Posts Tagged ‘families’

THE SUNNY SIDE. | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY | PARKLAND, FL.

October 22nd, 2014

We anticipated showers, grey ominous cloudy skies and the high possibility of yet another session rescheduled. When living in Florida and arranging shoots in the spring or summer months the inevitable daily rains with their billowing trees cause even all of your backup plans from proceeding as normal. Preparations for these unexpected interruptions are not […]

 

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We anticipated showers, grey ominous cloudy skies and the high possibility of yet another session rescheduled. When living in Florida and arranging shoots in the spring or summer months the inevitable daily rains with their billowing trees cause even all of your backup plans from proceeding as normal. Preparations for these unexpected interruptions are not easy, however our sunshine state is also notorious for grand and beautiful clearings minutes after storms relocate and for that we are grateful.

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The McAuley’s have been the epitome of flexible this year with rainstorms greeting their session dates time and again. While alternative indoor ‘game plans’ were always considered, often times our summer showers generously blanket vast areas in such abysmal darkness that natural ambient light is deficient inside.

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All things considered, plus a day of anxious weather report scrutiny, we disregarded the ‘wet’ hearsays and anticipated passing sprinkles with enough time to capture everything this beautiful family desired. For when the clouds brew, equip yourself with shielding umbrellas, travel lightly and pack a mighty positive attitude. And while the grasses were damp, the air moist and the layer of humidity stifling we were greeted with the sunniest of faces!

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We have been photographing this lovely family since Colin was a wee babe (here and here), but our charismatic little buddy, now ever more vocal, brought along his baby sister and what an exciting introduction that was for us! During the entirety of our session, little miss C’s sparkling blue eyes intensely focused on examining her surroundings and our strange new faces. There was something so precious about her matter-of-fact personality and boy did she force us to work hard for her smiles!

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Our short time spent capturing this wonderful family is always so enjoyable, as their laid-back personalities really allow us to celebrate their bond and sweet moments as a newly composed team of four. Documenting their comfort together really inspires you and then as if with the turn of a switch their perfect, camera-ready smiles just grab you!

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Understand that every family’s “perfect photo” is unlike the family before and always uniquely crafted. Rain or shine, our approach may always be similar nevertheless it is the charisma and beaming personalities of our incredible clients that direct how a session will conclude.

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This coordinated foursome, proven time and again, has mastered just how to keep on the sunny side of things with their ever brilliant adoration, composure and talent to work our cameras! Clouds may bend, darken and break but you’ll have to walk on by storms because luckily we know the grass is always greener

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A huge thank you goes out to the fabulous and beautiful McAuley family for yet again allowing us the luxury to capture your growing family!

For more adorable snapshots not seen here, be sure to visit our Facebook Fanpage under Timeline Photos.

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blessed celebration. | Greek Orthodox Baptism | South Florida

July 8th, 2014

As lifestyle photographers we are invariably introduced to many religious ceremonies amongst the beautiful individuals we so dearly call our clients. We were privileged to be asked to document the baptism of little Miss Angelina in the faith of the Greek Orthodox Church. As neither Jacqueline, nor myself had bore witness to such a ceremony […]

 

As lifestyle photographers we are invariably introduced to many religious ceremonies amongst the beautiful individuals we so dearly call our clients. We were privileged to be asked to document the baptism of little Miss Angelina in the faith of the Greek Orthodox Church. As neither Jacqueline, nor myself had bore witness to such a ceremony we learned many new traditions and practices during this incredible day.

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child; many of Angelina’s closest friends and family members were in attendance to uphold the duties in the raising of this sweet girl.

We begin by introducing you to the gorgeous façade of this beautiful church. The details in every aspect of the building were pristine, bold, and colorful. The transition from outside to in brought about the feeling of a truly Holy place.

Meet Miss Angelina.


It is all in the details. The ceiling, the baptismal candles, the book of scriptures, and the baptismal font. The baptismal candles are provided by the godparent, one large decorated candle for the ceremony and smaller white candles to be carried by the children who circle the font. The traditional decoration of a baptismal candle includes a large bow of ribbon or tulle with streamers. Each detail of this day is not without merit, as you will soon witness.


