What to Wear to Your Engagement Session

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What to Wear to Your Engagement Session

 

I rummaged through my closet, shuffling through every piece of attire that I owned thinking to myself, "Eh, why didn't I just make myself one of those capsule wardrobes so this decision could be easier?!" I promised myself that I would. But, it was irrelevant now, because we had to meet our photographers at the park in 15 minutes and I still had to choose what to wear. Feeling pressured, I grabbed a dress off the hanger, and hoped for the best. Turns out, our family photos turned out beautiful and I was very happy with my choice of outfit. But, I could have saved myself the trouble had I planned better. 

Every bride often finds herself in the same dilemma after she books her engagement session. The choices for what to wear are endless. Today, I hope to help those who find themselves in a clothing crisis with four wardrobe tips by none other than, yours truly. 


Tip # 1 Neutrals

Time and time again, I will say

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simple. 

Neutrals are the number one way to compliment your skin tone and bring the attention you in your photos. If the very first thing you notice when you look at your engagement photos is the glare from your highlighter yellow dress, then so will everyone else :) Flashy, bright clothing will become a distraction in the photos. You cannot go wrong with neutrals!

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Tip #2 Flattering

This is a good time to set aside a couple of hours to hit the shops and try on different outfits. Take the time to find something that will compliment your body type, and don't get frustrated if you cannot find it right away. Plan ahead so that you have enough time to shop. 

My biggest struggle is finding clothes that fit my 5 foot frame. I am constantly having to put things back on the rack because the pants are too long, or I have a train when I wear a maxi dress! Take a friend with you who can give you honest feedback. They will even choose clothes that you wouldn't normally try on and sometimes those outfits work the best!

In the images below, I loved how this long maxi dress fit Kate. She pulled it off beautifully!!

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Tip #3 Variety

I always encourage my clients to bring a change of clothes to their session. Particularly one dressy outfit and one casual outfit. Variety is fun! First off, its fun to get dressed up for photos, so take advantage! Secondly, if comfortability is more your style and most days you and your beau can be found in jeans and a t-shirt (like me), there are some really cute ways to pull that off and still look great for your engagement photos!

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Tip #4 Patterns

Go for patterns. But if you choose to wear a pattern, let your fiance wear a solid that will compliment the pattern. In other words, only one person should wear the patterned outfit. Having two outfits in the same photo that are "busy" will be super distracting! See examples of how my clients successfully wore patterns below!

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I hope that these tips have been helpful! And if you want to go one step further, talk to Marianne Humburg, she is my friend and she is an amazing wardrobe consultant! She has great style and would be happy to help you!

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Sarah + David | Engaged

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Sarah + David | Engaged

Sarah and David's story begins in elementary school! That's right, they have known each other since they were children! Amazing, right? It's so rare that I have couples who have known each other that long! It's happened before, but it is definitely a rarity. 

David and Sarah are planning on moving to the area after Sarah graduates from school. She is currently studying for P.A. school under neurologists in the area, something that I admire about her! David just adores her! Oh, he is truly in love! He proposed to her at the same elementary school they went to as kids! Howwww sweet!!

Here is a snippet of our session!

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How Having a Baby Changed My Business

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How Having a Baby Changed My Business

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Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with a photographer friend over coffee. As I bounced Easton on my lap and struggled to feed him, I felt obligated to apologize for not being 100% focused in on our conversation. This seemed to be an illustration of the last ten months: balancing a baby and a life. 

But, she graciously said it was ok and she totally understood. Over the course of the next few minutes, our conversation led us to this topic: how a baby affects your life and business. I admitted to her that before I got pregnant, I was worried about what having a baby would do to my business, my baby at the time.

I feared that I would not have time to put forth the effort to run a business, that I would somehow lose my ability to remember how to use my camera, that I would drown in a sea of to-do's while trying to sustain another human being. As a result, my ultimate fear was that all of the work I had put into my business would vanish. 

