Joana, James, and Julia family portraits

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At the tail end of 2014 I was asked to style for a family shoot for one of my favorite island bloggers, Joana of MYSEASTORY.  Anyone who has met this Portuguese hotelier turned blogger and who has seen her lovely photographs, can see she she has a great eye for color and composition.  Chanelle from Brilliant Studios, and I set out to capture

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As some of the photographs were intended to be used for a holiday card sent to far away friends and family, we decided to give the “Greetings from Turks and Caicos” a literal go!  This map mural at Ports of Call is a great photo opportunity.  We started very early to get even sun exposure on the mural but a hot spot had to be quickly remedied with a makeshift scrim of cardboard boxes found in a nearby dumpster.  Julia must have thought it quite strange, me holding this floppy, uncooperative flattened box as high over my head as I could reach!

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Now that we had demonstrated the where, it was time to demonstrate the who and the what, and what Turks and Caicos is most known for is the beach of course!

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This family is lucky to live a few steps from a gorgeous stretch of Grace Bay Beach.  I love this palm tree framed boardwalk with thick mariners rope swags.

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Their daughter Julia was just on the verge of walking, such a special time to document!

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Look at that smile below, can’t you just hear the giggles?!

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Joana had found these adorable reindeer antlers, which needed the distraction of singing “wheels on the bus” to try to keep on Julia.  I love capturing these natural moments with parents, those sweet looks of adoration.

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As you can see Julia was far more keen to have a nibble on those antlers than to wear them.

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As her husband James headed to work, we finished the session with mommy daughter time.

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It was important to Joana to capture a few of Julia’s favorite toys, as well as her nursery.

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This is one chic baby room!  And I can’t take an ounce of styling credit for the above still life, that was exactly as it looked when we opened the door to Julia’s room.  That’s Joana’s color and composition talking!  Each item unique and special; from the art to the toys and books.

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What a nice morning!  Thanks for letting us be a part of cherishing this special time with baby Julia.

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