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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Surprise Proposal | Hutchinson Island, FL

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Surprise Proposal | Hutchinson Island, FL

He called me and told me of his plan to propose to her on the beach. The more he told me about his plan, the more I knew how much he cherished her. unbeknownst to Callie, Chris had secretly arranged to have me waiting at the beach, ready to photograph his proposal. He had kept a ring in a secret spot so that she would not find out, and devised a plan to have rose petals spread out in the shape of a heart. In the middle of the heart was a message in a bottle. I do not know what the message read, but I assume it was from the heart because that seems to be how Chris does things--from his heart.

As I waited on the beach for a couple that I had never met, I became increasingly nervous for some odd reason. Maybe because storm clouds were threatening? Or, I guess it was the anticipation that I had for what was about to go down. I checked my gear and kept it hidden, as to not be seen by Callie. The waves rolled in and lapped on the shore, setting the perfect scene. 

Soon, I heard voices. "What's that?!" Chris questioned as he walked down with Callie. A trail of red roses lead the two love birds down to the heart where Callie reached down and pulled out the message in a bottle. After a few moments, Chris knelt down on one knee and presented Callie with a gorgeous halo set diamond ring. Callie was elated!

Just as the sun came out, the two popped a bottle of bubbly and celebrated their engagement together. The moment was perfect, just like Chris had wanted it to be! To Chris and Callie, thank you for giving me the honor of documenting your proposal! I wish you all the best!!

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House of Refuge Engagement | Traci + Jeremy

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House of Refuge Engagement | Traci + Jeremy

Among the hot summer temperatures, we found a refreshing breeze close to the ocean. It was Traci and Jeremy's love for the ocean that inspired us to photograph their engagement session here at the House of Refuge on Hutchinson Island. They both love to scuba dive off of Jupiter, Florida, so this was definitely a great location and I am so glad they choose it!

We spent just about the whole session laughing! Nothing too serious about our session, just fun! These two really brightened up my day, I'm so thankful for clients like them! And I am even more excited that I have the honor of photographing their wedding :-D 

Here are some of my favorites from our time together!

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Hobe Sound Nature Center Engagement | Ashley + Ryan

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Hobe Sound Nature Center Engagement | Ashley + Ryan

The Florida summer has officially arrived! Rain, check. Heat, check. Mosquitos, check. Yep, folks we are smack dab in the middle of summer. Fortunately, I have wonderful clients like Ashley and Ryan who brave all of the summer elements to create fun engagement photos! Like, this one of their dog, how cute is that?!

Ashley and Ryan met me at Hobe Sound Nature Center for their engagement photos and we had such a fun time! I'm always eager to photograph my clients for the first time to see how they interact together as a couple. Ryan and Ashley were so great! 

We started our session by the river and then made our way to the hiking trails. The soft sugar sand added an extra obstacle as we walked up hills. Ashley and I both commented that we were so out of shape! Lately, photographing sessions has been about the only exercise I've been getting. Well, not to mention chasing a toddler around the house :) 

I'm so excited to share some of my favorite photos from our session, enjoy!!

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House of Refuge Engagement Photos in Stuart, FL

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House of Refuge Engagement Photos in Stuart, FL

Two strikes and we hit a home run! After trying to schedule our session the first time, and getting rained out, we were FINALLY able to have our session at the House of Refuge! The afternoon was beautiful and I think you will love their images, go take a peek!

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Delray Beach Marriott Wedding | Megan + Brian

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Delray Beach Marriott Wedding | Megan + Brian

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The days leading up to Megan and Brian's wedding were flooded with sheets of rain on a daily basis. The clouds were gloomy and promised to leave the ground soaked. The morning of Megan and Brian's wedding came. It was overcast and windy. As the afternoon progressed, the clouds slowly started to dissipate and before you knew it the sun came out. YES! The sun! We could not believe that we were actually getting a break from all of the rain. Not only were we getting a break from the rain, but the fact that the sun was shining was just glorious!

Our day began and The Delray Beach Marriott hotel where Megan and Brian got ready. The hotel, which was right across the street from the beach, had beautiful Mediterranean inspired architecture, I was pleasantly surprised! As we scoped out the hotel and looked for places that might be a good place to photograph portraits, we were surprised to have so many beautiful options. 

Megan and Brian's ceremony was held at the Lake Worth Casino, about a 25 minute drive back north on the beach. Guests from all over the country came to witness their beautiful day. Their ceremony was just as gorgeous as the rest of their day had been. Megan and Brian, thank you so much for the honor of photographing your wedding! Frank would have been so happy with all of the photos! I wish you all the best!

Vendors to credit:

Coordinator: Carmengloria Davis

Getting ready + First look location: Delray Beach Marriott

Venue: Lake Worth Casino

Officiant: Neil Saffer

Florist: Mary Prokop

Cake Artist: Al pan pan

DJ: Mikey Nunez

Make up artist: Kim Keown

Hair: Hot Heads

Bridesmaids dresses: Etsy

Men's tuxedos: Nordstrom

 

 

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Delray Beach Wedding | Ali + Adam

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Delray Beach Wedding | Ali + Adam

She had spent all day getting ready, her makeup perfected down to the very eyelash. Her smile was contagious as was her positive energy. Simply put, her beauty radiated from the inside to the outside. All seven of her bridesmaids complimented her with their faces beaming and cheers of excitement for her.

The moment that Adam saw Ali, the room went silent and Ali's face gave a new meaning to the word Joy. She was just as enamored with Adam as he was for her. I am honored to have witnessed and documented a beautiful first look. 

Ali and Adam choose to be married at Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach. It was a beautiful location. Even despite the rain, we were able to capture some beautiful portraits of the two of them around the pool and veranda area. 

When night fell, their guests were seated under the veranda for their ceremony. Candles and roses lined the sides of the aisle and added a beautiful touch to the ceremony. Ali and Adam cozied up beneath their Chuppah which was adorned with a gorgeous arrangement of flowers (lots of roses!). The rest of the evening was spent partying and DANCING. It's always so fun to watch the guests dance the night away!

Ali and Adam, thank you for giving me the privilege of documenting your wedding day! I wish you both all of the best! I know that Frank would have been very pleased with these images :) 

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Vendors to Credit:

VENUE: Gleneagles Country Club

HAIR/MAKEUP: Tyler Presley Salon

FLORIST: J. Adan Events

CAKE: Johnson's Custom Cakes

DJ: Eddie B & Company

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Azazie

MEN'S TUXEDOS: Men's Warehouse

 

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