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Mother’s Day dates back to the 19th century, when women’s pacifist groups sought to establish holidays in favor of peace. Since its humble beginnings initiated by Anna Jarvis and John Wanamaker on May 10, 1908 in a small church in West Virginia, Mother’s Day has grown to be the third largest retail holiday in the United States. Though flowers, greeting cards and a trip to her favorite brunch spot can’t repay our moms for their love and sacrifice, it might be a good start!

For all the tears they have wiped away, scraped knees they have kissed and days they have brightened, mothers deserve all our gratitude. Here’s to the mothers who hold homes and childhoods together, whose presence can calm a storm and whose unwavering love is there even in times of profound struggle.

It has been our pleasure to celebrate the love of mothers as they guide their family through every milestone.

The intimacy between mother and child during pregnancy is incomparable. Expecting her second baby, Christi allowed us to share in that bond during a small shoot in our Decatur studio. It’s true what they say: expecting mothers really do glow.

Mothers and daughters are known for their one-of-a-kind friendships and it is clear to see Braschelle and her daughter are on their way to forming a lifelong bond.  They spent the afternoon at our fun and lively outdoor studio to capture this precious age in life – where children are growing in their independence and personality – but still need their mother every step of the way.

Capturing the commitment of faith for young girls and boys during their Bar/Bat Mitzvah season is one of my greatest joys as a photographer. Watching mothers plan and coordinate every stunning detail is such a display of maternal commitment.  Daisy Gould’s fun in the sun Bat Mitzvah celebration was a hit – with a family lunch at the Farmhouse followed by a pool party at a private residence at Serenbe with her closest friends.

It is especially rewarding to see mothers incorporate a child’s passion at the much anticipated Mitzvah party, as Sherrie did for her daughter, Lucy. Her celebration was held at Villa Christina with an art theme.  Sherrie hired a professional artist to participate and create one-of-a-kind pieces for every guest.

Emotional moments we capture between mother and son are priceless.  The love on Stacey Hydrick’s face as she prepared for her son, Adam, to embark on his Bar Mitzvah rehearsal is worth more than a thousand words.

And then, our strong, brilliant, nurturing mothers have to let go and watch their own son or daughter take the first steps in starting their new life as a married couple. Olivia and John wed in the North Georgia mountains in an intimate ceremony. The bride’s mother was by her side with a spirit of eternal love that only a mother knows.  From the very beginning of their journey into motherhood, mothers are there – empowering their sons and daughters to grow into their best selves. To all mothers: thank you.

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Atlanta is fortunate to have a beautiful skyline, convenient access to lakes and mountains and a city sprawl filled with restaurants, old homes, and artistic spaces to accommodate special celebrations.  We all know the coveted Swan House.  We envy the couple who selects the Georgian Terrace Hotel for their big day, or the young boy who celebrates his Mitzvah at the Aquarium.  But, let’s not forget some of these incredible spots that can host intimate gatherings and larger groups.  They each have preferred vendor lists, a talented staff, beautiful backdrop and style – making your event unique and photo-worthy.

The Solarium is located in Decatur in the quaint Oakhurst neighborhood.  Designed by acclaimed Atlantan architect, Neel Reid, in 1918 who is also known for building the Alexander Hotel, Atlanta Amtrak Station and many homes in the Ansley Park neighborhood.  The Solarium offers a lot of natural light and provides a beautiful backdrop of Georgian Revival architectural details.  If cost savings is a priority, this venue should be at the top of your list.

Orchids abound at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  Options range from the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen, a Japanese Garden, the Sourwood Terrace and Canopy Walk and many more.  Here is a complete list.

The Fernbank Museum has been booked by brides and we most certainly recommend it for corporate, Mitzvah and birthday gatherings.  Who doesn’t love dinosaurs?!?

5Church Atlanta is located in Midtown.  Home to Jamie Lynch, chef, of Top Chef.  The restaurant offers a private indoor space and a rooftop.

A step back to a simpler time of gatherings.  If vintage interiors, bowling, and vibrant, ample space appeal to you, The Painted Pin is your next venue go-to.  A fun space to entertain kids or a place where grownups can be a kid, The Painted Pin in Miami Circle offers a full bar, bocce, Ping-Pong and Skee-Ball.  Did you see those chesterfield sofas and candy spread?!?!

Maybe one of the less obvious places to get married is Stone Mountain Park.  We know it for its beauty and hiking, but there is also an antebellum estate and formal garden.

