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THE SUNNY SIDE. | FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY | PARKLAND, FL.

October 22nd, 2014

We anticipated showers, grey ominous cloudy skies and the high possibility of yet another session rescheduled. When living in Florida and arranging shoots in the spring or summer months the inevitable daily rains with their billowing trees cause even all of your backup plans from proceeding as normal. Preparations for these unexpected interruptions are not […]

 

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We anticipated showers, grey ominous cloudy skies and the high possibility of yet another session rescheduled. When living in Florida and arranging shoots in the spring or summer months the inevitable daily rains with their billowing trees cause even all of your backup plans from proceeding as normal. Preparations for these unexpected interruptions are not easy, however our sunshine state is also notorious for grand and beautiful clearings minutes after storms relocate and for that we are grateful.

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The McAuley’s have been the epitome of flexible this year with rainstorms greeting their session dates time and again. While alternative indoor ‘game plans’ were always considered, often times our summer showers generously blanket vast areas in such abysmal darkness that natural ambient light is deficient inside.

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All things considered, plus a day of anxious weather report scrutiny, we disregarded the ‘wet’ hearsays and anticipated passing sprinkles with enough time to capture everything this beautiful family desired. For when the clouds brew, equip yourself with shielding umbrellas, travel lightly and pack a mighty positive attitude. And while the grasses were damp, the air moist and the layer of humidity stifling we were greeted with the sunniest of faces!

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We have been photographing this lovely family since Colin was a wee babe (here and here), but our charismatic little buddy, now ever more vocal, brought along his baby sister and what an exciting introduction that was for us! During the entirety of our session, little miss C’s sparkling blue eyes intensely focused on examining her surroundings and our strange new faces. There was something so precious about her matter-of-fact personality and boy did she force us to work hard for her smiles!

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Our short time spent capturing this wonderful family is always so enjoyable, as their laid-back personalities really allow us to celebrate their bond and sweet moments as a newly composed team of four. Documenting their comfort together really inspires you and then as if with the turn of a switch their perfect, camera-ready smiles just grab you!

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Understand that every family’s “perfect photo” is unlike the family before and always uniquely crafted. Rain or shine, our approach may always be similar nevertheless it is the charisma and beaming personalities of our incredible clients that direct how a session will conclude.

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This coordinated foursome, proven time and again, has mastered just how to keep on the sunny side of things with their ever brilliant adoration, composure and talent to work our cameras! Clouds may bend, darken and break but you’ll have to walk on by storms because luckily we know the grass is always greener

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A huge thank you goes out to the fabulous and beautiful McAuley family for yet again allowing us the luxury to capture your growing family!

For more adorable snapshots not seen here, be sure to visit our Facebook Fanpage under Timeline Photos.

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complementary. | Engagement Photography | Parkland, Fl.

August 6th, 2014

If you know John the way I do, he was always a popular ‘kid’ with friends of many avenues surrounding him. I will spare you all of his wonderful qualities since there are too many to dispel, but I will admit that he is one of the most considerate and sincere guys you will ever […]

 

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If you know John the way I do, he was always a popular ‘kid’ with friends of many avenues surrounding him. I will spare you all of his wonderful qualities since there are too many to dispel, but I will admit that he is one of the most considerate and sincere guys you will ever meet. I can guarantee it. My husband and I are so fortunate to have made a lifelong friend out of our childhood comrade who was and still is both loyal and kind with a grand touch of respectfulness and polish.

Naturally, we became vested in his life (he was one of our groomsmen) and the softhearted, beautiful flaxen lady he introduced to us before our wedding day several years ago. Instantaneously you could see that together John and Lindsay both contributed a beautiful peacefulness and radiance that complemented each other. Where one was sweet the other was tender, where one was shy the other was gently amiable and though they were uniquely different they were so supportive of the whole.

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Reciprocal encouragement, appreciation, patience and love are so evident in the way John and Lindsay relay their adoration. Having had some years to witness their love grow and flourish, we’ve been lucky enough to observe that this recipe of theirs just works. And I have no doubts that in their presence you too would feel that ever-sweet comfort and inspiration. Being bystanders and cheerleaders on their journey is truly wonderful as these two just tug at your heart strings. What’s more… they are incredible friends!

