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

Into the Forest Mini-Sessions

Into the Forest Mini-Sessions

Step into the pages of a storybook forest, whether you want to fish and play in our hidden pond, or sprinkle some magical dust and become a fairy princess!  

Into the Forest mini-sessions are available ONLY on Saturday, July 27th in our Tallahassee studio.  The $29 session fee includes the mini-session for up to two children and use of any of our costuming- dresses, tiaras, overalls, etc.

The nonrefundable session fee includes session only. There is no minimum order, so just purchase what you like! Schedule your session now: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=16591867

Contact the studio with any questions- 850.339.5799 or [email protected]

 

Tallahassee Children and Baby Photography by Long’s Photography

Fitz

Fitz

I swear Fitz is one of the happiest babies EVER!  This little dude ROCKED his three month portrait session!  He was the best!  He even gave me a few giggles when I tickled him!  It took everything I had just to give him back to his mom!

Tallahassee baby photography by Long’s Photography

Ties & Tutus

Ties & Tutus

Come play dress up with us!  We will be offering Ties & Tutus Mini-Sessions on Saturday, June 8, 2019 ONLY!  The$29 session fee for up three children (ages six months and up) includes the session in our Tallahassee studio and use of any of our fun tutus, pettiskirts, rompers, ties, bow ties, hair bows, etc. 

The nonrefundable session fee includes session only. Discounted packages start at $199 with no minimum order! Schedule your session now: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=16591867

Contact the studio with any questions- 850.339.5799 or [email protected]

 

Tallahassee Children and Baby Photography by Long’s Photography

Davis

Davis

Davis is squishy, and sweet… and sneaky! This strong little guy can Houdini his arms out of even my tightest wrap! Davis might be a little guy, but he has a feisty little personality and is strong as an ox! I totally see him being a very active little boy, so look out world!

 

Tallahassee Newborn Baby Photography by Long’s Photography