Hollywood Beach Lifestyle Family Photographer | Twirling Dresses

You guuuuyyyyyyssssss, this session was EVERYTHING!!! This family visits South Florida every Thanksgiving from Chicago, and for the past 3 years, I’ve gotten to take their fall family photos. Our most recent session was at Hollywood beach on Thanksgiving morning, so it was pretty quiet. It was also just the right amount of overcast so no one was super squinty, and the skies were blue. But even if we had full sun, we were going for it anyway, shadows and all!

Mom dressed the girls in these AMAZING dresses which were just made for twirling! (Hanna Anderson). There was beach play on the sand and in the water, and on the broadwalk, and a snack, and the playground, and we finished our session with a run through the fountain.

And this session was magic. The magic happens when you relax in front of the camera. When you stop looking at me and start enjoying each other. And sure, I’ll give you direction to do that awesomely enjoyable thing you just did from a different angle or in a different direction, b/c that’s what lifestyle photography is, but really. Let go and allow the moments to overtake you, because they’ll overtake me too, and then you’ll have a gallery that looks like this!

Kerry, Mike, Asher, and Miles: Hollywood Beach Family Photo Session

I worked with this mama for a few years and took her family photos at the beach 2 years ago when they first moved to Florida from Minnesota.  She proudly displayed the photos in her office, and it was finally time for an update for this year’s holiday session!  We met at the beach again, and lucked out with an absolutely gorgeous evening with one of the softest watercolor sunsets I’ve seen in a while.  And I absolutely LOVE that this family took my gentle guidance for play and genuinely interacted and enjoyed each other at their session.  It shows, and these images are SO YOU!

Allison, Steve, Taylor, Jordyn: Twins 6 month portraits

These little ladies are 6 months, so we met at Hollywood Beach on a beautiful South Florida winter evening for some photos.  Mom came prepared with tons of props and blankets, but we didn’t really need much, b/c the girls brought their happiest faces!  I love their matching dresses, and since they’re not identical, it’s easy to tell who’s who.  It was twice the fun!

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Monica, Steve, Victoria, Nicolas, and Nana Delfina

I met this family last year when I was practicing for a gymnastics bday party photo shoot.  We’ve kept in touch, and I was looking forward to photographing them again when they scheduled their session.  It took Nicolas a few moments and the promise of a trip to Toys R Us in exchange for smiles to warm-up, but what parents wouldn’t barter a toy for their bambino’s beautiful eyes and smile in the perfect photo!?  Since “cheese” is sometimes too cheesy, it was the word “silly” that had Nico and his family looking their best, and I think they had fun in the process.  Enjoy these beautiful photos from our session at Hollywood beach.

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Kristina, Mike, Madison, and Jacob

This is the second year I’ve had the honor of creating this family’s holiday portraits.  This year, we changed things up and headed over to Hollywood Beach for a mini session.  I absolutely love their outfits, with the mixtures of pink and blue.  Dad even rocked both colors in his shorts!  At the end of our session, mom remarked how much easier it was to capture their pictures this year.  I had to agree.  Jacob has really matured, and it was fun to see him interacting more playfully with me and my camera.  And Madison is just as adorable as last year, especially when she started our session by giving me a drawing she’d made for me.  She dressed me better than I dress myself, in a ball gown with a matching bow and high heeled platform shoes!  Thank you so much, Madison!  I loved it so much, I’ve included a snapshot of it below.  Happy holidays, and I hope to continue to get you in front of my camera to capture your “So You” moments!

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