the Boothe girls at the Corn Maze & Punkin Patch at Fleenor Farms :: a Virginia session :: St. Johns, Florida photographer

I really missed getting these girls in front of my camera last year.  but i had to move to Florida!!  I am always thrilled to get the “add us to your list!!” message from them when I set my dates for Virginia… !

They’d both changed so much in just two years.  Their mom, April, always has them dressed so stinkin perfectly… this year, no exception.

Baylee, the oldest of the two, has become a really calm, lovely, polite young lady.. i love seeing kids grow up – I’ve been photographing Baylee since she was just under a year old.. She HATED me.. but around age 3 or so, she became a wonderful little model and we have a great time together..

then.. there is her lil sister, Charlee… if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know of my youngest… Millie.. aka.. Babykid.. she has been a difficult child since about 6 weeks old.. babykid has times where she is an absolute joy.. but equally as trying..   That.. IS.. CHARLEE..  if it isn’t HER idea.. it really doesn’t have a big chance of happening.. well, let me tell you, I EARNED my money that night!  but.. it was worth it!!

This year we met at the Corn Maze at Fleenor Farms .  A new place for me – and a perfect backdrop for our session and these sassy little gals..  it’s about $30 to shoot a session there.. totally worth the awesome backdrop!

I started out with Charlee.. because.. I’m a burden for punishment.. honestly, she did really well…

she’s just a doll.. she DID NOT want to get near the sunflowers.. at.. all.. so.. we worked with what she was comfortable with.

and then added her sister..

I am certain they are this sweet and loving all the time..

yeah.. that WAS funny..

they totally tolerated and cooperated the sister shots.. at first Charlee was NOT going to.. but somehow, i worked some magic.. and she did so well.. they both did AWESOME..

LOOOOOOK at that face..

and beautiful Baylee.. she was really a joy to talk to..

I love that she’s looking so old, so grown up.. but still has unicorn earrings in..

i LOVE this one of the two of them.. they are even holding hands.. obviously up to no good

then we headed in to the corn maze.. thankfully, their mom was keeping track of our turns or I would still be in there to this day..

Charlee.. ALWAYS up to something..

we did a change of clothes..

and took off their shoes..

Baylee hated it.. she’s not a big fan of sensory overload things.. like barefoot on mossy/muddy/rocky ground..

but she was a trooper!!  Charlee.. just wanted to run..

so.. by the time we got out.. i made her lie down..

seriously.. this picture!!

i want this series on MY walls..

to get Baylee to lie down in the grass.. with the grass touching her hair and ears.. i honestly didn’t think she would .. but look how calm she is.. she trusts me..

and I do not take that for granted at all..

this.. of Charlee.. it’s so so lovely… if i do say so myself..

we had fun..  we always have fun..

it really is the best part of my job.. watching the kids grow up .. change.. watching their parents grow.. watching them change as a family.. it is worth being away from my own for a few days for sure..

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  • AprilSeptember 21, 2018 - 1:23 am

    I think this is my favorite session yet!! I think I say that every time but for real this time 😄ReplyCancel

Sara, Derek and their little Gator.. :: Michigan session

this year up in Michigan we spent a lot of time with my cousin and her family… we always spend time with them, but this year, little Gator was old enough to actually hang out with the kids… and Derek was home!!  My daughter Emily adores him.. Sara and Derek have every (not totally safe) toy a kid could imagine – including a hill Derek built for a giant slip n slide.

Gator is 100% GO all the time.. total boy.. he usually is the center of the world up there with my family… but when my kids come to town he has to share the spotlight.  He hadn’t really warmed to me a whole lot.. LOVES my kids.. tolerates me.. so I wasn’t super sure how our session would go.. PLUS, I have never seen the kid stay still unless he was asleep.

let me tell you..

he turned the charm on and was a wonderful little boy.. just, honestly, the BEST little 2 1/2 year old I’ve ever taken pics of..

possibly because he was able to be the center of attention again.. yeah.. probably.. he totally gets that from me.

we put him up on the shelf there.. i expected whining – NOPE.. huge smile.. happiest kid in the world.

he pulled his parents in and.. just BEAMED… and i LOVE how my cousin looks here.. Sara just looks so damn happy.. and Derek.. just love them!!!

we did give him plenty of room to get his wiggles out.. so fast..

and then he hit the ground.. at like 500 mph.. dirt in his mouth.. on his hands.. thankfully, no scuffs on his face..

i love that shot.. love it..

i was worried that would be the end of the session..

nope.. the kid was spectacular..

we walked out on the train bridge thing.. what is it called???

i was certain my keys were going to fall the river below.. or I was.. or my camera was.. or the babe

but i sucked it up.. and slowly got the shots I wanted..

just love them.. like so much..

they make our summer so great each year..  and we already can’t wait to see them next year..

