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  • Lily's Four Month In-Home Lifestyle Session | Jacksonville Baby Photographer

    Jacksonville Lifestyle Baby Photographer:

    Jacksonville, Florida

    This session is going down in the books as one of my absolute favorites. Cris and Christie were so welcoming and sweet; I only wish I had more time to spend with them, because they both have amazing backgrounds! They're both avid runners and travelers, and they've already started bringing their newest addition, little miss Lily, along to take part in both of these hobbies. Christie told me that when she was pregnant with Lily, she was constantly running, and now that Lily's out and mobile, she's already kick, kick, kicking and swinging her little legs around in prep for when she's up on two legs. She'll be running in no time!

    In-home, lifestyle sessions are some of my favorites because I know that when my clients look back on their images from the session, the background and setting of the images will hold meaning to them, too. When Lily is older, she'll be able to look back at these photos and see what her old nursery looked like, and how lovingly Cris and Christie decorated her room and their home. One day, if they move, they'll be able to look back at their first home where they were all together as a family of three, and remember the happy memories that took place in each room. I'm all for beautiful park settings and beaches, and posing in sessions certainly has its place, but there's something so unique and special about when your sessions are more relaxed and are done in and around your own home. And I think we can all agree that Cris and Christie's home in Jacksonville is a beautiful one!

    I couldn't get over Lily's big blue eyes and sweet expressions throughout this session. You can see how much love she already has for her parents, and that they love Lily to the moon and back.



     

    Would you like photos like this of your baby and family? I would love to work with you! Please head on over to my Contact page so we can start planning your photography session

  • Kelsey & Will's Engagement Session | Jacksonville Engagement Photographer

    Jacksonville Engagement Photographer:

    Vilano Beach, St. Augustine, Florida

    I've known Kelsey since elementary school and the Girl Scouts days, so I couldn't wait to photograph her engagement session with her fiance, Will. Will's family has a cottage at Vilano Beach in St. Augustine, Florida, and it made for an incredible home base as we did their photos on and off the beach. Kelsey and Will brought their baby girl, Buttercup, along to their photo session, which made for some seriously ADORABLE portraits. I love when my engaged couples bring their pets along to their photo sessions! It adds such a personal touch. 

    Congratulations, Kelsey and Will! Coming soon on the blog: their wedding photos!

    Are you engaged and thinking about doing an engagement session? I would love to work with you! Please head on over to my Contact page so we can start planning your engagement photography session

  • Harper Quinn's Newborn Session | Jacksonville Newborn Photographer

    Jacksonville Newborn Photographer

    Harper Quinn caused a little stir when she came into the world as an emergency C-section, but she arrived a sweet, healthy newborn, weighing 7 pounds and measuring 19 inches tall. I had already photographed Harper's loving parents for their maternity session at the Beaches Town Center in Atlantic Beach, Florida, and couldn't veil my excitement when I arrived at their Jacksonville home to meet little Harper for the first time. This is what my photography business is all about: I love being there and capturing each and every major life moment! :)

    Harper was a tad fussy and grumpy at the start of her session, but after Mom put her into a milk coma, she was all good for the rest of the photoshoot. 

    We got lucky with some beautiful Florida weather - no rain, and warm enough to take Harper outside for some sweet pictures.

    I love bringing fresh flowers, homey afghans, homemade headbands, and newborn wraps that are hand-dyed by me to my newborn sessions. They make each session extra-special.

    Harper liked to frequently sport newborn grumpy-face during her session, and she had the biggest, squishiest cheeks! 

    Mom and Dad wanted a picture of Harper incorporating their wedding veil and tie. I love bringing emotional elements like this into a newborn photography session; it's such a special way of preserving memories.

    Would you like photos like this of your newborn? I would love to work with you! Please head on over to my Contact page so we can start planning your newborn photography session

  • The Schommer Family | Jacksonville Family Photographer

    Jacksonville Family Photographer

    Meet the Schommer family from North Dakota (now residing in Jacksonville, Florida)!  

