Bridal Session - Lake Martin Alabama

A few weeks ago i had the opportunity to travel up to my parents lake house in Dadeville, Alabama to gather with my sister and her very best friends to celebrate her last days of being single.

I brought a few things from my studio wardrobe closet to play dress up with her at one of my favorite places in the world. I love this house, I love this house, and I love this woman right here.

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This is one of my favorite shots ever.
I love the realness of movement and expression.

And I love chopped heads.

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Another fave.

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I am used to crazy windy beaches and the middle of the lake in the morning is, well, not windy at all.
But like I said, there were lots of ladies with us.
And cocktails.

So we improvised.

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Pretty sure I need a crew for ground support from now on.
Open up the pictures in the grid.
That little firecracker in the red almost made me pee my pants.

IT ISN'T AS EASY AS IT SOUNDS, MAKING WIND BLOW OKAY??

But we finally figured it out. ;)

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It was a little chilly, my sister was like, "IS THIS DRESS SEE THROUGH???" and we really only had like 20 minutes between rain pours, but I am absolutely in love with all these pictures and her face and her happiness and her heart full of love.

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FAVORITE EVER

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This face right here - ugh. 
WHO IS THIS CHICK?
Mrs. Jackson. That's who.

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Welp, there you have it, my sister is one of my favorite subjects, and this is one of my favorite shoots, and some of my favorite pictures. I adore having the freedom to dress, doll up, and direct a living breathing art piece, and create something wonderful with someone I love.
This is why I do what I do.
This is why it all gets done.

A Baby Baptism Party - Apopka, Florida

I was super excited to attend and photograph this little one's baptism in Orlando last month. His parents were actually one of my first weddings, and it had been years since I had seen or photographed them, though we kept in touch on Facebook.

I had been wanting to get my hands on this little guy for sometime, to say the least.

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This was my first baptism session, and it was absolutely lovely and so touching. It was a private event and therefore I was able to move and photograph freely during the ceremony, capturing all the sweetness and this beautiful light.

This handsome guy.
He has the sweetest little face.

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Baptism Day is a huge day for a baby.
So much family and so much party.
So much celebrating of life.

After the ceremony we headed back to the house for a family party and pictures with every grandparent, auntie, uncle, cousin and family friend.

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And of course my session wouldn't be complete without a little getaway with mom and dad.
We sneaked a couple of quiet minutes in the living room for some cuddly family goodness.

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I am so in love with their little family.
Only thing missing is their gorgeous dog.

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So I guess I will have to go back. 
Because family isn't complete without puppers!

Triple Threat - Daytona Beach Baby Photographer - Triplets

I once had a dog and if you threw 3 balls, he would try to fit all 3 in his mouth.
That's how these three little people make me feel!

Here is a session that is proof that the best part of a session are the outtakes!
(SPOILER Lifestyle Photography IS basically outtakes.)

this is real life :)

this is real life :)

I can't really begin to quantify my job as a photographer, because it is so fun and awesome, yet also it isn't as easy as I make it seem! I have 1 hour to try and reveal the souls and connection between how ever many people I have in front of my camera and so often, I will encounter a subject or two who may even have been brought to the session against their will!

But this is how my job is wonderfully easy:

Life is beautiful.
Life is magical.
Life is REAL.
As long as I keep snapping up
little bits and pieces of REAL life,
I will capture a magic that only truly yours.
 

It's so hard to make all three of them happy at the same time! I can't imagine what these adorable parents have been going through, but watching them just love on these babies and let them be themselves and soak in the moments was such an amazing process.

And mom had the best attitude. "Everybody loves the ones where they are crying!"
GIVE THE PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT. :)

Life so real I can't even handle the cuteness!

Life so real I can't even handle the cuteness!

Oh, NOW YOU'RE HAPPY. :P

Things I learned about tiny adorable gangs:
They do what they want.
They go where they want.
They eat cheerios.

After a little warming up, all 3 are almost happy. :)

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The one in the middle KNOWS.

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Finally the right mixture of cheerios, fan wind and me acting a fool. 

I MEAN COME ONNNNNNNN.
How are they supposed to deals with this manner of cuteness all day and night?

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You have no idea the amount of weird noises and exaggerated motions it takes to keep these three anywhere near THE ZONE. Of course with this level of content we had to try and throw the parents back into the mix!

Cutest family ever!

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Each one of them is adorable in a similar but totally unique way.
But my favorite part is getting to know their little personalities as they grow.

And there ya have it.
To sum up: Somebody is hogging up all the babies.
I think it might be ME!

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I absolutely love all 3 of these people.
But this little girl truly has my heart, because she looks so much like my baby sister.

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I have 2 younger sisters, and 2 daughters, so I am a sucker for little girls.
They have the best hair.
And twirls.
And dreams.
And stories.

I get so inspired just sitting down and listening as they go on and on about what's in their brains. The things they think about. The ways they express themselves.

The way they are so honest for a camera.

The ways they love to play.
I just love that their hearts are so big and so free.

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Family.

SPOILER ALERT: These hearts are so full of love.

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New Smyrna Beach Florida Couple's Session

Her: What if it rains?
Me: Then we make magic in the rain!

