Monday, February 20, 2017

Eloise is One!


For the past year I have really enjoyed seeing the Howell family!  Erin and Patrick have always been a lot of fun to have in front of the camera.  I can remember a handful of years ago having photographed them for the first time on the University of Alabama campus for their engagement photos.

It's been a true honor and joy to have them include my photography services for their first born, Eloise!  Seeing her grow and change over the past year has been very rewarding.  This past weekend was our final session from their 'Watch Me Grow' package.

Looking back on all our sessions with her really is amazing to see how much can change within a year.

I loved our three part series, having taken place at the comfort of their beautiful home with each session.  From newborn, 6 month to her final session of one year, it is really something to look back and see the similarities yet changes that take place in a child's first year.

Thank you again for the opportunity!  I really enjoyed documenting this stage in Eloise's first year!!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Puerto Rico

For the past week I have been traveling through Puerto Rico with my husband and some of our friends.  It's been a very rewarding experience.  We rented a car and stayed along the southeast portion of the island.. which has some of the most beautiful beaches that I personally can recall from all my world travels.

Prior to our travels, I thought long and hard on what photo gear I wanted to pack and how in depth I would be photographing the region.  I wanted to leave my travels feeling refreshed and work free but at the same time, I would of hated myself for not bringing atleast one nice camera body and a select lens.. so after much deliberation, I decided on my fisheye because firstly,, it's such a small, compactable and light weight lens that it's easy to manage and walk around with .. and the later is because it captures the most of the environment within the frame.

I did find it aggravating when I saw a gorgeous shot of an individual fishing or walking on the street that would be perfect for my 50mm or a 30mm lens but I made my one lens choice work and was happy with the results for the most part.  The fisheye worked great for those large scenic shots when I wanted to capture the vastness of something.. such as the amazing 17th century apartment we rented while staying in Old San Juan.  It was inspiring to say the least, with high ceilings, heavy wooden shutters and doors, marble floors and an amazing open air space.

This little get-away left me with more appreciation for this region and the people that live there.  From hiking through the rain forest to swimming the Caribbean to exploring the aged cobblestone streets of Old San Juan.. it was all equally inspiring to capture.