Historic Downtown | St. Augustine, Florida
Jennifer and Irving had their wedding at the historic Kenwood Inn. This cozy venue with beautiful victorian architecture is actually the oldest bed and breakfast in St. Augustine. Like so many wedding days, this one started with bright sunshine, bustling of getting ready and last minute touches. But what made Jennifer and Irving’s wedding a little more exciting was the fact that his parents didn’t know they were coming to a wedding.
That’s right! Irving’s only request for the wedding was to keep it a secret from his parents. The date was planned around their trip to visit from Puerto Rico, but once the hurricane hit Puerto Rico getting them here and keeping the wedding still a surprise became difficult. They almost weren’t going to be able to get off the island. That morning, I knew I wanted to capture this unique reveal without being in the way. Sam went across the street and I sat on the porch on the Kenwood Inn waiting – trying to look like any other St. Augustine tourist with a camera. When his parents arrived, they thought they were just going to a nice dinner, but were greeted by a nervous Irving. He surprised them with the good news and asked his dad to be his best man (queue the waterworks).
The rest of the day was just as sweet and full of emotion. Everyone from childhood friends to out-of-town relatives danced and shared stories about the couple. What started as a brief encounter, ended up turning into a story of absolute true love. My wish for them is that every day is full of love and laughter.
St. Augustine | Florida
The Lippo twins were born early on July 8th. Cooper was only 3lb 12oz and Wiley 2lb 12oz. After a month in the NICU, they were finally big enough to come home. We waited until the actual due date before doing their twin newborn session. I’ll be honest, it is super hard shooting newborn sessions when you are trying to get a little one to sleep. It’s even harder when you have two. Thankfully, Cooper (the cutie on the left in the basket above) and Wiley (mister peaceful on the right) were perfect. I even think they smiled at me. Even though they did great on their own, I think they preferred when they were together. These adorable little boys are fraternal twins and it’s amazing how much I see both their mom and dad in their sweet faces. I asked their mom, Kim, what her favorite part of being a mom to twin boys is and she said, “when they smile at you as they fall asleep in your arms.” Capturing the boys was a joy and I know that they have years of adventure in front of them.
Castaway Island Preserve | Jacksonville, Florida
Ashley and Travis, along with their sweet girls, Nora and Mila meet me the Castaway Island Preserve for a family mini session. I was so thankful for a nice evening without too many bugs. It’s Florida! You never know what your gonna get shooting by a marsh. If you’ve never been out to this location, I recommend it for a smaller shots where you can get a few variations in one location. The boardwalk gives great texture and you can’t miss going out and getting the tall grass and moss covered trees. It has all the charm of Jacksonville’s intercostal. I had so much fun with the Long family and look forward to future sessions as their girl grow.
Downtown | Jacksonville, Florida
I’ve known Hannah since she was five years old and have watched her grow into a beautiful young lady. When it came time to take her senior photos, I wanted them to have a cool, urban vibe. Downtown was the perfect place. It has so much character and also has a new wall mural I discovered that I was super excited about. It’s always nice to shoot in a place that holds special meaning to the person. Hannah not only worked in Hemming Plaza doing voter registration as a senior, but also enjoyed visiting the area’s museums, attending monthly art walks and visiting Chamblin’s Book Mine with her friends. She was amazing in front of the camera and I’m jealous that I can’t pull off her soft, but serious look. Hannah began attending University Florida this summer and plans to earn a degree in psychology. I am so proud of her and know that she will take on life with enthusiasm. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for her.
See Hannah’s full session HERE