
But, if we are kindred souls. If you love family connection, a slower pace, making memories out of moments. Sessions where the focus are on you, your family or that new little life. If you dream of a Family Portrait session where I can tell the story of YOUR FAMILY. As you are. Right now.
Then please, let's talk. Email me, Fill out the contact tab and we will set up a time to call.
Happy Wednesday all!
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Yes, I'm a photographer. But I'm also a mom and I'm all about helping other momma's out in capturing photos at home of their families everyday. Especially on holidays.
So, I thought I would give you 5 quick tips to help you capture images this Easter for your scrapbook or even just your Facebook album. (*note the images are old, as Easter hasn't happened yet, so I used what I had from Easter's past)
1. Get Photos of the Kids Coloring the Eggs
(Yet, I have NEVER DONE THIS. Seriously, I am making a point to do it this year as I realized looking in past years, somehow I never did this. My girls are 9 and 7, so yes, it's sad.)
Capture the colors, the eggs, little hands covered in egg dye, the mess. All of it. Because this is now. These are the moments that become memories and you will be happy looking back that you have the images of this annual activity.
While trying to find a good photo to use for this I stumbled on this sequence of stock photos that show you perfectly ideas of what to capture. Check it out here.
2. Capture the Hunt!
Running, laughing, collecting eggs. The traditional event leads to so many smiles. Be on the look out for that moment your little one finds a well hidden egg. Have your camera in "burst" mode (shoots multiple images quickly) and a Kid or Sports mode if it has it for this. They move fast and your camera needs to be able to keep up without any blurry images.
3. Grab photos of the details of Easter.
Ok, that's just my niece looking adorable, but grabbing shots of food, decorations, Easter baskets, and even the eggs alone after being decorated make for some great images. Have your child hold an egg in their hand close to the camera. If you set your camera (or phone) on Portrait mode you can get the egg nice and clear with some blur in the background for effect. The fancy photographer term for that is bokeh.
4. Include action and group shots
Grab all the kiddos together to show off their finds, let them run, jump or play and just capture the fun! For a family portrait with a twist, instead of standing posed try walking towards the camera or jumping for something a little fun. Let the activity be part of the fun. Everyone doesn't have to be smiling at the camera either. Candid shots always make for some of my favorite photos. Whether at home or during a portrait session.
5. Make Photos Fun
If your little one is not in the mood for photos. Make it fun. Do a series of silly faces (like I did above) till you get that genuine smile. Tell silly poems, sing silly songs, whatever helps your little one laugh and have fun will make for better photos. Of course, if you're all dressed up be sure to grab photos then too. It's not everyday that everyone looks so fancy.
Main rule for any holiday or attempt to grab photos. Have fun, enjoy your kids and MAKE MEMORIES! Capturing them on camera is just a bonus to look back on later.
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Wait, I'm not 40.....yet.
But I do love traveling, I do LOVE the ocean, and I do love some Jimmy Buffett. That being said, I turned 38 this year. Almost 40. Which is strange to me on many levels. Questions run through my head, "How did I get this old?" "I'm not really that old (or I don't feel that old)".
Then, I looked a little deeper. Sure, I'm almost 40, but I'm happily married with 2 beautiful girls. No, I don't stay up late (except to work or for the occasional sick kiddo), but I actually enjoy lazy, quiet mornings and I LOVE sunrises (especially at the beach). My body is much different than at 20, but I'm working on that. Though it's to be healthy and a role model for my girls. NOT for others to be impressed as when I was younger. I don't have as much wisdom as my grandmother might, but I am DEFINITELY wiser.
I'm out of the baby stage and my girls are more independent for sure, but not ready for total independence. As I capture family portraits for families of all ages, I LOVE capturing newborns, Maternity, 1 year Milestones and even 2 year cuteness and chaos. I simply, LOVE my job. But I learned photography, while striving to document how fast my girls were growing. I cried. I fought self hate talk in my head. "You're not good enough." "This is horrible." "You have no talent compared to so and so." But then I realized. Kinda like parenting, where you learn as you go and quickly figure out that each family is different just like each photographer is different. On different paths, with different goals. And that is OK. And everyone makes mistakes. It's taken me years to decide being different is OK and that mistakes happen. It's taken me years to realize perfection is a myth.
I am not a perfect mom or a perfect photographer. And that is OK. But I PROMISE to always do my absolute best and give my absolute best as a mom and a photographer. And give grace as needed.
We strive for perfection at home, at work, at school, with our families and our friends. Even on social media we often try to make it seem as if we have achieved perfection. We haven't. No one has, perfection is not real.
So, right now, on this Friday let go of perfection. (ok, not to the point where you are featured on an episode of hoarders, but you get the idea) Give grace to your kids when they make mistakes and show them you give grace to yourself. Teach your children to not strive for perfection, but to strive for their best. Their best is enough.
Your Best is Enough.
This weekend make memories, love on your kiddos, have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee. Run, walk, hike. Cheer them on at their game loud and proud, or cuddle on the couch and read a book. Clean up, but let go of what doesn't get done. Whatever reminds you how blessed you are, reminds you it is ok to be perfectly imperfect. What ever reminds you that GRACE is enough. Grace for yourself and grace for your family. Don't wait till you're almost 40 like me to figure it out. But if you have, that's ok too. Your kids love you fiercely. YOU ARE LOVED. YOU ARE ENOUGH.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.