Family

Family: Smathers Beach

Major props to this family!! This was by far the windiest photo session I have ever had in Key West. Normally I would reschedule, but this extended family was in town for only the weekend so we didn’t have any other days we could do this session. However, I also believe that capturing photos when the whole family is together is super important, because you never know when everyone will be back together again in one place. Who cares if your hair isn’t perfect or the sky doesn’t deliver sunset colors - it’s all about getting family photos together that will last for generations to come. I’ve photographed Alyssa and her immediate family many times now and I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know them. It was such an honor that she asked me to be her photographer for some extended family photos. I loved getting to meet her mom, dad and brother’s family while they were in town. We made sure to get some photos of each couple as well and all the grandkids with nonna and nonno. Special thanks to Alyssa and her mom for nailing the outfit coordination for this session!

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Family: Tocco at Smathers Beach

Oh it is my favorite time of the year at Smathers Beach where the sun sets through all the palm trees and the light is BEAUTIFUL! I am literally obsessed and had to remind myself to make sure we got photos with the water as well. This mom contacted me about a mommy and me mini session and then last minute changed it to a family session. I am so glad she did because it was so fun to get to know her little ones and husband as we strolled along the beach to get various photos in different locations. When the kiddos needed a break we made sure to get some couple photos as well… In my opinion you can never have too many photos of each other :)

Cherry Blossoms: Gordon Family

This session was super special to everyone because this baby’s middle name is Sakura - how adorable is that?!?! So Sakura season is obviously very important! I had four wonderful morning sessions for Cherry Blossom minis and kicked off my evening session with this lovely family. The sun also started to come out which gave the flowers more of a white, bright look. I love that this family included their first baby (Ace their pup!) as I am a huge fan of all dogs. The river walk was pretty busy for hanami, but we tried our best to get photos without anyone else in them. I just can’t get over how lucky I am to have met so many great people while visiting Japan and that they all trusted me to photograph their cherry blossom story.

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Cherry Blossoms: Fox Family

I try to get creative during every photo session. I make sure to get all the “perfect” looking photos with a mix of mom and dad, dad and kids, mom and kids etc. but I also like to throw in some different angles or styles depending on the clients I am photographing. I also ask if anyone has any ideas of a photo they would like from the session. This mom had a brilliant idea of having the cherry blossoms in focus and all of them blurry in the background. It might actually be my all time favorite photo from these minis. Everyone in this family was pretty stoked for their Sakura session, except the youngest who was having a really bad day. Poor mom was really bummed about it since this was my only day I was doing cherry blossom minis, but we made the most of it and for some of the photos you can’t even tell he was having a crying breakdown - poor buds!

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Cherry Blossoms: Miyoshi Family

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I absolutely LOVE my job, if that is what you want to call it :) I seriously meet so many wonderful people and have the honor of recording moments in photographs that will last a lifetime. It’s such a small world. This family is part of the same squadron I was in when I lived in Japan so it was nice to reminisce together. They were full of so much laughter and love. We made sure to get some photos with just mom and and just dad as well as some individual photos of each kid. Helloooooo…look at how adorable these two boys are!

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Cherry Blossoms: Haines Family

My first cherry blossom session was so perfect. It was cloudy and a bit chilly, but this family came prepared with jackets to wear in between each photo location. This walkway along the river is my ultimate favorite location for cherry blossoms and it has become quite a popular spot in the past two years. People were busy setting up for hanami so we had blue tarps in the beginning of our photos. I feel like it really added the the whole Japan and cherry blossom experience. Their daughter was the sweetest and we got some cute photos of her smelling enjoying the beauty of the blossoms. I couldn’t have asked for a better family to start of these cherry blossom minis!

