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Summer Break Before Your Senior Year | Kristin Grover Images | Jacksonville, FL Senior photographer

You just finished your junior year of high school. It’s your last summer break before entering your senior year of high school and subsequently going to college or entering the work force. This is the time to make memories. This is the time to spend with friends. This is the time to save money for college (trust me on this one). Now what?

Preserve your Memories with Senior Photos

On location senior photography is relatively new and I hope the trend stays around! When I was in high school we went to the local studio and took some cheesy senior photos. Of course I loved them back then, but they didn’t tell my story. No one can look at them and say, this is Kristin, she was a swimmer, she cherished her friendships, she enjoyed swimming, kids, piano, and volunteer work. I look at them and say, why am I wearing blue fur around my shoulders?

Lets do something different! When you book your senior photos with me, I will send you a quetsionairre, I want to get to know you. Lets tell your story. Who are you, where are you going. What are your hobbies, who are your friends and what do your friendships look like? Lets do your session somewhere you love to be. Lets include the people you never want to forget.

Football player? Cheerleader? Soccer? Swimming? Basketball? Wear your jersey or uniform. Lets preserve that memory. Already know what school you are going to? Grab a school tshirt and lets take a photo. Wear your school colors, wear your favorite outfit, go to your favorite places.

The Right Time to Take Senior Portraits

THIS is the right time. This summer, right now. Senior year will get crazy, you’ll have so much to do to prepare for your departure into the “real world” lets make sure we create the session you are envisioning now so we can put all our effort into it. This is called a senior portrait experience. And I want to make sure when you look back at your senior portraits, you have fond memories of your time in high school. SO LET’S DO THIS!

Check out some of these sweet friends at the beach. They are both life guards so the beach was fitting for them.

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The Right Time To Get Family Photos | Kristin Grover Images | Jacksonville, FL Family photographer

Have you ever thought to yourself, I want to get family photos done, but I want to lose five more pounds, or wait until my hair is just a bit longer, or the baby is sitting up on her own. I think most people do. I know I do! In fact, I desperately need to get my headshots done again, but I JUST had a baby. Well let me tell you the perfect time to get those family photos done. It’s is right now!

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Right now is the right time

Ok, I bolded and italicized the answer for you so you didn’t have to keep reading, but I hope you are still reading! Why do I think right now is the right time? Life is busy you guys. So busy! I barely have time to remember to breathe every day (seriously, my watch is constantly reminding me). If I put off family photos, they would keep getting put off, and before I know it I won’t have three little kids, i’ll have three teenagers. My kids are cute as heck right now. I’m not being biased, really i’m not. They are really stinking cute, and I want to remember them how they are right now.

I don’t want to put photos off because for me, photography holds a lot of value. I decorate my house in photos. I hope you do too. I want you to put all the photos I take of your family all over your walls. And guess what, I can help you design that.

Take a walk through my house, or my parents house. There are photos everywhere. You guys, i’m running out of wall space. But I can’t possibly take any down. I love them all! It makes my heart so happy to walk around and see all the photos of my family that we have had done over the past 6 years.

But I’m not my best right now

Momma, I hear you, I get it. You want to look and feel your best for family photos. But hear me out. You will get those photos too. You’ll meet your goals, you’ll be at your best yet. And we will do your family photos when that time comes. But don’t forget to capture your family now, as they are, in the stage of life they are all in. They want to see you as you in their life all the time.

The Curry Family Photos

This family right here was so much fun to work with. I know them through my son’s preschool and they are such a sweet sweet family. The oldest son is being stationed in another country for a couple years so this momma wanted to make sure she documented her family before he left. She knew she wouldn’t regret it, and I think she was right! Her family has so much personality and it really came out in their photos. And now she has these to hold onto forever. She can pick up her album from her session and flip through it and see her son’s face whenever she wants when he isn’t home. That would make my heart happy! Check out more from the Curry family session below.

And most importantly, don’t forget, book your photos now!

Introducing Katelyn | Kristin Grover Images 2020 Senior Model

I’m excited to welcome Katelyn to the senior model team this year. Katelyn is an upcoming senior at Creekside High School. As you can see in our interview below Katelyn is creative and looking forward to college (may I recommend FSU?!?!)

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An Interview with Katelyn

Q: What is your favorite subject and why?