    Eric and Kathy Schommer are parents to the cutest twins on the planet: Lucy (longer hair) and June (shorter hair). These two girls were two little balls of sweetness, and their parents were willing to do everything to get them to crack a smile! They win parent of the year awards for carting around stuffed animals, cymbals, quilts from grandma, and even a bubble machine to keep their two girls happy. We headed out to Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park in Jacksonville, Florida on a beautiful, blue-skied, sunshiny day to do their family photography session. 

    As you can see, the girls were pretty cautious at first (making for a picture worthy of an indie album cover).

    But they were full of giggles when they were in mom and dad's arms. 

    The girls are huge fans of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so playing the show's theme song got them grooving along to the music with big smiles.

    The girls weren't the biggest fans of their headbands, so they didn't stay on for long!

    Introducing Lucy, the future model:

    And June, the future rapper:

    To me, capturing moments like these is so important. When I'm doing family photography sessions, I'm always cognizant of what the kids/babies in my pictures will think of them when they grow up. I think they'll cherish this one: two sisters, having a deep chat about life by the lake.

    Again, parent of the year award, guys.

    Would you like photos like this of your family? I would love to work with you! Please head on over to my Contact page so we can start planning your family photography session

  • What Does Your Love Feel Like?: Loren and Marcus | A Couple's Series in Jacksonville, FL

    "Our love feels like the tides.
    It is ever in motion.
    From highs to lows, our lives are sculpted with its waves.
    Despite the change, we are constant."
    Loren (23 yrs) and Marcus (24 yrs): Together 6 years 9 months
    Married 4 years

    Loren and Marcus are high school sweethearts from my graduating class at Sandalwood High School, so it was a very cool throwback when they asked to be involved in my couple's series.

    They've been together just a little longer than Dylan and I, and their comfort, confidence, and trust in each other was clear throughout the photo session. I may have made them look romantic and majestic in some of these photos, but these two were a couple of goofballs just like Dylan and I, and I loved it! (Keep on sifting through the photos in this blog post to see what I mean about their sense of humor-- you'll see it.) 

    The pier at Atlantic Beach was the perfect location; it took a little bit of research on my part to pick a day where it was high tide and sunset at the same time, but we got it, and the weather cooperated beautifully! On top of that, none of us ended up soaked, which was quite the achievement considering that I had this couple doing a balancing act in the waves, and sitting just a little bit too close to the ocean at times. These two were a couple of modeling pros: well done, Marcus and Loren! Photographing the two of them was a blast. :)

    I am incredibly excited about this whole project so far, and I plan to continue to gain a large scope of couples who participate. Love crosses all boundaries, so I hope to photograph couples of all ages, races, sexualities, and so on and so forth. Variety in the participants will show how unique love can be, and yet similar in its beauty across the board. 

    If you would like to get involved in this whole series, please feel free to email me at chelseawhitemanphotography@yahoo.com for more information! 

  • What Does Your Love Feel Like?: Jen and Brandon | A Couple's Series in Jacksonville, FL



    "Our love is like a pillow.
    It's something safe to rest our heads on, and it's very comfortable."

    Jen (24 yrs) and Brandon (25 yrs): Together 1.5 years




    We live in a small world, Reader!

    It turns out, this couple and I are basically neighbors, and we didn't even know it! Our local community center ended up being the perfect location for the shoot, and it was just a short walk down the road from all of us.

    I have to give Jen and Brandon a pat on the back for being so trusting with this session. It's not every day that you have a photographer hanging over you on a stepladder as you lay in the middle of a field on some strange pillows and bedding with traffic wizzing by on Atlantic Boulevard, but I'd say it was well worth it! 

    On top of that, Brandon was ready to admit that he's far from being a morning person, but with our pillowy, fluffy set-up, he was perfectly situated to steal a few Z's between snaps.

    All joking aside, Jen and Brandon are a lovely, smiley, sweet couple, and I was lucky to have the two of them in front of my camera on a Saturday morning. I'm so fortunate to be able to meet all of the wonderful couples that I do as I continue on with this series; I've had had the privilege of diving into my imagination to create whimsical photo sets and ideas in the company of people who are in love with each other and with my photos. Dream job? I'd say so!


