Kayla and Phillip

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It is with honor to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Machnicki to my bloggy blog word.  Phillip and Kayla came to me about 1 month before their wedding.  They wanted to have a small ceremony on the beach with some close family and friends.  Despite the windy day, these two said their vows infront of their loved ones and never took their eyes off each other the entire time.

Please enjoy some photos to showcase their ceremony on the beach. Congratulations Phillip and Kayla.  I wish you everlasting joy and happiness.

 

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“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

30Meet Rhy, Class of 2018 graduate from Saint Leo University! Doesn’t she have the coolest name ever? Yeah, I think so, too! She is not only an absolute sweetheart, she is also funny, so kind and totally laid-back. Working with her was so much fun, it really didn’t feel like work at all. It was all play and I just love everything we captured during her incredible shoot.



Growth, patience and perseverance are the words  she described herself  while in school and on this journey.


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Rhy earned herself a Bachelors Degree in Social Work just like her friend Kendra who you remember from a couple posts back.  Take a few moments to high-five your screen and give Rhy a virtual “way to go, girl”!

 Her outfit, as you can see is a cute little dress accompanied by some good old fashion chucks!  Just love the look, Rhy! It showcases her personality as I expressed above.


Rhy’s goal in life is to further her education and obtain a Masters in Social work. She has the drive to promote social justice and fight for all those who have had their voices silenced or sadly, never got the chance to find their voice.

I thought it would be different to give my client the opportunity to give a shout out to those who have supported her during this process.  She wrote: “Shout out to my family, especially Kevin and my grandmother.  With a special shout out, in remembrance of, my Uncle Tom who showed me that a positive mindset can offset any challenge, disability, or lift struggle in front of you.”   Beautiful words, Rhy.  Prayers sent to heaven to your Uncle Tom.  



Keep up that drive, confidence, and stay close to those who love and support your decisions and you can do anything.  Rhy, I can’t thank you enough for such an amazing day! You’re the best. Look forward to more sessions in the future!

Sam, Nicole & Co.

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I just adore the family I’m blogging about today. I’m lucky enough to say I’ve been photographing them for 3 years now! I truly can’t believe how much the children have grown and changed since I first met them. Actually there were only 3 kids when I first met Sam and her wife Nicole.

Nicole “momma”, loves baking anything and everything!! And they all love eating it! I will have to remember this for the next shoot.  A photo shoot for some baked goods 😉

Sam “Mopa”- has a love for every sport! Her favorite team is the University of Tennessee!

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And, it goes without saying, Sam and Nicole have become some of my favorite return clients. It’s hard to not feel this way when their kids just light me up when I see them.  Especially my friend Kolt. Kolt is the oldest sibling at age 10. This boy has me doing such wacky things to keep his attention on me.  Kolt is non-verbal and has special needs so I love to  sing to him and even makes “zombie” voices getting him to laugh! This past time I went all out and even jumped over a stool to get him to laugh.  From what Sam tells me, I’m one of the few people he’s smiled for.  I take great pride in that and I’m totally tooting my horn. Toot Toot.

 

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No, but seriously, this kid is a beam of light and shines on every person he meets. Touches your heart in a different way, can’t explain it more than that!

Next in line is Charliee.  She has the biggest heart and at age 6, she is the family princess that loves unicorns and her brothers! She does an amazing job being sister and best friend.

Now on to Maddox.  This little man is one tough cookie.  His poor little leg was stung by a wasp…that is right a wasp.  He cried for 2 minutes and then he was back to taking pictures. At age 2, he is my hero!  I would have been down for the count if that happened to me.  Sam tells me that he is their daredevil who goes 100 mph! He also loves all sports!

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And last, but definitely not least, this little peanut is Dax. Dax is 2 months old and their newest addition.  He loves to smile at his siblings, but his favorite thing to do is  eat. Me too Dax, me too!

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I normally don’t blog much about my mini sessions, however I wanted to introduce my followers to this family and their adorable addition.

Please enjoy a few more photos from the session.

 

Kendra : St. Leo University Graduate

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Welcome back!

Today I want you to meet Kendra. Determined, strong, and changeable are the words  she described herself  while in school and on this journey.

