Archive for October, 2012

We were so excited to have the *real* Santa & Mrs. Claus coming to the studio that we did a little pre-booking post on our Facebook page. (In case you aren’t on our facebook, go like us... now! 🙂  It was no surprise the sessions completely sold out nearly immediately! We called the North Pole and were able to reserve Santa for some extra time. Then those time slots filled up as well!

So when Santa come by the studio to say hello and take a few photos last week and we’ve found we could keep him away from the North Pole just a little longer. We have a VERY limited number of time slots left available.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SESSION WITH SANTA!

Panama City Santa Claus Photos pictures portraits

November 17, 2012 ONLY.

$40 Includes a 20 minute private visit & portrait session with Santa and Mrs. Claus and 1- 8×10 portrait.

Mini session packages begin at $125.

Digital options are available as well as event-priced holiday cards!

Avoid the crowds & lines and enjoy a relaxing visit with Santa. As always we will have some yummy treats to snack on following your session as well!

**Toy Drive Information**

Santa & his team with “Convoy of Toys” travel into areas suffering from a natural disaster, when it is needed the most, to deliver some love, hope & joy with a hug from Santa & a toy. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy for donation to Convoy of Toys and receive a very special custom portrait gift featuring an image from your session!

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SESSION WITH SANTA!!!

 

In case you haven’t been following…

Each month (or as many months as we can find the time anyway) 10 photographers post 10 images on the 10th of the month. Then we link to each other and you can click through from our blog all the way through the circle.

This month all I’ve got are iPhone photos. So don’t judge my iPhone-ography. 😉

Our youngest son Sebastian has had many struggles since (and even prior to when) he came into this world. Thankfully he is a completely healthy 6 year old now. About a year ago we went to the pediatrician for his checkup and discovered that he had vision problems and big ones! They sent us to a pediatric ophthalmologist. We went in knowing there was an issue but had no idea how severe. His vision was 20/100! I felt like a terrible mother. How could I not KNOW?!? How could his vision be SO poor in that eye, yet I never had a clue? As it turns out, there is a good reason. His ‘good eye’ was working overtime to make up the difference. He never complained about his vision because he didn’t know any different.

So he got his cute little glasses and was just as adorable as before (maybe even a little cuter 😉

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(Photo courtesy Kristen Reed of Kristen Reed Photography, Jackson, TN. )

For about 5 months he wore full Rx glasses 4 days a week and 3 days a week he took drops in his ‘good eye’ to help strengthen his not-so-good eye. That along with lots of prayer worked!!! His vision went from 20/100 to 20/25 in a very short amount of time. The Dr noted his progress as “Remarkable”.

Once his vision got closer to perfect, we needed to correct the problem that caused it to begin with. His eyes were turning slightly. That unfortunately, has to be corrected with surgery. In order for them to know how far to go with the surgery, they do a procedure called a Prism adaptation. This process left us bored as all get out in the ophthalmologists office for over FIVE HOURS!

Here is a shot of him with his prism adaptation glasses on…

Once that was complete, surgery was scheduled. Mommy was scared and Sebastian was only concerned as to whether this would fix him so he would no longer feel the need to pull on his little eyelids when his eyes wouldn’t go where they should. The answer was yes and he was fully satisfied with that!

The day before surgery, we dropped his big brothers off with Amma and Papa (aka grandma & grandpa) and we headed to Dothan, AL. The plan was to spend the night before surgery in a hotel so we would not have to make the trip the next morning. As we got ready to leave the house Sebastian came out and said he was ready. However, he would need to bring ALL of his “kids”. Don’t I have some lovely furry grandkids? lol

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Pictured above: Sebastian (aka Daddy), Monks the Monkey, Lioney the Lion, Baby Bear,  Emily (the dog) & Duffy (the tiny bear in front).

We found out upon arrival that the hotel had an indoor pool and hot tub so we went shopping for swimming attire and had dinner at Cracker Barrel.

Sebastian enjoying the cheese wedge from my salad…

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Once dinner was done, we went for a dip in the hot tub! Here is a shot of Sebastian and myself enjoying the bubbles 🙂

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After surgery Sebastian would not be able to swim, play outside etc for a few weeks so he enjoyed the pool until closing time. Little stud muffin.

The next morning Sebastian was a little nervous but he tried not to let it show. The sweet nurse anesthetist gave him his ‘gas mask’ to try on and he asked to keep it. He wanted to show it to brothers and play batman with it later. Lioney came along to experience everything along with him…

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Nervous little hands hold on tight.