    I am incredibly excited about this whole project so far, and I plan to continue to gain a large scope of couples who participate. Love crosses all boundaries, so I hope to photograph couples of all ages, races, sexualities, and so on and so forth. Variety in the participants will show how unique love can be, and yet similar in its beauty across the board. 

    If you would like to get involved in this whole series, please feel free to email me at chelseawhitemanphotography@yahoo.com for more information! 

  • What Does Your Love Feel Like?: Alexis and Caleb | A Couple's Series in Jacksonville, FL

    "Our love is like a tree.
    It started as a small seed, and over time sprouted and grew into something bigger and more beautiful than either of us could have ever imagined.
    Like a tree, our love weathers the storms; it may bend, but it does not break.
    Our love is patient and giving; it takes time for trees to bear the sweetest fruit but they always do so in abundance.
    Our love is persistent and endless.
    The seasons change, but our love for one another always stands tall. Our love is like a tree; forever growing and branching to new heights."

    Alexis (21 yrs) and Caleb (22 yrs): Together 3.5 years


    This photo session has been a long time coming; Caleb and Alexis are busy bees between school and work. Even so, when they were finally able to come out for a shoot, everything else fell into place-- the weather was gorgeous, the sun was out and shining, and we nearly had Treaty Oak Park to ourselves! 

  • What Does Your Love Feel Like?: Alison and JD | A Couple's Series in Jacksonville, FL

    "Our love is like a good cup of coffee.
    It's welcoming. 
    It is sweet and strong. 
    It's smooth and warm.
    It wakes us up in the morning and it helps us get through our days.
    We were both lucky enough to find flavors we don't mind drinking everyday."

    Alison (24 yrs) and JD (27 yrs):Together 4.5 years

    Married 3.5 years



    I'm not a coffee drinker, myself, but Alison and JD have me thinking that maybe I should be. 


    For their couple's photo shoot, we paid a visit to Sippers Coffee House in Jacksonville, Florida.

    The staff was kind enough to welcome us in to their coffee shop and let us play musical chairs as we worked our way to every table, couch, and antique church pew to take our pictures. (For the record, if you haven't been to Sippers, I recommend that you pay it a visit-- it's cute, cozy, and offers hot chocolate and fresh-baked goodies for my fellow non-coffee-drinkers.) 

    Alison and JD were complete naturals in front of the camera; they made my job easy! Plus, while it can be tricky to get some people to crack a smile on demand, all I had to do was look at Alison and she'd start laughing. I was only with these two for about an hour, but it was obvious from the start that they're are very much in love, and very much cut out for each other--right down to a mutual love of Friends, coffee, and each others' company.




















    I am incredibly excited about this whole project so far, and I plan to continue to gain a large scope of couples who participate. Love crosses all boundaries, so I hope to photograph couples of all ages, races, sexualities, and so on and so forth. Variety in the participants will show how unique love can be, and yet similar in its beauty across the board. 

    If you would like to get involved in this whole series, please feel free to email me at chelseawhitemanphotography@yahoo.com for more information! 

  • Fishweir Park Portrait Session by Chelsea Whiteman Photography | Jacksonville, Florida

    This past weekend, a free-spirited, youthful woman with a quirky sense of humor and a great taste in books stepped in front of my camera for a few hours, and we made magic happen.

    This woman is my former boss and current friend, Michele Boyette!

    Michele and I are both of the opinion that a photo shoot should be a fun, enjoyable experience, rather than a torturous hour spent in a stuffy studio with a photographer who says "cheese." So, after some warm-up shots in and around Michele's home and a dig through her rather extensive and fabulous hat collection, we ventured out to Fishweir Park to take some beautiful portraits in some crisp, sunny, early-fall weather.

    I am so fortunate that this job allows me to spend time and catch up with some wonderful friends, in picturesque locations, all while doing what I love most: taking pictures.


    Does a day in the park chatting, making memories, and taking pictures sound appealing to you?

    If yes, then email me at chelseawhitemanphotography@yahoo.com or go to my "Contact" page and fill out the form to book your photo session!

    Remember, a photo session only takes an hour or two of your time, but the photos that we take will last you a lifetime; they're something that you and your friends, family, and loved ones will be able to look back on and cherish for years to come. 

