Archive for 2013

Summers’ Winter. | Holiday Mini Session | Tallahassee, FL

November 23rd, 2013

Welcome back our faithful followers! It has been such a long time since we last typed away on our blog. We have determined to make 2014 the year for us to reconnect with you via this medium. Unfortunately, we do have A LOT of story telling to do, so in no particular order (unless you […]

 

Welcome back our faithful followers! It has been such a long time since we last typed away on our blog. We have determined to make 2014 the year for us to reconnect with you via this medium. Unfortunately, we do have A LOT of story telling to do, so in no particular order (unless you ask for your story to be told next) we will try to catch up on a year’s worth of writing. Now for Summers’ Winter…

Northern Florida has long been considered part of it’s neighboring states, due to the different change in climate from its Southern brethren and that most folks around here have more of an accent. The oak laiden roadways and the visual change of seasons, is one of the countless reasons I love this area. Jackson and Nikki have a charming, newly bought house, which they have quickly turned into their loving home. Its nestled on a quiet street and surrounded by a shady grove of trees. It is to no wonder why they chose to have their Christmas photos taken in this charming place.

Christmas is Jackson’s favorite holiday. FAVORITE. Their home was transformed into a spectacle of colored lights, wreaths, and garland. Stockings were hung, poinsettias were placed, and the tree stood bold and proud. As an added touch, these two lovebirds drank hot cocoa in their mason jar glasses topped with a heavy dose of whipped cream. They playful enjoyed their beverages, hardly noticing we were in the room at all.

Nikki and Jackson radiate light. Their home is filled with laughter and love. The genuine gestures and beautiful embraces wrap around you as you watch them. It makes you smile and yearn for more.

This home would not be complete without a four-legged companion–or three! A family of 5 includes the adorable, Maggie, Duke, and Bully. Bully is quite the charmer, with his facial antics and cuddling capabilities. He took complete advantage of the empty chair and curled up next to the fireplace.

L to R: Bully, Maggie & Duke

Meet me under the mistletoe,
Midnight Christmas Eve
Your sweet kiss is the first gift
I’d like to receive.

Snuggles under the blanket, to keep us warm outside. This unpredictable weather may even bring a surprise! Look up! Look up! And there, right there; snowflakes travel down to grace the excited flesh of those all around.

Inside we went to get out of the cold. Pajamas and a movie in bed never sounded so fun. And it wasn’t just the two-legged beings, but the entire family up on the bed to enjoy this remarkable Saturday.

Thank you Nikki and Jackson for opening up your home to us and so graciously allowing us to capture your family during one of the best holidays of the year. We had so much fun entertaining the pups and playing in the “snow!” Looking through the images you would never know that it was actually 80+ degrees outside. 😀 Enjoy these memories.

Love, Ashley & Jacqueline

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the family that plays together. | Maternity Photography | Fort Lauderdale, FL

November 17th, 2013

Oh how time does seem to zip right past us. It has been about a year and a half since we last saw this beautiful family. Little Colin was only crawling at that time. Fast forward — and boy has he grown! He was just as sweet as the day we first met him, a […]

 

Oh how time does seem to zip right past us. It has been about a year and a half since we last saw this beautiful family. Little Colin was only crawling at that time. Fast forward — and boy has he grown! He was just as sweet as the day we first met him, a little shy but he quickly emerged from his shell. And not only has he turned into a handsome young man, but there is a little “Miss C” on the way to join this lovely family.

Although the season of fall was upon us, the temperature was still quite warm and the trees still exuded their lush green boughs. We first gathered underneath the enormous Banyan tree that shaded a small meadow which harbored many a picnic at the park. Colin was a bit timid and was not entirely sure who we were or what Mom and Dad had signed him up for. A few swings in the air and a shoulder ride from Pops lightened the mood and put him in a decidedly cheerful frame of mind. He started talking and walking around, politely asking if he could play on the swing set…such a gentleman.

Big Brother! YES!

The family brought these oh-so-tiny embellishments that they planned to adorn little Chloe with. Her tiny shoes with the protective father and big brother in the background simply melts my heart.


My dearest little sister, whom I adore…
God blessed me with you, forevermore.

Side by side, we will always be…
Through tears and heartache, I will never leave.

Through life’s trials we will work them out together…
What I am trying to say is I will love you forever.

We simply love our dads! Dads are the ones we wrestle with, tumble with, play with, run around and fall with. They inspire us to grow big and strong and in rare quiet moments, they teach us about right and wrong.

Miss Katie, you are glowing; such a gorgeous mommy-to-be. The colors and the wind played their parts beautifully that day.

Thank you so much for allowing us to capture this special time in your lives. We love watching you go from a family of 3 to a family of 4. These sweet memories will stay close to our hearts, but we absolutely cannot wait to meet Miss Chloe. Countdown til summer 2014…!

