Want to see the cutest, most well behaved children that I photographed during a mini session this month in Downtown Stuart?! Click the link to view the images!
Want to see the cutest, most well behaved children that I photographed during a mini session this month in Downtown Stuart?! Click the link to view the images!
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!
Family portraits taken at House of Refuge beach in Stuart, FL. Photographed by Kristen Browning Photography. Come take a peek at our session!
Hi, my name is Kristen and I am a south Florida wedding photographer. Last week I had the honor of photographing Toni and Vincent’s engagement session at the PSL Botanical Garden. I’d love for you to take a look, click the link to see the photos!
Should you have a first look? This can be a question that can plague a bride. However, some know just where they stand. For those who may not know, a first look is when the bride and groom see each other prior to the ceremony. Yes, it is untraditional. But, there is a purpose behind it and I am happy to discuss why I advocate for the first look.
You can ask ANY wedding photographer and they will all agree. The moment that the bride sees the groom for the first time, she instantly becomes more RELAXED and her stress is alleviated. It's so true! So many times, in the hustle and bustle of getting ready the bride will inevitably become stressed to some degree, but the second she sees her man, she can finally breathe--it's a game changer!
Secondly, I heard a photographer say this one time and I completely agree, the bride and groom can spend more time with each other on their wedding day, rather than HIDING from each other! This made me laugh because it's actually a point that I had never considered before. Imagine spending most of your wedding day with your groom?!
Thirdly, you get to have the majority of your photos done before the wedding so that you can enjoy your cocktail hour with your friends and family! There's a few ways this can go down. When you do a first look, you can opt to have all of your formal photos done prior to your ceremony, just the bride/groom photos and bridal party, or just the bride and groom photos and save everything else until after the ceremony. Most of the time, I find that my brides will have their bride and groom photos along with their bridal party photos completed prior to the ceremony. Then, that just leaves the family formal photos to be done afterwards. Easy peasy!
I am an advocate for the first look. But in no way to I push my couples to this. I document their day as they see fit and it is not for me to decide how they should enjoy it!
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!
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!
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!!
So pleased with this maternity session at House of Refuge! Click the link to view the photos!
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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
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 :)
There are a ton of beautiful, eloquent words that I could use to describe Morgan and Carl's wedding, but I would still feel at a lack because words just don't do their day justice. The photos from their wedding are by far some of my favorite all year!
The best thing that I can do to explain their day is to simply begin by telling the story of their day.
Morgan's dress was adorned with hundreds of tiny beads, it was so regal, I felt that it would be perfect to hang in the orchid room for a photo. Morgan's mom helped her get ready and her soon to be sister in law helped her put on her veil. The veil was an heirloom, estimated to be about 80 years old and had been worn at weddings in the past by the women on the groom's side, a very special sentiment. At one point, right before Morgan's mom helped her with her shoes, her veil caught the air and made for a fantastic portrait.
The groom, Carl prepared for the day offsite on his family's yacht. This way, he had the opportunity to kick back with his groomsmen and enjoy the last few hours as a single man. I was fortunate enough to have my second shooter Kim and my husband Jeremy venture out into the water to capture those photos of Carl.
Before the ceremony, we snuck Carl into the orchid room for a first look with Morgan. We then had some time for a few portraits around the home. We were even able to dodge the rain and get a couple of outdoor portraits.
The ceremony took place beneath tall cathedral ceilings and gave ample space for over 200 guests. Florals from Harbour Bay Florist added a beautiful touch of elegance. What a beautiful sight it was from the staircase.
The night concluded underneath a tented reception, provided by Event Makers. Morgan and Carl's send off was grand, as they boarded a boat and drove off to their honeymoon destination. The crowd from the seawall wished them farewell with sparklers. I can't thank my team enough and the team from The Golden Pineapple Event Company for their collaboration on this wedding!
Morgan and Carl, thank you so much for giving me the honor of photographing your BEAUTIFUL wedding! I had a spectacular time! I wish you both all the best and pray you will have a lifetime of wedded bliss :)
DRESS: Lulu's Bridal
SHOES: Steve Madden
HAIR: Amora Bridal Beauty Co.
MUA: Makeup Artist Candace
FLORALS: Harbour Bay Florist + Dimar Flowers
CATERER: Elegant Events
CAKE: Magnolia Cakes
TENT: Event Makers
RENTALS: Atlas Party Rentals
PHOTOGRAPHY: Kristen Browning Photography and Kimberly Smith (thanks, Kim). Special thanks to Stephanie McLaughlin for assisting
VIDEO: One Concept Weddings
COORDINATOR: The Golden Pineapple Event Company
DJ/BAND: Tropics Entertainment
We are praying that Ollie doesn't have another back injury like he did two years ago. I noticed that he wasn't wanting to jump and his energy level was low. Just like it started two years ago. Then he yelped when I grazed his back. Concerned, I immediately put him on crate rest and made an appointment with the vet. More than likely they will prescribe steroids and/or pain meds. The most important thing to remember is to keep Ollie on crate rest and absolutely NO jumping. Sometimes these things can be resolved with steroids, and we are hoping he won't need to have another surgical procedure. Updates to come!
