Christmas came and went so quickly! I’m glad I snapped some photos to remember this special holiday. Last year, we had a little 6 month old baby boy and now we have an active, charming 18 month old toddler! It was a great Christmas with our family. Here are some pictures of James by the tree in his adorable elf PJs and some iPhone pictures of our Christmas in Orlando!
Hi sweet friends, Happy New Year! The past year was filled with documenting once-in-a-lifetime moments and beautiful, kind people. I am so thankful for all of my clients that invited me and my camera into their homes, weddings, and special occasions. In 2018, my photography business transitioned from mainly weddings to focus more on families. I photographed two beautiful weddings, 27 (my favorite number!) families, 5 precious newborns, a handful of maternity sessions, a church/pre-school, and a growing startup company. This blog post is one of my favorites every year. It’s a look at the behind the scenes of Michelle Stoker Photography. It’s been a good year!
I had the opportunity to take updated team photos and headshots for Knack recently. I, of course, said YES since my handsome husband is the CTO and one of the founders of this awesome tutoring app! Knack is a growing community for college students to connect with their peers for tutoring. They got started in 2016 and have been growing ever since. They recently added on a few new employees and closed out a seed round of funding with some awesome investors, including Jeff Vinik, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lighting! So proud of these guys and am excited to see how Knack grows!
Here’s a recent article on Tech Crunch with a more in-depth Knack update!
And here’s an article on St. Pete Catalyst. So exciting!
I was recently looking at a photo of David holding baby James in his hand from our newborn session with Tiffany McClure and I asked him, “do you think you could hold James like that now?” And an idea sparked… let’s recreate his newborn session now that he’s a big one year old! We got out my camera, the newborn basket, a few blankets, and the outfits we wore last year. It is so fun to compare the photos and see how much James has grown! He was 7 pounds at birth and now weighs 22 pounds. He was an exclusive milk baby for six months and now he eats anything and everything (grapes and pasta are his favorite!). He had a tiny head with dark, wispy hair and now he has a head full of thick, blonde hair. James used to stay in the same spot until someone moved him and now we’re chasing him all over the house! It’s been such a fun year and I’m so excited for all the fun to come with our TODDLER!
On June 30, 2017, we welcomed our sweet son into the world! James was born at 11:41am on that beautiful summer Friday and our lives were forever changed! (Here is the blog post with his very detailed birth story.) It’s been a wonderful year watching James grow and change. He has developed such a sweet, charming personality. I’m so thankful to be his Mama!! We celebrated his FIRST BIRTHDAY on Saturday with our family and a few friends in Orlando. (Local friends, Avalon has a new clubhouse that is perfect for small parties and a ballroom for bigger events!) We had an adventure themed party for our little Explorer. Thank you to my sister for the creative decorations!! James, we love you. We are proud of you and we are so glad that you’re ours!!