Studio Be - Daytona Beach Maternity Photography

Hurricane Irma blew the roof off of our building on Beach Street in Daytona but we had a new one on within a week. It was a dirty wet mess that required a bunch of clean up and in the end we had to refurnish and rearrange the entire space.

I couldn't be happier with the results. It's a bright wonderful space full of light and lovely spots.

My lovely friend came to visit and dress up and lounge around with me and I have been super excited to share these images I snapped of her that day.

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The studio is available for sessions, and I can't wait to get you in there. 
Contact me today and get on my schedule before the end of the year!

Newborn Session: In-home and in love with this baby girl in Port Orange, Florida

This rosy little face was just the sweetest!
Nothing I love better than a good in-home snuggle session with a brand new baby.
The house was full of hustle and bustle and lots of pink and even more love.
No wonder I caught this itty bitty baby smile.

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wrapped up tight or showing all that baby skin?
I can't decide.
I love her every way!

This big sister was the proudest of all!
She was so content to sit for a minute and love on her new baby sister for a pic.

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She also made some cute cheeky faces and licked the baby.

PERFECTION.
#thisissisterhood

It was such a pleasure to connect and capture these lovely ladies in their beautiful home.
Everybody is so much more comfortable in their natural environment.

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Beauty.

Never been so big.

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My favorite moment.
Quiet little outtakes with the pupper in the room they live and love in.
SO loved.

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On Fertility Goddesses and Maternity Portraits - Florida Maternity Photographer

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment
until it becomes a memory."
-Theodore Seuss Geisel

Pregnancy is like that. Feeling kicks for the first time. Laying awake and dreaming up this little person, their future, how they will feel in your arms, how they will feel in your heart.

It seems like a long time to wait.

Until it is over.

It becomes a memory. One that is hard to hold tight to, as these memories give way to more memories of little coos. 
little footsteps. 
little milestones.
little sleep.
long days. 
short years.

TIME.

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I know a lot of times it is hard to feel pretty and pregnant at the same time. I have been there. But I also see the value in art history and a culture rich with fertility goddesses. This round, burgeoning human cosmos orchestrated by the deep, inner calling of motherhood, artfully created, exquisitely crafted - I resonate to the sound of the fertility figure.

It's always been my favorite.

I remember the waiting and anticipation, the feeling that every moment had weight to it.

I remember wanting to remember.

And I am not really sure I remember anymore. I am so happy to have the pictures my husband took of me, and the ones I timed on the tripod and ran into. But if I could go back and make other choices, I would wish to have images like these.

That's what I am thinking when I shoot these scenes.
I am trying to remember.

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I try to find the shapes and shadows that give little glimpses into the best parts.

 whispers of hopes and the ether of anticipating the unknown. this is the quiet business of growing babies.

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this is the quiet business of growing babies.

I love layers and textures in fabrics and human-ness and I am happy to share any of the wonderful trappings of the studio closet for you to play with and choose from because I want to make you feel amazing and beautiful and still very REAL.

And I will love it if you bring loved ones who are also anticipating their new roles and dynamics as all the little pieces of your life puzzle discover another part of your big picture.

I want to help you remember exactly as it was before it all became a new beautiful journey.

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I will bend and angle you and we will find your perfect inner fertility goddess.
We will pull her out of the clay and make her real.

Because these won't be snapshots or images your mom took.
These will be the art of you making art with your body.

And when your baby is old enough to see this, they will be in awe of the Queen you were that day, when you were still constructing all of their beautiful details and dreaming of their little lashes and curls and coos and accomplishments.

They will be able to see everything you poured into creating their place in this world.
They will see you.

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THE REAL YOU.

The you they deserve to discover.

Pregnancy is a milestone you don't want to miss out on documenting. And neither do I.
Let me tell your love story.
Nobody loves it like I do.

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Daytona Flash Wedding - Elope in Daytona Beach Shores

So I have a little thing I do on the side with a lovely friend of mine who is a local pastor/notary/wedding planner that is SUCH A GUILTY PLEASURE.