  • What Does Your Love Feel Like?: Jessica and Brandon | A Couple's Series



    INGREDIENTS FOR A BEAUTIFUL MOMENT:

    Adorable Couple: ✓

    Cozy Family Home: ✓

    Blanket Fort: ✓

    Lots of Love: ✓


    With an ingredients list like that, there's no way that you can possibly go wrong.
    Jessica and Brandon, the latest couple to participate in my series What Does Your Love Feel Like, are living proof of that.




    "Our love feels like home. Not a house, but a home.
    Just like home, our love feels like the one thing where we feel our safest, our most comfortable, and where we can be ourselves.
    It's where we want to be at the end of every day - with each other, in love with each other."
    Jessica (23 yrs) & Brandon (24 yrs): Together 4 years


    This description of love truly resonated with me, as when I first started this project, my personal response to my own question was the same: love feels like home. On top of that, I've recently been seeking to build up my portfolio of lifestyle and in-home photography, so Jessica and Brandon couldn't have been a better fit with the whole project. I came back to them with several options that we could go with to illustrate their love, and much to my excitement, they chose my personal favorite concept: building a blanket fort (home, comfort, safety, and acceptance, all in one perfect, cozy package.)

    As an added benefit, I quickly learned that Jessica is one of the most unbelievably sugar-sweet human beings you'll ever meet-- take gumdrops, sugarplums, and cotton candy, and throw in a dash of smart and pretty, and you'll make a Jessica. A Jessica who will treat you to a bouquet of flowers as soon as you walk in the door on the day of the photo shoot, and make you feel instantly welcome with her upbeat, bouncy personality. 

    Balancing this is Brandon, a stoic individual who is a little hesitant to smile for the camera, but more than willing to smile for Jessica (and to have mercy in a tickle fight).



    After a few warm-up shots, my lovely assistant Dylan and I spent some time getting the lay of the land and staking a claim on the best blanket-fort-building real estate. The dazzling duo was eager to jump right in and help with the building process, and with some innovation, Christmas lights, and balloons, the fort was complete. Not built to code for Brandon's over 6 foot frame, but hey, it was cozy.

    These two brought that pile of blankets to life, and made that fort into a home. That's the beauty of their relationship: they can light up a space and make it their own, just by being together and present. And that, Readers, is what love should feel like.










  • What Does Your Love Feel Like?: Amber & Brandon | A Couple's Series by Chelsea Whiteman Photography

    Hello again, Reader!

    After much preparation and planning, I am happy to finally be able to share the second installment in my series, What Does Your Love Feel Like? 

    Tomorrow, I will be heading off on a two-week vacation to my favorite place, Frenchville, Pennsylvania, to spend time with family and unwind in our family cabin in the middle of nowhere. (Stay tuned for pictures from the trip!)

    In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy this little piece of love, paint, and happiness:

    “Love is like laughter. You can't not smile.
    Laughter is the best feeling; you want it to last forever and when you're with the right person, it happens without warning.
    It doesn't have to have a reason or make sense to anyone but the people involved. Love and laughter make everything better, so it makes sense that they're one and the same.”

    Amber (23 yrs) & Brandon (22 yrs): Together 1 ½ years

    I have known Amber since high school, and her bone dry sense of humor and quick wit have always kept me laughing. I wanted to give her and Brandon an experience that would make them crack genuine smiles -- and what better way to do so than to have them splatter paint at each other?

    To make this shoot happen, Dylan (my boyfriend and unintentional part-time photo assistant, for any newcomers in here) and I concocted homemade paint out of equal parts flour, salt, and water, plus a load of food coloring. One white sheet, a clothesline, and a little accidental trespassing on church property later, we had the ingredients for this beautiful chaos of a photo shoot.

    It takes a special couple to get up early on a Sunday morning and frolick around in a field for a paint fight, and I am lucky to have had such good sports involved. There was plenty of laughter and plenty of mess, and, especially in the brief cease-fires to grab more paint, there were occassional quiet moments where Amber and Brandon's love showed through the most. 





