When my dear friend Debbie expressed interest in some “mommy and me” photos, we knew that the only place fitting for this sweet session was the shimmering shoreline. Shot on a mix of digital and real Fuji 400h film, we met up just after sunrise so we could bask in the light and beauty of the beach!
It was a muggy Saturday morning in July when my husband and I met up with the Brown’s at breathtaking Philippe Park. This would be our last opportunity to capture this family before embarking on a cross-country move, so despite the elements, we knew we had to make it work. The grass was wet with dew, the air was thick, and the temperature outside was already scorching – quite typical of Florida summers - but Michelle and her husband Adam were determined to get some updated family portraits!
That’s all I could think of that evening, when my friend Betty Jane’s daughter, Caroline, stripped out of her beautiful white dress only four minutes into our session. Betty Jane had cautioned that they never have their photos taken – that Caroline hadn’t napped, and she didn’t know how she’d behave – but I didn’t think anything of it.
As I approach my one-year anniversary and watch as fresh engagements continue to blow up my Facebook feed, I vividly remember the days I spent planning my own wedding. I loved having an excuse to be creative... to put together my own personal "dream team" of vendors to achieve a wedding that, in my mind, was as close to perfect as possible! My husband, Zach, helped with budgeting decisions... but the aesthetic was all me. (Sorry, Zach. You knew the truth would come out eventually.)
It was overcast, and the wind hummed as a Spring storm slowly made its way towards Amherst. It didn't matter that the sun was hiding, because everything was so serene, and Lexi, our then gorgeous-mama-to-be, glowed while effortlessly taking direction in the wildflower fields. Her dress danced in the breeze as she carried a basket of simple, yet beautifully arranged florals. The mountains stood tall in the distance - past the vast, open fields - a seeming parallel to the larger-than-life experience that is pregnancy.