3 Generations of Memories {Anna Maria Island, Florida}

What happens when you combine a photographer, a beautiful location, and three generations of friends and family?  A huge amount of photos that you can’t bear to eliminate.  This is our third family vacation to Anna Maria Island.  Every year just as fantastic as the last.  It is a wonderfully tranquil place that allows you to leave the stresses of home behind and just concentrate on those you love.  There is no boardwalk or even any major retailers.  Just a quaint main street dotted with adorable stores and restaurants.  If you stay on the island, you can travel by foot or bike easily.

Last year during this trip, our daughter was only 2 months old.  I spent a lot of time at the house with her during the peak of day and slowly transitioned to a family of four with the help of many friends and family members.  A necessity since she had colic.  I was breastfeeding, baby wearing, and loosely following the attachment parenting model.  It was highly rewarding but also very exhausting.  This year, she was 14 months old and super independent.  She is walking, “talking”, climbing, eating solids and drinking milk, and insanely funny.  The other plus was that now her and her brother can actually do things together, which is so heart warming.

My son was 2 when we started coming down to Anna Maria.  It is amazing to look back at the pictures to see just how much he has changed over the years.  No longer a toddler with a round face and limited vocabulary.  He is now long and lean with a huge vocabulary.  He is now doing “big boy” things like going out on the kayak with his dad to catch fish.  I’m trying to appreciate that it won’t be long before he won’t want to be spending every second with us during a vacation..before a quiet place like this may seem boring.  Right now, it is a highly anticipated trip that we all equally enjoy.

One of the best parts of this vacation is the addition of our childhood friends.  These people have seen me through it all and have known me since I was a baby.  They are family to me and I am so grateful that we can continue to make memories as our families grow.  Last year the twins were only 6 months old…just sitting up and with a little bit of hair.   Now all three girls have started playing with each other and starting their own little friendship, one that I hope they continue through adulthood.  There is something special about having people in your life that knew you as a baby.

We started out our vacation just north of Tampa visiting some dear friends that used to live up north.  It is wonderful to be able to add them onto our family vacation because it ensures we see them at least once a year.  They were gracious enough to take us out on their boat to one of their favorite little islands.  The boys got to fish while the girls got to relax on the beach.  It was perfect.

Thank you all for a wonderful vacation filled with so many amazing memories.

A special thank you to my parents for starting this tradition and making this all happen.  Your generosity and love is always amazing and we will be forever grateful.  xoxo

 




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Making Memories from Cape May to Cape Cod

When I first met my husband it was in a loud bar and I thought he said his name was Armani.  The next day my girlfriend so kindly reminded me that it was Omari.  He was the first Omari I had ever met.  My grandmother once called him Atari.  My friend’s dad called him Mario.  Many people have called him Omar.  So I was amazed when I found out that one of his closest high school friends was also named Omari.

Two Omaris sharing a namesake has created a special bond.  One that, even though they live over 6 hours away, we try to see each other at least once a year.  Sometimes more.  Both Omaris having wives that get along so well helps.  Over the past few years, there have been a number of milestones to celebrate.  Weddings, new homes, pregnancies, babies…things that we didn’t want to miss out on.   It is for these special relationships that you go out of your way and make sure you are there for the big milestones.  We ping pong between the suburbs of Philadelphia and Boston celebrating these big events.  They are incredible with our kids, not just the read a book on their lap and give them a high five kind of relationship.  They are crawl on the floor, carry on their back, run on the beach kind of incredible with the kids.  For that we are so grateful.  For that I am so glad to have my  camera around to help document these special times.

Here is an image from their wedding rehearsal in Massachusetts.  Their wedding pictures can be seen here.

 

Followed by a trip to Cape May, NJ around their one year anniversary.

 

 

Last year, we got to see them before they had their first baby…which was also when they got to meet our second baby for the first time.  This time it was in Cape Cod instead of Cape May, which was so pretty but too short a visit.

 

This year was back to Cape May.  I love watching our “gang” slowly expanding.  The kids get along amazingly well.  When together, everything is just easy.  I’m excited to see where our next adventure brings us.


I can’t wait for our next adventure.  Love you guys!

 

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A boy and his tree {Garnet Valley, PA}

Every child should be have a tree to spend their childhood in.  At our last house, our narrow city street only had one tree.  Our new house has more trees then we can count, however, only one is easily climbable.  Thankfully it is right outside of our front door and has become our son’s favorite place to hang out.  I feel blessed that he has this little safe haven but also very mindful that there are so many children out there that are so not as fortunate.  I do know that when we lived in the city the streets that had the trees were always the nicest.  I can all imagine how the quality of life in the city would improve if all of the city streets were tree lined.

 

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High School Sweethearts {Core Creek Park, Bucks County, PA}

Sometimes during a session the stars align and you get the perfect weather, amazing lighting, and high school sweethearts so very much in love.  Plus, is it me or does mom look like she could be a model for Fit Pregnancy Magazine?

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One cute pup and some fabulous red pumps {Ridley Creek State Park, PA}

Maternity shoots for first time parents are wonderful.  They are filled with a beautiful combination of hope, anticipation, love and excitement for the massive addition to their family.  They are also well rested…something they won’t feel for quite a long time after the baby is born.

It is so refreshing to photograph people that actually listen and take my direction instantly…no bribes needed. (I am specifically referencing my own children here.) :O)  This couple was adorable and had the best dog that perfectly reflects them.  The stars aligned with perfect weather, wonderful lighting and the sweetest and most well behaved pup.   I am eagerly awaiting the birth of their little one.  The combination of puppy and baby will be ridiculous.

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