While family and friends arrive, little Lina waits patiently in her father’s arms.

And so the ceremony begins. Angelina is presented to the church in it’s entryway. Family and Godparents are surrounding her as this presentation is made. She is dressed in her pre-ceremony outfit, of which, can be any color. She will later change into her baptismal clothes which must be white and completed with socks and shoes.

A somber walk leads the parents and Godparents to the front of the church where font immersion is to take place. The priest pours oil into the cupped hands of the Godparents, who then wipe oil on the child’s body. The oiled baby is then immersed three times in the baptismal font representing Christ’s baptism, death and Resurrection.

Olive oil is poured into the oil bottle and then blessed by the priest. Any 100% pure virgin olive oil can be used for the baptism. The Holy Oil is then used by the priest to baptize the child. The priest will pour the Holy Oil into the baptismal water.

After immersion, Angelina is placed into her Godparent’s arms who hold the oil sheet to protect their clothing and absorb the Holy oil on the baby. Immediately following the baptism in the font, the priest administers a second sacrament: Chrismation, where the child receives the gift of the Holy Spirit with miron, a special oil blessed by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

A quick change into her baptismal clothes, and the lighting of the baptismal candles is next in the ritual. The dressed Lina is brought back into the church and the priest, Godparents, and baptized baby walk around the baptismal font three times.

The reading of scriptures takes place and the priest administers a third sacrament, communion, to the child.

The baptism of Angelina is complete. She is lovingly embraced by her parents and Godparent. Now the Godparent is an especially important choice. The Godparent – also known as a koumbaro (male) or koumbara (female) is responsible for the spiritual upbringing of the baptized individual. The person becomes a member of the baptized person’s family and the baptism brings about a lifelong relationship. Sweet Lina’s uncle is the blessed individual at this occasion.

A reception was held after the ceremony in honor of this oh-so-happy day! Guests were treated with boubounieres or candy favors. These are traditionally almond candy favors given to each guest after the baptism by either the godparent or the parents of the baptized child. Styles can range widely for these favors but are usually simple white, pink or blue puffs of tulle tied with a ribbon and filled with white Jordan almonds. The details and traditions of the day are simply beautiful!

Martyrika, also known as martirika, or “witness pins” – are small lapel crosses handed out at the end of the ceremony and worn by guests as proof of witnessing the baptism. The traditional pin is made of white, pink or blue ribbon and features a tiny cross or icon in the center. Angelina’s martirika were inscribed with the date of her baptism as well as the name of her Godfather.

Family and friends gather in this warm and welcoming home, complete with amazing food and sweets. Each guest takes a turn snuggling and loving on their precious Angelina.

A huge thank you goes out to the parents of Miss Angelina, Gavin and Maria, for entrusting us to capture this most sacred event. Your little Lina is so beautiful and blessed. Happy Baptism Day!

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the family that plays together. | Maternity Photography | Fort Lauderdale, FL

November 17th, 2013

Oh how time does seem to zip right past us. It has been about a year and a half since we last saw this beautiful family. Little Colin was only crawling at that time. Fast forward — and boy has he grown! He was just as sweet as the day we first met him, a […]

 

Oh how time does seem to zip right past us. It has been about a year and a half since we last saw this beautiful family. Little Colin was only crawling at that time. Fast forward — and boy has he grown! He was just as sweet as the day we first met him, a little shy but he quickly emerged from his shell. And not only has he turned into a handsome young man, but there is a little “Miss C” on the way to join this lovely family.

Although the season of fall was upon us, the temperature was still quite warm and the trees still exuded their lush green boughs. We first gathered underneath the enormous Banyan tree that shaded a small meadow which harbored many a picnic at the park. Colin was a bit timid and was not entirely sure who we were or what Mom and Dad had signed him up for. A few swings in the air and a shoulder ride from Pops lightened the mood and put him in a decidedly cheerful frame of mind. He started talking and walking around, politely asking if he could play on the swing set…such a gentleman.

Big Brother! YES!

The family brought these oh-so-tiny embellishments that they planned to adorn little Chloe with. Her tiny shoes with the protective father and big brother in the background simply melts my heart.


