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Solace For the Children / Jacksonville Children Photography

Solace For the Children…what a wonderful time we had this year!

Imagine seeing the ocean for the first time…I had the pleasure of seeing H. see the ocean for the first time at my first Solace for the Children session this summer.  It took my breath away!  So his host family had him all decked out with a life vest and an Avengers ring around his waist.  As he sprinted towards the ocean he stopped in awe.  Then he started dancing and literally had I not had the camera plastered to my face I would have lost it.

I love the excitement and the energy these children have despite their circumstances. That energy is contagious and the stories these children have are inspiring! To see children who come to America for the hope of healing and to see how far many of them have come. I got to see A. standing on the beach after 3 years of surgery for his foot and he now is walking with no crutches. To see one little girl who’s story is so powerful standing with confidence in front of my camera, and her smile is the only thing you see now as her burns are almost totally healed. To see S. who loves to play jokes and looks really close to see you because he can’t hear or see very well… he makes me laugh every time and his love for life is amazing.

I hope to have half the courage and love that these kids demonstrate. Every one of these children has a story and I could go on and on. This year was so much fun photographing all the families and kids…I feel like I grow and appreciate life even more with every child I meet 🙂

If you are interested in seeing more about this charity, please visit their website for more inspiring stories about these wonderful kids…Solace For the Children

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Jacksonville Magazine’s Fashion Show/ Jacksonville Photographer

Jacksonville Magazine Fashion Show Shoot!

Come see the show…Vote for Georgina to be the Cover Model for Jacksonville Magazine.  Tonight Jacksonville Magazine is having their 4th annual Cover Model Fashion Show at the Casa Marina Hotel at Jacksonville Beach at 7pm.  I had the honor of doing Georgina Kalaitzis’s photo shoot for the show along with the talented Hip To Be Square Team from Salon on the Square owned by Pamela Hilton in San Marco…makeup by Lucy De La Guardia, hair by Jennifer Jolley, styling by Dawn Rodrigrez, and the fab clothes by the Penelope T Boutique.  I love the clothes from Penelope T’s and they are in Jacksonville Beach near Starbucks…even better!!!  Check out the video featuring some of the highlights from the fashion shoot…

Jacksonville Magazine Fashion Show / www.danitabrooks.com

Jacksonville Magazine Fashion Show / www.danitabrooks.com

Jacksonville Magazine Fashion Show / www.danitabrooks.com

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Little K…catch me if you can/ Jacksonville FL Children’s Photographers

Summer session dancing on the beach and playing in the sand photo session / www.danitabrooks.com

Summer Session…dancing on the beach and digging in the sand!

I have been so busy this summer…crazy busy is kind of an understatement right now.  But that is what I love about summer…the kids all coming in my office and going to the pool on a whim. So kicking off my “trying to be good to the blog” moment…I thought this is a perfect summer session to feature with a slideshow.  I just love this family and it has been an honor just to see K grow.  A miracle baby with parents that adore her and she just lights up everyone with that smile.  You can tell by this show just how much fun we had.  And yes we ran a lot!!  A lot and it was so fun!!!

Urban Session of Sweet and Sassy / Jacksonville Kids Photographers

I had such a blast with this family and check out these beauties.  These little ones were so sweet and sassy…so that’s my nickname for them right now (and I love these ages…super fun, a little on the sassy side and all spunk…my happy place :).  We ran, played, and jumped all over mom and dad.  Everything from the location to the kids were perfect…we had so much fun and I think that it shows.   Here are some of my favs…actually there were way too many to choose from but at least here’s a portion of my favs… 🙂

Solace for the Children/ Jacksonville Children Photography

I had such an extremely fun and meaningful last couple of weeks…these children are from Afghanistan.  They were brought to Jacksonville to stay with some wonderful families who opened their hearts and homes.  I learned a lot from these children.  Not only are they very resilient but they are such loving and caring kids.  Regardless of a language barrier or any medical issues these children really just like to have fun and they also really like silly bands 🙂  I feel truely blessed to have photographed them and their host American families.   Solace for the Children is a great organization and a blessing to these children…if you are able to donate to this wonderful cause…you can make your donations to the Jacksonville division and it will serve the kids who come to our area.  While they are here in Jax, they receive much needed medical and dental care that they can’t get at home along with lots of love from these very caring families who volunteer.  Check out the slideshow of these amazing kids…

