Playground

Playground

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When Summer comes around, what better way to spend it than at the playground with friends? 

These three had a BLAST while we hung out. They climbed, slid, and smiled their way through the afternoon.

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And what better way to end a trip to the park than a treat?

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With just a few short weeks left of summer, why not book a playground session today? Click Here

Phoebe turned one!

Phoebe turned one!

 I may or may not have wanted to pinch her cheeks at this moment.

I may or may not have wanted to pinch her cheeks at this moment.

It seems like just yesterday I was shooting Phoebe's older brother's birth. I can't believe how time flies! Not to be outdone, she decided she would make sure she showed up with the cutest smile possible for the camera. I think we even surprised her Momma with how comfortable she was! Before I arrived, she warned, "Phoebe typically takes a little while to warm up. So don't feel bad if she doesn't take off right away." But from the moment I walked in, she was READY. 

Little Phoebe had such a wonderful personality. She was intrigued by everything around her. Showing interest in all the little details. 


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"Our Road to Rowyn"

"Our Road to Rowyn"

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"Our Road to Rowyn" was the first time I chose to document something with my camera. I still don't know what made me decide to do it, but once we were headed to the hospital, I just instinctively grabbed it. During what was a very extended hospital stay, being able to 'escape' and just capture our surroundings was almost therapuetic. 

Once she arrived, I realized that even before she ever showed her beautiful little face, she had become my forever muse. And as she grows, I love capturing her personality along the way.

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Leida + Matt + Caleb

Leida + Matt + Caleb

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You guys have seen Caleb before. He was in my first playground session teaser shoot and is one of our girls best friends. What you probably don't know is that Caleb's family are neighbors, and they're super duper awesome. Leida, Caleb's mom, was quick to book a session once she heard that I was a photographer. Getting her and her Husband Matt out to the field with Caleb was such a great afternoon. 

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And of course before we left, I had to steal a couple quick shots of just mom and dad.

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Sunflower Minis

Sunflower Minis

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As you can imagine, there are about a bajillion things I could probably say in a blog post that features an adorable little lady, in a beautiful dress (by: Joyfolie), in the middle of a field of sunflowers. So after careful consideration, I have decided to not say much at all.


Enjoy!

PSST... Don't forget! Check out the information below on Sunflower Minis to get your family set up with a session at this beautiful out of the way location!


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SUNFLOWER MINIS - ALL THE INFO!

This is a SHORT NOTICE, SHORT AVAILABILITY situation. The fields bloom whenever mother nature chooses, the fields get muddy when it rains, and the fields only last about 2 weeks. So, we don't have much time.

How Long? 20 Minutes

What do I get? 10-15 high quality (up to poster size in print with no loss) digital images, each edited by hand for the best results. 3 Sunflowers for you to take home. Images hosted on a beautiful Pixieset website album that you can share with friends and family for 90 days. Parking Paid for at the location. Option to print your photos directly through your Pixieset album. And best of all, a Featured blog post right here!

Where's the location? It's Anderson's Sunflower farm in Cumming, GA. I tell you this because I want to make sure my clients understand it's an out of the way location for a unique to the area locale. Because of this, it requires a drive for many. If you have very young children, on strict schedules, please consider the available time slots and how they work with your schedule. I want to deliver beautiful photos of your family, but if time or location don't fit this time, maybe we can set something else up! (Or you can sign up for our email list and know the next time we do our limited mini sessions.)

What's my investment? It's a one time retainer fee of $175 due upon time of booking. This includes everything above, my costs of travel, editing time, web hosting, etc. But it is also the retainer fee which means that it is nonrefundable. Due to the limited availability of these sessions, we cannot offer a refund as it is difficult to recoup the lost income should you cancel. However, I will be glad to apply the investment to another session at ANY time in the future. 

When will you be holding the minis and how many sessions are available? The session times will be shared when you reach out. They will be evening, and they will be in the next week and a half. (Expected close of the fields are probably around the 25th/26th, so before then with time to reschedule if needed.) There will be 5 slots available on two separate nights for a total of 10 available sessions. If there is interest in morning sessions (yay summer break!) I may consider adding a couple morning slots on one day.

How do I sign up? Head over to the CONTACT PAGE and let me know you're interested. I'll respond with available time slots and we can set it up. 

What happens if it rains? Unless it's actively raining during the session times, we will plan to shoot. I encourage everyone to wear appropriate footwear. I will cancel sessions if I arrive (which I will be doing early, at LEAST an hour) and the grounds are absolutely not usable. If this is the case, I will push back the sessions a night or two to allow grounds to dry. If we cannot reschedule due to early closing/extended rain, all customers will be able to apply their investment to a future session of their choice.