I feel like these are all legitimate fears that people have prior to starting a family. Life is never the same after having kids, it changes. It's a GOOD change, but it is so different than what you have been used to.

Now that I am a mom and a business owner, I can tell you it is not as scary as I had imagined. The Lord has given me so much grace and resources(a gracious husband, grandma's and friends) to allow me to continue to do what I love and serve others. And in the process, I have changed too. And with that, here are some of the ways that having a baby changed my business! 

- My time is more valuable now

Each moment of the day has purpose! My day is pretty much ran by a baby. Feedings, diaper changes, play time. It leaves little time in the day to get things done. But, when nap time rolls around I stop at nothing to make sure I am checking off things on my to do lists!

Do I miss the days of laying on the couch watching reruns of Law and Order (Criminal Intent is my favorite!)...Yes! I miss those longggg periods of rest. But, I know that this season in my life is short and it won't last. Having a baby definitely makes you more aware of how you are spending your time. 

You've got to roll with the punches. I used to have schedule out my days by the tasks I would be doing hour by hour. And I used to say to myself, "I'll get this wedding culled in 1.5 hours". But now, things are done in chunks of time. And if the wedding doesn't get culled in 1.5 hours, it's ok! It will get done. In fact, most of the time I will edit weddings once Easton has gone down for the night, or I will wake up before he wakes in the morning and work. I basically work around him. 

 I finished out my 2017 year and I never once got behind on a deadline!! {The Lord had always been good to me and allowed Easton to sleep at just the right times for just the right amount of time for me to get the work done.} Blog posts still go up, and the gallery is still ready and everyone still receives their photos on time! I still think that my clients deserve the BEST, and having a baby does not change the way I serve them! I make every effort I can to see that they are getting more than what they deserve.

- I'm no longer a work-a-holic 

Let me start by saying, my business and my clients are just as important as they were pre-baby. Never have I felt that service to my clients should take a back seat. They are the lifeblood of my business and I absolutely LOVE serving each and every person.

Now, let me say this: My business used to be my baby. I had a tendency to work non stop and not come up for air some days. It was unhealthy for me and my family at times. Not to mention, it can become and idol in my heart if I do not keep it in check.

But there was a shift in my thinking after Easton was born. Those work-a-holic tendencies? They were forced to go! This is how the Lord sanctifies. He weeds out the things that prohibit your heart from being aligned with His word, it's a beautiful thing!

I feared that if I wasn't doing some kind of work, my business would suffer. But the thing was, a lot of my time and energy was being exerted in the WRONG things. I "felt" busy, but I wasn't being productive. There's a difference. (That is a whole other blog post in itself!)

After Easton, I realized I had unintentionally cut out the fluff. Instead, I only worked on things that actually were productive. Because I didn't have the ability to have extra time on my hands like before, I was forced to only concentrate on those things that truly mattered.

This has actually helped me stay more focused in my business! I don't have time to "kill" anymore, so I do the things that need to be done and I go on to the next task! 

- I Do Not Overload Myself With Too Much

Because Easton is so little and needs so much of me, I have to be careful to what I say "yes" to. I know that I cannot shoot a double header weekend, or have more than 2 portrait sessions per week on weeks that I have weddings.

With the amount of work that is involved, it wouldn't be fair to my clients and it wouldn't be fair to my family. I want to be able to give the best of myself to not only my clients, but to my family as well! So, I just have to be careful with the amount of work that I book. 

- I love shooting more than ever now!

Because I am at home so much, getting out and shooting weddings and portraits have actually brought me MORE joy than ever before!

I love to get out and just create.

Being cooped up in the house too long will give you cabin fever and give you an excuse to binge eat whatever you can. But now, my work has more intention and purpose behind it than it did before. And I love that! 

I hope that this post is encouraging to my fellow lady entrepreneurs who are considering starting a family! In the end, having a baby wasn't the 'end of my business', like I had feared. It is actually growing and I am continuing to serve my clients well! 

