Here are all my favorite images from Lindsay + Daniel’s Wekiva Springs Engagement session last month. I adore these together. They are SO cute and quirky. We hit it off instantly when I met with them earlier in the year to talk about their 2014 wedding. I then learned that Lindsay and Daniel have a ton of similarities; not only are their personalities super similar but they’re both only children, both their last name’s start with a “G” and they are almost the same height. I loved every minute of photographing their session and I was so glad that they picked such a fun location. I hadn’t been to Wekiva Springs to take pictures in a couple of years and it appears to have changed quite a bit since I was last there. It’s much prettier than I remembered. But yeah, lovely location for a lovely couple and absolutely can’t WAIT until these two tie the knot next year! It’s going to be filled with a ton of awesomeness.
Here are my faves from Kelly + Justin’s Maternity session in Mount Dora last month. I photographed Kelly + Justin’s wedding day October 2011 in Lake Mary. (You may see one of the images from their wedding pop up in the top banner on this page. ) I was beyond thrilled when they contacted me to tell me that they were pregnant and that they would like me to photograph their maternity images! How exciting! Kelly’s only request for the session was that they have a couple of pictures taken with their puppy dogs, Kaylee and Riley. I’m a huge dog lover so that was always going to be cool with me. Kaylee and Riley are the cutest anyway. Very energetic and playful. We started the session in a nearby park with the doggies and then headed over to the lighthouse for some images there. Kelly + Justin are expecting a little boy and I’m super excited for the both of them. They have been a very special part of my photography journey over the last couple of years and I’m so blessed to have been part of documenting their Love story as they’ve been building their future together. They’re going to be AMAZING parents and I can’t wait to meet their little one when he arrives.
Here are my favorite images from Alicia and Tim’s engagement session that we photographed around a couple of the Disney resorts. We started this sweet couples session in and around Fort Wilderness Lodge right in the middle of Spring Break so we were dodging quite a few passerby’s which is always fun. The Lodge is a lovely place for pictures. It’s gorgeous scenery all around there that you would never believe it’s a resort from pictures but that’s Disney’s picturesque look I supposed. Alicia and Tim then had a quick wardrobe change and we hopped a boat over to the Fort Wilderness campgrounds which I may have seen years ago but never actually took pictures there. I guess there used to be an entrance to River Country when it was still open but now it’s all boarded up, abandoned, and moldy which is sad. I loved that water park as a kid….you wouldn’t want to swim in there now. :/ Anyway, this was a great area to end Alicia and Tim’s engagement session since this was where he had proposed and where they used to spend family vacations. I love when couples pick locations that have sentimental value for them! Makes for a great shoot and something that says something about “them” as a couple. Alicia and Tim are down-to-earth, sweet, and have a fun side. It was a joy to photograph their Love for one another on this lovely afternoon. I can not wait for their October Wedding this year!
Here are a few images from Addy’s session with her Mummy, Daddy and brother; my friend Rachel, her fiancé Shawn, and his son Bryce. It’s so nice when your friends start having babies and getting married. I love it even more because 9 times out of 10 I get to take pictures of one or the other. Even more lovely is that our close friend Zasha, who works as a surgical tech at Florida Hospital, was there to help and witness Addy being born. I definitely don’t think I’m being biased when I say that Addy is probably the cutest baby I’ve seen in quite some time. She slept the entire photo session, even when she was being passed from person to person for pictures. Adorable. Haha! I can tell Rachel + Shawn are going to be a fabulous parents as they raise Addy together and Bryce will be a great big brother to his baby sister too. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for Rachel’s new little family.
Here are my absolute favorite images of Nicole + Christian who I photographed last month in Downtown Winter Garden. We had been planning this session for quite some time and finally picked a day that didn’t have events going on or a terrible weather forecast. I absolutely adored their wardrobe choices. I’m not very good at suggesting clothing ideas for men. As long as their comfortable is always my motto. But these two are a great example of how to compliment each other as opposed to being matchy-matchy. The chemistry that’s between Christian and Nicole is SO perfect. They are very well suited for one another. They also met online which I love! People wouldn’t believe the amount of couples I meet these days who met on a dating site. I think it’s lovely and obviously works! We photographed their session in and around the main areas of the little town. What I love most about Winter Garden is the wide array of backdrops that are so close to each other. It’s one of my favorite places to shoot without doubt. After a wardrobe change we headed over to the dock area as the sun was going down. It was the perfect end to an amazing shoot. I enjoyed every moment of that afternoon getting to know Christian and Nicole better and talking about their November Wedding day. It’s going to be gorgeous!
To see more of Nicole + Christian’s Engagement Session, CLICK HERE to see the Slideshow!
