Aruba 2018 | Personal

10 years ago, my husband and I spent our honeymoon in Aruba. I still can’t believe that 10 years has passed us by so quickly! We thought it would be fun to go back and visit the island (this time with our kids) as we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary back in December.

Our first trip was an escape to the beach during New York’s cold winter. Going back 10 years later (as Floridians) was a bit different. We’ve definitely been spoiled by the sunshine state and it almost felt silly to have traveled so far away when we have our own paradise so close to home.

I had high hopes of documenting our entire vacation from start to finish but quickly realized that was not only unrealistic but also impossible. Sometimes I’m sad about the photos that I didn’t get to make when we are visiting new places and doing new things BUT I’ve learned that it’s always more enjoyable for everyone when I’m present in the moment too!

I relaxed, I had fun, and I only took a few pictures...but I’m okay with that :)

A few from #onehappyisland:

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Girl in Black Believe In Mermaids Bathing Suit Orlando Documentary Photographer.jpg
Boy Having Sunscreen Applied to His Face Orlando Family Photographer.jpg
Dad Carrying Pink Pool Float Orlando Documentary Photographer.jpg
Dad Carrying Pink Float on Aruba's Beach Family Vacation.jpg
Girl in Pink Float in the Ocean Orlando Family Photographer.jpg
Boy in Puddle Jumper Aruba's  Beach Family Vacation.jpg
Girl in Ocean on Pink Float Aruba Family Vacation.jpg
Happy Hour Cocktails Aruba Family Vacation.jpg
Mom and Kids in Aruba Ocean Family Vacation.jpg
Portrait of Girl in Aruba Submarine Documentary Family Photographer.jpg
Family Silhouettes in Aruba Submarine.jpg
Boy Playing with Barbie Doll in Sand Orlando Documentary Family Photographer.jpg
American Boy in the Sand Hilton Aruba.jpg
Spilled Cocktail on Beach Chair Hilton Aruba.jpg
Boy Playing in Sand at Sunset Aruba Hilton.jpg
Orlando Family Shadow Portrait in Aruba Sand.jpg
Girl Digging in the Sand Aruba Hilton.jpg
Girl in Pink Hat in Pool Chair Aruba Hilton.jpg
Father and Son Aruba Ocean Orland Family Photographer.jpg
Father and His Children in Aruba Ocean at Sunset Orlando Documentary Photographer.jpg
Pink Pool Float in the Sand at Aruba Hilton.jpg
 

Documentary Family Photographer | Orlando, FL

Right before the New Year I photographed the most amazing family at their home in Orlando. I have been dying to share their Documentary Family Session ever since! It’s always an honor being invited into someone’s home to photograph their family and there is something really special about capturing a family’s day. There is so much that I want to say about how sweet / loving / caring / fun / this family is but I think these photos will do a much better job than my words…

