Posts Tagged ‘kids’

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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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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planes, trains, and automobiles.

June 17th, 2013

It seems little girls tend to dominate our blog posts as of late, but today we are thrilled to share the play date we had with two handsome brothers, Jake & Luke. Boys interact with you much differently than girls! The need to constantly be moving and doing seems to be built into their genes. […]

 

It seems little girls tend to dominate our blog posts as of late, but today we are thrilled to share the play date we had with two handsome brothers, Jake & Luke. Boys interact with you much differently than girls! The need to constantly be moving and doing seems to be built into their genes. Mom and Dad were quite the amazing duo as they seemed to have a magical ability for entertaining the kids while focusing on the cameras.

We met in downtown Baldwin Park where we walked the neighborhood exploring different spots. Jake was running this way and that, asking questions and naming the color of cars as they went by. Luke happily sat on his mother’s hip watching his older brother scurry about.

What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.

These two didn’t even know what the other was doing, they both just thought their mom and dad needed to have a tiny hand exploring their face. So inquisitive these brothers!

Gorgeous Family Photograph!

This was such a fun moment to capture. Jake went into such a giggle fit as his dad held him upside down. His laughter captivated the entire family sending genuine smiles to each of their faces.

Towards the end of our session, tired babes met with frustration, and as we pushed to get a final location we were met with defeat. Although this image makes me laugh every time! Little Brother starts to cry, followed by Big Brother. Little brother looks in puzzlement to his Big brother wondering what he’s crying about. Click goes the camera.

Thank you so much Showalters! We cannot tell you how much we enjoyed spending time with you all and getting to know the boys. We sincerely look forward to working with you again. If you would like to see even more images, Like us on Facebook and breeze through the album.

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Sing her Praises.

November 16th, 2012

Little girls are the nicest things that can happen to people. They are born with a bit of angel-shine about them, and though it wears thin sometimes, there is always enough left to lasso your heart. | Alan Beck This isn’t a novel revelation as it’s obvious that this particular bitsy girl has stolen our […]

 

Little girls are the nicest things that can happen to people.
They are born with a bit of angel-shine about them, and though it wears thin sometimes,
there is always enough left to lasso your heart. | Alan Beck


This isn’t a novel revelation as it’s obvious that this particular bitsy girl has stolen our hearts and enchanted our cameras yet again. For there is art to be seen in her stare that immediately prompts our fingers to click without hesitation; Aubree just has that “angel-shine”. She is rambunctious and vivacious for a girl of three, ever spritely in delicate dresses yet resilient and tough towards unexpected tumbles.


In a year’s time I have been beckoned and initiated into this spunky little one’s magical world of frolicking and cheer. Aubree’s once demure very-two-year-old timidity was shed soon after our first photographic jaunt through the sunset drenched, tree-lined playground last spring. Her visage is now a comfortable home to an ever-present innocent smile while still featuring that incredible cerulean, precocious stare. Where there still I found a serene maturity which perpetually highlighted and framed her adorable little face.

This newly confidant toddler was content in front of the cameras, fluttering about with purpose and girlish charm. It was enough to take you by surprise if you weren’t aware of the rhythms and characteristics that each age group delivers. No longer driven by the urge to disobey, this little Aubree was a genuine delight still curiouser though quite assured while exclaiming approval of our many demands.

“Okay, Jacquie let’s play!”

Presently, with my partner along for the endearing ride, we joined this precious babe in a familiar land of make believe. Familiar of course for it’s one we’ve all been lost in some tens of years ago. To be in the inner circle of a fickle and complex three-year-old you must fluently speak their language by quite frankly ‘shedding‘ your lackluster adult-self along the way. Because “Simon” only says things if you willingly play along and no sooner will you find yourself a driver being shouted commands of changing traffic lights, “red light…green light”.

Ashley and I dove right in!

