Oh my. What a year. I had this amazing plan to execute this super great family photo of my crew. I even had the Christmas card designed. One version for the studio for sending to clients, the other for family and friend. But, guess what?? My poor family has been terribly sick for many many days. Just now we are starting to feel better, even if a less than terrific cough is hanging around. But, at least it is in time to truly enjoy the next two days spent with family, laughing, enjoying meals and being together. It was my fear that we would still be quarantined away from everyone. So, although it is not the images I had planned. Or the card design for that matter. I wanted to share how, even in chaos, there is blessings.
We are together. Our health, it is on the mend and we will have our time spent cherishing the memories made over the next couple of days.
A family photo can happen another day. And trust me, it will. :)
So here is my "stand in" Holiday greeting, with the back of the card design for the clients. Thank you all so very much for continuing to support BPP! It means more than you will ever know!
Fall becomes this whirlwind time of year. But, I have the opportunity to meet some amazing families. The Kroll's were one of the awesome families who trusted me with their holiday memories this year. The joy of family and being together is encompassed brilliantly with this family and their Barefoot Beach session. Barefoot beach is one of my favorite locations this time of year. It is a bit less traveled, the beach itself is wide, and the sunsets captured are breathtaking. Barefoot beach is one of those locations that is quintessential south Florida.
This group was so energetic and enjoyed being together with one another. They truly just wanted to have how much they love one another captured. From Mom and Dad, Oma and Opa, to the sister in law you can't distinguish from the other sisters. The closeness shared by this family is nearly enviable. My siblings and I and our spouses aren't nearly as close as this.
It was such a pleasure to be there to capture these moments for their sweet family. These are the sessions where I feel the full joy of my chosen profession.
It is around 9am. The Florida sunshine outside is promising a beautiful day. Here in the nursery, amidst the mermaids, we're experiencing "Hurricane Abby". Our catalyst - Dad blew a raspberry. All in giggles and good fun, every thing is captured. Even that crocodile tear Abigail is working so hard for. As mom scoops her up, things calm, well until dad attempts another raspberry war.
This new family of 3 is very special to me. Dad, Ernie, is my husband Doug's cousin. I have been waiting patiently for an opportunity away from work on the weekend so that I could finally meet their new baby girl, Abigail. As Doug and I sat and chatted with Ernie and Nina, I found myself reminiscing in their stories. Four months new to the parent journey, they feel those early struggles some of us tend to forget. The sleepless nights, the schedule or inability to keep a schedule, and STUFF! Babies are so small, but their things are everywhere.
Those first few months are so fleeting. Everything is new. Everyone is adjusting. Babies grow and change so quickly, we don't realize as parents, we are growing and changing too. For most, we don't think about the things we do everyday as beautiful. When planning for a portrait session, we are choosing a special outfit, picking a location, etc. But, your everyday - the in between not often seen - it is BEAUTIFUL.
I enjoyed the visit with family, it is always wonderful to spend time with Ernie and Nina. Abigail is beyond precious. I'm glad they let me be a fly on the wall for the day, to not only capture the portraits they were ready for, but to let me snag a piece of their day just being new parents with a new baby... crocodile tear and all.