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“Faith makes all things possible. Hope makes all things work. Love makes all things beautiful.”

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A love like theirs, with deep roots in family (their little man was featured HERE too) and faith is not only a rare find but an uplifting one. They have made the decision that their marriage will take refuge in God where their hearts and souls can rejoice as one. Above all else that intensity and unfailing passion they share, as a foundation to their relationship, will surely enfold and bond them.

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We are so excited to witness how John and Lindsay’s love will continue to strengthen and grow in the years ahead. For, when placed with the demands of commitment, we hope that they always find happiness and never lose sight of their tender devotion to one another.

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Thank you, John and Lindsay for trusting us to photograph these amazing moments in your lives. We are truly blessed and honored to call you great friends.

You can see even more images of this amazing couple HERE.

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you make me smile. | Engagement Photography | Tallahassee, FL

July 21st, 2014

We met Michelle and Charlie as the sun was going down on an ever-so-hot summer evening in July. This couple is very special to us, as they are officially the first couple that neither Jacqueline nor myself knew either the bride or the groom before this session. Before this historic landmark in our company’s brief […]

 

We met Michelle and Charlie as the sun was going down on an ever-so-hot summer evening in July. This couple is very special to us, as they are officially the first couple that neither Jacqueline nor myself knew either the bride or the groom before this session. Before this historic landmark in our company’s brief history we have had at least a friend-of-a-friend introduction. As we love getting to know our sweet couples, we asked how these two met. Michelle replied, “We walked down the aisle together at a mutual friends’ wedding.” Jacqueline and I stole a look at one another, relaying with our eyes the mutual agreement of this romantic and truly charming introduction.

The idea for the session was to walk around downtown Tallahassee and stop here and there as we went, to capture a unique and contemporary feel for this lovely engagement session. The result is full of color and textures and such unique locations. Of course, this pales in comparison to love and endearment we see between Michelle and Charlie. I love how Charlie makes Michelle smile. In almost every image you can see this sweet smile—not only on her lips, but in her eyes as well.

As we are walking along, Michelle casually states that she may have an idea for a location, one that she had not previously relayed to us. As we waited with anxious ears, she continues, “I work at the capitol and we could use the 22nd floor if you would like.” We tried to contain our excitement, but I still think a squeal might have escaped my lips. We couldn’t believe the amazing views the tippy top of the capitol building held.

Both Michelle and Charlie graduated from FAMU–Florida A&M University. We had talked about including the campus somehow in their images but the locations didn’t fit with the style they had wanted. BUT we love how this turned out. These two high above and their alma mater far below. It could not have been more perfect.

The day was soon approaching it’s spectacular finale as we completed our circle of downtown. We absolutely adore the sweet and lovely Michelle and Charlie. We will be bringing you more amazing pictures soon…as we will be capturing their wedding day as well! Eeepp!
Thank you both so much for allowing us to photograph these amazing moments. We are truly blessed and honored.

You can see even more images of this darling couple here.

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blessed celebration. | Greek Orthodox Baptism | South Florida

July 8th, 2014

As lifestyle photographers we are invariably introduced to many religious ceremonies amongst the beautiful individuals we so dearly call our clients. We were privileged to be asked to document the baptism of little Miss Angelina in the faith of the Greek Orthodox Church. As neither Jacqueline, nor myself had bore witness to such a ceremony […]

 

As lifestyle photographers we are invariably introduced to many religious ceremonies amongst the beautiful individuals we so dearly call our clients. We were privileged to be asked to document the baptism of little Miss Angelina in the faith of the Greek Orthodox Church. As neither Jacqueline, nor myself had bore witness to such a ceremony we learned many new traditions and practices during this incredible day.

It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child; many of Angelina’s closest friends and family members were in attendance to uphold the duties in the raising of this sweet girl.

We begin by introducing you to the gorgeous façade of this beautiful church. The details in every aspect of the building were pristine, bold, and colorful. The transition from outside to in brought about the feeling of a truly Holy place.

