Archive for 'family'

July 03, 2017
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1sometimes you have that moment.. or in this case a series of many moments during a session. the weather is ideal, the wardrobe choices are perfection, and the client is fun, fearless, and just gets you and your vision for the shoot. such was the evening that I spent with this lovely mother-to-be. cailyn is the younger sister of my dear friend and client, amanda. many moons ago, amanda and I worked together and I remember cailyn coming in to visit her sister… she seemed so young at the time ~ and she was. time has flown! not only has amanda had two beautiful children since then, but now cailyn is expecting her first. we had such a beautiful evening on chincoteague – given the time of year, it was downright chilly and glorious. cailyn was simply amazing as she went along with anything that I suggested and then some ~ this being her first pregnancy, she is so comfortable in her skin and it shows in the way she moves and in her sparkling eyes… she’s SO excited to be a mom and I am so very happy for her. I can’t wait to met your baby and the newest addition to a family that I love dearly xoxo

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June 15, 2017
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1wren is the daughter of two of my dear friends and I have had the pleasure of knowing this little girl since the day after she was born. her mom, who is also a photographer, contacted me about her upcoming birthday and asked if we could get together for a bit in berlin to document this big milestone… wren, balloons, and ice cream? I am so in! these photographs really speak for themselves… wren is an inquisitive, happy, and beautiful child and I am so grateful to watch this family grow together. happy birthday little miss! loads of love surrounds you xoxo

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June 08, 2017
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to document the journey of a couple is one of my greatest joys as a photographer. from engagement to wedding day and then getting that call that they are expecting a child and becoming a family ~ these are such life changing moments and I feel honored and humbled to capture them… and such is the story of the esworthy family. I met erika and josh years ago when I photographed their beautiful wedding day and not too long after that did their daughter, hayden, arrive. my first session with her was almost 8 years ago, and in the years since I have photographed them 5 times (click here, here, here, and here if you’d like to see our past sessions). every time I am with them, I am completely smitten with this family. erika and josh are still as as crazy as ever about each other, and hayden is growing into such a lovely young lady in front of my camera. she is spunky, thoughtful, funny, and so very sweet. as always, I look forward to our next adventure together! xoxo

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May 16, 2017
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1this session has been several years and three babies in the making.. see, in the west household, I have been given the nickname, ‘the inducer’. when I photographed kelly and alex’s wedding, I knew how excited they were to start a family ~ so when they learned that they were expecting their first child, daniel, I knew we were going to be doing a maternity session. we got the session on the schedule and then shortly thereafter, she went into labor. everyone was fine, but the session never happened. then, a couple of years later, kelly was pregnant with their daughter, hadley. we got the session on the schedule and kelly even went out and bought a dress. and then….. yep, she went into labor. happy and healthy little girl, but no session. so this time… this time! we were on a mission. kelly texted me to let me know that she had gotten the dress and I teased, ‘okay, lay down and don’t move until the session’. we laughed, but I think we were both crossing our fingers at the time. but we needn’t have worried ~ we were given a beautiful day and I had the best time working with all of them. daniel and hadley are so much fun and kelly and alex… well, they’re just about the coolest couple I know. I am looking so forward to meeting the newest baby west and am really grateful that we were finally able to make our many plans and ideas a reality this time. I love you all and am so happy for you! xoxo

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April 25, 2017
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1a few short weeks before I photographed this, I visited my cousin, caitlin, and her newborn son, kie, at the hospital. we had a quick session to document this special time, but I knew that I would return to include big brother, gray… and the family pup, diesel (long but funny story there… :) ) when they were still at the hospital, gray wasn’t too sure what to make of this new person who everyone was coming to visit. but now at home, it was so lovely to see that he’s starting to figure out that he’s got a brother, a sidekick, a best friend… for life. I love all of you so much and am so happy and grateful to share this time with you xoxo

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001since moving back to the shore, I have become increasingly close with my cousin, caitlin… I even wrote about it during her grey t-shirt session :)  she never ceases to inspire, delight, and impress me – and she can always get me laughing, regardless of what’s swirling around us. last week she became a mother for the second time and I knew that I wanted to document these first days – there will be a follow up session once they all get settled at home that will include her husband, jamie, their son, gray, and of course the family pup, diesel. but I wanted these early moments together to be saved forever. the day that I met her first child, gray, I wrote this for him and it’s just as applicable for kie – I love all of you so much!

