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shades of grey.

June 19th, 2013

We have been given quite an array of assignments working with the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine; capturing a variety of both style and subject matter to appease their needs. Elation streaked across our faces when we were asked to tour Lake Nona and provide an artistic rendering of the newly built community. […]

 

We have been given quite an array of assignments working with the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine; capturing a variety of both style and subject matter to appease their needs. Elation streaked across our faces when we were asked to tour Lake Nona and provide an artistic rendering of the newly built community.

A variety of home styles and structures exist within this region. We started on the North end and traveled through NorthLake Park, a community which sits on a hefty portion of land [500 acres to be exact] and boasts “excellent amenities including an award-winning A-rated elementary school, YMCA, and a neighborhood dog park.”

The Laureate Park community was still under construction as we were passing through but the style of homes found in this Eastern region seemed to gratify the most modern architects taste. From surprising colors on the homes to the futuristic features of this district, you can be sure your jaw will drop as you wander through.

To be a truly modern community restaurants and retailers should be easily accessible from your home. Not only has Lake Nona met this need, they have designed the buildings to mesh with the style of the area and provided a beautiful central location for the surrounding residents.

We then ventured toward the crowning jewel… Medical City. Perched on the southern end of Lake Nona is a workhorse of brilliant minds coupled with technology.

It’s been called a new chapter in Orlando’s history. The 650-acre health and life sciences park…is a landmark for Orlando and a premier location for medical care, research and education. Carefully planned and laid out, Lake Nona Medical City represents a deliberate strategy to create a centralized focus of sophisticated medical treatment, research and education in Central Florida.

Based on the proven theory that a cluster of healthcare and bioscience facilities in proximity to one another will accelerate innovation, this intellectual hub opened in a coordinated fashion with a collaborative mission. In the next decade, Lake Nona Medical City will be home to some of the nation’s top hospitals, universities, research institutions and life science companies. But already, the Medical City’s pioneering institutions are forming networks and synergies making Orlando a global destination for health care, research and medical education while creating an economic development and job creation engine for the region.

Source: Learn Lake Nona Website

Nemours Children Hospital
Nemours brings their comprehensive children’s healthcare and research capabilities to the forefront of the emerging health and science sector of Central Florida. It also strategically places Nemours Children’s Hospital and research campus within walking distance of the other influential institutions, facilities and companies located within Lake Nona Medical City, increasing the potential for beneficial collaboration.

Veteran’s Affair Hospital
The VA Medical Center at Lake Nona will be the first VA hospital to be built in the United States since 1995. The medical center will include at 134-bed inpatient diagnostic and treatment hospital, a 118-bed nursing home, a 60-bed domiciliary, an outpatient clinic, a veterans benefit mini service center and generous patient and visitor parking.

Sanford | Burnham Medical Research Institute
For more than 30 years, Sanford-Burnham has conducted world-class collaborative research dedicated to finding cures for disease and improving quality of life. The company selected Lake Nona as its site for a new east coast research facility and will employ over 300 scientists.

UF Research Center
The University of Florida, the oldest and largest public university in the state has decided to locate a research facility at Lake Nona Medical City. The 100,000 square-foot facility will be located next to the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona and will enable the university to have direct collaboration opportunities with Sanford-Burnham Institute’s top scientists.

We had such a grand afternoon exploring this new community in Orlando and strongly recommend each and every one of you to take a drive to this incredible place. All information provided in this article was taken from the Learn Lake Nona website and can provide additional details to the curious reader.

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haute école.

April 29th, 2012

I let out a sigh. My breath made a puff in front of me. I was sitting on the cold, hard bleacher watching as the crowd once again fell into an eerie silence. She entered the ring pacing her body with the gait of the springy Bay she rode. This was it. This was what […]

 

I let out a sigh. My breath made a puff in front of me. I was sitting on the cold, hard bleacher watching as the crowd once again fell into an eerie silence. She entered the ring pacing her body with the gait of the springy Bay she rode. This was it. This was what we had traveled so far for. Ever since she opened the front door on that Christmas morning fourteen years earlier, squealing in delight at the sight of her first horse, she had been working non-stop to get here. My mom said a silent prayer beside me. Her competitors stood critiquing any wrong twitch. It was her moment and she took it.

