I’ve been photographing Anjolie for the last 4 years. Watching her grow from a gorgeous child to a gorgeous tween has been crazy. Honestly, looking at these pictures of her, I can’t even believe how fast she has grown. The first time they hired me as their photographer, I took one of my favorite images from our session and posted it to Flickr. I was amazed at how many people commented that she looked just like a mermaid! I continued to go back to that image and knew one day I would do a full on shoot with her, on the beach, in her full mermaid glory. That day finally came and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the end result. We went to the jetties in Destin, Florida and played on the rocks and in the water. It was so much fun. Anjolie, you rocked this shoot! A special thanks goes out to Anjolie’s Mom and Dad for assisting me with my camera gear. You guys are the best!
Here are some gorgeous personal images I took in the beautiful Las Vegas desert. I attended WPPI last March and had an incredible time. I met up with my good friend Autumn and decided to take advantage of the new landscape. While Destin, Florida is absolutely gorgeous I love exploring new areas. Also, my friend Autumn is one of my favorite models ever and who could resist the opportunity to take pictures of this beauty?! The sunlight was gorgeous and so was the Red Rock setting. We explored together and just enjoyed our time playing around together. I love sessions where everything just falls into place. :)
Also! These images were edited with my Make Believe Actions soon to be released Dreamer Set! The color edit is called, ‘Luna’ and the Black and White edit is called, ‘In the Fog.’ Check out my Make Believe Actions Facebook page to keep up with the latest news!
Some of you may recognize my beautiful friend Renee from the beach maternity pictures I took of her while she was in town visiting me. If you don’t you can see them here. I had mentioned in that post that we had also been planning to do another maternity session in Vegas. If you don’t know Renee and Ryan got married in Vegas and tend to visit the area often as they love it. It really is their 3rd home (my house is their 2nd!). Ryan is an amazing magician so it seemed sort of perfect to get married in Vegas right? Well, we couldn’t think of a better place, than the same area they had their wedding pictures taken, to do this maternity session. We rented a car and headed out to Red Rock Canyon. It was overcast and cold on this day, but we didn’t let that stop us. Even though I am a sucker for the bright sunlight, I don’t mind an overcast day as the look can be soft and gorgeous. It’s nature’s softbox. :) We sort of just drove through the trails and when I saw a place I thought looked pretty, we would stop and shoot. Apparently, I am a magnet to good stories because one of the areas we stopped was full of drama. Let me explain.
We pulled over (this is the 2nd picture shown) and decided to spend some time in this area taking pretty pictures. As I was focusing on my subjects I started hearing a strange running noise. I lowered my camera and looked in the distance and low and behold I saw 4 coyotes running in our direction!! I feel like I need to explain my reaction to what I saw before I actually tell you what my reaction was. Right before my husband and I left for Vegas, he showed me this crazy YouTube video with wolves. You can watch that same video here and I suggest you do before you read any further. ;) WELL, I’m assuming you watched that video so I will continue. When I saw the coyotes, my first instinct was that this video was coming to life and that the coyotes were possibly WOLVES. Even though I only saw 4, I just knew that 50 of this pack’s closest buddies were about to join them. My second thought was RUN! So that’s what I did. I looked into the distance at the coyotes and as I ran away from my friends I screamed, “COYOTES!!!! RUUUUNNNN!!!!” I didn’t even look back. I just ran and the whole time I was thinking, “What kind of friend are you!!!? You just left them!!” Thankfully my friends ran just as fast, right behind me and we made it to our rental car safely. Also, the coyote/wolves never multiplied, and never made it close to where we had been. So many things about this session will never be forgotten. The sound of the coyotes running, the look on my husbands face as I ran towards the car and watched him look like he was confused, but also terrified as he patiently waited for the electric window to roll up… I’ll never forget how hard we laughed as soon as we had made it to safety (the car), and at how fun this session really was. Even without all of the drama, this session would still stand out in my mind as the time I got to document this time in my best friends life, in such a special place. I can’t wait to meet their little girl that they, playfully call “Houdini” until they are ready to tell everyone her secret name. :)
Gosh I love a newborn photography session. *SWOON* This is little Jonah. He is absolutely precious. His Mommy and Daddy were once wedding clients of mine. You may remember them from this blog post. I just love seeing their family grow. I went to Shannon and John’s house to take these newborn images. I got to see his adorable baby yawns, his tiny little cry, and watch his parents and big sister love on their newest family member. ( It made me excited and anxious to welcome my own new baby into this world. Soon, soon. haha!) I wanted these photographs to be very organic and real. Sure I could have photo shopped the flakes of dry skin off, but I just loved it. It’s a part of this stage of life, and it goes by so quickly, so why not? Now, if someone could please invent a way to capture baby smell in a bottle… that would be great. ;)
If you are interested in booking a newborn photography session here are a couple of tips. Don’t wait! The best time for newborn pictures is in the first two weeks of life, AND they aren’t newborns for long. You don’t want to forget this stage. :) Also, just do it! Sure it’s an expense, but it’s one you will never regret.