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I personally love creating Tybee Island photos at sunrise on south beach more than anything. This morning mini session with Ellen, Morris and Michael, the new center of their world, was idyllic in ever sense of the word. We were greeted by a beach still untouched by footprints and a quality of morning light that is possibly unrivaled. Thank you both for your display of devotion and affection for one another. Thank you so much for not only understanding the passion that is translated visually by your unhesitating willingness to get in the water in your clothes and connect with each other, but for doing so in such a natural way. Like the morning light, our time together was brief, yet beautiful.

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I had the pleasure of shooting a Tybee Island family photo session for Gwen and Brent with their children, Sophia, Haley and Tristan (T-rex to his peeps) last year along with their extended family. They were amazing with the amount of energy and connection they had for each other right away. It’s apparent this sort of play is a part of their normal lives and not just something for the camera.

This year I feel the images were even stronger because not only did these guys repeat the long road trip all the way from Indiana and ask me to chase them all over again, but they arrived as old friends. I was greeted with hugs in the parking lot at 6:45 in the morning of there session which just happened to be the 4th of July. There was never a moment where we weren’t all joking and laughing as dear friends do.

It’s easy and comfortable for most families to stay in that playful emotional zone where every action is light hearted and full of laughter, but to move to the level where you’re comfortable going deeper and expressing a wider range of emotion and your individual personalities with each other is as much a gift for me as it is for them.

Before this endearing family left the island they invited me out to coffee. I mean inviting your photographer to meet up for coffee during you vacation?! My work specializes in visually capturing the relationships within families and so much of that is based on the relationships I build with clients when the camera is not in front of my face.

Gwen wanted to make a photo of me with her children. I mean come on, are you trying to make a guy get choked up?! So we made plans for me to stop by their rental right before they left the island. I was sad to see these guys go, but before they did I made a family portrait of them in from of the rental they had been making memories in all week. The place was just like them.  It was unquestionably cool in its uniqueness and beautifully hidden yet obvious to those that seek it out, as good people so often are.

That photo reminds me of vacations from my childhood when a new scene and experience called for a photograph. This last photo is the most meaningful photo I’ve made this summer simply because it’s a photo of my friends. I predict their Tybee Island family photo session will be even better next year.

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Tybee Island Beach Photographers – Morning Mini Session

Little Conner brought his momma and grandma to chase him around during our morning mini session. Grandma was quite content to laugh and watch as Kelsey and I tried to keep up running in and out of the ocean and through tide pools. Don’t let this little dude fool you. He is fast and definitely made us earn our breakfast. I always love the intimacy of two for a photo session and these two certainly gave me the honor of documenting many priceless moments during our brief time together. Thank you guys!

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