Though a bit of a drive, Carpenter's Park in Milton, FL is one of my favorite family portrait session locations. It has a little of everything I need for a great Northwest Florida photo shoot - water, a cute little bridge, pier, open grassy areas, and lots of natural shade.
The Montserrat family contacted me about taking their first pictures as a family of 3 and I was happy to oblige. Since dad is currently stationed at Whiting Field and they were looking for something outdoors and nearby, Carpenter's Park near downtown Milton was the perfect choice.
As a rule, travel within 25 miles of zip code 32506 is included in the session fee for all of my photography shoots. But, I'm more than happy to travel anywhere your heart desires for a nominal travel fee.
Taking advantage of my love of travel allows us to really pick the PERFECT location for your family portrait session, maternity session, or high school senior portrait session!
School's back in session and summer is winding down here in the Pensacola area. That means it's time for an End of Summer Family Portrait Session Special!
August & September dates are available and include the following:
20 minute family portrait session in Pensacola or Perdido Key, FL
up to 6 people
4 high-resolution digital images
Only 6 sessions are available at this special price!
*A 50% retainer fee and signed contract are required to book
*additional people can be added for $10/ person
*additional high-resolution digital images can be purchased for $15/ image
email or call to book
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With new clients, most of the time, the start of your session is our first time meeting. With adults, that's no big deal, but with children that's a whole other thing. So, one of the first things I have to do is get the children used to me. You may think I'm babbling, but by chatting with you in front of them, they're learning that you accept me and think I'm ok, so then they'll realize I'm not a threat or anything to worry about.
Often times I'll also get your children to play with me, have them search for the perfect Alabama gulf coast seashell, or get them to "help" me make sure mommy and daddy look right at me for a picture. I find that getting them involved in the family portrait photography process makes them more likely to cooperate when it's time for their beach pictures.
Did you catch that? I ALWAYS try to get at least one good picture of just mom and dad.
I think, as parents, we need those pictures with our significant other!
Since 1 year/ Cake Smash sessions are for up to 1 hour of coverage, often times we start with a few family portraits, then move on to individuals of the birthday boy or girl, and end with the cake smash portion. This allows the parents to have a lot of variety of pictures.
Just like Newborn sessions, I bring the entire shoot to the client's home or location of their choosing within south Alabama and Northwest Florida.
Mason's parents decided to have his 1 year portraits taken at a nearby park on Escambia Bay. We started with some super cute 1 year pictures by the water and then he had a wardrobe change for his cake smash.
Over the last few years, I've had the unique pleasure of watching these two sweet girls grow! Not only are they repeat clients, our families have become good friends. K, the younger, was only 18 months old when I first met her - and last weekend I attended her 5th birthday party. Time sure does fly!
Another great thing about repeat clients is the variety of images they end up with over time. The first family portrait session they booked with me was at the West Florida Railroad Museum in Milton, FL. The next year we did fall pictures of the girls in Pace, FL. This spring we decided to mix things up and picked the Naval Live Oaks Nature Preserve in Gulf Breeze, FL for the variety it would offer us - beaches on Pensacola sound and scrubby forest.
I can't wait to see where we end up next!
The Bass family came to me looking for something a little different for their northwest Florida family portrait session. For one thing, baby number 6 had just been born and it had been a few years since they'd had family pictures taken.
Oh, did I forget to mention that all 6 kids were 8 and under?
We decided on a rustic, semi-secluded spot I know of just north of Cantonment, FL. Everything was a lush green set off perfectly by the early evening sunlight.
And seriously, these kids were great!
Besides the usual groupings - whole family, kids with mom, kids with dad, kids by themselves, there's one more picture I always try to get...
Mom and dad by themselves.
I think so often as parents we lose a bit of ourselves and who we were "before kids" once we become parents. And, not that we'd ever take it back, I feel this shot is as important as the rest!
Family vacations can be stressful enough without the added headache of capturing all those memories. But, since capturing those memories are a must, I thought I'd share a few thoughts to help you on your way to great, less-stressful, vacation photography.
Oh, and enjoy some of my various vacation photos from over the years. :)
Maybe a better title would be - "What You See vs What I See."
As a family and newborn photographer in the greater Pensacola, FL area, there's rarely a session that goes by where I don't say to my clients, "Trust me, it's going to look awesome." This is usually during a moment when I have them in what feels like an odd pose or using a prop in a way they weren't expecting. The great thing is, I have awesome clients, and they trust me. And they always love the finished product! This is never more true than during newborn portrait sessions. Often I'm set up in a corner of your home surrounded by baby accouterments, wraps, props, dust bunnies, and stressed out, exhausted parents.
So, I thought it might be kind of fun to show you some before editing, straight-out-of-camera pictures (Before) vs the final images provided to my clients (After). Enjoy!
The 2 examples above are of the same baby, taken mid afternoon in the client's living room in front of their sliding glass door. You may notice that the second picture isn't as well lit in the "Before" image as the first one. This is because some summer afternoon storms rolled in while I was working.