 

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Best of Weddings | 2017

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Best of Weddings | 2017

2017 was quite the year! The birth of our son, Easton took front and center stage in my life. I’ve never experienced anything like motherhood before! Lots of joy and a few tears, but all together nothing short of amazing. 

My year was full of beautiful, wonderful clients with beautiful weddings. I am so grateful to them for entrusting me with the job of photographing their wedding day! What a distinct honor it was! 2018 is going to be full of even more wonderful clients and gorgeous weddings, and I am looking forward to it! 

But before we step into the new year, I wanted to take a few minutes to share some of my favorite wedding images of 2017!! Here is to a fabulous year in weddings! 

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Meet Peyton | High School Senior

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Meet Peyton | High School Senior

It was a beautiful afternoon to photograph senior portraits! 

After a couple of scheduling conflicts, we finally got to get together for Peyton's senior photos! I was so excited to photograph Peyton again! We had previously met at a shoot that I did for All For Color/Sloan Ranger. And, we actually go to the same church! Small world! 

Peyton is a senior at Community Christian Academy and she works at Chick Fil A, one of my favorite places!! She's got a super sweet personality and a gorgeous smile! Doesn't she look like Drew Barrymore?! Anyways, here are a few of my favorite photos from our session!!

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Kristy + Mario | Beach Ceremony

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Kristy + Mario | Beach Ceremony

Hutchinson Island Marriot

She may have been a little nervous to walk down the aisle, but you wouldn't have been able to tell through her smile that was gleaming at Mario. As soon as she saw him, her eyes lit up...and so did his! 

Kristy and Mario said their vows under a clear blue sky. Close family members and friends sat to witness their wedding. The surf pounded behind them as if it was cheering for them too. After their ceremony, Mario danced down the aisle with his wife on his arm, it was such a joyful time! 

 Congratulations to Kristy and Mario! I am honored to have documented your ceremony for you and I wish you all the best!! Special thanks to Frank Donnino for adding his talent to their day!

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Cara + Brandon | Engaged

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Cara + Brandon | Engaged

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I met Cara and Brandon at Hobe Sound Wildlife Center, where I've shot many times before. The lighting is never the same, and on this particular day, I was very pleased!  I'm so glad it held out because a week prior, it was a total downpour and we were forced to reschedule! The perks of shooting on location :) 

Not only did the weather hold up perfectly for us, it also gave us some of the best end-of-the-day late fall sun. The kind that softly streams through the trees and slowly creeps down on the horizon illuminating a golden glow that makes you feel warm and cozy. You following me?!

Cara and Brandon have got the best chemistry! She glows when he hugs her, and laughs when he whispers sweet nothings (jokes, of course) in her ear :) Brandon is genuine and laid back, I can see why Cara fell for him! I am so excited to have the honor of photographing their wedding next year!!!

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Jupiter Island Engagement | Vanessa + Juan

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Jupiter Island Engagement | Vanessa + Juan

I've known Vanessa for like 20 years! We met in middle school and I have always thought of her as such a kind person. She is compassionate and friendly, so naturally, when I met her fiancé, Juan, I was happy to see that he brings out the best in her! These two kept each other (and me) laughing the entire time! 

We couldn't have asked for a more perfect afternoon on Jupiter Island. It was absolutely perfect. The lighting was spot on, too! Here are some of my favorite images from our session!

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Jessyka + Jesse | Tradition Town Hall

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Jessyka + Jesse | Tradition Town Hall

She was flooded with all kinds of emotions as she sat there to get the finishing touches done to her hair. She just couldn't wait to see him. The only person she wanted was him. The minute Jessyka saw her groom, Jesse at the end of the aisle, all of her jitters melted away. 

Jessyka and Jesse got married under a cloudy sky.  The tears flowed just as much as the rain poured. It was so emotional becuase, for Jessyka, she wasn't just saying her vows to Jesse, she was also saying her vows to his daughter, Jazz. Jazz was nine years old and the apple of his eye, and now, Jessyka's too.