 

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Checking on Lioney to be sure he wasn’t too nervous.

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When it was time to go back he laid down, smiled and went back brave and sure. He had no worries. I would have liked a shot of whatever they were going to give him. Would have probably been better to be sedated! lol

Once he had been in recovery for a while and they were waking him up, we were allowed to go back and see him. I was not prepared for what I was going to see. :*-( He was a trooper though! He didn’t cry or fuss when they awoke him. The nurses kept saying they wanted to give him something for being so sweet. He was the only child who didn’t wake from anesthesia in a rage. He woke up just as calmly as he went to sleep. We traveled back home and day 1 he slept most of the day.

Day 2 & 3 were difficult. His eyes were swollen nearly shut and he had no vision. Which is normal, but is also scary for a 6 year old! He was completely miserable. His little brain was going 90 mph but he couldn’t see and he was SO bored! He couldn’t read, watch tv, play video games and even walk around the house. Thankfully within a few days his vision was coming back and the swelling was going down. He was smiling again, even if it was a faint smile. 🙂

We received good news at his follow up the next week. They are planning to try cutting his eyeglass Rx at his next visit in November! We are super excited about that!

 

To follow the circle of other 10 on 10 photographers visit my friend Heidi Roberts North Canton Lifestyle Photographer

Our summer books pretty far in advance. We take appointment reservations up to a year in advance for the beach. Mr. Smith booked nearly that far in advance! He reserved this August beach portrait session in Destin as a surprise Christmas gift for his beautiful wife!

Wouldn’t you know on the day of their session, it rained… and rained some more! Then just liked it was ordered from above the rain stopped and we were given an amazing sky just in time for the session to begin.

Enjoy a few from this awesome session!

Destin miramar beach 30a family portrait photography

Destin miramar beach 30a family portrait photography

Destin miramar beach 30a family portrait photography

Destin miramar beach 30a family portrait photography

Destin miramar beach 30a family portrait photography

Destin miramar beach 30a family portrait photography

 

 

This adorable family was brought to us via the Manuel family (you will find their session a few posts down) 🙂 The Manuel family was brought to us last year by the Martin family (you will find their session a little further down). We’ve had about 7 families this summer who were referred from the Martin family. There is nothing we love more than families who were referred to us from other families we love! We will soon be photographing all of Lafayette, LA. Mwahahaha. Just kidding 😉

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Rosemary Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Rosemary Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

I LOVE when families come back to us year after year during their summer vacations! You can build such a connection!

The Jones’ came to me last year for a Romance session during their anniversary stay in Panama City Beach. This year they made a quick swing by Rosemary Beach on their way to Disney World and I had the pleasure of photographing the whole family!

Rosemary Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Rosemary Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Rosemary Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Rosemary Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Rosemary Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Check out these little blonde-haired blue-eyed cutie pies! I photographed this sweet family last year as well. I do believe the kids have gotten even more cute… if that’s possible. Last year we photographed the extended family, this year they brought some friends along. Look for a blog post of the Pellerin family very soon!

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Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

 

I just loved having the adorable Ms. Alaina in the studio for her three month portraits! She has a smile that lights up the room. I’m looking forward to photographing her 6 month session on Panama City Beach later this month. (Can you tell I’m a little behind in blogging? 😉

We started inside the studio and then made our way just out the back door into our great outdoor area. Hope you enjoy viewing their portraits as much as we enjoyed taking them!

Panama City Baby portrait photographer

Panama City Baby portrait photographer

Panama City Baby portrait photographer

Panama City Baby portrait photographer

Panama City Baby portrait photographer

Panama City Baby portrait photographer

Rosemary Beach 30a family portrait photograph

Rosemary Beach 30a family portrait photography

Rosemary Beach 30a family portrait photography

Rosemary Beach 30a family portrait photography

Rosemary Beach 30a family portrait photographers

The adorable Ms. Madi has already made her appearance but since we are playing catch up on the blog here first you get to see her mommy’s maternity session!

We started at sunrise (yes… I said sunRISE) on Panama City Beach…

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Panama City baby photography newborn studio

Then headed to downtown Panama City…

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Some sweet elegance in the studio…

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And some silly fun in the studio… oh you should have seen the outtakes trying to get this bubble! lol

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The weather was iffy for the Ryer family’s session but even with the wind and impending bad weather the session went beautifully! The littlest Ryer was a ham and loved all my tricks. Such a cutie pie! 🙂

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Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography

Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photographer

Panama City Beach 30a family portrait photography