A Southern Comfort Photo Shoot

When one of your best friends since pretty much forever, who lives in some sort of suburban paradise in South Carolina, calls you to say that for the amount she would pay for a photo shoot down there, she might as well buy you a plane ticket, you just say, “Tell me when,” and you go.  Because friendships are important and her babies will only be this little for so long, and you’ve only met one of her three!  Time for some southern comfort and a photo shoot among the peach blossoms!

I got to meet her three wonderful children, who are so sweet and endearing, I really miss them!  Tom and Dawn, you are good parents, my friends!

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We knocked out a few family and sibling photos right off the bat while the baby was being cooperative, and while we were just warming up, I had a little model who was going full tilt.  In fact, I was changing my lens, looked up, and there she was, posing on her own, practically begging me to hurry up.  My pleasure!
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Not only was I able to hang out with my friend and her family, her parents live there as well, whom I have known for the past twenty-five years.  The whole experience was about as warm, loving, and nostalgic a shoot as I have ever done!

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And we had a bit of fun as well!

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Especially when Dawn and Tom decided to keep it real: candy for the big kids, beer for the grown-ups, and…what is the baby doing?  Ah, well, third kid.  That’s real life.

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After eleven years of marriage, it was great to see that these two are still as happy and make each other laugh as much as ever!

In the end, the shoot was magical, and worth ever minute of the journey.

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Thank you for hosting me, dear friends, and for trusting me with your memories!  It was a glorious weekend all around.

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I hope to see you all soon!

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Ho-Hum Housekeeping & A Cell Phone Dump

January is creeping to an end and as I consider if I have anything blog-worthy to share, I get a mental shrug in reply.  Of course we are busy–the kids began rec basketball, Em is flourishing in Ballet I, Little H is taking a sweet little clay class–but nothing worth devoting to cyber paper.  Actually, I have set each of the big kids up with a blog, which has been incredibly fascinating to watch as both a blogger and a mother, but those are not for public consumption so even though they are entertaining us all, we will keep that to ourselves.  Em’s is dedicated to her artwork and she bravely shared it with her class yesterday.  Jax’s is just his musings, all in writing, very much like his mother. So all is well but still ho-hum, yet another cold and wintry month in Vermont.

We don’t have very much snow at all, so there aren’t any frolicking in the snow photos, and it still gets dark fairly early, so there aren’t many glorious photographs anyway.  In fact, this photographic doldrums has led me to once again take up a 365 project, starting February 1st.  I really enjoyed my project last year, but needed a bit of a break come December.  This year I will be participating in a group called the Daily Artist at Artistree, where I teach photography classes, and I’m really looking forward to the camaraderie and community the group will offer. And speaking of photography classes, my dance card is really getting quite full on that front, and I am pleased to be able to combine my two loves (photography and teaching) and help people grow as artists in the process.

So…yeah…that’s about it.  How about some cell phone pictures to keep this post from being utterly boring?

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Looking forward to spicing things up in February, but appreciating this quiet, cozy January all the same.

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2015: A Photographic Journey

A year ago I owned who I am as a photographer, and stopped worrying about copying photographers I admire, or trying to accomplish images beyond my ability or desire as an artist.  I said no to jobs that didn’t align with my intentions, and ended up with a really lovely year of images I am proud of.  These are one of my favorite images from each of my photo shoots this year, and as I reflect on my work, I am very pleased and proud.  Enjoy and here’s to a fabulous personal and professional year!

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From now on, my professional photography work will be found over on my other website, Rebecca Whitney Photography.  For my faithful followers on Facebook, please consider enjoying my photos on my new fan page found here.  All of your continued love and support is greatly appreciated!

Here’s to another inspiring year full of beautiful families and lots of loving moments.  Cheers!

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Where I’ve Been

Fall is here and as usual I am inundated with photo shoots and photography classes, not to mention my sister is getting married in 3 weeks (eek!!!) and there have been lots of fun happenings leading up to the big day.  So I’m sorry the blog has been the one to suffer for my hectic schedule, but I thought I could at least share my latest installments of mini sessions from earlier this month.  So many wonderful families, so many beautiful moments!  Just my kind of evening!

I can’t promise I’ll be around much these next couple of weeks, but know I’m enjoying all the wonders fall has to offer, with my clients, friends, and family!  Enjoy the fruits of my labor!

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I’ll be back soon!  For now, back to work!

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The Gorgeous C Family

I was fortunate enough to spend a beautiful summer evening with this gorgeous family, celebrating their little boy blue and his very first birthday!

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I love when families don’t shy away from bright color, and between that and the golden sunlight as the day faded to its end, some of these photos are my very favorite of the year.

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One-year-olds are notoriously fickle when it comes to having their photo taken, but Little D was such a sweetheart to be around!  No matter where we went or what we did, he was happy and interested in the world around him.  Lucky me!
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We even snuck in a last minute stop by the lake to reward this little guy who was so intrigued by the water the whole time we were together.  The extra fifteen minutes were totally worth it!

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What a beautiful day with such a gorgeous family!

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The Joy Of Capturing Family At Home

One of this nicest parts of lifestyle photography is when a family opens their home to me and I have a chance to capture them in their own setting, amid the places and things that they love.  Kids especially are more comfortable, and it shows in their demeanor and expressions.  However, it can be challenging to walk into an unknown location and hope for the best with lighting and location.  With this family, though, I had nothing to fear.

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I never worry too much once I learn a couple got married at this location–of course it must be stunning!  And when it’s not just their wedding location but also their home, there’s nothing left to do as the photographer but just sit back and watch the fun.

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When families are comfortable in their own skin, magic appears in photos.

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And it isn’t so much work to let the love show.

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Lovely

I have always loved photographing this family, especially these lovely little girls.  They have certainly grown since the last time I took photos of them, but one thing is for certain-they are still as gloriously fashionable as ever!

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Now that little sister is bigger, too, there are so many wonderful family relationships to capture, especially between the girls.  I had so much fun being around them all, just soaking in the sweetness!

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Just as the sun was near to setting, we made our way down to the water and then up where the golden light shone through on these gorgeous little ladies!  They definitely lucked out with the most beautiful light of the day!

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What a lovely family and a evening!

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