YES! I am a family photographer too!! I love the change up to photograph families for the holidays! This family has been with me for several years! I met Joe and Kaley 20 years ago and when they had their first boy, I wanted to do his newborn shoot! Ya, that was 15 years ago!
If you are a follower of my blog, you will know that I have had a camera in my hand since I was a little girl. I progressed in my photography skills throughout the years, but let me tell you, his newborn photos…Bahahahahaha!! Kaley and I laugh at them today! Her and I literally were on the floor in her living room stacking towels on top of each other to try for the “Anne Geddes” look. I am dying laughing as I am writing this! We were trying to balance him on top of them while Kaley was right off camera shot to make sure he wouldn’t fall off! The towels were every shade of blue and I think I left it in color when I developed it! Also, I think you could see the hallway in the background! Of course, she loved those photos because they were of her baby boy. That was all that mattered.
There was a few years gap in family photos after that but we picked back up and every year I get to photograph this family at a fun unique location! When Kaley saw my sailboat shoot, she knew that’s where this years session would be. The day of the shoot was beautiful! The weather was perfect and there were just enough clouds for a subdued sun and gorgeous sky.
I loved the outfits Kaley picked out for the boys. I did help pick the dress (wink, wink) which was absolutely stunning on her!
To the guys at Go Sail Arizona, thank you! Not only did we have a beautiful shoot, we got to sail as well! Check out their website to learn more about sailing instruction or rentals.
Will your next photo session be on a sailboat??
Another checked off bucket list photo shoot! I have always wanted to have a shoot on a sailboat. Hopefully, this won’t be the last one either! A very dear friend at the lake was able to make it happen for us! No matter how old these girls get, they will always be my prime models! I think they were 3, 7, and 11 the first time I told them to get into some cute clothes because mom wanted to use her camera and find some locations. This will never get old for them! I appreciate them for being such good sports!
I am beyond thrilled with how this shoot turned out! I was so thankful for the kindness of our sailboat driver, Colton, for taking time out of his day to drive us around, then put up the sail and just sit there and watch us do the shoot! It was perfect! I guess maybe the one thing that would have made it even better is if we would have jumped IN the lake after the shoot!!
Each one of my daughters are approaching a milestone in the upcoming year. Kylee will be graduating from college, Kaycee will graduate high school, and Maddie will promote 8th grade! I am already having heart palpitations! I have a case of tissues with my name on it and will probably use them all before the end of the year!
Is anyone else in the same “boat” as me? I can start a support group! LOL These years go by so fast! The only thing we can do is to capture as much of it as we can to freeze those moments for a lifetime. I am crying right now just typing this!
Keep an eye out for special pricing for sibling graduates and good luck! I’ll be thinking about you!
We call Kaycee an old soul. If she could’ve been born in the 50’s, she would’ve fit right in! For her 16th birthday, she wanted a 50’s inspired photo shoot and party. Boy, was it a party, too!! She had a blast! We even added a classic car show in our front yard! Once again, Tiffany’s dad helped us out for her photo shoot by letting us use his car. Which, by the way, I love!! Tiffany did an amazing job on her hair, pulling the whole theme together! She couldn’t have looked anymore 50’s! Kaycee looked absolutely beautiful! Of course, Maddie wanted to dress up as well! This kid, my daughter, is an amazing young woman and I am proud to be her mom!
I wanted to share this family’s session because I am in love with how the photos turned out! Ravali was a senior client of mine from last year! She was just adorable and we have stayed in touch. She contacted me over Christmas break, asking me if I could do their family photos. Of course I said Yes!! This was more special than that, though. Not only has this family not had their family photos done in a long time, it was mom and dads 25th wedding Anniversary! They also had received these beautiful saree’s as gifts and wanted to show off the beauty of them. I was so honored to do this shoot! I absolutely love this family and they are so beautiful! Each saree is stunning and I was amazed at how they were all hand made! Below is a little history of the clothing worn by women in India and a little history about this family sent to me by Ravali!
“Twenty years ago, my mom and dad moved to America when my sister, Rachana, was a baby. And then, of course, I was born a couple years later (the best thing to happen to my family besides our dog, obviously!!). We’ve lived in Glendale/Phoenix, Arizona ever since!
Although Arizona is home, while my sister and I were growing up, we always made sure to keep in touch with our culture. Every three years or so, our family takes a summer vacation to India and we shop for new Indian clothes!
There’s a few different types of outfits that we wear. The most famous or well-known is the “saree” or “sari.” A saree is essentially two pieces, a cloth that is about 15 to 21 feet in length and a short blouse that is worn underneath. The cloth is wrapped around the waist and then draped over the shoulder. It is held together only by a few safety pins! I would consider tying or assembling the saree to be an art. Another outfit is the “churidar.” The churidar is a three piece ensemble that consists of a long top, tights worn underneath and a long scarf-like cloth. Similarly, there’s another outfit called the “ghagra” which is also three parts, this is a full length skirt, a short top, and a heavier scarf-like cloth. All of the beading and rhinestones on these outfits are done by hand and each piece is unique!”
Thank you so much Ravali, for taking time out from your crazy busy college life to send me this! Thank you to the whole family for having me as your photographer!
Stay tuned for a very much anticipated Bollywood shoot coming soon!