Baby Simone - South Philadelphia

Simone arrived a few weeks early and her family could not have been more thrilled. New born 5lb Simone is Roger & Lessa's fourth baby & they could not be more smitten with the love that multiplied with her arrival.  We photographed her within the first week of life & she slept as the loud hum of the others buzzed around her.  This family has roots in California but their hearts have been formed with Philly love.  Life is a story, an adventure & the Dioxins are living it with glowing joy this summer.  Congratulations Dixion family Simone is breath taking!

Tips for Photographing your favorite people - Long Beach Island, NJ

Wendy & The Lost Boys (above)

Finally, it's summer! We're all are eager to vacate the hustle of everyday life and slip into the quiet of vacation.  I know our family craves it by the time our school year is over and the fact that work for us never seems to stop unless we leave it all behind.  The moments where were get uninterrupted time with our friends and family are the moments we want to capture to remember forever.  So, how do we do that?!

My very first photography teacher way back in high school started our class with "you should be able to take a good photo no matter what the camera. The story, and your care, are the frame that matters".  I've held onto that piece of wisdom ever since, so I wanted to pass along 3 tips for capturing photos of your family as you play this summer...

1.) Capture the Story.  I always want to have a story board of what's going on.  That means backing up & capturing the setting.  Step back & capture a wide-angle photo to set the story.  (Here, my crew is at the beach.)For candids you don't even need to say anything to those you're photographing- just snap as many photos as you can of the action that are close up or a few steps back.  You can go though & delete the ones you don't want later. Till now, for example, I haven't said anything to my kids about photos- I'm simply playing the part of photo journalist.  After the fun is done, just say "hey guys- let me grab a photo of you looking at me!" Since everyone is having a blast already, they lumped together and I snapped a portrait. My crew already thinks I take too many photos, so I save this request for the moment I really want to remember.  

2.) Clear away clutter!  If you have a moment, move those shovels, objects, trash, or extra toys out of the frame. Unless you're taking photos of action in a mess on purpose you want a clean area.  No one frames a cluttered photo.

3.) It's all about timing...  If there's one thing that the kids, babies, and families I've photographed over the years have taught me, it's that timing is everything. You stand a better chance capturing that timeless moment with a baby or a toddler, for example, after they've had a good nap or a meal- that way you're not forcing photos during a meltdown at the end of a day. On the other hand, big kids and adults may want their picture taken after the new adventure or big accomplishment; wait for the right moment, and don't miss it!

Bonus tip: Join the fun! Capturing great images of your family & friends is wonderful; but being a part of the experience is even better! So, don't forget to put down that phone, stash the camera, & join the fun! 

Mothers Day Bunny Shoot - Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

I had the honor of helping a few families celebrate mothers day with a sweet Blossoms and Bunnies Photo Shoot!  Kids and bunnies are an adventure of shear giggles and big smiles.  Young and old had a blast snuggling the sweetest bunnies as mamma watched and melted behind my shoulder as my camera snapped away.    The job of a mom is sweetly hard and it was a gift to just focus on the sweet in our photo shoots with the kids and teens.  Happy Mothers Day! 

Baby Clara - Chestertown, Maryland

Clara is finally here and everyone is so thrilled to snuggle her at last!  We did her new born shoot on her one month birthday!  I typically do new born shoots within the first 48 hours of life for they are just so sleepy  & make it a breeze to position them.  But a one month old baby will run the shoot and their is no one I would rather team up with to run a shoot then baby Clara!  Her bright blue eyes happily watched my shutter and she loved the chance to snuggle in with her big sister Hannah.  Clara is all about not missing out so when the chance came to listen to a story she could not help but slip into a deep sleep.  Ryan and Becca you are both amazing parents and handling the shift from one baby to two so beautifully.  Congrats over and over again on the new gift of Clara!  

Blossoms, Bow Ties & Bunnies Spring Mini Shoot - Philadelphia, South Jersey

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Winter has lingered and overstayed his welcome, yet butter cups are pushing him out along with the song of the Robin.  To celebrate spring we are hosting Blossoms, Bow Ties & Bunnies Spring mini Shoot on Mat 12th in Philly & in May 19th in South Jersey.  Blossoms and Bunnies are included just add your cute kids (big or small) and you have the perfect mothers day gifts!

