There comes a time, just after summer, when the days are rapidly getting shorter and the temperature hasn’t quite cooled yet, that being a kid turns magical. It is in this time, when school is in full swing and the weekends never seem long enough, that childhood happens. Children don’t know that childhood is happening, they are just playing tag, splashing in the pool, and hoping that Friday gets here soon. But the parents, we know childhood is molding our children into what they will become. We know that the skinned knees and the skinned hearts and the playgrounds that these happen in, are life’s first training grounds. We know that the power of friendship is forged in these early days and that any amount of grieving that you may face in this often hard life can be made a bit easier with someone you love by your side. I see my kids making these memories and it brings me right back to the days when the most important thing was to not miss out on the vital games that my friends might be playing without me.
My kids, along with my nephew Ben, decided the recipe for the day would be only a hose, some soap, a bucket, and some apples. It took some time to finally get the apples, but once the trick was figured out, it was game on. I love watching my kids turn an ordinary day into something way more than ordinary. I want to tell them that what they are doing is not just playing, it’s not just some silly game, it’s so much bigger than that, its childhood. But I can’t tell them that, all I can do is watch and laugh and hopefully capture some of this childhood on camera. Because every childhood is magical, no matter what experiences have made it that way. Here’s to childhood, may it be all that it’s ever supposed to be.
I was honored when my friends asked me to photograph their new bundle of sweetness. Nora is just a week old and is so stinkin cute. I had the pleasure of going to their house to photograph Nora, Sarah and Adam and these are some of my favorites from the day. Enjoy!
XOXO~ AmalieThis is such a sweet picture, I love the way she is in awe of her baby sis.My favorite of the day, love, love, love this!
This is my muse. My sweet,compassionate, talented and beautiful daughter Bella. Bella has been wanting to have her 9 year old photo shoot and tonight we did just that. We went out into a field with the warm sun setting and had lots of fun…. here is the goodness that came from our adventure♥
Being a mother and watching you sweet little girl grow up is so bitter sweet. She is turning into a woman before my eyes. How I would love to freeze time and keep her like this forever, I cannot wait to see the woman she becomes.
This has to be one of my favorite engagement sessions ever. Amanda and I met on a rainy afternoon at Starbucks, we talked about where she wanted to do her and her fiancé Kevin’s engagement session and she mentioned to me that they were thinking about an orange grove session, I almost died! This has been a dream of mine, 1. because my last name is Orrange and 2. I love orange groves, they remind me of when I was younger . I lived on property that had an orange grove that I would play hide and seek with my cousins, truly a magical time of my life. We started the session at Amanda’s friend and Maid of honor’s family grove, it is 2000 acres of land with orange groves and a cute little storefront that sells honey and citrus fruit. We walked through the grove and all of the orange blossoms were in bloom it smelled divine, good enough to eat. The light was a magical shade of honey and gold a photographers dream, and it really was a great time. I absolutely love when my clients give me creative freedom, an artists dream! Amanda and Kevin thanks so much for making one of my dreams come true, I cannot wait until your wedding . XOXO ~ Amalie
Amanda’s shoes were so stink’in cute! I love the glow around Amanda, she looks gorgeous .I think this is one of my favorite shots of the day. This is true Florida with the old mossy oaks. And we ended our day with a beautiful sunset….
As a kid, who did you have that was a constant stay pole in your life? Who shared with you the laughter, the tears of a tragedy, and the hopes and dreams of a child? For me, it was my cousins and that is why when the idea of shooting my kids and their cousins as a present to the grandparents presented itself, I jumped right at it. These times are important, kids grow and childhood is the most fleeting time in person’s life. These kids love each other and when the images were viewed on Christmas Eve, bringing tears to the eyes of everyone in the room, I felt I had really captured that love. I love these images and I hope you do as well. Enjoy!