My favorite thing about their wedding was how unique it was! Their theme was based off of comic book super hero's! The bridesmaids carried bouquets made out of comic book paper! How cool!

After their ceremony, we took a few portraits around the grounds. For a brief moment we got graced with beautiful sunlight that lent to wonderful backlit portraits. (My fav kind of light!)

Jessyka and Jesse, I wish you the very best! May your marriage be blessed with deep love and laughter!

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One of my favorite moments of the day was when Jessyka's father saw her for the first time. Best father-daughter first look ever!

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Vendors Who Helped Make This Day Amazing:

DRESS: David's Bridal

HAIR: Brianna Johnson, Miracle on 34th Street

MAKEUP: Alek Primm

VENUE: Tradition Town Hall

CAKE: Magnolia Cakes

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kristen Browning + Frank Donnino

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Kate + Shaun | Fort Pierce Wedding

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Kate + Shaun | Fort Pierce Wedding

Her dress fit her as though it was handmade just for her. She delicately grasped a handful of ruffles and gazed down as her sister helped her put on her shoes. A bit nervous, yes. But you couldn't tell. Kate gracefully prepared for one of the most important days of her life well poised and ready. 

Her groom got ready in a flash, as all guys do. He was just as nervous as she was. But Shaun had his brother to crack casual jokes and deflate any lingering nerves for him. Shaun was sharp as he was beaming. A few tears shed when his Mom pinned his boutineer in place. Such sweet moments.

More tears would be shed by Shaun as he first saw his bride coming down the aisle towards him. A bet had been made that Shaun would be the one to break down first, and he was. 

After their ceremony, we headed outside and spent some time getting some really beautiful bride and groom portraits. One of my favorite images was with Kate holding her bouquet. Her bouquet was one of the most unique arrangements ever! Beautiful red and green colors with lots of different textures. 

Kate and Shaun, thank you for giving me the privilege and honor of photographing your wedding day! Kristy and I had a blast and your wedding was beautiful!! 

Venors that helped make this day amazing:

DRESS: Morilee

MAKE UP: Kaitlyn Rice

FLOWERS: South Forty LTD

CHURCH: St. Anastasia Catholic Church

CAKE: Sunrise City Cafe

DJ: Traxx Entertainment

WEDDING COORDINATOR: Rachel Snyder

PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Browning Photography with second shooter Kristy Arias

 

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Sandi + Tyler | Vero Beach Wedding

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Sandi + Tyler | Vero Beach Wedding

 

Vero Beach, FL

This past Saturday, I had the honor of photographing Sandi and Tyler as they committed their lives together in marriage. Sandi was a beautiful bride! She wore an ornate beaded gown with a longggggg veil (I just loved it when brides wear long veils!). Before the ceremony, Sandi's sisters, her mom, and good friend helped her prep for her big day. My second shooter, Kristy, mentioned to me how relaxed they were. It was so true! 

On the way to their ceremony, we noticed a park with these beautiful live oaks that would be just perfect for bride and groom portraits. I didn't see anywhere to park but I was hoping we could take photos at that location afterwards. Sandi and Tyler's ceremony was held in a beautiful church with huge stain glass windows and super tall wood ceilings, it was beautiful!

After the ceremony was over, we all escaped to Riverside Park and photographed Sandi, Tyler and their bridal party. Then, we headed to the area with the gorgeous live oaks! We finished the rest of the portraits of Sandi and Tyler beneath the canopy of trees. This was my favorite part of the day. The light was SO glowy!! It was basically like every photographer's dream come true!

Sandi and Tyler, thank you again for the opportunity to photograph your wedding day! I am truly honored that I was chosen to document so many beautiful moments for you!

