My Favorite Bouquets of 2018

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My Favorite Bouquets of 2018

A compilation of some of the bouquets that caught my eye in 2018. Florists include Harbour Bay Florist, Anna Flowers, Polished Petals, J.Adan Flowers, and Simply Flowers. Click to see more!

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Fall at The Farm | Sparta, Tennessee

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Fall at The Farm | Sparta, Tennessee

It’s been a long time since Jeremy and I have taken an extended vacation. In fact, I think the last one was our baby moon trip to Charleston South Carolina. I was 7 months pregnant with Easton during that trip!

This year we had planned on going back to my dad’s farm in Sparta, Tennessee. It was a very familiar place to us. Jeremy and I have some of the most precious memories there with his father. Our last trip to the farm was with his father.

We arrived about 1 week prior to Thanksgiving and thankfully the leaves still had color! The time of year was just perfect! It was COLD! Our first couple of nights, the temperature was 28 degrees! A shock to this Florida girl’s system! The fireplace got lots of use!

My favorite part of the trip was watching Easton stomp around the yard, brown leaves crunching under his feet and enjoying the brisk air. He loved riding on Grandpa’s John Deere lawnmower and throwing sticks into the outdoor fire pit!

I have to be honest, I didn’t want to come home! I loved the simplicity of farm life and I actually really loved the cold weather! Until next time!

Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip. . .

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Easton loved riding on the mower!

Easton loved riding on the mower!

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Playin in the leaves!

Playin in the leaves!

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This is Leroy! He is a true mountain man that lives across the road.

This is Leroy! He is a true mountain man that lives across the road.

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Easton 18 Months Old

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Easton 18 Months Old

We have no idea how 18 months have flown by. Easton is fully of energy and personality. Click the link to read about his 18 month old update!

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Should You Have a First Look?

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Should You Have a First Look?

Should you have a first look? This can be a question that can plague a bride. However, some know just where they stand.

What is a first look?

A first look is when the bride and groom see each other prior to the ceremony. Usually the first look is a private moment between the bride and groom (and of course the photographer) where they can get the pre wedding jitters over with without the company of their guests. Most of the time, the wedding party is not present at the time of the first look. An area that is low in foot traffic is the best place to have one.

why should I have a first look? (the pros)

Sounds untraditional doesn’t? Yes, it does. But, there is a purpose behind it. There are many varying factors that go into play on a wedding day and there are so many moving parts. The first look is good because it addresses a few key things which I will be pointing out here.

  1. First, your anxiety level. The anxiety level (butterflies, nerves) are extremely high for some brides the entire day up until the point that they see the groom. At that time, when the bride and groom see each other for the first time, the bride’s nerves go down and she is much more relaxed.

  2. You get to spend more time with your groom on your wedding day (instead of hiding from him). When brides have a first look, they will get to spend about 2-3 hours more with their groom prior to the ceremony.

  3. First looks affect the timeline. You get the majority of your portraits completed prior to the ceremony which means you can enjoy your cocktail hour.

  4. You get your photos done when your makeup is the freshest.

  5. You can take advantage of beautiful lighting during the day for your photos (if you’re ceremony is at sunset). You will have plenty of light for photographs.

  6. Walking down the aisle will be less of a nerve wracking and you may enjoy it more + take in the moment.

  7. You can have more time to hold on to the moment of seeing each other for the first time because you will be able to hug, kiss and cling to each other.

  8. You’re wanting larger family grouping photos and you will have time for this after the ceremony.

  9. You are having a receiving line after your ceremony which will take up some of the time in which portraits would normally be taken.

what are the downsides to a first look? (the cons)

Some brides do not want to see the groom prior to the ceremony. And that is perfectly fine. Here are some of the reasons why you may not want to have a first look.

  1. You just don’t want to go against tradition and you’re just not ok with that.

  2. Having more time for portraits of the two of you isn’t something that you want. You are ok with a handful of portraits only.

  3. Nighttime portraits is ok with you.

  4. You do not want to go to cocktail hour.

  5. Your family grouping photos are so small that they won’t take much time after the ceremony.

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Maternity Photos in Stuart | Miriam and Michael

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Maternity Photos in Stuart | Miriam and Michael

Maternity photos in stuart | Miriam and Michael

It's an honor when a client returns to me for more photos. And this time, Miriam had reached out to me after I had photographed her engagement session as well as her wedding to tell me that she was expecting soon and wanted to have maternity photos done at the park. I immediately jumped on the opportunity to work with her and Michael again.

Accompanying them on the session was their pup Zephyr! He is a trained service dog and he proudly posed for a portrait when I asked "Are you ready for a sibling?!" I love when clients incorporate their pets at their session. One tip I always give is to bring an extra set of hands aka a best friend (or in this case, Miriam's brother!),  with them to the session to be the doggie wrangler. More times then not, pooches can only last so long before they just want to lay down and rest :)

I'm so happy with the photos that we got and I am excited to share some of my favorite with you! Congratulations again to Michael and Miriam who will be expecting their baby girl in early September 2018!

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Maternity Photos in Hobe Sound | Shelby + Brian

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Maternity Photos in Hobe Sound | Shelby + Brian

Hobe Sound, FL Maternity Session

I seem to never grow tired of photographing maternity sessions. They are some of my favorite sessions. One of the things that I am particularly fond of is photographing first time mommies. The anticipation and joy that they have for what is to come is so refreshing. And, it brings me back to when I carried Easton and how I felt prior to his arrival. The best advice I can give to expectant first time mommies is to get enough rest and also enjoy the last few months of it just being you and your husband. 

I was so happy to photograph Shelby and Brian's maternity session at Hobe Sound Nature Center this past week. We had a wonderful session and perfect weather! I expected there to be mosquitos and humidity, but thankfully, none of that was apparent.  Both Shelby and Brian are a dream and their baby girl is expected to be here in early Sept 2018, what a lucky girl to have such amazing parents!

Here are some of my favorite images from our time together! 

UPDATE: Shelby and Brian had their baby girl..Click here to see their newborn photos!

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And here is their video slideshow!

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