Disney Family Photographer | Lifestyle Family Session

This family was visiting Orlando and planned their Lifestyle Session during their Walt Disney World vacation. Disney has beautiful grounds which makes it easy to plan a photo session there! We shot this session over at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort.

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While a lot of what I shoot is more candid in nature, I always include a portrait of each child when I shoot lifestyle family sessions. These kids were adorable inside and out! They were the sweetest little bunch!

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This Mama is a fellow photographer from Minnesota and our kids ending up having so much in common! I love meeting new people and by the end of a session I always feel like I’m photographing old friends.

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Click here if you’re traveling to Walt Disney World and have been thinking about updating your family’s photos. It’s a lot easier than you think to plan a session at the resort during your vacation!

 

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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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 :)

 

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. 

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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 ;)

 

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 :) 

 

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 :)

 

Newborn Twins | Orlando Florida Newborn Photographer

My heart skipped a beat when this Mama told me what she wants to remember when she looks back at this time in her life. She told me that it's, "the chaotic, fun times, the hard but rewarding moments, all of our efforts that show the huge love we have for our kids, our little apartment that we can call home, humble but full of memories, the beginning of this journey with kids." 

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Her words spoke to my heart on so many levels. Documentary Style Sessions are all about letting go of expectations and capturing reality. It's about embracing and loving the life that you live - even when the words you use to describe it are hard, chaotic and humble. There's beauty to be found all around us. It's found in the spaces that we live and in the moments between us and our children. 

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These sessions are meant to be a peek into our lives. They'll serve as a reminder of the things we did, what we were like and how our lives felt. It's not only a gift for us but for the generations to follow. 

These parents made having a toddler and newborn twins looks easy. Okay, maybe easy isn't exactly the right word...but their teamwork persevered and their loving personalities and patience shined through the entire session. 

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At times, things did get a little chaotic: imagine a hungry baby x2 but shooting with a documentary approach helped keep the vibe relaxed for everyone. Mom was busy nursing like a champ for a lot of our time together and Dad stepped in to help with bottles and diaper changes. Big Sister stayed close to her new siblings and loved on them along with Mom and Dad. 

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It was an absolute pleasure hanging out with this family. Once again I photographed a family brave enough to embrace the Documentary Style and it allowed me to capture their "right now", their "ordinary" and their "love".

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The family ended up moving out of this apartment a few months after their session and I know they are so glad that they had this special time documented. Like Mom had said, it was the beginning of their journey with kids.

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For me, the very best part, aside from the photos, is that we ended this session as friends :)

Ready to document this special time when your baby is still new and small? Send me a message, I'd love to chat!

 

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.