Bri

Bri

Middle school is hard.  Its probably the worst three years of childhood for most everyone.  But for some, middle school can become an absolute hell.

Bri is a quiet, introverted, gentle child.  She is the perfect target for a bully and when she started middle school this year, she immediately became the victim of vicious bullying.  She was bullied for the deep color of her skin and was mocked and ridiculed daily.

Bri found the inner strength to speak out and wrote about her depression and suicidal thoughts in a class assignment.  Unfortunately, the school jumped into action, but only to involve mental health services for Bri- NOT to address the bullying.

Bri’s mother spoke out and put her story on social media.  Her story reminded me of my own struggles with depression and anxiety at her age and I instantly knew I could help.

I contacted her mother and the amazing Mikaya Dionne joined as my partner to make this portrait session something that would help Bri heal and embrace the body that God gave her.

My vision was to make an image composed of all darkness so the highlights of Bri’s skin would become the subject and I could show her the beauty in her darkness.  Mikaya was AMAZING with her makeup artistry and brought my vision to life.  You could see Bri transform not only through the makeup but you could see her whole expression and body language change as she saw her own beauty.

Mikaya, Bri’s mom and I all fought back tears the entire time.  Watching this girl smile and be proud of herself and her color is one of the most rewarding moments I have experienced behind the camera.

Bri’s story has inspired me to continue helping others heal and I am now launching The Phoenix Project for 2020.  I will photograph one session each month completely for free to help someone heal and love the body they are in.  Whether its healing from bullying like Bri, or healing after a cancer battle, or any other struggle, I would love to help give back to their recovery process.  To nominate someone or to offer your help for any Phoenix Project sessions, please go to: https://www.longsphotography.com/phoenix-project/

 

Photography by Long’s Photography

Storybook Santa 2019

Storybook Santa 2019

The Storybook Santa Sessions have quickly become my favorite thing to photograph.  Its honestly magical to watch these children play and laugh with Santa.  There is so much love, goodness and joy in each of these sessions its honestly such an honor to capture these memories!  I am in love with every single session we did this year– even when things went a little “off script”, it all just adds into their special memory!

We have finished all the sessions for 2019, but we are already planning the 2020 sessions!  If you are interested in a Storybook Santa session for 2020, be sure to sign up for the email list and we will announce the dates to you FIRST!  Until then, enjoy these images from this year!

 

Tallahassee Christmas Santa Photography by Long’s Photography

Colson

Colson

Colson is a whole year old and he is sillier than ever!  We took his parents and sister with us to Maclay Gardens for his final baby plan photo session and for the first time ever a thunderstorm rolled in and we couldn’t finish the session!  I was so glad we could reschedule the second half and I got to play with Colson again!  He is full of silly faces and the biggest most wonderful grin you can ever imagine!

Tallahassee Baby Photography by Long’s Photography

Maclay Gardens Mini-Sessions

Maclay Gardens Mini-Sessions

Maclay Gardens is probably Tallahassee’s most iconic location for family portraits and we have one last chance mini-session date coming up there!  We will have 30 minute mini-sessions available on Monday, November 11th, 2019 (Veteran’s Day)  Each $69 session fee can accommodate up to eight people.

Session fees are nonrefundable and include your session on location.  All prints, products and digital files are purchased separately, but there is no minimum order.  Go to: https://www.longsphotography.com/tallahassee-professional-photo-pricing/ for more pricing details.

There are only a handful of session times available, so be sure to reserve yours before they are gone!  Book online: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=16591867 or contact the studio at 850.339.5799 or [email protected]

 

Tallahassee Family Photography by Long’s Photography

Storybook Santa 2019

Storybook Santa 2019

We have been talking to Santa and he has made his plans to come back to Tallahassee to visit just before Christmas!  He is making special appointment times on December 1, 7 and 8th, 2019 to chat and play with boys and girls who are on his “good” list!

Each 30 minute session can include just the kids or the whole family.  Santa sends a personalized letter to your children inviting them to the studio and giving them a wish list to bring back with them.  During the session, they will toast with milk and cookies, see Santa’s magic, paint some magic on toys and help decorate our Christmas tree!

Storybook Santa session fee is $199, but if you use coupon code MAGIC when you book online, you can save $50 off the session fee!  The session fee includes the Santa experience only.  We will have you schedule a second appointment the week after the portrait session where you will view the unretouched images to make your purchase decisions.  Storybook Santa sessions have a limited menu available so that we may deliver as many of the products as we can before Christmas!  For more detailed pricing, visit the pricing page of www.LongsPhotography.com

Storybook Santa session times are already booking fast!  Book yours while you still can!  Go online to: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=16591867 and reserve your time now!  You can call or text the studio at 850.339.5799 or email [email protected] with any questions you have!