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Picture of the Day: The Goat Farm Family Portrait

 

I don’t know how to begin this post because I am so excited, I just want to get right to the pictures.  But I’ll give you a bit of background.  For years I’ve searched and searched for cool industrial locations for photography.  Throughout my 15 years in Atlanta, I’ve created fine art black & white photographs of industrial places around the Southeast.  I love the varying textures and age, and even created a whole series of pieces framed in distressed windows.  (You can see them for yourself at Wild Oats & Billy Goats Gallery in downtown Decatur.)  As Atlanta has grown and developed, these places have dwindled.  Places like Atlantic Station took the place of an amazing railroad yard that was covered in graffiti.  Great for businesses and taxes, but not so great for artists like me.  So when my client suggested we try The Goat Farm, I was cautiously excited.  Sometimes rumors can be better than the actual location, but on arrival I realized that the rumors hardly gave the place enough credit.

The Goat Farm is rugged, rusted, urban, rural, brick, overgrown, and most of all full of texture.  As a relatively new space for an art gallery, events and studio space, it still maintains a lot of its rustic-ness.  They are still in the process of renovating a lot of the buildings (which are off limits to the public) which leaves a lot of awesomeness all around.  Thanks to K, P, C and B for being so willing to try something new and make this such a fun day.

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Picture of the Day: Buckhead Family/Baby Portrait

 

The busy holiday season continues with adorable Brady and his parents at their Buckhead home.  After 9 1/2 years photographing children and their parents, it never gets old seeing the love parents have for their children, especially the first child.  It’s such an amazing bond and although I can’t put it into words as well as I’d like (that’s why I chose the career I did – pictures convey so much more than I can with words), it warms my heart to see that connection.  For the little bit of time I spent with them, I not only saw that connection, I could feel the love in the house.  It’s truly palpable between Brady and his parents.  ….hope you enjoy this sneak peek of your session!

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Picture of the Day: Roswell Kids Portrait

 

I love this time of year because I get to see so many families again for their annual portraits.  The holiday season is an amazing opportunity to not only get some updated pictures of your growing kids, but also to spend some quality time together amid our busy schedules.  Making time for those moments is priceless.

You may recognize Charlie from last year.  It was so great to see him again, see how much he’s grown and to witness his exuberant spirit again.  I swear the next time I’m having a bad day, I’m stopping by to get my Charlie-fill.  Just look at the happiness ooozing from this face!

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 Just hanging out in his room….  I think his Boston family will especially appreciate this one. 

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Picture of the Day: Twins First Birthday

 

It’s been a crazy holiday season so far.  So busy in fact that blogging has kind of taken a back seat to everything else.  But this post is something I couldn’t overlook.  I know Heather and Todd are tapping their fingers waiting for these pictures – and they’re here!  Thanks for your patience!

Heather and Todd’s adorable mini-me twins, Addison and Emerson celebrated their first birthday a couple weeks ago. Actually their birthday is on our wedding anniversary so I never forget their birthday.  It’s hard to believe they’re already one year old.  We’ve been close friends with Heather and Todd for years.  I photographed their newborn portraits, which you may remember.  Back then, the twins were tiny and adorable, and now, they’re still adorable but not so tiny anymore.  They’re both walking and clearly have their own personalities.  Addy is so outgoing that at times during the party, Todd just stood and stared at how unafraid she is to wander off from mom and dad.  Of course, she was surrounded by family and friends, all the people who love her, which may have had a calming effect.  Emerson is sweet and snuggly, and prefers to be held which is not a problem with a room full of people who were happy to swoop him up in a second.

The party was at Jump Start Gym in Sandy Springs.  The kids loved all the fun activities, and I must say that I think the parents had just as much fun.  I remember the parachute game being one of my favorites as a child so it was really fun to photograph.

The theme of the party was from Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat – Thing 1 and Thing 2.  So adorable and colorful.  How awesome is this centerpiece – made by grandma?!

Happy Birthday Addy and Emerson!  Can’t wait to show mom and dad the rest of the fun, colorful and memorable pictures.  Love, Aunty Sara

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Picture of the Day: Fall Family Portrait

 

Once again, I had a wonderful time with Ariella and her parents this past weekend.  She just turned one a few weeks ago and loved her smash-cake session.  Since I started photographing her in the summer, it’s been wonderful getting to know this fun family and watching Ariella grow.  She’s such a happy girl and that smile just makes me melt.

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Ariella showed me a Decatur park that I had no idea existed, McCoy Park.  The fall weather was perfect.  We got to play in the leaves, and swing – a lot.

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If you are interested in scheduling a portrait with us for the holidays, please contact the studio quickly.  We are almost completely booked for the season and the deadline for holiday portraits is November 11th.  See you soon!

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Picture of the Day: First Birthday

 

Ariella just celebrated her first birthday last week with a smash-cake session at her home.  I think she likes cake – what do you think?  Such a cutie.

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A birthday session (like this smash-cake session for 1st birthdays) is FREE every year on Ariella’s birthday because her family is a member of the Cub Club.  Such a wonderful way to remember each and every birthday.  Want to get a free birthday session for your little one?  Complete the application form on the Cub Club membership page.

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Picture of the Day: Decatur/Oakhurst Kids Portrait

 

Spending the morning with Connor and her brother Knox was so fun.  Connor is full of energy and was really excited to show me her favorite things.  And Knox loves watching Connor.  The expressions I saw in him when he was watching her were the best – the most happy and the most expressive of all the pictures I took of him all morning.

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We started the day in their shared room, capturing moments of each of them playing with their favorite toys and ready books.

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I love this sweet moment of Knox in his crib.

Then we headed to the Oakhurst Park where we ran into two of my other clients’ families!  It was so fun to see all of them.  I love how, in such a large city like Atlanta, small neighborhoods like Oakhurst are tight-knit.  The kids play together and the neighborhood feels small and intimate.

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Finally we ended the day with some experimenting.  On Pinterest, I saw some really creative and unusual portraits of a little girl playing IN chalk drawings.  (Thanks to Kari, one of our clients, for pinning these!)  They looked so fun and perfect for a 5 year old like Connor, so I suggested we give it a try.  What do you think?

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8 New Lines of Holiday Greeting Cards

 

I am so excited to announce 8, count ’em eight, new lines of holiday greeting cards to fit every style.  Holiday cards are great for sharing your family’s beautiful faces and they’re a really easy way to answer the question, “What will we do this year?”  And we promise that Grandma will love you for it.  (Our clients’ families have been known to frame these holiday cards – they’re so beautiful!)  They are sure to stand out among all the other holiday cards that are sent this year.

Contact us to schedule your fall session now (appointments are filling quickly) or use pictures from a session you did earlier this year.

Here are a few of my favorite designs.  Prices start at $85/package of 25 cards and envelopes.

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