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Louise has over 5 years experience as a professional visual artist, working with both commercial and portraiture fields.
She is a specialist with Maternity, Babies, Children and Families with a personality that is infectious.
Last week, Ronnie, Giuliana and I flew out to New Jersey. Ahhhhhhh I want to be back there already. We had so much fun from the moment we met up with my New Jersey family to the moment they dropped us off at the airport to head back home to Sarasota, FL. I will be sharing more images from our trip this week so stay tuned.
Here are a few images from the American airlines plane, that I love. Capturing moments like these makes me smile from ear to ear.
July 4th we headed on down to Venice, Florida to spend the day with family. Little did we know we would be riding a 4 wheeler. I never knew how much fun they would be. The kids enjoyed every minute and so did my husband, John. He felt like he was a young again, well hold up… we are still young haha, I’m sure you understand what I mean 😉 Seeing Johns eyes light up riding the 4 wheeler warmed my heart, he was teaching our son Ronnie how to ride too and that was so cool to see. Ronnie loved every second of it. Then I had a go, I have never rode a 4 wheeler before so this was a little challenging for me, so I took it easy, learning the clutch and changing gears up and down. Safe to say nothing like a clutch on a car, so it took me a while to GET IT. Once I got it I was off, OH MY GOODNESS, I was hooked. Our daughter too, Giuliana was a little timid at first when her daddy asked her to hop on however she hopped on and off they went. Her face lit up and you could see her smiling from ear to ear. Later in the day I asked her to join me, after our ride she said “mommy, you go too slow, I want to ride with daddy or Uncle Sean.” Well ok then!!! I had best get driving quicker soon I guess haha.
I was so hooked, I wanted to buy our own. So the week after we went looking with Ronnie. Ronnie was super excited in the store. We went to Haps. I cannot rave enough about the experience my husband and I received from David and the whole team. From the warm welcome as we walked through the doors to us leaving without feeling that sales pressure. That was certainly one of the top reasons why we went back the next day and bought 2 4-wheelers. John and I surprised the kids, we told them we were going out to a restaurant for dinner. When we pulled up John was already outside with the bikes waiting for us. The kids were so shocked as we told them we would buy them another time. I love surprising them. It reminds me of when I was a kid when my parents did the same. They ran towards the bikes, hopped on for a little while before they went in the store to choose their helmets. Shortly after the papers were all signed we went straight to Uncle Sean (food was way out of the window) to test them out. We were there until it got dark.
Here are a few shots of Giuliana Grace and her Uncle Sean on his 4 wheeler. Her favorite rider is her Uncle Sean because he went faster when she asked. The little cheeky monkey.
Finding color… in a black and white world
There are two things I’m immensely passionate about…. Photography and being a mother to my two beautiful children. Both things which require me to see color… In every sense of the word. However I find myself struggling with something that seems so black and white when there are all these gorgeous colors in between. What am I talking about? Racism… Religion… Diversity. Things that people hate talking about and make people uncomfortable yet it’s all over the place and it’s being taught to the youth of our society. Almost everyday there is another tragic turn of events somewhere in this world and the motive is race or religious based. Leaving my mind boggled, my heart hurt and finding myself starting to live in fear of the environment I’m raising my children in.
We are not born naturally racist. Evolution seems to have inclined us to readily define whole groups of people as the enemy which is creating fear, mistrust and hatred. I don’t believe anyone is born innocent. We are all sinners. But I do believe our children are being taught to see color and when the color is different than their own or they have dissimilar physical characteristics they are to question or stand guard against them. Why? Where’s all the shades of grey in this black and white topic?!
I’ve been asking myself these questions for months… Years honestly. You know what kids hate? Naps! And that’s pretty much the end of the list. Not people. The four gorgeous girls in this photo shoot are between ages 3 and 6. All of different race and religion. Guess what? They played like any children. They didn’t question skin color. They didn’t ask about each other’s “God”. They didn’t care about social status or if they came from wealth or poverty. No one child was superior or inferior to one another. Those things didn’t matter.
We are teaching this at home. We are teaching this on television and all over the Internet. This is taught in classrooms and in text books. I am by no means stating that we should ignore our social or physical differences. I believe we should educate our children and embrace the opportunity to learn from one another. To unite as one. Accepting each other’s differences. Agreeing to disagree if you will. Young children have a keen awareness and passion for fairness. They demand right over wrong, just over unjust. And they notice differences without apology or discomfort. While we are molding them into contributing members of society shouldn’t we be embracing this level unbiased innocence and expose them to diversity in a positive way?
Love comes more natural to the human heart then it’s opposite. We want people to accept and love us for who we are. Without judgement. Without fear. We should be raising our children to treat others based on character rather than their skin color or religious preference. More than that our children should see us modeling through our own behavior the importance of positive interracial interactions and relationships. It’s our job as adults and parents to lead by example. Teaching our children to leave the world a better place then it was when we were brought into it. Finding the beauty in most diverse situation. Being creators instead of victims.
So I want you to look deep into the eyes of these four children… And I promise you’ll see a world full of color!
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THANK YOU TO…
Nicole Houser, Jenny Lingley and Ronnie Porvaznik for helping me set up. I couldn’t have done it without you all.
The beautiful models and the parents of Giuliana, Layla, Chloe and Mia.
The extremely talented Katy from Baby birdie Boutique for the amazing flower crowns.
Ang from Aragifts for the lovely handmade cushions.
Dresses by tutudumonde, rented from Raineys Closet.
My beautiful friend Lindsey for helping me write this blog.
Location: Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida.
I always love family coming in to town. Carrie, Devon and Mia drove down from Pennsylvania to visit their family. Carrie the mom wanted updated images of her and her gorgeous girls. She chose Nokomis beach, FL for the location and I am so glad she did as its one of my favorite beaches.
I love how Mia looked so cute with her sunglasses and a flower tucked behind her ear, she totally reminded me of a cute hippie. She danced for me and posed so well just like her older sister, Devon. I did not really have to direct Devon, she was natural as you can see from the image below. Carrie too was a natural, I smile as it makes my work so easy and I always get lost in my editing when the subjects are stunning like these girls.
Louise is a Sarasota, FL Photographer and covers surrounding areas. She specializes in Maternity, Baby, Children and Family. Call Louise or Email her for more information on how to book your session.
Its that time of year again… SUMMER and that always involves swimming when you live in Florida. Here are a few snap shots of underwater photography with Giuliana and Ronnie from June and the beginning of July. One of my favorite images out of this post has to be the SPLIT IMAGE, where I captured my daughter walking and my son swimming (image 2). This was so cool how I got to capture it.