Beach Livin…

Next week is our first week of Summer. How are you feeling about it? Me? I could not be happier!! It will be my first summer as a working mom in a while, but we have an amazing nanny in place, a couple camps scheduled, some visits with family in California and Texas and our new pool – so I am super excited to jump in!! I love the relaxed schedule of summer, the trips to the beach, the endless afternoons in the sun and water. It’s is my happy place no doubt!!

But my favorite part of summer – always the beach! Anytime I can get to ocean I am a happy camper!! It’s so peaceful and just brings calm to my soul. It was such a joy to spend some time there with our dear friends this spring. And then to get to photograph a of couple families while we were there? I was in heaven!! The light on the beach in the evening is like no other. The way the setting sun reflects off the water and white sandy beach. Just magnificent.

Then you add in a beautiful family. And voila! You have one heck of a gorgeous beach session on the books!!

Mama is a super star tennis player and has been crazy busy competing up and down the state the last several weeks.  So art had to be put on hold – but now that tennis season is over (for now 😉 I can’t wait to get these beautiful photographs on her walls!!

Thank you dear friends for choosing me to share your time at Sunset Beach. I hope to visit your little slice of heaven again soon!

Oh to be able to shoot at the beach every week! Look at this light!!

 

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How much fun did D have cutting loose a bit!?!  I loved capturing these shots!!  He is such a fun athletic boy.  He did great with our session ~ but this is when the D I know started to really shine 😉

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And don’t you adore Mom’s earrings?!?  They are from one of my favorite small businesses out of Kansas City!  Nickel and Suede is this amazing little company that makes darling light weight earrings in SO many colors and textures.  Go check them out ~ and don’t tell my husband but I *may* have a more than a *few* pairs 😉

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My Big Blue Pool

Y’all! How cool is this?!? I finally have my own pool!! Eeek! It’s all coming together. My three loves ~ water, children, photography ~ in one big fat amazing explosion of creative juiciness! And I couldn’t be more excited!! Like, ‘these are the first four images I grabbed to edit and I am writing a blog post before I edit any more because I can’t stand it’ kind of excited!  I have loved using my GoPro Hero5 Session for my Underwater Photography, but putting my DSLR in my new Ewa-Marine bag has taken this to a whole new level.  This was my first time in the water with the new bag.  It definitely took some getting used to – but wow!  So so so FUN!!  And my boys were amazing models.  In fact they had so much fun they were asking when we can do it again!  (Please believe me when I tell you – photographer’s children never REQUEST to be in photos! HA!) So that tells you how fun it was for them too.  I will definitely need another adult in the pool to help me shoot with my little guy – safety first!  With the bigger gear I just don’t have a hand free to catch him.  But with the older boys it was fantastic.  I can’t wait to get back in with a helper and capture some of my littlest fishy.

And don’t worry ~ there will most definitely be more of these coming quite soon…

Which one is your favorite??  I would love to hear from you!

 

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Thank you to the amazing photographers at Underwater Kids for featuring this image on Instagram @UnderwaterKids.  Such an honor to be included among such beautiful photography!  (and Benjamin was pretty proud of himself for making it as a “feature” 😉
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Are you on Instagram??  Come on over to join me! I went live to test out my Ewa Marine bag for the first time this weekend.  I’ll be sharing more pool adventures and UW Photography Tips in the next few weeks ~ because it got HOT fast here in Charlotte, so we are moving IN!!  @ReneeStengelPhotography

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Jessica Berry - You captured some amazing images underwater! How fun!!!

admin - Thanks Jessica! My boys are having so much fun ~ they are actually requesting to do another session this weekend! Now you know that is a first from Photographer’s Kids!! Haha!

cristy farrell - My favorite are the 1st and 3rd photo!! I love all the bubbles!

admin - The bubbles are so fun Cristy!! The boys loved jumping in over and over helping me learn how to time it just right. We are really going to have fun with this over the summer!!

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My DC Super Model

Oh Alique! My sweet baby girl ~ you are growing up far too quickly!!

I have been photographing this gorgeous girl since she was born ~ and her older brother before that! It is such a joy to walk around their home and see the canvases and framed photographs that I have taken of them over the years filling the walls. And I can’t wait to see these up on my next visit! During my last visit, this little diva wasn’t so thrilled to share the spotlight with her big brother for photos ~ so I promised her I would be back soon to do a session all about her.  And man, did she rock it!!

We had planned something a little different, but as I was driving to their house that morning I spotted this wall and about gave myself whiplash. That wall! It was perfect and I knew it!! My husband laughed as I told the story the next weekend at a dinner party ~ he is quite sure he has never ‘jumped around in his seat’ over a wall while driving down the road. But I guess that is why he is the lawyer and I am the photographer 😉

So I helped Alique rearrange her outfit and we picked something appropriately “super modelish” to go along with this super chic location. And oh how she ate it up!! I loved how she flipped that little collar up and popped out her hip. Teen Vogue – here we come!

Seriously, I love this little girl. And it was so fun to do something a little different ~ and then just stand back and watch her THRIVE!!

Her mama caught some pretty fun behind the scene shots too ~ I usually work solo so I don’t often get those. It was such a treat to have an assistant for the weekend ~ especially when it is one of my very favorite Mom Bosses!

I can’t wait to see what we come up with next time Baby Girl!!

 

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Someone recently asked about what I wear on Photography Sessions.  Well, that’s easy.  My uniform!  Flip flops, LuLuLemon Studio Pants, a favorite TShirt and Tie Back Headband from Strawberry Revolution and big bold earrings from Nickel and Suede.  I would like to say I am more creative – but it is seriously what I wear to every session ~ outside or in-studio.  I am creature of comfort and habit ~ especially when I am shooting!!

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Anyone else smile from *behind* the camera when you are trying to get others to smile *for* the camera?!?  I always do it!!  The more I am trying to get kids to smile the wider my smile is!  Sometimes I get home from a toddler session and my cheeks hurt from smiling so much!  So silly, but its what I do!

Michelle - Gorgeous Girl!!

John Stengel - Great pictures Renee !!

Jessica Berry - What a fun “super hero” session and a little behind the scened! Thanks for sharing your shooting wardrobe too. Mine is very similar. 🙂

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Celebrating Jonah’s First Communion

What a joyful celebration of friends, family, and my sweet Jonah’s First Holy Communion. We were so blessed to have Father Shea officiate the Mass at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Uptown Charlotte.  We are so very thankful to be a part of such a beautiful Jesuit Community.

This boy.  This sweet artistic thoughtful eight year old boy.  My middle son.  The one who always wants an extra snuggle.  The one who is bigger than all the other kids his age, yet has the most gentle of souls.  Those big brown eyes melt my heart.  He is a stinker, that’s for sure.  But he is my stinker ~ and knows exactly how to work his way right back into my good graces, no matter what mischief he gets into 😉

We arrived at the church a little early ~ just he and I ~ and I absolutely loved spending that time with him.  We took photos around the church and the garden.  Such a beautiful little setting.  So peaceful early on a quiet Saturday morning.  Thanks for letting me share a little peek into our special day with you…

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We Love Father Shea!  He saw us taking photos in the garden and climbed through the flower bed to come take a photo with us.  He is such a dear sweet soul ~ we are so blessed to call him Pastor
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Thanks Suarez Bakery!  You never disappoint!!  Jonah (and his brothers!!) loved his Vanilla Diplomat cake ~ one of our favorites!

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My sweet Jonah Bear 🙂  I loved taking his photos around The Green!  Definitely a spot I will be using again soon!!

John Stengel - That’s my boy. All grown up.

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