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Family: Freedenberg at Smathers

I love this photo story! Caroline (far left in the first photo) planned a surprise photo session for her mother-in-law (Vicki). Is that not the cutest story every? The best part about this story is they convinced their mom that they all had to wear semi-matching outfits because they were going to the beach for try outs to get on an episode of the game show Family Feud. Hearing that brought back so many great memories as I would watch game shows with my grandpa all the time as a kid growing up. The game show lie totally worked, Vicki had no idea they were actually going to the beach for a photo session. When they broke the news as to why they were actually at the beach, she started crying happy tears and it was the best moment ever - I should have taken photos - hahah, but I was also just so excited to see how happy she was and tell her our plan of taking photos for the next 45 minutes! This family has three men all close in age like me and my sisters and Vicki is super pumped about having another lady in the family now. My dad was the same way when my sister and I got married and two men became a part of our family. I just love how families grow with time. Everyone has such a beautiful story and I am so grateful I get to be a part of so many photo moments. <3

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Family: Key West Island Vibes

This family has been coming to Key West to vacation for many years and wanted some updated photos during their holiday trip this year. They didn’t want to do beach photos, and threw out the idea of taking photos around Duval St. As much as I love my Smathers Beach location, I was totally up for the challenge of something different! I spent the week before scouting some spots I thought would look great and together we walked around our small island taking photos at different locations. We started at the Thirsty Mermaid and took photos across the street at this teal wall and then with the buoys hanging down from the entrance of the store (so Key West!). We continued to the famous mile zero sign, my favorite Banyan tree (the tree of life!), some beautiful bougainvilleas in full bloom, Truman houses, the docks by downtown and then finished our session on Duval St. with famous Sloppy Joes in the background. I love that this family was all about walking around and they were super patient with moving from location to location to get a variety of photos. I am so excited they now have tons of photos that represent Key West and hope they love the photos as much as I do!!!

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Family: Ramunni at Truman

I photographed this cute baby for Halloween minis where he was dressed up as the most adorable Nemo! So I was super excited to see all three of them again for their holiday photos. It really is such an honor to meet so many wonderful people and be a part of their story while living here in Key West. I was super nervous about moving to another town and starting all over (it’s not easy as you can imagine!) however I have had many repeat clients this year and it honestly means the world to me! We had such a fun time catching up and exploring Truman beach. I am looking forward to hopefully taking more photos of these threeeeee soon! <3

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Family: Schilling at Truman

Ohh holiday minis are just way too much fun!! I had such a wonderful evening chasing the sun at Truman beach with this family. They recently moved to Key West so it was such an honor to be their photographer for their holiday cards this year. I can’t get over how cute these two blonde girls are. They were all smiles for the camera and their pink dresses worked magically against the palm trees and sunset sky. I am looking forward to getting to know this family more in the last year Travis and I are here.

A Key West Christmas!

My friend, Marta, had such a great idea for her holiday card this year. She wanted to take photos in downtown Key West with all the Christmas decorations. It was seriously, such a cute idea! She didn’t want anything formal so all three of them showed up in PJ’s. We even included her youngest daughter’s favorite stuffed bunny! Talk about a fun, goofy and laid back session. We got to the wharf area before sunrise and took time exploring all the decorated areas including: palm trees, sail boats, lobster traps, various Christmas trees and light up flamingos. A very Key West Christmas session it was.

I loved this idea so much I may just use it as an option for Holiday Minis next year! :) Stay tuned!

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Family: Halsall at Truman

Look at these matching outfits? Were they not on point, or were they not on point? Hahah, I laughed super hard when this mom texted me and told me before the session and said “Please don’t judge us on our outfits, they are super matching, but this is our fun photo session and the more serious one is later this year.” My reply was “Girl, you be you! No judgement here!” Which is so true! I want every single person I photograph to just be themselves and feel comfortable with any idea they come up with. So much of photography is all about collaboration. She found these awesome outfits online, so I am a bit tempted to search for something a bit more festive and fun for our holiday card next year!.

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Family: Roberts at Trumbo

I am sure you have heard me say this before, but nothing makes me happier than clients/friends that re-hire me for another photo session. It is just beyond flattering to know they loved their photos the first time and want even more! I had the honor of photographing these two girls with their cousin over the summer so I was ecstatic to know their mom wanted holiday family photos of all four of them! I can’t get over how adorable they all looked in this blue color theme. They were dressed perfectly for the cold, windy, day Key West gave us. Trumbo park is one of my favorite locations for the green grass and simple, clean backgrounds of bushes and blue skies. Also, the rocks by the water give a different Key West feel. I had so much fun spending time with this family again! :)

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Family: Cochran at Truman

These three. I just can’t! They were recommended to me by another friend I photographed and I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet them. We took their holiday photos at Trumbo so we got a nice mix of the green bush, which I just love for a Christmas feel, and then wandered the beach for a bit to get some Key West feeling photos. Their sweet child was such a free spirit and wanted to explore on her own so I made sure to get some of just her on the beach. Check out that AHMAZZZINNGG sunset we got as well! I feel like these cotton candy kind of sunsets are so rare and man, oh man they are breathtaking!

