Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Laugh Out Loud!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We got to share ours with our family, and enjoy a few days of time off.  But now we are back into the swing of things, and that includes the weekly photo challenges.  This week's theme is actually called "Bust a Gut", and all I could think of when I first read it was popping buttons off of clothing after all of that turkey and pie!  I suppose I associate everything with food.  The actual theme however, is just a burst of laughter from the gut - and I have the perfect picture! 

This is Jimmy.  He is a sweet boy with special needs and is very camera shy.  I'm not sure if he has ever had professional pictures done, but I know his family was really worried if he would be able to cooperate for me.  I even had some concerns because I hate scaring kids with my giant black camera and large flashes.  But I kind of let Jimmy do his thing, and the end result was that we got fabulous pictures!  His aunt and I worked really hard to make him laugh by talking about everything from Spongebob to boogers in our nose, and by the end of the session, he was a pro.  This picture was one of the first ones of him that I snapped, and I knew it was going to be a breeze after this. 

I am so glad that I get to share in capturing emotions like these.  This is what my job is all about!  Thanks for letting me get to know you Jimmy. 

For more fabulous pictures this week, head on over to I Heart Faces by clicking on the button below:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fall is in the Air

I swear that I take pictures of other people and other people's children.  Honest.  I really do.  But Kenzie is such a beautiful child and so willing to be in front of the camera, I just can't help myself.  Normally, when I get these great big ideas in my head and want to do themed or styled sessions, I have only a few willing participants.  Many people are traditionalists, and want traditional portraiture.  I am slowly convincing clients to come over to my way of thinking, and the more that I do, the better my sessions get. 

I just adore getting to be creative and think of all the ways to capture the essence of a person.  This session is a perfect example!  Kenzie and I played all sorts of games - Simon says ("Simon says touch your hat", "Simon says blow the flowers at me"), peek-a-boo with leaves, and "let's see who can throw the leaves the highest in the air".  We had so much fun doing it that she (almost) forgot she was in front of the camera.  The end result is this beautiful collection of fall images that I will cherish forever.  I hope to create more images like these and to convince others to let me do the same. 

So happy photographing, happy playing, and have a happy fall!  


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Autumn Splendor

Living in Florida (especially southwest Florida) means fall, leaves, changing, and autumn are really things we read about.  Yes, it was 90 degrees again today, and we are halfway through November!!  I have to admit it is better than it was over the summer, but we are SOOO ready for cooler weather.  I am also SUPER jealous of all the awesome pics my photographer friends have been posting from around the globe - you know the kind: The ones where the leaves are all amazingly yellow, red, and orange.  It just doesn't doesn't seem real to me.  So when we decided to head out to do a fall themed shoot, I tried to look for some real leaves.  LOL.  I know, crazy right.  The oak trees are all still green.  But we did find a couple of trees down the street from out house that had dropped all their ginormous leaves, and I was blessed with this picture of my Kenzie Kay playing peek-a-boo with me.  Ahhh....fall in FL. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Hello everyone!  I hope that you are fabulous this week.  We are working hard and having fun taking loads of pictures this week.  We are also getting ready for our first Christmas mini-sessions on Nov. 19th.  I only have a few spots left, so if you want to jump in on the action, email us - timelessmemoriesarcadia@yahoo.com or call us ASAP! 

One of the questions I am constantly asked is, "What should I wear?"  Or "What should should my family wear?"  "Should we match?"  While that is ultimately your decision, I am more than happy to guide you along.  The latest trends in photography is to coordinate but not match completely.  This allows each person to express their personality, but it still looks great in pictures.  The best thing to do is to pick 2 or 3 colors and stick with a mix of them.  Here are some style boards to guide you along:

Thanks to the other photographers for sharing!

A BIG REMINDER:  If you want to order Organic Bloom frames, we are including the print for FREE with any frame order this month.  If these are meant to be Christmas presents, then you must order by Nov. 21st!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Black Photo Challenge

This week's photo challenge snuck up on me super fast and caught me off guard.  I am usually way more prepared with a ton of ideas for a shoot.  So here is one I snapped at a fabulous and fun western wedding that I did over the weekend.  Nancy and Scott are a lot of fun to work with and they let me do whatever I want picture-wise, so I got to test out a new little video light I just got.  I made this beautiful image with it, and I am thrilled. 

I should have more peeks from their wedding up on the blog soon!  Keep an eye out!

Go check out more fabulous entries at http://www.iheartfaces.com/

Friday, November 4, 2011

It's November!!

It's my birthday month and I couldn't be more excited or busier!  It's the busiest time of year with the holidays coming up.  I am super excited about all of the awesome shoots we have planned this month - especially the weddings that we have the privilege of photographing.  We've put a lot of work into them, and it will be amazing to see it all come together on THE day.   

Since it is my birthday this month, we will be giving out a free metallic print with any Organic Bloom frame order.  Just pick out the size frame, and we will add the print for FREE!!  This is a huge discount and a super deal, so be sure to tell your friends about it and grab it in time for the holidays. 

Just giving a heads up - it looks like we will have our first Christmas mini-sessions on Nov. 19th.  Disks will be included with 5 images from a 15-30 minute shoot. Contact us now for available session times.

Also, we are booking quickly into 2012!!  There are very limited dates left this year, so if you want a full session, jump on it asap. 

Thank you to all of our wonderful customers for making this year spectacular.  I feel so blessed to have each of you in our lives. 


On that note - I have to share this session of a gorgeous little girl.  She was a bit camera shy at first, but wow!  These images are nothing shy of amazing.