My dearest little sister, whom I adore…
God blessed me with you, forevermore.

Side by side, we will always be…
Through tears and heartache, I will never leave.

Through life’s trials we will work them out together…
What I am trying to say is I will love you forever.

We simply love our dads! Dads are the ones we wrestle with, tumble with, play with, run around and fall with. They inspire us to grow big and strong and in rare quiet moments, they teach us about right and wrong.

Miss Katie, you are glowing; such a gorgeous mommy-to-be. The colors and the wind played their parts beautifully that day.

Thank you so much for allowing us to capture this special time in your lives. We love watching you go from a family of 3 to a family of 4. These sweet memories will stay close to our hearts, but we absolutely cannot wait to meet Miss Chloe. Countdown til summer 2014…!

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One Little Monkey.

March 18th, 2012

The first year of life. Is it not the most dynamic and full of so many changes? Watching as your wee-one grows each and every day, developing their emotional responses and motor skills. These first 365 days are the corner stone of your baby’s life. A celebration for this wonderful milestone is joyously welcomed. Friends […]

 

The first year of life. Is it not the most dynamic and full of so many changes? Watching as your wee-one grows each and every day, developing their emotional responses and motor skills. These first 365 days are the corner stone of your baby’s life. A celebration for this wonderful milestone is joyously welcomed. Friends and family come from afar to spend a few hours relishing in this accomplishment. Baby J was no different. Excitement filled the air when we arrived. Last minute details were being placed in their proper positions, and a feast that any king might be jealous of was lavishly placed upon the tables.

Baby J’s mom did an absolutely incredible job organizing and prepping for this beautiful celebration. The theme of course was monkey but the girly details made it a perfect fit for this darling little one.

The friends that attended Baby J’s birthday were mostly under the age of 5, so the entertainment was such an exciting bonus. Mr. Monkey actually attended and entertained the birthday girl and her guests with songs, dancing, a parachute, and bubbles!

And then it was time for the song and cake! As Baby J’s utensil skills are still being developed, and her parents wanted her to enjoy her birthday dessert, they had a “smash cake” made for her. I have seen this technique tried a few times…mostly ending with the child losing interest in the cake or not understanding the idea…but not this little doll! She figured the concept out very quickly and had the BEST time eating her treat!

Enjoy your day Miss J! We were so honored to be able to attend your fabulous party and can’t wait to watch you grow. Stay on the move and we shall see you soon!

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the Loveliest of them All.

March 17th, 2012

It was early when Jacqueline and I finally climbed out of our beds. It was a Saturday morning, a holiday for the Irish, and we were on our way to meet the cutest little family, in a forgotten part of Fort Lauderdale. As we are not as familiar with the one-way streets and parking garages […]

 

It was early when Jacqueline and I finally climbed out of our beds. It was a Saturday morning, a holiday for the Irish, and we were on our way to meet the cutest little family, in a forgotten part of Fort Lauderdale. As we are not as familiar with the one-way streets and parking garages in the area we arrived earlier than our clients. We scoped out the surrounding buildings and landscapes for the perfect backdrops for this adventuresome trio. And then we met Mister C. Beautiful baby boy with his tiny curls and light eyes! He was more than willing to share smiles and coos with his new lady photography friends! As we strolled to our first location, we excitedly chatted with the new mom and dad about how life was going and what their journey had been like thus far.

We started in a grassy nook with the sun nicely hidden behind a small building and had mom and dad interact with their little man. All three were a natural and it wasn’t long before the initial trepidations had slipped away and everyone was catering to the entertainment needs of “C”. Mom came armed with the usual arsenal of toys and even a favorite ring tone, but it was the sound of a familiar song that evoked the most response from baby C. The Unicorn Song…this title was alien to Jacquie and I and we weren’t accustomed to any of the lyrics…but the reaction we recieved from little baby C was one we were most certainly looking for. His attention shot straight to us, his eyes bright while he delightfully clapped his hands.

