Knock knock….. San Marco Fl Family photography

Thanks to my buddy – I now have a new favorite knock knock joke! You have to say it out loud to get it though….. so give it a try! Seriously if you have kids they will love this knock knock joke.  I had to tell it to all my kids the minute I got home and I laugh to myself each time I think about it!

knock knock.  Who’s there?  Smell Mop.  Smell Mop who?  Ha ha hahahahhahahha you just said smell my poo!!!!

I can’t thank my dear friends enough for giving up their Sunday morning to help me explore some of the local areas to see how they would work in photographs.  I’m happy to say that we had GREAT success taking family pictures in San Marco!  The morning started off overcast so we just had the most beautiful lighting by the lions!

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And then we ventured around and found this super cool red staircase 🙂

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and then on we went to try out a few park areas near by 🙂

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and then we decided to reward our sweet little models with some super yummy donuts from Good Dough.  This has got to be the cutest donut (doughnut???? which is it really) shop ever! They had a wonderful craft variety of yummy goodness and people were lined up to try their goodies right at 9 when they opened.  They even have a little wooden play kitchen for the littler kids 🙂  A must try if you are ever in the area!

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I only have a few spots left for Nov/Dec!  I can’t wait to show you all the good things we have in store! Give us a call 904-770-5806 to book your families photography session today 🙂  Next up – I’ll show you a fun family photo session that was done at their gorgeous home in Julington Creek 🙂

 

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St. Augustine Beach Wedding – Vilano Beach

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to work with Sun and Sea Beach Weddings these past few weeks.  If you are looking to get married on the beach in Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, Amelia Island (they also do Georgia beach weddings like Jekyll Island) then you should DEFINITELY check them out!  They provide a full range of wedding from something simple and romantic for just the two of you or something larger if you have friends and family that you would like to share your special day with.  They also offer same sex marriage.

I had a great time with Marsha and Sean even though we got rained on by the end! I just fell in love the minute I saw her dress and his suspenders oh and their matching Converse shoes!!!!!!!!! So so sweet! Take a peek 🙂

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We were getting rained on but we couldn’t pass up taking a picture with a rainbow!  Andrews_Dollard_239_webMarsha_Sean3Marsha_Sean4Marsha_sean_2Marsh_Sean

 

I was told there would be treats? Jacksonville Pet Photographer

Hello.  Um, I was told there would be treats and I’ve looked all around and I ah…I ah don’t see any treats.  Maybe someone is out buying said treats right now?  Ah, I’ll be honest…. I really only came for the treats and if there are no treats then I am going home.

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*Aunt Kara, that stink eye is just for you.  Thanks, thanks a lot. I thought we were friends.

I’m considering trying to put together a pet portrait fundraiser since several of our shelters were flooded from Irma – would anyone be interested?????  I’m thinking black and white on the white backdrop similar to this but maybe with some funny photo booth style props or even Halloween costumes?  I’ll need to find a good location –

Happy Friday! My hope…

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you have something fun planned for the weekend!  For me, we plan on relaxing after all the craziness of getting our 3 boys back to school this week.  Somehow it always seems so hectic and stressful!

I had to make a quick post though to let Mark know that I was working away on his wonderful family reunion photo session and just melted when I came upon these cuties.  I can only hope that Seth and I are this cute and sweet when we get their age!  Don’t you just adore his hat?!?!  I am a sucker for hats!

Family portraits~Saint Johns Florida ~ Portrait Photographer

It’s been a minute or two since I’ve posted any portrait work – though I have taken it slow since our move – I did do a bit of family portrait work this year 🙂  Here is a beautiful session of a wonderful family.kelly-t_family_01 kelly-t_family_02 kelly-t_family_03 kelly-t_family_04

Newborn photography with the Fuji X-Pro 1

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I can’t say enough just how much I love my Fuji X-Pro 1.  It is just a beautiful camera that feels wonderful and a bit old school in my hands.  It reminds me of the 1st 35 mm camera I ever used (it was my dad’s).  I will admit though that it has taken me some time to really get use to this camera system but the pain has all been worth it.  I originally bought it to see if I could use it as a back up system for my main Canon gear since I would prefer to have the Fuji around for more of my personal work and hoped it could pull double duty in that department.  So far I have tested it out on  landscapes and head shots and it has done WONDERFUL!….. so I thought I’d give it a go at newborn photography.  Again thinking if I needed to use this as a back up system, would I be able to do all that I needed with this small mirrorless camera and the 35 mm lens and 60 mm macro lens.  Well it handled beautifully!  The 35 mm was a rock star!  Produces beautiful images straight out of camera.  I used the 60 mm as well for some up close baby features and it did very well but it was a bit hard to nail that focus (I find that macro lenses in general are hard because you have to manually focus for the best results).  Here are some of the images from my session 🙂  If I had to complain- it certainly does not focus as fast as the DSLR system and there is still a lag between images that could drive you a bit crazy if you were trying to photograph fast moving toddlers.
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beautiful friends and beautiful family @Charlotte family photographer

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Sometimes it’s hard to wait until the end of the day to do a family photo session.  Little kids can get hungry and grumpy later in the day and it just takes a little more patience to wait until the sun is low in the sky to get everyone together and dressed for pictures but I’ll tell you that if you do… it’s soooooooooooo worth it.  The sun is just so beautiful in the late afternoon and I think Chaeli’s family photos show this off really well 🙂

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Happy New Year! New site on the way!

 

I hope everyone out there had a wonderful holiday season!  Have you set your 2015 goals yet?  I say go big or go home 🙂  Ha!  Well we are definitely making some changes around here and to start – we are having the wonderful Ash of Laynie and Belle design us a new site.  So until then, we will not have an active website.  In the mean time I have added a LOT of new content to the menu (see above) to help answer questions about pricing etc that you would normally find on our website.  Oh AND I added some other new goodies as well. I’m certain that some of this new content is riddled with grammer and spelling errors as I am a horrible word smith.  Please email me when you find them so I can correct them 🙂  Muchos gracias mi amigos!

Here is a quick little share of my wonderful fall family photos that my AWESOME friend/assistant Chaeli did for me 🙂  Isn’t she the bestest!  XOXO Love you Chae!

We love large families ~Ballantyne Area family photography

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I was so happy to see Kiran and her beautiful family this year.  They are just all so nice and her kids have the BEST manners!  AND they are seasoned pro’s at taking pictures!  It was so stinking cute how all the big sisters where like little mama’s to their baby brother!  They each wanted their photo taken with him – I thought that was just so sweet!  Sigh – his future wife will have a lot to live up to!

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Caligirl steals the show ~Family photos with a cute dog!

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I’m telling you this has been the year of the dog for us this fall!  So many wonderful families have chosen to include their dogs (or dogs) in their family photos and we just LOVE IT!  Yes, you heard me right….we love having your dog in the photos too!  Seriously – how cute is this little baby named caligirl!!!!  Oh and the family is really cute too 🙂

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