    I am incredibly excited about this whole project so far, and I plan to continue to gain a large scope of couples who participate. Love crosses all boundaries, so I hope to photograph couples of all ages, races, sexualities, and so on and so forth. Variety in the participants will show how unique love can be, and yet similar in its beauty across the board. 

    If you would like to get involved in this whole series, please feel free to email me at chelseawhitemanphotography@yahoo.com for more information! 

    Each couple who participates in the project will receive a 30% discount off of a future photo shoot with me, as well as a free low-resolution copy of the photo that I take for the series that you can post on social media.

    If you would like prints of the photograph that I take for the series, then you can also email me for information about print prices for your photo. The photos that I am taking for this series are each an original work of art that I've put time and effort into creating as an illustration of each couple's love; I would love to have them grace the walls of people's homes. 

  • What Does Your Love Feel Like?: Tiffany & Jamison | A Couple's Series by Chelsea Whiteman Photography

    I've said it before and I'll say it again. 

    Showertime ideas are the best ideas.

    Showering gives our minds a prime opportunity to float, while our bodies are on autopilot, taking care of the lather, rinse, repeat.


    It was thanks to a showertime several weeks ago that I came up with the idea for a new series. My mind was drifting around, thinking about how I could best capture my relationship with my boyfriend of five years, Dylan, in a photo, and then landed on how great it would be for me to do the same for other couples: to genuinely illustrate exactly what they believe their love feels like. Couple's photograpy is so often a formula of "smile and look at the camera," "kiss each other," or "flash your engagement ring," but this doesn't say much about who each person in the relationship is as an individual or what they feel about each other as a united front. 

     With this in mind, I came up with the question:

    What Does Your Love Feel Like?

    I know that sounds strangely-phrased, but rather than asking couples how their love makes them feel emotionally (i.e. happy), I became curious about what different couples would compare their love to. There are so many cliches about love: "Love feels like flying." "Love is like a warm blanket." "Love is like being caught up in a storm." It's a topic that authors, poets, and songwriters have dedicated decades to describing in new ways.

    The wonderful thing is, since everybody feels love in a different way, every couple's response to the question will be unique.

    For this new photo series, I've already asked several interested couples to answer my big question, and I've gotten so many inspiring, "aww"-producing, and heartfelt results. The beauty in the whole project is that the question has been thought-provoking for the couples who have taken it on; it gives people a chance to stop for a moment, turn off Game of Thrones (or, in my case, Friends on Netflix) and have a meaningful conversation about what their significant other means to them. It's a personal question, but it's an important one.

    For each couple whose response I've received, and for those I continue to receive, I am creating one artistic photograph that interprets the couple's response into a picture. Each time, I get the pleasure of putting on my thinking cap and contemplating how to make these beautiful concepts into worthy pictures. So far, it has been a ridiculously enjoyable challenge. 

    With each photo that I create and post, I will be including the couple's answer to my question, as well as a little bit about their identity as a couple. 



    Now, Reader, the best way for me to really describe this project is to stop gushing about the series and start showing you some results, so, without further ado, here is the first photo that I have taken for the series!

    "Our answer may be cliche, but our love feels like sunshine.
    What we mean by that is: We see the light within each other; it's comfortable to know that our love will never die in our lifetime.
    It can be hot at times, 
    and we look forward to it every single day."

    Tiffany (24 yrs) & Jamison (23 yrs): Together 8 years

    High School Sweethearts


    Jamison and Tiffany were the first to volunteer for my series. When they gave me their response to my question, I came up with the idea of "liquid sunshine" and surrounding them with light and warmth.

    They were so natural at showing how much they love each other that it only took about fifteen minutes for me to get the shot I needed for this photo. They were absolutely wonderful to photograph, and I hope to take their pictures again soon!



    I am incredibly excited about this whole project so far, and I plan to continue to gain a large scope of couples who participate. Love crosses all boundaries, so I hope to photograph couples of all ages, races, sexualities, and so on and so forth. Variety in the participants will show how unique love can be, and yet similar in its beauty across the board. 

    If you would like to get involved in this whole series, please feel free to email me at chelseawhitemanphotography@yahoo.com for more information!

