Archive for 2012

Sing her Praises.

November 16th, 2012

Little girls are the nicest things that can happen to people. They are born with a bit of angel-shine about them, and though it wears thin sometimes, there is always enough left to lasso your heart. | Alan Beck This isn’t a novel revelation as it’s obvious that this particular bitsy girl has stolen our […]

 

Little girls are the nicest things that can happen to people.
They are born with a bit of angel-shine about them, and though it wears thin sometimes,
there is always enough left to lasso your heart. | Alan Beck


This isn’t a novel revelation as it’s obvious that this particular bitsy girl has stolen our hearts and enchanted our cameras yet again. For there is art to be seen in her stare that immediately prompts our fingers to click without hesitation; Aubree just has that “angel-shine”. She is rambunctious and vivacious for a girl of three, ever spritely in delicate dresses yet resilient and tough towards unexpected tumbles.


In a year’s time I have been beckoned and initiated into this spunky little one’s magical world of frolicking and cheer. Aubree’s once demure very-two-year-old timidity was shed soon after our first photographic jaunt through the sunset drenched, tree-lined playground last spring. Her visage is now a comfortable home to an ever-present innocent smile while still featuring that incredible cerulean, precocious stare. Where there still I found a serene maturity which perpetually highlighted and framed her adorable little face.

This newly confidant toddler was content in front of the cameras, fluttering about with purpose and girlish charm. It was enough to take you by surprise if you weren’t aware of the rhythms and characteristics that each age group delivers. No longer driven by the urge to disobey, this little Aubree was a genuine delight still curiouser though quite assured while exclaiming approval of our many demands.

“Okay, Jacquie let’s play!”

Presently, with my partner along for the endearing ride, we joined this precious babe in a familiar land of make believe. Familiar of course for it’s one we’ve all been lost in some tens of years ago. To be in the inner circle of a fickle and complex three-year-old you must fluently speak their language by quite frankly ‘shedding‘ your lackluster adult-self along the way. Because “Simon” only says things if you willingly play along and no sooner will you find yourself a driver being shouted commands of changing traffic lights, “red light…green light”.

Ashley and I dove right in!

This ever recognizable place with sweet and candid Aubree also drove us to encounter the inner leap frog within us when she notably mentioned just how deep the sidewalk cracks would go. Alas, there was no way around it but to skip as she gleefully provoked us with play and we continued to capture her wonder.


As if games with Simon, wild stop and go antics and leaping frogs were not enough to “lasso your heart” surely the dainty girl who dipped with elation to clutch a multitude of tiny colored flowers would. She would pause if for a moment, sniff their perfume and skip away lightheartedly to her final cruise aboard a magical carousel.

Meandering through games of make-believe was draining. All too effortlessly to break from, though it was evident that to this darling little one playtime was exceptionally engrossing. Just then as captivation filled her eyes I immediately distinguished what set this one-year-wiser Aubree apart from her two-year-old self, it was the control in those eyes that easily delivered a variety of expressions more-so today.

We absolutely loved getting to play with you once again Miss Aubree and hope that this becomes a tradition as it’s a pleasure capturing your magnetism for your family and friends. Thank you Mom and Dad for being our first return clients!!

For even more images of Aubree make sure to visit her Facebook album.

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can i get a WOOF WOOF.

October 22nd, 2012

I know, I know… we have been terrible trying to keep up with this blog. There are a few faces and some beautiful stories missing from these pages and I promise that we are making an effort to get them up here, but for now, I give you a few personal photographs featuring my favorite […]

 

I know, I know… we have been terrible trying to keep up with this blog. There are a few faces and some beautiful stories missing from these pages and I promise that we are making an effort to get them up here, but for now, I give you a few personal photographs featuring my favorite paw-baby(s).

