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…

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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!

 

Orlando Family Photographer | Lifestyle Family Session

Having family photos taken can feel pretty stressful but I always try my very best to keep my families as relaxed as possible. The less worries and expectations that you have about how the session will go, the more enjoyable it will be. Easier said than done, I know! But really, let me do all of the hard work and just go with the flow! Families that don’t take things too seriously are the very best to photograph ;) Have fun with your spouse, let the kids enjoy themselves and let me take care of the rest!

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing some amazing friends of mine. We started their session over by some beautiful oaks in the park.

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Nothing is better than some real smiles…

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We headed over to a field on the other side of the park as the sun began to set.

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Just loving these individual portraits of their three kiddos :)

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I have such beautiful friends…inside and out!

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Letting the kiddos have some fun…

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And some more laughs and hugs - my favorite way to finish up a session!

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I hope you enjoyed this peek into a fabulous session. If you’re looking for a family photographer with a relaxed and casual approach, get in touch! The weather in Florida this time of year is awesome for outdoor sessions :)

 

Winter Park Family Photographer | Mead Botanical Garden

This Sweet Mama was looking to capture some family photos and portraits of her son before his first big haircut.

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Check out this little boy and his curls. Swoon. 

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Like lots of kids, this little boy was not into the idea of a photo session. In fact, before we got started he made sure to let me know that he hates having his picture taken...

Game on!

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I love these sweet and playful family portraits. Lifestyle Family Sessions are a great way to have your family photographed in a way that shows off everyone's personality. 

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When Mom filled out her client questionnaire she used the words, "playful, foul mouthed, loud and obnoxious" to describe her family. I almost died laughing! Clearly, they were going to be my kind of people!

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This family let me do my thing and kept their cool even when this kiddo didn't want to participate. We played games, ran around and let him do his thing.

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This little boy had one of the biggest imaginations EVER! So awesome!

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Not too shabby for a kid that pretty much refused to have his photo taken ;)

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And the grown ups -  well, they were beautiful inside and out and I had a wonderful time photographing them. I truly believe that the best photos are made when people are themselves and have trust in the process.

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I shoot from my heart and when families go with the flow that's when the magic happens. It allows me to capture authentic portraits that are relaxed, honest and beautiful. 

If you're interested in a Family Session at home or on location, get in touch, I'd love to help you create beautiful memories for your family. 

 

NAP Kids | Orlando Child Photographer

These portrait sessions just for kids are so fun! 

I hung out with this future heartbreaker for about an hour in Downtown Orlando. 

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How sweet is this kiddo?!?! 

I really enjoy hanging out with these little ones and capturing their adorable faces and unique personalities! 

If you're thinking about having portraits of your little one taken or need headshots don't be shy and say hello! I'd love to chat with you about an NAP Kids Session :) 

 

Around Our Clocks - 12pm | Orlando Family Photographer

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Complete the circle to see how other photographers spent their 12:00pm. Up next is Madison, WI Birth and Family Photographer Catherine Hilcove.

Follow us on IG: #aroundourclocks2018

 

2 Kids and a Tub | 5 on 5

We moved into our house in 2015 and just finished renovating our crazy 80's master bathroom. The last few months have been a pain in the ass and even though the bathroom isn't quite finished yet it's finally 100% functional - which means our kids can finally take a bath.

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Having a big bath tub is awesome. I originally wanted it for selfish reasons BUT I can't tell you how much joy this tub brings the kids. 

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And I love how the big ass tub makes my little guy look kinda tiny. 

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The kids have so much fun playing...

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Getting out = bummer... 

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I'm not gonna lie, this bathroom renovation sucked. We did a lot of the work ourselves, it took a long time (ahem, years) and there's still a bunch left to do (we still don't have a place to hang our towels...or the toilet paper). Still, I can't believe that after almost 3 years we're finally at a point where we're using our bathroom! It's actually kinda weird...but in a really good way. I love having this new space and I don't mind sharing it with the kids at all. In fact, I love that they're loving it too! Bath time has never been so much fun :)

Up next in the circle this month is Lancaster County Photographer Erin Berry. Don't forget to head over and see what she has to share!

 

Central Florida Family Photographer | Downtown Orlando Family Session

My Lifestyle Sessions are perfect if you're looking to have casual, beautiful and fun photos taken of your family. I want everyone to have a stress free experience and enjoy having their photo taken in a way that truly represents their family. 

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I met this family over at Walt Disney's Amphitheater Bandshell in Downtown, Orlando. I gotta say, I love photographing family's at home or in sentimental places. This was a new and really fun location!

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It's no wonder this couple has 3 beautiful girls. Mom and Dad were both hot stuff. How adorable are they?!?!

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Their little munchkin gave us a bit of a run for our money but Mom and Dad played it totally cool. I loved her spunky toddler personality and I kinda think she stole the show with her cuteness!