As you can see, Kendra is beautiful but looks aren’t the only thing she has going on.  Kendra  is a graduate from St. Leo University who just earned herself a Bachelors Degree in Social Work with minor in Psychology.   Take a few moments to high-five your screen and give Kendra a virtual “way to go, girl”!



It was a great pleasure working with Kendra.  She was so much fun to photograph and I loved her easy going personality.  She came prepared and ready for her session with ideas in mind for posing, which I loved!  Her outfit, as you can see is a gorgeous shade of green, that compliments all the pieces she wore with her cap and gown.


I thought it would be different to give my client the opportunity to give a shout out to those who have supported her during this process.  She wrote:

My boys De’Andre and Na’Sir are one’s who have been on this school journey with me the longest and I want to thank them both for being on of the main reason I went back to school. Also, my partner Elysia, the last four years she has been so supportive of me finishing up my AA degree and coming straight into my bachelors program and for taking on more financial responsibilities. Lastly, my nieces Ra’Niyah and Millie thanks for coming into our home 1 month before I started this Saint Leo’s social work program and adding more stress to my life (lol) because of you two I did not give up. I love you all and appreciate you all in your own special way.
Love, Always, & Forever
Mommy, Kendra, and Auntie

Kendra, you will do great things in life!  Keep up that drive and continue to pursue all your dreams and goals.  I wish you the best and look forward to hearing an update from you with more goals you have crushed!

Mr. & Mrs. Logan

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Well hi again, everyone!

Let’s give it up for one special couple, who just so happen to be newlyweds. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Logan!


I really enjoyed photographing the Logans’s wedding on March 24th at the Brooksville County Club, right on the gold course.

These two have a pretty unique history.  Kristen’s best friend and long time friends with families brother just so happen to be Austin.  Did you catch all that?  Nutshell, Kristen married her best friends brother.  Pretty neat if you asked me.    In 2002, sadly Kristen and Austin said good by to her as someone took her life from her. It was until 2015 that Kristen and Austin started a romantic relationship and one day, Austin knew it was time to ask her to be his wife.    She found Kristen in their home and had the ring in his mouth!  I seriously love hearing all about the proposals at my consultations. Everyone is so unique and different.

I met Kristen and Austin for the first time when I took their photos 3 years ago and we hit it off. Kristen had her 3 kids with her. Here they are 3 years ago.

This session was such a great time 3 years ago, and when I heard from Kristen earlier this year for her wedding, I was so honored to hear that she wanted me for her wedding day.  Let’s get to some details and photos of their  beautiful day.

It was a gorgeous day in March.  Everything was laid back, relaxed and planned out nicely.

This amazing day would not have been possible without the help from:

Wedding Planner: Darlene Sakes (Kristen’s Aunt)

DJ: DJ Techtonic

Where Dress was Purchased: David’s Bridal

Caterer: The Brooksville Country Club

Florist: Darlene Sakes

When I asked Kristen about her overall wedding experience with me, she said “Experience was nothing more than a pleasure.  Your work is beautiful.  You made me feel like we have been friends for years and that you would do nothing but the best!”

Thank you, Kristen for the beautiful words.  It is exactly how I want my clients to feel.  I thank you for choosing me to be your photographer. It was an honor and I wish you both many more years of love and happiness!!

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twenty one and done

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What a pleasure this girl was to work with! Meet Krystal.  She is just the most fun, free-spirited twenty-one year old I have met.  We had the day all planned out for a fun laid back photo session to celebrate her birthday on April 30.



Krystal currently attends Valencia College in Orlando and is majoring in Hospitality Management.   It was a  pleasure to capture these fun pictures for her.



She wanted a comfortable and cute look and to have an overall great time while posing for the frames.  I think that adorable dress and hat showcased the look she was going for perfectly!


 

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Hope you had a blast on your 21st birthday, and are still celebrating today! Thank you again for the amazing opportunity, hanging with me and all the fun times capturing your beauty.


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Garrett, party of 5!

Stacie and her family have welcomed Little Miss Marlie Jean to the world in early March and I couldn’t be happier for them. I was so honored when she hired me to photograph the gender reveal party as well as her maternity session.   I enjoyed being in her company both times and I can’t wait to snuggle up this new little bundle of joy.  Let’s take a stroll down memory lane to those past sessions.