A: My favorite subject is English because I have a passion for writing and creating stories.

Q: What activities do you participate in? Inside and outside of school?

A: I participate in lacrosse inside and out side of school and I am also included in many clubs at my school

Q: What is your favorite thing about high school?

A: My favorite thing about high school is making new friends and creating memories with people that I

love.

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?

A: Outside of school I like to play lacrosse, hangout with my friends, go to the beach and go shopping

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A: After high school I plan to attend college in Florida

Q: What are you most excited about your senior year?

A: I am most excited about looking into all of the my

options for college and planning my future

Check out more photos of Katelyn from our crazy windy preview shoot and be on the lookout for more.

Introducing Libby | Kristin Grover Images Senior Model 2020

The next upcoming senior i’m introducing is Libby! A Bartram Trail High Scholastic's upcoming senior. It shows in Libby’s interview that she is a true leader and will do well in her future! I can’t wait to work more with Libby this year and see her personality come out in her photos.

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An Interview with Libby

Q: What is your favorite subject?

A: I like science because I love experimenting with new things and learning why things work the way they do.

Q: What activities do you participate in?

A: I am the co-captain for the swim team at Bartram and run varsity track for them too. I play the piano and love art, especially painting. I also love cooking and do it almost everyday. I am in the drafting academy so I really enjoy architecture and design.

Q: What is your favorite thing about high school?

A: My favorite thing about high school is the student section at football games. 

Q: What do you like to do outside of school?

A: I paint or play the piano and hang out with my family and friends. I like to adventure so I'm typically out at alpine hammocking or exploring somewhere. 

Q: What are your plans after high school?

A: After high school, I want to go into the Navy and work towards being a naval SARC (special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman) 

Q: What are you most excited about for your senior year?

A: I am most excited about being captain of the swim team and planning all of the team bonding. 

Check out more from our preview shoot with Libby and make sure you follow along to see more of her throughout the year.

Should I hire a fresh 48 photographer?

Have you ever thought, shouldn’t I just use the hospital photographer for my hospital pictures, why would I hire an outside photographer?

Well I personally don’t think so. Let me tell you why. When my first son was born I didn’t know the difference. I didn’t know that fresh 48 photographers existed and I didn’t know how the quality of the hospital photographer was lacking.

Professional Photographer vs. Hospital Photographer

Now…I’m not saying all hospital photographers are terrible, but I had them come for both of my children and neither of them were good. Did I realize it at first? No, I didn’t. But now that I have dove head first into the world of photography and have soaked up tons of education over the past four years I look back at my first son’s hospital session photos (which I have on canvases in my house, again because I didn’t know) and I cringe. They are over exposed, the details are lost, the highlights are blown and it makes me sad now.

The hospital photographer doesn’t set a time up with you so they just pop in periodically to see if you are ready. It doesn’t provide the new mom time to freshen up if she wants to, you could have visitors, it may just not be the right time. Then they take a few quick pictures with their minimal set up (ours had a basket and a plain white sheet). Off they go to edit, and deliver the photos later that day.

How is a professional photographer different?

Not that the hospital photographer isn’t a professional, but they are hired by large companies, you don’t know about their experience, actually, you don’t know them at all! It is an intimate space and time to invite someone you don’t know well into.

When hiring a fresh 48 photographer, you get to choose who you want and who you are comfortable with. What time you want them there, you can coordinate the time with someone watching your older child so you can capture the siblings meeting for the first time. You an make sure you take a minute for yourself to freshen up too!

Most importantly, when you hire a photographer, you know who you are getting, you can study their work, make sure you like it, make sure you will want it on your walls many years down the line. Its important to choose who you want!

For all these reasons, I believe its a better idea to hire your own photographer! You will have photos to cherish for life!

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What Can I expect from my Fresh 48 Session?

Now that you know what a fresh 48 session is and you are ready to book, you may be wondering, what can I expect? This is an intimate time in your life. You just had a baby, you’re exhausted! I know, I get it. In fact, you have been exhausted for the past nine months and you just ran a marathon, you are really really tired. I’ve been there I have done it twice (soon to be three times). You may be thinking, what can I expect by inviting a photographer into my room when all I want to do is cuddle my newborn and sleep, well lets throw in drink a vent coffee and eat some sushi too.