Everyone meet Shyla [black lab] and Gator [the one in the Gator jersey]. These two have many things in common:

1. They both love to snuggle up beside you on the couch
2. They both have an obsession with toys, and they don’t like to share
3. They both have birthdays in October

This last fact is something I just discovered a week ago. I have ALWAYS wanted to throw a doggy-birthday party for my Shyla ever since we adopted her…that was 5 years ago. So this year, after finding out that there was another fur buddy with the same month of birth, I decided I was going to do it. My sister, who is the Mommy of Gator, was 100% supportive of this idea. And their fathers? Well they go along with anything we ladies suggest.

Now, I don’t know about you all’s pets, but mine does not allow me to dress her up for very long. She will go along with it til she gets her treats and then it is a game of how quickly can she get the clothing off. But Gator, he is all about this jeresey. He wore those blue and orange colors with pride! My sister pinned a cute note about the importance of her baby to the back of his shirt for the occassion.

Here is Shyla. She is so beautiful and yet every time I take her picture she gives me a sad “Eeyore” face. This is actually one of her better portraits. There are her proud parents to the right, so sad to see another year has passed and so thankful that we have this pup in our lives.

Now let the party commence! It was nothing too exciting for us humans, but all the dogs knew that tonight was going to be full of treats. I found a peanut butter and carrot cake recipe and made favors filled with Scooby-Snacks. Of course there was singing and candles and birthday hats for all. It was definitely a fun evening and very simple to do. I would recommend this for everyone who loves their pups to try one year…if not every! [And one last note…case in point on the “Eeyore face” with Shyla and her birthday candle.] Hope you all enjoy and Happy Fall!

-Ashley

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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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the Ocean’s Calling.

April 14th, 2012

It was a gustful and gloomy morning. Hardly any tourists left the comfort of their hotel rooms to embark on an adventure in the sand. The beaches held only lifeguards and our small group. Cameron came teetering down the shore line, apprehension of the day’s activities was never seen in his eyes. As past experiences […]

 

It was a gustful and gloomy morning. Hardly any tourists left the comfort of their hotel rooms to embark on an adventure in the sand. The beaches held only lifeguards and our small group. Cameron came teetering down the shore line, apprehension of the day’s activities was never seen in his eyes. As past experiences had taught us, most toddlers did not care for harsh environments. We were so thrilled to be proven wrong by Cameron. He loved the small wind storm we were experiencing! Even as the sand whipped against his soft skin he simply sat and played with all his brightly colored toys.

His bright blue eyes played well against the stormy sky. He sat and was immediately lost in his imaginary play-world. A call of his name would pull him from his thoughts and lock his intense gaze upon our lenses, but it was the quiet moments that struck at your emotional chords.

We encouraged Cameron to explore his surroundings. The ocean was calling his name and he had yet to venture to it. As if he had suddenly noticed this huge entity of water he took off from his perch and raced towards the shoreline.

The ocean is seemingly an uncomprehensible thing.

As you may imagine, the magic of the unknown world before him seemed to coax Cameron further to its lips. A fun scoop from the edge brought him back to play underneath the pier. A game of animals sounds was invoked to try and sway Cameron’s mind from the ocean’s grasp. His giggles and cries of excitement during this moment portrayed so sweetly on film.

Thank you Lindsay and John for all of your help to capture these incredible shots of Cameron. We greatly enjoyed getting to know him and can’t wait to see you all again! For more pictures of Cameron’s beach adventure visit our Facebook Album!

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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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the Loveliest of them All.

March 17th, 2012

It was early when Jacqueline and I finally climbed out of our beds. It was a Saturday morning, a holiday for the Irish, and we were on our way to meet the cutest little family, in a forgotten part of Fort Lauderdale. As we are not as familiar with the one-way streets and parking garages […]

 

It was early when Jacqueline and I finally climbed out of our beds. It was a Saturday morning, a holiday for the Irish, and we were on our way to meet the cutest little family, in a forgotten part of Fort Lauderdale. As we are not as familiar with the one-way streets and parking garages in the area we arrived earlier than our clients. We scoped out the surrounding buildings and landscapes for the perfect backdrops for this adventuresome trio. And then we met Mister C. Beautiful baby boy with his tiny curls and light eyes! He was more than willing to share smiles and coos with his new lady photography friends! As we strolled to our first location, we excitedly chatted with the new mom and dad about how life was going and what their journey had been like thus far.

