I am so blessed. My friend Courtney keeps coming back to me year after year for a family session. She's supported my business from the beginning and I've watched Mona grow through my camera lens. This year Courtney reached out to me for something a little different. She wanted a family session, but she also wanted to incorporate Juneteenth and teach Mona about the struggles and the triumphs of her ancestors and all African Americans. For those of you reading this and do not know what Juneteenth is, it is the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States which occurred on June 19, 1865. It's a time for celebrating how far our nation has come and for reflecting on our dark past and realizing how far we still have to go. I'm honored that Courtney chose me to capture this for her and love every element she brought to this session, the pins, the books, the shirts and pure love and adoration of her daughter. We met up at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law and let the magic of Mona begin. Shhhh...don't tell her Mom, but Mona always steals the show as you can see below.
Shirts - Elytess Designs
Pins - Radical Dreams Pins
Books - Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
Be Bold, Baby!: Michelle Obama by Alison Oliver
Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children by Sandra L. Pinkey
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison