I CAN NOT WAIT for the weather to make up its mind, so that I can start shooting at the beach! So in the meantime, I'm thinking back to the end of beach weather last year when I photographed this sweet family for the second time. It was great to see little S as a one-year-old after photographing her as a newborn not so long ago. I have a feeling she's going to grow up to love the water. She was headed for it from the moment we stepped onto the sand!


Oh, this baby! I couldn't be more excited for these two! Shinji and Jenn have been close friends since before our kids were born. They took good care of us when we had newborns by bringing Chinese food from Jenn's family's restaurant or Japanese food that Shinji had made. They always bring souvenirs to the girls, green tea to me, and curry to my husband when they visit our beloved Japan. They are the reason why my kids can eat with chopsticks! So I was super excited for them to start their own family. In Chinese culture, mama and baby stay at home for the first forty days, so it was important for us to shoot sweet baby girl at their house. She one week new in these images! As meaningful as it is for me to see Jenn as a mother, loving on her little one, I'm not surprised at how naturally she has settled into the role. But it's been really cool to watch Shinji go from carefree college student (I was his English teacher years ago!) to being totally smitten with this tiny person. I think his love for Jenn and Baby M comes through in the images we captured!

The day we met up was actually moving day for this sweet family. A couple years ago, they moved up from St. John's County to be closer to downtown, which means they're closer to me, too! I'm always asking Leslie for restaurant recommendations in Riverside because there's always something new opening, and she stays on top of it. My kind of friend! :) So it was fitting that we chose to shoot in the hub of Riverside, Five Points. The girls explored for a while and we ended our time together with coffees and milks at Brew. My favorite images are the ones where somebody's sucking a thumb or playing with mama's hair. They'll grow out of those habits one day, but hopefully Leslie can still look back and remember those moments. I have way too many shots to share from this session!


This week we got our first taste of warm weather after just a few weeks of winter-like cold, and it got me excited for spring! There is always so much hope and energy at the beginning of the year, and I love documenting families after the rush of the holidays have passed. There's not the same urgency about getting the perfect shot for Christmas cards, but instead it's about capturing memories together as a family. I remember these girls had a fun day ahead of them--Disney On Ice was that afternoon. These low-key sessions are my favorite because they allow me to be a fly on the wall and capture the sweet interactions between parents and kids.

This family is so special to me. Julie and I first met when we were teaching together, years ago before we had children. Then, just after her first was born, her family moved away, so seeing each other weekly turned into visits only once or twice a year. Last year, I was so excited when they announced that the Click Away conference would be held in San Antonio. I booked my ticket and called Julie to tell her I was coming to visit. "I don't think we'll be here by then," she said. Her husband was interviewing for jobs all over, and I was disappointed. But guess what! They did move, right back to the same neighborhood they left four years ago. So this session had several purposes: to celebrate sweet E's third birthday, to get some great images for Christmas cards, and to document them as a family, at home in Jacksonville. Hopefully, this time they'll stay!