This family was such a treat to photograph for so many reasons. For one, the kids were pros in front of the camera. Really, they made my job so easy I probably could have just set the camera on a tripod and pretty photos would have appeared spontaneously on my memory card. The location was fantastic; a farm with John Deere equipment bursting at the proverbial seams, gorgeous summer evening light, and laughter. Lots, and lots of laughter. This one is going to be hard to beat!
Unless you do a “Trash the Dress” session, the last time you see your wedding dress is probably in the days after your wedding that you picked it up from the dry cleaner, and packed it away in a closet. For most women, the dress is a symbol of many different emotions; excitement, anticipation, nerves, dreams of the future, and most of all; love. When the bride becomes a mother, those same emotions are involved. My cousin’s wife introduced me to the concept of photographing daughters in their mommy’s wedding dress when she asked me to do this session with her daughter. What a special use of a special garment! Miss A was so tickled to put her mommy’s dress and veil on, and you can see the joy in her face in these photos.
This session took place at Creekside Park in Gahanna, Ohio, and what a gorgeous place it was! It is a small park located right off of the main street in the tiny town of Gahanna. The evening was perfect for photographs…we even shared space with another photographer doing a session for a couple and their young boys. I’ve since learned that it is a pretty popular place to shoot family sessions and engagement sessions. Photographing these lovely girls is always a pleasure. They are all as pretty as a picture, with personalities to match, and it is obvious that they love the camera! I always love the chance to see their lovely mama as well.
I challenge you to look at these photos and not crack a smile! I just can’t stop looking at them.
I first got to photograph the handsome Mister C when he was only 12 weeks old…we had a lovely in-home session. This time, we adventured out to Freedom Park in Charlotte, NC, to soak up some of the lovely summer evening sunshine. The only thing bluer than the sky were this little boy’s beautiful eyes!
If I had to choose one photo that I have ever taken to represent the feel of summertime, it would be this one. Can you feel the sunshine on your face when you look at this photo?
This shoot was so, so much fun for me to do. It was my first senior session, and though I positively love photographing babies and small children, it is a complete game-changer when your subject is old enough to follow your direction and interact with you creatively! Miss K and I had such a lovely morning. The air was clean and bright, and there was just enough breeze to make some lovely flutters of her pretty dark hair. Here are a few of my favorites.
I don’t even know where to begin writing this blog post! “Little M” actually stands for “Maximum Cuteness”, and I had a hard time containing my excitement to shoot this little boy in order to get the job done! I actually lost count of the number of times I exclaimed “Are you serious?!” to my Lightroom window as I was editing this shoot. Have you seen more precious brown eyes than these…ever? His mommy is an old friend of mine from college; another sorority sister, to be exact! I hadn’t seen her in at least a decade (oh my goodness, we are showing our age), so the opportunity to be with her, even just for a little while, was an added bonus. This was another shoot that I did while I was home visiting family in Ohio. We went up to our old alma mater, the campus of Bowling Green State University. It was June 1st, and it felt like it was the end of October! The light was grey, the wind was blustery, but nothing could dampen this little boy’s enthusiasm and obviously exuberant spirit. His mommy has portraits done for his July birthday every summer, and she joked […]
When a Grandmother says that there haven’t been enough photos of the grandkids lately, you oblige her! These were taken of sweet Miss S. just a week or so shy of her big nine month birthday. I also wouldn’t take photos of someone else’s child crying, but I have the rather ambitious goal of photographing all of my little ones’ expressions; happy, sad, and everything in between. My sweet girl tends to be a bit on the dramatic side (anyone else have a babe that holds their breath while they cry?), and the crying photos are because I temporarily tried to take the bear away during the shoot. I think they’re precious, and she and I will have a giggle over them when she’s got babies of her own, I’m sure. I hope you love them. I love her so.
Last week, my big girl and I found a pretty grove with an enormous old magnolia tree…it was the kind of place where fairies would live. I told her to be on the lookout for them, and rather than being excited and playful, she was quintessentially Miss O; intensely intent on spying a fairy! She took it so seriously, bringing all of her usual intensity to the search for a twinkly winged creature. There was even one moment where she broke down and nearly cried because she couldn’t spot one; of course I captured it on camera. I think that she wanted to see one so badly, her imagination wasn’t enough to satisfy her. Poor little sweetheart. On the same afternoon, we also found a lovely little field with Queen Anne’s Lace blooming with many other tiny white flowers. Both sets of photos are included here. I hope you love them as much as I do!
