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 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


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..

1 comment
  • 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

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..

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.

on a school night

When we started talking about moving to Florida a few years ago the main reason was to be closer to family.  Where we’ve moved to is about 45 minutes from Tom’s parents.. It quite seriously is Over the River and through the Woods to Grandmothers house..

yesterday after school the girls wanted to go to Grams house and go swimming and have dinner.. After a couple hours in the pool the girls got out and made brownies…

Abby kept saying “I can’t believe we just can come of over to Grams and Grandpa’s house AFTER school for a couple hours!!”  Exactly.. it’s just really cool

a non-rushed evening with Grams…

after dessert we headed home.. the light was so pretty.. we had the windows down, singing loud.. just a gorgeous evening.. I spied a gorgeous spot of wildflowers on the side of the road..

I took a class in college and it was basically just this.. stopping on the side of the road and picking wildflowers and keying them out to find the genus and species.. it was by far my favorite class in college.. Emily, our middle girl, loves wildflowers just like me.. and we could spend hours looking for wildflowers.

I was so disappointed that I didn’t have my good camera.. I just had my cell phone… it was killing me!

there are so many gorgeous places and unique places and buildings to take pictures of here.. I am going to start keeping my good camera with me more!

We got a good sampling of wildflowers.. a few fragrant, a couple with thorns..

it was the perfect ending to the evening.. Emily, our 10 year old, is having a difficult time adjusting to the new school.. She always makes friends so easily, but hasn’t found her place in her classroom really… it has been making her quite sad lately.. last night, she was happy.. happy happy.. swimming.. hanging out with Grams.. and wildflower hunting.. it was great.. it gave us all a great opportunity to talk about how much we miss our friends.. how much we really do love it here.. how hard it all is, but how wonderful it is too..



a photo walk with my daughter :: St. Augustine

one gorgeous day a few weeks ago, my 12 year old daughter asked if I’d take her to St. Augustine to take pictures so she could learn how to use the camera..

what??  uh.. this is the day I didn’t even know I was waiting for!!!  I was so excited.. I love spending one-on-one time with my kids – and DUDE.. she wants to do something that I LOVE… walking around taking pictures of old stuff!!!  I had to ditch my 3 other kids, so I texted my Mother in Law – who thankfully lives 45 minutes away from us now – and dropped the other kids off.. Abby and I headed down to St. Augustine.

i teach people how to use their cameras all the time.. I taught classes when we lived in Wichita at the local rec center for a couple years.. i love it.. but.. i am NOT good at teaching MY kids..  so I decided to just teach her how I do the people who sign up for  my classes.. I gave her a camera.. and we started walking.. i even gave her my FAVORITE lens.. the 24-70 L 2.8… sigh.. i love that lens.. especially for what we were doing that day..

y’all.. i knew in that moment I’d reached a level in parenting I feared I never reach.. my 12 year old was carrying around MY favorite lens.. i was putting my KID before me.. well.. almost.. i didn’t give her the good camera body… damn it.. so close..

then we walked.. she saw things she wanted to take a picture of, we stopped.. i’d ask her what she liked about the pic, she’d tell me.. ask her what she didn’t like.. and I would show her how to try to adjust things.. and then she would.. and then i would challenge her to do something else with the element we were working… and she would..

like.. for instance..

she spied this little beauty peeking out over the top of a wall…

that was her first pic..  and well, it wasn’t good.. i watched her face as she looked at the back.. i said, “can i see?”  she showed me.. and i said.. “cool, what do you like about it.. “.. there wasn’t a lot.. and she thought she just wasn’t good at taking pics.. and started to walk on.. so i asked her what she was hoping it would look like.. she’d wanted to showcase the flower (obviously)..  so I showed her how to use the focal point selection – how to lock in the focus.. and recompose the image.. and then she took a couple more..

and then told her to get some of the wall in the image – and center the flower..

she nailed it!

and then.. now JUST the wall in focus..

she was hooked then!   i just followed her around.. watched her face as she looked at what she’d shot..


and smiled when she would adjust her position to get a different angle

she felt like she was getting an idea of the focal point.. THEN she took a picture of this door.. because the door was awesome..

the light was getting really warm – late in the day.. golden hour kinda sun..

and my proud momma ears heard her say “hm.. that door doesn’t quite look like the right color”…

GUYS.. there are so many photographers that CHARGE PEOPLE MONEY.. that don’t realize their white balance is off..

i wanted to cry.. big proud mom tears.. but i pushed through.. and we had a fun discussion about white balance.. and girl got this..

the real color of the door..

so proud..

she took these too.. practicing her Depth of Field.. and messing with the White Balance

and then saw these..

and then i edited them.. and I’m going to print them for her.. because – they are so cool!


i’m going to send her a bill for my awesome mentoring and editing skillz..


eeeek.. a new website…

please excuse any hiccups with this new site – it has been a long couple of months for me as I’ve had to learn a lot of new things to get this baby up and running!

the old website (and 10 years of old blogging) has been purged.. it was time.. it was cumbersome.

a fresh start.. in our new home.. in a new state..

ALL four kids are in school full time.. the husband has a new position with his company where he doesn’t travel nearly as much AND I have in-laws near that can help out when he does travel.. So I’m pretty excited to be able to have time to work again – and not just remodeling our pink house!

yes.. PINK.. but it has a great fishing hole..

Last year I was only able to take ONE trip to photograph.. and it was a short one.. I’m looking at October for travel dates to Southwest Virginia – I’ll likely be there for 3-5 days – needing some input from clients to nail those dates down (if you’ll still have me!).  Also hoping to go to Augusta, Georgia the weekend of October 13th.

ok.. off to make sure this site is set up properly..