Beautiful Blues at the Beach

Hello, beautiful blues.

This was the second half of a fun afternoon with a gorgeous family. Sometimes sessions like this make me wonder if this should really be called work. I mean, going to the beach and chasing kids with a camera? And it didn't hurt that the weather was PERFECT.

Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
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Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography


mommy and me mini session giveaway - treasure coast family photographer

Happy Tax Day! To celebrate I am giving away a FREE session! And just in time for Mother's Day (May 10 - don't forget, folks).

To enter into the drawing all you have to do is LIKE ebb & flow photography on Facebook! Let your friends know because once I get to 100 likes I will have my toddler draw a name at random to pick the winner. As an added bonus, if you LIKE and/or SHARE the giveaway post you'll get an extra entry.

Specifics:

*the chosen winner must either be within one hour of Fort Pierce, FL -or- in the Portland, OR area during the first half of July.
**a different type of mini session may be substituted upon consult
***the prize package must be used before August, 2015

golden birthday - port saint lucie - treasure coast child photographer

A golden birthday only happens once in your lifetime. It is the only birthday when your age and your birth date are the same. Say your birthday is the 25th? Then your golden birthday would be when you turn 25.  Pretty neat. I wish I had known about this long ago when I had mine.

Fortunately for Madison, she knew that turning 6 on the 6th was her golden birthday. I was lucky enough to be invited to capture the magic of this once-in-a-lifetime event. To make it even more special, we brought an armory of gold glitter and set our session at the golden hour. I may still be cleaning up gold glitter, but these pictures were totally worth it.

Happy GOLDEN birthday Maddie!

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quintessential florida - treasure coast family photography - palm tree alley

One thing I absolutely love about the Treasure Coast is that there is no lack of locations for photo shoots. We have the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean which shares its cerulean, aquamarine, and sea glass green waters with the fabulous Indian River Lagoon. Talk about amazing beaches and beautiful coastal habitats. Then of course we have savannahs, coastal dunes, forests, rivers, islands, orange groves, botanical gardens... the list of outdoor photography venues goes on and on. And it is Florida so there are always palm trees to be found.

Location scouting can be a fun part of being a photographer. It helps to have my dedicated models around to take some test shots.

Location scouting can be a fun part of being a photographer. It helps to have my dedicated models around to take some test shots.

The other day I stumbled upon two rows of palm trees that were planted at an entrance to a beach. These palm trees are begging to have portraits taken among them. Imagine your family portrait or your beautiful and round pregnant belly framed by quintessential Florida?  Or what what about a romantic snuggle captured in time with the sun setting behind you?

Babywearing among the palm trees.

Babywearing among the palm trees.

Let me preserve your memories of LIFE, LIVING, and LOVE in this timeless and beautiful location. Contact me for scheduling a session by clicking here.

fifty two weeks of portraits

I am a huge fan of Instagram. Next to Pinterest, it is my favorite social media to gather inspiration from. I lay in bed at night with the lights out browsing hashtags and oohing and ahhing over so much gorgeous imagery. Photographs can be so captivating, so moving, and sometimes life-changing. That is why those forms of social media are so popular, and that is why I am drawn to photography. I am drawn to capturing everything I see around me like a visual diary, always seeking the light and magic that makes one image stand out from all the rest.

Having a child makes each captured image so much more special. You look back through albums and are suddenly surrounded by memories you forgot you had. You smile to feel it all over again. You laugh at the silly things you did back then before you really got the hang of parenting (as if we ever really do). You cry because he was so tiny then and now he is so grown up.

Last year I decided to do a weekly series of photographs of my son in the same chair with the same stuffed animals. It was amazing to see how, in the beginning, he had to be propped up and finally, in the end, he was practically jumping out of the chair and throwing the stuffed animals about. I loved taking the pictures and watching him grow in reference to those objects, but for his second year I was looking to do something new.

Back to the Instagram thing, I have been inspired by the series @fieldsofsage was working on. She was (and still is) taking a portrait a week of each of her children for a year. She is an amazing photographer and mother of two from Tasmania. Take a look through her images and blog and you will be inspired, too.

This kind of project would work so much better for my now active toddler (ack! I still can't believe he's made the transition from baby to toddler!) who is more interested in exploring the world than sitting down for a posed portrait. Yet it should still reflect the weekly gradient of his growing body and personality. Photographing life as it is is one reason why I find lifestyle photography so fascinating. LIFE does not freeze for the photographer. Instead the good photographer records moments, capturing the essence of life and preserving it in a visual medium.

So here's to another year of watching m'boy grow. Here's to capturing his essence. Here's to preserving memories of the everyday that make life so rich and wonderful.

52 WEEKS // WEEK 1:

Early morning ukelele sessions always turn out the same way: I can't finish my song because he wants to play.

Early morning ukelele sessions always turn out the same way: I can't finish my song because he wants to play.

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(cross posted from my personal blog at https://thekelpknot.wordpress.com/ )