Thursday, January 12, 2017

Emma Grace ventures

Yes.. you read that last caption correctly.. and it is just that for the Cascio family!  I had such a great road trip up in Charlotte earlier this week.  This special little lady was worth every minute of my travels!  

I have been looking forward to the moment that I would meet Emma as I have been friends with Amber and Frankie for about ten years now!

I can remember when Amber and Frankie broke the news that they were expecting this past summer when we were all vacationing in Hilton Head.  I was so happy to hear the news and now fast forward several months later and it all makes perfect sense as I see them parenting together.

Getting to experience this new mom and dad as first time parent's was so special to me.  I was happy to have gotten the chance to hang out the evening before our session the following morning. I seriously must have asked them a hundred questions.. 'how does this work, what does that do, how often is she eating, what is that called and so many more.'

Yep, I learned a lot about that latest baby stuff the past couple days and even got to hold the sweet baby while we sat and watched t.v.

I enjoyed holding and bonding with the new model I was to photograph the next morning :) 

Thank you for opening your home to me during this special time in both your lives. The Cascio family were great hostess and it allowed my overnight trip to feel like I was right at home.

It was great to be back in Charlotte!!  

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Newborn Minis 2017

With the changing dynamics of my business, I am in the process of incorporating different mini sessions and portrait packages that will hopefully be beneficial for all individuals.. After several years of photographing mini-holiday family sessions with success, I feel it only fair to offer these smaller versions of my full sessions year round!

There are many individuals I come across who are expecting or have inquired with my services who really don't need but a few great images of their new baby.. This is a great alternative for those who want to stay within their budget or who really just want a handful of great photos to use towards their baby announcement without needing to go through an hour long process!

These newborn sessions are good for individual baby sessions up to two weeks old!  The twenty minute session focuses on the baby in the comfort of their home.. The session can take place in the nursery, the living room or the parent's bedroom as these sessions are lifestyle based, with an emphasis on natural portraiture.

If you prefer the hour long session that is a little more extensive.. these portrait sessions start at $250 and go up from there.  So hopefully, there is a little something for everyone!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Transitions

What a year!!  I can personally say that 2016 was good to me and my family and hope it was the same for you too.  I do know that with the arrival of our new year that I am embarking new territory.

I told myself back in 2006, when I opened the business, that I would give myself 10 years in the wedding industry.. as many of you that know me, know that I never foresaw myself as a traditional wedding photographer in the first place. I just happened to find myself there as referrals were strong.. so I continued on for many years until I realized it was time for a transition.

So, fast forward to now and you will see the transitions I have made over the years as I have slowly added my lifestyle approach that I once used in weddings to newborn and other portrait sessions.

Hopefully this year, I want to find my niche in not just newborn/infant photography but in those individuals who desire portraiture stripped raw of all the bells and whistles of props and fads.

Yes, this year I hope to not only continue to stay true with what my vision is but also attract individuals who desire the sweet, intimate moments in photography that I like to call 'lifestyle' based portraiture.

So.. what is new for 2017?  I wouldn't say too much but I would say that you will see more newborn & children lifestyle sessions and less weddings.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Laurel Grace

Such a great time well spent with the Hughes family last week.  I always enjoy our sessions together!  This go around, we had us a new addition to the family sessions.  Her name is Laurel Grace and she is just three months!!

I must admitt that this little lady has got it made!  Laurel Grace has two awesome older siblings to help look after her!  Audrey and Jonah continued to shower their new baby sister with love and affection during our session, that it made photographing this trio all the more sweet!

Laurel Grace's first photo session with me was special as I have had the amazing opportunity to watch and photograph Jonah and Audrey grow up over the years.

Hats off to Kevin and Lindsay as they celebrate their first Christmas together as a family of five!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


I got to see Madaline again today for her head shots!!! She is doing the Ms. Reflections pageant this year at Bragg Middle School. It sounds like she is going to have an awesome time and by judging how natural she is in front of the camera, this pageant is going to be a walk in the park for her!!

She has the prettiest smile and such a beautiful head full of hair that I know she is going to look perfect for the big event!!

It's amazing to think that over ten years ago I met Madaline for the first time for a handful of photos. As a matter of fact, I do believe we did some black and white head shots of her for a canvas.

This little lady was just four years old at the time!  Having the opportunity to put Madeline back in front of the camera again was special for me.  Thank you so much !!!

I'd love to wish her the best of luck and also hope that she has an awesome time at the pageant!!

An Irish Christmas

Twelve days and counting!!  The Christmas countdown will soon be in the single digits and so will my portrait sessions.  We are on the final homestretch of some really fun, awesome and creative sessions for some of my clients.

I have really come to admire Kristen with her beautiful sense of style and grace.  She has an awesome vision when it comes to incorporating themed photos for Christmas time.  It really adds a lot for dramatic effect and, I mean.. anyone who can control a huge IRISH WOLFHOUND has my respect!

Deeds is just barely one year and can easily see over my head if she were to jump up on me!

Last year, Kristen and I met and she asked if I would be interested in doing a photo for her cards last year when Deeds was just a pup.. so I was extremely happy to hear from these guys again for this year.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Harrison Minis

Did someone say freeze warnings were in effect for the Birmingham metro and surrounding areas? If so, it didn't make a difference for the Harrisons!  They endured the extreme cold temperatures that came in last night and still looked like the rock stars that they are!

