Catherine & Adam’s Classic Longboat Key Wedding

Catherine and Adam are a quiet couple who’s unique brand of fun personality sneaks up on you. The same was true for their elegantly understated wedding with a touch of classic Old Florida glamour. The day began at the Longboat Key club, where the Sarasota sunshine fills every room, and the balconies have beautiful views of the gulf’s white sand and blue waters. The traditional ceremony took place at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, and a ride on the trolley took guests to the Longboat Key Resort for the reception. The resort boasts the best of both worlds, with a large expanse of trees dripping with Spanish moss, backing up to a small sandy beach with palm trees and a gorgeous view.  The best part of the day was watching the bride and groom, who up until that point had been rather reserved, let loose and dance their hearts out with their friends and family. A horse head even made an appearance. Apparently this is an inside joke among friends that we were not in on, but it was fun to watch. It was such an honor to be part of this amazing day.

Second Photographer: Michael Zawadzki / Planner: Swanky Soiree / Reception Venue: Harbourside Ballroom & Terrace at Longboat Key Club / Florals: Beneva Flowers / Cake: Cakes by Ron / Hair & Makeup: Eri Vincent / Transportation: SRQ Trolley /& Primetime Limousines



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Holiday portraits already? Yup! It’s that time of year, friends! Everyone knows how crazy busy everything gets as soon as Thanksgiving arrives, and no one likes the stress of wondering if their Holiday Cards will get out on time. Let’s be honest, if you are sending out cards at all you are totally WINNING AT LIFE. So grab one of the five sessions I have opened up for booking and cross one thing off your list early! There will be several locations available: Palma Sola Botanical Park, The Celery Fields, Coquina Beach, and more to be added later. Let’s talk a little bit about these sessions.

I have chosen to offer what amounts to an abbreviated version of my regular sessions (rather than mini sessions) for a few reasons:

  1. TIME & CONNECTION: In my experience, it takes about ten minutes for my clients to really warm up to the camera. It can take a few minutes to calm a nervous child, or convince a strong willed toddler to have fun and smile. It takes a little time to connect with clients, and that is what makes photos really shine. I’d rather not rush.
  2. VALUE: Rather than a themed set-up that may be super fun for the holidays but would not get a prime spot on your wall year round, your family portraits will be timeless and can be displayed in your home in every season. You can still have a festive holiday card by selecting a design with lots of holiday color and artwork.
  3. LIGHTING: Mini Sessions are usually full days of back to back short sessions. What this means is that only a handful of families will be photographed during the best light of the day. I have eliminated that problem by only shooting two sessions at a time, both during golden hour.

To add even more value to your holiday photos, the first five families to book their session will receive $200 off an additional session later in the year (this will cover the whole session fee). Want photos for Mother’s or Father’s Day? Baby turning One? Pregnant? Here you go! You can also gift this $200 value to a friend or loved one.



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Surprise Proposal – The Oxford Exchange

A few months ago, I had the honor of photographing the wedding of a lovely couple who had equally lovely wedding attendants. One day, following the wedding, I received an email inquiry from John. He was planning a surprise proposal for his girlfriend, Rachel (who was in the wedding), and wanted me to stealthily photograph it. I was sad I couldn’t be there myself because I was already booked for a wedding that day, but that’s when having a wonderful team comes in. I knew Mike would do a wonderful job, and that he loves the fun of hiding like the paparazzi.  When I found out what John had planned, I was so excited. John had a custom book made, which Mike planted on a table at The Oxford Exchange in Tampa. He brought Rachel there under false pretenses and then they “found” the book together, which led into John dropping to his knee and asking Rachel to be his wife. The expression on her face was absolutely priceless, and the love and laughter that fills their relationship truly shines through in these images. Congratulations, John and Rachel! Well done!

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Naomi – Venice Modeling Session

Fourteen year old Naomi (yes, she is really 14!) and her mom recently relocated from Pennsylvania to Venice, Florida. They have been enjoying warm walks to the beach and Naomi has joined the cheerleading team at her new school. The house Naomi’s mom purchased is a very retro 70’s style Florida home which is about to be remodeled, and we decided to take advantage of that and shoot a little before we left for downtown Venice and the beach. The results were really fun. It was hard to believe that this was Naomi’s first time modeling for a professional. She did an amazing job, and soon she will be modeling for Kapri Couture’s fall line. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for her.


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Alicia and Brian’s Romantic Historic Estate Wedding

Alicia and Brian’s love started slowly and grew into something beautiful. Seeing their wedding day unfold, I could’t help but feel that it mirrored their relationship. Sweet, fun, and relaxed. The Edson Keith Mansion at Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota, Florida was the perfect venue choice. Anastasia did a wonderful job directing the day. The soft color palette beautifully complimented the soft pinks and blushes Alicia chose for her bridesmaids. Alicia’s dress (J.Crew Wedding)  was simple, sweet and romantic. Her loose blonde curls were gorgeous and her bold red lips were a pleasant surprise, lending a pop of vintage glamour. Kelly Anne Makeup came through as always, with impeccable hair and makeup. North Port Natural Florist executed Alicia’s vision perfectly, with a very English garden look. The ceremony took place a little on the early side, so I snuck the couple away from the reception for some golden hour portraits. That few minutes away was so worth it, as we were blessed with the most incredible glowing light in the rose garden and a soft sunset on the dock.

I have never shared a bride’s response to her photos on the blog before, but in this case I feel compelled to do so. I immediately began to tear up as I read this from Alicia last night: “I just got finished looking at all of these. First of all – OMG! I cannot even tell you how absolutely beautiful they are. I just spent over 30 minutes sobbing over these photos. They are so incredibly amazing and captured our day perfectly. You are so so so very talented. I just can’t even type right now because I’m so insanely excited and happy. We could not have chosen a better photographer for our most special day. Thank you for being amazing. We so appreciate you!” And this is why I love my job! This is what it’s all about.


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