Welcome to Hackettstown, New Jersey! A short flight led me to the doorstep of one of New England’s most breathtaking countrysides. As we weaved around the mountains, climbing higher in elevation, I sat gazing out of the car window. Each piece of land seemed to be out of a stylish magazines. The old red barns, the beautiful spring colors, the amazing homes all nestled and hidden cozily in perfectly manicured woods. I was very impressed and couldn’t stop thinking of all the photographic opportunities in the area. :)

But I wasn’t here for me. I was here to support my younger sister, Lisa, who rides on Florida State University’s Equestrian Team. Lisa has loved horses for as long as I can remember. We grew up riding an old gray mare, but after childhood Lisa took her riding skills to the next level…she started training for 3-day eventing. Once she started college she decided to get involved with one of the many equestrian teams at FSU. She settled on the dressage team as she knew the coach very well. Over the past year the team has competed with other colleges earning points on an individual and group level. At the end of the season, those who qualify are given the opportunity to compete at nationals. Lisa was the only person on the FSU Dressage Team to receive this grand honor. Her first year on the team and she was the only one to make it to nationals [insert sister pride here]!

The competition was held at Centenary College, a beautiful facility nestled in the mountains of Jersey. Schools from all over the country traveled with their teams to be their competitors’ supporters. Lisa was adopted into the Florida teams, cheering on both University of Florida and the College of Central Florida. Saturday is dedicated to team riding and Sunday to individual riders. As Lisa was the latter, we spent the first day watching, critiquing, and learning from the mistakes of others. We saw how the judges scored, and which schools served as the best competition.

Sunday’s sunrise came all to quickly. Breakfast was skipped by Lisa, who was too nervous to eat anything. Mom and I were starved and in need of our morning caffeine so a Dunkin Donut stop was a must. Lisa’s ride was to take place shortly before noon. The morning hours flew by as I watched the solo riders. Lisa sat studying her test and watching the horses move. Finally her name was up. She would be given a short warm-up period and then it would be time for her to impress the judges.

She entered the ring, circling the arena with her horse. The whistle blew and she trotted up the center line. The halt was perfect. She bowed to the judges and it began.

The rider must listen into the horse, in order to judge when the moment for an aid has come, which aid is needed and how intense it must be. He must know how to create or wait for the right circumstances, to prepare the horse. ~ Gustav von Dreyhausen

Lisa got off her horse smiling, but was quick to criticize her ride. Her division was the closest with only 4 points separating twelve girls. Everyone was incredibly proud of her. Her hard work and talent were evident on her spectacular ride. Congratulations Lisa!

Below you will find something fun and different! I have put together a short slide-show to try and capture the anticipation and excitement leading up to Lisa’s ride. We would love to hear feedback about this new feature! Let us know if it is a “Yea” or “Nay!” [hehehe.]

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One Little Monkey.

March 18th, 2012

The first year of life. Is it not the most dynamic and full of so many changes? Watching as your wee-one grows each and every day, developing their emotional responses and motor skills. These first 365 days are the corner stone of your baby’s life. A celebration for this wonderful milestone is joyously welcomed. Friends […]

 

The first year of life. Is it not the most dynamic and full of so many changes? Watching as your wee-one grows each and every day, developing their emotional responses and motor skills. These first 365 days are the corner stone of your baby’s life. A celebration for this wonderful milestone is joyously welcomed. Friends and family come from afar to spend a few hours relishing in this accomplishment. Baby J was no different. Excitement filled the air when we arrived. Last minute details were being placed in their proper positions, and a feast that any king might be jealous of was lavishly placed upon the tables.

Baby J’s mom did an absolutely incredible job organizing and prepping for this beautiful celebration. The theme of course was monkey but the girly details made it a perfect fit for this darling little one.

