April 2014

Givens Family – Monte Sano Huntsville Alabama

I am horribly embarrassed to say this session got off to a really rough start…  We had made plans to shoot at a completely different location only to arrive and find out that there was a huge event going on and a fence around the whole place!  Like a prepared photographer should, I had a back up plan close by…  The problem was that I hadn’t even mentioned it to Monisha and when we got there it wasn’t what she had in mind…  We put our heads together and ended up at Monte Sano National Park and started shooting over an hour after our appointment time!  These two girls were happy little troopers through it all!!!  I know how hard it would have been having my kids in the car for an extra hour and these two were still sweet as ever.  Thank you Joe and Monisha for hanging in there!  I PROMISE it won’t happen again!!!

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Ella Brooke – Madison Alabama Field at Golden Hour

When this little girls mom started sending me photos of what she had in mind for this session it was very obvious she was drawn to the “golden hour” light.  The hour before sunset and the hour after sunrise are simply magical.  It is warm and golden, flattering and not harsh.  There are many photographers who will not shoot natural light photography any other time of the day!  I wasn’t sure if she was going to go with the idea of a 7:00-7:30am start time (With a 3 year old!) but she was COMMITTED!!!  It was SO worth it!!!  The light in these first few is just gorgeous and Ella Brooke looks like a china doll to me <3

This photo shoot was in honor of her birthday!  Her mom and I are good friends and I can tell you first hand that Ella Brook is smart and spunky, beautiful and determined.  Everything a true southern girl is made of!  Happy birthday Ella Brooke, you are beautiful in every way :-)

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McCarty Kids – Santa Rosa Island, Florida Beach Photos

We had the amazing opportunity to spend Easter weekend on vacation!  It wasn’t a particularly restful vacation but we had a TON of fun and I would do it again in a heartbeat!  We stayed in a 3 bedroom condo with some of our extended family that was literally on the beach.  Between fun in the sun, some outlet mall shopping, searching for crabs in the moonlight and Easter photos our 2 day “vacation” was crammed full of activities.  It is hard to sit back and just relax when there is so much you want to experience in such a short time :-)

Friday

My kids have been talking about going to the beach ever since we planned it and they were SO excited to get there after a 6 hour car ride and arriving at 9:30pm.  In the morning they woke up and rushed to the window and were so sad to see rain and storms…  It was absolutely pitiful when I told them that we were doing a shopping day instead of playing on the beach…  In spite of the rain we did take them on a rainy walk down to get our toes wet though ;-)  An afternoon of shopping the outlet malls to pick up some things for their new baby sister (supposedly arriving the beginning of August) and then out to eat at a local seafood place! (Ahhhhhmazing) :-)

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Saturday

The next day was filled with the beach!  It was BEAUTIFUL!!!  Crystal clear water, gorgeous white sand and 3 adorable children to take pictures of.  Noah wasn’t really feeling well though so it was a little difficult to get much of a smile out of him…

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That night we went looking for crabs on the beach.  We didn’t find any crabs but we did see a pelican!  I LOVE knowing my camera as well as I do!!!  It was very dark out with only the light of the moon and I didn’t have a tripod with me…  I would have never been able to get this image otherwise :-)

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Sunday! Easter day!  Picture day!  Travel day…

We got an early start and had a fun time taking Easter pictures on the beach with the kids.  It was SO nice to have my husband helping out!  Noah literally wanted to RUN in to the water.  It was very funny actually ;-)  They keep us on our toes, that’s for sure!

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I made her dress this year :-)  It is actually something I do on the side here and there…  I only make custom dresses but if you want to take a look at what I have done in the past you can check out my Precocious Peanut Facebook page or my Precocious Peanut Etsy Shop.

I am a little sad to post these photos actually…  I think I have had a grin plastered on my face the whole time I have been working on them!  They are such precious memories and I can honestly say they represent this trip well :-) Please leave a comment and let me know what you think :-)  I would love to hear from you!

Duehring Family – Big Spring Park Huntsville Alabama

What better place to have a mini session with a family with 4 girls than around lots of pink spring buds :-)  This family was SO sweet and all of the girls are just precious!  I was a little skeptical when Dawn asked me if we could get pictures of the girls AND a family picture all in 30 minutes.  It was tight but they were so good for our mini session that we got everything that she wanted!  I am over the moon with how they turned out :-D

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Jenny Stang Maternity Photos – Creekwood Park Madison Alabama

Jenny and I have been really good friends for a while now.  She is a fellow home-school mom and this is her 5th child (I am pregnant with our 4th) so needless to say we have a few things in common!  When she asked me to do her maternity photos (she has never had them done with her previous pregnancies) I was a little nervous…  The first thing out of my mouth was “You know I have never done a maternity shoot before right?”.  She just shrugged and said “I like all your other stuff, I’m not worried.” and that was that!

We were on the hunt for flowers because she is having a girl but when we came upon these purple flowers we both just KNEW!  You see, they are going to name their new little one Violet (which is why she chose the purple dress to begin with)!  The sun was setting (it had been overcast all day but peeked out just in time for pictures) and I am in LOVE with the light in some of these <3

Please feel free to leave a comment at the end.  I would love to know what you think!

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