Meet Miss Angelina.


It is all in the details. The ceiling, the baptismal candles, the book of scriptures, and the baptismal font. The baptismal candles are provided by the godparent, one large decorated candle for the ceremony and smaller white candles to be carried by the children who circle the font. The traditional decoration of a baptismal candle includes a large bow of ribbon or tulle with streamers. Each detail of this day is not without merit, as you will soon witness.


While family and friends arrive, little Lina waits patiently in her father’s arms.

And so the ceremony begins. Angelina is presented to the church in it’s entryway. Family and Godparents are surrounding her as this presentation is made. She is dressed in her pre-ceremony outfit, of which, can be any color. She will later change into her baptismal clothes which must be white and completed with socks and shoes.

A somber walk leads the parents and Godparents to the front of the church where font immersion is to take place. The priest pours oil into the cupped hands of the Godparents, who then wipe oil on the child’s body. The oiled baby is then immersed three times in the baptismal font representing Christ’s baptism, death and Resurrection.

Olive oil is poured into the oil bottle and then blessed by the priest. Any 100% pure virgin olive oil can be used for the baptism. The Holy Oil is then used by the priest to baptize the child. The priest will pour the Holy Oil into the baptismal water.

After immersion, Angelina is placed into her Godparent’s arms who hold the oil sheet to protect their clothing and absorb the Holy oil on the baby. Immediately following the baptism in the font, the priest administers a second sacrament: Chrismation, where the child receives the gift of the Holy Spirit with miron, a special oil blessed by the Ecumenical Patriarch.

A quick change into her baptismal clothes, and the lighting of the baptismal candles is next in the ritual. The dressed Lina is brought back into the church and the priest, Godparents, and baptized baby walk around the baptismal font three times.

The reading of scriptures takes place and the priest administers a third sacrament, communion, to the child.

The baptism of Angelina is complete. She is lovingly embraced by her parents and Godparent. Now the Godparent is an especially important choice. The Godparent – also known as a koumbaro (male) or koumbara (female) is responsible for the spiritual upbringing of the baptized individual. The person becomes a member of the baptized person’s family and the baptism brings about a lifelong relationship. Sweet Lina’s uncle is the blessed individual at this occasion.

A reception was held after the ceremony in honor of this oh-so-happy day! Guests were treated with boubounieres or candy favors. These are traditionally almond candy favors given to each guest after the baptism by either the godparent or the parents of the baptized child. Styles can range widely for these favors but are usually simple white, pink or blue puffs of tulle tied with a ribbon and filled with white Jordan almonds. The details and traditions of the day are simply beautiful!

Martyrika, also known as martirika, or “witness pins” – are small lapel crosses handed out at the end of the ceremony and worn by guests as proof of witnessing the baptism. The traditional pin is made of white, pink or blue ribbon and features a tiny cross or icon in the center. Angelina’s martirika were inscribed with the date of her baptism as well as the name of her Godfather.

Family and friends gather in this warm and welcoming home, complete with amazing food and sweets. Each guest takes a turn snuggling and loving on their precious Angelina.

A huge thank you goes out to the parents of Miss Angelina, Gavin and Maria, for entrusting us to capture this most sacred event. Your little Lina is so beautiful and blessed. Happy Baptism Day!

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Alma Mater.

October 2nd, 2011

This academic oasis displayed itself to me while I mused over the thoughts that this place was a familiar blip in my life’s review mirror. You can relate I’m sure with that déjà vu sensation where you’ve experienced and savored a moment or place before.  In some odd way, I felt as though my college […]

 

This academic oasis displayed itself to me while I mused over the thoughts that this place was a familiar blip in my life’s review mirror. You can relate I’m sure with that déjà vu sensation where you’ve experienced and savored a moment or place before.  In some odd way, I felt as though my college classes were calling.

There existed that expectation where paved trails leading to prodigious educational structures would be brimming with lingering students. Skateboarders zooming past, books dangling from most students and the occasional Starbucks signature cup resolutely in hand as customary for those nocturnal slackers who had spent the night cramming.