I might have a special place in my heart for this couple, since they are MINE.
My sister and her THEN boyfriend were visiting for a weekend and nothing makes me happier than family members who value the gift of beautiful images forever. 

These two recently tied the knot, and I had to blog these babies up (finally!) before I got to the wedding pictures!

Anyhoo, it was rainy, and beautiful and I am so happy they didn't let weather stop them from giving everything to these beautiful memories I was so lucky to document.

Rain happens.
Love happens.
And when the two mix?
MAGIC HAPPENS.

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I love the way he hold her so gently,
more careful with her heart than she has ever been.

The way he makes her smile with her whole face.

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This one is my favorite.
They are the cutest.

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Rain brings in the moody clouds and windy sea oats.
You can't beat that.
It's the beach at it's best.

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It's totally romantic to dance in the rain at the water's edge.
In a fancy tutu.

She loved every minute of this session.
I could tell.

Because sometimes the skies are dark, and the future in uncertain.
But I have you to hold me, so I will not fear the unknown.

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twirl her....

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hold her...

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tickle her.

kiss her.

Love her like this.
Every day.
And I will let you live.

I've never seen her so happy!

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To sum up:

1. My sister found an incredible guy and he has promised to love her and cherish her for absolutely ever.

2. Don't worry if it looks like rain for your picture day. But if it's a total downpour we can reschedule :)

3. My sister brought the t-shirt, and i dressed her in everything else. I love to help you figure out what to wear, and I want you to look your best! SO, let me help.

 

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Couple's session are so good, and I absolutely LOVE documenting LOVE. Sessions begin at $350 and My dreams and visions are absolutely free. Call me at 407-595-4185 and we dream up a perfect session for you and true love. You deserve beautiful images of yourselves in your home. Let me turn your love into art.

Family Love - Ponce Inlet Family Photographer

When this sweet mama contacted me, I knew I had to connect with this little family.

She wanted some special pics before Daddy went back to work for a few months.

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I just love documenting families.
I really do.

I think this one might be my favorite. 
Maybe my second favorite.

The last one in this set is so good it is hard to choose!

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Everybody knows I am a sucka for little boys.
This one's little fauxhawk and man shirt had me starry eyed.

Wait, no IS THIS ONE MY FAVORITE?

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Despite Daddy not being a "picture person" he ended up really liking it. 
When he saw the inlet jetty walk he immediately asked if we could get right out there.
I love that he fell into the adventure.
When Dads believe, anything is possible.

Wind in hair is my absolute favorite.
Let your hair free.
Let things happen.

Let magic become real...

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Family Sessions are my favorite and sunset or sunrise is the way to make them PERFECT!
contact me at 407-595-4185 to talk about customizing your family session wardrobe/location/accessories to capture your beautiful life in the beautiful color it deserves.

Or black and white. If you are into that. ( I AM )

Daytona Beach Florida Maternity Portraits

Maybe I will never see anything as lovely as a mother to be. 

The miracles involved in growing a new life blow me away but the beauty of a mother, this is blinding to me. The curves, the lines, the shape of a blossoming belly. 

It all happens so fast.
And I want you to remember the best little bits.

Pregnancy isn't always pretty.
Maternity portraits capture this beautiful part of your life at your best.

If you don't know what to wear, I have all kinds of options in the studio.
But also I just love bellies wrapped in cozy lounge-y clothes and soft textured fabrics.

We actually had to reschedule her session, because when her husband found out she booked with me, he really wanted to join her for a few. He just tapped into the wifi while we dressed and played around, and then I would call him in for a couple snaps when she was already in a great light and position.

I LOVE including dads. Seeing man with so much love in his heart does the world so much good. 

I love to do maternity sessions in this studio. 
There is something so calming about the breezes that blow through the windows.

What is also great is I had a chance to show them the types of textures, wraps and props I have for newborn photos, so I know what to bring to their house for the newborns photos.

The waiting is the hardest part. I can't wait to visit them at home for in intimate in home lifestyle session with the new little one.

And they have a fur baby at home, so I am doubly excited about documenting all that sweet sweet love.

Are you expecting? Because I would love to share your love story as it unfolds.

Hello 2017 - Ponce Inlet Beach Vacation Photography

My favorite clients are on vacation here on the beautiful Florida coast. LAtely I have had lots of clients visiting their grandparents and wanting a big family/small family combo session, and these are just my favorite.

So much love and all of the smiles.
It is true that we are more lovely when we are with our loved ones.

And this mama right here? 
I just LOVED her immediately.
She wanted to worry about kids getting wet or messy, and she wanted to worry about her hair.

But I didn't let her.

And when I pulled them aside and gave them couples' pose prompts, they giggled at the awkwardness, and then just breathed into the lovely space of what I wanted it to be.

And I loved them for it.

I loved every minute of the hour spent with this family almost as much as the time spent poring over each little joyous moments during edits.

This was my very last session of 2016 and I couldn't even imagine a better ending. 
I feel like I grew so much and learned a ton, and met so many wonderful new people.

These moments right here. A mommy, a child, this love: this is my favorite thing to capture.
I am so excited for all the stories to tell in 2017!

