~ Pintor Family ~ ATLANTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER ~

This was a dream session!  Beautiful people, lots of fun and family galore!!  I can’t think of a better excuse to have a family photo session than Lolo Bert coming into town!  Lolo is Grandfather in Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. One of the many reasons I love this family’s story is that Lolo Bert and his wife met in the Phillippines when she was in the Peace Corps!  They moved to the US where they raised their family until they retired and moved back to the Philippines.  Sadly, Lola passed away several years ago, but thankfully, Lola Bert still treks back to the US every so often for a giant family reunion!  Folks came from Utah, Ohio, and Marietta for loads of food, card games, and Mahjong.  Ah, yes, Mahjong!  Mahjong a game of skill, strategy, and calculation and one where Lolo Bert is a skilled player!

Thank you so much for having me out to photograph your amazing family!!

Willie Nelson~ I’ve Loved You All Over the World ~

~ Kerr Family ~ ATLANTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY ~

I’m pretty sure I told you about the Mom that contacted me this summer to come to take maternity photos and then about a week later when I ran into her at her office she told me in the elevator that she was actually pregnant with identical twin girls…WHAAAAAT!!

Well, the glorious day came when she let me know that those baby girls were here and ready for their debut!!  And let me tell you, they are perfect in every way!!  Everyone seems to be adjusting pretty well, but can you imagine going from a family of 3 to a family of FIVE?  Neither can their 2-year-old! HA!!  Fortunately, he had 2 of his favorite folks in town to help ease him into the idea!

Newborn sessions generally take longer than a regular family session – you’ve got to take feedings, burpings and some crying into consideration – and that’s just the dads…kidding, just kidding! Seriously though, it does take a good bit longer, especially when there are two babies!  Fortunately, they were two of the loveliest babies and I really love the images we made!  What usually happens is we spend 2-3 hours trying to get the baby to sleep soundly and then the next 20 minutes gloriously taking their pictures.

Welcome to our world little girls!

Here’s more from their session…

 

Also, kinda proud of my first gif…

 

 

~ Erickson Family ~ ATLANTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER ~

“Being part of a family means smiling for photos.” – Harry Morgan

The worst part of my job is culling images – it seems like it takes forever and I have to go through multiple times to whittle down to the ones I want to show.  This particular session was hard for me because my face hurt the entire time…from smiling so dang much!  These images made me smile!  I loved hanging out with this crew last Saturday and I hope their images reflect just that and that besides baby Cassidy…everyone felt the same.

These folks were so much fun to hang out with and equally as much fun to photograph.  Those two big kids have always been 2 of my favorite photography subjects!  Thanks, Ericksons for letting me spend this time with you!

~ Natalie Merchant ~ Wonder ~

 

~ Trevena Family ~ ATLANTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER ~

“Sister and friend. Two words that mean the same thing.”

Ahhh…the Trevenas!  Such a beautiful family!  I remember when they first moved to Atlanta, we met up for the Graffiti Mini Sessions I offered almost 8 years ago, and now look at them!  It’s been so fun to watch these girls grow up and fly off on their own.  It’s amazing to see the things they are doing now, and the people they are doing it with!  I love the one image of the family on the steps…with those men…waiting in the wings!! HA!!

Thank you so much for having me out to photograph your family!  xoxo  

~ Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris ~ This Is Us ~

Throwback to 2012!!

~ The Beall Family ~ ATLANTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER ~

A fairly bright boy is far more intelligent and far better company than the average adult.  ~ John B. S. Haldane

These boys…I’m here to tell you nothing makes me happier than working with this family & their 3 boys!  I’ve photographed them since most were just babies and every year it gets better & better!  This year I’m calling this session…The Ben Show!  That Ben was something else, pulling out all his modeling moves – I taught him the tug on your shirt sleeve one myself!  I think they might have a future model on their hands.

Every year, I am thankful to get a message from Sarah booking a session – this year is no different!  I appreciate being a teeny-tiny piece of y’all lives and look forward to watching your boys grow up! Thanks, y’all!

*I’m available to photograph when VOGUE comes a calling! 😉

~ Jewel ~ You Were Meant for Me ~

~ The Thrailkills ~ ATLANTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER ~

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu

Dream photoshoot!!  Seriously, this was a dream photoshoot!!  These are the kind of photo sessions I want to do time & time again!  It’s so important for us to document and hold tight the people in our lives who mean so much to us.  These images are a treasure just like these three folks are!