The friends that attended Baby J’s birthday were mostly under the age of 5, so the entertainment was such an exciting bonus. Mr. Monkey actually attended and entertained the birthday girl and her guests with songs, dancing, a parachute, and bubbles!

And then it was time for the song and cake! As Baby J’s utensil skills are still being developed, and her parents wanted her to enjoy her birthday dessert, they had a “smash cake” made for her. I have seen this technique tried a few times…mostly ending with the child losing interest in the cake or not understanding the idea…but not this little doll! She figured the concept out very quickly and had the BEST time eating her treat!

Enjoy your day Miss J! We were so honored to be able to attend your fabulous party and can’t wait to watch you grow. Stay on the move and we shall see you soon!

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Gifts, Frames & More!

March 16th, 2012

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage. ~Niccolo Machiavelli Solislux, like so many other fabulous dream-makers in the world has found a reason to put our necks on the line for an idea that we so passionately believe […]

 

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage. ~Niccolo Machiavelli

Solislux, like so many other fabulous dream-makers in the world has found a reason to put our necks on the line for an idea that we so passionately believe in. We had the pleasure of meeting two ladies who believe in their company just as we do! So read on and learn a little bit more about Gifts, Frames & More!

I started this online business after juggling a twenty plus year career in the telecommunications industry as a marketing executive, and being a mom and homemaker. My interests have always been to seek out just the right gift for this person, or something really special for that location in my home, or just the right venue for a corporate event. This is what has lead me to Gifts, Frames, and More which is my new creative outlet and my full time business.

Ms. Barbara
Owner/Founder

Jacqueline and I had the pleasure of photographing the many wonderful gifts! The creativity and simplicity of these items is what had us so fascinated. We ooh-ed and aww-ed over every item before discerning the correct location for it’s closeup. The picture frames are magnetized so you can quickly and easily change an image out once you grow tired of it. The decorations around the images are completely changeable depending on the season or your relationship with the subject matter. One of my personal favorites were the wine bottle racks. They were shaped to look like a cat or dog and made such a beautiful piece to hold your favorite bottle of Merlot.

The shopping experience is easy too! You can order online or host a party with your friends! Visit Gifts, Frames & More to check out there unique offerings or to see if you can find our images! Show your support for the elite group of women entrepreneurs by liking their Facebook page!

Keep up the great work ladies and thank you for your support!

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Clean World, Clean Hands.

November 12th, 2011

It’s a simple concept really. You wash your hands and instead of the chemicals and the toxins, the dyes and “other” ingredients going down the drain back into our soils and environment, they are omitted completely. A pure soap that cleans just as any ol’ soap should and it doesn’t hurt our environment or contaminate […]

 

It’s a simple concept really. You wash your hands and instead of the chemicals and the toxins, the dyes and “other” ingredients going down the drain back into our soils and environment, they are omitted completely. A pure soap that cleans just as any ol’ soap should and it doesn’t hurt our environment or contaminate our waters. You get a Clean World and Clean Hands.

Meet Tony everyone! Tony is a bio-chemist and the founder of Clean World Clean Hands. He spent years in the lab of a major consumer products company, developing new formulas that could potentially change the world…or at least make somebody richer. Upon realizing the damage that was being inflicted upon our world, he developed a simple soap.

So how does it work? That is an excellent question, one that I am not qualified to answer…BUT there is a short video that will give you valuable information.

It’s our world, and all it takes to make change is a little support. These causes don’t get the proper start because enough people don’t stand up and show their support. We might not see the effects we have on the envirnoment now, but we shouldn’t sit idly waiting for that day…we should make sure that day never comes. So are you going to help change the world? All you have to do is wash your hands.

Please visit the Clean World Clean Hand Campaign Site to learn how you can help or “Like” them on Facebook.

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Giovanni.

August 17th, 2011

Graduation has come and gone and the next step for this young gentleman is to get a few headshots. Coupled with his degree he will now be able to face this ever competitive job market. Lets start at the beginning of this very fun photo shoot. We met up at a park on a Saturday […]

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Graduation has come and gone and the next step for this young gentleman is to get a few headshots. Coupled with his degree he will now be able to face this ever competitive job market. Lets start at the beginning of this very fun photo shoot. We met up at a park on a Saturday morning. Now this was not just a Saturday morning…it was an August Saturday morning, meaning that at 10am the temperature was already peaking past the 90’s. Sweltering. Of course our professional client wasn’t even phased by this.



