Month: November, 2009
i giggled my buns off at the personal space “issues”, and at the fabulous recovery after a little bird-incident… and i loved sharing the joy between you three.
thank you, sweet friend, for setting an awesome example of what a beautiful woman looks like… and for the honor of helping your family capture this season for the leaving of your legacy.
childhood sweethearts, they had her dad’s blessing from the beginning. kim and jayme are both quiet-spirited and have that comfort level that you usually see only in older couples who know each other’s hearts inside and out. their sweet ceremony took place at northside baptist church in st. petersburg.
she had a rare combination of old-world elegance (she wore a ring that’s been in her family since civil-war-days) and youthful sense-of-humor (she hid giant monogrammed granny-panties for her groom to find before he reached the garter) and both this beautiful bride and her groom graciously greeted each guest at their beautiful holiday inn harborside reception. and can i say how happy we were to work again with our FAVORITE dj, mike caporaso, and his beautiful wife?
Not too long ago I received a call from a national organization called Trivita, and I was honored to be hired to do the photography for their cover story for this month’s magazine issue. Rough life and rough day we had (ha!) meeting Joshua and his sweet family and spending the day with him on his boat. Just had to share the cover shot (click on it to visit the webpage and full story!)
we’ve known eric and his beautiful wife brooke since before they were married. got to photograph their beautiful baby-boy, and we were so excited when we had the opportunity to capture their family portraits as a surprise for brooke’s dad. imagine my girlish GLEE when brooke’s brother called the day before the session and said something like, “are you the photographer doing our family portraits? i’d like to ask a favor. would it be okay if i surprise everyone and propose to my girlfriend during the session?” umm… let me THINK ABOUT THIS for a moment. yes, i think that would be OKAY flippin’ amazing!!! how much fun to be privy to such a cool secret. not sure who had more butterflies during the session – the photographers or the groom-to-be.
…soooo after we’ve warmed up a bit, spent some time getting some group and individual shots, we end up on those famous sand key rocks for a group shot. brandon starts mumbling about not being happy with the pose. it’s not working for him. “huh?” his whole family looks at him like he’s nuts,and then he starts digging in his pocket; drops to one knee. “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” his beautiful girl says. the family’s jaws drop. we’re all smiles. she says “of course! yes!” big kiss, we’ve all got butterflies.
we played phone tag for days, trying to squeeze a session into the crazy holiday calendar. on our chosen afternoon, we chatted off and on about the gray drizzlies of a Florida autumn. imagine my delight when mom said, “no don’t reschedule, let’s go for it!” i knew then that it was going to be a fun, laid-back session – the kind that makes for the best, sweetest images that hold memories to last for generations.
most of the time if our clients don’t start out as friends, they end up there. our style of photography is very relational, and that’s just the way we love it.
occasionally i meet a family that i really hope will become friends… there’s just something special that connects. this family hit me that way. we’d met a couple times in the homeschool community, but when i got the chance to spend a few minutes with them on a rainy afternoon, i was drawn to the quiet spirits, the gentle countenance, the ready wit, and the friendliness of mom, dad, and each of these three oh-so-cool kids.