VENDORS WHO HELPED MAKE THIS DAY AMAZING INCLUDE:

CEREMONY: Holy Cross Catholic Church

RECEPTION: The Royal Ballroom

DRESS: Stella York from Elda's Bridal Boutique

HAIR: Energy Salon

MAKEUP: Maria Sommers

FLORALS: Lara Andrews

DJ: Class Act Productions

CATERER: Any Occasion Catering

CAKE: Sweet Creations

SECOND SHOOTER: Kristy Arias

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Casa Feliz Wedding | Lorena + Nathan

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Casa Feliz Wedding | Lorena + Nathan

 

Winter Park, FL

Wow! Where do I begin?! Nathan and Lorena's wedding at Casa Feliz was pure magic! Everything, and I mean everything, went perfectly. It is rare that you have a wedding where everything sticks according to the timeline. But, I think a lot of credit has to go to Lorena's wedding planner Carly. She was simply amazing at keeping everyone on track! Also, the team of vendors were great. The videographers worked so well with myself and my second shooter. It really pays to have a great team! 

Nathan and Lorena got married at the historic Casa Feliz home in Winter Park. It was my second time shooting a wedding there and it was just as fun the second time as it was the first. 

One of my favorite parts of the day was when Nathan saw Lorena for the first time. Their first look took place underneath the arch. As soon as Nathan turned around and saw his bride for the first time, his jaw dropped to the floor as he was amazed at her beauty. Both the videographers and I agree that that was one of the best first looks we have ever seen! Lorena looked stunning! She wore a beautiful lace embroidered dress with the prettiest Betsey Johnson shoes!!  

Their reception took place under a beautiful tent with a gorgeous chandelier and string lights. It was such a romantic reception! Their wedding planner, Carly, had them close their eyes and wait until they were under the tent to surprise them with the finished area. Nathan and Lorena were both amazed at how perfect everything came out. I was so happy for them! 

To Nathan and Lorena, thank you for giving me the HONOR of documenting your love story on your wedding day. I wish you many, many years of happiness together!!! 

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The Vendors that made this day beautiful include:

Venue: Casa Feliz

Shoes: Betsey Johnson

Hair + Makeup: Beautiful You Make Up (Karen Boni)

Dress: Maggie Sottero

Videographer: Corban & Mandy Young,

Second shooter: Vanessa Velez

DJ: Kristin Wilson, Our DJ Rocks

Florist: Sarah Leung, Flower Girl Designs

Planner: Carlisha Magnarella, A Rose Designs Events

Caterer: Marie Fattore, Arthur's Catering and Events

Cake: Nicole Giordano, Florida Sweets & Co

Wood Sign Decor: Andi Mejia

Officiant: Harry Rubi- Sensational Ceremonies

Lighting: Kaleidoscope Event Lighting

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Ashleigh + Ryan | House of Refuge Engagement Photos

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Ashleigh + Ryan | House of Refuge Engagement Photos

 

Hutchinson Island, FL

We couldn't have been any happier to have NO RAIN during our session! Ashleigh and Ryan's engagement session had already been postponed once before due to downpours. Finally, the day of our rescheduled session, the forecast called for 85% chance of rain! I just couldn't believe it! But I decided to wait it out and see what it would do. Sure enough, the later in the day it got, the chances of rain actually decreased. The fact that Ashleigh and Ryan were driving down from Melbourne, Fl meant that the weather just had to cooperate--thankfully, it did!

Our session was at House of Refuge in Stuart, Fl. I love shooting here. I never get tired of it! Ashleigh and Ryan arrived and they looked so cute! We started our session on the boardwalk and then moved to the beach. As soon as we walked over to the beach, we were greeted with the prettiest RAINBOW! Not only did the rain hold off, but we got a rainbow too! Bonus! Ashleigh and Ryan deserved it! I immediately positioned the couple on the rocks for a shot. It is rare that you get a rainbow in the sky in just the right place for an epic photo! Mission accomplished!

I left our session feeling so good about our time together. Ashleigh and Ryan are the sweetest couple, and I am not just saying that--they truly are good people! :) I am so happy to have the honor of photographing their wedding next year in Palm City, Fl!! 

