3 Reasons to Hire a Vacation / Beach Photographer & Happy Spring!

Spring is here!  Technically speaking, that is.  Somewhere beneath the last few inches of snow (here in the North, anyway) I promise you, Spring is near :) 

By mid-March, my summer dreamin' officially begins, and by dreaming, I also mean planning: up north weekends, beach days, camping under the stars.  Northern Michigan books up quick and you only need to learn that lesson once.  

What are you most looking forward to this spring / summer?   

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3 Reasons to Plan Vacation / Beach Photography Sessions

1)  It's Worry-Free:  You can finally relax at the beach or pool without worrying about capturing your kids having the time of their lives or whether your camera is ingesting water and sand. (Guilty of the latter.) 

2)  YOU (the most important reason):  If YOU are typically your family's everyday photographer and collector of memories, you will actually be in the photographs.  You will not have to explain to your kids in 10 years, as you are looking back at your vacation photographs, that you actually were there.  They will see you with them, living it up, together.

3)  The Digital Aftermath:  Following your beach/pool/hiking/fill in the blank adventures, sitting at the computer, editing hundreds of photos, and creating a tangible masterpiece might sound daunting, or outright dreadful.  Handing the job off to a skilled photographer to create a thoughtfully designed, archival, story-telling keepsake, while you revel in the memories in your lazy-boy, might just sound fabulous.  
 

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Just think:  Some of your most carefree and happy moments on this earth will not just be documented, but an artful story will be curated and preserved for years to come.  You just have to show up.  Deal?

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If you are hoping to plan a relaxed, documentary photography session this summer, please contact me soon.  I'm also down with 'day in the life' sessions or capturing your family's 'vacation days,' from Michigan to California and beyond.  

If it's feeling too early, we can even pencil in a time-frame - leave the details for later.  Just don't miss out - summer will be here before we know it, and my schedule books up quick with photo sessions... and my own lazy beach days.  ;)  

(Things might also be a-changing around here at Teri Genovese Photography and session availability is limited.)

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Sifting back through photographs from last summer, I realized one year olds at the beach make a pretty spectacular combination.  Hope these made you smile and look forward to the much greener, sunnier days ahead!  

hopeful words for a new year..

I have to admit, I’ve been proceeding cautiously into this New Year, until I read the following passage a dear friend in Los Angeles shared with me from her local Japanese newspaper:
 

"Unlike the 2013 Year of the Snake, which gradually shed its old ways,
the Year of the Horse will charge forward with unbridled energy.  
Seeds planted during the Snake year
will enable dreams and goals to finally come to fruition.  
Everything is possible and anything can happen."

 
2013 was a tough year for my family, but the gratitude and strength that I now feel is astounding.  To think that 2014 will “charge forward with unbridled energy” is exactly what I need to believe and I instantly wanted to spread these hopeful words to all of you. 
 
Cheers to a new year, to new beginnings, and for our deepest desires to come true.  

Here's a couple of moments from my recent California sessions that I found quite fitting for the "unbridled energy" ahead.

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embrace the season..

It's just winter.  Yea, it's brutally cold and the snow is deep for my Midwestern friends, but you can not deny it's peaceful beauty.  The days are short, but I'm finding more time to breathe and appreciate the slower movement, the quieter energy.  How are you embracing the season?  

If you feel inclined to get outside and grasp hold of winter's sheer beauty, I am offering a limited number of "Mini Snow Sessions" for your little ones.  As a former California girl, I have to say, there's nothing quite like a perfectly crisp and snow covered day.  Let's embrace it!  

If you would rather stay inside, cozy and warm, I'm with you there, too.  The winter is also a great time for capturing "Day in the Life" moments.  Think: imaginary play, hot cocoa, cooking pancakes, dress up.  What are your children doing right now that you wish you could bottle right up?  

Whether you hire a professional photographer or capture the "everyday" on your iPhone, I hope you'll slow down, look close, and take it all in.  Spring will be here before we know it.

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wishing you a peaceful and memorable 2014!

lake michigan's light | family photography

sometimes it rains unexpectedly.  and you realize, you remember, that it's only with the rain and clouds that such magnificent light can emerge.  

Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography
Lake Michigan Family Photography

A special thank you to this sweet, gorgeous family for braving the drizzles and allowing me to witness and document a glimpse of their life and love.  It was a beautiful and memorable evening on Lake Michigan, for sure!

Meet Laura of Real Food Wellness | lifestyle portrait and branding photography

There are a few people in this world who commit to their work with their whole hearts and Laura Burkett of Real Food Wellness is one of them.  Specializing in holistic health counseling for women, Laura is so much more.  I know firsthand.. she is medicine for the soul.

Laura Burkett of Real Food Wellness  |  Holistic Health Counselor | headshot and branding photography
Laura Burkett of Real Food Wellness  |  Holistic Health Counselor | headshot and branding photography
Laura Burkett of Real Food Wellness  |  Holistic Health Counselor |  headshot and branding photography
Laura Burkett of Real Food Wellness  |  Holistic Health Counselor |  headshot and branding photography
Laura Burkett of Real Food Wellness  |  Holistic Health Counselor |  headshot and branding photography

p.s. If you'd like to receive daily inspiration for living more mindfully with a food and health twist, follow Real Food Wellness on Facebook.  You won't regret it :)

yep, i belong in a redwood forest // santa cruz, california

if i could live in two places at once, i would certainly move back to california and set up camp among the redwoods along the coast. i'm pretty sure i left a piece of my heart there last november with two crazy special groups of people. i was invited by this beautiful family that has grown so dear to me over the years. i've photographed them several times in Los Angeles, documented their vacation in Hilton Head, SC, and most recently flew to their new home in San Francisco to document their sweet baby #3 at just 2 weeks of age. it was a crazy special time, to say the least!

the only challenge was an immense amount of rain and fog that swept through the bay area and seemed to be timed ever so ironically with my exact arrival and departure. literally. there were rainbows apparent from my airplane as i landed and again when i took off, which i now believe was the universe winking at me.. as with everything, you roll with it.

thankfully, i managed to squeeze in one good, soggy hike in the redwoods with my great friend, Jill Fox of Awear Yoga and her sweet fam, who so graciously put me up for the weekend at their home in Capitola.. the cutest little beach town. besides the newborn photo session, this was the only other time i pulled out my dSLR that weekend and i'm so glad i did..

i am already looking forward to returning to this place.. rain, fog, and all.

Santa Cruz, CA Redwood Forest - foggy landscape photograph
Santa Cruz, CA Redwood Forest - Hiking Photograph
Santa Cruz, CA Redwood Forest - Fine Art Documentary Portraits
Santa Cruz, CA Redwood Forest
Santa Cruz, CA Redwood Forest - Fine art documentary portrait
Santa Cruz, CA Redwood Forest - Fine Art Documentary Portraits
Santa Cruz, CA Redwood Forest - Hiking Photograph
Santa Cruz, CA Redwood Forest - Fine Art Documentary Portraits