jt-austin-family-photographer-beach-kids-photo-shoot-seattle-washington-discovery-park-lighthouseAlmost a year ago exactly, I met this mommy when she attended my lifestyle photography workshop in Toronto, Canada. She didn’t even live in Canada…she was from Minnesota. But just a short time after that workshop, she learned she would be moving to Seattle, WA. We decided to get together when I was there to do another workshop this summer. It was so surreal because as I was messaging her regarding our photo session location in Seattle, I noticed the last texts we had were from a year ago talking about our visit to Niagara Falls! I mean, how crazy is that???

What a JOY to experience this incredible beach in Seattle with their family! The views at Discovery Park are simply incredible and if the traffic/parking wasn’t such a beast, I would probably go there every night to watch the sunset behind the lighthouse. And these little doll babies! They have such a wonderful sense of adventure and explored every nook and cranny we could find at the beach that night. Don’t miss this image not pictured.

You might notice a pretty gnarly strawberry on baby girl up there. Man…she took quite the tumble and I was worried that was going to be the end of our session right then and there. But she sucked it up (for a little bit) and let us finish the night out working in some of the most romantic, perfect, lovely dresses EVER! And then, Jennifer happened to notice me looking longingly at the sunset, that dress, and my little girl and SO graciously told me I could borrow the dress for a couple of shots with Amry (here’s one with my iphone). It might seem like such a simple thing, but I think only a fellow photographer like her would truly understand that kind of longing and read my mind before I even knew to ask. Thank you for that, my friend. That will go down as one of my favorite memories from the trip.

And so now, back in Austin, I gotta say I quite enjoyed proofing this photo session because not only did I get to revisit this family, but I also got to relive one of the many awe-inspiring sunsets we experienced this summer on the west coast.

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I just did a quick search for old posts about her and I had to stop looking through them lest I force myself into the rabbit hole of nostalgia and melancholy. She started Kindergarten this week. Her first year of school. This is not a new thing to many parents. It’s not even a new thing to me. I’ve been there, done that. But this time, it was different. This is my baby. My baby isn’t a baby. This is not something my heart is willing to accept. And as if to add insult to injury, she lost her very first tooth the day after we did this photo session. And to further rub salt in my wounds, she is happy. How dare she????? No tears. No, “Mommy…I miss you! Stay with me!” Nope. I’m old news. My poor little mommy heart was not made to handle all of this “growing up” business. I am not properly equipped. It has been admittedly difficult for me to accept this week. Don’t even get me started on when any one of my kids decides to leave the next in just a few short summers. But I’m still proud. I’m still joyful. I still feel blessed beyond words that I am one of the lucky few that actually gets to experience these bittersweet gems in life. So I’ll quit my whining. For now ;-)

pb-austin-california-maternity-photographer-pregancy-photos-beach-cardiffIt’s going to take some getting used to, this thing called “back to school” and living on a schedule here in Austin. It’s going to take some getting used to blogging again as well. It was certainly the most magnificent, incredible, exhausting summer of my entire life and I think we are all still recovering from being on the road so long. I know I will be equally excited and saddened to start this process of blogging about everything we did and everywhere we went this summer. Going through our pictures will mean it’s truly over and I’m not ready to face that just yet.

For now, I’m going to blow the dust off the blog and work backwards for a little bit. I know I’ve missed blogging several families that I worked with this summer and I *will* get them up here eventually. But today, let’s start with my photographer friend Angela with PB Kisses Photography in sunny California. Angela was a past lifestyle photography workshop attendee not to long ago and I was so amazed we were actually able to work out a maternity session while I was in southern California this summer to document this pregnancy for her caboose joining the family soon ;-).

Things you should know about this session:

  1. Big bro and big sis up there? They are going to be AMAZING to their new baby. No. Doubt.
  2. Angela is funny. Like really funny. I like that. She’s also really talented. And I like that as well.
  3. There were like a bazillion people on this beach and in the water and I don’t get that. Coming from the WARM waters of the Gulf Coast, the “warm” Pacific is not so warm along the California coast. Or maybe I’m just a wimp?
  4. I did this session within just a few hours of first setting foot in the great state of California. Way to dive in head first, huh?