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Meet Alaina | High School Senior

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Meet Alaina | High School Senior

First time I have ever photographed a HORSE on location! I just loved my senior session with Alaina...and George! Our senior session took place at the Rider's Edge Equestrian Center in Palm City. I arrived early in the morning and was hoping that the rain would hold off. Thankfully, it was sunny for us the whole time! 

Alaina is a senior at Jensen Beach High School and has been riding for about ten years. George has become one of the best parts of her day. He's as gentle as a puppy and even lets her give him kisses on the nose! Alaina, I had so much fun at our session! Thank you for allowing me to capture you in your element!

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Meet Brandon | High School Senior

 

I was so excited to get to have another high school senior in front of my camera this week! Meet Brandon! He is a senior at Community Christian Academy and aspires to go into film!! Our session was fun because he understood the importance of shooting in good light. And good light is just what we had! Thankfully the sun was out and gave us the lighting that I just love to shoot in! 

Here are a couple of my fave's from our session, enjoy!

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Jessica + Nicco | Intimate Wedding in Palm City

 

Palm City, FL

Oh, how I wished I could speak and understand the Italian language! Last Saturday, I had the privilege of documenting Jessica and Nicco's beautiful wedding. Nicco is from Italy and spoke his vows to Jessica in Italian. Not only that, but his brother and his best friends flew in from Italy and joined in the celebration as well, they gave toasts in Italian! 

Jessica was so beautiful! I was especially smitten with her vibrant bouquet! Their wedding was held in Palm City at Palm Cove Golf Club, it was the PERFECT location, a hidden gem! It's good to know that there are places like this in our community! At sunset we were blessed with some beautiful glowy light and snuck out for a few portraits. Here are a few of my favorites!

Jessica and Nicco, I wish you both the very best! Thank you for giving me the honor of documenting your day! 

*It's possible that some of Nicco's family might be reading this, so I went to Google Translate and had the above translated into Italian!* Enjoy!

In Italiano: "Oh, come volevo poter parlare e capire la lingua italiana! Sabato scorso ho avuto il privilegio di documentare il bel matrimonio di Jessica e Nicco. Nicco è dall'Italia e ha parlato i suoi voti a Jessica in italiano. Non solo, ma suo fratello ei suoi migliori amici partivano dall'Italia e si sono uniti anche nella celebrazione, hanno dato brindisi in italiano!

Jessica era così bello! Sono stato particolarmente colpito con il suo bouquet vibrante! Il loro matrimonio è stato tenuto a Palm City al Palm Cove Golf Club, era la posizione perfetta, un gioiello nascosto! È bene sapere che ci sono posti come questa nella nostra comunità! Al tramonto siamo stati benedetti con una bella luce splendida e snuck fuori per alcuni ritratti. Ecco alcuni dei miei preferiti!

Jessica e Nicco, vi auguro sia il meglio! Grazie per averci dato l'onore di documentare la tua giornata!"

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Baby Easton | 6 Months

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Baby Easton | 6 Months

6 Month Update

Happy half birthday, Easton! How are you 6 months old already?! I was telling Jeremy the other day how much he has grown from the time he was a teeny tiny 6lbs 11oz newborn until now, it’s amazing how quickly they grow!!

We are really enjoying this age right now. He is so much more interactive and is such a happy baby. One of his favorite things to do is “fly”. Jeremy will hold him on his belly and he will “fly” to me. It thrills him lol!

6 Month Milestones:

*Sleep training is complete! Easton is sleeping 11-12 hours a night! Naps have gotten a lot better. Every nap is not equal. Sometimes they will be an hour long and sometimes they will be two and a half hours long! We did hit a snag last week though. For a period of about five days, Easton’s naps were only 30-40 min long and he had a lot of crying around bedtime too. I attribute it to the developmental leap that he went through (Wonder Weeks App is so informative!). Now that the leap is over, sleep is a lot easier for him and we are taking our good naps again. 