He wanted a rugged outdoors look. So we found an area with barbed fence, jagged landscapes and hot white sand. All in the Orlando area, who knew?! The feel and look was casual and the expression was very serious. And although this was Giovanni’s first time out at a professional photoshoot, he didn’t miss a beat and seemed at total ease in front of our lenses.



An outfit and location change and we were off to the second half of the day. At this point we were all hoping for a pool to dive into but everyone was disappointed by the lack of submersion into cool watery depths. The grey shirt complemented the scenery well and Giovanni pops from the harsh landscape around him.



We were instructed not to take any smiling pictures, but I couldn’t resist adding this little grimace. And although it is not a full smile it is a peak of one. As I was acquainted with Gio before this shoot I was very keen on how to make him laugh. He laughs at me all the time. So I had to add a tiny tribute to his great smile. What do you all think??


For more pictures of today’s shoot, make sure to visit our Facebook page and look through Giovanni’s Album.

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Hi, I am Tahlia Lexington.

April 18th, 2011

We all have humble beginnings, we all grow up somewhere. But there are few of us who chance fate, whose paths cross with the right people, in the right place, at the right time. That is exactly the story of Miss Tahlia. It was a coincidence (if you believe in such things) that little baby […]

 


We all have humble beginnings, we all grow up somewhere. But there are few of us who chance fate, whose paths cross with the right people, in the right place, at the right time. That is exactly the story of Miss Tahlia. It was a coincidence (if you believe in such things) that little baby Tahlia was out-and-about when a scouting agent saw her and asked her to come in. The dream was put into her reach and she hasn’t stopped working hard for it since.


Of course that doesn’t mean she isn’t your typical, All-American girl! She was super cute, sweet, and had the biggest outgoing spirit. She immediately adapted to the situation at hand and worked two photographers’ cameras without much direction at all, which is very refreshing; she is a professional people!


Although she has been in films, commercials, and ads, the “big break” that all actors look for has yet to land in her lap. But if you ask Tahlia, this is exactly where she wants to be. She loves the auditions where everything aligns perfectly for the part and when they don’t she simply replies, “Your loss” before leaving on a merry note.


Models and actors seek updated headshots every year since they are ever changing over time; it’s vital in their field of business. Young Tahlia is not new to this routine since she’s kept her portfolio and composite cards fresh from the time she turned five. She sought out our help this year in her search to find a new photographer. She’s older and falls into that in-between area where she appeals to a tween demographic as well as the older “more mature” teens. It’s amazing what a little make-up and an outfit change can do to an image!


Of course we had a stagehand and make-up artist at bay, she’s who Tahlia referred to as “mom”. And now that we have mentioned Mom, she definitely needs a shout-out! She was so supportive and loving…in a Roseanne kind of way. If this determined 13-year old’s head ever got too big or if her dreams brought her too close to the clouds, her mom was right there to pull her back down. You have to have those types of roots in order to have the greatest of wings, don’t you agree.


If you are in the need for an expressive and dynamic model/actress, please have the name Tahlia Lexington in the back of your mind. She was super easy to work with, extremely friendly, and easy to adapt, what more could anyone in this industry ask for?

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Caption Me Monday.

April 18th, 2011

The Rules. 1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative! 2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture. 3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux. 4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts. […]

 

The Rules.
1. Submit a comment that would “caption” the picture, i.e. A title, or “quote.” Be creative!
2. Anyone may comment, and may submit multiple comments to the picture.
3. If a comment is inappropriate or offensive it will be deleted by SolisLux.
4. The competition only applies to the Caption Me Monday posts.
5. Have FUN!

There is nothing like your mom, and your mom on a photoshoot…for your headshots. Read all about Miss Tahlia later today!