(disclaimer…I don’t even like sushi that much, just this one roll from a sushi place in Seattle)

Ok so here it is. What can you expect?

What will I Capture?

Remember how I mentioned up there in the first paragraph that all you want to do is cuddle your newborn? Well, i’m going to capture that. I’m going to take photos of you loving on your baby. Smelling your baby’s hair, kissing baby’s head, just staring at that beautiful face you brought into the world. I’ll ask you to snuggle your baby, get in close, hold your baby’s hand so we can show off those tiny fingers, get their toes. All sorts of little details.

Do you have an older child? I would LOVE to capture your children meeting for the first time. I get teary eyed every single time because it’s just so sweet! It is my absolute favorite part of the job.

I will photograph your family with the baby, you with the baby, your husband with the baby, all of your family together, baby just by itself. Baby in the bassinet, baby swaddled, baby’s details, etc, etc, etc.

The thing is, your newborn will change within a matter of days. You will never get these days in the hospital back. I will capture those details for you so you will never forget them.

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What if I can't get out of bed?

That is A OK with me. No one expects you to get out of bed. I can get every shot I need to get with you lying right there in that bed. In fact, I don’t think I got out of bed during my fresh 48 session.

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What if my older child/children don’t like the baby?

Some kids run inside to meet the new baby with an excitement you have never seen, some take some time to warm up (especially the younger kids). Usually after they explore the room a little bit, get some attention for themselves, realize it’s ok to snuggle with momma, they are totally interested in meeting the baby! Cue the cute kisses on the head and big smiles from big sister and brother meeting their new baby! Don’t fear, we will get those heart melting moments on camera.

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What will you do while your here?

Well I will photograph your baby and family, but i’ll also stay out of the way when needed. If you need me to leave the room while the doctor is in there, I am more then happy to step out for a moment. I will be there for however long you need me, if you are tired and ready to be done, then we can be done. It’s a very laid back session that goes at yours and the baby’s speed.

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How long will it take to receive my photos?

I know how exciting this time is and you want to see your photos as soon as possible, I want to put all my attention into making sure your images are perfect. I do my best to have your photos back to you with in a week. I work hard to make sure you have them back in a timely manner so you can show off your new baby’s photos to friends and family.

Ready to book your session? Shoot me an email at Kristin@Kristingroverimages.com with your due date.

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What is a Fresh 48 session?

What is a Fresh 48 session?

Have you heard the term fresh 48 from photographers or friends that were booking them and thought, what in the world is that?

A Fresh 48 session is a photography session that takes place within the first 48 hours of a new baby’s birth. Most of the times they happen in the hospital. It captures all those details of when your newborn enters the world. Baby’s change so fast, I cherish my fresh 48 photos from both of my son’s births. I love to go back and look at their brand new hair, my oldest had strawberry blonde hair and my youngest had dark brown hair. They are both blonde now!

What types of photos do you take during a fresh 48?

if the newborn isn’t a first child I love to get the siblings meeting for the first time. The emotion that shows in everyone’s face is incredible and I love documenting it. You may be thinking, well what if my oldest doesn’t like the new baby, are you going to capture that? I’ve seen some siblings take a little while to warm up to the idea that their momma is holding another baby, but at some point the older sibling always gets curious enough to come say hi and even give the new baby a kiss or a rub on the head.

I also like to get the little details, hands, feet, tiny ears, baby in basinet and swaddled in their hospital blankets, and their family just loving on them. It really is a special time that cannot be recreated. Why not get it on camera?!?

If you are expecting and interested in booking your fresh 48, click on this link: Book Now

If you want to check out my full portfolio for fresh 48 sessions, click on this link: Portfolio

And now…Check out my most recent fresh 48 session. This momma is a dear friend of mine and it always makes my heart swell to do these sessions for friends!

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Family Vacation

About a month ago I took my boys to a beach I vacationed on every year growing up. My grandparents moved to Pensacola, FL when they retired and before I was even born. I’m the youngest of 16 grandchildren for them. My parents are originally from Michigan, which is where a good portion of my family still lives.

