Aylin & John | Lifestyle Session | Jacksonville, FL

It’s no secret that I love dogs. But you know what else I love? Smiles!

And Aylin & John were full of them. It might be because they recently completed a stunning renovation of their home. Or because they both work in the dental industry. Or maybe it’s because they have the cutest pup, ever? It’s anyones guess, really.

Regardless of the reason for their smiles, I thoroughly enjoyed getting to capture them. Plus, their puppers, Griffin. Holy-ridiculously-cute-Batman. (But really, have I mentioned that I love dogs?)

It was a pleasure getting to spend an afternoon with this smiley crew. Cute couple + even cuter dog + lots of smiles = one very happy photographer!

This session was a complimentary gift from the Stahl & Stahl Group.

Cabrerra Family | Lifestyle Session | Jacksonville, FL

Hi. My name is Morgan and I am addicted…to dogs!

#sorrynotsorry

Can I be honest here for a minute? Okay, so as a photographer, especially one that does a lot of lifestyle sessions, I feel like I’m supposed to be obsessed with kids. But I’m not. Don’t get me wrong! They’re cute and all, and I always enjoy sessions that include kiddos, but it’s dogs that make my heart go pitter patter…

Am I alone here? Surely I’m not the only 30-something out there that has permanent puppy fever but has yet to experience baby fever! If you’ve ever checked out my website you might already know that I work and volunteer in animal welfare. Click here to read a little more about it! (Note to self: write more about what sets my hear on fire: helping animals.)

I mean, there is literally no better ice breaker on Earth than a dog. And as a self-proclaimed #awkwardturtle I can always use help in this department. But, to be fair, I didn’t need an ice breaker with this gorgeous couple. They were both super fun, full of laughter, and the Mr. is Puerto Rican - just like my hubby.

Thanks Cabrerra’s for the awesome morning…and for letting me smother your puppers in love. Now, quit embarrassing her and knock off all the smoochin’.

This session was a complimentary closing gift from the Stahl & Stahl Group to their clients, the Cabrerras.

What is a 'Lifestyle' Session?

What exactly is a lifestyle session? It’s what makes you, you. For Joe & Vic it was all about capturing their sweet morning routine before it became an even sweeter memory with the arrival of their first child.

Or for some people it’s all about capturing the simple joys in life, like playing guitar in bed.

One of my very favorite sessions was with the Parks Family, pictured below. For this family it was all about their lil girl. She was the center of their universe and you could see that in every interaction they shared.

Whether you want to document the love you share with your family, capture your cute new puppy, or subtly #humblebrag about the gorgeous new home your purchased, lifestyle sessions are for you. They combine the realness of photojournalism with the polish of portraits. Yes, we might “stage” scenes during our time together but what’s important are the memories these images will invoke when you look back on them in 5, 10, 20 years.

There are really just two things to think about before your lifestyle session:

1) What would you be doing if I weren’t there? What makes you, you? Let’s capture that. Have pancakes every Saturday morning? Pull out that mixing bowl and griddle. Ride your bike to the park in your ‘hood? Let’s go!

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2) What are the colors in your home like? I’m not saying to go all matchy-matchy circa 1995 Olan Mills but you do want to put a little thought into what kinds of colors will be appearing in the background of your photos and work to choose outfits that will complement, not compete, with those colors. Just look at any of the other posts above. These clients all did a fantastic job of picking colors that worked together. As a general rule of thumb, light solid colors work best. Definitely do you, I mean Sean rocked that plaid shirt, but if you’re unsure then err on the side of simple.

Have a session coming up soon? What are some questions you might have that I haven’t covered here? Just type them into the comments below, shoot me a DM on Instagram, give me a call or send up a smoke signal - there are just so many options these days. I’d love to hear from you!

When Pinterest Comes to Life

Guys.  This family.  It's like they stepped off a pinterest board and straight in front of my camera.  

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I'm not sure how this momma has managed to have not just one but two of the sweetest, kindest, and most respectful teenagers out there, but she sure has!  

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The older I get, the more I realize how quickly time flies.  Kids grow and go off to college.  Parents, do yourself a favor and document these moments while you can!