Time Flies, But Memories....

Yes, memories last forever! And so can images from a family photo session! And when we have a fun session you get both - images and fond memories!

When Robin contacted me about doing her son’s 1 year old photo session at an airport hanger I called my mom I was so excited. Robin and I created a plan to start at the airport and then head to another location to do the smash cake.

Did I mention this smiley 1 year old is named Maverick? Yep!!! How perfect!

During family photoshoots (well, actually it’s all the time) I’m looking for the location and strength of the sun, where the shadows are falling, and the cloud patterns in the sky. This evening during this St. Pete family photo shoot we had it all - we had the glowing sun coming through a window in the hanger creating warmth and interesting shadows. And we had a gorgeous blue sky with interesting clouds. Perfection!!

So thrilled to share some of the images!

p.s. this is the what Robin emailed me when she received her gallery (all the heart eyes for this): “I can’t even express to you how much we love these. They’re amazing.  Thank you so much.  We can’t wait to use you for upcoming opportunities and will definitely be telling everyone what a wonderful experience we had with you.  xoxoxxooxox.  A zillion kisses and hugs.  Thank you thank you thank you.”

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Totally love the toddler walk — he went between crawling and taking some steps! This stage passes so quickly, that I love capturing it for them!

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Happy Birthday, Maverick!!!

Your "About Us" Page is Vital!

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Displaying more than a handful of headshots on one web page requires pre-planning if you want it to look professional. If each person provides their own image, you end up with irregular cropping, clashing colors and a disjointed looking page. If you attempt to DIY using the same white wall to make them all the identical, you can end up with inconsistent lighting and unflattering images that when grouped together don’t actually look alike at all. I can help revive your about us page with not so corporate headshots.

With Datis, a company of about 50 (and growing), we discussed their current website re-design to understand the colors and layout which helped us plan out the headshots. From our discussions, I understood they wanted to look approachable, yet professional and for it to be cohesive, but not too matchy-matchy. The logistics of meeting with each employee for their headshot needed to be effortless - not a drive across town. I did a bit of legwork and came up with a few options and presented three themes unique to Datis. The final decision was to use shades of gray with some greenery in addition to requesting the employees wear any shade of blue. We accomplished this within a 5 minute walk of the office only taking 15 minutes of their day.

I also created some “in the office” images that feature their own employees working in their actual office space so Datis can provide potential clients an authentic peek into their company.

Here is a screenshot of their updated live website with the not so corporate headshots I provided them. Want to see what they were using before they hired me? Keep on scrolling.

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Below is their old “about us” website page.

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And take a peek in their office while they collaborate on projects!

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Headshots are the new handshake — they are the first impression you give to potential clients. I’ll help you drastically improve your headshots. Contact me!

Vacation Destination Photography: Palm Waters River House on the Rainbow River

A wonderful gift is when you see pictures of a location online and you know it is going to be beautiful — but then you arrive and everything is even better than you imagined. It is so magical that you barely want to sleep and you even set you alarm to watch the sunrise (this was a first for me). It was that good.

Where you ask? Where/what is this vacation destination? It’s a house in Dunnellon, Florida on the Rainbow River. The word “house” doesn’t do it justice - it’s a very comfortable home with enough room for a few families with the most gorgeous porch to enjoy meals. And then, the outdoor space provides relaxation in addition to a number of activities to keep everyone entertained.

Vacation Destination photography is such a thrill. It comes with a lot of pressure (will the weather provide good opportunities, will my kids enjoy the activities, will I be able to create unique images). I did not need to worry at the Palm Waters River House (PWRH for short). I had my camera in hand from the moment we arrived until we were forced to leave - haha! I was inspired by the sun, the trees, the clear water, the animals, and watching my children enjoy nature.

Get ready to want to visit PWRH - I included pictures of the house, the variety of nature we saw, and all the activities we enjoyed (the swing, water toys, fishing, swimming, tree climbing). The superhosts provided everything we could possibly need and their recommendations were spot on - just wish we had more time to do even more! Guess we will have to go back! If you are interested in booking a stay, here is the link! If you are interested in discussing your vacation destination photography needs, contact me!

We will start with the house and property images!

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Oh, the swing. The kids were ALWAYS on it. The adults fought to be the “best pusher”. My dad won!

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There were enough kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to keep our entire big family happy and enjoying the crystal clear water together.

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The newly constructed dock was the place to be! The excitement of catching a fish never gets old!!

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We definitely enjoyed spending time on and IN the water! And my dad built a fire in the firepit so we could all enjoy s’mores!

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And the last section of images include all the nature images - the animals I saw, the birds I was lucky to catch on camera, and the sunrises and sunsets that were each unique and beautiful in their own way!

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A Don Cesar Beach Proposal

A proposal on the beach! With all of their family and friends!!! Yes, please!! I felt honored to be asked to document such a special moment! Ron and I met prior to “the date” at the Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach to map out a plan for me to photograph the moment he proposed and I knew it was going to be special! He chose the Don Cesar as they have a long history of vacationing at the gorgeous hotel on the pristine beach, which is why many of the images include the hotel in the background. His fiance had absolutely zero clue!

I arrived early and got in my spot . I had 2 cameras ready to go and Ron was texting me on the sly. I waited, guests watched me. One guest actually told me they thought I was a private investigator. Ha!! When I knew they were coming my heart was racing, and excitement was overwhelming. They walked toward the beach, the group of family and friends filtered in behind without her knowing. And well, she said YES!!! Everyone was smiling and giddy and hugging and I loved every second. Wait no longer, see her reaction below!!! I stayed awhile to take some family images as well as some engagement photos for them. What a gorgeous evening!

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