Snow White DairyTale

I love doing fairytale, er “dairytale” – as they often include nursing- photo sessions! Here’s my 7.5 month pregnant Snow White; isn’t she lovely?

Makeup: Eunice Jin, Eunice Jin Makeup Artist

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Downtown Mommy & Me

I had so much fun with these two! They’re vibrant, silly, and love each other a whole ton…and I think this session completely fits them. I’ve had a lot of requests for downtown sessions recently and I can’t believe that I still haven’t blogged this post yet. So here it is; enjoy!

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Maternity Session at the Springs

I was so excited when Kendra asked me to do her maternity shoot at the springs! As a former cave diver, I’ve spent a lot of time at the springs over the years and their beauty never ceases to amaze me. It was a chilly morning with lots of mist rolling off the water but she and her family just rolled with it. Despite the chill and big snapping turtle we encountered (we gave it LOTS of leeway and used our husbands as turtle spotters!), we spent over two hours shooting and got a ton of pictures.

This was my first time ever shooting underwater and I think the results impressed us both! I absolutely love the way her hand-sewn gown swirls around her belly in the crystalline water. However, I think my favorite is the one of her sitting on the rock where you can see the reflection of the trees above the water and also the rocks beneath it. Not to get too sappy, but I feel that pregnancy is a beautiful state of transition and that this picture captures that. Maternity shoots hold a very special place in my heart as my pregnancy was one of the happiest times in my life. Please let me know if I can help you create your dream maternity session!

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A very faerie babywearing

“Love’s stories written in love’s richest books.
To fan the moonbeams from his sleeping eyes.”
-William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

This babywearing session wasn’t originally intended to have a fairytale-like feel to it, but as soon as I saw Victoria with the flowers in her hair, I couldn’t get the imagery out of my head. For some reason, I kept going back to “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and seeing her as Titania, the fairy queen (though the one she loves is the adorable bundle firmly attached to her). Enjoy!

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“So we grew together like to a double cherry, seeming parted,
but yet a union in partition, two lovely berries molded on one stem.”
-William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Babywearing Photography

To say that becoming a mom has changed a lot about me is an understatement. A lot of them are predictable changes; I now have a deep and abiding love of elastic waistbands and appreciation for the mom bun/yoga pants combo. However, up until the end of my pregnancy I had no idea that babywearing was a “thing”. At this point, some of you are nodding sagely while others are left feeling the same way I did (huh?).

Remember how people used to tote around tiny dogs in their purses? This is like that but with the added benefit of close, skin-to-skin bonding with your child. After X and I struggled so hard to nurse (see my previous post, Breastfeeding Photography), babywearing became our special thing. It helped to forge that bond in those rocky first few weeks and is still a huge part of our daily lives (and how I accomplish 99% of tasks).

Recently, an Erizo handwoven wrap called “Mr. X’s Adventure” came to live with us. It was a custom piece designed by another mama for her own Mr. X. Her inspiration for the colorway? A cave diving photo by the late Wes Skiles (see below). When I saw this wrap existed, I had to have one for my Mr. X- it was just too perfect! As some of you know, W and I met due to our love of cave diving and our Mr. X is named for a famous cave diver and conservationist. This piece of functional artwork holds a special place in my heart and keeps my baby close to it as well.

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Gainesville Portrait Photography

For my birthday, W got me a new lens and we went to Cedar Lakes Woods & Gardens to try it out. It’s a beautiful place; a former quarry turned botanical garden paradise. However, I realized something later when I went to look back at the photos. Out of all the pictures that we took that day, the ones that I liked all featured people.

They say that to excel at something you need to find what you love. Apparently what I love is portrait photography. Landscapes, even beautiful verdant ones with lush waterfalls, just aren’t for me. Even the pretty ones that I captured just look flat and devoid of life. I love to see the emotion on people’s faces.

Look at how X looks up at his daddy.

Look at how I look at my baby.

A landscape can’t tell a story like that.

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