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This last photo is actually very dear to me.  That was my daughters, Kinsley’s little crown that I photographed her with when she was born.  I brought it into the session as a prop, and then decided to gift it to her so she can use for Marlie’s newborn pictures.

Now many of you know I am not a newborn photographer. But Stacie, at Rustic Feather Photography is.  Newborn photography is one of her specialities and I’m so glad she and I met.  While I will not be needing any newborn photography for myself, I highly recommend her to anyone who would love to have their new baby photographed.  Stacie has so many props and is experienced in positioning your tiny little ones in many poses.

I have lots of respect for newborn photographers. It takes incredible patience and dedication to perfect the art of it. High fives all around to Stacie and all other newborn photographers out there. Please enjoy all the sweetness in these photos of Marlie Jean, taken by her mother, my friend and owner of Rustic Feather Photography, Stacie Garrett.received_10101486514265732-1

Please let Stacie know I sent you her way! You won’t be disappointed.

Nature Coast Prom

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Hi loyal readers!

I recently had an awesome experience photographing some lovely Nature Coast High School Junior and Seniors for their recent 2018 Prom.  Prom was held at Silverthorne Country Club.

This group showed up with lots of spirit and enthusiasm as they “pre-partied” before the event. They all looked amazing!

I was glad to have been there for all the excitement of the pre-event and happy to share some of that excitement with you here. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Another day, another Plié.

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Welcome back!

Let me begin by saying that I really enjoy stepping out of portrait/photojournalistic photography which are usually working with families, events & weddings. This was the first time I’ve worked with the all these girls as a group. I enjoyed every minute of it at this Crews Lake Park location as the girls and I moved all around to different parts of the park for unique dance poses to showcase.

Clearly, each parent has done a marvelous job raising them. Hopefully I’ll get to work with them all in the future again.

Without further adieu, check out these Erin’s Dancework Girls.

Please inquire about  dance photography with me.  I have some unique ideas for your child’s dance pictures to really stand out.  Mention this blog post when you inquire!

Adam + Marissa got hitched | The White Barn | Brooksville, Florida

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I’ve got another wedding for you guys today! This happy couple consists of Adam and Marissa, two people that anyone would love to know.


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Their wedding day was truly breathtaking!  It was so meticulously planned by the two of them and no details were left behind.

The bride’s dress was seriously gorgeous, too. And I’m not just saying that!

 I asked Marissa about her “Dress Shopping Experience”.

After searching many boutiques online and looking at their dresses I came across Alfred Angelo. I fell absolutely in love with one on their website and I made an appointment to try it on. It’s the first dress I tried on and the one I ordered that day. I tried on a couple others while at the boutique but nothing could compare to that “first dress”.

Take a look at this stunning gown!



We had a lot of fun taking wedding pictures, as well. These photos were taken post ceremony, obviously.  Look at the love and happiness beaming off their faces.



Before I show you any more photos from their wedding, I want you to get to know them a little bit more.

Adam and Marissa met through Adam’s cousin, Brent. They had been together for 9 years before getting married.  I asked the same question to all my brides , “How did he pop the question?”  Her answer, “um he kind of didn’t…..it was just sitting there on my nightstand. lol.”   I just love this!!!!!!!  Way to go Adam!

Adam and Marissa loved everything about their wedding.  They said there wasn’t one thing that stood out from another because it was all just perfect!  I’m gonna have to agree with them.  But just like everything big, the planning was a bit stressful, Marissa explained. You can tell they both put heart and soul into this special day, and as a result…PERFECTION. Everything they dreamt it to be, said Marissa.

When asked what her number one advice is for any couples getting married, she said “Start planning as soon as you set a date and don’t wait until last minute. Things happen and there will be roadblocks and when that happens you’ll have time to make adjustments.”  Great advice!  It is so important to start as early as possible.


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How cute are all these details.  Details are actually my favorite part of the wedding.  I love to show their story with all the small things that brought the wedding together.



The ceremony and reception were both held at The White Barn . The DJ for the night was RJM Entertainment.  Their first dance was by Dan + Shay, “From the Ground Up”.

Okay, let’s get to a few more pictures! Adam and Marissa were such a delight to work with and I wish them many wonderful years to come.