Here are my faves from Kacee and Jeremy’s session at the Central Florida Fair. We actually shot these on the last day of the fair so it was swarmed with people but I think it made for some really cute images in the end. I had a ton of faves from this session, most of which I included in the slideshow which is at the bottom of this post. Kacee and Jeremy are so cute together and immensely down-to-earth. Kacee has the most infectious laugh/smile ever. She reminds a lot of Ellie Goulding…well, the Ellie Goulding before she decided to do a Skrillex and shave half her hair off. Anyway, this session was crazy colorful and fun, just like Kacee + Jeremy’s personalities. I can’t wait to photograph their Wedding Day at Highland Manor at the end of this month. It’s going to be GORGEOUS! I’m very excited!
To see more of Kacee + Jeremy’s Engagement Session, CLICK HERE to see the Slideshow!
Here are my absolute favorite images from Jaime and Michael’s Historic Winter Garden Engagement session last month. I adore this part of Winter Garden. It’s seconds from where I live and it’s just gorgeous. I love the all the different colors, wall textures, and secluded parts because they’re within such a small area and it’s all within a walkable distance. I love that they picked Winter Garden too because there were areas that were sentimental to their Love story. Jaime and Michael are so super sweet together and made this entire session a dream to shoot. They’re so at ease around each other which is always lovely to photograph. Jaime did a fabulous job at coordinating their outfits for the session too! I can’t wait to photograph their November Wedding day this year. They’re going to make a fabulous Bride + Groom!
To see more of Jamie + Michael’s Engagement Session, CLICK HERE to see the Slideshow!
Here is the Anniversary session of Brooke + Stephen who got married in February last year. When I think about their wedding it feels like forever ago now. So crazy. We didn’t get to do their Engagement Sessions last year for whatever reason. I think I was a bit more lenient back then and was not as aware of how important engagement sessions are to your couples photography experience. Normally if I met with a couple and they said that “we don’t need an engagement session” or “my friend/aunt/brother/ect is taking my engagement pictures” or “we already had them taken with a different photographer” I would have said ok cool, let’s just book you for your Wedding then. This was fine at the time but the problem I was finding with this is that I then wouldn’t see the couple until their Wedding day which in most cases would be months away. (Sometimes the Wedding Day would be first time I’ve even met the Groom!) Of course we’d communicate by email, telephone, and whatnot but there would be a level of comfortability that would be missing from those Wedding Days. I realized that this is largely built during the engagement session. Of course there have been exceptions for me and I’ve always been lucky to attract the loveliest of couples but I when remember why I switched from videography to photography it was because I wanted to interact with couples, learn about them and their love for one another, build lasting relationships and be emotionally invested in their Wedding Day. Brooke and Stephen were one of my exceptions. Even though we never shot an engagement session together, they ended up being one of the easiest, laid-back couples to work with so I was super lucky to have been able to have documented their Wedding day. I love that I got to meet with them a year later to catch up and photograph some lovely moments of them as Husband and Wife. Such a sweet couple and an enjoyable afternoon.
To see more images from Brooke + Stephens session, CLICK HERE to see the Slideshow!
Here are my absolute fave’s from Caitlin and Thomas’s Wedding Day last month. This lovely couple wed in the gorgeous courtyard of Reunion Resort whose venue I just love! There are so many great areas to shoot there; inside and outside. Caitlin and Thomas’s day was a little on the windy and nippy side but still absolutely stunning from start to finish. I adored their colors and theme they had for their wedding. I actually have a new love for swans now. So different and sweet! I also loved that they incorporated elements of how they met into their Wedding Favors. Super unique and sentimental. Loved that! After Caitlin and Thomas exchanged vows on this gorgeous Saturday morning and took pictures, they headed to the top floor Restaurant of the resort, Eleven, where they celebrated their nuptials over brunch with their closest friends and family. This Wedding Day was so perfect for such a perfect couple. I loved every minute of capturing their day.
To see more of Caitlin + Thomas’ engagement images, CLICK HERE for the slideshow!
Here are my favorite images of one of my nearest and dearest friends, Jenny and her crazy son Aiden. We photographed these by Hunter’s Creek Middle School where me and Jenny first became friends (too many years to admit to!) on the school bus. haha! She had just moved here from England a little before me and we instantly became close….now I can’t get rid of her. haha! We’ve been meaning to photograph Jenny and her baby love forever so we finally picked a day that wasn’t gross and had a great session. I’d also been meaning to try out some new coloring plugins that my super talented video buddy had told me about recently. (Hi Mikey! ) I actually love the way they look on Jenny and Aiden’s images. Not sure if I’ll continue using them for work, but for fun they’re great. Maybe once I’ve got the hang of how I want to use them then maybe I’ll start using them properly next year. What does everybody else think? To see more of Jenny + Aiden’s family images, CLICK HERE for the slideshow!