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{Forever Memories} Richmond Hill Newborn Photographer

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My cell phone buzzed. I read the text and smiled. This is why I do what I do.

“Holy cow!!! Words can not even measure the joy that these forever memories mean to me. I am so appreciative of everything you have given to us. And I can’t wait to hang the fabulously amazing pictures on my wall.”

As a mother to (now) four children, Megan has a quiet calmness about her. Her soft smile and bright eyes are reflected in her equally beautiful daughters, who were so well behaved during their younger sister’s session. Megan’s husband, Art, has a similar patient personality and the whole lot of them are genuinely kind and instantly likeable.

Perhaps initally drawn by our identical name, Megan and I hit it off immediately. I seem to gravitate to warm, authentic people with a great sense of humor and the five members of this family have it in spades. I am not sure how I end up with such truly fabulous clients like Megan and Art time after time. Clients that become friends, but I do … people whom I count as blessings in my life.

No exception here.

The family arrived to the studio one early morning in April, towing one of the most beautiful babies I’d ever seen. One quick glance at her mother and big sisters and you knew this sweet girl hadn’t fallen far from the tree. Baby C. also ended up being one of the easiest babies I’d ever photographed; such a patient, tranquil soul.

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Baby C. with her stunning big sisters.

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This bonnet was one of mom’s favorite additions.

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I never tire of baby profiles.

Sigh.

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Luscious in purple.

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Is there anything quite as wonderful as a baby smile?

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Art and Megan, thank you for bringing your sweet family to see me. It was such a pleasure to capture these moments for you and I count myself fortunate for having met you.

See you again soon.

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HeatherJuly 27, 2014 - 10:54 pm

So sweet. I love the purples! The smiley one at the end is priceless! Fabulous job!

MichelleJuly 29, 2014 - 4:07 pm

These are so beautiful!!! You are so talented!

{It Started with Preschool} | Richmond Hill Family Photographer

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Ever had a friend whom you know where you first initially met them, but can’t quite remember exactly how the friendship blossomed and grew? My friend Andrea is one of those people … but I can definitely say it all started with preschool.

It’s always a little nerve-racking to drop your baby off for their first school experience. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first kiddo or the fifth, there’s going to be some trepidation and nerves. Will my child cry? Hide in the corner? Blend right in? Hit someone? Have an accident? Make a new friend? I quit my teaching job to stay home with my babies and being with me is all they had known until they went to school (minus a few babysitters, of course). Letting go, although a natural evolution in a child’s life, never becomes easier on parents – especially mothers.

I suppose that is why preschool moms are so instantly drawn to each other. We all have an immediate connection. We share in nervous laughter, peeking over each other’s shoulders trying to catch a casual glance at our little one (without being spied). We are intwined by similar butterflies-in-the-stomach feelings, bold, proud resolve and a moment or two of sadness at yet another milestone come and gone.

I distinctly recall meeting Andrea at our sons’ preschool, as her boy was in C.’s class. What I don’t remember, however, is who did the initial introduction, or who placed forth the first invitation to a play date or ice cream run to Mr. Bill’s (if you’re local, you know exactly whom I’m talking about! :)) Truly, in the end, it doesn’t matter. Andrea is just one of those special people. We do have much in common, but I’d like her just the same if we didn’t. Kind, thoughtful and easy to be around, I know her family will be close to ours even after Uncle Sam pulls our paths apart.

Admittedly, I am more nervous to do a photo shoot for friends than I am complete strangers. I don’t want to disappoint a client, but definitely never want to disappoint a friend. The pressure is on!

We met up in early February for their session. No, you don’t need coats in coastal Georgia in February.

Go figure.

Such a gorgeous family.

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I cherish unscripted moments such as this for families.

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Love the leading lines on this bridge in J.F. Gregory. So much texture, too.

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And sweet Mr. C. One of my C.’s best friends.

Love this kid. Can you see why?

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Andrea, thanks for being such a kick ass friend. Chris, you’re pretty cool, too! Truly blessed to call you our friends. Hope that never changes. Thank you for trusting me with your memories. Love ya.

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My 365 Project : May Top 5 | Richmond Hill Child Photographer

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Yikes! It’s already July and I am just now getting around to posting my favorite May 365 images. I never imagined that my summer would be busier than when my kiddos are in school!

