Posts Tagged ‘siblings’

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!

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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 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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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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Wanderlust.

May 23rd, 2011

There exists this innate passion in all of us, a want for stumbling into the world’s most exciting of destinations. As the thought of exploration reels into our consciousness, a twinkle in our eye transpires with envisioning those mysterious beaten paths of new surroundings. So few of us are ever lucky to reside in exotic […]

 

There exists this innate passion in all of us, a want for stumbling into the world’s most exciting of destinations. As the thought of exploration reels into our consciousness, a twinkle in our eye transpires with envisioning those mysterious beaten paths of new surroundings. So few of us are ever lucky to reside in exotic locations like Hawaii for instance, where many dare to dream of ever stomping through such fertile soils where pineapples flourish and sugarcane towers.


Two petite travelers, yet to reach the milestone of their first and second birthday have spent a portion of their lives soaring over the tropical Hawaiian Islands, sun-drenched Florida and the mountainous Utah state. These beautiful little island-born munchkins belong to a dear friend of mine, one that dates back to my middle school days. So the past two years I’ve conversed with Mom through online mediums as I’ve watched them grow from afar.



My first encounter with young Reggie and Leah was much anticipated and well overdue, yet fresh from an arduous Big Island move these tiny travelers trekked through Orlando to pay us a very special visit. Donned in the brightest of shades they welcomed us with warm smiles and an animated introduction from an ever talkative Reggie to his love of all things boy. Darling Leah’s tranquil attitude, homemade floral headbands and comfortably swaying bare feet were much reminiscent of her fortunate upbringing, she just a precious 8 months old.


Suitably, the perfect skies aligned over us that morning as mom’s beguiling reassurance and encouragement enticed Reggie to a game of hide-and-seek with me from behind lanky tree trunks. Camera down, I tempted him and hid my eyes behind spirited hands as I pranced about and watched him chuckle for Ashley’s camera. The marvel of working as a team is much evident in moments like these when tiny clients are suddenly overcome by coyness. I just as simply allowed the inner child in myself to come down to this charming curly-haired toddler’s level while my well-prepared counterpart captured the spontaneity we so much adore in children.



You come to see these dynamic, carefree and adaptable personalities in children who are comfortable in any and all environments. Traveling, much like a tumbling snowball that swells over great distances, will spin emotionally sound children who appreciate the cultures of various locales. This duo is a product of their lifestyle, from their ability to be barefoot on foreign grounds to their nonchalant manner of diving headfirst in the cool wet grass without a barrier of blankets. The personal growth and knowledge that Reggie and Leah will gain from these great opportunities of exploring life outside of their “backyard” are monumental.

 

Not all those who wander are lost. // J.R.R. Tolkien


So with one final journey we invited Reggie to join us for celebratory second birthday photographs aboard a train. With adoration for Thomas the Tank Engine, he exited his car seat with an exclamation of “Train Jacquie” that got my heart reeling. There along the deserted train tracks with two brightly-colored hovering balloons we captured the twinkle behind Reggie’s brown eyes as he blissfully beamed. This was yet another destination we helped to store away for him, a little one’s dream come true.

Mom and Dad, thanks for being so candid and uninhibited with your precious babies. We are grateful to you for being so enthusiastic in shooting with us and carving time from your Orlando vacation. What an honor to have such amazing clients, among the many!

For more pictures 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.