This ever recognizable place with sweet and candid Aubree also drove us to encounter the inner leap frog within us when she notably mentioned just how deep the sidewalk cracks would go. Alas, there was no way around it but to skip as she gleefully provoked us with play and we continued to capture her wonder.


As if games with Simon, wild stop and go antics and leaping frogs were not enough to “lasso your heart” surely the dainty girl who dipped with elation to clutch a multitude of tiny colored flowers would. She would pause if for a moment, sniff their perfume and skip away lightheartedly to her final cruise aboard a magical carousel.

Meandering through games of make-believe was draining. All too effortlessly to break from, though it was evident that to this darling little one playtime was exceptionally engrossing. Just then as captivation filled her eyes I immediately distinguished what set this one-year-wiser Aubree apart from her two-year-old self, it was the control in those eyes that easily delivered a variety of expressions more-so today.

We absolutely loved getting to play with you once again Miss Aubree and hope that this becomes a tradition as it’s a pleasure capturing your magnetism for your family and friends. Thank you Mom and Dad for being our first return clients!!

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

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the Ocean’s Calling.

April 14th, 2012

It was a gustful and gloomy morning. Hardly any tourists left the comfort of their hotel rooms to embark on an adventure in the sand. The beaches held only lifeguards and our small group. Cameron came teetering down the shore line, apprehension of the day’s activities was never seen in his eyes. As past experiences […]

 

It was a gustful and gloomy morning. Hardly any tourists left the comfort of their hotel rooms to embark on an adventure in the sand. The beaches held only lifeguards and our small group. Cameron came teetering down the shore line, apprehension of the day’s activities was never seen in his eyes. As past experiences had taught us, most toddlers did not care for harsh environments. We were so thrilled to be proven wrong by Cameron. He loved the small wind storm we were experiencing! Even as the sand whipped against his soft skin he simply sat and played with all his brightly colored toys.

His bright blue eyes played well against the stormy sky. He sat and was immediately lost in his imaginary play-world. A call of his name would pull him from his thoughts and lock his intense gaze upon our lenses, but it was the quiet moments that struck at your emotional chords.

We encouraged Cameron to explore his surroundings. The ocean was calling his name and he had yet to venture to it. As if he had suddenly noticed this huge entity of water he took off from his perch and raced towards the shoreline.

The ocean is seemingly an uncomprehensible thing.

As you may imagine, the magic of the unknown world before him seemed to coax Cameron further to its lips. A fun scoop from the edge brought him back to play underneath the pier. A game of animals sounds was invoked to try and sway Cameron’s mind from the ocean’s grasp. His giggles and cries of excitement during this moment portrayed so sweetly on film.

Thank you Lindsay and John for all of your help to capture these incredible shots of Cameron. We greatly enjoyed getting to know him and can’t wait to see you all again! For more pictures of Cameron’s beach adventure visit our Facebook Album!

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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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Harmonious bonds.

August 9th, 2011

After we’re born, some of us are lucky enough to have passenger soul mates join in our life’s journeys. These said companions become our biggest source of continuity in that their existence serves as the longest relationships most of us ever experience in our lifetime. Siblings reinforce our family values, offer compassionate shoulders to lean […]

 


After we’re born, some of us are lucky enough to have passenger soul mates join in our life’s journeys. These said companions become our biggest source of continuity in that their existence serves as the longest relationships most of us ever experience in our lifetime. Siblings reinforce our family values, offer compassionate shoulders to lean on and undeniably teach us the finer points of competitive rivalry.



Kaylee is as energetic as any toddler of two; eager to explore her surroundings behind two inquisitive blue peepers, ready and willing to put her legs in motion. Just weeks ago she seized to be a singleton as her family welcomed tranquil Cameron and instantaneously joined that infamous Big Sister club. As much of a nuisance as little siblings can initially be, Kaylee’s impulsive sudden prods were no match for delightful Cameron who continued to relax, remarkably unperturbed.


