Posted: Monday, October 1, 2018
I have never photographed in such a magical place before. And having a guided tour by the owners while we shot was really the cherry on top. From the dressing rooms, to the stables this place was enchanting, and we had it ALL to ourselves. We all loved taking in the surrounds while capturing breathtaking images of Miss A for a belated Quince session. The weather, location and that gorgeous gown added up to a pretty much perfect day for all of us. I enjoyed laughing and getting to know Miss A, who was shy but so so smart, and wonderful to be around. She continued to be radiant, while I litterly melted in the Florida sun, a true beauty she was. We ended our day with a yummy spread of desserts and sandwiches in the kitchen on the property, and all reminisced on what a sublime day we all had. I left tired, and stinky..but so full of happiness and excitement to get their viewing gallery up as soon as possible.
After delivering the finished images and her GORGEOUS metal print, I received the most special surprise from Miss A, a beautiful handwritten card thanking me for her photos along with letting me know what a great time she had. The unexpected thoughtfulness of this young lady brought tears to my eyes as I read her letter over and over again.
That card will always hold such a special place in my heart and a permanent spot my desk!
Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2018
I’d seen her many times before when shooting at the studio, she was always the quiet one in the back of her ballet class. Sweet and shy, and with tons of talent.
When we met to discuss her upcoming session, she let me know that her Quince was going to be a Beauty and the Beast theme. Her dress was nothing less then dreamlike and the sentimental location was a sure recipe for a perfect shoot.
But when Miss K stepped in front of my camera for her session, something truely magical happened.
She shined with the most confidence and elegance throughout her shoot. She moved so gracefully, that she brought tears to my eyes. She became a different girl that day, a young women that had discovered her power and presence.
It was an unbeleivable time to capture. One I will never forget, and I hope neither will she.
Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Yeah, they might not have been totally thrilled to give up a free afternoon to get all dressed up for photos. And yeah, Dad might have missed out on fishing trip. But they did it..why?… Because they love their Mom of course! So they smiled, and we laughed, and they got through it, making Mom one happy camper!
Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
I’ve loved watching Miss G grow as a dancer over the last few years. Her Mom is the director and owner at a fabulous dance studio, Astrid Audet Academy of Ballet in Fort Lauderdale, which Ive had the pleasure of working with for awhile. Not only do they have incredible talent there, but they also have a beautiful environment of family and support. So spending a afternoon with them both was really a dream. We used all Capezio leos and tutus and explored all over the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Miss G was amazing to work with, powering through our session with beauty and grace! We shot at the Gardens till we were nicely escorted out, but continued to shoot locally till the sun went down. Her energy, and pursuit of perfection is inspiring, and I was happy to spend such a wonderful day with her and her Mom!
Posted: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
I knew the minute we discussed setting up this shoot, it was going to be emotional. A fun beach shoot for two best friends before one moved away. A situation I could relate to, since I did a similar one years ago with my daughter and our best friends. At the same time it made me so beyond happy to know that we were doing this, that they would have these photos to cherish and look back on for many years to come. Their laugh was infectious, their friendship, immeasurable, and these memories…priceless.
“Distance seems so little, when friendship means so much”
Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2017
I’ll admit this was my first prom session, and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Often during these milestones in our teen agers lives its easy to get caught up in it all. And then totally forget to take photos while its happening, then before you know it, its over. Having two teen agers myself I know it happens all too often. So I was totally thrilled to capture this fantastic night for these two so they have some really incredible images to reflect on as they move on to the next chapter of their lives, college.
Posted: Saturday, September 16, 2017
There is something really magical that happens in the hallways of a dance studio. Not only do you hear talk of technique, or an upcoming class, but there is this wonderful feeling of friendship and sisterhood of girls that share the same passion and commitment for what they love. They do homework together, eat together, laugh and I’m sure cry together too. So while I love to have one on one sessions with my dancers, having a session that expressed the sisterhood I get to witness at the studios I work with was a great experience. The common thread of dance that holds them all together. The support and love they have for one another and the bond that has grown over the years, along with their technique. I loved this group of girls, all of whom I had photographed before individually. But it was different having them all together, joy, laughter, the essence of youth and all the wonderful experiences for them to come, and share…together.
One of my images was also shared by the amazing Pointe Magazine publication, with the #squadgoals. I say we nailed it girls!
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
She spent her birthday with me! How great was that? We had such a great time hanging at The Achemist, finding all sorts of unique little spots for us to photograph. Every single image reflects Miss A’s personality and individuality! She is so creative, fun, easy going and an amazing dancer. I couldn’t be more honored she wanted to spend her special day with me.
Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
My daughter and I hopped a plane to Tampa for this crazy fun session! It was a very cold day out for us Floridians, but the expecting Miss D didn’t even bat an eyelash. She was up for anything, including probably walking a good 5 miles by the time we were done with all the locations of this shoot. And every place we went was more amazing then the last, the Tampa Firehouse Museum, was so amazing to shoot at, and her and her husband were the most gorgeous couple, and totally in love, which made photographing them so much fun! The fact we also had the two best assistants of all time with us made the day so special, (thank you Ash and my sweet daughter)!! We then ventured to the University of Tampa, the campus took my breathe away, the photo opportunities there were endless, and Miss D was rocking it till the very end!
The whole week end in Tampa with this really great couple and our friends was so incredible for me and my daughter. And Im so happy we got beautiful images to capture it all. And no trip would be complete without our traditional crepes at La Creperia Cafe, an overall amazing time!
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Once I got the text of Miss S stunning red quinceanera gown I knew we needed to find that ‘perfect’ location. We finally decided on the historic Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale, with their rich art decor background and gorgeous house grounds. However, with pouring rain the night before we really had no idea what the condition of the location would be. We all kept our fingers crossed all day. We showed up to not only dry walkways, but a cool breeze and the most helpful group of volunteers there that made the day pretty much perfect, complete with a golf cart shuttle service. Sharing this experience with Miss S, her inspiring Mom, and wonderful Grandmother was so overall amazing for me. She was glowing that day, and just so fun to work with. She is a incredible young lady, and you just can’t help but smile and laugh when your with her, a pretty perfect day I won’t soon forget!