A Princess Tea

the storybook collection

Once upon a time…

One of the most beloved and well known lines to ever open a story, isn’t it? It has been said that fairytales do not exist to tell children that dragons exist but rather that dragons can be killed. Princess Bea and I did not come across any dragons during her photoshoot but we had plenty of magic!

No wand but she did find a beautiful flower that she thought would work just as well.

With a wave of that wand a lovely little table appeared with tea.

She found it to be quite delightful!

With another twirl of her magic flower wand a comfy chair with a storybook to enjoy appeared.

A happier princess I don’t think you could find with tea and doughnuts and stories to pass the time.

A morning spent reading of kings and queens, of treasure and adventure is magical indeed!

Guernsey Throwback

throwback Thursday

I love looking back and gathering pictures for a post like this! I first did G-man’s pictures when his mama was teaching at my kids’ school. He was such a cutie with those big blue eyes!

I don’t think he was even a year old at that time but a few years later I got to do family photos out at Ft Pickens. Honestly, it has been so long ago I almost forgot I had done them but as I looked through them again I was reminded of how absolutely adorable they turned out! These are some of my favorites from that day.

Fast forward a few years more and we did family pictures again that included his new baby sister! My heart still melts when I see his precious smile and that cowboy hat.

I think Jojo was my first watermelon one year old session and she could not have been any cuter!

We also did a family picture when we did her first birthday photos and it has always been one of my favorite images! Definitely one for the portfolio with the beautiful light and sweet smiles.

I cannot wait until next week when I will be sharing their most recent family session!

Grand Greats

families

I always think doing pictures are a good idea whether it be to document a special occasion, as a surprise gift, or just because. When it is a gift it can be difficult because I have to wait to share them. It is even harder when it’s my niece’s babies and they are just so cute! But Father’s Day has passed so now I can finally post a few of my favorites.

Somebody please tell me how these kids grow up so fast?

Their mama is the firstborn of my sisters’ children and I can still remember holding her for the first time. It’s a little surreal to be photographing her kiddos. I had to look up exactly what term is used to describe their relationship to me and it seems that both grand or great are equally correct…as in my grand niece or great nephew.

That first grandnephew of mine was more interested in being a crocodile than taking a picture with his sister and brother and this outtake just made me laugh. Especially because of Miss Jae’s expression.

He didn’t mind getting into the spirit of things for his own pictures though.

And oh my goodness, she did just fine in front of the camera all on her own.

And the littlest mister was not about to be outdone in the cuteness contest.

While Mr. E was not too thrilled at the idea of a sibling shot his brother and sister didn’t seem to mind. I love how these two are so sweet together.

After we did pictures we went over by the brand new splash pad that opened at the park and E had a bit of fun in the water. I loved this picture of him that finished out our time together. Such a classic summer picture, don’t you think?

Cousins

families, The Week of Edgar

These pictures proudly brought to you by The Week of Edgar. As I was culling through the images from this session last week I realized I have been photographing this family literally for years. First, it was just a family session of four. And then it was the engagement and wedding of one son. And then the engagement and wedding of the younger son. Two gender reveals, including the one where I accidentally spilled the beans about the baby before the session (not my finest moment and I still cringe whenever it comes up) and two newborn sessions. Two of the little guys in today’s pictures were born during my hiatus so I was delighted when the opportunity came up to do first birthday pictures for one of them and in a few weeks we will do the youngest one’s pictures.

Since the cousins were all together at the birthday shoot we did some cousin pictures and man, these are four of the cutest kids!

I love that many times the sessions we’ve done have been in Gary and Cheryl’s backyard. It has such lovely textures and lively green color but really let’s the people be the focus of the image.

The next two images made me laugh. From the chubby little foot in the air to the expression on sweet girl’s face they were such good sports about doing their pictures.

I won’t mention which one so as to protect the dignity of the guilty party but one of them got bribed with fresh blueberries when he got a little too squirmy. It worked though and we got some sweet portraits.

But birthday boy did make it clear that enough was enough and he was ready to move on. I wonder if he realized he was going to get donuts? But those are pictures for another day so stay tuned for more! Tomorrow it’s all about a little grandparent love.