It was a joy to capture the sweet and talented, Alise, last week in honor of her upcoming senior year. I met Alise last year when we moved to Jacksonville and just adored her from the first moment we met. She is one of those gentle, free spirits that is firmly rooted and grounded in who they are. Alise is a worship leader in the student ministry at church and we led a women's night of worship last year together, which was incredible! This girl has a gift. I know the Lord has wonderful plans for her life and will use her greatly wherever she chooses to go! World, get ready to meet a great one.
Over Easter weekend, I had the opportunity to capture this gorgeous family! My friend, Shanley, and her husband and son went to church with us in Ocala - but she's originally from Jacksonville and was in town to visit both sides of their family. It was the perfect opportunity to bring both families together for a beautiful session at one of my favorite locations in Jacksonville! Here's a few of my favorites from the day.
There is something about being in Alabama that makes me feel at home. We only lived there for three years and yet, each time I go back, I am flooded with the open sky and good memories. There is space to breathe and a slow pace of living that I always find refreshing. In my most recent visit, I was able to stay with a good friend of mine in her heirloom home and take some portraits of her little girl in the blooming azaleas. Children are probably my favorite to capture, because of the challenge it is! One of the easiest ways I've found to take portraits of small children, is by letting them play naturally and working to get those smiles and laughs. It was easy with Rylee because this was her "home." She loved picking berries and flowers and running down the dirt road. We were outside in the middle of the day, but the contrast in lighting really made for a beautiful scenery. This entire shoot took about 20 minutes - simple and quick - but now they can cherish these adorable portraits of her at this age forever.