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September 2013 Photo-a-Day Challenge | Wedding Theme

August 20th, 2013

We have had such a fun time these past few weeks as we search for and create these ideal photographic moments inspired by a random word generated by The Idea Room‘s monthly photo-a-day challenge. We have received wonderful feedback from fans and have been able to reach amazing new people around the globe! To commemorate […]

 

We have had such a fun time these past few weeks as we search for and create these ideal photographic moments inspired by a random word generated by The Idea Room‘s monthly photo-a-day challenge. We have received wonderful feedback from fans and have been able to reach amazing new people around the globe!

To commemorate the 2nd busiest time for weddings (especially here in Florida) we have decided to create our own photo challenge surrounding one of our favorite romantic moments…marriage. We want you all to play along with us, using your own wedding images, or if you are a fellow photographer share some of your favorite correlating pictures with us and the world! We will be sharing these images on Instagram and ask that anyone who would like to play add the hashtag #slweddingchallenge to your photos so that we may all ooh and ahh! :)

We will not be sharing to Facebook this month so if you would like to stay in the loop make sure to follow along @solisluxphoto on Instagram. We love connecting with our followers and enjoy seeing the amazing photographs from every one of you! So break out the wedding discs or pull out the camera and participate in the Solislux Wedding Challenge!

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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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neverland of sleep.

June 18th, 2013

It is rare to be greeted by a client whom hardly senses you near; one so enveloped by an idyllic slumber that their lashes hardly twitch as a cuff unbounds their wrist. Even detaching a cap and pilfering a binky proved no more meddling for her than the four crafty teenagers who ride around in […]

 

It is rare to be greeted by a client whom hardly senses you near; one so enveloped by an idyllic slumber that their lashes hardly twitch as a cuff unbounds their wrist. Even detaching a cap and pilfering a binky proved no more meddling for her than the four crafty teenagers who ride around in the Mystery Machine. Try as I must to stimulate, tranquil and laid-back Madison Quinn was the type of client which newborn photographers dream of, one who scarcely stirred without so much as a murmur.

Like us, infants shift through the same cycles of sleep yet unlike us they expend a whopping 50% of their slumber in REM sleep; with premature babies that progressively increases to about 80%. Yet observing the peaceful uncontrolled twitches of muscles in limbs discovering stretches or witnessing lonesome suckling lips which have long since seized to feed, always leave you in wonder. For surely that newly developing, pint-sized mind is in a realm where adventures are not far between and created only in the cognizance of one so innocent and captivating.

For surely you must believe, as confidently as I, that there’s a soothing place which triggered Madison’s chest to rise and fall with each substantial gulp. That it too heightened her state of alertness so that she sporadically released a hefty sigh; this hypnotizing place was nothing less than the neverland of sleep. Now lolling here at a tender five days old, this sweetheart became seasoned in an impeccable taste of folk artists which only drew her in, deeper.

I’d imagined this feline reverie began much like the exercise of counting sheep. The rhythmic capering of silly kittens in every shade of the rainbow could certainly be fancied as the motivation behind her omniscient smile. Here they would tumble into a wooly field of blue as wee Madison outstretched her tiny creased fingers to entice a terrific snuggle-fest while she yielded into their velvety furs.

Still could it be that her heart was further charmed when galloping bareback on a handsome steed? Adventure is unhindered when the weightiest obstacle in her trail was merely the billowing wind over her newborn pixie cut. Because somewhere in every little girl’s genetic makeup there is a predisposition to perceive allure in any and all majestic creatures.

Be it the inquisitive owl cap which ultimately, formally introduced beautiful Madison Quinn to me. Even succumbed to a slight touch of the cold she was ever still an unruffled dream with gentle, skimming blue-grey peepers.

I must digress though, that however reasonably convincing she had been it’s a known fact that babies are dreamless for a handful of their first years in life. Nevertheless, my idealistic convictions propel me in appreciating the illustrious interpretations behind every photograph. Especially those eluding into the blissful and magical slumberland.

I absolutely loved getting to capture you Miss Madison and hope that we get more opportunities to watch you grow and blossom. Thank you Mom for being so receptive and entrusting me with your little angel!!

For even more images of Madison LIKE US on Facebook and peruse her album.

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planes, trains, and automobiles.

June 17th, 2013

It seems little girls tend to dominate our blog posts as of late, but today we are thrilled to share the play date we had with two handsome brothers, Jake & Luke. Boys interact with you much differently than girls! The need to constantly be moving and doing seems to be built into their genes. […]

 

It seems little girls tend to dominate our blog posts as of late, but today we are thrilled to share the play date we had with two handsome brothers, Jake & Luke. Boys interact with you much differently than girls! The need to constantly be moving and doing seems to be built into their genes. Mom and Dad were quite the amazing duo as they seemed to have a magical ability for entertaining the kids while focusing on the cameras.

We met in downtown Baldwin Park where we walked the neighborhood exploring different spots. Jake was running this way and that, asking questions and naming the color of cars as they went by. Luke happily sat on his mother’s hip watching his older brother scurry about.