Angela, you can be sure I’m going to look you up if I’m ever in your neck of the woods again and I want to get to hang with you in a non-business environment. Well, maybe after I snuggle on that new little one first?

 

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I wanted to share this image and these words from a recent workshop attendee Amy Drucker with Amy Drucker Photography in Westchester, NY:

I’m spending today editing this week’s sessions and just wanted to say that something has really clicked for me since our workshop. I’m not afraid of families anymore – I feel like I’ve been given license to shoot what I want to shoot (as long as I get that Grandma shot too).

An image I love, and a moment I might have overlooked during a recent session if not for the confidence I gained during your workshop. Watching you work and having access to question your process helped me get past a creative block that had recently been keeping me from shooting for clients the way I really wanted to. Thank you again for being so open and working so hard during our recent workshop. I got everything I had hoped to out of it, and much more.

And it makes me so incredibly happy to hear the joy in her voice. Thank YOU, Amy! And congrats on following your heart!

For more info on the upcoming lifestyle photography workshops in CA and WA starting next week, visit http://pinkletoesblogstalker.com/blog/workshops-coaching/

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Run (don’t walk!) to get your credit card and sign up for this workshop ASAP. It covers everything – from the business side, to editing to photography to marketing from the best photographer and the most amazing business person I know! This workshop is unique not only because of the amazing material that is covered but because of the pre and post workshop experience. You will be receiving a one-on-one meeting with Michele, you will be part of a private Facebook group of workshop attendees, you will develop friendships with like-minded people…. The list of wonderful things about these workshops just keep going on and on. For me, taking this workshop was by far the best investment I’ve made in my photography business and years after taking the original workshop I am STILL using what I’ve learned back then.

My, oh my! I have to tell you that the first Pinkle Toes Photography Lifestyle Photography workshop in New Jersey was absolutely amazing and I will most certainly have to go back sometime in the future. Even though it rained for pretty much every session we tried to do, everyone stayed in good spirits and just went with it. I could not have asked for a more energetic, fun-loving, talented group of ladies with which to work (not the least of whom includes our amazing hostess, Lena with Live, Love, Laugh Photos in Ridgewood, NJ as well as my PHENOMENAL workshop coordinator Annette with Annette Goodman Photography in Charlotte, NC!). The first set of images includes several behind-the-scenes shots of the attendees in action. They each got a chance to try out new techniques at the workshop and I was totally impressed with how they embraced the challenge and got AMAZING images to boot (be sure to follow the links at the end of the post to see images they each captured at the workshop). We also had a wonderful newborn session inside this family’s home (thank you again for opening your doors to us and sheltering us from the rain ;-): nj-newborn-pinkle-toes-texas-california-washington-lifestyle-photographer-workshop That afternoon, we photographed our hostess’s family in their beautiful home…the essence of lifestyle photography, really. It was such a privilege to get to capture these moments for them: nj-family-pinkle-toes-texas-california-washington-lifestyle-photographer-workshop And on our last day, we worked with this lovely expecting couple. We had originally planned to explore downtown Ridgewood, but the rain kept us indoors once again. I really appreciated their flexibility with the ever-changing location and I cannot wait to hear the good news any day now about their new baby!!! nj-maternity-pinkle-toes-texas-california-washington-lifestyle-photographer-workshopI have yet to peek at the images taken by the attendees at the workshop and so I’m excited myself to follow the links to the blog circle! First up is Christine with Half-Pint Photography – Bergen County, NJ Family Photographer! Click along with me!!!!

Next week, I’m heading to Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA for the last workshop of July. After that, we’re hitting Mendocino, CA, and finishing up the 2014 workshops in Olympia, WA. There is still a couple of openings for each of these workshops, so please, squeeze in if you can!

Oh, one more thing, here are some of the headshots I took of Pinkle Toes New Jersey Class of 2014. Good lookin’ bunch, huh?

