Beach Family – Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

I realized when I blogged about little Miss E that I never blogged her family’s photo session – the nerve! This session was awesome and was just what we were looking for. An amazing afternoon/evening with one of my favorite families at one of our favorite beaches. And surprisingly enough we planned it in a 2 hour period! It was sunny and beautiful in the middle of rainy season, Sarah called me and off we went 2 hours later – it was actually quite fantastic.  I just love laughing and joking with them! Sean gets me going then normally can’t believe where I end up taking the conversation, but I secretly think he likes the corruption that JoyPop has instilled in our fellow member Sarah!!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

We fortunately had the beach to ourselves and frolicked until our little hearts were content. We started with the most energetic of the group diving right in to the prop box and getting into quite the get up right away! Love these kiddos and that the beach is essentially their second home. All the neighborhood moms always marvel at Sarah grabbing the kiddos, a lunch and off she goes. No fuss no muss!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

And speaking of Sarah, my love for her is not a secret and right now I miss her so, so much and would give anything to walk down to her house and give her a big hug. She is Mother Earth and the love for her kids shines each and every time I’m around her. Even when the kiddos are running around, screaming, etc. she is just calm and serene (on the outside at least)!!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

After spending some time with her mom while she was visiting I can see first hand where she gets that calm and serene aura from! Her mom is just awesome and amazing and just sitting in a room with both of them made me completely zen. I was so happy we made the photos happen while GiGi was on the island and we got her in a few as well!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

And thanks to Miss E for giving me one of my most favorite photos ever!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

Thank you, thank you Forester Family! Love and miss you so much!

Where We Live – Mountain Edition

It’s time again for our collective of photographers to participate in the monthly Where We Live blog circle. I love “visiting” all the different areas where these women live and hopefully one day make it to many of them! I wasn’t able to participate last month since we were knee deep and one week away from our move to the states. We’ve been traveling and getting some much needed family time since then so this edition isn’t really where we live, but rather a place with lots of memories for all of us, especially my husband.

My husband’s late father purchased a hunting cabin in the mountains of Pennsylvania many decades ago. His friends would come with him for hunting season and it also became a family getaway for my husband, his siblings and his mom. It sits on a river and is just the most serene, peaceful place on Earth I think. The amazing outcome in all of this is that my father in law took this cabin on as his baby as well after he and my mother in law married 29 years ago. It has grown since then and I know my husband is so grateful to create memories with his own family here.

One of the first things we all do when we get here (and it’s warm enough) is to get the suits on, grab the tubes and float down the river. This year there was lots of rain so it was higher than usual which made for great floating and “rapids” in some parts! Although a little chilly, we always get past that immediately and just enjoy the sights and sounds of the river and mountains.

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One of my favorite things to do up here is take photo walks and capture as much as I can of this beautiful place. This year I was extra eager after purchasing a macro lens in Okinawa before we departed. The wild flowers along the road provide all kinds of practice for macro work and I had nothing but time up here! I even have a budding photographer on my hands that joined me on many a photo walk! She mostly captured bunnies, but dabbled in some floral work as well.

Newport, Rhode Island Photographer

Newport, Rhode Island Photographer

There are also those things that have been up here in the mountains forever that you take for granted, or maybe wish they weren’t here because they’re an eye sore, but looking through a camera brings a different perspective. Maybe it’s the colors, maybe it’s the grunge or maybe just simply looking for things to photograph in a different way.

Newport, Rhode Island Photographer

Newport, Rhode Island Photographer

And no visit is complete without making the drive into the 3rd oldest brewery in the nation for a tour and taste of their brew. Straub has become a favorite for us, and is a special treat when we come here since distribution is limited. We introduced my parents to it this visit and I think we have new fans!
Anyone else start singing the “Laverne and Shirley” theme song as they look at all the bottles ready to be capped?!?!

Newport, Rhode Island Photographer

Now head over to Rebeccah Parks blog to see what beauty she has in store for us!

kimberly - Wow! These images are fantastic. They deserve to be printed and displayed!

Paige Wilks - Wow, such amazing scenery! The brewery is amazing. Loved your photos this month!

Rebeccah - what a fantastic place to have in your family!!!

Kelly M - This is such a fantastic idea for a blog circle – how fun. Your macro shots are amazing.

Carrie - Wow! I really want to come visit you! :-) And I love the idea of a “where we live” blog circle. What a great way to learn about each other.

Aubrey - These are amazing. I LOVE the macro work, and the views you have are breath-taking!

Asheley - So much eye candy this week. The macro shots are beautiful!

Kersten - You photos this month scream the American Dream. Really beautiful.

jayne maartens - What an amazing place! So beautiful – just my kind of scene ;)

My Sweet Newborn Guinea Pig – Newport, Rhode Island Child Photographer

You might remember my sweet friend Sarah and her awesome family. Because she is so kind she allowed me to not only use her as my guinea pig, but even let me get my hands on her sweet baby after she arrived in late April. Now that’s a friend I must say because I’ve never done a newborn photo shoot and she gave me free reign! I certainly did my research of course, but no amount of research prepares you for 6 pounds of baby that may or may not want to cooperate with you!

Newport, Rhode Island Child Photographer

She was awesome – though I must say did make us work for these shots and wasn’t so sure about this whole sleeping while being maneuvered and photographed. Our first day was a trial run to see what might work and what needed to be changed for the next shoot. I learned a lot and just happy Sarah had 2 days free for me to come and get my baby fix and photograph this precious girl! The first shoot ended with what I intended for this antique Chinese foot bath – to put a baby in there! The owner of the Chinese antique furniture store that I worked at thought I was nuts, but I was determined to get a photo of her in there and it turned out wonderfully!

