I figured I'd better get to blogging this session since baby is now here and I'm photographing her this weekend!  Two-year-olds are so much fun to photograph because there's really no choice but to follow their lead and play!  We ran in circles, took a few snack breaks, and were able to capture a lot of sweet moments to remember this time of waiting for the newest family member.  Sweet little M was full of energy, and her favorite thing to do these days, like many toddlers, is jump!  I'm excited to see in a couple days how she likes being a big sister!  I loved that her parents were waiting to be surprised with the gender of the baby, so it was fun to speculate and talk about name possibilities.  The anticipation of pregnancy is so sweet, and I'm happy to have captured the memory of this special family time.



"If you don't like the weather in Florida, just wait ten minutes."  As I sit here writing this post, I am also checking tomorrow's hour by hour forecast to figure out if my scheduled session will happen.  In Florida, when you depend on clear skies to work, what is meant to be a joke feels like reality!  This fall and winter especially, the weather has been wildly unpredictable.  For this session, we went back and forth on whether to go forward with plans on this overcast day that threatened rain.  In the end, the sky held out and we had pretty, even light for the session.  But it looks like tomorrow I won't be so lucky.

One of the great things about Clickin' Walk was connecting with other local photographers and seeing their work.  Before we started shooting, we were all comparing gear and talking about what genres we enjoy shooting.  Malerie and I connected immediately because we have the same camera, and she was also shooting with one of my favorite lenses.  She's into boudoir photography and does a beautiful job of making women look amazing!  So fast forward a few weeks, and Malerie asked me to shoot a 'love session' for her and her husband.  They hadn't had any portraits taken since their wedding, and wanted some images that captured their relationship and their love of the outdoors.  I suggested Alpine Groves Park because the light is beautiful, and every detail fit this Louisiana couple perfectly.  Their love was so apparent during the session, and we had so much fun with all of our ideas!

Wow!  It's been way too long since I updated the blog.  Between client sessions, I've been shooting lots and lots of personal stuff, and haven't been great about sharing any of it.  Back in September, my fellow photographer friend Lisa and I co-led our local Clickin' Walk in downtown Jacksonville.  About 20 of us met in front of the main library and made a loop down by the river and back north, photographing murals and interesting buildings and details along the way.  It was so much fun to chat with others who love this art as much as I do.  I made some new friends and when everyone shared their images, it was so interesting to such unique perspectives on the same subjects.  I so wish we had more organized photo walks like this happening in town.  Maybe we'll have to organize one again on our own!

For the walk, I decided to travel light.  These were taken with either my 24mm lens or a rented Lensbaby Edge 80 for a tilt-shift effect.

An assignment I didn't share in my last post on The Art of Observation, one of the workshops I took this summer, was one in which we were asked to tell a story through images.  I feel like this is my main goal in photography and I do it every day when documenting the story of my own family and the stories of clients' lives.  But this assignment was unique because we were asked to envision the story and images before shooting, which involved more advance planning than usual.  This story was inspired by a Chopin piece, visually depicted here. When I listened to the piece, I saw my subject, who had just gone through a breakup, wistfully wandering, looking for a fresh start.  My sweet friend Joy agreed to serve as my model, and we shot one evening in San Marco.  We had such gorgeous light as a storm was rolling in, and it poured as I drove home.

I really enjoyed creating these emotion-filled images, and they inspired me to look for more contemplative and serious expressions when I shoot portraits.  Even though we all want to look our best in photos, and that usually means wearing a smile, the faces of 'real life' are part of the story, too.

Experimenting with free-lensing, a technique in which the lens is detached from the camera to create unexpected patterns of focus and blur:

And a couple of happy shots, because we were actually doing a lot of laughing as we created this story!