 

 

 

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another summer visit to Old Mission.. the Hoffman/Brickmans..

Summer is crazy for everyone.

I choose to add to the normal insanity by taking my kids and dog to Michigan for 3-4 weeks every summer.

we don’t really have a moment of down time – lots of family visiting, outdoor activities, visiting friends, time on the water..

and every couple of years… I sneak away from my children (okay.. i mean, dump them on a family member) and spend a little time up in Old Mission with one of my very favorite families..

I’ve known this crew since Mazie was about a week old.. Peg booked a YEARS worth of pictures with me with out even meeting me..

that kind of sounds insane.. but man… I am so glad Peg took a chance on me..

I consider this family – and Peg’s parents and sister AND yes.. even the dogs.. I consider them all friends..

on to the fam..

let’s start with Ole Brewsky…

this was the first time I noticed all the gray.. he’s gotten so distinguished… he was basically a toddler when I met Peg, Alex and newborn Mazie.

he was chill and gentle with baby Mazie..

and is still just as chill..

i mean.. this poor overloved dog..

we tried a few family pics.. i got several picture perfect Christmas Card worthy pics.. but this one really makes me smile.. and is SO LUKE

and just the two kids..

okay.. a cute family one..

a family picture that a year ago.. i wasn’t really sure I would be able to take..

ya see.. last year was a tough year for this family.. Peg got sick.. very sick.. and all of us who adore her had the wind knocked out of us..

it was impossible to wait for news.. to be patient and pray for good news.. to hear the news and it not be good news..

to wait..

to be hopeful..

and finally.. to find out she was going to be okay..

to see her this summer..

as if she had never been sick.. hadn’t had to fight for her life.. it was incredible..

I’m not an emotional gal.. but I tell you.. as I looked through these images.. seeing her parents.. and her husband… and her sister.. and her babies.. yep… I lost it.. crying..

but here they are..

the people who love her most..

and give me a WORK OUT when i see them every other year.. and i wouldn’t trade it for anything..

okay.. enough sappiness..

Her parents.. and their favorite.. (the pup posed perfectly)

after taking pictures at the house, we drove up to the Lighthouse at Old Mission.. where Peg and Alex got engaged back in the day..

the kids were TOTALLY done with pics by this point.. and.. well.. Alex might have been too – but he was – and always is – a trooper.. (next time, a beverage for the photographer, please)

i also got a great shot of Peg and her Sister Katie..

yeah.. they both have AMAZING arms, smiles. personalities..

NEXT time.. SERIOUSLY.. next time.. i am staying for WINE.. maybe I will invite myself to stay the night.. so I can have a few glasses of wine.. I think fun would be had!

 

 

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  • Peggy HoffmanAugust 17, 2018 - 12:38 am

    Love these so much! Worth the wait. You are so cute about your sappiness – making me tear up as well. So thankful I hired you way back when and we’ve continued on. You know you are always invited for the night and lots of wine! Let’s make it happen next time!ReplyCancel

Kyle & Aletha and their gorgeous family

I met this mom, Aletha, in November or Decemeber.. i can’t remember for certain – life was INSANE and I was doing my best to get my kids involved and busy so they wouldn’t totally hate me forever for tearing them away from their friends and perfectly perfect life they knew… so..  it was at some point after we moved to Florida.. One of my daughters landed a spot on Aletha’s daughter’s soccer team.. Aletha was the team manager.. She was my lifeline for a bit.. Starting a new soccer club is an ordeal!  over the next 6 months or so I got to see this family a lot.

I love good families..

Families where it is about being a family.. raising good kids… having a good balance..

this family is fun to watch.. all of them are very involved – in all sorts of things.. and watching them juggle it all is – well, at times comical – but mostly inspiring..

The two youngest are involved in soccer/sports/a bit competitive.. much like my girls.. and their oldest, Chloe, is much like my son – quieter, more of a thinker/reader/literature kind of gal..

so.. let’s start with the girls..

Emma..

Emma was the first kid I met here in Florida.. when I met Aletha.. soccer superstar.. the kid doesn’t quit.. but she LOVES it.. i have to say.. i truly love watching that kid play..

I love hearing her mom quietly cheer on the sidelines..

(hahhahah… oh.. that made me chuckle)

as competitive as this kid is, she is absolutely just as inclusive and caring about those around her.  Her friendship is one my kid really enjoys.

she’s a bit of a ham too.. she decided right away that she was indeed good at this modeling thing..

i mean.. of course she was!!!

then i took little Sarah off for some pictures..

