The McCartney Family

There’s always an exciting possibility each time we photograph a wedding that we might have the chance one day to photograph the husband and wife as a family, one day.  For Alisha and Will, that day came Sunday.  We’ve loved the two of them for quite a while now.  And they’ve gone and added a little bundle of joy to the mix:) That little heartbreaker’s name is Evelyn and she’s quite the sweetie-pie.  We hope you enjoy these photos that we captured on Evelyn’s three month birthday.  (Couldn’t help myself on the last one, guys.  I take full responsibility! – J)

A Charming Little Irishman (and his loving folks too)

Declan’s a charming little Irishman.  He’s also the 7 month old bundle of joy that we’ve been waiting to give all of you a visual update on.  So without any other hesitation, take a look at the latest photographs of our little buddy Declan….and his folks too.  Another cool thing about these guys:  They’re the pioneers for Azelle Photography’s new “styled” family portrait sessions.  When we get a formal name for this type of session, we’ll be sure to let everyone know.  But no matter when that formal roll out is, Beth, Sterlyn, and Declan were the first.  We love you guys.  You have held and always will hold a special place in our hearts!

Happy Kids: The All-Natural Antidepressant

Who can’t be happy around happy kids?  Veta and I know first hand how much spirits can be lifted by genuinely happy children.  While we were in wonderful spirits yesterday to begin with, our little mini-session with Sasha and Dena was like an extra shot of pleasure on top of a wonderful day.  We know that these happy times are the memories that Moms and Dads will remember most throughout the years to come.  Sure, there are times when children are unhappy – just like us adults.  But when they’re genuinely happy, their joy is unrestrained.  That’s when we love to photograph.  Enjoy these few photographs from our wonderful time yesterday.  I think if you look into these hard enough, you can almost see the giant grins that adorned these two photographers’ faces behind the lens:)

The first series of four, I just had to post.  Dena’s little hat is actually a shock-resistant hat/helmet that toddlers wear for those first few weeks that they learn to walk.  They’re quite popular in Europe.  I’d just never seen one here and I happen to think that this one is adorable.  Perhaps it’s just Dena’s glee that makes it so.

The Most Precious Easter Egg

Little Camden is absolutely who I’m referring to in my title above.  At just ten days old, he’s practically brand new:) Being a Mommy is new for Amber too.  She and Camden are learning together and we know that their Mother-Son bond will be even stronger accordingly.  We often forget how only a Mother can calm her newborn baby.  It’s not always on the front of our minds just how much a baby needs his Mother.  And it’s quite evident just how much love a Mother has for her baby when you get a few hours to spend with them.  It’s days like these that remind us of all these things….and remind us that we have the best job ever!

These photos are dedicated to family and the love that we share for each other.

Family Photos…..with a splash of Azelle style!

I have to admit that I’m a little bit emotional about writing this particular post.  Masha and Denis have been our friends practically from the first time we met them.  I’m convinced that many of us occasionally have periods in our life when we wonder if the “good old days” are gone.  We wonder sometimes if anyone other than our families really care.  We wonder when we’ll get to experience genuine human kindness again.

And then sometimes, something wonderful happens.  God places people in your life to remind you of who we really are meant to be.  It seems like chance, but it’s not.  Veta and I know that Masha and Denis were two people that reminded us that there are still genuinely good people around us.  There are people who look for ways to lift others up even though they have their own struggles.  They’re an inspiration to us.  So when Masha asked Veta if we could set up a portrait session to capture the love of their family as well as the beauty of Savannah’s springtime azaleas, we were elated.  You see, Masha and Denis are from St. Petersburg (not the one in Florida) and they had never seen azaleas before coming to Savannah.  Some things that we take for granted are so very lovely.

When shooting families, we almost tend to refrain from posing them.  We recognize that posed formal family portraits are what usually end up over the mantle or on the desks at work.  But it’s generally not what we do.  It’s true that formal portraits arrange everyone wonderfully in a perfect setting with all of their faces well lit.  But Veta and I are of the opinion that formal family portraits are remnants of a bygone era in photography when people having their portraits taken HAD to remain still to give the 8×10 camera the few seconds it required to properly expose.  If our goal is to capture the love of a family, then how better can we do that than by capturing them as they act out their love for each other?