It has been awhile since I have taken photos because of the Covid-19 situation, so I was very happy to get back behind the camera again.
I had the pleasure of documenting this little guy's 9th birthday by capturing this special day for him in photos.
I was excited to do these photos at the Celery Fields in Sarasota. As the name implies, this was a former celery field consisting of 360+ acres. It is a wetlands site on the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is dog-friendly. You can fish, have a picnic, walk various trails and view plenty of wildlife. It is also a popular site for photographers. I had never been there before and had been wanting to visit and shoot there for quite awhile. It did not disappoint. We didn't even get to cover half the area. I definitely want to go back and explore it more. It was the perfect place to take these photos.
I'm ready to take your photos here or any local outdoor area to capture you and your family enjoying the beauty of Florida's natural environments.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Inquire Now" button below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
What Time of Day is Best for Outdoor Family Photo Sessions?
Many Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida families wonder when is the most opportune time to take family photos outdoors.
We are so fortunate to live on the West Coast of Florida where there are beaches, parks, trails, you name it, in which to choose the best location for an outdoor family photoshoot. All these places and more are so photogenic. However, since this is Florida, the time of day does matter when you want to capture the best and the most flattering natural light, as well as not get too roasted in the heat.
Golden Hour is Our Friend for Being the Best Time of Day
When is golden hour? It is the time of day about an hour before sunset where the light is absolutely gorgeous and "golden." This type of light ensures everyone will look fantastic! I LOVE scheduling outdoor family sessions during the golden hour. If your family session will include little ones (two months and older), I highly recommend they take a late afternoon nap, if at all possible, and feed them snacks or dinner prior to the session. This will help them be in their best mood possible.
However, you may ask, "What if I can't be out that late with my little ones?" No problem. I will be happy to accommodate you in whatever way is necessary.
If We Can't Do Golden Hour, Morning Time Comes in Second for the Best Time
I can certainly serve your family and still capture beautiful images no matter the time of day. So, if golden hour won't work for you, we can schedule your session during the morning hours, usually around 10 a.m. when the sun isn't up too high yet and the light isn't too harsh. The morning hours actually work best for newborns and toddlers.
Let me know when you are ready to capture your lifestyle outdoor family session. I would love to see you at the golden hour.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the button above or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon
In a previous blog post, I wrote about what extra safety precautions I was going to take when taking photos of you, your baby and/or family. That was when all of this was just beginning and before the stay-at-home order was in place and I could no longer photograph.
Now, that we are getting prepared for the lockdown to gradually phase out and photographers will be allowed to photograph again, I wanted to inform you of additional safety precautions I will be taking at your photoshoot.
I want to ensure that you and I both take the maximum care and precautions to protect all of us as much as possible. Please take a few minutes to read the guidelines below:
For your part, please follow the steps listed below to ensure my well being as well as your own:
In the meantime, I hope you get a little chuckle from my photoshoot with Little Miss Clorox - it's their first pandemic!
Thank you so much! Stay safe, stay strong!
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. If you are ready to book a future session when restrictions are lifted or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Book A Future Session" box below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Are you going a little stir crazy? Children driving you nuts? Disappointed you can't get professional photos taken right now?
I have the perfect solution. I just wrote up a quick guide explaining an easy 4-step process of taking lifestyle photos yourself on your phone! Whether you are single, a couple or have children, I have prompts for all.
Interested? Request the guide by clicking the button below and I'll send you the guide right away.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. During this quarantine time, you can book a future session now. Contact Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click "Book A Future Session" box below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Cara Soulia in Boston started The Front Steps Project to bring families together, yet separated during this quarantine time. I knew I had to do something for my own small community as well to help get us through this crazy time in our lives. I called mine, "Front Door Project" because our houses do not have porches or steps. However, I did photograph one of my friends who lives in a different neighborhood that did have front steps. :-)
I posted what I wanted to do on our community's private Facebook group. I also asked some friends. I used my 24-70mm lens and zoom lens. I stood on the sidewalk to take the photos, which allowed me more than 20' of safe distancing. This was a great way to get out a little bit for some fresh air and to meet some of my neighbors I hadn't met yet.