‘dear Gray (and now Kie), I met you this morning and the first thing I noticed was just how perfect you are. the second thing was that your mom looks so different than she did 2 days ago.. in the most beautiful way. she is a mother and she is radiant. as the remaining representative of my small branch of your extensive family tree, I wanted to let you know a few things. first, you will be the most photographed child on the eastern shore. fact. also, as we get to know each other, I hope to share all I know about the family members who have come before: your great-uncle Paul’s kindness, your great-aunt Ethel’s grace and your cousin Cornelia’s strength. we are a big, beautiful, and kind of crazy family but we love each other with all of our hearts and are so happy that you’re finally here. welcome to the world little man.’  

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March 15, 2017
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1every moment I have spent working with and getting to know casie and frank has been so awesome! they are such a wonderful couple and have so much fun together that it’s impossible not to be drawn into their happiness. from their e-session to their wedding, and now to their daughter frances’ (aka frankie’s) first session, I have been honored to document portions of their story together as a couple and now as a family. because frankie came early, we couldn’t do a newborn session until a couple of weeks ago, but once I walked into their home and met this smiling and happy girl, I was smitten. she has such a vibrant personality already and was a joy to photograph. of course, me being me, I had to get the family pup, chester, in a few shots as well. thank you for a wonderful morning ~ it was so nice to see you and to meet your beautiful daughter xoxo

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January 25, 2017
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1my history with they myers family is a long one… not only have they been my friends and neighbors for the past 14 years, but mom, wendy, and I have known each other our whole lives. wendy grew up in the house next door to where I live now, and currently lives in the house across the street ~ while my grandparents lived in the house on the other side of mine. every christmas and most summers, I would travel down to the eastern shore from syracuse and spend months at a time here in snow hill. because wendy and I are close in age, we became fast friends when we were little and I always loved spending time with her during my visits. once I moved to colorado, I was rarely in snow hill for more than a day or two and wendy and I lost touch. but in 2002, I moved into my home and was pleasantly surprised that wendy was still here in town and we picked up where we left off. over the years, I have gotten to know her husband, jon, and I have watched her kids, reagan and riley, grow up in front of my eyes. they are such amazing kids… well not really kids anymore. in fact, reagan just left this week to study abroad ~ where does the time go? they have also welcomed david, a foreign exchange student from korea, into their family. his first round of study was last year and he fit into their life as though he had always been there. I remember wendy telling me that he was coming back for a second year and she was so happy! so while david was here and before reagan left, it was important to all of them to document this time together. we chose a beautiful but COLD afternoon to photograph a short but sweet session… according to riley, he couldn’t feel his legs :)  I love this wonderful family and am so grateful for each and every one of them xoxox

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January 05, 2017
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1when gillette portrait arts began in 2003, we were primarily a wedding photography studio. and while we loved photographing weddings here on the beaches of the eastern shore, we had no idea what would happen as we continued this journey. here’s what happened…. our business grew to photographing weddings in cities all over the east coast and we worked with so many amazing couples. then our couples started families and they contacted us to photograph their maternity sessions. thennnn the babies were born and we had the opportunity to capture some of their first newborn moments. THEN the babies turned into toddlers and then grew into kids and now some are almost teenagers (yikes!) and we have had the honor of documenting so many milestones along the way. we’ve said it before and we’ll keep on saying it.. forming a relationship that begins at the very first wedding photography consultation that continues for years as these former brides and grooms turn into parents and become dear friends to all of us is the biggest gift of what we do. some of our closest friendships grew out of what began as working relationships and we couldn’t be more grateful to have gotten to know so many wonderful people along the way. we are looking so forward to meeting new friends in 2017 and continuing to document the newest additions to our big and beautiful GPA family!

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December 29, 2016
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1since their maternity session, I had anxiously been awaiting THE call. susan and mike are two of my favorite people and when I felt their excitement during that session, I knew that once I was their son arrived, I was in for something special. just a couple of weeks later, their son carter was born and I headed to berlin. mike answered the door and was just beaming… a little tired maybe, but so happy. and then susan introduced me to carter who was curled up, asleep, and adorable ~ and susan had never looked more beautiful. we spent the next hour or so, just hanging out together and taking photographs – I loved seeing my friends so happy! I can’t wait to watch this little boy grow up and am looking forward to capturing every special moment ~ love you all!

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