The Blossoms, Bow Ties & Bunnies Shoot will be a simple shoot with one location for a short period of time.  The bunnies are used to kids and are so sweet.  What is include in the Blossoms, Bow Ties & Bunnies Shoot is flower crowns, bunnies, shoot time,  professionally processed high resolution photos in an online gallery ready for you to download, share & print; all for $250.00. To book your session today by clicking here to talk with Monica about booking your shoot!

Be entered to win a free Mini shoot by Sharing and Liking our Blossoms, Bow Ties & Bunnies post on instagram at monicaayersphoto & on Facebook at Monica Ayers Photograph! Drawling will be done on April 12th!

Mr. & Mrs. Slaybaugh - Greystone Hall, West Chester Pa

Blake & Terra have so much to celebrate with their January wedding, a marriage and a new baby.  This Apple Orchard farmer could not stop smiling all day long.  Terra, a new mamma, was so light hearted and joyful that all their friends & family came to celebrate.   Greystone Hall framed in this cozy gathering & made for the perfect party.  Toasts were made, a stunning dinner was served, the baby was proudly held by new grandparents & the Bride & Groom took it all in so they would not forget.  Cheers to a beautiful start to your beautiful marriage & Family!

WineLaLa - Philadelphia Pa

WineLaLa is an amazing company that takes the idea of a wine club to the next level. Owner and Sommeliar Noelle Allen thrives off of learning, traveling to discover amazing new wines and educating us all on the  aspects of wine.  It was an honor to work with Noelle on WineLaLa's stylized shoot. WineLaLa travels to the top vineyards in Europe, Portugal, Canada, United states and many other regions in search of new favorites.  Noelle's passion is to learn your palate and find you wines that you are proud to serve at your best party or when you are solo having a quiet evening in.  Click here to discover more about WineLaLa and join their unique wine club.  Cheers!

Special thanks to the The Mission Taqueria for an amazing backdrop for the shoot!

Mr. & Mrs. Dunmire - Newtown Square Pa

Troy and Rebecca have shared so many joys together since they have left college as sweet hearts.  Life has taken them all over the world and a happy addition to living and loving so many places is that their lives have been filled with so many amazing friends who are like family!  Troy and Rebecca made a home where they can thrive, so naturally they wanted to celebrate with friends in their neighborhood of Liseter in Newtown Square.  This amazing couple wanted to not only have a wedding, they envisioned a night of fireworks, dancing, amazing food & drink framed by amazing music, games & fun for their youngest guests,  all to thank their friends and family for being apart of their lives.  Mr. & Mrs. Dunmire said their vows as fireworks sealed their first kiss as man and wife.  They were amazing hosts to all their guests from near and far.  Congratulations again and again Troy and Rebecca!

Special Thanks to Dunmire Creative Team:  30 Main Events, Alexandria Catherine Events, Clays Creative Corner Bakery, Coast 2 Coast Band, 360 Video Booth

 

Joy to the New Year from Us! - Philadelphia Pa

My family are my favorite people!  Yet as the kids get older life has picked up speed, my camera captures less candid photos of them playing for they are out, and they are constantly to busy with whats at hand to let me sneak a pic.  When our kids are toddling around thousands of photos take up our camera/phone of our babies for they are an extension of us & always with us.   I love that my kids are growing into big kids who have their own passions, thoughts and friends to run around the neighborhood with.  Part of my remembering life today is making sure Jared and I get a formal family portrait of the 5 of us.  Does it always go well...nope.  Thats ok, for life is not a perfect portrait! My kids wanted to do a silly photo for our card. Yes!  They are so creative!  Jared is a writer & I love how he can sum up our year simply.   When ever you have the chance to have professional photos taken make sure you get the candids of your favorite people playing,  along with a formal of the whole family and each kid alone.  If someone is not into it do not pressure them and roll with it!  For one day your children will be thankful for it.  Joy to the World!!!

Special thanks to Tootsie & Marie for designing amazing card!