Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Bridal Session

I did a bridal session with Jennifer for her upcoming February wedding last weekend at the Marriott Waterside in Tampa. We got so many great shots, I could hardly narrow it down for this blog posting, so you'll find lots of favorites below. The weather was perfect, clear blue skies and breezy, we couldn't have asked for anything better! Jennifer is definitely one of the most beautiful brides I think I've ever seen. Some people are just born to be a bride and the role suits her amazingly well. She is truly striking. Sensational! Stunning! These all come to mind. I can't wait to shoot the big day! See you guys in a month!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Family Session with the McBrides

I did a holiday session with the McBride sisters back in October, but I had the pleasure of working with this awesome family once again. Robin's mom, Boo, was turning 80 and what she really wanted was some updated family photos. So, we took advantage of the entire family being together in one place for the holidays and shot a family session on December 21st at the family river house at Rainbow River. Sir, (Boo's husband) and Boo make a gorgeous couple. Most of us can only dream of looking this good in our later years. They are just beautiful together. Actually, this is a family of lookers! Everyone was so natural in front of the camera and we were able to capture some wonderful, natural family photos. Thanks to everyone for letting me share the afternoon with you and I hope you had fabulous holidays! Check out some of my favorite images from their session.

Session with Lee Cockerell

I recently did an executive session with Lee Cockerell, author of Creating Magic - 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies From A Life At Disney. Strayer University is publishing an interview with Lee in their internal publicaion, Scholar Magazine, and needed photos to accompany the article. I actually used to work for Strayer Education (holding company of Strayer University) a few years ago, so an old colleague called me up when she had a need for a photographer in my area. We shot the session at the Grand Floridian Resort and found some great lighting. Check out my favorite images from the shoot. And check out Lee's book at the link above!

Baby Tyler

I had the pleasure of shooting baby Tyler and his mom, Andrea, on December 11th before the holiday madness truly set in. Talk about baby blues, this boy has them, no question! Tyler was a little out of sorts due to his travel schedule from up North, but we managed to get him smiling and laughing eventually. His momma had a knack for making this little guy smile! He had to take a couple catnaps in between shots, but poor Andrea.......Tyler will really only nap if he's being rocked by momma. I'm sure lots of moms can relate to this. But patience with the little ones always pays off. Check out a couple of my faves from Tyler's session below.

Christmas 2008

Christmas is always great when its filled with friends and family, no matter how hectic it can get. We had a wonderful holiday, starting with our traditional Christmas Eve dinner at our house, followed by a birthday celebration and a visit from our good friends, Rob and Maria, from D.C. My sister-in-law and I share the same birthday, born in the same year, born hours apart, so we always celebrate together the day after Christmas. Our actual birthday is on December 27th. Our totally awesome friends from D.C. came to visit a few days after Christmas and stayed through New Year's. We made a trip up to Gainesville and they brought their gorgeous puppy, conveniently named Gator, and stopped into the old stomping ground, the Swamp (Gator stadium), to make a few really fun pics. We followed that up with a few beers on the patio at the "other Swamp" on a completely perfect winter day.

We'll start with a handful of pics from Christmas Eve. I always make the Barefoot Contessa's Beef Bourguignon, its an amazing recipe! Dessert was a Dark Chocolate Tart with Gingersnap Crust and Crystallized Ginger. DELISH!

Next up was the Birthday celebration! Amaretto mousse cake was divine!

Rob, Maria and Gator girl taking in the great light at the Swamp! Take notice of the orange and blue reflected in Gator's eyes, perfect for a true Gator fan!

Maria and I bask in the awesome crisp winter weather, check out the skies above!

Thanksgiving 2008

I'm just now getting caught up on blogging since THANKSGIVING! As some of you might know, I'm a serious cook and I LOVE entertaining, so we hosted Thanksgiving this year at our house. Everything was delicious, the fall weather was perfect and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. What else can a host ask for?!! Here is a little snippet of our Thanksgiving day as well as our ladies lunch the following day.
My mom and I after lunch, great light!
Me and my mother and sister-in-law-to-be after lunch.

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