June has been a super busy month around here, but I always do my best to work in last minute clients when at ALL possible! The Jones family was no exception. The day of their family session started out beautiful and sunny, but (as often happens in south Alabama/ northwest Florida) storms started popping up across the entire northern gulf coast as the afternoon wore on. In fact, sitting at dinner that evening I even joked with my kiddos that I hoped the “Orange Beach umbrella” held out for me that evening. What’s that you ask? Well, after sitting on the beach watching big thunderheads swarm all around Orange Beach and yet never getting rained on over the years, I decided there must be a special “Orange Beach umbrella”. And, to date, that umbrella hasn’t failed me yet.
It was already sprinkling when I left my house in west Pensacola, and I have to admit, the following panorama I took in Perdido Key did make me a bit nervous.
With Weatherbug storm and lightning alerts turned to ON on my phone and my fingers crossed, I headed on to meet my clients at Perdido Quay condos. Thank goodness we decided to go for it! I think we had 2 drops of rain sprinkle on us before the clouds parted around us and the storms passed to the east, west, and north! And what do we get when there is a ton of moisture in the air and storms all around us? A rainbow!
(And a ridiculously happy photographer!)
And, may I say, 15 month old Millie ROCKED this session! She was an absolute doll (even though we were seriously pushing her bedtime).
Sometimes, I all you can do is assume that fate must have had a hand in causing a session to be scheduled at a particular day and time. And if that’s true, on May 11th, fate gave us a phenomenal sunset portrait session on the jetties at Alabama Point in Orange Beach, AL.
I was initially contacted by the Smith family over a month ago about booking a session to have professional beach portraits taken in Orange Beach, AL of their 18 month old as well as some family portraits. After several weeks of calendar balancing (they’re a busy family with overlapping schedules) and 2 different cases of sick kids (first theirs and then mine), we finally made it happen. And oh my was it ever worth the wait!
My clients may not ask for it, but I always try to get a picture of just mom and dad. I know that my husband and I rarely ever get a picture together and those that we do have tend to be selfies.
I love Alabama Point at sunset. Actually, I love Alabama Point at any time of day. It has everything in Orange Beach, AL that I love – the sea, sand, jetties, and sand dunes!
I hear parents all the time saying they just can’t find the time to have family pictures made – even just pictures of their children. And trust me – I get it!
I 100% get it!
I make it a point to take pictures of my kids each spring and fall as well as a “Christmas pajama picture” around the holidays. I try to mix it up and take their pictures at different locations around Pensacola.
This spring, I was that parent.
The “I don’t have time” parent.
I swear, every day it was something. Someone was sick, or someone had a ton of homework, or someone was teething, or the kids were cranky, or I was cranky. You get the idea. The list goes on.
I’ve had the outfits picked out for my children’s portraits for over 2 months. They just hung there in my room – judging me. But then, one Tuesday afternoon, I realized I could probably come up with an excuse every. single. day. And then spring would be gone and I’d have missed this season. And I don’t want to miss this season because my kids are growing up and if I miss this spring, what’s to say I won't miss our fall pictures.
So, I hopped up, handed each kid their outfit and told them to go get changed.
So, what do we have? A last minute children’s portrait session with a 2 year old, 9 year old, and 11 year old. Everyone is smiling. They’re clean(ish) and color coordinated. And it’s really not as hard as we as parents feel like it is. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed in the details and the how and when. Just pick up your phone, and call me. Let’s get your session scheduled! I can even help you pick a color palette!
The collage to the left is what I like to refer to as a “details collage” and it’s one of my new favorite things to give my clients.
These beautiful details are from 11 day old little Mason.
I had the distinct pleasure of photographing the announcement of his mommy’s pregnancy as well as their gender reveal photos! It’s so awesome to be able to follow along a client’s journey from pregnancy through birth and beyond.
Big sister Adalynn (almost 2) is just in love with her baby brother! Throughout his newborn portrait session, any time he made a peep, she was there to check on him. And he definitely made some peeps. lol. Mason was a great definition of why newborn photographers allow so much time for newborn sessions. It was 45 minutes before I even took my first picture of him – he just didn’t want to settle in for me.
But, just like they always do, he finally settled in for a snooze.
We even got to take some outdoor newborn portraits! (Can I tell you how much I love this truck and the fact that it PERFECTLY matched his baby blanket?)
And I definitely had to get a few pictures with big sister, Adalynn!
Amanda is the prop buying, location scouting, mom-bun rocking, flip flop wearing, owner/ operator/ and woman behind the camera for Finding Beauty in the Ordinary Photography.