Sutherland Family | Atlanta Family Photographer

Occasionally I have the rare privilege of shooting beach sessions; this, however, was my very first sunrise session at the beach.

It was spectacular.

Not only do you avoid the crowds and the intense heat… the colors of sunrise can only be described as being as intense as a triple decker sorbet ice cream cone.

And that was just the beginning.

This family is part of my family; people I love dearly.

And when my beautiful niece started frolicking with her little brother like there was not a camera in sight, my heart almost melted right out of my body <3

Thanks for another amazing session… and for getting sandy with me at sunrise!

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New Photography Teacher!| Atlanta Photography Teacher

Surprise!– in a few short weeks I will begin teaching my very first photography course (or should I say courseS– 2 to be exact!)!

But wait. Let me back up and tell you what all has been going on personally and professionally over this awesomely crazy summer!

My online presence has been a little spotty as I’ve been balancing shooting and editing with moving into a new house with more space for family… and work!

Along with the new living space comes studio space where I will soon shoot all of my newborn sessions (rather than lugging my studio in my car!)… and will eventually begin doing clean and modern studio work as well!

(Neither of these changes will replace my outdoor, natural light sessions that are my signature work–I’ll just be adding a few more options to my menu of services!~)

But the greatest professional change that I have made is that –drumroll please– in addition to offering child, family and newborn sessions, I will also be educating young photographers by offering two High School Photography 101 classes at Metro Academic Studies starting next month!

First of all, can I just tell you how excited I am to play a small roll in fostering creativity in children? With my own small children, it has been a joy to do art projects and start introducing them to photography (first a toy camera, then polaroid… and now, even my pro camera with heavy supervision). The fulfillment I’ve experienced in educating elementary age students translates into massive excitement to also experience teaching older students who are ready to become completely immersed in the complexity and creativity of digital photography!

Metro Academic Studies, where I’ll be teaching, is an “a la carte” high school that partners with home educating families, and offers courses that expand on students’ home studies.

MAS classes are actually structured much like college classes, in that students and their families can pick and choose what courses students take in a class setting. It is open to all faiths, but is housed at Church of the Apostles (the gorgeous church whose facade can been seen from 1-75 near the Northside Parkway Exit), and all MAS instructors teach with a Christian worldview.

My classes will cover the basics of manual exposure and composition… but will also encourage students to get in touch with their creativity and start exploring their own personal style through projects, assignments and competitions.

If you know of any high school students who home study and might want to click their photography up a notch… by all means, pass my info along.

It is going to be a great year:)

My official (self portrait) headshot:

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Seeny Family | Milton Family Photographer

My dear friends, the Seeneys, just moved to their dream home in Milton, GA.

The Seeneys had approached me about shooting Spring family session a while back, and when I realized that they would be moving in June, I suggested using their new stomping grounds as the backdrop.

Their gorgeous home, as well as the neighborhood green space, could not have been a more perfect backdrop.

It didn’t hurt that this family is absolutely gorgeous and both kiddos were super cooperative.

It also didn’t hurt that the light was absolutely perfect that morning.

Oh, and speaking of morning… I should apologize to Erik (Dad) again for making him wake at sunrise on Father’s Day 😉

The gorgeous light was worth it.

Thanks Seeneys, for choosing me to document one of your first days in your new home!

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Baby Dax | Dunwoody Newborn Photographer

Handsome Baby Dax welcomed me into his home for newborn photos, after giving mom a big surprise and arriving a little early 😉

He enjoyed sleeping angelically, but also enjoyed his awake time making some amazing eye contact with mom and dad, as well as with my camera.

My favorite moments of the session involved Dax’s fur sibling, who was equally as willing to be photographed and make eye contact with the camera.

Thanks so much, Ferreyra Family, for choosing me to capture Dax’s first days!

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Cosgray Family | Buckhead Family Photographer

I had so much fun chasing 11-month old Clay around Piedmont Park several weekends ago.

When we began our session, Clay sat down on a bench, looked right into my camera and gave me his million dollar smile.

As I have learned from a long history of photographing toddlers, this is a rare occurrence, so I snapped away 😉

The moment was over in a flash, and he was off!

His session activities included climbing my chair, crawling (the cutest crawl you’ve ever seen, by the way!) in the grass, petting (and at one point, fully toppling on) his dog, kissing his mama, snuggling his dad… and then collapsing gratefully into his stroller!

Thanks to the beautiful Cosgray Family for an amazing session!

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