Front Door Of Orlando Home.jpg
Orlando Toddler and Cat In Home Family Session.jpg
Mom and Daughter in Kitchen Orlando Documentary Photographer.jpg
Child Standing on Kitchen Counter During Orlando Family Session.jpg
Moms Hands on Baby Bump Orlando Lifestyle Maternity Photographer.jpg
Toddler Cooks Breakfast With Dad During Orlando Family Session.jpg
Family Eats Breakast During Documentary Family Session in Orlando.jpg
Orlando Family Holiday Decor.jpg
Orlando Family Eats Breakfast With Toddler Family Photojournalism.jpg
White Cat on Wood Floor.jpg
Dad and Daughter Being Silly at Kitchen Table During Orlando Family Session.jpg
Mom and Daughter in Kitchen Orlando Family Session.jpg
Toddler Holidng Santa Craft.jpg
Dad Helping Toddler in Retro Bathroom Orlando Documentary Photographer.jpg
Dressing Toddler in Living Room Family Session Orlando.jpg
Family on Couch During Orlando Lifestyle Session.jpg
Girl and her Christmas Tree Orlando Family Session.jpg
Christmas Tree Orlando.jpg
Hallway in Orlando Family's Home.jpg
Mom and Daughter Playing in Bedroom During Orlando Family Session.jpg
Toddler Bedroom Orlando Family Session.jpg
Toddler in Teepee Tent Orlando Documentary Photographer.jpg
Portrait of Mom Laughing in Daughter's Bedroom.jpg
Parents Reading to Toddler Orlando Family Documentary Photographer.jpg
Toddler Reading Book with Parents.jpg
Girl on Potty Orlando Documentary Photgrapher.jpg
Mom and Daughter Orlando Lifestyle Photographer.jpg
Baby Girl Climbs Front Steps.jpg
Dad Carries Daughter in Garage During Family Session Orlando.jpg
Parents Cuddling on Bed During Family Session Orlando.jpg
Pregnant Mom with Belly Bump in Bed Orlando Maternity Photographer.jpg
Mom and Baby's Feet In Glider While Sleeping.jpg
Toddler Asleep in Dockatot Next to Bed Orlando Documentary Photographer.jpg
Toddler Naps During Family Session Orlando Photographer.jpg

When Mom saw their family’s gallery she wrote: “Nicole, I am in tears!!! (The good kind) these pictures are BEAUTIFUL!! Oh my goodness, I can’t put into words how precious these pics are of our little family and home in this season! You captured our girl and our family so magically, so accurately! I cannot quit staring at them! These will absolutely be treasured, and I feel like you have managed to freeze time for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a beautiful gift you have!” 

Since having a family of my own, I realized that a family’s truth is more meaningful for me to capture than anything that I could style or orchestrate. I love when families trust in the process to just be themselves because it allows me to capture ordinary moments. If you’re anything like me, it’s the ordinary that holds so much significance. Like this Mom said, it’s like freezing time.

If you’re interested in a session like this for your own family click here to get in touch!

 

September 2018 | Personal

Family Photojournalism and Family Documentary Photography speak to my heart but it's really hard for me to put into words exactly why. I guess it's the rawness. It's the honesty. It's the nostalgia. It's the acceptance. Accepting life for what it is and making a tangible memory out of it.

I love that I'm growing a collection of images for my children of their childhood. After all, they're the reason I pick up my camera in the first place.

It's been awhile since I committed to a few hours of personal storytelling. I picked up my camera today and documented my morning. I've been dealing with some anxiety lately. Add in a bunch of cardiology appointments and tests that are leaving me feeling more and more anxious. It's a vicious cycle. Picking up my camera on a rainy morning was just the medicine that I needed. 

Backyard on a Rainy Day Orlando Family Photgrapher.jpg
Toddler on Toilet Orlando Family Photographer.jpg
Dog Food and Banana on Kitchen Counter Orlando Documentary Photographer.jpg
French Bulldog Puppy Orlando Documentary Photographer
Toddler Brushing Teeth Central Florida Documentary Family Photographer
Mother and Son Bathroom Selfie Orlando Family Photographer.jpg
Boy Playing with French Bulldog Puppy Orlando Family Photographer.jpg
Toddler Boy Sitting on Bench in Bathroom Orlando Lifestyle Photographer
Mother and Son Hugging Orlando Lifestyle Photographer
Toddler Boy On Step Stool Playing with Tools in Living Room Orlando Family Photographer.jpg
Kitchen Sign in Kitchen Central Florida Documentary Photographer
Kids Artwork on Fridge Family Session Orlando.jpg
Boy Reaching to Wash Hands Orlando Family Session

I know that a lot of you are interested in this type of photography for your own family but have fears and reservations. I get that. I sometimes feel vulnerable taking or sharing certain photos too! I hope that as you get to more about me, you will feel a little more comfortable and maybe even brave enough to try out a Documentary Style Session for yourself. In the meantime, you can check back to see what else I'm brave enough to share over here on the blog ;)