Baby bumps are seriously miraculous. A mother expecting a child is a beautiful thing and it is a true privilege to capture this special moment in a family’s life. Anticipation. Joy. Glow.
This family just happens to be my brother, his wife and their son. You might recognize them from their last maternity shoot or even their one year anniversary photos. They are naturally photogenic and cute as a button! I might be partial, but their love for one another shines through in every image. And could my nephew be any cuter?
They have chosen not to find out the gender of the baby, which adds another layer of fun to this pregnancy. You will have to wait to find out if their little bun will be wearing pink or blue.
The new year began with a shoot with Ben and Drew, a couple who are expecting their first in March. It was a beautiful January afternoon when we did their shoot at Circle B Bar Reserve. Both Ben and Drew are runners and they showed me along some of the paths they enjoyed using. The light was beautiful and complimented the adorable couple and their obvious love for each other and their little one-to-come.
To see more pictures of Ben and Drew, click here and here and here. Yep. I’ve photographed them a couple of times.
My favorite thing to capture, especially during my Holiday Mini-Shoots, is a family being themselves and enjoying being around one another. The “R” family was a bundle of fun! With three boys under three, this family was anything but stoic and I loved it! It was fun to keep up with their energy and laughter and smiles. Here are a couple of precious pictures of the family just being together.
Aaahhh. The middle child. Often the child who happens to be born in the middle of the family is the most amiable, the peace-maker, and the one often left out. Not in the “L” family! Their middle child makes himself known! I photographed the family in January of last year before their youngest was born and we snapped this cute picture, completely unplanned and un-posed.
And now, nine months later, this little guy is no different. He made his presence known again as we photographed his family during their Holiday Mini-Shoot at Circle B Bar Reserve. Without prompting, he walked away from the family and sat by me, ready to have his photo taken. This guy knows how to not be forgotten among his siblings! And it makes for a cute repeat photo for the family.
Sometimes the perfect shot can be interrupted. While photographing a family, I always take pictures of just the husband and wife. Too often, parents can forget that they were a married couple first when the demands of diapers and school lines take over their day to day lives. During my photo shoots, we take a brief moment among the pictures of the family and the kids, to take a picture of the people who started the family: the husband and wife! Sometimes this shift of focus takes the kids by surprise and funny things can happen.
While doing my Holiday Mini-Shoots at Circle B Bar Reserve, the last family I was photographing had one of those unexpected moments. Here are a couple of the beautiful shot we captured of the husband and wife as the kids “helped” me make their parents smile.
They turned out so well! I was excited about how well the girls were doing and the wonderful shots I knew I had captured for my client. And then I suggested the parents kiss and chaos began. The oldest child yelled, “NOOOOOOOO!!!” and ran straight for her parents, interrupting any further photos I planned on taking. It was hilarious! Then both of the girls started trying to attach me and the camera to stop any further picture taking of their parents kissing. I was laughing so hard!!! This is what I captured and thought you all would get a kick out of it. I just love my job!
Round 2 of Holiday Mini-Shoots! Check out the first batch here. Enjoy!
This year I did mini-shoots to raise money for World Vision. Read all about it here. On the first day of our mini-shoots, we photographed in downtown Lakeland. All three families were so wonderful to work with as we dodged the crowds enjoying the car show. We snuck into an alley behind Black and Brew and photographed all of them there because there weren’t any antique cars to see in the alley way, thus there were no crowds there. It was very busy downtown! The alley I usually photograph in was occupied with a film crew for a short film. It was a fun challenge to photograph around people on this busy weekend in Lakeland.
Here is a preview of their images.