Newport, Rhode Island Child Photographer

The next shoot we were more prepared and grandma was also in for a visit, which also made things more calm and easygoing. I mentioned in my other post that my friend Sarah is such a calming force for me and I saw firsthand that it’s genetic – her mom just sat and watched and brought a serene feeling for the shoot and I couldn’t be more grateful to her for that.
Sarah brought out some awesome scarves to wrap little E in and fortunately they blended beautifully with the blankets I hauled in too.

Newport, Rhode Island Child Photographer

Newport, Rhode Island Child Photographer

All in all both shoots turned out great and now I have firsthand knowledge of how hard a newborn shoot can be with a very easy baby! Kudos to full time newborn photographers! And huge kudos to Sarah for letting me try out some skills on her sweet baby. It’s only been 3 weeks since we moved away and I sure miss this little girl and her family a ton…

Newport, Rhode Island Child Photographer

Kathleen - Wow, well done! You did very well for a first timer! Can’t wait to see how much you have grown on your 10th newborn :)

A Dimple in Time Photography - Welcome to the world of newborn photography! It is definitely quite challenging, but it is so rewarding as well. I look forward to seeing your work as you evolve!

Michelle - Beautiful job for your first time. I’m sure they mom will love them.

kimberly - These are precious! Great job for your first newborn session. And yay for holding sweet babies!

Peggy - Fantastic job! I can’t believe this is your first newborn! Your variety is just wonderful. Congrats to you & the new Mama. Can’t wait to see future sessions!

Second Time is DEFINITELY the Charm – Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

I met Loy through my good friend Chris and unfortunately didn’t have a chance to know her very well until we were both moving away from Okinawa back to the states. I definitely missed out on an awesome lady and family to get to know, but happy for the time we did get to know each other briefly. We had such a good time at the photo shoot before we both left the island and I’m secretly happy now that our first photo shoot got rained out. We had the most beautiful skies on our rescheduled date and an awesome sunset too so it all worked out in our favor!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

Loy is very creative in her own right! Before we did our photoshoot she recreated some sidewalk chalk photo scenes with her kids and I was in awe – they were so adorable! She also found some great photo pins along the way and we did our best recreating one ourselves. Although it wasn’t exactly as we planned, I’m still in love with with the bubble/backlit photo of Sophie. And I’m always a sucker for an little girl, some sun and an umbrella!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

Loy and her family are currently on the stateside world tour themselves and on their way to moving East to enjoy some different sunshine and beaches. I sure hope our paths cross again so I have a chance to hang out with Loy and her family more. Until we meet again!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

Melissa Klein - Gorgeous family, and gorgeous photos! What a fantastic location – the light is perfect! I love the ones on the rocks – such a cool spot!

Agnieszka TN - I’ve never beet to Rhode Island but I’m loving the scenery! Gorgeous place to shoot family portraits!

Jessica - What a gorgeous location and the lighting in the photos is spectacular! The family will surely cherish these photos for a lifetime!

Amy - Such fun happpy images!

Areke - I love the color scheme and location in this family session! You can tell everyone had a great time and they will cherish these for many years to come :)

A Dog, A Golfer and a Dragon Boat Racer – Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

I first met Michelle when we worked together over a year ago at the annual Oriental Place hospital bazaar. The ladies that work for Yuki don’t get to interact much since we essentially work by ourselves in the store. So it was nice to hang out with them for the HOURS we worked throughout the weekend! I knew Michelle and I would hit it off as soon as we both mentioned the various phallic antique Chinese symbols throughout the sale and vowed to out sell each other for the weekend! She is awesome and certainly helped the slow time pass and keep our sanity during the rush of customers!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

As is the case with island life, since we live 7 whole miles apart we hardly saw each other in between the 2 hospital sales I worked. However, Michelle has always been such an awesome supporter since I opened my photography business and I just can’t thank her enough for that unconditional support. She booked a session after seeing my work with families and I was both excited and nervous at the same time! I had only done 1 dog session at the time so I was hoping things would go smoothly with Miss Hulapie! As you can see it all went more than fine!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

Michelle and John made it clear when I saw them at this year’s hospital bazaar that they didn’t just want run of the mill posed shots, but wanted to have fun too. Well, as we all know, quirky and fun photo shoots are becoming my middle name! They are my absolute favorite and I end up loving those photos the most. Of course it helps that Michelle and John never, ever take themselves too seriously, which is the kind of people I’m drawn to the most!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

John is a lawyer by day and an avid golfer and jokester all the other hours of the day! Michelle teaches boot camp at the wee hours of the morning and in the spring and summer is part of the award winning ladies’ dragon boat race team which always does well during the races. And their fur baby HulaPie definitely runs the show! Love that dog and as long as she had her beloved ball she was all about the photos. She is definitely a sand and water dog and was loving all the beach time. However, she did look at her parents the way a teenager would – with pure embarrassment at their antics!

Newport, Rhode Island Family Photographer

Thank you so much Michelle and John! Until we cross paths again!

Kimberly - Such a fun shoot. I love the variety you were able to capture!

Jasna - Lovely images!!! Looks like everyone had a ton of fun!!!

Areke - What an adorable session! I especially love the shots with the puppy- so sweet :)

Emily Poston - These shots are awesome! I love how their personalities come through in the fun ones. I want a shoot like this for me!

Summer - So much fun! I love this session and that dog! Nice work :)

Kathleen - What a cool awesome couple. Love unposed shots. Great job :)

SugaShoc Photography - What a fun family dog session on the beach! The doggie is so cute!