*We started solids!! This is a super fun milestone! We are doing baby led weaning. BLW involves giving your baby soft foods in their whole form, so no puree’s. For example, you can give strips of pineapple, banana, avocado, melon. You can even give chicken, pork, beef patty strips, etc. As long as it is soft. BLW teaches the baby how to eat independently, and strengthens their hand/eye coordination as well as stimulates their senses. Baby can have as much or as little as they want (breastmilk is STILL the main source of nutrition). Foods that baby eats are just to compliment the breastmilk, they are not meant to take the place of breastmilk (that happens closer to a year old). What I really like about it is the fact that you can expose your baby a variety of foods and textures, which encourages them to be good eaters and expands their palate! There are foods that should be avoided until baby is one year, though. For more info, visit www.feedinglittles.com

*He sits up now!! One of the qualifications to starting solids was that Easton had to be able to sit up independently. And, because he was so eager to try food, I let him practice sitting up. It literally took one day of practice before he was doing it. I used my boppy pillow and put it at the small of his back to help give him support. Before I knew it he could do it all on his own.

*I think he will crawl this month! He’s got a lot of upper body strength and pushes himself up onto his hands. He will get his legs going a little bit but hasn't figured out how to get up onto all fours. If I put him down on his blanket he will “swim” around and roll from one end of the blanket to the other. 

*Easton weighs 16lbs already! It's amazing how much weight he has gained. Yet, another 2lbs in one month!! I'm so glad he got his tongue tie revised! I think it definitely helped.

*We took him to the park and sat him in the swing! He loved it! Daddy even took him down the slide! He wasn't too sure what to think of that, lol! 

*He’s been to the beach a few times, but isn't quite a fan of the water just yet. we are hoping his isn't a waterphobe like his four legged brother, Ollie. We want to keep exposing him to the water so he becomes comfortable with it though.

*We had our first ‘vacation’ away from home a couple of weeks ago. It wasn't a planned vacation, but rather an unexpected one. We had a leak in our home which destroyed the tile. As a result we had to get new floors installed which meant that we had to move almost everything out of our home and relocate to my Dad's house for a few days. Easton slept like a CHAMP in his pack and play. I was a nervous wreck as I thought he would not sleep in anywhere but his crib. He proved me wrong though!

Here are a few photos!

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Meet Jett | High School Senior Photos

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Meet Jett | High School Senior Photos

Coral Cove Beach, Jupiter FL

It's not every day that I get to photograph a model! For real, Jett was actually a model for H+M! I had a blast shooting, and editing!! His Mom contacted me a few weeks ago and wanted to set up a session. They live in Wellington, so we actually decided we would meet up in Jupiter, sort of a half way mark. Coral Cove Beach. Ahh, it's been such a long time since I shot there! Fun fact: I shot my very FIRST family session at this beach back in 2005. It was nice to go back and it definitely makes me want schedule more sessions there! 

I definitely photograph more senior girls than I do senior boys. But it's always a nice change to photograph a senior boy. Posing them is completely different than posing a girl! And for some reason or another, the boys just fall right into their pose naturally. I didn't have to give Jett much direction. With his background in modeling, all I had to do was shoot! :) Here are a few favorites!

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Meet Katie | High School Senior Photos

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Meet Katie | High School Senior Photos

I was so happy when Katie contacted me and wanted me to photograph her! She and I had met a few weeks back at the shoot that I did for All For Color, Prep Obsessed and Sloane Ranger. Katie was one of the seniors who participated in the shoot.

Katie is amazing, she goes to Martin County Highschool, class of 2018 and during the summer is working full-time with toddlers at a school. I know how challenging it can be to raise a baby, and this girl is with kids allllll day long. Bless her! :) She loves what she does though! AND, she has her OWN business making monograms! Busy lady! For a high school senior, she sure does knock me out of the water! 

I had so much fun photographing Katie at Indian Riverside Park. Her smile says it all; she is a bubbly, outgoing girl! And those blue eyes just POP in these images, don't you think?! 