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When I look back at my senior pictures,
they don't look anything like this....

A lovely young lady on a lovely afternoon in Ponce Inlet, Florida.

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Angel Face - Daytona Beach Child Portraits

This sweet little gigglebox stole my heart...

I absolutely LOVE mommy and me sessions.

If all I ever captured was a mother and child love bond, I would be a happy photographer.

Mommy loves you more than she can ever say.

So many times I try to recreate the moments I feel have passed me by.

Moments as a mother to young children, especially.

I long to have these photos of myself to calm my heart when life seems too rushed.

When they are growing up too fast.

I don't have a lot of pictures of me with my children.

I am the one who documents all the things in our lives.

I am the one not in the images of their childhood. 

I am the one behind the camera, tears falling as I scramble to capture the moments I can see flying into the past.

When I have the opportunity to capture this sweet fleeting moment of pure love, the world. just. stops.
There is nothing else.

There is only this.

This is what I want for you. 

To capture the sweet moments you want to hold on to.

To immortalize your sweet selfless love.

Andra and Jay First Anniversary Session

Happy Anniversary, you crazy beautiful people!

Not only are these two a blast to work with, they are an inspiration of young love. I am so happy they chose to come in for a First Anniversary session...

Andra had one of the prettiest wedding dresses I have ever witnessed.
I am pretty excited she got to wear it again.

New Baby Boy

A little sweetness...

A Princess kind of day

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My own sweet baby.

Highlight Real Fast Forward!

I have no excuses, but I could use a couple more hours in a day!

Happy Friday! (FriYAY!)

Let's dive right in to images for the past few weeks, shall we?

Week 6 was "hearts".

(Can we all agree that February flew past?) GUH!

These gorgeous freckles...

 - Billie Leatham

These gorgeous jewel tones...

 - April Malo

This moment.

 - Denise Sebastiano

 - Denise Sebastiano

This awesome shadow capture...

 - Mary Weber Bunevich

my own little valenstinse!

 - Karmen Van Derven

All of our hearts...

Week 7: MOMENTUM

Appropriate since we kind of lost momentum that week, lol.

It is so hard to keep a project like this going, but that is the challenge, right? Sometimes the themes are going to be hard to capture. It's okay. nobody gets a failing grade.

That you ever participate at all is HUGE.
Especially to me. 

I went to college for 11+ years so I get this next one...

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I want to go to here. That is all.
Even if only in my mind for a moment.
This is good enough for the living room wall...

- Lisa Willey

This little climber with the cutest ponytail.

- Jessica McDonold

This exciting moment.

- Amy Bueshel

Twirly girl circles.

 - Karmen Van Derven

I love the lines in this one.
I can feel the movement in her hair....

 - Billie Leatham

Highlight Real: 52 weeks of Real Images : LOVE

Week 5!

The past 2 weeks have been all LOVE and HEARTS and sometimes DRAMA, but it was a quick 2 weeks and it's over now, haha.

Week 5 was LOVE and it was probably pretty easy to find something to capture that means love to us. Hopefully you have love around you at all times.

The very first entry was a little different from the rest, and it so perfectly captures something I do love SO MUCH.

Rain. I love the sound, the smell, the feel of it, but I have to say I really love the look of it in stopped motion.

LOVE the rain running off the gutters of this old place after a very long dry spell on the farm. Water in the tanks, water in the dams, followed by sunshine giving us feed in the paddock for the stock. 
Summer is not over yet but the recent rain has been a welcome respite from the dry heat. Billie Leatham

This precious little sweetie is just a doll. She may be working on hearts to give out, but she's stealing them all over the group this week!

Love ~ sleeping on the Valentine's Day cards she just made. - Denise Sebastiano

Love ~ sleeping on the Valentine's Day cards she just made. - Denise Sebastiano

This next one is exactly what I am talking about, people. Cute dad snapping a pic of a perfect little moment in time. When she's 20 and holding out fish like this, they will compare those pictures to all these precious moments they have saved up. I know this for a fact. 

Pictures let you hold on to something longer. They make it last. Even the tiniest moment can be enjoyed for so much longer.

5/52 "Love"

Third one's a charm wink emoticon I can't express the love for our fishery enough. Not only does it supply us with nourishment, but it's also our happy place; we truly are in love with our surroundings. - Amy Bueschel{love} 

This next one is so full of awesome. I love this kid, this snow and this gorgeous bath of heavenly light. There is nothing about this I don't want to be a part of. Great capture.

{love} My daughter is in love with playing in the snow, and we finally got a good storm! April Malo

Ahhh, the love moments. Children are little creatures, beasts, even, sometimes, and our mama hearts just love them so much. When they are this little, their love gestures mean so much. SO. MUCH. I'm convinced it is these little moments that earn them siblings, lol.

Love: I am in love with this photo of Anthony. He took his flower and love sign waved and said bye bye mommy and continued down the path. Then I asked for a hug. He dropped everything and ran back for a hug. Mary Weber Bunevich

I love all the images from Week 5.  Here are the rest of them, in all their beautiful glory.

Thank you so much for going on this journey with me! I love this project and I love seeing everybody's submissions!