Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Noah's doing T-ball! . Sarasota Children's Photographer

My 3 year old, Noah, just started T-ball this week.  He's so stinkin' cute!  
We had family practice at the park the other day and he ran the bases 3x with daddy as J explained the gist of baseball.  (which we realized Noah had no clue of before then, ha!)  
So we had a little styled baseball shoot in the backyard today, to memorialize this adorable phase...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Book It Now! Holiday Portrait Session

The Holiday's are soon approaching!

If you'd like to snag a date on my calendar for some holiday family portraits
please contact me ASAP 
(as this is my busiest time of year.)   /   (941)780-2837

This year I am offering return clients the option of a "Short Shoot":
1 hour
1 location
images on disc

(just let me know if you want a full or short shoot when you book your session)

(Full portrait shoot: 2 hours, multiple locations, images on disc = $300)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Gulf Gate Church Staff . Sarasota Portrait Photographer

It's a joy to give back to a ministry that means so much to me.  My home church, Gulf Gate Church, is such a light in my life.  A place to study, learn, worship, serve, and get vulnerable.  Which has resulted in making some amazing friendships.  
I got to take the Gulf Gate staff photos this year for their website (to be updated in the near future).  Here are some lovely leaders in my life...
Scott, our Head Pastor
Jenn, our Children's Pastor
Josh, our Worship Pastor
Ryan, our Youth Pastor

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Photographing Children....

When you do something for long enough, you start to see trends.  
I've found this in photographing children.  
And the other day, when photographing my own child, he demonstrated the typical flow of a children's photo shoot.  

Allow Noah to walk you through it...

1. Kids start off shy.  If you're a hired photographer, they probably don't know you very well.  But even if you're their own MOTHER (the case here), they may still play the shy card...

2. But don't be discouraged!  Shy kids are cute too!  Shoot them shy, even if you don't use the pictures in the end, it gives the kids time to get used to you and the picture taking process.
 3.  Keep encouraging them.  Change locations and poses, so they don't get bored or think they're doing a bad job.  Tell them, "Good job!  Now let's try this spot over here!"
"I'd love to see your smile!  Show me your teeth!"
4.  And when all else fails, offer a bribe!  I had a pack of gummies in my pocket which became the prize Noah would win if he smiled pretty for me.
 5. Your subject may have a fake smile that he pulls out when he sees the camera.  Do something (I suggest tickling) to get a genuine smile going, and then ask for their "tickle-smile" as your take your shot.  After lots of praise, joking around, and the thought of gummies...Noah loosened up and we had some fun.
 6.  And I am thankful for the range of expressions that came from our shoot.  Precious and shy, goofy and smiley.
 P.S.  One more trick to have up your sleeve... allow them to be themselves (not your ideal suggested poses).  Noah loves to make toot sounds with his tongue, so I joked around with him about tooting, and he loved it!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Samuel Asher's Birth . Sarasota Birth Photographer

This birth story started 3 days prior to the hospital photos you're about to see.  Do the math...that's a stinkin' LONG LABOR!
I met up with Jessica and Gerrid at the hospital, after they transferred from the local birth center.  After 3 days of active labor but no progression, they were too exhausted to go on as they had been.
So they came to the hospital, and got an epidural.  This mama had to get some rest if she wanted to be able to push this baby out!
Once you get to the hospital, it's only ice chips and popcicles!
The nurse checked Jessica's dilation and she was 8 cm!  She was very pleased with that number!
The birth team...
Jessica's mom, giving her support...
Nurse Laura, explaining how the pushing will work...
Jessica could feel the contractions strong on one side, despite the epidural...
Prayers were often said over Jess as she labored...
10 cm!  Last shot of that belly...
Still able to smile between pushes!
I loved these mother & daughter expressions (Jess's mom and sister)...
more prayers!
Mama got a some oxygen to help raise baby's heart rate.  It was tough on the little guy!
Crowning!  in comes the Dr...
Can't believe he's almost here!  The emotions start...
Tears from Daddy (my favorite)...