Have camera. Will travel. | Urban Birmingham, AL Family Session

August 16, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The best part about traveling as a photographer is having the tools needed to successfully capture the new (or long lost) sights. In this case, the best part about traveling...period...was I got to see my sister (and her sweet family). The fact that I'm a photographer meant: #familyphotoshoot! I loaded up my little carry-on bag (on what turned out to be a flying tuna can...smallest plane ever) and ginormous camera bag and made it through Miami security without having to pull out all my gear. (I was once stopped in the NYC LaGuardia airport, having to unload everything and turn my camera on to prove it was actually a camera, so this time was a breeze!)

My sister (whose B-DAY is TODAY! Love you, Karen!) lives in the Birmingham, AL area. She decided on an urban setting in downtown B'ham and then the campus of Samford University, where she and her hub met and are both alumni. B'ham is my old stomping ground, too, having graduated from Samford myself. I hadn't been back in years, so it was pretty exciting for me!

Let me preface these pics with:

1) It was a miracle the weather held up for us. The forecast was rain and more rain. Torrential downpours. We prayed. God answered. The rain skirted us and ALL we got was one humorous, giant, thunderous BOOM when we got out of the car. And that was all she wrote.

2) It was also a miracle that my sister found jewelry for both changes of outfits. Seriously. Three days of shopping with two young boys (in which frozen yogurt and Krispy Kreme donuts may or may not have been used as bribes rewards), looking for something very specific (hey, a girl is entitled to her opinions) and all on a time crunch and budget = not an easy task. The good news? We had a great time being together, the boys were extremely well behaved (love those nephews!) and she found the perfect accessories, which we were convinced did not exist.

3) The boys (ages 8 and 12) were dreading having "boring, cheesy family pictures" made. Good thing for them...I'm not a boring, cheesy family photographer and they actually had fun on the shoot. Whew. #yayauntgail

Pictures. Hit it.

gail centeno photography miami fl birmingham lifestyle urban downtown family photoshoot Love the metal mixed with cobblestone. (Note to self: find cobblestone road in Miami. A girl can hope.)

gail centeno photography miami fl birmingham lifestyle urban downtown family photoshoot How. Cute. Are. They?

gail centeno photography miami fl birmingham lifestyle urban downtown family photoshoot Stop it. :)

gail centeno photography miami fl birmingham lifestyle urban downtown family photoshoot Sweetest boys...even without the sugary donuts and frozen goodness.

gail centeno photography miami fl birmingham lifestyle urban downtown family photoshoot The wind kicked up. (Nah, I carry a fan for my models. ;)

gail centeno photography miami fl birmingham lifestyle urban downtown family photoshoot Boys...doing what boys do best. [grin]

gail centeno photography miami fl lifestyle urban family downtown birmingham family photoshoot I love feet (more like shoes).

And my sister.

And her family. MY family.

As for the traveling camera gear, my bags are ready to go any time...to see her...or other urban places and faces. ;)

Happy Birthday, sis. And the rest of your pics are coming soon!

Ya'll come back now, ya hear?


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