We started in a grassy nook with the sun nicely hidden behind a small building and had mom and dad interact with their little man. All three were a natural and it wasn’t long before the initial trepidations had slipped away and everyone was catering to the entertainment needs of “C”. Mom came armed with the usual arsenal of toys and even a favorite ring tone, but it was the sound of a familiar song that evoked the most response from baby C. The Unicorn Song…this title was alien to Jacquie and I and we weren’t accustomed to any of the lyrics…but the reaction we recieved from little baby C was one we were most certainly looking for. His attention shot straight to us, his eyes bright while he delightfully clapped his hands.

The artistic picture we were aiming to accomplish took a few tries. “C” was not one to stray too far from the strong and protective arms of his dad or the loving and nurturing hands of his mother. We would attempt to distract baby C from his whereabouts, but our exertion was eventually met with the bottom side and striped pants of our smallest subject crawling faithfully towards the waiting spot of his parents. :)

Every family has a story and every story has an author. There are many instances and specific items that may beckon us to recall the significance of a larger moment. The days before little C entered the world, a Great-Grandmother sat wondering what her future great-grandson would look like, what the world would be like as he grew up, and how she could perhaps stay a part of his life long after her time had passed. An heirloom was the token she decided to create…and oh what a magnificent blanket it turned out to be. Bright in colors with two uniquely patterned sides, and a monogram to remind him of his beginnings. Very few of us will be blessed with such a gift and precious C was one of the lucky ones. And although his bottom did not want to stay seated, he joyfully played on his treasured blanket while mom and dad looked on.

Oh the faces one can make! I believe as adults we forget that there are in fact an abundance of facial expressions that we can put forth to the world and bookmark on film. As life has yet to teach him any different, baby C was not aware that a family portrait requires eye contact and a smile…but we believe that it is these tiny details that will forever embellish your images and captivate whomever opens your family album, looking through the days before life spelled out all the rules.

As with any small being, fatigue often sets in after a highly stimulating experience. The smiles were still easy to extract but they required even more entertainment. Swinging in between his parents was the ticket to the last set of images. Little “C” stuck with us and gave us those gummy smiles and expressions once more as we pushed him to his limit. This last image was one of my favorites. It just makes you smile and want to know all his secret thoughts.

We would like to thank the McAuley’s for taking time out of your busy lives, and for sharing a beautiful Satruday morning with us! We greatly enjoyed our session with you all and can’t wait to see how much little “C” has grown!

For more pictures and information on this session visit our Facebook Page.

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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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Dana & Chris | Bradenton Beach, FL | Wedding Photography

February 11th, 2012

Warm air, crisp sea breeze, sunshine filled day while relaxing on the sandy shore in front of your favorite beach hide-away. That is how most people dream of our beloved Florida; it is the perfect setting for any beach wedding. How unfortunate Dana and Chris were, when they awoke Saturday morning only to find heavy […]

 

Warm air, crisp sea breeze, sunshine filled day while relaxing on the sandy shore in front of your favorite beach hide-away. That is how most people dream of our beloved Florida; it is the perfect setting for any beach wedding. How unfortunate Dana and Chris were, when they awoke Saturday morning only to find heavy storms and wind were in the forecast. We soon found that this omen could be one of luck instead of misfortune! According to the mother of the bride, bad weather was an issue at her wedding and her eldest daughter’s as well. We took this as a sign that this marriage would be just as long and loving as the brides’ of the family’s past. Although stress levels were a little higher than what everyone would have liked for them to be, the bride and groom simply focused on this being the day they would celebrate their love with their friends and family… and it didn’t matter if they had a sunset beach wedding or not.

The love was felt in every word and touch during the ceremony. The winds swept through the crowd and through the sheer fabric of the bridal party’s dresses but watching Chris and Dana truly warmed your hearts.

Congratulations Chris & Dana! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of this spectacular day! We truly appreciate your love and support! Happy Wedding Day!