These were just quick, five-minute shoots and were a lot of fun and FREE! I only asked and encouraged my participants to donate to my favorite charity.
It was so touching to see families come out, smile and enjoy a little bit of togetherness. All the families seemed to really enjoy taking these five minutes of just being out, smiling, and being silly to document this time in their lives. Even their fur babies were included.
I hope and pray everyone is doing well. Stay home, stay safe, stay strong! This too shall pass.
Enjoy this little slideshow of my Front Door Project.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. When you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Book A Future Session" box below to schedule a session when we are no longer quarantined or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. Ask me how you can pre-pay now for a future session. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon
Lifestyle is truth. It is reality. It can be a mess sometimes. It can be beautiful sometimes.
Photography has changed so much over the past several years from having to be that perfectly posed, forced “fake” smiles to reality – real connection, raw emotion, natural and authentic smiles. Those “perfect” portraits were probably very stressful for you, especially if you had little ones trying to get them to sit still, smile when asked or keep their “Sunday Best” clothes clean and wrinkle-free before the photo session.
In today’s world, more and more photographers are getting away from those “perfectly posed” photos to real life photos. Mostly, photographed in your own home – where you and your little ones are most comfortable. Those are moments you want to remember. What your house looked like at that time. How your nursery was set up. What your older children’s rooms looked like – messy or clean. Families want to remember what they were doing together as a family – playing, cooking, whatever. Why have another portrait of everyone standing stiff and smiling at the camera. Why not showcase your real life and invite others in to see your family, just the way you are. Everyday life. Those kind of photographs will capture real moments you had interacting with your family as you spent time together. Those kind of photographs will mean the most to you, your extended family and friends for years to come.
That’s why I have begun to move away from very structured and posed photography to a more real portrayal of family reality. With just a little guidance and some prompts, I can capture your real and true lifestyle.
You may think your home is too small or isn’t in showcase condition. Doesn’t matter. It’s your home. Your comfort zone. Your happy place. You don’t need to have everything necessarily in its place, such as, pillows perfectly straight, the bed “hotel” made. Your home is reality and there is beauty in reality – capturing your family as you honestly are.
These lifestyle photoshoots are very relaxed. You can be in your jeans, a dress, barefoot – whatever makes you and your family comfortable. Laugh, play – feel completely at ease, and definitely no forced smiles. The day of the photoshoot may be capturing the good, the bad and the ugly. But, that’s okay. Those fleeting moments were real - ones you won’t get back from that particular time in your life. Get away from that “picture perfect” Christmas card photo. Show your family and friends you are human – showing the natural, the connection, the emotion – doing the things you love to do together.
We are not perfect, so why should your photographs try to show you are? I used to think that way, too, but now I love showing reality in photographs, reminding everyone that life is beautiful, just the way it is.
Are you ready to capture your newborn and/or family showcasing your real life? Click "Let's Start a Conversation" button below and let's make this happen!
I was able to capture this lovely family while on vacation. They are extra special to me because this is my son and his beautiful family. Always love photographing them whenever I'm in town.
It's amazing how fast little ones grow. That's why whenever I visit my family, I always make sure I capture images, especially since we don't live in the same state. It's so important to keep them "little" in photographs - frozen in time. These are treasured and cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
I would love to capture your family's memories and freeze them in time. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Book A Call" box below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
I do photography because I absolutely love to capture babies and families in the moment. For as long as I can remember, I have always loved taking photos. I always wanted to have photos to look back on, to remember what I was doing at the time, how I looked (which sometimes I may not want to remember what I looked like) LOL, where I traveled, etc. I especially love to take photos of my family. I love looking back and recreating the memories we made, what we looked like, what we were doing, where we were. Having photos of my own family is so very important to me. I think that's why I started making photography my profession, albeit later in life, but it's never too late to do what you love, right?
Now, I want to create memories frozen in time for other families. From maternity, Fresh 48, newborn to families. Priceless! I want to create and show the connection and emotion of what's happening at that time. So, when they look back through their album or enjoy viewing their wall art, they will be taken back to that moment in time and feel the same love, emotion, comfort and contentment. Or, they may feel sadness or grief because the photo includes parents that may have since passed, but they are so glad they had photos with them so they could remember and show future generations.