Off to the right a small pond was alluringly situated though desolate.  No carefree loungers, diligent readers or occasional musician strumming along with hipster friends bobbing in unison, could be found at its grassy lip. Here, no picnics provoked intrepid squirrels to steal edible treats and no argumentative debates from assemblies of activists carried over to my ears.

Ah well, these weren’t my old stomping grounds.



Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Katie’s mom was eager to stamp her momentous achievement onto the walls of her home. She invited me along on my first visit to exotic Florida Atlantic University where she traced her customary paths, helping me locate the ideal locations. My bewilderment at this campus’ barren landscape led Katie to reveal that quiet was somewhat conventional in commuter schools. An empty university was quite peculiar to me, but I shrugged in acceptance all the same.


Intently, we continued en route to recount her college story as she sat at a crossroads where her convinced mind thought this to be just the beginning of her educational career. Katie was well on her way to be a nutritionist though unsure if she had the heightened confidence to tackle the obstacle of post-graduate study.   All undergrads inevitably meet this fork where they are forced to redefine their focus. The professional opportunities subsist to be greater, along with the money dished and time expended but in doing so it increases the worth of higher education earned to definitively become her competitive advantage.

{Aristotle} The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.

It’s a great leap for those brave of heart and a crucial turning point in Katie’s life, like most ambitious grads. It’s quintessentially the notorious college conundrum. For me however it brought no completeness to the career I longed to pursue; the ends didn’t justify the means.


Had you been confronted with the same enigma after college?

Was your decision justified and did you find the fuel you were seeking post-graduate life?
Did attaining your master’s degree help differentiate you amongst the sea of peers?

Time will tell where this determined graduate will take her acquired knowledge thus far. Katie, we hope that you discover which avenue will further develop your acumen and place wonderful career advancement opportunities at your feet.


Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to photograph this significant moment in your life and many congratulations on your commencement!

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

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my handicap: woods and irons.

May 10th, 2010

“Golf gives you an insight into human nature, your own as well as your opponent‘s.” – Grantland Rice Every weekend is a new opportunity to explore the world with your family and friends, and try to discover something that you perhaps missed in prior days. The weekend past, was no exception, and my friends and […]

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“Golf gives you an insight into human nature, your own as well as your opponent‘s.” – Grantland Rice

Every weekend is a new opportunity to explore the world with your family and friends, and try to discover something that you perhaps missed in prior days. The weekend past, was no exception, and my friends and I tried a double date at the golf course. Of course I had to bring along the lens…always looking for an opportunity to snap a piece of time.

Golf is very soothing to me. I grew up with a dad that preferred golf resorts to beach villas, so summer vacation highlights were always getting to drive around in the cart with dad. I never did mind, it was always so much fun being allowed to drive or push the gas pedal when there were other people near. The 18 hole adventure was always so quiet, broken only by the sound of the cart engine, a water feature, or the “plomp” of the golf ball against a club. Perhaps it is these memories that enhance my experience whenever I am on a course.

On this glorious Saturday afternoon, we decided to try out the Rio Pinar Country Club. This is one of the oldest courses in Orlando, and is said to be the root of the strong growth in golf in this area. The buildings certainly did hold their era, but the course had many mature trees with manicured fairways and greens.

Golf is definitely one of those sports where, no matter how often you practice, reminders and pointers are always needed to help ease your frustration. Watching our friends Jenn and Andrew I was reminded of why patience is a virtue.

Jenn, like myself, gets frustrated when the people you are playing with hit the ball seemingly with ease, and watch it soar towards the green, whereas her ball takes off down the course with hardly any air underneath. Granted, it is no less shameful than a ball that flies high into the air, but for some reason everyone feels bad for not hitting the ball like a pro. But alas, her fiance was quite the gentleman, and quietly encouraged and guided her whenever she asked, and in no time she was giving the guys a run for their money.

The day progressed, and the 18th hole approached. Many new experiences were shared and a few lessons appreciated. For me the quiet of the course gave me strength to face a new week filled with many noises and chatter.