This in-home family session was casual and completely unscripted, and totally fun! I showed up at the door with my camera, and within about 30 seconds, I was upstairs in the playroom where the kids were, and we were off! This session is exemplary of the fact that you don’t need a special wardrobe or props or location to have beautiful, meaningful photos taken. I absolutely love this family for so many reasons. The oldest little girl is poised and lovely, the twins are as sweet as can be, and the youngest is a bundle of energy; the embodiment of what it means to be a boy. Their parents are wonderful, genuine folks, and good friends to boot. The eldest daughter had her first communion this weekend, so the day called for some family portraits and fun!
I was so inspired by the buttery, bright light streaming through my bedroom windows earlier this week that I got out my camera and just photographed my girls playing in the bed. I never really need an excuse to take photographs, really…but when the light is perfect and the babies are playful, I get an urge to break out my camera that is pretty difficult to fight. These photos were taken around 9:00 in the morning in completely natural light coming through the windows in my bedroom. It was definitely one of the “golden hours” of the day. I think it is probably my favorite time to shoot. I love this session because it embodies one of my core philosophies as a photographer; you don’t need an event or a gathering or even a reason to have professional photography done. These moments in time with my girls at two-and-a-half and just-over-eight-months are now on permanent record and the memories won’t have to fade completely. These photos exemplify when you should hire a professional photographer (any random Tuesday morning with buttery light streaming in the windows) and why you should hire a professional photographer (to remember that random Tuesday, and when […]
We went out on May Day to celebrate the Spring, celebrate the flowers, and celebrate the sunshine. I’ll let this beautiful poem say the rest. “Let us take our baskets early To the meadows green, While the wild-flowers still are pearly With the dewdrops’ sheen. Fill them full of blossoms rosy, Violets and gay Cowslips, every pretty posy Welcoming the May. Then our lovely loads we’ll carry Down the village street, On each door, with laughter merry, Hang a basket sweet. Hey-a-day-day! It is spring now, Lazy folks, awake! See the pretty things we bring now For the May-day’s sake!” “May Baskets”, by Evaleen Stein
The way the sun is kissing my little girl’s head in these photographs just breaks my heart into a million little pieces. What a beautiful day, what a beautiful child, and what beautiful photos resulted. Perhaps the most adorable thing is how curious she is about her surroundings! A nature girl in the making?
This wonderful couple was married in a small, intimate ceremony, surrounded by their closest loved ones. The emotion between them can be seen in the many candid shots that I took of them that day, in the way they look at each other when they didn’t know (or simply didn’t care!) that anyone else was looking. I’m so happy that I was one of the few people that got to be there, and I had a wonderful time photographing their beautiful day. And they even shared their champagne with me…what a lovely bonus! Congratulations, K and A!
There’s a huge field that alternates soybeans and corn as crops near our house, and my big girl and I find the opportuniy every once in a while to sneak over there for some quick photos. Couldn’t resist this beautiful day with a crystal blue sky and sea of green!
Everybunny loves a bare baby butt, right? Happy Easter from JHP!
The colors of spring with some Easter eggs and my gorgeous curly-haired girl.
Sunday’s photo session was a very special one for me. When I was in college, I was a member of Kappa Delta sorority, and I met a lot of remarkable women in the short time that I was a part of it. Missy was my “Big” sister, and regrettably, our paths diverged after college. I have been so fortunate to get back in touch with many of my sisters via Facebook, and Missy was one of them. Imagine my surprise when I found out that she had actually moved to the Charlotte area (from our native Ohio) several years before I did! We had been in touch on Facebook for a while, but with the demands of professional lives and families, we never managed to get together. I was delighted when she asked me to photograph her twelve-week old darling baby boy Carter. I was equally delighted to get to meet Carter’s other mommy, Missy’s beautiful partner of seven years, Andrea. It was so clear how crazy about him that they are, and how equally head-over-heels Carter is for them. Yesterday was a trifecta of awesomeness; reconnecting with an old friend, gaining a new friend, and getting my hands (and […]
I teach two days a week, and the rest of the week, I usually have the girls at home with me. Some days drone on so slowly, I can only watch so much Little Bear, do so many puzzles, and have my “temperature taken” with Pumpkin’s little plastic thermometer from her doctor kit so many times. Some days, we go outside and draw with sidewalk chalk when it is warm enough outside for Peach to be outside too. Some days, it is a long bubble bath for Pumpkin in the middle of the afternoon. Some days, it is photo session time. Pumpkin is essentially completely over having mommy’s camera in her face, but Peach is still a perfect little model. Pumpkin was playing in her room the day that I took these of Peach, and came into the office to see what the excitement was. She, of course, wanted to get in on the action, and I managed to get some cute shots of her. Love the light in this room!