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I always feel so lucky when I meet such awesome families. Mom told me they were thrilled with every photo and I can't tell you how happy that made my Mama heart :)

My Lifestyle Sessions are available year round. If you're ready to update your family photo with some real smiles and lots of laughs get in touch! I'd love to hear from you :)

 

Pillow Play | 5 on 5

This month I joined the ladies of the 5 on 5 Documentary Blog Circle to share a set of photos from a regular day at home. Normally I discourage the kind of crazy that leads to couch cushions on the floor followed by leaps and jumps but every once in awhile I'll grab my camera instead of being the "fun police" ;) 

These shots were taken and culled with my son in mind. He’s at this in-between stage in his life where he’s big enough to play rough but still very much a baby. I wanted to capture that along with the joy he experiences while playing with his favorite pal, his big sister. 

I ran for my camera the moment I saw him tearing the couch cushions apart…

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Then I waited for a moment where I could get in close enough to feel like I was a part of the action too.

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Being sure to capture him among the pillows. 

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Rough landings and all!

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When I realized that I was able to truly capture my children without posing or directing them it changed the entire way I approached photography. 

Nothing extraordinary is happening in this set but it doesn't mean these moments aren't worth documenting. I've captured my son's authentic joy as he bonds with his big sister.

When I look back at the photos I've taken over the last two years I don't just see cheesing faces. I'm reminded of the toys that were loved, the games that were played, the clothes that were worn and the way life felt during that particular time. In the background I can see the slow transformation of our home as we continue to tackle projects big and small. For me, it's all about being able to look back and remember things just as they were. I'm so glad to have these photos for my kids and they already enjoy looking through the photos that I’ve taken of them. 

Sharing next in this month's blog circle is Melissa Kayser, a St. Charles, MO documentary family photographer Head over and show her some love! 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Documentary Family Session | Orlando Family Photographer

This family totally embraced the documentary style session. They did their thing and I photographed them. It was a documentary photographer's dream :) 

I photograph my documentary families the same exact way I photograph my own. My approach includes crouching, crawling, climbing and a lot of other awkward and strange positions that usually puts the people I'm photographing at ease. 

Anyway, I love that these sessions are as honest as they are unique. I get to capture families living. For real. I'm capturing a story. Their story. I'm freezing a moment in time for these families and to me, that's really, really special.

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I'm a big believer in photographing the everyday things. I know that one day artwork will stop covering their walls...

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...and epic water balloon fights won't break out in the middle of the afternoon. 

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Think about your day. What was different 6 months ago? What will change 6 months from now? Our lives and routines are always changing. 

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It's why we should always remember to embrace the place where we live, the people we love and the things that we do  <3

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Ready to give a documentary style session a try? Click here! I'd love to crouch/crawl/climb around and photograph your family ;)

 

Lifestyle Family Session | Orlando, FL

There's two reasons I love shooting documentary style sessions. The first is because I'm free to capture what I see and feel and the second is because I really enjoy capturing a family in the place they call home. Eventually the people I'm shooting either forget that I'm there, or are comfortable enough to start being themselves. That's when the magic happens and the results are ordinary moments that have been captured beautifully and in a way that will take my clients back in time when they look at their photos. It's about preserving more than just how things looked but how life felt. 

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Before I started shooting with a documentary approach I photographed my clients on location. At the time I enjoyed it because I didn't know there was any other way to shoot. I was doing what other photographer's were doing by posing my clients and doing what I assumed they expected. It turned out that my favorite images from those sessions were always the in-between moments when everyone forgot they were being photographed or just stopped caring. It was in those short moments that I was able to capture something honest and real.

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When I began documenting my life at home and photographing my client's without direction there was a lot more honest and real being captured. Those images, those were the ones that really made me feel something. Feeling something and connecting with my clients - that's what inspires me as an artist. For me, it has nothing to do with what happens when a family poses and smiles for the camera and everything to do with what happens when a family is living in the moment. That's what I want to capture. 

As much as I'm shooting for my clients I'd be lying if I said I wasn't also shooting for myself. I shoot from my heart and not from a list of Pinterest poses.

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I'm the photographer that wants to be in the moment with you and your family. The one who will make a fool of herself just to make you feel more at ease. The one who will make friends with your kids and let them be 100% themselves. The one who will capture more than what your family looked like but how you made each other feel... 

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Lisa, thank you for allowing me to do my thing while you and your family enjoyed hanging out together. There's nothing better than photographing families full of love, like yours.

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Interested in a Lifestyle Family Session like the one above? I'd love to chat with you about these fun sessions that will capture your family honestly and beautifully. Click here to get in touch. 

 

In Home Family Session | Central Florida Documentary Photographer

Sessions in and around a client's home are my absolute favorite. Why? Because there's no place like home. Because my favorite childhood photos are the ones that were taken at home. Because to me, real life is way more interesting and beautiful than anything you'll ever find on Pinterest.

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I spent a Saturday morning with this family a few weeks before their second baby's due date. I can still remember how special those last few days were with my daughter, those very last days when we were still just a family of 3.

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Very soon this family's Saturday mornings will change but when they look back at these they'll be able remember what a Saturday morning was before they were 4. 

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Want to have your family's story told in pictures? Let's do it! Send me a message here.