Category archives: Kids

Backyard Summer Session

Backyard chalk- summer sessionA classic Florida summer, playing in the backyard with your siblings. Having fun with chalk, eating popsicles, and playing on a slip-n-slide! These times spent together with your family are where treasured memories are made.

A documentary photo session is for you as a parent, yes, but they are also for your kids. These sessions give your children photographs to look back on that show what their childhood was really like. There is nothing wrong with getting dressed up and taking a pretty portrait, but those photographs don’t show your day to day, real, honest life. They don’t show how your kids use to act, or the silly things they use to do, like making “clay” out of chalk, or coloring their doll with so much chalk that the water they were sitting in turned purple. These photographs give them a true glimpse into what their lives use to look like. They bring up precious memories, and they bring up good conversation reminiscing on the past.

Don’t wait until your lives are more put together, or you move into a bigger house. No, your family is not too crazy, or too boring.  I believe every person is inherently interesting, and valuable, and has a story to tell.  Would you give me the honor of telling your family’s story through a documentary photo session?  We all know that kids grow up fast, so don’t wait, book your summer session today by contacting me Here

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Baby Shower

Baby Shower Portrait- Maternity PhotographyI’m thankful I had the opportunity to drive up to Jacksonville to visit my in-laws, and photograph my sister-in-law’s baby shower last year. It was filled with play dough babies, presents, and lots of love.
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Nursing Session

“I breastfed my first baby for 19 months, my second for 2.5 years, and my third for two months and going strong. My first two weaned on their own and I plan to follow this baby’s lead, too, in terms of how long we go. All three of my babies had medical issues at birth that made breastfeeding a big challenge in the beginning but once we got the hang of it, it was wonderful. I’ve been lucky to have a very supportive husband and family and colleagues when I was working full time. I’ve nursed (and pumped) in lots of different places and situations and have never had any negative reactions. I used a cover in public for probably the first three months with my first baby, but never after that because it’s cumbersome and uncomfortable. Breastfeeding has been about much more than nutrition for us: my babies nurse for food, for comfort, for reassurance, and to fall asleep. I’m incredibly grateful to have been able to breastfeed my kids.”



Abigail's Story.

Eduardo and Diana, have three children, Jeilany, Eduardo Jr, and Abigail. Abigail, age four, is their youngest. She was diagnosed with Pre-B Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in June 2014. Abigail is a joyful, and brave little girl. She is always making those around her laugh and smile. She is positive, even through her all the adversity she has faced being sick. As I spent time with the Mayorga’s, I saw the hardship of having a child with cancer. They have to watch their child go through such painful treatment, and try to help her cope with any anxiety she may have about her treatment.  I also saw the happiness, not because she has cancer, but because they have chosen to smile and laugh and be joyful through this circumstance. My goal is to give people an intimate view of the reality of having a child with cancer, as well as, give encouragement to those walking through this journey of childhood cancer, too.At HomeLearning the alphabetThe Ugly IguanaCar Ride to SchoolSistersHopeTreatmentDescribe your overall journey of having a child with cancer.

It was a drastic change. I had to stop working. She was unable to go anywhere literally nowhere.  We would spend months at the hospital. The kids would feel abandoned. It’s mentally and physically exhausting. The last thing you imagine is to receive the news, let alone to have to watch your 3 year old endure so much pain. The only thing that has kept us strong is the way she is always positive and happy and crazy, it’s contagious. Now in this part of the treatment she gets to be a little bit more able to be free but still with the occasional hand washing.

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A day with the Hartley's

A few weeks ago I spent the day with the Hartley’s. They had their fourth baby in July. Their kids are so sweet. They spent the morning playing tennis. Then they spent some time at home, and most of the day at grandma, and grandpas house. Watching Delia, the oldest, hold the new little baby Madsen, was so sweet. She is such a natural with him. She will make a great mom some day.  I love the different interactions between family members. Having extended family adds a whole other element which I love.

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A Boy and His Gran-mommy

Here are some photos I took on our trip to see family in Jacksonville. We got to spend some time with Austin’s mom, also known as Gran-mommy, his sister Christi, and our nephew Jake.

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