The next 2 pictures are also examples of being set up for natural light portraits while storms rolled in. This time I was set up in the client's daughter's play room. I had studio lights in my car that I could have used, but with the client's other children (ages 3 & 5) running around, I was hesitant to set up light stands.
As you can see from the "After" images, it all worked out fine!
Something else clients often worry about (moms especially) is their newborn's blotchy, flakey, pimply, red/yellow/purple/grey, etc skin. Any newborn photographer worth her salt can handle problem skin NO problem.
(And yes, the Before & After below are the same picture, I just performed a mirror image flip to provide my clients with more variety.)
All of the pictures I've shown so far have been taken without studio lights, using only the natural light coming into a client's home. But, some homes just get natural light, or don't have enough. This is why I always bring studio lights with me.
The image below was taken in a home with virtually NO natural light. So, i quickly set up my studio lights and we were good to go.
This picture is also a great example of when I shoot with a change to black and white photography in mind. The different textures of the fabric, the lines of the hardwood floor all immediately made me see that this picture in particular NEEDED to be in black and white!
As an on location photographer, I travel all over Escambia county and Santa Rosa county Florida as well as Baldwin county Alabama for photography sessions. this means that I need to be flexible and use what's available to me at any given shoot. The picture below is a great example of that.
I wanted a photo that highlighted this sweet, new military family in a clean, simple way, and I had to do it in such a way that their wide awake little man would remain happy and content. Mom and dad had a nice, large window in their bedroom and it made the perfect, simple background for their first professional family portrait.
These last two Before & After pictures I'm going to show are perfect examples of "What you See vs. What I See."
In the first image, we'd FINALLY gotten little man to sleep and there was no way I was going to move my entire backdrop stand for a simple background fix that I new I could take care of in 30 seconds of Photoshop. Mom trusted me, and they ended up with this beautiful image of little boy O wearing daddy's cover.
In the second image, I knew that I wanted to incorporate the neat, rosette texture of the pink blanket while still keeping baby girl all curled up and happy. Mommy was concerned that their bedroom carpet would show in the final image but trusted me when I assured her it would not.
I hope that you've enjoyed my Pensacola Newborn Portrait Session Before & After editing.
Newborn photography is pretty much my favorite thing in the world to do and I happily cover Gulf Shores, AL through Navarre, FL and north to Cantonment and Milton, FL.
How many of you have nice, semi-pro (or even professional) cameras but still feel like you have no idea what you're doing? Yep, I thought so.
This morning I thought I'd share my favorite photography books and magazines NOT specifically geared for the professional photographer. If you're ready to start unlocking your photography potential - then read on!
*Finding Beauty in the Ordinary photography receives nothing for promoting the following books and magazines. They are merely books I own and love and magazines I've subscribed to for years.*
We'll start with books.
If, like me, you find it hard to find the time to sit down with a book, I strongly recommend you look into photography magazines. There are many, many options out there. The ones that follow are my personal favorites.
I hope you this post helps you find something to unlock your creative, photography spirit.
Over the next few months, I'll be stepping away from my typical photography blog posts at times in order to highlight some of my favorite local, small businesses and their owners. As a small business owner myself, I feel it's very important to support other Pensacola area business owners.
First up is Amber Roman with Belly to Cradle, LLC.
Amber is a certified doula, childbirth educator, and placenta arts specialist, providing comprehensive birth care and support for families in Pensacola and the surrounding areas. Belly to Cradle, LLC was established in 2011 with the desire to support families through pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum. Since then, Amber has provided birth support at more than 120 births, and has walked with dozens more families through their pregnancy, breastfeeding, and early parenting journeys.
Amber describes herself as a pretty introverted person, but feels becoming a doula has allowed her to really break out of that shell allowing her to meet and bond with people that she never would have under any other circumstance. She says that she, "loves watching and helping new clients develop the bond between themselves and their new baby, as well as their community. Helping them reach out and find the 'village' that will be there for them in the timeframe after baby arrives is so important."
On an even more exciting note, this past week, Belly to Cradle expanded into a Collaborative/Agency-style doula practice with not one but FOUR doulas providing structured, collaborative care under the Belly to Cradle brand! With this addition, clients are now able to match themselves with a doula who is perfect for them based on their experience and fee - something completely new and unique in the Pensacola area!
Check out the Belly to Cradle, LLC Facebook page to read spotlights on Lauren, Lydia, and Christina.
Amber also owns Pensacola Placentas, an affiliate of Belly to Cradle, which offers options such as: placenta encapsulation, an umbilical cord keepsake, placenta tincture, and a placenta print.
Amanda is the prop buying, location scouting, ponytail sporting, flip flop wearing, owner/ operator/ and woman behind the camera for Finding Beauty in the Ordinary Photography.
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From Gulf Shores, AL to Navarre, FL. Covering the areas of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley,and Elberta in Alabama and Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, Pensacola Beach, Milton, Pace, and Cantonment in Florida.