The artistic picture we were aiming to accomplish took a few tries. “C” was not one to stray too far from the strong and protective arms of his dad or the loving and nurturing hands of his mother. We would attempt to distract baby C from his whereabouts, but our exertion was eventually met with the bottom side and striped pants of our smallest subject crawling faithfully towards the waiting spot of his parents. :)

Every family has a story and every story has an author. There are many instances and specific items that may beckon us to recall the significance of a larger moment. The days before little C entered the world, a Great-Grandmother sat wondering what her future great-grandson would look like, what the world would be like as he grew up, and how she could perhaps stay a part of his life long after her time had passed. An heirloom was the token she decided to create…and oh what a magnificent blanket it turned out to be. Bright in colors with two uniquely patterned sides, and a monogram to remind him of his beginnings. Very few of us will be blessed with such a gift and precious C was one of the lucky ones. And although his bottom did not want to stay seated, he joyfully played on his treasured blanket while mom and dad looked on.

Oh the faces one can make! I believe as adults we forget that there are in fact an abundance of facial expressions that we can put forth to the world and bookmark on film. As life has yet to teach him any different, baby C was not aware that a family portrait requires eye contact and a smile…but we believe that it is these tiny details that will forever embellish your images and captivate whomever opens your family album, looking through the days before life spelled out all the rules.

As with any small being, fatigue often sets in after a highly stimulating experience. The smiles were still easy to extract but they required even more entertainment. Swinging in between his parents was the ticket to the last set of images. Little “C” stuck with us and gave us those gummy smiles and expressions once more as we pushed him to his limit. This last image was one of my favorites. It just makes you smile and want to know all his secret thoughts.

We would like to thank the McAuley’s for taking time out of your busy lives, and for sharing a beautiful Satruday morning with us! We greatly enjoyed our session with you all and can’t wait to see how much little “C” has grown!

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Morning Playdate.

October 14th, 2011

The morning was chilly when we met up with Yeni and Catherine. It had been a little more than a year since the last time we had met. It is amazing how much a child can change in just one year! She has grown taller and is getting really good grades in school. She likes […]

 

The morning was chilly when we met up with Yeni and Catherine. It had been a little more than a year since the last time we had met. It is amazing how much a child can change in just one year! She has grown taller and is getting really good grades in school. She likes her teacher but was looking forward to the weekend to be with her mom.

A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. ~Author Unknown

I love this image. It represents all that we look for in our mothers: strength, beauty, wisdom, and some one to always lean on.

The girls played along the sidewalk of downtown, walking along as we followed en suite. The relationship these two have is so incredible. Catherine is lucky to have such a nurturing fun loving mom! :)

Towards the end of the morning they both began to tire. As they sat on a bench resting their feet we took the opportunity to grab a few more pictures. How could we not, they are both so gorgeous! We would like to thank Yeni and Catherine for meeting up with us and letting us capture this unique time in their relationship. We wish you both good fortune and can’t wait to see you again!

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The Big Red.

September 9th, 2011

There is this magnificent fascination shared by many that causes their hearts to patter when spotting striking red fire engines, chiseled firemen or animated fire stations for that matter. Mine began in primary school which once offered the benefits of fire safety week bundled with chiefs, trucks and unanimous choruses from my gaggle of young […]

 

There is this magnificent fascination shared by many that causes their hearts to patter when spotting striking red fire engines, chiseled firemen or animated fire stations for that matter. Mine began in primary school which once offered the benefits of fire safety week bundled with chiefs, trucks and unanimous choruses from my gaggle of young classmates as we repeated methodically, “stop, drop and roll.”

My memory recalls the visit from a notable chief with his glorious fire truck that blared and glowed with amazing sirens and lights. If you leisurely scanned the throng of children you would clearly see that same enchantment they experience when observing glistening Christmas lights, it was pure captivation. Of course there was the excitement in putting our knowledge to paper as we gleefully colored fire prevention pages until the wrappers on our waxy red crayons needed to be peeled way back.

Over the years it was engrained in our growing minds that the significance of fire drills was not that we got to interrupt an exam and fill our school parking lot with idle chatter, but of the prudency in cautious evacuation. Still with all of my fire safety knowledge delicately packed away I never had the opportunity to visit a local station, much less to shoot in one!