We take perfectly wedding-able couples and we ditch all the extra anything. 95% of brides at some point turn to me and say, "We should have eloped."

Every bride/family/wedding is different, so it's always for so many different reasons, and this is why I LOVE ELOPEMENTS. No tangled webs, no extra people to accomodate, and the easiest breeziest brides and grooms ever.

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So whether I meet you at a hotel or the wedding site, I do love getting small details and a couple "getting ready" shots. I mean just because it isn't a BIG wedding doesn't mean it isn't a BIG DEAL. Because it IS a BIG DEAL. And I am super excited for you!

I call it a FLASH WEDDING because we just show up and get married, wherever you'd like. We get in there and vow up, pose and leave before anyone even asks us to. All the fun, the dress, the make up, the flowers, the officiant, the only thing you need to bring is your Florida Marriage License, so we can get you all OFFICIAL.

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Lynn is amazing and she will serve up whatever kind of service you would like. Want it short and sweet? She's got you. Want to write your own vows? Perfect. Whatever you have in mind, your wedding words will be crafted to fit your personality and wedding vibe.

You get to kiss the bride. 

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And then we take off to a gorgeous spot and I encourage y'all to hold hands and make out and give me sexy faces and funny faces. I will request that you dance, and spin her. I will ask you to grab her close and tell her about the time you were most proud of her. I will ask you to tell him your favorite future of your life together. I will ask you to fall together giggling and flirting. I will tell her to look up at you and bite her lip and bat her eyelashes.

And right when you tell me "I can't really do this I don't know what I am doing!" I will assure you that you already have, and to keep doing exactly what you are doing.

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We will adventure. We will explore different canvasses and backdrops for your gorgeous love.

We will take a moment to chill.
I mean, y'all just got married! Let's talk about THAT for a minute.

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We will play and dance and walk some more.
You will make her laugh.

YOU will make him smile.

I'll ask you both to whisper secrets. To dream together.

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And when it is all said and done (about an hour and half for the whole thing) we will be exhausted. We will hug our goodbyes and you will drive off into the sunset.

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And I will go home and download your images and fall in love with your love story all over again.

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Senior Sessions - Fashion and Fun

Oh, to be 17 again!

So young and fun and full of spunk! Or angsty. YOU BE YOU.

You want the best pictures in the world but you insist you are "AWKWARD" and I want to tell you, I MAKE AWKWARD AWESOME.
And you, no matter how you protest, do not LOOK as awkward as you FEEL. At least, not by the time I am done with you.

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Senior Sessions are SO GOOD.
I know that many people just take what everybody else gets when it comes to Senior Pictures, but this is such a beautiful, wonderful milestone achievement that a portrait session should really shine a light into this child fast becoming an adult.

Parents - Before you know it, your (not so) little love will be out in the real world, getting their own apartment, finding a path, setting a course, sailing out to their beautiful future.

I can't even. It just all goes SO FAST.

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Seniors - So you want a private Senior Session. What does that look like? 

First of all, let's talk wardrobe. We will want a few options that really show who you are, what you like, and make you look your best.  I tend to shoot seniors with a more editorial vibe, so we can pull of some fun, fashionable shots that are magazine worthy and will make your friends and family wonder how you got SO MADE.

These pictures will be 100% you. The things you like, the personality you shine with, the world you love. Of course I don't expect you to be a seasoned model, I will prompt you with poses and movements and sometimes we will get awkward but mostly I will make you laugh and then tell you to STOP SMILING SO HARD.

I will just keep snapping and we will be uncovering GOLD.

I find that sometimes, my senior subjects work better in front of the camera when they bring a friend, so I also have sessions designed to capture 2 or 3 of you in the same sessions, individually and together.

These friendships are so special and should be documented forever.

We can probably fit 3 wardrobe changes and 1 location change into a session if we prepare. It's amazing how much we can get done with a little planning. In fact, call me up. Let's get your session into the vision process so we can both get exactly what we want.

And maybe a few unexpected shots too...

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Call Karmen at 407-595-4185 to book your session.