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Family: Lowes at Smathers Beach

They didn't know this, but I TOTALLY DID A HAPPY DANCE when my neighbors asked me to take their family photos <3 Travis and I have been super lucky to have amazing neighbors while living here in Key West. I had a blast hanging out with this fun bunch and getting to capture some updated photos for their home. 

Their session was at my favorite location in Key West - Smathers Beach. In this photo you never would have known we had to adventure around the beach to dodge the four different weddings happening at the same time!

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Family: Pappas at Trumbo

Holiday Minis are so much fun…. BUT what is even more fun, is photographing repeat clients (can I call them friends?). I feel like once I take a photo of you, you’re automatically a friend, as client seems way too professional. I am definitely a professional photographer, but I want to be a friend more than anything as I want to be someone you feel comfortable with and am willing to let go and be yourself with so I can capture those raw, intimate moments! When a previous friend comes back to me for another round of photos it’s a wonderful way of letting me know they are super happy with my work. I strive to make you happy, so this action makes me one of the happiest people in the world. I had the honor of photographing Shaydee when she was pregnant with this cute little babes.

So fun to get together with them again and get some family photos for their holiday cards! I love that they went with a grassy, green park look instead of the beach in order to change it up a bit. I only do holiday minis in SEP/OCT/NOV and as a thank you, give previous clients all the photos instead of just ten! <3

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Family: Cordani at Smathers Beach

Look at how adorable these two girls are? They had such fun attitudes this whole session (the little one even wanted some photos with her cute stuffed animal - kitty!) They even had the idea of getting in the water for one of our last photos. They have a photo tradition of including their favorite children book in their yearly family photos so we made sure to include a photo with that as well. This beautiful family won my free photo session giveaway this year! I love giving back to the community and every year give away a free photo session to a military family via FB. I couldn’t get this family to stop smiling - it was so nice to meet them and spend my evening taking photos on Smathers Beach.

Family: Groves in Key West

It is the beginning of holiday photos! Most people wait to book their family photo sessions for holiday cards in November, but I love that this family was on it and booked right away! They just moved here from the west coast and are adjusting to the new Key West life style. Stephanie did such an awesome job of picking out outfits for everyone - such a great island vibe feel and they matched just perfectly. We started off the session with some beautiful green simple backgrounds and then adventured on to the palm tree look of Key West. We even got lucky with a bit of color in the sunset sky. I can’t wait to see which photo they pick for their card! <3

Family: Louwsma

My favorite thing about photo sessions is that I get to meet so many new people and hear their personal stories! I love that I always take photos at Smathers Beach, but every session is so different. The light is different, sometimes we get a beautiful sunset and sometimes it's just cloudy and sometimes we are even competing with weddings! This time around we had three weddings going on in the background. Each session is different and fun in it's own way because I feel like the people mix with the location to make it their own. This was definitely one of those sessions. Kirston and her family were in town for the weekend and wanted some updated photos. She loves palm trees so I really focused on having those in every photo. We also made sure to get a lot of photos of just "mom and dad". I feel like these photos are so often forgotten when kids come into the picture and they are still just as important. Their love was so beautiful! I feel so honored they hired me for this session while they were visiting Key West! How did I get so lucky?!? 

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Family: Cacciola

I had the pleasure of photographing Roy and Andrea for their maternity session and once their baby was born we had a newborn session as well. It's always great to get to know the people I photograph and be a part of capturing their life moments. Baby A's grandma, grandpa and uncle were in town and they wanted some updated photos for their home. So we went to my all time favorite location, Smathers beach and took all sorts of family photos including: the whole family, mom and dad, grandma and grandpa and a mix of different poses. We even took some with sunglasses since it seems quite appropriate for Key West's sunny weather. We ended the session with a beautiful sunset! It can sometimes be a challenge to get a three month to look at the camera, but baby A was very well behaved and gave us some glances and smiles every once and a while. I had such a wonderful time getting to know this whole family and they made me laugh a lot during this session! Interested in booking a family session of your own?? Feel free to message me with any questions 310.488.8654 

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