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At the beach | Ponte Vedra family photographer

My own girls have been clamoring: When can we go to the beach and swim in the ocean? My oldest is all set with her new swimsuit, ready to toss aside her flip flops and dash down the warm sand to the welcoming waves, which will be… quite chilly. She finds that last part very frustrating. I wouldn’t say we’re in swim season yet for those of us not wearing wetsuits, but there’s no doubt that the beach has an allure for so many of us. For portraits, the beach is an ideal serene setting that focuses both on natural beauty and the family.

It was a pleasure to meet the family featured in this session at the beach in Ponte Vedra, one of my favorite beach spots. This little girl is absolutely charming. She was ready for adventure and spending time with her parents.

The Daddy-daughter bond. It always makes me smile.

And, of course, the snuggles with mom are priceless.

Look at those sweet eyes.

What little girl doesn’t want to swing between her parents to the sounds of the ocean?

Brothers | Jacksonville family photographer

One option I offer my clients is to go to your home for portraits. We went to a park for this client’s first session, but for this latest one, they decided a home session would be just what they needed during the busy holiday season. Little ones sometimes squirm away from a parent’s camera, somehow evading eye contact–a highly sophisticated and common skill among the under four set–and so it was no surprise to me when the mother told me one of her main goals was to get her youngest one looking into the lens. And we certainly did. He and his older brother are such cuties, brimming with warmth and adventure.

Parents and children often have the same smile…

It only takes that right second to catch that grin before the little ones are up and running again. I love the adorable, mischievous smile of the youngest brother, and the relaxed, charming smile of the older brother.

Window light always make for a classic and dramatic portrait.

The session took place at the client’s home, but because they live so close to the beach, we walked over to the shore for the last few minutes of their session and grabbed some quick pictures. The boys were thrilled to run off some steam!

Boys | Saint Augustine family photographer

I’m still catching up on holiday portraits from last year, and this next session features a family I’ve photographed for four years now. Her boys are so full of life and ready to shine in front of the camera. I look forward to taking their portraits; I always have so much fun.

We went to St. Augustine for these pictures, and I feel so lucky to be near such a lovely, historic city. Not only does it offer so much character with its cobblestone streets, coquina walls, and inviting archways, but it’s also so easy to take the same family multiple times to the historic district and still find plenty of variety for backdrops.

My favorite pictures are often the ones where children are just being their silly selves. 

The boys each offer their own take on the statue…

It’s easy to tell how close these brothers are.

The youngest brother reminds me so much of own younger daughter. Not only does he have an amazing smile, but he’s a master of the relaxed, serious expression that works so well in portraits.

And the older brother has a pretty amazing smile, too…

They always know how to make each other laugh.

St. Augustine has such beautiful decorations for the holidays. It’s a great spot to go to for Christmas portraits.

At the Park | Jacksonville Family Photographer

Florida weather is so mercurial: We jump from temperatures in the mid 80s just yesterday to the 50s today. Of course, when I think of the layers of snow our Northern friends are buried under right now, I have to admit we’re pretty lucky here in Jacksonville. Despite our recent weather whims, spring is here and the temps should start to become steady and warm, perfect for portraits. I’ve been enjoying seeing all the new growth on trees–including the apple trees in my own back yard–azaleas blooming, and crepe myrtles bringing color back to our world.

March and April are great months if you’re looking for portraits with flowers in the background. There are many great parks in Jacksonville, Saint Augustine, and Saint Johns that offer great variety, and before we know it, we’ll be in beach season again, too: the other luxury of coastal living.

I’m still catching up on my blog (more to come soon), and while this next family session is not one that focuses on spring, it does focus on the beauty of parks. There’s something so timeless and relevant about park portraits that represent today’s families: classic, casual, fun, and the simplicity of family life in the beauty of natural surroundings.

I loved how much energy this little boy had for our session. Typical of his age, he was often up and flying, but when we did catch him for a few seconds to take these pictures, his smile was so bright and engaging.

Ah, the wonder of leaves and berries for the young mind…

I always appreciate pictures that show the joy of childhood, but there’s also something irresistible about those serious expressions showing their thoughtful sides.

The pictures of children and parents just being their silly selves are often my favorites…

Look how tiny he is walking between his parents as they guide him along.

Cuteness | Jacksonville & Ponte Vedra family and child photographer

As Lobel’s memorable character, Frog, said, “spring is just around the corner,” and I can’t wait for all the warm weather and flowers. I’m excited to take portraits soon showcasing all the lovely blooms.

I have three family sessions to share today. Enjoy!

This first family met with me for a beach session in Ponte Vedra. The little girl was a pleasure to photograph. Not only is she incredibly cute, but she’s also brimming with personality.

Such a sweet moment with her grandmother…

I loved how playful she is with her mom; it’s not hard to see the resemblance between these two!

I met this next family for a park session in Jacksonville. I last photographed them when their oldest was a baby. I enjoyed seeing how much she’s grown and meeting her baby brother.

I love getting pictures that show the everyday fun with parents when our children are little… just look at that grin.

Isn’t he adorable with his little wave and toothy smile?

Fur babies are family too… The next session focused on this warm couple and their two beautiful dogs.

Curtis Benton - February 24, 2015 - 5:32 pm

These are really lovely….wonderful work!