MOTHER’S DAY PHOTO SHOOT

Mother’s Day has taken on new meaning for me. For years, I used to stay in bed, eat Ben and Jerry’s Phish Food ice cream….and just cry – mourning the death of my own mother. While it has gotten easier over the last 14 years – last year, I found myself in that same position. Weird how the emotions ebb and flow over the years. But the reality is that my life has greater meaning now that I am a mother…and that has made facing this day a little easier.  I treasure the relationship that I have with my sister and her kids on another level because I know that we are a reflection of my mother’s love and life.

So that led me to ask one of my fave photographers – Erica Rodriquez to meet me at Greynolds Park to capture mommy moments doing one of our favorite things..us all hanging out together. I wanted to do it with my sister in celebration of Mother’s Day.  Even though I take lots of photos of my kids – I’ve never done this…and it was a special time for us. It was a gorgeous day at the park. The sun was shining so beautifully…you can see the sunrays in lots of our photos. When I first saw it…I knew then that it was my mother shining her light on us in approval of the moms we are today.

Sharing a few of my favorite pics from our day.

Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
This is us! Me and my two babies and my step-son Khari…My sister and her two girls and son. We come as a package deal.

Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama

One Balanced Mama Mother's Day Photo Shoot
AJ and his silly smiles…cracks me up!

Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama

Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama
Mothers Day Shoot One Balanced Mama

 

FAMILY CHRISTMAS PHOTO SHOOT UNVEIL!

It’s the most wonderful time...yes – it’s our annual family Christmas photo shoot unveil!! I take a gazillion pictures of my kids…I can’t help it, and I make no apologies for it.  Their faces change on a daily – and scrolling thru my 20k+ photos on my iPhone proves that!  But I really love when we do our professional family photo shoot.  I enjoy coming up with themes and ideas – or stealing ideas on Pinterest. 🙂

I look forward to seeing my kids and family personalities play out in front of the camera, and it’s always that moment to officially get us in the holiday spirit.

This year – we wanted to capture some nice family shots – but to also focus on the fun of the holidays!  I loved our prison line up shot – and the kids are the perfect age to pull off the naughty looks.  We ended up with 300 amazing photos so it was hard to narrow it down to about 20.  These are just a few of my highlights.  Special thanks to Toni Lowe for styling us as only she knows how…and Erica Melissa for always capturing our best moments.

one balanced mama family christmas shoot
one balanced mama family christmas shoot
one balanced mama family christmas shoot
one balanced mama family christmas shoot
one balanced mama family christmas shoot
one balanced mama family christmas shoot
one balanced mama family christmas shoot
one balanced mama family christmas shoot

AJ: LIFE OF A TWO-YEAR OLD TODDLER PHOTO SHOOT

Ahhhh….the excitement of turning 2!!!  August 6th. Part of me was a little sad knowing that I no longer have a baby anymore – I have a full blown little boy…and he plays the role to the tee!  “AJ” (Amarii Joseph) was such a calm and low key baby.  I thought…“this is good..I have balance between him and Miss Bobbi.”  But not so fast!  In the last few months – its like he turned on the switch and is now operating on ALL cylinders.  He has such a bright personality to match his big and bright smile.  He’s super affectionate, very independent, makes his voice heard – and is willing to battle for some shine when he is around his big sister.  He started pre-school in May, and that has really helped to accelerate his communication skills…he can now speak in full sentences, knows how to count from 1 – 13 (he’s stuck…he thinks every number after 13 is…13)..he knows his ABC’s, loves books, and loves identifying animals and their sounds.  We’re still working on his colors 🙂

As has been my tradition – I once again partnered with Erica Melissa to shoot AJ in all of his glory.  She has captured every key moment including our birth journey and his first year photo shoot.  For this shoot, we went back to the location of Miss Bobbi’s two-year old shoot in Miami Lakes. FL, a shopping area that has become our little photo shoot playground…we just used different backdrops.  I also (smartly) enlisted the help of my friend/stylist, Toni Lowes to help create the looks, and we bought along his favorite bike, his favorite toy – a football…balloons…and his favorite bear…I’m in love with it all!

Amarii Joseph; Two-year old photo shoot; One Balanced Mama Blog post
Amarii Joseph; Two-year old photo shoot; One Balanced Mama Blog post
Amarii Joseph; Two-year old photo shoot; One Balanced Mama Blog post
Amarii Joseph Metelus; Two-year old photo shoot; One Balanced Mama Blog post
Amarii Joseph Metelus; Two-year old photo shoot; One Balanced Mama Blog post

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BOBBI ELLE: A LADY AND HER CROWN PHOTO SHOOT

Bobbi Elle turned 3!!! And it was time for another photo shoot.  Shooting photos of a toddler is NO easy feat – but this year – we hit the jackpot!!  I’m not sure if its because she’s getting older or she’s used to having a camera in her face.  Either way – Miss Bobbi was on point and ready for her big day.  She allowed us to go thru 5 different looks (styled by Toni Lowes) and we got thru it all in about an hour and a half.  Thanks to the amazing eye of one of my fave photographers – Erica Rodriquez – there were a ton of awesome shots – and I had the tough job of narrowing it down to these:

1st Look:  A Lady and her Crown

Bobbi Elle "Queen Bee" 3rd birthday Photo Shoot

Bobbi Elle "Queen Bee" 3rd birthday Photo Shoot

Bobbi Elle "Queen Bee" 3rd birthday Photo Shoot

Bobbi Elle: The lady and her crown birthday photo shoot; toddler shoot

Bobbi Elle "Queen Bee" 3rd birthday Photo Shoot

Bobbi Elle "Queen Bee" 3rd birthday Photo Shoot

Bobbi Elle "Queen Bee" 3rd birthday Photo Shoot

Bobbi Elle "Queen Bee" 3rd birthday Photo Shoot