Family portrait session - Orlando

I went to a meeting a few weeks back and the speaker challenged us to ask ourselves why we take pictures.  It's an excellent question that I have been pondering ever since that evening.  I know one aspect of why I do it.  I love to spend time with people, communicate value to them, and give them something to remember that day together.  

To freeze that moment in time when their son is still young enough to not tower over them in a family portrait.

Or a tender moment between a brother and a sister.

Because each day is a gift and each moment is so fleeting.  It's easy to get lost in the day in and day out struggles.  When things just aren't going as perfectly planning.

But, t's moments like this . . . when for a sweet, innocent pocket of time, the world slows down and you see her stop and look right into the camera - with her big brown eyes and her button nose . . .

And you realize you've frozen that moment - that stage in their life when their daughter was two.  Her parents can go back and look at it anytime they'd like now.  They can pull it out when she's graduating from high school and they have already forgotten those sweet, pudgy cheeks. Or when she moves away from home and they wonder, "Where did the time go?  When did the kids grow up??".

Any parent has heard this countless times - but as one who is standing on the edge of an almost empty nest - they honestly and truly do grow up fast!  Savor each moment. 

Hug your sons!

Cherish your daughters!

And thank you for allowing me the privilege to share these sweet moments with you and your loved ones!  I really do count it an honor!!

Prom portraits - Orlando

Prom season has come and mostly gone from our area here in Florida.  I had the privilege of sharing the beginning of a special evening with a fantastic couple before they headed off to a night of dancing and celebrating.  

We found a beautiful park in Orlando.  It was fairly quiet with large oak trees, winding pathways and a stunning white bridge.  A perfect backdrop to compliment her gorgeous red gown and his sharp suit.

These two were totally at ease around each other and it was easy to just capture them enjoying one another's company.

If you're comfortable with a camera around you - it really makes for some great images.  If you need some time to warm up to the idea, I completely understand and will do my best to make you feel less intimidated.  I want you to walk away after our photo session together with not only great images to enjoy and share with others, but also with great memories of a fun pocket of time in your life.  

The individual captures on prom night are nice to have as well!

I love to capture genuine smiles and laughter.  These two made it so easy for me!

These are just a handful of the many images I was able to capture that late afternoon with this fun couple.  We also did more photos at her house around the piano.  Before I sign off from this post, I need to share just one more of my favorites.  With the highly polished black car sitting under the shade of the oak trees . . . it was just begging for a classy photo :)

Give me a call!  Let's have some fun together!!

Family portrait session - Lake Eola, Orlando

I had the honor of doing a photo session for an extended family right after Christmas.  It included a mother and father with their three children and their children's children.  It was four different family units which, altogether, included eight adults and eight children.  So we had one adult for each child - pretty good coverage I'd say! :)

After taking some pictures of the entire group, we were able to capture some photos of individual families and different combinations within those families.  

 Here's a favorite of mine.  All eight of the grandchildren with their amazing grandparents.  What a joy for them to have all of these kids together.  This was a time when I wished I had a second shooter to capture the antics of the children's parents behind me as they tried to make all of their kids smile for the picture.  

And sometimes you need to just let kids (and grandparents!) let loose and have fun!!

Afterwards, because the kids had done such an awesome job with all the posing and smiling, they were rewarded with a trip to the nearby playground.  I, of course, followed them in hopes of capturing some fun action shots.  

I tend to really favor the images that I capture at the end of the session.  I think it's because everyone has relaxed and their true smiles and emotions shine through.

What a great way to end a beautiful morning with a very delightful family! :)