Spring wedding at a private barn in Palm City, FL photographed by Kristen Browning. Featuring getting ready photos at the Marriott on Hutchinson Island, outdoor farm ceremony and an indoor barn reception.
Tax season! For most photographers it's the bain of our existence! Hey, it's not my favorite season, that is for sure. Most creatives are right brained thinkers which means that their organizational skills are usually not always the best. We are too busy dreaming big dreams! But, the fact of the matter is, sure we are living our dream but we are also running a business. And running a business requires that we use the other half of our brain. Well, pop my bubble why don't you?!
Recently, I ran into a rut with mileage tracking. Who thinks about mileage? I know I don't! I've gone through several ways of trial and error trying to figure out which way of record keeping is best. Every time tax season rolls around I make little changes to my system and the way that I keep track of things to make it easier for the next year.
For mileage, I used to hand write everything every week on Fridays. I would glance back at my planner and see where I had gone that week and then I would open up google maps in my iphone and enter the locations. From there, I would get the mileage and write it into my spreadsheet. This worked fairly well until we hit the holidays. From December to January/February, I practically did NOT record any mileage! Why? Because life got super busy for me!
The holidays are typically a busier time of year. Once January rolled around, I was already caught up in getting my 2018 year started and hadn't given mileage a second thought. Finally, once I started gathering all of my tax documents to turn into my accountant, I realized that I had completely forgotten to track my mileage! Ah! For the next couple of hours, I scoured back through my calendar and began taking record.
Don't you hate that feeling of playing "catch up"? For a business owner, there is nothing more displeasing than having to spend MORE of your PRECIOUS time rifiling through your records to gather the information that should have been part of your weekly system. That is when I decided that at this point in my business I needed to fine tweak my system and find a better way.
I had heard about mileIQ before, but had never implemented it. I decided, as one way to automate a redundant task, using mileIQ just made sense. Now, I literally do not have to think about it. It does all the work for me. Its a super cool app that tracks all of the drives that you take. It IS up to you to open up the app either daily or weekly (or whenever you'd like) and specify whether or not the drive was for business or personal. There is a little notification that pops up when new drives are logged which will help you remember to go in and categorize each drive. If you are interested in trying mileIQ AND getting 20% off, here is the link!
I still cannot believe Easton is a YEAR old!! It's incredible. This year has gone by so fast. It was super hard, but yet it went by like that.
This post is coming at you super late! (A lot happened in February)
That being said, Easton turned 12 months old 2 weeks ago! He subsequently got the flu on his actual birthday! Poor fella. He ran fevers all night and for about 48 hours after his birthday. A first birthday that we will never forget! Thankfully he survived it. More importantly WE survived it. A sick baby is no joke! They need you when they are sick! A couple of days later he ended up getting an ear infection.
Before it gets any later I wanted to list out some of Easton’s milestones since turning 1 year:
I'm so happy to have documented a portion of his first year on my blog. It's nice to know that I can go back later and re read about his little milestones and smile. Happy birthday sweet boy :)
If there was ever a wedding with SO many moments, this one is it! From the moment that I began shooting, moments just manifested! Andrea and Derby got ready at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables, Miami and the energy in Derby's room was so upbeat and energetic. I soon learned that Derby was just as energetic and upbeat as his groomsmen, it was certainly a fun group!
The ceremony was held at Andrea's church, where her father is the minister. To Derby's surprise (and sheer amazement), Andrea seranated an original song for her groom! How she EVER pulled that off without crying, I will never know! Derby was floored and tears began to flow immediately. I am so grateful to have not only witnessed such an amazing personal and initmate moment, but to document it for the couple.
Later, we headed to the Cruz Building in Coconut Grove, Miami for their reception. The grand, three story venue made it the perfect place for Andrea and Derby. The moments continued on, father daughter dance, mother son dance and toasts!
This wedding was special to me because I documented for my dear late mentor, Frank Donnino Photography. I was honored to shoot alongside of team member Gwen and Frank's son John. Andrea and Derby thank you for giving me the honor of documenting your day for Frank. I know that he would be proud!
Here is a slideshow with MORE images!
WEDDING COORDINATOR: Annesia Pyfrom
FLOWERS: Terra Flowers Miami
CAKE: Edda Cakes
DJ: Dj BoogieG305
MAKEUP: SitiArt LLC
HAIR: Michelle Whitaker
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Konchellah
TUX: Jc Penny's
PHOTOBOOTH: Yuliia Embon
DRESS: Boca Raton Bridal, The designer Martina Liana
VENUE: The Cruz Building
CHURCH: Bethel Church