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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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Picture of the Day: Atlanta Family Portrait

 

Every two years I visit this family and am reminded how amazing it must be to have a large family and live in such a tight-knit neighborhood.  The kids play with their neighborhood friends at any time of day, playdates happen spontaneously.  The sense of family and community is so strong here, and I was reminded of the neighborhood where I grew up.  We’d come home from school, grab a snack and our bikes and head out for hours until dinner was ready.  My imagination soared during that time and the sense of independence I felt was priceless.

The kids truly love each other, care for each other and love playing together – well, most of the time (let’s be real!).  I was struck once again by how much they watch out for the baby of the family, Levi.  It’s so darn cute.

Emma with her favorite toy, a music box that plays records!

Avi hanging out on his Star Wars bed

Zion sandwich!

Sometimes the outtakes from family sessions are more expressive than the intended shot – love this one

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Picture of the Day: Decatur Family Photos

 

Kinsley had me to her grandparents’ house a few days ago, the same house where her daddy grew up.  (Love that history!)  I spotted this chair through the front door before I even stepped inside the house and knew I had to incorporate it somehow into the session.  The chair has been in the family for generations, and I just love the contrast of the detailed wood-carvings with Kinsley’s beautiful baby complexion.  I love using items found around the house in portrait sessions – they personalize the pictures and are a great reminder of the special things that surrounded us as we grew.

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Soon after I arrived, I met her unusual favorite stuffed animal.  I’m not one to judge but a flying squirrel is definitely unique, Kinsley!  Her love for it is undeniable and I can’t really comment as I had a raccoon stuffed animal as a kid.

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Then we stepped outside into the beautiful backyard.  Winding paths, stone steps and lush plants provided a wonderful backdrop to this adorable family portrait of Kinsley with mom and dad.  My favorite part of this picture is Kinsley’s adorable feet and toes.

Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of your session!  Can’t wait to show you the rest, Kinsley, mom and dad!

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Picture of the Day: First Day of School

 

This time of year in Atlanta always marks the end of summer and the beginning of school.  All the great time at the beach, meeting new friends at camp, playgroups, and visiting with family comes to an abrupt close.  Since I grew up in Baltimore, the fact that it is still in the 90’s and school has started again is so strange to me.  My memories of back-to-school start with waiting for the bus in my new fall shoes on a crisp morning. The cooler weather was my reminder that this was where I supposed to be because the beach wasn’t warm anymore.  But I really can’t complain all that much since our winters are so much nicer than they are up north.

Patrick’s first day of Kindergarten was Monday.  I have been photographing him since he was just 6 months old.  One of my happiest moments as a children’s photographer is the day I stepped into his house at his 2 year portrait, and his mom said to him.  “Do you have something to say to Sara?”  “Hi, Ms. Sara.”  I nearly melted right there.  This little boy had not only learned to speak real words since the last time I saw him, but to also learn my name and have the confidence to say it.  It’s a story I repeat again and again because it makes me realize how lucky I am to do what I do.  I get to witness a completely dependent baby grow into a little person who, in Patrick’s case, is now going to school for the very first time.

I hope you enjoy experiencing the morning of Patrick’s first day of school right along with him.

Oh, do I HAVE to get up?

Breakfast with his little sister, Clare.

Making the bed with mom.

Patrick told me that he knows how to tie his shoelaces but he’s going to let his mom do it for him anyway.  So cute.

So excited for his first day!

Walking down the driveway to the bus stop.

The bus was right on time and Patrick didn’t waste any time getting on.  In fact, he had to turn back a bit to give mom and dad hugs.
Who knew that this shy little baby would be so anxious for his first day?!

As the bus drove away, Clare realized what was happening and got upset.  So sweet!

Bye, Patrick!  Have a great day!  I don’t know how Roger and Sandra held it together.  I was teary-eyed.

The going-to-school session is included in Patrick’s “Off the School Annual Package” which includes annual portraits from ages 2 through 5, and a documentary session on the first day of Kindergarten or 1st grade.  If you’d like more information about the session or the package, contact us.  Availability of these sessions is limited.

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New Album Release: Memory Book

 

We are so excited to announce the release of our newest album – The Memory Book.  This beautifully classic album features fine art paper pages, hand-stitched binding, and your choice of cover material.  After many requests for a large album without all the details of the CoffeeTable Album (like graphic designed page layouts and text), we bring you this beautiful addition to our collection.

The pages are thick fine art paper that lay flat when open.

The inside cover leaves are available in a variety of papers.  This one is called “clouds.”

These albums feature one image per page just like the fine art photography books you love.

And you can choose the image border to give it that added touch of style:
whimsical (two above), watercolor (above) or classic key line in any color.

We’re happy to offer this line of albums as a mid-range option to our existing album lines.  Now there’s an album for every budget and style.  Books start at $1500.  Contact us for more information.

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Picture of the Day: Rollerblading Adventure Portrait

 

Let me just say….I love the varying interests and creativity of my clients.  This year has been filled with new and unique adventure portraits.  I love learning about my little clients interests and sculpting their portrait session around that.  (Adventure Sessions are for children 2 years and older)  Just last month, I photographed baseball-loving Reese at Turner Field (here are even more moments from that memorable day).  I photographed a family portrait on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard. We did a portrait session of Ronan who loves fire trucks at the Virginia-Highland Fire Station.  And just this last weekend I met Zach.  He loves rollerblading so what better way to capture life for this 7 year old than with a fun session at the park?

He is so photogenic!

How cool is this graffiti?  So bright and vibrant.  I especially love the octopus above their heads.

Thanks for a fun morning, Zach!  Hope you enjoyed your sneak peek!

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