I can’t believe today marks another milestone in my little girls life. Today, she begins the first grade. I get so emotional just thinking back to the day she was born, her tiny little hand reached out to grab my finger and she smiled. Now, she’s approaching six years old and beginning her second year in elementary school. Seems that the older you get, the faster time flies by.

I’m so lucky to have a wife who is thoughtful enough to plan for these milestones and coordinate a photo session for our little girl. To be honest, the hardest thing to do as a photographer is taking pictures of those closest to you. It’s easy to take them for granted. Audrey put together a little outfit for Addi as well as designed a shoot that best show’s her stage in life.

Here are some photos from her shoot as well as from this morning as she got ready and headed off on the school bus with her neighborhood friends.

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Jace and Addi love story time.

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Fighting over the stool.

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Breakfast with baby brother.

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Of course she needs to look fabulous on her first day. And how else to complete the look but with FABULOUS shoes?

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Jace is famous for his photobomb technique.

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My kiddos. Love these two!

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The Gettysburg Rd School bus gang.

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Addi and her friends amped about school.


Between holding down a full time job, running a business full time, being a dad of two amazing kids, and a husband whose Honey-do list seems to grow exponentially everyday, I always make a point to spend time with the three people that mean the most to me in this world.

Audrey had to fly to Atlanta to attend what I always call a brainiac convention. And instead of being stuck at home with the kids for a couple days we decided to tag along with her. Although me and the two knuckleheads spent a whole lot of time in the hotel room, we did take a day to spend at the Georgia Aquarium. Addi has always had a fascination with sea life and we’ve always tried to take her to an aquarium whenever we travel. I must say, the Georgia Aquarium is hands down, the awesomest places of it’s kind… ever.

The moment we walked in, I had wished I had brought my trusty Canon 1D mkiii with me. But, the G11 did a decent job in that dark building… Not bad for a point and shoot.

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This is sooooo cool.

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Everytime I look at this shot, I keep wishing I had my DSLR with me.

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Dr. Evil says, "All this tank needs is sharks with freaking lasers on their heads!"

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Daddy, I think these guys would need some really big lasers.

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My little cheese ball.

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Jace having a snack.

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Addi can always promise a fun pose in front of the camera.

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That's my little girl alright.

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The loves of my life. These three are why I live and breathe.

You know what the best part of this place was? Well as a wedding photographer, I’m always looking for amazing places to shoot a bride and groom. And just my luck the Georgia Aquarium has it’s own ballroom to host weddings and other events.

So listen up Atlanta brides!

If you are getting married at the Georgia Aquarium, I will shoot your wedding for free. That’s right. Free. 8 hours of coverage, just cover travel expenses for me and my associate. Go to the contact tab on this blog and send me your wedding day info now!!! I’m only offering this to one lucky couple. What are you waiting for???

-J