Portrait sessions don’t get much easier than the one we had with the Elwood Family. They are obviously a beautiful family, but the happiness they brought with them into the studio was absolutely contagious! Most families walk in the door at least a little stressed from getting everyone dressed and to the session on time, but there was none of that with the Elwoods! Even the baby was squealing and giggling! Needless to say, their session totally brightened my day!
Sometimes my job is more than a job. Sometimes I have the opportunity to be a part of a family’s history. I adore Mandi and Adam. We were lucky enough to photograph their wedding several years ago and become friends. I was thrilled when I learned nine months ago that they were adopting a little girl. When Mandi called us a few weeks ago with the news that the adoption was about to be finalized, we were overjoyed for them. We jumped at Mandi’s idea of having us come to the courthouse to photograph the adoption hearing and do a few family portraits outside the courthouse.
Never, ever did I imagine how much this would effect me. As soon as I saw Mandi, I could tell she was nervous. She was so anxious to meet with the judge and have the official, final approval to make this little girl part of their family forever. We weren’t sure if the judge would allow photographs during the hearing, but I quietly stood to the side and snapped images as they swore to protect and love their daughter. I was honestly fighting my own tears back as I watched their dreams come true. As Adam held his little girl and Mandi’s arms were stretched along the table between Adam and their adoption counselor, I watched through my lens as the judge made the adoption official. The image I took is one that I will personally treasure forever. It is love and joy all captured in a single moment. I am always honored when a family selects us to photograph them or when a bride chooses us, but this single, solitary moment is one of the most rewarding moments I have ever had as a photographer. This image, this single moment, is where the Youngs officially became a family forever.
I love being a photographer. I love creating memories that families will treasure. I love being a part of a family’s history. I love all the babies and children we get to know and love. I love my job and I am so thankful to all my clients for making it a reality for me. And on this day, I am especially thankful for the Young family for giving me the opportunity to capture something so very special.
I always love when my Watch Me Grow baby plan graduates become big brothers and sisters! I love it even more when they bring the new baby to see me! Its amazing to watch these babies grow over their first year, but seeing them grow into toddlers and become big brothers and sisters is beyond awesome. This time, Miss Lucy brought her tiny baby sister Caroline to see me for her newborn photos. Caroline was born teeny tiny just like Lucy, but you can already see their different personalities coming out!
For the first year ever, we are extending a mini-session offer into December. We will have mini-sessions in the studio on Saturday, December 6th. Each studio session is $350 and includes 7 high resolution retouched digital files, perfect for making prints for your family, holiday cards, etc. Each session can be children ages three months and up, or families of up to six people. Not valid for newborn, boudoir, headshot or maternity portrait sessions.
Session times are extremely limited! Call 850.339.5799 or email Info@LongsPhotography.com to schedule your time. Nonrefundable session fee is due at the time of booking.
Let it Snow!! The holidays will be here before you know it! Come play in the snow with us on Saturday, November 15th! For one day only, we are transforming the studio into a winter wonderland! Each mini-session is $49 and can accommodate up to six people of all ages.
Session times are very limited and will fill up fast! To reserve your session, call the studio at 850.339.5799 or email Info@LongsPhotography.com. The nonrefundable session fee is due at the time of booking. Discounted print packages will be available at the order session starting at $179. There is no minimum order and you can always order a la carte prints from our normal price list.