Rain, Rain, Go Away...but not before we play.

Press Play and Soak in our Rainy Day! 

South Florida Summers are like Midwest winters in a sense that we stay in a lot and have to prepare for the 24/7 heat.  The pool ( which ends up being bath water warm), cold drinks, shady trees and early morning or late evening beach trips are pretty much how we roll.  So, when you get rain for days at the end of the school year and your school doesn't call a "rain day", mamma calls the shots!

They were ecstatic! Like think of 4th of July fireworks and the best gift ever, that kind of excitement. 

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Our complex roads flooded completely. Cars were flooded, some parked next to the buildings (literally), forget wearing shoes, barefoot and sorts it was. It was a bit of a pain but for them it was magic! I decided to let them go out and play in the street before the flooding got worse. There was no direction, no " stand here" " look here" " jump again" . It was all them. Pure. Raw. Their own free spirits playing and enjoying life.  I loved watching them. To stand back and soak it in. To soak up and enjoy what I had a hand in creating and what I continue to mold. It doesn't happen as much as I like. But today, today was different. 

(It ended up raining for 3 days and the water reached between 12-15 inches. Multiple ponds flooded and there were even fish in the streets. Hello Noah's Ark!) A Gallon zip lock bag was used for gear protection (I could barley see what I was shooting with the rain and bag covering my screen.)

 

At the end of the day, Your feed should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling. -shanti
Hadasiah and Tate were telling me a car was coming. Jaiden was just being a goofball. 

Hadasiah and Tate were telling me a car was coming. Jaiden was just being a goofball. 

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. -Dr. Seuss

*No kids were put in danger in the making of childhood memories ;) 

Welcome Baby { Abigail Joy}

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The sounds of sweet little noises, a yawn or a sneeze. Their hands, their feet, eye lashes and sweet little cowlicks and swirls. New skin is so soft and fuzzy.

I'm not sure how they do it but every baby smells like heaven on earth. That "new baby" smell, you don't want them to grow out of.  Call me weird ( or just a normal mamma), but I take the biggest inhale when I'm around fresh babies. There is something just so nostalgic and new all at the same time. 

 Soak in the goodness of all things new, perfect, ornately designed and the most blessed  gift! 

 

Aizhan Family

I had the pleasure of meeting Aishan and her kiddos Dariya and Danay at American Top Team. ( you can see my previous post about our kiddos at private class here). Aizhan is from a little place close to Russia. She braved the overwhelming fear of relocating for the school year and traveled with her kids to America so that they can learn English. Pretty amazing right?? That jump takes so much dedication and love for your kids. To put yourself last. To leave your husband, family and friends. To want the best learning techniques for them that you cross countries for it to happen.   Mamma I applaud you! 

 We got to talking during the many hours our kids have class together. You can say we pretty much covered everything under the sun. It's so neat to hear about others lives outside of the U.S. When she realized I was a photographer she began to tell me that she has no pictures with her kids. Like NONE other then birth. 

Needless to say we booked one ASAP! It was so fun to watch Aizhan play and enjoy her kids on the beach. The giggles and laughter, the fun and messy sand, it all just makes me so happy! 

With each session I do, I love to get a few  images of mom. We get overlooked sometimes and our beauty may go unnoticed with all the mom-ing we do. Can I just say she is so gorgeous! You cannot help but smile back at her. For me, being a mom myself, I really like to just soak in these moms and who they are and what they have to offer. She is strong and powerful inside and out! 

Press play and enjoy this sweet mamma and her kiddos! 

 

 

Jones Family

I always get a little nervous when I am on my way to meet a new family.

 First, I pray. I ALWAYS pray. I pray that my nerves are eased, that I am all that they want in their photographer and more, I pray for my confidence ( because no matter how long I have been doing this, I always get a little shakin in the boots), I pray for safety and lastly I pray that our time together not only be about creating family images but it be meaningful and serve a purpose beyond images. 

 

The Jones family was lovely!!! The connection this family had, I have never seen before. Their genuine joy was so memorizing. The gentleness and soft spoken words were so heart warming. To see parents let their kids BE. To wander and play and really enjoy moments. 

They gave me a peek into their home life during my time with them. It was beautiful and I couldn't help throughout their session want to see more of the love and gentle interaction they had with one another. 

Press play and enjoy! 

 

Caleb & Siara {Couple}

I always like to give a little back story about how I meet the people I get the pleasure of having in front of my camera.

 

Siara is our downstairs neighbor. She has a wiener dog that my kids are just bonkers for! They are always stopping her to say hi to Cody. After about the millionth time, you start to get to know people.  Siara now babysits my kiddos on occasion and is dubbed the "pretty babysitter" by my 2 boys. 

Caleb is a Professional MMA Fighter out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek Florida. My family and I knew he was not from here when we went to sign up at the gym and got a chatty friendly welcome (whoop whoop to the midwestern-ers). I knew I saw him before, but just could not put my finger on it. (He probably thought I was nuts because my obvious staring brain storming face). Then it totally clicked, when I realized I had met him when he was fascinated by our pet pig while visiting Siara. 

They met when Siara walked into the gym to get membership info. She must have known a sweet & handsome fighter would fall for her because I don't think she ever signed up hehe! Good tactic girl ! 

It had been a while since I worked with a couple. so I asked Siara if her and Caleb would be up for a session. 

These two hit it out of the park!  The snuggling. The laughter. I LOVED their whole gallery! They were such troopers and made every frame print worthy!

Enjoy the sweetness of these two! I know I did.