I love it when I get an opportunity to take a session to a full on fairy tale place- having free reign really lets my creativity flow. This little girl's mama always sets me loose with her- and after 3.5 years working with her we have a pretty good flow together! We started first in the studio with some slightly more standard photos- which you will have to wait for, then headed out to an area I knew would translate beautifully into a fairy wonderland. My little nymph and I left her mama in the parking lot with her new baby brother and made some magic together.
Her beautiful pink dress was created by CoralieBeatrix - it moved so beautifully, I'm so glad I could add it to my collection!
Have you ever had a moment or an experience that completely convinced you that you were exactly where you're meant to be, doing exactly what you're meant to do?
That was my shoot with Davin.
The day I met Davin was just an all around awesome day. I spent the morning photographing Santa with dozens of kids. I don't know if you've ever had an opportunity to just sit and watch kids light up for hours on end- but that was what I got to do for the whole morning. As the Santa pictures wound down, Santa and I got to talking about my little girl...and Santa said he would follow me home to pay her a visit!
If you're here you probably have a little one- so just imagine the super-hero bouncy feeling I had as I drove home with Santa following close behind in his lifted truck (Santa has a pretty serious vehicle when he's not driving the sleigh haha!) on his way to meet my girl at our house. Yeah. I was flying.
So that sets the scene for the mood I was already in when I first said hello to Davin. This kid- man he's something else. Davs is a natural born performer- you know the type...they just ooze energy and charisma- their personality JUST this side of overwhelming, but never quite crossing that line. And of course, he IS a performer. Davin is a ballet dancer- an incredibly passionate and talented one.
The second I first clicked my shutter magic happened. I'm not sure I had a bad shot for the whole session- the scenery was perfect, and I barely directed him at all. It was the kind of symbiotic session where Davin was doing what he loved (dancing and performing while being fawned over by an adoring fan) and I was doing what I loved. It was perfection.
I even drove home to the most incredible sunset.
This kid is something special- hes had some truly rough times, and his incredible mother works her tail off to keep him in dance. One day I know I'll be purchasing tickets to see him dance professionally- and for now just watching him grow as a dancer is such a privilege.
The past winter I had the opportunity to attend an editing webinar hosted by the incredible Katie Andelman. If you don't know who Katie Andelman is well- you probably do. Her work has been all over social media and with good reason. Katie's images are the kind that stick with you- they have a magic that leaves a trace and makes people stop, and look. The kind of images I hope to achieve. Katie is one of the top child photographer's in existence. Needless to say, I jump at any opportunity to learn from her!
During the webinar I became acquainted with the lovely Melony Smith of Melony Smith Photography in South Africa (yes, Katie's reach is that far!) After learning so much from the webinar Melony and I decided to move forward with an in person mentorship session with Katie. Best. Decision. Ever.
Katie chose to host the session in her (beautiful) home. Right upon arriving I met Katie and her wife Christine (who I was also privileged to learn from) as well as their fluffy critters! Katie is one of the most welcoming, genuine, and kind people I've ever met. She had so much knowledge to impart, and no questions were off limits. Getting a peek into her creative process was so incredible- if you're a photographer looking to learn from the best, I cannot recommend Katie enough! My work has grown so much from what I learned during my time with Katie.
Here are some images I captured from the incredible styled shoot Katie planned for us;