Miss S was so tickled by the stuffed polar bear that her grandmother got her for Christmas. It looks like she is deep in conversation with it! Have you ever seen a more perfectly shaped baby head?
This wonderful family braved the chilly air and some serious wind to come out to the lovely Freedom Park in Charlotte for this evening’s photo shoot. The wind was blowing so hard that it was difficult to keep my camera from swaying and to see through my watering eyes to shoot! We didn’t start until 4:00 pm, and with the sun setting by 5:30 this time of year, the clock was ticking. Little Lucy the Puggle kept things exciting by jumping into the pond soon after we began. Luckily, I had a bath towel in the back seat of my car!
It was chilly this morning, but perfect weather for photography; crisp air, minimal breeze, perfect cloud cover. These two gorgeous ladies were such a pleasure to shoot, and they were such troopers in the cold! The location was on their grandparents’ 120+ acres of property, truly a treasure trove of perfect locations to stage photographs. Thanks for a lovely morning, girls!
I can remember the first time that Keith took me to the Carolina Renaissance Faire. It was around my birthday in October of 2005, and I had just moved down South from Ohio earlier that summer. I had never been to a Renaissance Faire before, so it was an entirely new experience for me. I can vividly remember the scents of Frankincense incense in the “village”, and roasting cinnamon almonds. Pipe smoke, wood smoke, and the crisp warmth of autumn sunshine warming fallen leaves. The sights of the colorful costumes, and the sounds of the authentic and live Renaissance-period music. The jingling and tinkling of bells suspended from the belts and boots of costumes. It has become a tradition for us to go each year, and once the weather starts getting cooler and the leaves start to lose their green, I know that Ren Faire time is getting closer. This year, we waited until the second-to-last weekend, so the weather would be cool. Here in the Carolinas, it can be in the 80’s in October! This was the first year that we got to go with two babies. It was also the year that Olivia was old enough to enjoy […]
Two of my favorite things; my husband and my littlest girl. There is so much love in this photo. Can you feel it? Just testing out the high-ISO capabilities on my new camera!
My nephew Wyatt is my new favorite model. He has the most soulful, ancient, beautiful brown eyes, and he is so very patient with me. He is a wonderful subject! The light on the porch of our beach condo was to die for, and he was such a good sport while Aunt Jenny stuck the camera in his face. Thanks, little guy! Those eyes!
When I was an undergraduate, I took a summer job as a counselor at a camp for kids in West Virginia. It was far from home, and it was initially a difficult adjustment for me when I first arrived, even though it would become one of the most important parts of my life over the next four years. I was only nineteen years old, I was several states away from home, and I didn’t know a single person. When I arrived at the camp after a ten hour solo drive, I was one of the only people that had arrived. I didn’t know where I was supposed to go, and wandering around a bit aimlessly. The first person I met there was another young woman named Jaclyn. She was a veteran counselor, and knew the ropes. She quickly took me under her wing, and I will never forget the kindness she showed me that first lonely few hours of my arrival. Never did I think that twelve years later I would be photographing her wedding, with my own husband as my second shooter! We got back in touch through Facebook, and when she found out later that I was breaking […]
Mommy and daddy enjoying sweet little Miss O on the beach near sunset.
Marley and James got married on an absolutely perfect Spring day at Cypress Trees Plantation on Edisto Island, SC. The scene was breathtaking; warm, crisp sunshine, a light breeze making the Spanish moss in the trees drift slowly from side to side. The night was just as lovely as the reception tent came alive with glowing lights, wonderful music, and celebration. A beautiful day for a beautiful couple. I think Keith and I had as much fun photographing the wedding as they did getting married! I’m so thankful that they and their photographer agreed to let us be their second shooters. This was our first wedding!