    Each couple who participates in the project will receive a 30% discount off of a future photo shoot with me, as well as a free low-resolution copy of the photo that I take for the series that you can post on social media.

    If you would like prints of the photograph that I take for the series, then you can also email me for information about print prices for your photo. The photos that I am taking for this series are each an original work of art that I've put time and effort into creating as an illustration of each couple's love; I would love to have them grace the walls of people's homes. 

  • Atlantic Beach Retro Portrait Session by Chelsea Whiteman Photography | Jacksonville, Florida

    Hey there Reader, 

    We've all had it.

    That one perfect, wonderful, super-fantastic idea for portraits that we said "Nah" to and buried away in the dusty upstairs attic of our mind to save for another day. Maybe it was a cute, imaginative photo that you wanted to capture of your kids, or that photo idea with your significant other that you pushed back, and back, and back . . .  

    Well, guys-- it's time to drag those fun photo shoot ideas out and brush them off, because those unrequieted bits of inspiration need to be brought to me ASAP. I want to make them happen. 

    My friend of over a decade now, Erica, had one of those ideas about a year ago, and knocked off the dust to swing it by me recently: a retro-inspired photoshoot. The results ended up being one of my favorite photo shoots so far! 

    Now, before we could really hop on the retro train, we had to pin down a destination: would it be 1930s inspired? '40s? '50s? How far back were we really going, here? We got together for a Google search-fest to get some inspiration, and after a couple of misses (who knew that Googling "pinup photography" would lead you to such a strange little corner of the Internet?), we decided on a classed-up, less cheesecakey version of the 1950s as our time travel destination. 

    I'm a classic overpreparer, so from here, I went ahead and put together some inspiration photo grids with 1950s poses I wanted to try out, gathered up some props, and went on a Walmart and Goodwill shopping spree with Erica to pull together the perfect wardrobe on a budget. 

    The weather for the weekend that we picked was a little iffy, but when the Doppler said there'd be a couple-hour clearance at the beach before the rains arrived, we snatched the opportunity and hit the beach with my lovely photo assistant and boyfriend, Dylan, in tow.

    He was a great sport. Shh, don't tell him I showed you these. ;)

    It took a few minutes of warming up for Erica to embrace her new "1950s bombshell" role, but all bloopers and goofing-off between friends aside, she ended up capturing the grace and beauty of a retro goddess, 110%. 

    (A little homage to Rosie, anyone?)

    Erica, I've never seen you look so gorgeous.

    You've been a joy to be around since I first met you in middle school, but now I know that you're also the perfect 1950s time-travel companion and model.

    Love you, DeMarco.



    So, what's the moral of the story here, Reader? 


    Don't let those awesome photo ideas of yours go into some tiny mental storage unit!

    Bring them to me, so we can have hours of fun bringing them to life and I can give you some souvenirs from our jaunt that will last you so long, they'll become genuine, retro pieces of art. 

    Email me here to book your photo adventure:

    chelseawhitemanphotography@yahoo.com

  • Graduation Session at Treaty Oak Park by Chelsea Whiteman Photography | Jacksonville, Florida

    It's been a month now since I photographed this beauty, and I just realized that I never gave her a space on my blog.

    Time to fix that!

    Dear reader, I would like you to meet Chakeiya Nixon-- but you can call her Keiya.


    I am incredibly proud of all that Keiya has accomplished in recent months. She has earned her GED (General Education Diploma), passed her ASVAB test, and moved on to enter the US military . . . all while taking care of three children and working a part time job. 


    With all that she has achieved, this was entirely a celebratory photoshoot. Set in downtown Jacksonville's Treaty Oak Park on a blue-skied, early spring morning, under the cover of a 200+ year old oak tree, Keiya and I clowned around for a couple of hours and captured some beautiful portraits.

    The outtakes. Forget the eyes; these outtakes are the real window to Keiya's spunky personality:

    Congratulations, Keiya! You have made me, and everyone else who has had the privilege of knowing you, very proud.


    To book your own portrait photoshoot, send an email on over to chelseawhitemanphotography@yahoo.com and we'll set the date. :)