Mom worked diligently for just one portrait featuring the conception of that magical bond between a sister and her newly created little brother. Optimistic, we frequently invited young Kaylee to spend a moment admiring her brand new baby yet she was quick to scurry in reverse. Undoubtedly, sibling relationships eventually blossom and evolve with time; admittedly, it comes as no surprise that most introductory stages are often rocky.


Pleasantly precocious this little beauty made me work intensely for her attention. Time and again I would admire how the light fell seamlessly upon her threadlike flaxen hair as mom stood nearby cradling baby Cameron, who was ever so patient for his sister’s return and their composed moment. Given the numerous distractions surrounding us [free roaming peacocks, untouched playground equipment, gallivanting horses and an unpopulated petting zoo] Kaylee astoundingly hadn’t become engrossed by their presence nevertheless continued to play cat-and-mouse with me and my camera.


Fortunately, on rare occasions Miss Kaylee would delightfully come to find that quiet pocket she shared with her brother only to exchange fleeting signs of affection. Whether it encompassed a gentle soothing pat on the small of his back or a hasty kiss on Cameron’s hairless head, she decidedly and energetically nurtured like a responsible big sister is inclined to do.


I’m a firstborn of three, thus Kaylee’s interactions kept me fascinated as I concluded most certainly that siblings play crucial roles in our own development as budding individuals. Just a friendly bystander in her marvelous pint-sized world, I witnessed powerful traits emerging from hardly-two-year-old Kaylee in the form of sensitivity, selflessness and slowly brewing empathy. See, lucky few big sisters are able to grow and learn from a tag-a-along sibling so charming and amusing as a wee brother; it’s a beautiful privilege.


Nine years ago, come September, my sister and I were gifted the most perfect companion brother; it’s become evident since our introduction nearly a decade ago that in some mysterious way this tiny boyish wonder is my superhero as Cameron will likely be to his big sister. There truly is nothing in comparison to the bond shared between a sister and her brother; there is no better a passenger soul mate to have.


Luckily our next session will be free of the blistering summer sun, which regrettably cut our first visit short. Thank you so much for allowing me to photograph your beautiful babies, Meeker family. It was an honor meeting you and getting to know Kaylee and Cameron.

For even more images of Kaylee and Cameron make sure to visit their Facebook album.

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Tea for Two.

April 17th, 2011

If you are lucky you have one; that sister who inevitably becomes your best friend. There are many books written about the relationship you have with your siblings, the ups and downs, the vicious cycle you get thrown in trying to decide which polar feeling you truly have for her. Speaking from experience, I remember […]

 

If you are lucky you have one; that sister who inevitably becomes your best friend. There are many books written about the relationship you have with your siblings, the ups and downs, the vicious cycle you get thrown in trying to decide which polar feeling you truly have for her. Speaking from experience, I remember growing up with my little sister. It was the best time. Every morning we would wake up and continue the game we had started many weeks before. She was always there.

Meet these two darling little girls. Keimelis [on the right], is the big sister. There always seems to be more responsibility placed on your shoulders. You must always look after your younger sister…she has yet to experience as much life as you have and it is your duty to make sure she doesn’t receive the bumps that you befell. Kiara is the younger sibling. She seems to have the carefree spirit that all baby sisters have. She looks up to her older sister in every way possible and strives to be just like her, for she is the greatest person she has ever met.

The imagination of these two truly captured your heart. We simply set up a table with a tea set and cupcakes, in the middle of a public park, and watched as they delved into this secret world where the only population was themselves. Those days are a fuzzy haze in the back of my mind now… I sometimes wish I could go back and throw myself into a world created solely by my imagination.

Sharing was commendably done by Keimelis and Kiara.

Sisterly love.

Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer. ~Louise Glück

Thank you so much for allowing us to peak inside your exciting world. We were so thrilled to be able to capture this unique time in your lives. We will always remember the little tea party we shared with you.