What our vacation was like

During the summers, a lot of the family would come down to Florida and we would drive across the state. Sleeping on the couch was reserved for the oldest cousins, you would find someone sleeping on every inch of that floor during a week or two every summer. My husband has a hard time understanding why my mom and I love having company all the time, I think its one of those things that we grew up around so many people, it makes us feel good to have people over and to entertain them! The summers were filled with sunbathing on my grandmother’s dock (they lived on the sound) running around the yard, swinging on the tree swing, going to the beach, and trips to our favorite restaurants. Growing up in Florida, the beach wasn’t that big of a deal to me, until I moved to Seattle for 6 years. During my time in a cold state where everyone comes outside when the sun shines taught me to appreciate the things I grew up with. Pensacola Beach is one of those beaches with white sand and blue water, you can’t beat it!

What does summer mean now?

Now that we are all grown up and have our own kids, summer vacation looks a bit different. This year several of us got a condo on the beach to vacation right before school was back in. My kids are not school age yet, but the rest of my cousins do have school age children and they are teachers! For them, it was their last hurrah of summer. Of course I couldn’t resist pulling out my camera to capture some family shots of anyone who would jump in front of my camera.

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St. Francis of the Field Episcopal Church | The Sommer Family

When the Sommer's asked me to do their family portraits for this year I was so excited.  Their old photographer had moved and they were long overdo for family portraits.  They even added a member to the family (enter overly adorable baby) since their last portraits.  Their little girl was in my 3 year old class at the preschool I was teaching at so I knew her personality pretty well.  I knew the games she would go for and what would make her laugh so I was't too concerned about getting genuine expressions.  

A new location

They wanted to do the shoot at their church, St. Francis of the Field Episcopal Church.   They have this beautiful area behind the church that they use for weddings, but I had never been there!  I figured if they used it for weddings, i'd probably be ok with lighting, but I really didn't know, it was kind of like walking in blind!  The church keeps it locked so I wasn't able to go check it out first either.  Luckily it was beautiful! Things a photographers dreams are made of, old rustic buildings, lots of greenery, old brick roads,  and more.  Definitely somewhere I would love to do more shoots.

A 3 year old and a 6 month old make for good entertainment

Really, if you have never spent the morning with a 3 year old, I highly suggest you do it.  They are actually hilarious.  Their antics paired with their cute half baby face and half little kid face makes them pure entertainment.  I have a 3 year old and I  taught 3 year olds so I have some experience with this age.  Throw in a baby brother that thinks big sister is hilarious and its all smiles from there.  Check out how cute they are and how much they look like each other too!  

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See what I mean here with ALL the personality?  I LOVE it

See what I mean here with ALL the personality?  I LOVE it

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Looking like Twins here! maybe just a few years apart:-)

Looking like Twins here! maybe just a few years apart:-)

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flying with daddy is always a kid pleaser!

flying with daddy is always a kid pleaser!

I love his reaction to getting loved on by his momma

I love his reaction to getting loved on by his momma

Celebrating a new puppy | The Rogaski Family Session | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

When original plans don't pan out

Back I'm the fall I was contacted by a good friend of mine, she had referred me to her friend and neighbor for family photos.  I sure love when that happens!  So we set a date, made our plans (we were going to head to Little Talbot Island for a family shoot at the boneyard beach) and waited for the day.  Unfortunately, the day before our shoot, one of their dogs passed away.  Our plan was no longer a plan.  We opted to wait for a better time.  She would let me know when they felt ready to proceed with the shoot.

An email from my client a few months later

We have a new puppy! We are ready to proceed with our family photos! We changed our plans a touch, since the new puppy would do better on a private beach.  Lucky for me her in laws had access to a private beach in Ponte Vedra, FL.  We would be able to limit the distractions for the new puppy, which is always helpful!  I met them out their for a sunset shoot and it was beautiful!  Our beaches here in Florida are still ruined to a degree from the hurricanes last year, but we embraced the erosion.  It is a part of living in FL after all.  

This puppy was cute my friends

Is puppy the same thing as baby fever?  Because when I see a new puppy I always want one! Until I get home to my two large dogs I already have, that usually cures it.  Just scroll down for the fur ball love bug this puppy was, and the big sister golden retriever who has clearly had experience in posing for family photos.  Now, go check out some of my favorites from this family session in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

Do you have fur babies you want included in family photos?

Please contact me if you do! I'd love to do your family photos.  Now, go check out some of my favorites from this family session in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

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Shoot me a message to get your family photos with your fur babies on the calendar!