Newborn Photography Jacksonville

8.08 Photography provides portrait photography in NE Fl including Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, and St. Augustine.

Specializing in newborn and the 1st year.

808photographyjax@gmail.com 

(904) 254-7569

So many babies, so little time to blog.  There’s been a baby boom the last few months and I’ve had the opportunity to photograph a bunch of squishy, cuddly, adorable brand new babies.

1 Year

It’s officially been 1 year since I made the decision to leave my career as an occupational therapist and become a full time photographer.  Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that this could have been a possibility.  Thanks to my amazing support network,  incredible clients, and my faith I’m able to live out my dream.  I look forward to working.  I get excited when I’m getting the studio ready for a newborn.  I have a smile on my face when I’m sitting at my desk editing photos.

This doesn’t mean that I wasn’t happy being an occupational therapist.  I don’t  want the families of my past patients to ever think I didn’t love working with their babies and children.  I did.  I learned so much from all of them and I’ll probably go back to doing more of it again one day.  That being said, at this point in my life, this is where I need to be.  As a mom, I needed more flexibility to be with my kids because they’re growing up so fast!  Also, my family needs my emotional energy.  As a therapist I’d often come home emotionally drained at the end of the day. Working with families who have children with special needs can be inspiring and beautiful, but it can also be heartbreaking and overwhelming.  It can be frustrating when something keeps the child from making progress.  Sometimes that lack of progress would come from my lack of expertise in a certain area.  Sometimes it came from parents not being able to follow through with recommendations.  Many times it came from trying to work in a system that just wasn’t truly set up to help a child succeed.  Other times it happened when a child had simply plateaued and wasn’t ready to move onto the next step or phase.

Whatever the reason, I got to a point where my heart just needed a break.  I needed to be able to step back and see children as the perfect little bundles of imperfection that they are.  Photography lets me do that.  Through my lens I’m able to see so much beauty.  I see laughter.  I see sleepy newborn grins.  I see cuddling and tickling.  I see dancing on the beach and splashing in the ocean.  I see tired toddlers with messy hair sucking their thumbs.  I see siblings who’d rather jump on the bed than sit and smile for the camera.  I see exhausted and overwhelmed brand new parents looking at each other with such profound love. I see perfect imperfection.

Who knows what my end goal is.  Maybe my career as a therapist prepared me to be able to have this career as a photographer.  Maybe this time I’m spending as a photographer is giving me the respite and perspective I need to grow as a therapist.  Time will tell.  Right now I’m just riding the wave and hoping that 2017 treats me as beautifully as 2016 did.

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Newborn Photography Jacksonville by Mary of 8.08 Photography located in Jacksonville, Florida. Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augstine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

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St Augustine Newborn Photographer

 

Ahhhh Cora.  What a beautiful and peaceful baby.  She was born just before Christmas and came to see me the day after Christmas.  I felt like her session was just full of the magic of the holiday.  I loved getting to play with her adorable big brother Owen for a few minutes.  It seems like not so long ago that I was doing his newborn photos.  Actually, it wasn’t that long ago.  20 months I think.  His mom and I didn’t have high hopes that we’d get a “perfect” shot of the 2 together because toddlers can’t really be expected to stay in one spot for more than a second or two.  Certainly not without disturbing a newborn sibling right next to them, but Owen completely blew us away and let us get what I think is THE perfect sibling shot.

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Mary of 8.08 Photography is a St. Augustine newborn photographer located in Jacksonville, Florida. Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augstine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

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Jacksonville Baby Photographer

 

I fell in love with Derrick when he came to see me for his newborn session last year so I was really excited when his mom contacted me about doing his 1 year session.  We decided that Sweet Pete’s Candy would be the ideal spot.  I absolutely love shooting there.  The staff has always been so sweet to work with.  I know that there are likely other photographers who like to shoot there as well. If you plan on doing a session please be respectful.  I always call a week ahead to make sure they don’t have any classes or field trips planned.  I don’t bring any bulky props or lighting set ups. I also only shoot during the week as soon as they open so that I’m not in the way of any customers.  And be sure to buy something while you’re there.  I had another session there yesterday and came home with an amazing caramel and chocolate dipped animal.  There may or may not have been some of it left to share with my kids when they got home from school!

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Mary of 8.08 Photography is a Jacksonville baby photographer located in Jacksonville, Florida. Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augstine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

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Jacksonville Family Photographer

 

Welcome to winter Jacksonville! Brrrr.  Too cold for my taste so I’m spending some time this morning daydreaming about summer and warm humid days on the beach. My happy place!  This session was one of my favorites of the season for a couple of reasons.  For one thing, it challenged me.  I’m used to doing sunset sessions.  I know my location.  I know my light.  I know my flow and exactly how to time all of the shots with regard to the light and the colors of the sky.  It’s all pretty predictable for me.  This session was going to take place at sunrise and at a beach location that I don’t typically shoot at.  I was worried about how to time everything.  Once the sun comes up in the morning it gets really bright really fast on the beach and it makes getting certain shots and angles difficult.  I felt like I was going to have to work really fast to get everything we wanted.  Well, as luck would have it we showed up a bit before sunrise and the parking lot was slammed with cars!  No way did I want to shoot in a spot with hundreds of people, so back in the car we got and south we headed.

I was already nervous about not having enough time before it got too bright, but now I was REALLY nervous.  Little did I know that the clouds had it all planned out perfectly for me.  They speckled the sky just enough to let the gorgeous sunrise shine through, but then they filtered out the sun so that I could keep shooting well past sunrise.  This gave the family time to relax and really start having fun.  Which brings me to the second reason this was one of my favorite sessions. It convinced my that I need to stop offering half family sessions when the family has more than one child or when the kids are over the age of one.  I’ve heard a lot of clients say “I don’t need more than a half or a mini session.  There’s no way my kids will behave for the camera longer than 30 minutes.”  Precisely why you need a full session.  I don’t want your kids to behave for the camera.  I want them to have fun and play and be kids.  Yes, I want to get that shot where everyone’s looking and smiling at the camera, but I can usually get all of those shots pretty quickly.  It’s after all that’s done that the kids (and usually the parents too) relax and everyone really starts to interact.  That’s when the emotion and love can really be seen.  That’s when I get the shots that make my heart happy and feed my creative soul.

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Mary of 8.08 Photography is a Jacksonville family photographer located in Jacksonville, Florida. Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augstine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

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Jacksonville Newborn Photographer

 

I met sweet Liam back in August when he was 13 days old.  I know his mom from my “old life” as an occupational therapist.  She’s spent so much time helping other people meet the needs of their babies. It was awesome to be able to spend this time with her in her home with her own little baby boy. Stick around til the end of the post to see a few photos from her beach maternity session.

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Mary of 8.08 Photography is a Jacksonville newborn photographer located in Jacksonville, Florida. Mary creates modern classic images of birth, your newborns, and the families that love them. Serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, St. Augstine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

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