St Augustine newborn photographer

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  There’s no better compliment than clients who book me over and over again.  I met this awesome family almost 2 years ago when they were pregnant with their first baby girl, Charlotte. Click here to take a look at that gorgeous session in the flower field.  They booked me for a combo session when Charlotte was born so I was able to do both an in home lifestyle session and a posed studio session.  You can see those sessions here. I saw them again when Charlotte was about 4 months old and then right before her 1st birthday when we visited the flower fields again.  On this trip to the flower field I learned that Charlotte was going to be a big sister!  I was so excited when they asked me to do maternity photos for them and another combo session for their newest addition.  Sweet Harper was born early this month at nearly 10 pounds and with a head full of dark hair.  I absolutely love watching “my” families grow and I’m so honored when they repeatedly trust me to capture some of the most important times of their lives!

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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. Augustine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

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Jacksonville Newborn Photographer – In Home with Big Sister

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. Augustine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

I had the pleasure of photographing this sweet family one Saturday morning back in the fall.  Big sister was so happy…as long as the camera was on her!  It’s been so much fun watching her sassy little personality develop over the past 2 1/2 years.  She very obviously adores her new brother, but she wasn’t quite ready to share the spotlight with him.  Sounds just like another little girl I know who happens to live in my house.  4 1/2 years after becoming a big sister she STILL isn’t ready to share the spotlight. lol!

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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. Augustine and surrounding NE Florida communities.

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Newborn Photography Ponte Vedra

I’m not sure why, but I was expecting Theo to be a tiny little nugget.  Maybe it was because he was coming in at 4 days old which is earlier than I usually photograph babies.  When I peeked in his car seat and saw those cheeks I was so surprised.  Then I took his little sleeper off and saw those rolls!

It was so fun watching his parents during the session.  Especially Dad.  When he pulled out the Star Wars stuffies and we started putting that set up together he was just beaming.  Down the road, I definitely see Theo and his Dad piled up on the sofa watching Star Wars marathons.  Theo in his Chewbacca jammies with his trusty light saber and Dad wearing that same smile he had on his face when he saw his little boy being photographed with his Star Wars stuffies.

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St Augustine Newborn Photographer

 

There’s absolutely no better compliment than having a repeat client.  This family continues to offer me the highest compliment by booking me over and over again.  Over the course of the past 4 years I’ve photographed them, I think, 10 times.  Take a look at their newest little bundle, baby Nora, and then stick around for a flashback to our maternity session from the summer.

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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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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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