I have to admit I am super proud of myself for making it this far. Yes, I have missed a few days here and there, but for the most part I am picking up my camera daily and trying to capture something meaningful, fun or artistic. Even though the pressure to “perform” gets to me at times I am relishing in the challenge.

Without further ado, here are May’s Top 5 images in no particular order.

1. Bookworm

My youngest loves to read. He will often randomly bring me books to read him throughout the day and in the past few months has taken it upon himself to read alone. It’s such a sweet sight to capture him engrossed in a book, so much so that he often doesn’t even realize I’m there taking his picture. I imagine I will have many more images like this of him … quiet, innocent and rested.

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2. Lazy summer

I adore this image of M. The warm, peachy tones, soft haze and room washed with sunlight remind me so much of summer. I opted to leave M.’s obvious farmer’s tan alone. My fair haired kids have their first “real” tan this year and I don’t ever want to forget the soft dividing lines on their gentle skin, reminiscent of my own summers in a backyard pool.

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3. Hoping for a snack

Our two dogs are ancient and they have had much practice in the art of begging. Although for our black lab, Zoe, it is definitely more of a sneak attack then a patient wait. If you aren’t looking she will go in for the kill. Many a cracker has been unwillingly yanked from the chubby hands of my kiddos, who grow so easily distracted by events unfolding around them. Unfortunately for the dogs, M. & C. are becoming older and wiser, as depicted by this image. I love the gorgeous light in this image, my two old dogs eyeing C. hopefully and the fact that C. is hanging out in only his underwear (again). 😉

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4. Lashes

This one was an easy pick. Since the day he was born, M. has had the most amazing lashes. Why on Earth God would want to “waste” those lashes on a boy is beyond me, but I can’t help but envy my son’s. One of our favorite things to do is to give each other “butterfly kisses” … his lashes make that task as easy as pie.

Sigh. He’s just beautiful.

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5. Mid-game consult

Ok, so I kind of fibbed. I said the images are in no particular order, but that isn’t quite true. This is my favorite for the month.

M. played T-Ball this year and if your child has ever played, then you know what complete chaos it is. Kids are constantly shuffling around, huge mobs of players race to be the first to grab the ball and there is always a large influx of parent “helpers” on the field. To add to all the mayhem, C. would constantly run onto the field to chat with M., give him a hug or offer a word of brotherly advice. My boys are only 2 years and 3 months apart and they are so, so close. I hope it stays that way.

I knew I had a gem as soon as I clicked the shutter.

Don’t you love it when that happens?

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Well, there you have it! Another month gone, it’s hard to believe. Thanks so much for following me along on this journey. I appreciate all the love and support.

See you soon.

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LaDonJuly 9, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Precious moments. The mid-game chat is my fav.

violettaJuly 9, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Love those images, so soulful…

Judi DugganJuly 9, 2014 - 6:32 pm

Love <3 Love <3 Love <3 such a beautiful idea! Well done, Megan!

MichelleJuly 9, 2014 - 9:11 pm

I love your project images! What an amazing way to capture your family throughout the year!

HeatherJuly 10, 2014 - 12:07 am

Just precious! I’m so excited to start a 365 project in January because of you. PS…come decorate my house! Your home is always spotless in these pictures!

Deb DJuly 10, 2014 - 4:43 am

Wonderful pictures…what a great way to document life!

{It’s All About the Cake} Richmond Hill Baby Photographer

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I first met adorable Baby W. in the fall, when his family came to see me for a family session. You can see their entire blog post here.

I truly adore the entire Lanz bunch, but Baby W. is a standout, basically just a really neat kid. He is always outgoing, smiley, happy and full of giggles. So of course I jumped at the chance to work with them again when mom called me to schedule Baby W.’s first birthday session.

Pre-session consultations are an important part of my process in order to create the type of session you are imagining. Mom wanted to incorporate red and blue without the scenes becoming too blatantly patriotic or western. We settled on two simple backdrops with minimal props to fulfill her wish, and I team up with the fabulous Cassy Beatty from Ella Loves Cale to develop the perfect banner for the cake smash portion of the session.

Baby W. came raring to go, like always. Definitely not shy around me, which I love.

I always try to capture the detail shots, those little things that will be hard to picture once they’re grown.

