Every once in a while I’ll do a shoot that just speaks to my heart.
Sometimes I won’t be able to say exactly what it is about the shoot that speaks to me so much… maybe the perfect lighting, or the chemistry between the couple, maybe every picture has a very evident story it’s telling….
Well, this is one of those shoots for me, I looked over these pictures when I finished and these three cuties just embodied childhood for me. Every shot (I think) is just booming with childhood, the experiences, the fun, the hot days of running around, the curiosity…. I loved that I was able to get it on camera! This is childhood, folks! There it is, for all of us to see, I love it!
Kids have the most fun!
I’m in love with this shoot… do I say that about every shoot? I really think I do! And I sincerely mean it every single time… whatever shoot I’m working on, that’s the shoot I’m utterly in love with. I love swooning over the story the pictures tell, the beauty each person brings to their shoot and the way the pictures can reflect their personality. So with that being said, I’m currently drooling over Sami’s shoot… cause she’s gorgeous and cool, and oh so photogenic and the type of girl you just want to be with all the time.
Sometimes location scouting in Amman can be difficult, it’s not exactly the most picturesque city in the world, but Sami and I were able to find a pretty little garden where we could get some beautiful portraits, it reminded us of a California mission. (Um, swoon again)
So after grabbing some ice-cream and a little girl chat, we got to work… and let me tell you, it was like working with a model. This girl’s got it all!
A month ago I got the wonderfully, beautiful privilege of photographing two of the most beautiful newborns, only a day after their birth.
Haya and Hashem were the most adorable twins I had seen, they were absolutely precious and so fun to photograph. I got to meet these tiny newborns, along with their extended family, in a hospital room in Amman. I immediately felt the love and joy as I entered the room, the family was all so warm and welcoming, so supportive and kind, and everyone was so excited about the newest arrivals. They made me feel at home the moment we arrived and really got us into the celebration swing.
For me it was the first time to really connect with a family over such a blessed event, I really felt a part of the group. I wasn’t just photographing and positioning these two adorable babies, but I was holding them and admiring them, their grandmother’s showed me how to wrap them and how easy they were to hold and move for photographs. I got to spend time with each family member, talk with them and really just enjoy my time. It was definitely one of my funnest shoots to date!
We’re finally posting it! Look at us go!
Elijah and I couldn’t decide what to do for our 1 year anniversary. Is it a big one? I mean, it’s not like our 25th, or 50th, but 1 year is kinda a milestone within itself right? I’m sure for all you married couples who are going on 2 or 3 months now, your’e like “Yay girl! One year, you two go!” and for those who have been married 50+ years you’re probably grinning and thinking, “Just you wait…”, and trust me, I can’t wait!
But for our one year we wanted to do something cool . We had already traveled to Europe from home and were in the middle of traveling within Europe, so traveling yet again somewhere to celebrate our one year just seemed like A LOT of extra work and neither of us wanted to pack our bags again. So we decided to celebrate one fantastic year by going down water slides all day long! (And me in a bikini *GASP! No, no, this isn’t because I look awful in a bikini, though I just might, but this is a comment that only those expat friends in the Middle East can understand…. how often does a girl get to wear a bikini?!!?… that within itself was a one year celebration!)
But after the 1000th waterslide we decided we wanted to do one more thing, something that would last a little longer than the memory of who was faster going down the slide.
Elijah and I decided to do our very own one year photoshoot! We scouted a location, we dressed up, my mom and I made me a flower crown, we drove all around Germany and we took our own pictures. Elijah took pictures of me, I took pictures of him, we took pictures of ourselves. My mom was there to help style the event and my brother was there to click the button on the camera on a couple shots that had to be just right (he actually did an amazing job helping and giving us feedback on how the shots look since he’s not a photographer… he really listened to our instruction though and helped out a lot by being our eyes in some situations)
All in all I’d say it was a total success of our vision and what we wanted to see from our shoot. It took forever and it was challenging to self shoot, but that was part of the fun, we love being photographers and we love all that that entails, even when we flip the camera on ourselves.
So I guess you can say these are the ULTIMATE selfies!
Happy one year anniversary babe (that happened about 3 months ago now… opps!)