Posts Tagged ‘little ones’

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!

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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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neverland of sleep.

June 18th, 2013

It is rare to be greeted by a client whom hardly senses you near; one so enveloped by an idyllic slumber that their lashes hardly twitch as a cuff unbounds their wrist. Even detaching a cap and pilfering a binky proved no more meddling for her than the four crafty teenagers who ride around in […]

 

It is rare to be greeted by a client whom hardly senses you near; one so enveloped by an idyllic slumber that their lashes hardly twitch as a cuff unbounds their wrist. Even detaching a cap and pilfering a binky proved no more meddling for her than the four crafty teenagers who ride around in the Mystery Machine. Try as I must to stimulate, tranquil and laid-back Madison Quinn was the type of client which newborn photographers dream of, one who scarcely stirred without so much as a murmur.

Like us, infants shift through the same cycles of sleep yet unlike us they expend a whopping 50% of their slumber in REM sleep; with premature babies that progressively increases to about 80%. Yet observing the peaceful uncontrolled twitches of muscles in limbs discovering stretches or witnessing lonesome suckling lips which have long since seized to feed, always leave you in wonder. For surely that newly developing, pint-sized mind is in a realm where adventures are not far between and created only in the cognizance of one so innocent and captivating.

For surely you must believe, as confidently as I, that there’s a soothing place which triggered Madison’s chest to rise and fall with each substantial gulp. That it too heightened her state of alertness so that she sporadically released a hefty sigh; this hypnotizing place was nothing less than the neverland of sleep. Now lolling here at a tender five days old, this sweetheart became seasoned in an impeccable taste of folk artists which only drew her in, deeper.

I’d imagined this feline reverie began much like the exercise of counting sheep. The rhythmic capering of silly kittens in every shade of the rainbow could certainly be fancied as the motivation behind her omniscient smile. Here they would tumble into a wooly field of blue as wee Madison outstretched her tiny creased fingers to entice a terrific snuggle-fest while she yielded into their velvety furs.

Still could it be that her heart was further charmed when galloping bareback on a handsome steed? Adventure is unhindered when the weightiest obstacle in her trail was merely the billowing wind over her newborn pixie cut. Because somewhere in every little girl’s genetic makeup there is a predisposition to perceive allure in any and all majestic creatures.

Be it the inquisitive owl cap which ultimately, formally introduced beautiful Madison Quinn to me. Even succumbed to a slight touch of the cold she was ever still an unruffled dream with gentle, skimming blue-grey peepers.

I must digress though, that however reasonably convincing she had been it’s a known fact that babies are dreamless for a handful of their first years in life. Nevertheless, my idealistic convictions propel me in appreciating the illustrious interpretations behind every photograph. Especially those eluding into the blissful and magical slumberland.

I absolutely loved getting to capture you Miss Madison and hope that we get more opportunities to watch you grow and blossom. Thank you Mom for being so receptive and entrusting me with your little angel!!

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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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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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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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