In all the years I’ve been here I had yet to do a session among the cherry blossoms at Red Wing Park. We had so much fun making little “R” squeal with the raining blossoms. And I adore her blonde curls.
This was a special homecoming for me. Tiffani is a dear friend of mine. And while I’m terribly behind on blogging, I’ve been thinking about her more and more these days. This homecoming was right before Christmas. (Yes, I’m that behind. But as quick as he was home, he was gone again.
We are about to embark on another sea duty. More deployments and less precious time together. Except my boys are older now. Old enough to feel the absence of their favorite person. Old enough to miss the bedtime stories and the conversations over dinner. Old enough to start asking questions. To feel sadness and anger. I pray that I can find the patience and strength like Tiffani has. To teach them to love harder when he is home. To miss him like crazy but to fill our time with adventure and laughter. To help others when they need it and to be thankful for the life we have and the time we have together. Most importantly, to remember the moment your heart flutters and you finally get to see him after so many months away making the deployment almost worth the time lost.
With the weather turning cold I thought I would bring back the beach weather and share a few sessions I had yet to blog over the summer. Looking back at this family session reminds me of their zest for life. An infectious energy that the bring with them. A session where you return home and can’t stop smiling.
An apple orchard made the perfect location for these newborn twin girls. Their daddy sadly is deployed and won’t meet them for a few more months. This concept was developed with the ladies over at the Hampton Roads Creative blog. The 8 of us had the challenge to interpret the word “Apple” into a concept shoot. I adore outdoor newborn photography and wanted to bring in the natural elements of the orchard for this shoot. You can read more about this concept and the other 7 girls over at the HRC blog! It’s pretty amazing to me how 8 photographers can come up with something completely different using the same idea.
Our crazy Hampton Roads weather had better plans for this newborn session when the skies became black and started raining buckets shortly after we started, making it impossible to shoot natural light indoors. We ended up rescheduling and venturing outdoors for part 2 of this session and I’m so glad we did. I adore outdoor newborn sessions. Check out the nursery though. Dad handmade the tree bookshelf which I am absolutely in love with!
They were here for just a short stay. I had such a wonderful time with them on them on the beach though. It was one of our crazy weather days where every forecast is calling for rain and then it clears at the last minute. We had the most amazing overcast light for their session.
These were a Father’s Day gift for a deployed daddy. What a special gift for him. And this momma will be very happy to have him back home soon. <3
This momma and her family is absolutely gorgeous. Big brother was the friendliest and happiest toddler I think I’ve ever worked with. Don’t be fooled by baby brother’s chubby cheeks though. This little preemie decided to surprise us and make an early entrance.
This was one of those comical sessions…momma with twins, swarming jellyfish and a surf board that wouldn’t float for us. I miss them already. Navy wives get used to goodbyes all too often.