Friday, September 23, 2016

Prompt & Ready.. Welcome Jeremy!

Today was baby Jeremy's actual due date, so I couldn't help but point this out as I write about our session from earlier this morning.

At just one week old, he took his appointment date serious with his first photo session!! When his awesome mom, Megan, had first contacted me a few months back, she initially told me September 23rd will be his due date.  I guess the little guy overheard and thought he needed to be ready for his photos by the 23rd.

Regardless, this precious, beautiful baby boy with a head full of hair, couldn't wait to get started with life!

I am honored that the Yanik family scheduled time with me to hang out this morning. Everyone made me feel right at home.  Jeremy is not only their first child but he is the first grand-baby to both sides of the family!

 All these little moments and expressions are important for me to share because it allows me to show you the value of taking time and being still to appreciate every moment!

I know that these guys are soaking up every moment! He is perfect in every way and I hope you enjoy the images I share!  Thank you!!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Paul and Kellye's Adventure

Yay!!  After months of being in touch via email and technology, Kellye and I finally met in person!! She also brought along her soon to be groom, Paul. They traveled all the way from Colorado for the weekend to finish up some loose ends before their wedding here in Birmingham.

It never ceases to amaze me what a small world we live in.  Kellye and I both graduated from the same high school and know many of the same people, so it really is crazy how we never have met until now!

Paul and Kellye are soo cute together and I was happy that our busy schedules allowed us to have a chance to work together with the camera before the big day next month!!

I'm glad that we decided on an early morning session as the humidity had already made us feel as though we were walking through a steam room.  It is only Paul's second time to visit Alabama so I can only imagine it made him really appreciate the lower humidity and cooler temps in the rocky mountains!

Regardless of the heat, we were still able to grab some really sweet shots of these two.  I enjoyed their sense of adventure along with their love of all things nature.  It was a great way to start my weekend roaming the foothills in Alabama with new faces.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Family & Football

There is no better feeling in the world than to have a portrait session and see the love and bond between two young siblings.  Amelia Katherine and big brother Carter are the perfect example.  I couldn't get enough of seeing these two cuties cuddle up together.  He is definently going to make an awesome big brother for the years to come!

I love my portrait time with the Rogers fam! Allison always has immaculate taste with colors and vision and every time she offers a suggestion, I cannot wait to see how we collaborate together!  She truly does value photography so I take it to heart that she chooses to value my photography!

Speaking of valuing, I must give huge props to Casey for being such an awesome and loving husband to Allison!!  You see, he loves football season and not only that, he use to play.. so when I learned that his alma mater , Miss St. was kicking off just in time for our session to start.. I knew what love was!

He is a man that values his family and cherishes these moments!  I do hope that the handful of moments I share today will have made it all worth while.  Cheers to football and family!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Baby Nina


So here is another great example of how awesome it is to take part with another new chapter for the Uffinger family.  I can remember meeting Amy and Justin for their first photo session back in 2010.  It was for their engagement session.  

Now fast forward six years, several sessions, two houses and two babies later,  this awesome family has continued to keep me in mind!  

Big brother Max did an awesome job and looked cute as always! He is now three year's old and is showing an interest in being a big brother as he was able to hold her and give her a few kisses.

Nina is named after her great-grandmother and is the first baby girl for the grandparents!  I loved hearing that these guys decided to not find out her gender until after she was born. Of course, I can only imagine the excitement after learning about having a baby daughter to take home.

She is nothing less than perfect!  Congratulations on the latest addition to the Uffinger household! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Leslie c/o 2017

This past weekend I got to meet one of the future graduates of Cold Spring High School.  Leslie is going to be graduating this upcoming year and I couldn't be more excited for her! I enjoyed meeting Leslie, her best friend Paige and mom.  They decided to take a road trip to Birmingham for her senior portrait session, to which I suggested Railroad Park.

I appreciate them making the drive and hope they enjoyed some of the city's new sights!  Everyone was so much fun during the session and I felt it took no time at all to grab some great shots of Leslie. She is a natural in front of the camera!!

I would like to wish her the best of luck for the upcoming school year.  Class of 2017 is just around the corner.  It had me thinking how my twenty year reunion is too!  Wow, how time flies and I know that her senior year will too, so I hope she enjoys every moment of it.

She is a beautiful young lady and I know that she will do well with anything she puts her mind to.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hello Goodbye

This past week I have been absorbed with sorting through my work, revisiting older images and reviving my portfolio. Since I am no longer taking on weddings, I have decided to take out the majority of my wedding images and make more room for other works to showcase.

I am hoping to encourage people out there to book portrait sessions with more of a documentary approach, so I'm hoping for the 'if you build it they will come' mentality... This will result in a very non-traditional portrait folio full of black and white candids, environmental and scenic as well as street photography..

My definition of a successful portrait session is one that has reflection, mood, realism and honest moments. I want to capture all these elements in hopes that the images captured will not be that of a generic postcard but rather that of the individual that you are.

I think the reason why I continued to book weddings for as long as I did is because wedding photography truly has all these elements in it.  It has a beautiful environment, honest moments and it is full of emotion.  I realize that this will definitely be one of the things that I will miss most out of the wedding day.

I've always enjoyed new chapters and challenges, so I am anxious and excited about building a new portfolio for the upcoming year!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Arianna Marie

I can't even begin to try in words what a precious newborn session I experienced first thing this morning! This baby girl is only 11 days old and seems to be getting into the swing of things.  She didn't want to miss out on all the fun we had so she tried her best to try and stay awake.. but it didn't take long for her to fade into her food coma!

Camden is the big brother and seems to be doing great with his new baby sister. He even got to hold her which his expression was full of pride and joy!! Such a priceless expression!

I really enjoyed meeting the Plaia family for the first time today.  They made me feel right at home and am very appreciative of the referral that sent them my way.  Newborn lifestyle sessions are always a personal favorite of mine because there are so many sweet moments that are to be captured.

I do hope these guys will enjoy the images we were able to grab as I have a feeling that this year is going to fly by!

Congratulations on your gorgeous baby girl.. she is perfect!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Questions for Karlie

I love,, LOVE, this sweet girl!!  Karlie is such a breath of fresh air.  She is modern yet has a very elegant twist of tradition that really inspires me rather it be from wearing her grandmother's wedding gown that her mom also wore to wearing a beautiful family heirloom diamond ring that belonged to her husband's great-grandmother.. So when I asked if she was having a boy or a girl she admitted that they were not going to find out until her delivery date.

How amazing and exciting this is to not know. We have too many things planned out in life so to just purely enjoy the moment and excitement of wondering what will it be.. a boy or a girl makes the anticipation all that much more!!

We are all taking dibs on if it is going to be a boy or a girl.. I'm thinking it will be a girl but we won't find out until a few more weeks. She is due at the end of this month and looks fabulous, as always!!

It was a great time catching up with these two expecting parents.  It was my first time to see these guys since their move back to Birmingham.. and that has been well over a year. So I am glad to have a fun excuse to get over to their home, catch up and also take a few snaps while we were at it!

She is going to be such a beautiful new mommy to her baby girl or baby boy.. We will know sooner or later!