When Vicki called and asked me to photograph her parents, and specifically focus on their hands, I tried to act all cool, but I was like “Yes, Yes, Yes!!”  Vicki wanted to capture her Mom, a beautician who still cuts hair 3 times a week and her dad a farmer, who still works their farm and tends to the cattle.  I couldn’t have stepped into a warmer, friendlier situation if I’d been coming into my own parent’s home!  Dot & Richards’s love for each other and their family was evident all throughout their house.  One of the first things I noticed when I walked in was the smell of fresh bread baking!  Turns out, Dot makes a few loaves of gluten-free bread every week for Richard who can’t eat gluten (she cracked me up with her story of the Red Lobster biscuits that she can eat & he can’t…but it’s her story and I’ll let her tell it.)

There’s so much I could say about this session…the haircut, Dot’s daily bible study, Richards truck, how funny he was and how dedicated to Dot he clearly is!  I deliberately left in many shots where he was cracking us up with his silly faces and antics!

Even though I only stayed a little over an hour, I left feeling like I’d spent time with old family friends.  Bringing home that yummy loaf of bread was a real added bonus!
Thanks, y’all for letting be a small part of your wonderful life!

 

~ The Weepies ~ Simple Life &  ~ Bob Dylan ~ Forever Young

~ The Nickersons ~ ATLANTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER ~

“The greatest gift our parents gave us was each other.”- unknown

Photographing these three siblings was really a treat!  Individually, they were easy and willing to be the subject, but together, they relaxed, laughed and smiled at each other genuinely!  That’s what you want with brothers and sisters – people who can be themselves around each other.  It was like they instinctually knew that someone had their back.  Thanks, Nickerson’s for letting me hang out with y’all and make these images with you.

~ David Gray ~ World to Me ~

~ Elena -SuperGirl! ~ ATLANTA PHOTOGRAPHER

Coco Chanel famously said, “a woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life.”

Well, this next post isn’t like any other post I’ve ever written…but then again, when a friend is diagnosed with cancer we find ourselves doing things we never imagined.  Elena was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  Her doctors are pretty certain she’s going to beat this bugger, but not without a nasty round of chemotherapy which will more than likely cause her to lose her hair… Rather than give in and let chemo take her hair, she decided to be a badass and cut, or more appropriately shave her hair off, the day before starting chemo. I was honored and touched that she asked me to document this big event for her.  I reached out to the best barber in all the land…Misty, with Maxim Barbers, and asked if she would meet us and cut Elena’s hair.  What do you think she said?  Of course, she said yes, and to guarantee we wouldn’t have to wait, she met us on her lunch break.  Although we don’t always feel like there are good people out there…let me tell you there are and Misty heads that list!

I picked Elena up and she came out wearing a beautiful gold sparkly dress, with what she referred to as her “badass black boots”.  Wearing these pieces reinforced both her beauty and strength!  When we arrived at Maxim and Misty greeted Elena like a long lost friend and made what could have been an awkward situation feel as natural and comfortable as possible.  Snip, snip, shave, shave and 30 minutes later Elena walked out of Maxim out a strong and confident badass, ready to tackle what lies ahead of her and change her life!

Thank you, Misty, for being so kind and generous, you truly are one of a kind.

Thank you, Elena, for letting me be a small part of this journey of yours!  You’ve got this supergirl!!

 

~ Anna Naklab (feat. Alle Farben & Younotus) ~ Supergirl

~ The Stogners ~ ATLANTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER ~

It’s official!  When the children of my clients, kids I’ve photographed for over a decade, start having babies and graduating from high school you know I’m old!  Look at these faces!  I love them all, and that sweet little new one is pretty darn cute!!  Honestly, I look forward to seeing this family every year, they treat me like their favorite Auntie who comes to town once a year!  Thanks for having me again!!  xoxo

 

~ Let Them Be Little ~ Billy Dean

~ The Moores ~ ATLANTA FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY ~

This family will forever hold a special place in my heart!  I’ve loved watching these kids grow up and turn into little, real people.  It happens folks, these kids do grow up with their own thoughts, words, and actions!  This session was the first time that I could start to see A. as a grown-up.  The things he said to his mom – HILARIOUS!!  The bartering going on – epic!! As always I enjoyed every minute with them and seriously love the images we made together!

  

Gotta Have You ~ The Weepies