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My brown-eyed girl

Those that follow my work closely know that besides chasing storms and loving HDR photography, I have also become quite addicted to portraiture and doing photoshoots for clients. I’ve done everything from a maternity shoot to baby showers and engagements. It’s a lot of fun and a part of my little business that continues to grow and be rewarding for me.

What I really love though are the kids and capturing their little faces, the innocent moments and random things they do. Like yesterday’s post with the family on the beach. Their little girl just stared at the ocean, walked around, and left footprints here and there. They are easy to photograph. Sure, sometimes you want them to just sit peacefully for a moment so you can get that perfect shot, but a lot of times, you just need to follow them around.

Which brings us to this picture above. My daughter Lyla. Who could ever grasp the love a dad has for his little girl until they have that same relationship? I for sure never knew what a face like that could do to me.

Lyla is always moving…running to the next place, running down the aisle in the grocery store…running everywhere. She does an amazing amount of running for a 21-month old. Capturing her in a perfect, quiet state is sometimes difficult.

On occasion though, she stops…and you get moments like this. I only took this over the weekend, but it’s already one of my favorites of her.

Photoshoot: The Eeds {chandler family photographer}

We planned a big vacation with a group of friends for this past weekend in San Diego. One of the families that has a newborn little boy named Wyatt had been wanting some new portrait shots done and had the great idea of doing them on the beach whilst out in California.

I’ve never done much photography on a beach before, so figuring the lighting out, the backgrounds and angles was something I learned on the fly. Loved the setting though…I can’t get over how awesome the light was from the setting sun. The shots you can do are endless and I only wish I lived closer to a place like this so I could get more practice at it.

These are some of my favorite photos from the shoot…thanks so much to the Eeds family for inviting me to do this for them!

Happy Birthday baby Claire!

This darling, precious gift of a girl, turned two years old this past week. Her parents asked me to snap photos of her big birthday party on Saturday and I was honored.

Life has been tough for little Claire, who has amazing challenges to face almost every day. But look at that smile. Oh my…how can you not get a warm, fuzzy feeling deep down inside and smile back at her?

Photoshoot: Zane and Rhiannon

Zane and Rhiannon…a fun shoot out at one of my favorite places in the world, Joe’s Farm Grill. It’s tough to not want to use this place for every photoshoot I do, but it’s so beautiful. The old buildings, that wagon, the St. Augustine grass, the grape vine archway…I’m in love with it.

Thanks to these two kids and daddy Nate for letting me capture a few memories for you guys and hopefully mommy loves her birthday present!

The slideshow is just a few of my favorites from the shoot, ended up with a ton to choose from!

Generations

This is Lyla’s great-grandmother, Grace, after which our daughter received her middle name. I shot this at Christmas and it’s one of my most favorite photos I’ve taken so far. When I think of my daughter being just 17-months old now, it’s almost impossible to imagine one day she could be married, have kids, and then her kids have kids and one day one of them would somehow bounce on my lap at Christmas (If I stick around this life that long).

A simple photo to represent the beauty of family and the generations that have been and are yet to come.

I’m displaying this photo at church tomorrow as part of a contest that invited artists to create something to represent “Mom.”

For whatever reason, this photo is what popped into my head first.

Happy mother’s day!

Hesitation

Kids are fun to watch play together. My wife heard that toddlers play and act like adults without any censorship. For example, the kid at the mall yesterday that snarled at my 17-month old daughter like he was a lion on the prowl in Africa. You don’t see adults doing that, but we’d all certainly like to from time to time am I right?

The above scene was shot at a local restaurant with some of our friends. Two of the girls are already hard at work tearing grass out of the ground, while the third stands and contemplates joining them. Funny how for a child, a simple act of joining on the sport of grass-hocking causes a pause or hesitation.

Although, I suppose we old people aren’t much different from kids that way.

(this photo was taken at Joe’s Farm Grill, a wonderful little restaurant in Gilbert, Arizona that has amazing food and a great outdoor eating area. Check it out sometime!)