Sarasota Newborn and Family Photographer
Happy Thanksgiving to all my current and future clients! May you enjoy a grateful time with your family.
I am very thankful for my family and my clients who have supported my small photography business. I truly appreciate each and every one of you.
DreamWorld Photography will be closed from Thursday, November 25 - Monday, November 29. We will re-open on Tuesday, November 30.
Looking forward to capturing your story and creating your legacy!
Newborn Family Session | Lakewood Ranch, FL Newborn Photographer
Maternity | Newborn | Family Photography | Lakewood Ranch, FL
I had the privilege recently of photographing one of my neighbors in Lakewood Ranch who just added a third baby to their growing family. Baby Emma has two adoring older brothers. I think she's going to get spoiled.
Baby Emma was so easy to photograph. The boys were very active and hard to keep still, but they were just being themselves and that's what I love to capture. Boys being boys and having fun.
Some of my favorite photos I captured were when mom had to nurse Emma. While I was waiting for her in the family room to finish, I heard the boys in the nursery and it sounded like mom was reading to them while she was nursing. I quickly grabbed my camera and just stood in the doorway taking photos. These are the moments that are so natural. Not posed, not even directed to sit a certain way. I loved capturing these special moments with mom taking care of her baby while also connecting with her two boys.
That's what it's all about and why I love my job so much!
Thank you for letting me be a part of your family, even just for a little while. Can't wait to see the wall art!
If you are ready to have a baby or know someone who is, contact me. I would love to capture your story and create your legacy.
Newborn Session | Bradenton, FL Newborn Photographer
Maternity | Newborn | Family Photography | Bradenton, FL
It was my absolute pleasure to once again photograph a beautiful baby in Bradenton, Florida for Solve Maternity Homes. If you have been following me for awhile, you know I volunteer my photography services to this wonderful non-profit organization that is near and dear to my heart. Solve Maternity Homes provides cost-free maternity housing and support for at-risk women during and after pregnancy.
Baby J was six weeks old when I photographed him. He started out his session a little fussy, but very quickly calmed down and was absolutely perfect the rest of his session. He never gave us a smile, but his different natural expressions were priceless. That is what I love to capture.
Baby J's mother is a beautiful, caring and loving mother to Baby J. I loved capturing her holding, cuddling and loving on her baby boy - true and natural connection!
The weather was beautiful for some great indoor and outdoor photos.
Enjoy some of my favorites.
Ready to schedule your newborn photo session? Contact me today! I would love the opportunity to capture your story and create your legacy.
High School Senior Portraits | Sarasota Family Photographer
Senior portraits are not my normal genre.
However, when a neighbor is looking for a photographer to take some senior photos of her son, I was happy to oblige. I had the pleasure of photographing Chase in June. Such a pleasant young man.
We met at the Bradenton Riverwalk along the Manatee River during the golden hour. It was a perfect, beautiful day to capture these images. He was very easy-going and followed my prompts very well.
Chase plays hockey and follows the Tampa Bay Lightning team. He was very happy they won the Stanley Cup this year. I asked if he wanted to bring along his hockey stick to use as a prop in some of the photos, but he didn't really want to. He just wanted nice, casual shots.
I wish you well in all of your future endeavors, Chase.
Congratulations! Class of 2021!
Let's chat about your next photo session. I would love to capture your story and create your legacy.
What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag for Baby | Sarasota Newborn Photographer
Whether you are having a professional photographer come in to take Fresh 48 photos or not, here are four items you should bring with you to the hospital:
1. A nice robe.
Having a cute robe for Fresh 48 photos will make you feel pretty and pulled together rather than wearing that ugly hospital gown. It's a nice coverup to keep you comfy and warm and still easy enough to nurse.
2. Don't forget Dad. Pack a plain shirt for him.
I don't think you'll want photos with him wearing an old grungy t-shirt that he was wearing running out of the house when you said it was time to go to the hospital. Having a nice, plain shirt will do the trick and not be distracting.
3. Your cell phone or better yet, if you have your own DSLR camera.
Even if you are having Fresh 48 photos taken by a professional, it's great to have your own camera in order to capture lots of photos of your baby. Hand the camera off to your husband and let him take some of you and the baby and vice versa. You can even ask your nurse to take a few of all of you.
4. Last, but not least, bring an outfit for your baby.
Choose a favorite outfit you may have received at your baby shower to bring baby home in. This outfit can also be used for your Fresh 48 photos.
If you are having a baby soon, let's chat. I would love the opportunity to take your Fresh 48 photos in the hospital or place of birth. Because of Covid, some hospitals may not allow outsiders to come in yet. If that's the case, we can just take some as soon as you come home. There's nothing like capturing those newborn moments because they grow way too fast.
Why Golden Hour is the Best Time of Day for Photographs | Sarasota Family Photographer
I think I can speak for most photographers in saying that we love to shoot during the golden hour because that time of day, an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset and even shortly after sunset, creates a naturally diffused, pinkish or golden light that is absolutely gorgeous in creating beautiful portraits.