If all else fails, just call Legendary Events.  Led by Tony Conway, Legendary offers full service design, catering and florals … As well as a venue: The Estate by Legendary Events.  Conway has catered to major executives, celebrities, and brides since 1997.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall is here! The weather is perfect and the outdoor colors are breathtaking. This is an excellent time to schedule a family portrait session in LifeonFilm’s backyard Decatur studio.Let us capture your family in a natural environment featuring the studio’s classic elements of water, air, fire, and earth.The relaxing and carefree atmosphere will provide a great mix of shots featuring your family in formal and candid settings.The backyard studio is the perfect setting for your family’s end of year photos. It is designed to create backgrounds that express adventure and fun.A soothing water feature and in-ground hot tub is used to encourage water play and relaxation. A log wall and fire pit is perfect for capturing warm, rustic family photos. The easily accessible treehouse, featuring hanging bells, glowing lanterns, and a delightful porch swing is a hit with kids.Last, but certainly not least … our small flock of hens, ever ready to make a special photo appearance, if their presence is desired.The beautiful hand painted, stone mural is a favorite among children who are fascinated by the colorful designs.

Our studio is also designed to accommodate families with special needs. The upper and lower level patios are wheel-chair accessible and sensory considerations are in place for individuals on the Autism spectrum.150331familyportraitjgilrm-1A convenient, private area is available for outfit changes and sprucing up.

If you’re looking to take advantage of the stunning fall canvas for your next family portrait, contact LifeonFilm Photography and schedule your family’s session today. We look forward to helping you tell your family’s story … one image at a time.

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It’s always an honor when families call upon me to record momentous milestones in their lives. I’ve captured a lot of events during my time as a photographer and I must say that bar/bat mitzvahs are my favorite.Witnessing young men and women commit themselves to their faith and all that it involves, is sacred. Add the awesome celebrations that follow and it’s clear to see why I delight in capturing these moments.During our first meeting, I could tell Perri and her family were a fun, loving bunch. You could feel the warm personalities radiating from each member. Perri has a positive impact on those around her and is surrounded by love and support from family and friends.The bat mitzvah ceremony was held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Rabbi Brian Glusman was the officiant. Family and friends from New York, New Jersey, Florida, and of course, Georgia, were on hand to help Perri celebrate this important life event. Her parents, Jason and Janel, beamed with pride as Perri effortlessly carried out the roles required of her during the ceremony.The celebration was nothing short of breathtaking. Perri’s father, Jason, served as event coordinator and was able to find the right vendors to help him put together a Jersey Boardwalk themed celebration. Vibrant and vivid colors were all around, guests feasted on popcorn, cotton candy and lots and lots of sweets! There were starbursts, lollipops, salt water taffy, and rice crispy treats to name a few.Dressed in a fabulous polka dot dress and illuminated sneakers, Perri seemed to enjoy being the center of attention as guest after guest greeted her with congratulations, hugs, and plenty of requests for pictures. She and her guest danced the night away with tunes provided by Vibe Entertainment. The photo booth provided by Life on Film Photography was a big hit with Perri and her friends as they donned props and captured memorable snapshots to take home.I can truly say that Perri and her family know how to celebrate. In addition to the Schwartz family, I would like to thank all of the vendors: Let’s Celebrate Events, Vibe Entertainment and Legacy Catering and Events for doing such a fantastic job and creating an atmosphere full of creativity, fun, and love that were a joy to capture.

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As a photographer, I get to experience some pretty cool locations, but I also have the honor of an invitation to some of the best and most entertaining celebrations of my client’s milestones … even the ones where I am partying with mostly teenagers. In fact, they may have the most fun when it comes to really enjoying the festivities, as most recently evidenced by the Alexander’s awesome party for their daughter Maya at Le Fais Do Do.160123MayaAlexanderCelebrationLRM-0031

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If you ever wondered why girls get the reputation for being made of sugar, spice and everything nice, look no farther than sweet Maya’s ballerina-drenched Bat Mitzvah. In fact, if you can pull yourself away from the dreamy desserts table that Zest Atlanta catering company packed with everything from magenta macaroons to pretty pink cake pops and decadently dipped Oreos, you won’t find anything in the room that wasn’t supremely nice.  

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Speaking of sweet, that includes the members of the Alexander family. Maya’s the middle child in and is just as sweet as her older sister Lenore, who also has a knack for creating artistic party themes, as her mitzvah was centered around paintings and art. Not to be outdone by his sisters, the youngest sibling, Nolan is certain to have his own style in a few years. In fact, he was a pretty impressive as my assistant director, helping pose his sisters at Maya’s portrait session.

But it’s not like the Alexanders to sit still for long – and that goes for all generations. One of the best parts about this party was that when you needed to take a break from the food, there was an incredible DJ from EsPeuté Productions, who kept the dance floor vibe as irresistible as those macaroons. I love seeing a pro that can get absolutely everyone moving; and in this case, even after the ballerinas cleared some room, the family stepped in and danced until the lights came on. That was something I will never forget!

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