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pinkle-toes-lifestyle-photography-workshop-washington-seattle-olympia-californiaOkay, okay. Technically, I am “closed” (see last post about that), buuuuuuut, I feel very compelled to pop on here quickly to say THANK YOU to Lena, Annette, and ALL of New Jersey and north east coast attendees for an incredible workshop! In spite of our challenges–well, really, the only challenge and that was the RAIN (ugh)–everyone was patient and funny and eager to learn and gave 110% to their workshop experience. And our models were pretty phenomenal, too.

From one of the attendees:

DO IT!!!! Seriously. If you are considering any workshop — Pinkle Toes is not only extraordinarily informative, but it gave me a new found belief in my ability to run a strong photography business. You will have so much inspiration and instantly feel connected with a new group of amazing photographers!

Yup. She about summed it up regarding the group of amazing photographers. Wow! I cannot wait until I get a chance to collect all of their shots and show off their work in a real blog post soon. I promise, when I get some more time, there are many, many, many more images and thoughts on this workshop to come.

Meanwhile, I am putting the pedal back to the medal to get ready for the upcoming lifestyle photography workshops being held at my house in Austin, TX in early July. After that, we hit the road for southern California (Cardiff-by-the-sea), then northern California (Mendocino), and finally Washington State (Olympia). We have just a couple of spaces open for each of those workshops and after that, there are no more workshops for 2014. Very much looking forward to what these next few months hold in store and meeting all of these new photographers all over the country!

blog-gone-workshoppin-pinkle-toes-2014-photographer-workshops-california-washington-texasIn just a few days, we are kicking off the Pinkle Toes 2014 summer workshop tour in Ridgewood, NJ! And from there, it’s going to be a whirlwind for the rest of the summer: back to Austin, Texas and then hitting southern California, northern California, and Olympia, Washington over the course of a few weeks. Ridgewood and the 2nd Austin workshop are sold out, but we have some openings for the other dates if you want to check that out here.

Meanwhile, my blog and my e-mail are going to be quiet for a bit as I focus (pun intended) on providing amazing workshop experiences for the attendees. You will be able to follow our adventures on Facebook and Instagram, so stay in the loop ;-).

See ya this fall!

~Michele

ha-pinkle-toes-austin-family-kids-lifestyle-photography-underwater-photo-session-home-BYou know those kinds of parents who are able to just chill out and let their kids be kids? Well, I was never really that kind of parent, but these two are AMAZING! I LOVED walking through their home and seeing all of the great nooks set up for the boys to play and do their artwork. I also LOVED that they actually were willing to do the majority of their family photo session in and under the water! Their pool was beautiful, but how about those beach balls adding such incredible color? Can’t decide if THIS is still my fav or if THIS one took it’s place…

ep-pinkle-toes-hip-modern-urban-family-photo-shoot-downtown-austin-w-hotelI left their photo session that morning feeling joyful and refreshed (in spite of having to get up at 5 a.m. to be there). I feel as though I met lifeline friends and I probably could have hung out with them all day at the hotel. They were bright and fun and funny and enthusiastic and loving and wonderful. I very much look forward to following these girls as they grow up in such an amazing family unit. (Still my FAV!)

Once again, AWESOME hair and makeup by my friend Katie with Modern Muse Beauty. I’m serious. Make your life so much easier and just hire her to get you ready for your family photo session. Even if I’m not your photographer ;-). It just takes SO much pressure off, especially when you have several other people to get ready for the session. Katie is dependable and does a fantastic job of making everyone look their best! And, she’s kinda awesome. Mama insisted that we took a pic that included Katie:

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rj-pinkle-toes-austin-kids-photos-garden-greenhouse-baby-girl-flowers-family-lifestyleI mean seriously, look at all of that cuteness and personality! But of course, it’s not surprising since her big brother is just as charming! We could not have had more perfect weather for their family session in at my greenhouse at the studio. Actually, the spoiled me and fooled me into thinking the weather would still be as kind to me in June. Not so ;-).

Mom’s beautiful hair and makeup by my pal Katie with Modern Muse Beauty in good ol’ Austin, TX.

Super fun outfits styled by Shelley with Shell Styling!

Another session fav on the Pinkle Toes Facebook Page!