Golden hour produces that warm and soft glow which makes it perfect for outdoor maternity or family portraits. Since the sun is low in the sky, this enables me to block harsh sunlight on you to avoid shadows on your face as well as prevents you from that awful squinting.
The mood the golden hour provokes is happy and comforting. It allows beautiful blurred backgrounds or beautiful highlights where light may filter through foliage.
...and when the sun has just set, who doesn't love a beautiful silhouette?
So, when is the best time of the year to take golden hour photos for you and your family? Well, here on the central west coast of Florida, all year! However, if you have very young children who usually go to bed by 7 p.m. or even 7:30 p.m.., then you will want to avoid certain times of the year so as to not interrupt their bedtimes. Upon special request, we could do a sunrise session because your little one gets up at 5 a.m. anyway, right?
I have created a Golden Hour Sunset Time Chart, by season, for the sunset times in 2022 for my area on the central west coast of Florida. Sunset times shown are from the beginning of the month to the end of the last month of each season.
For sessions with DreamWorld Photography:
WINTER - we will meet between 4:45 p.m. & 6:45 p.m. These months could work for young families.
SPRING - in early April, shoots will start around 6:30 p.m. In late May and June, shoots will start around 7 - 7:30 p.m.
SUMMER - long summer months mean later sunsets. These sessions are best for families who have older children with later bedtimes.
FALL - the time changes considerably. We may start your shoot at 6 p.m. in the beginning of fall and by the end, we will start around 4:30 p.m. The fall months would work best for young families with early bedtimes.
All these shooting start times are approximate. It will depend upon the month and day you choose. All sessions will begin approximately one hour before the time of the sunset.
So, when will be the best time for your family to have golden hour photographs taken? Well, according to the times listed above, if you have small children with early bedtimes, fall and winter would work the best for you. Otherwise, any time of the year will work depending upon what type of portrait session you are having.
Are you ready to have your beautiful portraits taken during the golden hour? Let's chat and get you on the schedule.
End of Summer Limited Edition Session Now Open to the Public!
End the summer with a bang by having gorgeous portraits taken of you and your family!
Now, open to the public!
End of Summer Limited Edition sessions will be offered during the week of August 3 - 7 with limited times to book your session. Ideally, these will take place on one of our local beautiful beaches, at a park, or your own backyard within Manatee or Sarasota counties during the golden hour.
~ Sign up for a date between August 3 - 7
~ Up to 5 family members - two months & older ($25 for each additional member)
~ Spaces are limited and booked on a first come, first served basis with paid session fee
~ By appointment only. Promotion only available during dates listed.
~ Must be willing to sign model release for the images to be used on social media, my website and for any other marketing materials
~ 20-minute session
~ Five professionally edited digital images - your choice
~ 1 - 8 x 10 metal print of your favorite image
~ Digital images delivered via beautiful private online gallery
~ Style Guide
~ Print Release
Option to purchase additional images.
♥ RETURNING CLIENT PROGRAM! ♥ If you have had a paid session with me previously, you'll receive 5% off this special limited edition session.
If interested, please fill out the contact form on my website by clicking the button below. Once received, I will set up a time to have a quick chat to go over the details.
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Capturing Your Baby's First Year | Sarasota Newborn Photographer
Did you know you could join my Exclusive Baby's 1st Year Club to capture those precious milestones during your baby's first year?
Save on sessions by enrolling in the club. This exclusive club includes:
(up to two months old)
(generally between 6 - 9 months old)
One Year Session
(showcasing personality of one year old; incorporating heirlooms; favorite toy, blanket, etc.)
PLUS you will receive this beautiful piece of artwork - a trio frame featuring your favorite image from each session to display in your home for you to enjoy for years to come.
You will also have the opportunity to purchase additional art portraiture from our special pricing menu chosen just for the Exclusive Baby's 1st Year Club for each milestone session!
Contact me for pricing and details on how you can join the club!
4 Top Tips for What to Wear to Your Outdoor Family Session, Sarasota Family Photographer
Tip 4: CONSIDER ACCESSORIZING.
You may want to think about how you want your outdoor photos to look. Would your man look good in a hat or a tie; would your outfit look great with a scarf added or a great belt? Don’t be afraid to do a little accessorizing that brings out your style and personality.
Remember, just think of when and where your photo session is taking place, dress accordingly in colors that look and feel best for you and your family. You won’t go wrong.
Thanks for following along and when you are ready to book your session, please contact me. I would love to capture your story and create your legacy.
4 Top Tips for What to Wear to Your Outdoor Family Session, Sarasota Family Photographer
Tip 3. PLAN AHEAD FOR YOUR OUTDOOR FAMILY PHOTO CLOTHES.
After you book your session, you can now start thinking about what everyone is going to wear. Look through your closets and your children’s closets. They may have already outgrown the clothes you were thinking of having them wear or they aren’t clean. Don’t wait until the day before or day of to think about what you and your family are going to wear.
Check in tomorrow, same place, same time for my final Tip #4!
Let's plan ahead now for your next outdoor family photo session. Click on the button below to begin the plan now.