A few years ago, my friend and former student posted portraits of her family taken by Kate T. Parker, and I was so excited. I've followed Kate's work for a while, and she has such a way of capturing personality in her subjects. It was so cool to me that Natalia had had this opportunity, and then Kate photographed her daughter's birthday party! Again, gorgeous! So when Natalia messaged me and said she'd be in Jacksonville and would love for me to "capture the moments," I was both terrified and excited. I mean, she's been photographed by Kate T. Parker! We talked, and Natalia said something like "just do what you do with your girls," and I was immediately on board. She mentioned they might get ice cream or just walk around, and I'd be there to document their relationship. It was a relaxed evening, and Natalia and sweet A basically played together, and I watched them interact just like my girls and I do. I shot until my camera maxed out its low light capacity, and I came away with a full heart. These are some of my favorite images ever.

Last week, I was lucky to hear Kate speak at Click Away, a photography conference, and I just loved how authentic she was. I admire her images and the messages she stands behind, and especially the persistence she has put in to her success. My favorite thing she said: "The only thing you control is how hard you work." So true.

I've worked for years to be able to capture authentic moments like these for Natalia and other families. I hope you love them as much as I do!

One of the perks of becoming a Kayla June client is that I occasionally offer mini sessions to families I've photographed before. These are perfect for milestones, birthdays, and holidays. The K family is extra special to me because my kids love these kids and they always ask if they can come with me to the session! But that doesn't happen.;) This was a quick shoot one morning before a t-ball game, right around Miss L's 6th birthday. The kids were full of energy, ready to run, jump, dance, or whatever I asked them to do. I love being able to capture kids' individual personalities!


This is the summer of family reunions in Florida! I've never photographed so many extended families and groups of cousins. Every time I drive out to meet a group like this, it makes me feel like I'm on a mini vacation with them, surrounded by the beach with its gorgeous skies and immersed in family. And I'm always impressed with those who travel to be a part of the reunion with young babies. Those first few months with a new little can be kind of daunting, but it really is a great time to pack everyone up and go! This group was celebrating milestone birthday for Dad, and I'm so glad we were able to document this sweet time at the beach with the baby cousins!

Cousins hold a special place in my heart. Growing up, we lived within walking distance of some of mine and we always had giant gatherings when more of my parents' siblings got together. It was so fun to see them year after year. So it's fun for me to see the beginnings of that type of relationship when I get to photograph a group of young cousins. These kids, especially the boys, have such a strong bond already, and it was a pleasure to capture it!

When my kids were small, I knew they wouldn't be at their best when the light is so pretty right before sunset. The end of the day can be so unpredictable for kids who are ready to sleep! So what's next best? Right after the sun comes up, early in the morning, so I love a family who will get up with the sun for pretty light and a happy baby! This is another group who came to Ponte Vedra from Atlanta for vacation, and we captured their sweet memories on the beach near their condo.