It's September, friends! And someone very special is due to arrive this month... Meg + Sam's baby girl! I cannot wait to meet this little love bug - she will be SO LOVED by this couple!

I had the complete honor + (rainy) delight to photograph their wedding last September! It downpoured through the outdoor ceremony but these two handled it graciously. Of course, when we stepped outside to photograph their maternity mini session, we came prepared with the same umbrellas we used during their wedding day. And not five minutes into it, downpour! Again! 

Part of what I love most about my clients is their willingness to go with the flow, roll with the punches, bring props or not, wear fancy clothes or pjs. They are utterly and completely THEM 110% of the time. Meg + Sam kept their Love Story board from the wedding in the baby's new room, so we used that for a few shots - the next step in their story! And baby girl's shoes in Sam's big hands? MELT MY HEART! We collaborated on numerous shots that turned out beautifully too - another fun part of the process. 

Meg + Sam: I am so grateful you've chosen me to document your story, even as it grows! I can't wait to meet baby girl E for her newborn session soon!!

xoxo,
Sydnee 

Whoa, it's almost SEPTEMBER, friends! How did this happen? Insert your favorite cliche about time flying here :)

Earlier this summer, I got the saddest news ever: Two of my besties Matt + Joy were moving away! Joy is probably the coolest high school English teacher you'll ever meet and Matt is that friend you love to love. I met these two oooodles ago during our undergrad college years and totally called them getting together before anyone else! Okay, truth: everyone knew they were perfect for each other... and in 2010, they tied the knot! We did a couple engagement sessions and their wedding was a blast - one of my favorites so far!

I am so grateful to be their "life moments" photographer, according to Joy. Honestly, their love is perfect, silly, honest and so darn JOYful! Which is why, when they let me know they were moving away, I immediately said we had to photograph at their home before they left. This was the home and neighborhood they fell in love in, were engaged in and started their life together. We had to document it!

One warm perfect summer night, we grilled out, had a couple drinks and walked down to the beach and back. They were hand in hand and I had my camera. It was PERFECT. I left their home that night filled with so much love for these two and feeling oh-so-blessed at the ability to give them this gift :)

Because I'm an ideas machine, I had this great idea: what if I started documenting this moment in my favorite couples' lives? The time before kids, when it's just the two of you. I know a lot of photographers offer these sessions these days, but what if it was EASY? What if it was as simple as a dinner on the patio and a couple of snaps? Or pancakes on a Sunday morning? Or coffee and tea at the shop down the street? 

Stay tuned to the Facebook page for updates on these Easy Breezy Love sessions! Tell your friends, your neighbors and even strangers - spread that love, ya'll! 

 

xoxo,
Sydnee 

Happy Thursday, friends!

About four years ago, I first met Jon and his then much-younger kiddos Avery and Kieran + fabulous wife Erin when we worked together during an internship opportunity. I jetted off to another job soon after, but two years ago, we were reconnected and in the meantime, they added spunky Quinn to the mix! 

I've been begging this gang of five to let me photograph them "being them" for an at-home session for months / years and finally, it happened! YAY! Jon made pancakes, Quinn refused to eat them, Avery was on pins and needles waiting for her birthday that Friday, Kieran was being a totally cool dude and Erin? She was relaxing when she could because they're about to add kiddo #4 to the mix this fall. I CANNOT WAIT. 

Jon and Erin are the parents I hope to be someday: they let their kids be 125% themselves and be in the world, making it a better place every single minute. They spread good vibes, Bob Marley streams from their record player and they sit on the lawn at night, sharing beers with neighbors and making waves so their 'hood is a safer place for kids and families. In short: they rock. 

Avery is spunky and an almost-better photographer than me, Quinn is a cute button and Kieran watches his little sisters like a big brother should. Their energy is contagious and I just adore them! And their fiery red hair totally brightens any day :)

Pavlicas: I could talk forever about how cool you are, but instead, I'll just say thank you for letting me be a part of your lives and your family. You are so loved and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for you! Keep on keepin' on :)

xoxo,
Sydnee  

I met the Sneider family at Luis' Bar Mitzvah in December and as always, I gravitated toward the kids. Sofia and Diego were hams on the dancefloor, adorably commanding the attention of everyone. These pint-sized cuties won the Limbo every time, walking right under the bar! Dad asked for my card that night and I kept my fingers crossed they would call me ASAP.

And they did just that! I was invited over one very snowy December day right before Christmas to spend a bright morning with this fabulous family. The best part? They were about to become a family of FIVE! Well, six if you count Simon the bulldog. And you really should, because Simon doesn't mess around! 

Quickly after our session, baby Alex arrived and from what I hear, he's already breaking hearts. I can't wait to meet him this summer - I know Sofia and Diego are the best big brother and sister ever!

Thank you, Sneider family, for inviting me into your home to capture you in all your "you-ness" - I can't wait to play again soon!

xoxo,
Sydnee