I was really happy that we were able to meet again for this year's family photo!  The Harrison family has been kind enough to keep me in mind for the past few years when it comes to photographing the boys so it has been something I have come to look forward to!

Sam and his little brother Finn did an awesome job. They have never been to Sloss Furnaces before so I was happy that we were able to meet there for this year's photos. They seemed to enjoy having the chance to explore and seemed amazed at the how large the old pipes were!

Sloss is one of those locations that I never grow tired of going to! I'm so happy that this place is in our hometown.  It doesn't matter how many times I photograph there.. it is always as though it is my first time.

Such a great spot to take photos and to make it even better, I had one of the sweetest families to work with!

Great day for sure!

Senior Minis for 2017

Are you a current senior who is preparing to graduate this May?  Were you disappointed with how your senior portraits turned out or did you hate the outfit choice and wish you had a 'do over'?

If so... I feel that the SENIOR MINI SESSIONS are a great way to grab some quick, fun, candid, lifestyle shots you really wanted without spending a fortune or a whole lot of time when you really just want a few awesome shots to post on social media and wallets to hand to your friends and family.

 The Holiday Mini Sessions I always offer from October through December has had such a great response that I honestly feel that I should start incorporating smaller versions of the 'full' sessions that are offered.

I am a firm believer of mini-sessions for so many reasons.. I will be happy to name a few...

For starters, they cost less, they take up less time, there isn't overkill with hundreds of photos when all you realistically need is one or two GREAT shots and not to mention.. it's a win/win situation for that individual who loves photos but doesn't love being in front of the camera posing for any lengthy amount of time.

Now.. these little sessions aren't for ALL .. If you LOVE having your photos taken and want many different poses and multiple back drops then might I suggest a full session that typically last closer to an hour.

If you want a mini-session but you want the high resolution files ?  No worries.. this can be substituted with an additional fee of $175 to include 25 high res files instead of 25 low res files.

Senior Mini sessions for $135 is only good for individual portrait sessions.  Unfortunately, this price does not carry over to family or newborn sessions due to different session requirements.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Marchant Fam

The Marchants and I get to meet again!!  I love hearing from Amy and Jason as they are always so much fun to keep up with and catch up on with life.  This beautiful couple invited me to their new home for a last minute session yesterday afternoon.

Everything looked perfect at the new place.  I loved everything about the home from their spacious yard to the high ceilings with the abundance of windows that filled the foyer area.  Great job guys on the awesome find!

Ofcourse these guys were needing some fun, festive photos for Christmas and as always, these guys were dressed perfectly for the occasion!

Stella has recently turned one year, so this is her first Christmas where she is able to walk, play with her toys, and enjoy the yummy foods that the holiday will bring our way!  She is learning about the Christmas tree's ornaments and is already excited about giving gifts as she handed me one from under the tree!!

Just precious!!!

Loved hanging out with these guys yesterday afternoon that I hope I get to see them all again soon.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Nina & Max's Mini

 It wasn't but just a couple of months ago that I was honored to photograph Nina's newborn session, so it only made sense for this year's Christmas photo session to be quick and easy!  It started out as a rainy, soggy morning earlier this week but thankfully our session took place in the comfort of their home!

Not only were we wanting to grab something festive for this year's card but also capture Max for his three year photos.  His birthday is just around the corner!

I was happy that we were able to capture a few key shots and I never grow tired of photographing these two.  They have smiles that can brighten any day and don't get me started on that head full of dark hair!!  Gorgeous!!!!

The Slovensky Session

 We are on the final homestretch of Christmas and holiday portrait sessions!! It's always so much fun going into a client's home and seeing their decorations.  This year, I had the opportunity to see the not so little anymore Hudson and his new baby sister, Gloria.

I had the opportunity to to work with this family when Hudson was just a little baby himself a couple years back, so this was a great chance for me to not only see the little fella again but meet his beautiful baby sister!

Hudson has his own tree out in the family sun room.. so we of course needed to take advantage of this. I learned that Frosty the Snowman is his favorite Christmas character at the moment. His mom read to him as he looked and listened intently to the story.

I left the session with the Frosty Song in my head and a smile to the heart.  Little kids around Christmas are always so adorable to photograph and observe.

Monday, December 5, 2016

The Woodruff Family

When Allison contacted me a handful of months back to book me for their family Christmas portrait we both learned fairly quickly.. where there is a will, there is a way!

We must have had to reschedule at least 3 times prior and juggle around a few dates before we were able to meet up for photos!

Thankfully, we pressed on until we both found a time and day that could work and when we did finally meet up, we could not have asked for a more perfect morning!

The reason why it was harder to put something down in the books was because it involved a tad more planning and driving!  They have a family lake house off of Smith Lake, which isn't an easy drive to get to.. but I totally could relate to this request.. because I myself have been a lake going gal since I was a baby myself!

The morning drive up was so refreshing as there was very little traffic on the country back roads.  I could see the fog lifting off of the fields and water and thought to myself how I wish I could have more of these off the beaten path sessions!

It was a great way to start my morning out in mother nature!  I was more than honored to make the drive for these guys as I know how special it was for me growing up on the lake when I was Collin's age.

I know that for years to come this beautiful retreat will hold many memories for the family as it did for me!