Newborn Photo Props & Baby B. Sneak Peak

Newborn photo props…

When looking for newborn photo props always look inside the home of your clients!  This is one of my favorite ways to find props and it’s completely their style.  If it is an object that they love enough to put into their home chances are they would love an image containing it especially with their baby in it. When using a bowl such as this you must be very careful.  Bowls are cold and hard.  One trick is to warm up a towel in the dryer just a touch and place it in the bowl to heat the bowl a bit before you add the baby.  Another trick is to line the bowl with something soft before you put baby in.

Remember when it comes to newborn photo props the safety of the baby is the most important thing.  And if baby isn’t into doing this it may not be the right thing to do.   I always take cues from the baby.  If baby is not cooperating, it is not worth it and do something else.

 

Newborn Photo Props Baby in Bowl Close Up

Newborn Photo Props Teddy Bear

And don’t forget to look for personal toys…passed down teddy bears or that special blanket that grandma made for the baby.

Family session telling secrets

Newborn Session capture older siblings playing

Newborn Session Sibling Fun and Newborn Photo Props

Get the big kids involved in your newborn session…

Get the siblings involved in playtime and telling you their stories.  Even the fun band aids I think added a touch of “real” to this session.

This was such a great session.  We played and little baby B. looked so adorable.  Check out all that red hair and her bright blue eyes…melt my heart.  I think these looks say a lot about her personality.  She’s got a lot to take in with brother and sister who showed me a lot of personality and energy.  I even came home with a homemade piece of jewelry that I will treasure from big sister…compliments of the next generation fashion jewelry designer.  We even got to chase some crabs on the beach…can’t beat a day like that 🙂

 

 

Baby Photo Shoot Future Pilot Baby G.

Baby pilot photo shoot

Baby photo shoot

Baby photo shoot future pilot

Baby photo shoot stars future pilot session

Baby photo shoot …maybe a future pilot?

This baby photo shoot was so much fun.  We had a blast at our maternity session and now the baby is here!  Baby G. is such an adorable little guy and he was a perfect little model for me.   I absolutely loved his patriotic room with stars and planes which is perfectly fitting since Daddy is a Naval pilot.  Celebrating this new beginning with such a wonderful family is truly a blessing for me.  Thought this was the perfect post for Memorial Day when we are celebrating how grateful we are for all the military who give up so much for us along with their families that deserve to be honored.  There were so many to choose from but these were just a few of my favorites.

Six Month Old Sweet Baby R.

Six Month Old Baby Photo Session

Six Month Old Baby Pink Dress and Bubbles

Six Month Old Baby Photo Session

Six Month Old Baby Session…how did we get here so fast?

Six months old and growing so fast…I absolutely have so much fun with this family.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the future and how adorable she is going to be at a year old.  It’s hard to believe half of a year has already gone by.  When it comes to baby photo shoots, this first year is so important.  The first year is a year of major growth and change.  The changes are not only in the baby but also in the family.  This crew is on there way to a beautiful family.  I am looking forward to next time and seeing just how much she grows in the next six month.  These also just make me love springtime…you can almost smell the fresh air and feel the breeze of spring in these images!

Newborn Photo Shoot Baby P & Her Frog

Newborn Photo Shoot with an adorable baby and a big stuffed frog…

This was such a great session…baby slept the first half and then was awake for the second half.  Giving us the best of both worlds we were able to capture her eyes open and closed.  In a newborn photo shoot sleeping babies are like gold and I actually love it when we can peak at babies eyes.  We even got the dog Gina to cooperate for a few and she’s a little camera shy.  I just love this image of mom and baby.  Check out baby P’s bright eyes as she poses for me in her froggie chair…I love that!

Newborn Photo Shoot Baby in Frog Chair

Newborn Photo Shoot Baby Face

Newborn Photo Shoot Dog Photography

Newborn photo shoot baby in basket