Rollins College || Winter Park, FL

Couple: Callie & Zach

You’ll soon realize after the next few blogs that I frequent the Winter Park area for engagement sessions a lot. :) Because of this and as I’ve mentioned before, I like to try to photograph it in a different way from when I was there last. For Callie & Zach’s session, we brainstormed ideas that might work for their session. They mentioned they had shared a first date as well as many other dates together at Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub. The pub is super close to Rollins so I had the idea of starting off with the infamous wall mural at Ravenous Pig and then venturing Fairbanks towards the pub for some unique images along there. We then ended the session at the Rollins College Dinky Dock and I think we timed everything really well that afternoon considering all the places we were able to capture. By the time we reached Rollins the light was looking extra lovely and I was able to pick up some of my favorite shots of the evening there. I love this session for many reasons. For one, it pushed me to try some new things and play with new backgrounds & textures. Winter Park is heavily photographed for engagement sessions and I’m thankful Callie & Zach were open to being photographed around areas I hadn’t seen in photos yet. It’s easy to forget what’s outside of the goto locations of Winter Park. It was great to be able to showcase just how trendy and artsy it really is around there! Another reason I love this session is that Callie & Zach were such a sweet couple to photograph. They were super playful & lovely towards each other and I think it translated very well in their photos. These sweeties will be tying the knot early next year and I can’t wait to kick off 2017 with what I know is going to be a gorgeous Wedding day! :)

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Grantham Point Park || Mount Dora, FL

Couple: Kelsey & AJ

Here’s a little session I photographed in Mount Dora on a rather drizzly November afternoon. It was specifically photographed in Grantham Point Park and features a lighthouse, park, dock area, and a bunch of other naturalistic elements perfect for a borderline nautical inspired session. :) Kelsey & AJ finally tied the knot at the beginning of this year and oh em gee that entire Wedding was stunner from start to finish! I can’t wait to share that one. Until then, here’s a few highlight images from their engagement session. I started to capture the two of them walking along the small boardwalk area near by to the lighthouse before moving onto all the other gorgeous areas this location has to offer. I really loved the outfits these two picked out for their session. I think they coordinated their colors really well and they looked comfortable which is key during your photos. Kelsey & AJ also incorporated their love for fishing. I’ve never fished in my life but these two made it look way cuter than I ever could. :P We later took the session to the dock area where I was able to photograph them from afar and get some pretty sweet negative space images surrounded by the lake while they just sat there and looked extra adorable. :) There was something very effortless and natural in the way Kelsey & AJ displayed their affection towards one another. It’s the type of serene but fun energy that I love to photograph and these two brought that in spades. Having a great location, lighting, and “pose” ideas is only half the battle when it comes to engagement sessions. Challenging yourself to get the images that translate the most about the couples uniqueness is high on that list and hopefully that’s what’s clear about Kelsey & AJ’s images too. :)

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Grand Bohemian Hotel || Orlando, FL

Bride & GroomAllison & Shamir
Ceremony/ReceptionGrand Bohemian Hotel
Florist: Lee Forrest Design 
CoordinatorAnnie Nuno at The Soirée Co. 
Cake ArtistParty Flavors
DJ/MusicKozmo Koz
Make Up ArtistKristy Alonzo
DressJon’s Bridal
Bridesmaid DressesDavid’s Bridal

It’s a little funny trying to figure out what I’d actually been doing the entire year that I wasn’t blogging. Almost as funny as it is going through all the Wedding and engagement sessions from almost a year ago! Sure it’s been busy and my couples having their Wedding images completed & delivered is always way more important than anything I have to share online but it’s insane to think how quickly those months went by. I’d enjoyed every single minute of documenting all these amazing days but truthfully, and I have to admit, I was borderline burned out by the time this year rolled around. I still pushed myself creatively as much as I could  and learned a whole bunch of things I need to do in order to prepare myself physically and mentally for the rest of this year and the new year thats fast approaching! I’m thankful for all the peaks, the moments in-between, and the opportunities I’ve had to I allow myself to take a step back and prepare what I need to do to improve and be better than I was yesterday. :) One of many highlight weddings last year was Allison & Shamir’s elegant Grand Bohemian Wedding Day in Downtown Orlando. When we met for the first time and after chatting all things Wedding, we realized our besties were actually living together in New York City further proving how small the world really is! The energy of this amazing couple was a dream to be able to work with and I am so pleased I was chosen to capture it all for them!

