Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
When their car rolled up, all I could see was mounds of white tulle, her huge smile, and that glittering tiara, so I knew immediately we were going to have a marvelous session! She honestly looked like a princess when she stepped out of the car, and when she went up en pointe in that dress..WOW! When she changed into her 3rd, more casual look and we were on our way down to the beach, we came across a sitting area surrounded by the most beautiful bougainvilleas, that happened to match PERFECTLY with her headpiece, which is now a tradition to wear during quince in her family. We then ventured down to the beach and ended our session with some beautiful captures of her dancing as the sun went down. Miss J is driven and strong, as well as funny and creative. Her Mom and I hit it off immediately which made the whole shoot so much fun! Delivering her final album was the icing on the cake, it turned out gorgeous and it always makes my heart happy to know they have it to share with generations of flower headpiece wearing family members to come!
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: Monday, April 2, 2018
The minute I saw her I broke down in tears.
This is Miss E, my niece. I still remember the first day I saw her, only a few weeks old. And now, there she was, standing in front of me as a young women. She is the sweetest, most humble, intelligent young lady that I know. So for her quince session we wanted to make sure her images reflected her modest, down to earth personality. It was a very emotional shoot, I continued to get teary eyed throughout our session, which gave me a beautiful insight on how the parents of my quince sessions must also be feeling. It was a special day, and I am so happy I got to be part of it.
Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
We had cancelled our session several times due to undesirable weather, so a little wind wasn’t going to stop us today. And by “a little wind”, I mean ALOT of wind. But although we were a bit hesitant on how it was going to work out, we all were pleasantly surprised to have the wind actually work in our favor by not only cooling us off, but adding a bit of drama and flare to our already stunning Miss C!
The day ended up being perfect. We had such an amazing time exploring the beautiful grounds of Fairchild Tropical Gardens. And the fresh floral halo, created by lil ol me, worked out great on accomplishing the boho feel we were wanting for this shoot. Miss C was so fun to work with, she was up to jump into any nook I discovered to get some really interesting shots and completely owned her session!
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!
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The minute I met Miss A, her mom, and little sis at Starbucks, I instantly felt like family. Which made coming up with locations and the look for her session so much fun and exciting. I admit, she was my first “cupcake” pre session, and being able to capture her in the dream quinceanera ball gown was really amazing. It took a small village of family and close friends who came along to the shoot to help which made the day really really special. And the day was no joke, hours of location changes, clothes changes and Miss A up for pretty much any idea I had for her. Her quinceanera party was equally fun and full of family and friends, I had such a great night with them all. I look forward to keeping in touch with this really amazing family, and watching Miss A continue to blossom into an incredible young women.
Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016
Miss M looked completely stunning as she arrived for her quince shoot. Everywhere we went that afternoon she was watched and admired. If only all the spectators knew that she was as equally fabulous on the inside as she is on the outside! I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her since she was a baby, and as she grows into a young lady I truly am in awe of everything she has accomplished. Miss M is hilarious, and focused, committed and fun, and it was such a wonderful thing to be asked to photograph yet another incredible milestone in her life. I know this is just the beginning for her, there is nothing but the best in the years to come, and I can’t wait to be there to hopefully photograph it all!