It’s one of those annoying cliches that turns out to be true. Blink. Your newborn is walking. Blink. Third grade recital. Blink. Teenaged angst. Blink. Graduation.

Blink. My sweet friends with whom I shared many fun, single adventures are now the parents of these personality-packed kids.

Thanks for the honor of  chasing them down and capturing a little bit of this time. And for allegedly trespassing on a shut-down federal park with me. Who says our adventures are over?:)







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For the past year or so, maybe longer, I’ve been lamenting how much we all lose ourselves in busyness. We complain about it, but on the other hand we all kind of wear it as a badge of honor. How are you? “Busy, busy!” “Crazy busy!” “I’ve got my hands full!”

Ugh. I’ve tried to avoid the pitfalls.

And, yet. I have three kids. I have a business. I have familial, social, and community obligations. I even have a husband who enjoys spending time with me when I’m not a tornado of activity and logistics. In an effort to keep this particularly busy season sane, I’m limiting the number of sessions I’m going to accept. Below is the basic run down. For more details and up-to-date availability, please email or call me.

I hope I get to see many of my favorite families before the year is out, and that you’ll all join me in trying to slow down and enjoy what’s left of it.


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“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This family embodies Emerson’s words. I loved this session so much I will let the images do most of the talking. I will say that this gorgeous family made my job easy, and that I have never seen a toddler so completely joyful and fearless in the ocean.

When she told me there was a jungle in their backyard, I thought she was exaggerating.

On to the ocean. Little man was one month old.

2013-06_Vranicar58Jennifer Mendoza Photography - Jacksonville Beach Newborn and Family Photography

Jennifer Mendoza Photography - Jacksonville Beach Newborn and Family Photography

Jennifer Mendoza Photography - Jacksonville Beach Newborn and Family Photography


Congratulations on your new life as a foursome, V family.

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I love that this couple has known each other since they were not much older than their boys are now. I love that they have bounced around the world together (and apart) and seem to be as connected to each other and their neighbors as if they’d always been in the same spot where they met many years ago.

These photos were taken the same week that Daddy came home from deployment, stormy weather made planning difficult, and their house was getting major work in anticipation of selling and moving! This mama is one of those super women who you would really want to dislike if she weren’t so genuinely kind, generous, and likable. And it doesn’t hurt that she’s a great cook that loves to share!;)



Best of luck to you guys. I know you’ll land well and I hope our paths cross again after this summer.

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