Beth Fletcher Photography » Natural Light Photographer

The first time I met the Burns family was on the beach, right before our session. The beach was different on this particular evening, it was actually smaller, like half the size and the wind was gusting, easily 25mph. The waves were giant and loud…we knew very early on that there would not be any of the perfect “portrait” type shots, but luckily, I don’t think that’s what any of us wanted. We just wanted fun and that’s what we had. I captured a lot of fun, love and the best freckles. One of my most memorable sessions of the year.


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He was born on the best day. I only say that it was the best day because he made it the best day. This gorgeous, sweet little baby was ours. Watching him grow has been amazing. His personality is like none I have ever seen. He loves to play, he loves to laugh, he LOVES adventure. At the age of 5, he rode on roller coasters even his older siblings wouldn’t ride on. He creates. He explores. He loves and appreciates new food. If he hears a child say he doesn’t like something and Eli hasn’t had it before, he’ll try and he usually loves it. He’s so smart and uses his hands when he talks, his expressions are so amazing and he’s thoughtful.

Eli has a soulful way about him. He’s thoughtful and he loves and he looks into your eyes when you talk to him. Sometimes you’ll be talking to him and he’ll grab your cheeks and tell you how much he loves you.

He’s also very smart.

Obviously, I think he’s amazing. But you can see for yourself. I interviewed eli last night for our annual interview (below)2016-03-29_0002.

Hi eli! Hi

What’s tomorrow? Tomorrow is Tuesday.

What else is tomorrow? My birthday.


How old will you be? 6 years old.

Are you excited about that? Yeah. Why? Because it can not fit on one hand, you need two hands.

That is very exciting!

What do you plan to do tomorrow? Go to sky zone and go to school. Mom and Dad are coming for lunch. What will you be eating? A salad from Panera.

Do you like salads? Yes.

What’s your favorite colors? Blue

What’s your birthday party theme this year? Blue.


What’s your favorite food? My favorite food is tomatoes.

What’s your favorite fruit? Strawberries

What’s your favorite vegetable? Snap peas.

What’s your least favorite vegetable? peas.

What do you enjoy doing? Sitting, riding my bike, playing basketball with Noah and playing knockout. Um, I like to excavate and look for bugs.

Do you like bugs? Yes. Why? Because some bugs don’t bite and some bugs do bite and I think that’s really cool.


What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a lot of things…like a computer worker, a chef, and I want to own a car store and I want to work at Disney World.

Eli, do you love school? Yes, because I love to learn and school is fun and I have the best teacher in the world because she’s nice and gives us hugs.

Do you want to be a Daddy? Yes. I would like 2 kids.

What do you like most about Clara? Um, that she is sometimes silly and she’s cute and that’s all.


What do you like most about Anna? um, um, that um, she gives me hugs and she plays with me sometimes and she loves me.

What do you like most about Noah? That Noah plays knockout with me, he plays minecraft with me, he teaches me and he makes me feel safe. And he lets me sleep in his room.

What do you like most about your Mama? She loves me, when she puts me to bed, she sings and she rubs my head and she kisses me like an old man. And I love my Mom’s food. yumyum.


What did you do when you were five years old? I played with my babysitter, I went to Florida and Alabama and I played with TreyB. I also two teeth.

Who is your best friend? I have a lot of best friends.

Wow, I think that makes you pretty lucky. Yeah. I am pretty lucky.





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  • Tina - That boys is going to change the world….I just know it!

  • Kellyn - Happy Birthday Eli!! You are awesome!!

The thing about shooting at the beach is that it looks different every single night. So upon approaching each session, I keep an open mind on what to expect, sometimes the sun is bright, sometimes the sky is blue and gloomy, sometimes it’s fuzzy and pink. It’s my goal to always capture it the way it is, which means, no photoshopping, no adding overlays, just simple beauty, because it’s just that…beautiful.

This particular session had the best weather, cloudy but bright, no wind and the beach was empty. And that beautiful log…it was there, just for us.

I have been photographing the Blakeley Family since they were a family of three…a few weeks after this session, they moved to Indy but THEY PROMISED to come back and see me. I hope you enjoy these images and this wonderful family.

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