What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails,
That’s what little boys are made of.

These two didn’t even know what the other was doing, they both just thought their mom and dad needed to have a tiny hand exploring their face. So inquisitive these brothers!

Gorgeous Family Photograph!

This was such a fun moment to capture. Jake went into such a giggle fit as his dad held him upside down. His laughter captivated the entire family sending genuine smiles to each of their faces.

Towards the end of our session, tired babes met with frustration, and as we pushed to get a final location we were met with defeat. Although this image makes me laugh every time! Little Brother starts to cry, followed by Big Brother. Little brother looks in puzzlement to his Big brother wondering what he’s crying about. Click goes the camera.

Thank you so much Showalters! We cannot tell you how much we enjoyed spending time with you all and getting to know the boys. We sincerely look forward to working with you again. If you would like to see even more images, Like us on Facebook and breeze through the album.

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Griffin Wedding | Honey Lake Plantation | Greenville, FL

June 14th, 2013

Our sweet bride Amanda holds a special place in my heart. She and I were best friends in high school; the kind that kept all your secrets, never once talked behind your back, and always gave you good advice even if she knew it would upset you. The type of friend who becomes family. This […]

 

Our sweet bride Amanda holds a special place in my heart. She and I were best friends in high school; the kind that kept all your secrets, never once talked behind your back, and always gave you good advice even if she knew it would upset you. The type of friend who becomes family. This comes as no surprise as the loved ones who surrounded Amanda taught the same loving and caring characteristics as she bestowed upon me.

I remember the first time I had heard the name Stephen. As any good friend does, I immediately put my Defense cap on and wanted to know all things relating to this new beau. Our first introduction put me at ease. He was sweet and kind, ambitious and family oriented. Everything I could hope for for my best friend. I knew Amanda and he would be a magnificent match.

Fast forward many years, and we are attending this beautiful celebration in honor of these two lovebirds. The day was filled with such joy and happiness. Traditions were reverently honored as family jewels and trinkets were placed on the bride. Even the silver flower that sat in her hair was a tradition inspired by the generations who went before her.

Her tiny niece sits atop the bed watching the commotion and the transformation of a fiancé to a bride.

Amanda’s great-grandmother wanted a peek at the bride in her chambers. Her expression reminds me of a child seeing the tree on Christmas morning; filled with such wonder and awe.

To my daughter on her wedding day
There will be a time when my thoughts wonder far away
And just for a moment I will see
My little girl as you used to be.

We went deep into the man cave to capture these handsome men donning their finest. And when I say man cave, I mean legitimate Man Cave. Gorgeous wood flanked the walls, mounts were elegantly placed, and a coffee table made with an alligator complimented the room. Stephen was his ever calm self with his father and brother by his side smoothing and tucking his suit. Amanda’s younger brothers were valiantly attempting to puzzle out the complex tie situation. Even Mr. Guthrie seemed to be handling the fact that his little girl was becoming a Mrs. in a few hours. All was merry and if nerves were felt they were not showing.

Here comes the bride.

This photo always puts the song The Boys are Back in Town in my head. Always. And I have seen this photo quite a few times. :)

As with every wedding, the day seems to evaporate and the last song is coming through the speakers. One last slow dance; one last minute to try and sear all the wonderful promises and kind wishes into your mind. One last look at your gorgeous bride or handsome groom. A final moment before your life as husband and wife officially starts.

Farewell Stephen and Amanda! May you live happily ever after! We know such wonderful things are in store for you and your family. Thank you for allowing us to capture this magnificient moment and for trusting us so completely. Stay loving and kind and, Stephen, take care of my girl! 😉

For more images of this great day like our Facebook page and scroll through The Griffin album.

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toddle to and fro.

June 12th, 2013

This adorable bundle of deliciousness is Angelique. Her birthday is right around the corner and she is here sharing her absolute preciousness with us…generously. Follow along with us if you cannot resist her darling charms and spend a few moments watching this little one toddle about. Kisses for Grandma. A toddling little girl is a […]

 

This adorable bundle of deliciousness is Angelique. Her birthday is right around the corner and she is here sharing her absolute preciousness with us…generously. Follow along with us if you cannot resist her darling charms and spend a few moments watching this little one toddle about.

Kisses for Grandma.

A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.    -George Eliot

After scrolling through these images I am sure you are curious to Miss Angelique’s age. She is 1 year old. So grown up already isn’t she! With all her expressions and willingness to explore the world, you would think she was on her way to college. 😉 Not once did this little one fuss while we rapidly changed her outfit. Not once did she cry in frustration when she did not understand why she was having to ‘sit here’ and ‘stand there.’ She was an absolute joy to photograph.


Thank you for playing with us for an afternoon. We could not help but fall in love with your precious face. We can’t wait for our next adventure and to see how much you have grown!

For even more images please become a fan on Facebook and explore Angelique’s album.