Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Inspiration Photo Session

Who says Halloween pictures need to be taken on your front porch with a pumpkin? Or with bales of hay at a Pumpkin patch? Or with a backdrop at the local mall?

Not me.

I took four adorable munchkins out for a walk amongst the trees and down to the water's edge. My princesses and pirate were right at home.

A few weeks ago I saw a flyer for JCPenney advertising Disney costumes. I knew that I wanted to gather a bunch of kids & these costumes...and get out and about. Three moms jumped at the chance!!

So, on a muggy South Florida morning we flitted about in a leafy forest, walked down a tree lined path, stood our ground on a distant shore, then gathered coconuts and even considered diving in the cool water.

As I was photographing that morning, I wondered how much fun it would be to have a dress up character!! I actually believed Tinkerbell was sitting there trying to get her lantern home to open up and Jake the Pirate would burst into the Aw Coconuts song.

When my youngest was 3, she wouldn't take her Tinkerbell costume off for weeks. I gave in and we went to Target, the grocery store and finally the park. She had THE best time running around being Tink. (And yes...I did take pictures. ;) After Halloween consider letting the kids go out and about in costume. It's fun...and what else are you going to do with those costumes after Halloween????

Enjoy and have a Happy Halloween!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Photographing the Ordinary Ordinary? Ordinary for me.

A rather ordinary afternoon hanging out by the pool. (Well, OK...I was actually hanging out much further away on the deck and enjoying the lack of humidity recently.) The kids were in the pool yellin' and splashin'. Ordinary.

I've enjoyed capturing moments of my girls and focusing on finding my own vision of those ordinary moments. Whether it's been my "bookworm" reading under a tree, my whimsical child jumping in the setting sun, my impish one asking me to take her picture "just because" or my younger three walking across a wide open beach.

Someone asked me recently, "Can you just come over and hang out at my house for the day with your camera?" At first I chuckled. Then later I realized, "Hmmm...portraits are portraits." Put some of those ordinary moments on a wall. They show how life really is.

Enjoy these ordinary moments.
And if you'd like me to hang out at your house for the day, let me know.  J


I LOVE this one...and check out my reflection in her eye!!

This one REALLY surprised me...the water moving completely changed her face. It looks like 3 different kids.