Sarah.. well.. it isn’t that she is a talker.. she’s a very good listener.. but LOOK out.. once she has listened.. and is comfortable that it is okay for her to speak..  she is going to speak..

she has the most darling little face.. and gorgeous big brown eyes..

she’s a hugger.. and a sweet sweet girl.. I could have walked the property with her for hours.. listening to her tell me all the fun things about her sisters.. she may be the littlest.. but her spirit is mighty..

next it was Chloe’s turn.. by this point.. i had a lot of dirt on her from the little sisters!..

it didn’t phase her!

she had a confidence about her that impressed me very much.  I bet she can hold her own in any conversation.

I am so worried about the age Chloe is for my girls.. So often I see sassy or disrespectful girls.. but nope.. Chloe is a wonderful young lady.. It kept me  hopeful!!!

she took direction so well… EXCEPT when I said not to smile.. then she got SUPER serious.. so we got back to chatting.. and BAM.. there she was again!!

I honestly could have talked Hamilton and listening to her interests for another hour.. I really can’t wait to see where she takes herself over the next few years.

by this time.. i knew a bit about each girl.. so I got them together..

again.. let me say.. incredibly well behaved girls.. I probably would have done this session at no charge because they were such a joy..

all of them…

even dad, Kyle..

oh.. look at this one..

do they not look just perfect??  like little angels.. who keep their rooms clean (maybe emma), never fight and always do exactly as their parents ask!?!?!

i love this one in Black and White.. Chloe made this smirk a lot.. I love it..

another sweet sister shot.. Sarah’s adorable nails are showing.. Emma’s the perfect little model .. and.. poor Chloe… i asked the girls to pinch her.. and they did..

and she handled it.. and didn’t scream at them.. or me.. she deserves a prize!

and just for fun.. i asked.. who keeps the tidiest room… immediately.. i love Emma’s face..

time to add the parents!

there are TWO things that make or break a family session..

the stress level of the MOM.. and – well, how well the dad plays along.. let’s face it dads.. family pictures are horrible.. the moms are almost always neurotic and crazed.. the husbands usually feed off of this.. which.. sends the kids into another orbit.. i have my tricks to get ahead of all of this.. and with this family.. I will say.. Dad, Kyle.. was a rock star.. it was hot.. muggy.. and he had me telling him what to do for about an hour.. Aletha was great.. i only had to threaten her with a Red Card once..

as I’ve said.. i love a good family.. and during a photo session.. you get so see all the fun things..

this family is now one of my favorite…

right?  are they not just great?!?!?!?

this one i love.. the black and white below..

Yes.. Aletha’s eyes are closed.. but.. i love it.. all of it.. i swear it’s how I wish I looked when my kids were hugging on me..

instead.. i probably look annoyed and like.. DUDES.. back off.. but no.. in the middle of all this craziness.. all this hyper stressful camera in your face time..

there is a grace about her..

me – not so graceful

THIS ONE….. LOOK

she looks just so dang happy…

a last parting shot..

a family shot..

I think Kyle and Aletha are my favorite in it.. i got some cute pics of just the two of them.. i loved watching the way he watched her.. how he calms her..

he’s good for her.. she’s good for him..

they make a great family..

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  • AlethaJune 19, 2018 - 8:11 pm

    Wow.  Nicholle is amazing.  Not only did she truly capture who my family is but also the love we have for each other.   She was wonderful.  Each girl for individual time  in front  of  the camera.   She calmed us all and obviously by just these few pictures she did what Kyle and I had hoped for in family pictures.   I can’t wait to see all of the pictures.  Thank you so much Nicholle.   ReplyCancel

  • Gloria thomasJune 20, 2018 - 8:08 pm

    I love them and I think they are all super!  Of course  I am family,   ❤️  Aunt GloriaReplyCancel

2018 Travel

we finished the school year!

the day after school was out, we went to visit family up in Greenville, SC.. got to see my Grandparents – my grandpa was not looking great.. got home for a couple of days and got a call that Grandpa was headed to the hospital in an ambulance.. I was back in the car with in an hour and headed back up to Greenville.. it was a difficult week.. one I’m not really ready to discuss yet.. i know that has to be shocking as I OVERSHARE all the time..

BUT.. one thing I kept thinking about while I was sitting in the hospice through the nights with him – was how much I have missed traveling and seeing the families I so very much love taking pictures of.. taking pictures is my therapy.. and I really haven’t had time for that for the past year…

Last year I wasn’t able to make my Fall picture taking trip back East.. because, well, we were moving back East!  I’ve been working on my calendar for about a month – trying to make my family schedule work the the trips I want to take… and here is what I’ve come up with!!

If I’m not coming close to you, shoot me an email.. and I might be able to sneak a trip in.. nicholle@nichollegoodnightphotography.com

All sessions come with your digital files on a super cute wooden USB box.  For families up to 5 members.  If only one person the price would be $400+tax.

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