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Anna Maria Island || Bradenton Beach, FL

Bride & Groom: Dakota & Cody
Ceremony/ReceptionAnna Maria Island Dream Inn
Dress DesignerDavid’s Bridal

Today, I have Dakota & Cody’s Anna Maria Island Wedding to boast about! :) I’d never actually been to this beach before this day but I would definitely go back to visit. :) Dakota & Cody got ready with their bridal party and family at Dream Inn which was conveniently located right on the beach. At the beginning of the day, most of their family members helped to prepare the BBQ dinner that would be eaten in the evening. They also put together all the items for their reception area such as their centerpieces, gift table, decor, ect,. Everything was decorated with the beach in mind with lots of turquoise, sea glass, and starfish. Dakota even handmade the mens unique boutonnieres with shells, ribbon, and tiny starfish. There was lots of DYI and craft making that pulled their Wedding decor together. These decorations made the day sentimental to Dakota & Cody’s relationship while also tying in their beach-themed Wedding location. Dakota & Cody opted for a first look which we all know is a moment I love to capture! Seeing each other before the ceremony meant that would could take the opportunity to photograph this sweet couple around and about the hotel property, then jump into photographing their family portraits and then the bridal party images without the rush of having to get it all done during cocktail hour. As the sun started to set, Dakota & Cody sweetly exchanged handwritten vows along the seaside. At the end of their Ceremony, we photographed a handful of officially married images on the beach with just the two of them. At the end of a fun-filled reception, their friends and family made an archway full of sparklers along the beach for the happy couple to run through sealing the end of a beautiful and perfect Wedding day.

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Disney Boardwalk || Orlando, FL

Couple: Jessica & John

Today, I have a few images from Jessica and John’s Disney Boardwalk Engagement session. There’s lots I like about this one. Firstly, I really love this location for photos. There’s a little bit of everything Floridian here all on Disney property without it actually looking over the top “Disney”. One of my favorite areas here is what I like to call the “man-made” beach area next to a pirate ship. Sadly, this area has been fenced along the “shore” line for safety reasons but honestly it doesn’t look half bad at all considering. I love that the location surrounds a circular lake which is probably about a mile or two. It seems that it’s also been an ideal location to play a bit of Pokemon GO too. But what do I know about that really? :P lol! Anyway, these two sweetie pies started off in a bit of casual wear while we strolled together hitting all the photographic opportunities the boardwalk has to offer. Once we got halfway round, they had an outfit change and popped a little bit of champagne on the beach. I’m not huge on props typically but I love me some celebratory bubbles incorporated into an engagement session. I enjoy capturing the reactions and the playfulness of that moment. Plus, who doesn’t love a reason to crack open some champagne? :) I’ve since had a handful more sessions in this location and can’t wait to share those too. It’s amazing how differently you get to look at a familiar location when you have a completely different couple to work and venture around with. Jessica and John later exchanged vows on one of the coldest but beautiful January days I have ever photographed! But so much more on that gorgeous event another time though! :)

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Paradise Cove || Lake Buena Vista, FL

Bride & Groom: Gio & Illich
Ceremony/ReceptionParadise Cove
Getting Ready LocationWyndham Grand Resort
Dress Designer: Brides Against Breast Cancer

I have a few highlight images to share from Giovanna & Illich’s Paradise Cove Wedding Day. I believe I’ve mentioned before how much I love this venue. The staff are very helpful & easy-going and the venue is an ideal Wedding spot for a proper Floridian event. Personally, I feel a big factor to consider when picking a Wedding venue is where you’ll get ready and step into your dress on the day. I think Paradise Cove has the perfect Bridal house/suite for this. It’s spacious, fits with the venue theme & colors, and it’s right on property so no need to arrange transportation from getting ready location to Paradise Cove. The men’s holding area on the other hand is quite a bit smaller than the Bridal area depending on the size of the Wedding party BUT because this venue is right by the lake, there are a few hotels across the lake that the Groom and his entourage can get ready in and then hop on a speed boat to make their grand entrance into the venue at the start of the Ceremony. I mean what guy doesn’t want to enter their Ceremony on a boat? Pretty cool stuff and extra convenient. :) Gio had her makeup process done at Wyndham Lakes which worked out well too since it was still very close-by to the venue. I actually worked with Gio at the Apple store years ago and I also happened to be in NYC the same week Illich proposed to her there so it was pretty cool to reconnect again, catch up, and then be able to document this gorgeous day for the two of them! :) They are the absolute sweetest human beings and I feel honored to have captured this day.

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New Smyrna Beach|| New Smyrna, FL

Couple: Alon & Joey

I’ve noticed that when picking favorite images to make the blog, weirdly, the kissing pictures barely make the final draft. Sure I photograph them, and let’s be honest, some of them are pretty cute. One or two might make the cut occasionally but I do end up favoring the images of moments that happen before and after those kissing ones. I think it’s because when I first started taking pictures of couples, that was always the “fall back” pose if you were completely stumped in panic and couldn’t think of anything else. That being said, I’ve learned over the years that there’s a lot more story to a picture when you can see facial expressions, the quiet thoughts of the couples future together, or the sheer excitement about their Wedding day. And to me, these are great stories that can be told better through pictures that aren’t just of a cute couple in a pretty location and lip-locked. Saying that though, some are still really lovely (there’s even a couple of images here that made it to this post! :) ) I’ve been pretty excited to share this particular session. I just love this location. And additional plus side is that I equally adore this couple too so it definitely made the long drive up to New Smyrna Beach worth it. :P We started this session casually along the beach boardwalk. Then we hit the shoreline area to take advantage of all that amazing fall-time sun and ocean breeze. There’s a very natural confidence and ease between Alon & Joey. Photographing the way some of these men look at their brides-to-be are moments that are one of the reasons I love what I do. It’s adorable and I absolutely can’t wait to document their Wedding day in a few weeks. I can tell it’s going to be just stunning if these two have anything to do with it. ;)