I especially make sure that mom and dad are in the photos. It is so special to be in the photos with your children. Think how as they get older, how much they will love seeing you with them years from now - remembering the emotion, the laughter, the silliness, the comfort and, most importantly, the love you shared.
This is why I do photography.
Let's start creating those memories for you and your family.
Patti specializes in lifestyle Maternity, Fresh 48, Newborn and family photography. If you are ready to book or chat about your photo session with Patti at DreamWorld Photography, click the "Book A Call" box below or call Patti directly at 941.405.3309. We only take a limited number of clients each month. Will you be one of them? We hope so. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Did you know Grandparents Day is fast approaching on Sunday, September 8?
Grandparents absolutely love their grandchildren and dote on them as much as possible. I am sure your parents love to see photos of your children when they can't be with them or live far away. Imagine how much more they would love and enjoy having photos with their grandchildren to cherish forever. Grandparents usually have everything they need, but having images of their family, especially being in the photos themselves with their grandchildren, well, there's just nothing more special than that.
I certainly wish I had more photos of me with my grandparents. That's why every time I visit with my grandchildren that live out of state, I always, always take pictures with them. I cherish them and I hope they will cherish them just as much as they grow older and these pictures are passed down from generation to generation.
I recently saw a quote that said, "Keep memories alive for generations." Photos keep those memories alive.
That's why I am offering a special Limited Edition Photo Session in honor of Grandparents Day to take lifestyle photos of children with their grandparents. This would be such a beautiful gift to give them on Grandparents Day by gifting them this session with their grandchildren. OR, if your parents do not live in the area, you could use this session to update your own family photo and send them the photo as your gift to them on Grandparents Day. I bet they will say it's the best gift they have ever received!
Life passes by so quickly. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.
Read the details on the flyer below and book your date and time now!
When I first started my photography business, I wanted and thought everything had to be perfect with regard to posing babies. I thought they had to lay a certain way, wear certain things, be wrapped, be placed in some type of prop, and be posed in usually unnatural type of poses. Even though, I never perfectly posed in a way that would bring harm to them as safety was and still is always my number one concern when photographing babies.
However, earlier this year I started seeing more and more natural, lifestyle type of photography that really opened my eyes and thoughts that photography doesn't have to be perfect to create beautiful, lifelong memories for families. What really turned me around was when I purchased an online lifestyle newborn photography workshop. After watching and studying that lifestyle type of photography, I absolutely fell in love with it and began to totally change my way of thinking and realizing it was okay to photograph babies and families in their own natural, real-life environment capturing true raw emotion through connecting with each other, with very little guidance from me.
What an overwhelming burden that was lifted from me. No more cumbersome and sometimes heavy props to pack up, unload, set up and then load back in. No more "perfect" posing. It was such a release and a freeing feeling. Now, all I need to take with me is my camera.
Since making the change to lifestyle photography, I have been updating my website and have been removing most of my previous posed images and replaced them with a mom looking down on her newborn or children making muffins in the kitchen or playing cards or just babies just as they are. I am a proponent of baby-led posing now.
Photographing lifestyle in the home is just so easy, natural, relaxing and fun. The switch from posed to lifestyle was really a no-brainer. It's the best decision I have made in my photography business. It just opens up many more doors, for example, adding families. Previously, I was only shooting maternity and newborns and sometimes the mom and dad with the baby, but not really the entire immediate family. Now, it's just so much more comfortable knowing no one has to look perfect, no one has to be put in stiff poses and no more staring straight into the camera and saying, "cheese." In fact, it will be rare if I ask you to look at the camera. If I am just photographing the baby at the time and your toddler comes running and jumps on the bed, that's great! I'll capture it. That is real life, raw emotion and, most importantly, connecting with one another.
Lifestyle is more like a storybook rather than a book of stiff poses.
Are you ready to create your own storybook? Great! Click on the button below now so we can get started on telling your story and creating an heirloom of your visual history that will be passed down from generation to generation.