These lucky, darling babes have one very important daddy who knows all too well the magnitude of fire prevention and safety. Every day he and his team risk their lives to protect us; a true hero in our eyes. With pure jubilation it had been my privilege to shoot Courtney and Aubrey’s sister session at the fire station just a skip over the curb off of Deerfield Beach. And in a fleeting moment my vision of a stunning red backdrop to these tiny tikes’ shoot became a reality.

Of course Mom came with her preconceived notions that Courtney, the older of the two was fresh into her precious twos and not one to cooperate behind the camera. However, what is a photographer if not a magician? My bag of tricks surprised Mom and Dad as they played along with sweet and clever Courtney, who abruptly discontinued her amusement to question their motives, “But Mommy, what are you doooing??

Mom pirouetted and entertained.
Courtney giggled and interrogated.
Dad conversed and peeked.

Yet, there was one collected sweet pea whose unruffled manner reminded me of the joy in photographing not-nearly one year olds. Aubrey, unlike her audacious big sister [whom mom and dad comically insisted was their “son” in disguise] comfortably parked herself and gave in to all photographic demands, willingly. That certainly is the joy in capturing little ones; they are accessible while immobile and charmed quite effortlessly.

That zealous, little Jacqueline in me had her fascination quenched that morning with not only a visit to the local station but also with an escape to the sandy seaside. Our attempt to keep Courtney diverted from her adamant demands for “home” gave the sisters a moment to run their fingers in those coarse white granules I adore so much. The lazy beach certainly had a way with the girls in that here everyone including sweet Courtney paused and lingered to share a seemingly perfect family moment.


Thank you Dan and Ashley for allowing me to capture this beautiful memory of your little girls and indulging me with a trip to the station!

For even more images of Gavin and Maria make sure to visit their Facebook album.

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On the Move.

August 24th, 2011

Chelsea appeared before us tagging along with her Mommy and Daddy as we gazed with adoring eyes. Two petite pigtails draped on each side as her black polka dot sundress swayed with each determined step. At the end of her extended limbs was a pink and grey baby stroller and in its flower embroidered seat […]

 


Chelsea appeared before us tagging along with her Mommy and Daddy as we gazed with adoring eyes. Two petite pigtails draped on each side as her black polka dot sundress swayed with each determined step. At the end of her extended limbs was a pink and grey baby stroller and in its flower embroidered seat was a rosy Hello Kitty; hot pink bow in her hair and rainbow sneakers on her feet.

As her chocolate eyes met ours, she immediately slowed her pace and shortened her strides. Like most three-year-olds Chelsea was shy and wary of our new faces, unsure of our purpose. Despite a quiet, timid demeanor we knew to utilize a super-secret weapon which always seems to have the magic touch on tenacious toddlers.

Mom.

When in doubt you’ll find that Mommy always holds the key to the giggle factory. She who knows her baby best is always our greatest accomplice when working through the kinks of first timers. Comically enough, once we had opened the door precious Chelsea was eager to share her teeth-y grins for the remaining duration of our shoot.

Armed with a beautiful smile she took us on an animated prance towards the nearest playground, an exciting oasis for little beans her age. Chelsea was focused, moving with great sureness that her running legs wouldn’t allow her to miss a beat. My how her tiny limbs scuttled with enthusiastic vigor as she skipped over her daddy’s darkened shadows toward the towering yellow slides. It was evident then that Chelsea was very independent when her shyness was shed; very independent when she was on the move.

Something about those glistening yellow slides kept that magical grin glued to Chelsea’s pretty visage. Perhaps it hadn’t only been the work of playground equipment but also that of her doting parents. Not bashful about playing catchy tunes in the park while dancing with their cutie, these three were a beautiful sight to behold.

No sooner had our session come to an end with Mom and Dad requesting a few last family portraits around the colorful play area. Upon walking our clients back towards their car we watched as little Chelsea was still on the move, back to how she appeared when we first laid eyes on her. Baby stroller packed with Hello Kitty and a large specially placed container of animal crackers, little miss independent continued on her merry way.

Thank you so much Littler family for contacting and giving us the opportunity to photograph your beautiful family.

For even more images of Chelsea make sure to visit her Facebook album.