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Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center ||Downtown Orlando, FL

Couple: Amber & Rajiv

Here are a few images that stood out for me during Amber & Rajiv’s Downtown Orlando engagement session late last year! I think I’ve gushed in previous posts about my love for Downtown Orlando. For me, it’s always been a great place to take engagement photos because of all the different backgrounds and textures. But I’ve also witnessed Downtown at nighttime so many times now that I always welcome the opportunity to see it in an entirely different light. :P I clearly have a lot of favorite areas and places that I like to snap around there and I get excited when a couple picks Downtown Orlando because there’s always a new building or location that I haven’t previously seen or photographed before. Our Dr. Phillips Performing Arts center had just opened about a year before this session and the building is actually quite stunning so when collaborating ideas we decided we would definitely like to try some images there. Plus, the fact that is was pretty much dusk by the time we got there probably gave those images a little extra pop with all those pretty lights beaming through the glass windows. But before heading to Dr. Phillips Center, we started off at the 55 West staircase which is another favorite of mine and always a good starting point for sessions. From there we headed over to Latitudes rooftop because that view is just amazeballs! Amber & Rajiv were such a lovely couple to capture. Their relaxed and easy-going nature wasn’t the only thing that made this afternoon so enjoyable but also the effortless sweetness they have towards each other was just lovely to be able to capture in their images. I can’t wait to share some images from their January Wedding. That post is going to be very pretty so do stay tuned! :)

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Casa Feliz || Winter Park, FL

Couple: Paige & Josh

Today we have a few highlight images from an afternoon Casa Feliz session that was captured back in early October. This sweet couple have plans to get married in Ohio later this year but decided to have their engagement session images taken in Florida for their save-the-date cards. This time of year is probably one of my favorites to take photos in because the weather is way more tolerable and the sunset light is always disgustingly pretty! :P Also, around this time last year I was still feeling out the 85mm 1.8 I had just bought in the Summer. I started to make it project to bring it out at least a couple of times per session just to get myself comfortable with it. I honestly can’t believe I’ve had this lens for over a year and it’s quickly becoming a fave of mine now. I think one of the large debates in the Canon world is the 85mm 1.8 vs. 85mm 1.2. Frankly, I’ve borrowed the 85mm 1.2 for decor shots in receptions and it slays as far as those sort of images go. And for portraits, it’s beyond amazing but when photographing the Bride & Groom it just takes too darn long to focus. In weddings, that is not time you have at all. But is it worth the time when it hits it’s mark? Yes. But the time I’m taking to get 5-10 really amazing images out of it, I could have been moving into the next pose and/or location and knocking out a wider range of images with a much faster lens. With that being said, my love for the 85mm 1.8 grows every time I use it and I look forward to exploring everything it can do over the next few sessions this year. :)

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  1. Iga says:

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Heathrow Country Club || Lake Mary, FL

Bride & Groom: Sarah & Jacob
Ceremony/ReceptionHeathrow Country Club
FloristCloud 9 Wedding Flowers
Cake ArtistParty Flavors Custom Cakes
Hair/MakeupKarmel Design Team
Dress DesignerMaggie Sottero at Minerva’s Bridal
Grooms WearKnot Standard

I’m really excited to share these images. It’s stunning and these two are just the sweetest! This October Wedding day started at Sarah’s family which is conveniently located minutes away from Heathrow Country Club. Sarah got ready with her lovely sisters, mum and dog, Midas. :) I’m a little bit obsessed when it comes to dogs so it always makes me extra happy when there’s a pup hovering around the room during the getting ready process. :) I later met up with Jacob at the country club to capture the finishing touches of him getting ready. I pretty sure this was my first time photographing this particular location and I must say it is quite lovely. Golf is not my thing at all but Heathrow has definitely pulled out all the stops when it comes to throwing a wedding there. It’s definitely not you’re average country club by a long shot. The outside staircase to the back of the building is classically gorgeous and I was very impressed with the grounds surrounding the venue. Across the street is where Sarah & Jacob had their first look and I’m actually really pleased with how those images turned out. Fall is one of my favorite seasons to shoot in and this particular Autumn day did not disappoint at all. Because Sarah & Jacob opted for a First Look, I had two amazing opportunities to photograph them in some gorgeous early afternoon lighting and then closer to sunset after the Ceremony. They were incredibly excited, relaxed, and happy all throughout the day and I was able to capture some genuine moments of it all. I enjoyed documenting this day immensely! :)

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