Renny + Jonathan + Baby

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When Renny & Jonathan reached out about doing a session for their pregnancy announcement photos, I was ecstatic! What an exciting time in life for them and I knew the perfect spot to capture this special occasion.

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We started off with all the usual stuff, belly and sonogram pictures. 

Then I just let them love on each other and they took it from there.

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Don't Forget!

We just announced we're back and we're bringing our VIDEO cameras with us! Check out the Video page to sign up and be one of the first to know when this service is available for booking. 

Tiffany + Michael

Tiffany + Michael

When an old friend asks you to shoot their backyard wedding, you shoot their wedding! 

And I'm SO glad that I did. These two were laid back just like their families. The ceremony was officiated by a sister and beyond direct relatives, only long time family friends were in attendance... just the type of nuptials that make for a great night. 

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Thank YOU <3

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Thank YOU <3

A couple of nights ago I was randomly inspired to try my hand at video editing again. While this used to be a huge part of my life in high school and college, for over 10 years I haven't even tried to edit video. 



Today, after taking that inspiration and turning into a teaser trailer for new session packages I'll be offering, that teaser has been viewed by OVER ONE THOUSAND people.  Something I never thought I would ever do again has all of a sudden sparked a renewed love of video for me. Today, my second videography teaser trailer is dedicated to YOU GUYS. The ones who watched it, shared it, liked it, <3 it, and everything else to get it in front of nearly 1,050 people as of this moment. 

BE SURE TO HOP OVER TO OUR VIDEO PAGE AND SIGN UP TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO KNOW WHEN OUR VIDEO SESSION PACKAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR BOOKING!

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Baby Grace

Baby Grace

 Isn't she adorable?!

Isn't she adorable?!

I can't believe it's been almost a YEAR since this little lady decided to come along. Renee, Scott and Grace were one of my first in home sessions ever! And it was so much fun. 

My absolute favorite thing about doing what I do is the time I get to capture these moments that go by WAY too fast for a family. With my son turning one this week, I'm trying to remember all of these and never let those memories go. 

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And guess what?!? This weekend, I get the pleasure of seeing Grace and her family again. I can't wait to see how much she's grown over the year. Keep an eye on the blog to see when that session is up!

Oh and hey... if you're expecting, located in the area in and around Atlanta, and are thinking about an in home session, shoot me an email and let me know. I can't wait to shoot my next in home session, they're absolutely my favorite! I will take the time to answer any questions you may have and to see just how good of a fit we are. 

And trust me... if you're on the fence about it... you'll always want to remember all the little moments.

 Especially these!

Especially these!

Little Ladies + Flower Fields

Little Ladies + Flower Fields

LITTLE LADIES + FLOWER FIELDS

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When my wife drove by this field of flowers, she immediately had to call me. "You won't believe this field right down the street from the house. We HAVE to take the girls out there. It'll be MAGIC!"

And that's exactly what it was. 

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I wanted a flower child feel and I think my wife nailed it with their outfits.

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LIMITED MINI SESSIONS - 9/2 & 9/3

I will be doing just a few mini sessions this weekend to capitalize on this beautiful location before all the flowers are gone. I will be offering just 3 sessions on Saturday and 3 on Sunday morning, scheduled early to coincide with the rising sun and it's beautiful lighting. These mini session will be 25 minutes long, you will receive 8-15 high quality and hand edited digital images, hosted in an online album for you to download and share. 

Email inquiries to THISORIGINALLIFE (AT) GMAIL (DOT) COM  -OR- use our Contact page for an easy to complete form.

MILK + COOKIES

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MILK + COOKIES

MILK + COOKIES

Sometimes you come across a family that makes you reminded of how thankful you are to be welcomed into someones home to share those private moments with them, even if it is just for a short time. 

 

Thankfully, every single one of my clients to date has made me feel that way. I am so lucky to get invited to spend time with someone's family and capture those memories that mean the world to them. 

This family? Mom reached out and said in her introductory email that she wanted to document these times before they got away from her. She said, "These are some of the things that I love the most about my time spent with them, and of course I don't have images. I don't want this time to slip by away from me and wish that I had them. I want them to have images of them having fun with their mom and always be able to see that I loved them fiercely." "Loved them fiercely? She sure as heck does.

From Cookies.

To Books.

And alone time then Legos.

Finally a little Milk with those cookies they made.

Her and her three little ones loved on each other for hours and it was so much fun to watch.

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