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Baby Easton | 5 Months

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Baby Easton | 5 Months

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Our baby boy is 5 months old!! I cannot believe it! The time is FLYING! Where did the 4th month go? I actually did not write a 4 month blog post because, well, the 4th month was REALLY rough. And, I just did not have the time to write :( 

This is going to be a lengthy post because so much has happened since 3 months. 

Starting around 3 1/2 months, Easton really changed his sleeping patterns. He began to start “protesting” naps. He would CRY and fuss and it was SO hard to get him to sleep. Up until that point, he had been putting himself to sleep for naps and doing ok with it. He had never really made it past that 30 min nap mark, as he would only nap through one sleep cycle. But nonetheless, he would at least put himself to sleep. It got so bad that I had to start rocking him to sleep again for every nap (like we did when he was a newborn). Then it got to the point where I had to rock him CONTINUOUSLY or he would wake up. THEN he started protesting bedtime (which he never did before). Finally, he started waking up multiple times in the night. The cycle continued for weeks and it completely exhausted me.

On top of that, Easton’s feeding habits began to change as well. Turns out his latch was not great due to his tongue tie and he needed to have a revision. I was so glad that our pediatrician told us about this dentist who does laser frenectomy procedures. Easton tolerated it well, but the first couple of days after were hard. His feedings did not improve initially and his latch was still “off”. The after care was completely rigorous, but I was dedicated to the process of him properly healing. We got in contact with a wonderful lactation consultant and also began taking him to the pediatric chiropractor for adjustments. As of today, his latch is PERFECT and he has gained 2 POUNDS in one month!!! For anyone who has a baby with tongue tie and does not think that it is a big deal, please read this article—it explains EXACTLY what happened with Easton and I. And please peruse this website to learn more about tongue tie.

Next, his sleep. So remember how I had mentioned being exhausted from assisting him to sleep all the time? Well, it just so happened that around the same time that I felt myself coming to a breaking point of utter exhaustion, was the same time that this class came out by my favorite sleep consultant. I knew there had to be a change. I couldn't keep doing what I was doing spending hours in a dark room rocking him and going though a nightly battle with him falling asleep. I remember speaking with my friend about it and telling her that I just felt like I was “surviving and not thriving”. It was true, I was doing whatever I could just to survive. I was eating terrible because it was easy, and I was becoming so stressed and snippy! And, nobody wants that! 

After implementing the things that I learned in the sleep class, I am SO proud to say that Easton has improved SIGNIFICANTLY. Every night I put him down in the crib FULLY AWAKE and he falls asleep within 10 minutes with hardly any fussing. He sleeps for about 11.5-12 hours a night and usually wakes up once to eat, though sometimes he sleeps through. His naps are getting so much better and he is able to link his sleep cycles together so his naps are not ending after only 30 mins. They last anywhere from 1-2 hours now! :) And as for me? I am feeling like myself again. I am getting the rest that I need and am able to tackle the things around the house that I need to! I thank the Lord that He sustained me through Eastons 4th month! 


5 Month Milestones:

*He weighs 15.2 lbs!! He gained 2 lbs in ONE month after having his tongue tie surgery!

*Rolls from back to tummy and tummy to back

*Goes to bed at 7pm every night and sleeps till about 6:45am or 7:00am, usually gets onefeeding in the night.

*Puts himself to sleep!!!

*Naps are 1-2 hours long!

*Loves sleeping on his tummy

*Can sit up unassisted for a couple of seconds

*Can put his own pacifier in his mouth by himself (it’s so cute!!)

*Everything goes in the mouth

*Very interested in what we are eating, loves to suck on apple slices

*Giggles and laughs!

*He is starting to mimic us

*Smiles when he sees Ollie (oh and the other day I SWEAR he said “Ollie” lol!)

*Said “da da” ON FATHER’S DAY!! AND we got it all on video!!

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