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  • Hello. Welcome to my blog!

    Please check out our new fine art photography and graphic design business! www.paulandjewel.com

    This blog is no longer active but it is a great chronicle through my initial first few years as a photographer. The blog started while I was at photography school in Massachusetts, covers my time working in Florida and Georgia, and chronicles our recent 6 month adventure working with orphans in Thailand. Thanks for visiting!

Category Archives: Portraits

6 months in Thailand + exciting next steps in America

Paul and I have been back in America for two weeks and we’re already missing our dear young friends from The Home of Joy like crazy. Its pretty difficult to paraphrase 6 full months of living and working in Thailand. It changed us.

Through the highs, lows, communication barriers, laughter and tears we connected with some truly incredible young people. The children taught us how to live more in the beauty of the present moment. They taught us to really appreciate the simple joys in life every day. We acquired a new sense of gratitude. We saw the horrible dangers of apathy.

140 children found their way into our hearts and helped to strengthen our faith, our love for one another and our commitment to a life together full of service. I’m so glad that we were able to spend our first months of marriage having this experience. More photographs to come.

What are our next steps? For the next few weeks we’ll be visiting with some of our much-missed friends and family across the U.S. and re-adjusting to the Western world. Then, for the next couple of months, we’ll be in Oregon working hard on all of our new business plans and materials. In a few months we plan to move to the Santa Barbara area to plant roots and start a new photography and design company together! We will never forget our friends in Thailand and hope to return for a visit someday. They will always inspire us. I hope you enjoy seeing some of their beautiful faces in these portraits that I made! Love and peace.

Boys in Black and White – Our Thailand Home

These kids break my heart, make me smile, and fill me with laughter every day. I took these portraits in and around the newly completed Boy’s House at Baan Unrak. I have written descriptions based on what I have learned from these boys in the past month here. The new house is somewhat bare at the moment and they are collecting funds to fill each new room with beds for the boys. Paul and I are doing well and loving every second getting to know the amazing boys and girls here. I hope you enjoy this post and that it brings a smile to your face. Love and peace!

 

Monkila

You can’t help but laugh when 8-year-old Monkila laughs, or smile when his eyes light up. He is eager to please; he loves high fives and hugs. He has cerebral palsy, so he still attends the nursery school. His body is weak and he struggles with a range of intense emotions that change very quickly, but like all of the children here, he has admirable strength. Monkila bakes delicious cookies at The Bakery once a week with a volunteer.

Krishna

Krishna is a calm, quiet, unstoppable 4-year-old. He is a mixture of a monkey and an athlete on the playground. He rarely cries or fusses. When you look at Krishna, you may focus on his handsome eyes, round cheeks and sweet expression, never even noticing his cleft lip.

Ahong

Ahong is a lively and bright 9-year-old; his English skills are extraordinary. He is so intelligent and mature that he often seems like more of an adult than a child (until you see him wildly running and giggling). Ahong has a soft spot for affection and animals. He will proudly show off the dogs and newest kittens at the Home to anyone interested.

Samuella

Samuella is a ball of untamed 8-year-old energy. Independent and self-sufficient, he’s a real boy’s boy. He is too small for most bicycles but will go on a ride any chance he gets. He is passionate about marbles and scary jungle creatures.

Tenyasoo

This little guy is full of wild energy and easy smiles. With one bat of his eyelashes, he will convince you to spin him ’round and ’round and hug him tight for hours. He is 5-years-old but extremely small for his age. Aside from a protrusion on his chest, you would never guess that he had open-heart surgery when he was 2.

Paul and Tenyasoo

Picnic Love


With strange cold fronts happening all over the U.S, I thought this would be a perfect time to share some images reminiscent of warmer days! I hope you enjoy these photos in the slideshow above or by scrolling below.

I took these in November on a beautiful old dairy farm in Savannah (I love that November is still picnic weather here). I’m happy with the way they turned out! I did some styling (props, clothing, etc.) and gave many of the photos a lifestyle feel.


 

Sweet Family of 3 – Savannah GA portrait photographer

These guys are one of the sweetest families you could meet. They have kind hearts, joyous spirits and an amazing, continuously growing love for one another. I hope I was able to capture some of that in these images. Paul came and assisted me with the session, and we really enjoyed getting to know this family! Our session was just a little while before this sweetie’s first birthday. One year olds are fun to photograph as they are learning to walk and explore, though it’s a challenge getting their attention and eye contact sometimes. Here are some of my favorites from the afternoon!

I’ve been staying busy everyday with portrait sessions, second shooting weddings, assisting, portfolio building, etc. and this past weekend I had a camping adventure! I’ll try to add some more blogposts soon!

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Engagement Style Photos – Savannah GA

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After 2nd shooting weddings for some amazing photographers last weekend, I did an arranged photo shoot with some friends of mine, Cindy and Hogan. It was an opportunity to create some nice engagement style images to use in my portfolio (which I’m always trying to grow and improve upon) and to show Paul more about photography. These images were created on River Street and Factor’s Walk in downtown Savannah.

If you don’t know these two, hopefully you wouldn’t have ever guessed that they aren’t an actual couple and hadn’t even met each other before we did this shoot!!! It was so sweet of them to model for me and to put themselves in what could have been an awkward situation if we hadn’t all had fun with it. They really did a great job, and Paul was a big help. It definitely stretched me as a photographer. They’re both easy going, comedic people who are awesome to be around (not to mention how photogenic they are), so I think that transfered over to the images. We also did some mock wedding photos which I’ll post later on! Thanks for taking the time to view my blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed these images!

Professional Head Shots and Portraits, Savannah GA Photographer

This is Kathy, an interior designer and furniture designer (and a friend of mine). We did this photo-shoot in her apartment last week to get some nice portraits for her new website. We had fun arranging things perfectly and using window light and an off-camera speed light. Kathy is finishing up her furniture design MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design and will be taking the Northeast by storm very soon. The couch she is sitting on in the last few images is one that she designed. I think she looks gorgeous and can’t believe she doesn’t think she is at all photogenic! These are my favorites.

I’d love to work with more professionals and soon-to-be graduates on their head shots and portraits!

This weekend has been nice and quiet. I’ve been soaking it up since its the last quiet weekend I’ll be having in Savannah for awhile; my fall schedule has been filling up nicely! This weekend consisted of giving more photography and LightRoom lessons, riding bikes in perfect weather, trying new things, Modern Family, and volunteering. I hope you all have been able to enjoy the weekend too!

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Pieces of Love – Savannah GA family portrait photographer

I photograph families because it’s important. Because life is precious and fleeting, whether we realize it or not. Because love, like a child, is always changing and growing. I aim to capture and immortalize fractions of a moment and pieces of love, write them onto my camera’s sensor, and transform them into heirlooms.

This sweet family has had to come to terms with just how precious life can be this past year. I don’t think that story is mine to tell, but I can tell you some stories with these images. They are stories of  discovery, wonder, joy, fun, and deep, amazing love.

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10 days old – Savannah GA baby photographer

In my last post I described the class that I attended recently, The Art, Charm and Business of Newborn Photography taught by Georgia photographers Mary Buck and Kyle Hitchcock. I already posted photos of the precious 3 week old baby girl we were able to photograph. Now, here is the other teeny tiny model we practiced posing and photographing. Kyle did an amazing job setting up these photos while sharing lots of great tips. I’m REALLY excited to use this experience in my Savannah newborn photos; I can’t wait to book some more sessions.

This dainty, magical little girl is only ten days old! I hope you enjoy these images.

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