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Told ya, he’s a smiler! 😉

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Ahh! I just love those eyes, those cheeks, that perky half-smile, that little round belly …

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Baby W. was a good team player, but I think he knew it was really about the cake.

And he didn’t waste any time.

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This kid LOVES cake. I couldn’t click the shutter fast enough, and mom, dad and I were laughing hysterically at his silly antics.

And really, cake isn’t good unless you have it in your hair.

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Probably one of my favorite images from his session. So adorable. Seriously.

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Yup, we hear you Baby W. and we all agree. Cake is awesome.

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Steven & Moira, thanks again for trusting me to capture your lovely family. I always enjoy our time together and feel like we’re old friends. I can’t wait to meet your new addition this fall!

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HeatherJune 27, 2014 - 11:51 pm

What a cutie! You capture them perfectly. My favorite is the smiley cake one…perfect. He loves it!

{Blinded by Love} Richmond Hill Family Photographer

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Stacie Turner, a photographer, once said, “You have to milk a lot of cows to get a little cheese.”

Admittedly, it’s one of my favorite photography related quotes and one I recite quite often. You may find it remarkable that Stacie is actually not referring to farming but to the art of photography. In layman’s terms it means that not every single session is going to be amazing. It may be technically proficient and very good, but not over-the-moon fabulous. A hard pill to swallow? Sure. But it’s also markedly accurate.

So what makes that “perfect” session? There are a lot of factors. Weather, lighting, client’s wardrobe choice(s), client’s personality and of course, the photographer.

Morgan and Nikki’s session was just one of those truly fantastic sessions, a “cheese” session, where everything came together to make something truly magical.

I first met Morgan almost a year ago, weeks after our family moved to Richmond Hill. With a strategically placed marketing piece, I found myself calling him. Owner of the Savannah based company, Savannah Blinds, Shutters and Shades, his services were definitely at the top of my list. I was growing increasingly weary of towels, blankets and tablecloths being stapled across my windows.

Tall, lanky and surprisingly young to be a business owner (but very adept), I found myself instantly liking Morgan. With a slow southern drawl he showed me the many options for window coverings. I am usually quite decisive, but I was struggling to make decisions. I appreciated his kindness and patience as I muddled through the stacks of choices.

Morgan is quite the conversationalist (like me) and through the twists and turns of talking, my profession inevitably became a topic. He mentioned wanting a photography session with his then girlfriend, Nikki. As a photographer who specializes in newborns and babies, I was especially excited at the chance to work with “older kids.” 😉

We scheduled their couples session in mid-March, around their anniversary. The moment I saw the two of them, I knew they were wonderfully “blinded” by love. After almost 15 years of marriage to my sweet husband, it warmed my heart to see Morgan and Nikki together and glimpse at their future. Young, eager and unburdened, it was refreshing to watch them hold hands, finish each other’s sentences and snuggle close. The beauty of young love.

After being kindly chased off our first location (just a grumpy caretaker, I promise no laws were broken, lol), we briefly stopped at our second.

It was just a gorgeous night.

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Truthfully, I ended up being wholly thankful for that grumpy caretaker. If we had lingered, we would have missed the most exquisite light at our last spot.

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A bit of a last minute addition, I suggested a romantic picnic theme, which Morgan and Nikki eagerly agreed to. It fit this pair so perfectly.

I love giving clients “something” to do … it creates for more natural expression and engagement. We were literally laughing and joking through the entire session.

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We finished their sweet, leisurely session overlooking the water.

Stunning.

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I am pleased to share that Morgan and Nikki are now engaged and will be married soon!

Morgan & Nikki, thank you so much for trusting me to capture this moment in your young lives. I had such a fun time with you and enjoyed witnessing a few hours of your unbridled, tender love for each other. I wish you both all the joy and happiness.

Can’t wait to get the invite in the mail. 😉

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P.S. In case anyone is wondering … I love the plantation shutters I ordered through Morgan. I receive compliments on them all the time. 🙂

Morgan and NikkiMay 28, 2014 - 2:11 am

Wow!!!!! That was BEAUTIFUL it made me cry! You did such an awesome job and we tell everyone about your work! Your fun spunky personality made the whole experience priceless! You will defiantly get an invite to the wedding it will be May 9. 2015! When the time come you will be taking the newborn pictures for sure and any others 🙂