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Amy & Tyler Engagement

January 9, 2009

I had the awesome opportunity to shoot Amy & Tyler’s engagement session recently.  After rescheduling already due to bad weather, we really lucked up on a TOTALLY Perfect Florida winter day.  You know thats what I LOVE about Florida, warm winter days!!!

So anyways, I love that every photo shoot I learn something new… see something new, etc.  And this was no exception, except this time it was a little different from the norm.  Usually I’m learning something new about people, relationships, dynamics, all that fun stuff.  Well this time, they picked the location, and it was one I’d never been to before.  It was this totally awesome tunnel of trees in Grayton Beach, and I so wish I’d have snapped a picture of the entrance, because it was absolutely enchanting!  I’m headed back this weekend though, so no worries, pics of this really cool little hideout will be coming!

So anyways, enough of my blabbing, and on with Tyler & Amy… an absolutely wonderful couple who couldn’t be happier together.

By the way, take note of this first picture, we started the shoot one way, and ended it on a similar note 🙂

We actually started at the “end” and walked our way back to the beginning…

The one above and the one below are probably two of my favorites…

And we just had to have at least one nice posed picture…

After spending some time on the trail, we headed over to the beach to catch the sunset, and while we were there thought we’d get a nice formal beach shot too!  While we’re here, right?

And last but not least, to close out the session, Amy & Tyler decided to spend a few minutes praying together on the beach.  I love this picture, because it was a really awe inspiring & such a special moment between the two of them.  They have an obviously strong connection that runs deep.

Ok, that’s all for now!  More previews coming soon!  I’ve got two weddings to show, plus some other little surprises!

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Merry christmas!

December 25, 2008

Just a quick merry Christmas before I lay the last of my little ones to sleep! I’ve got a busy weekend with photo shoots and then I will be unavailable for the majority of next week(at least till Thursday) as my son has surgery and recovers. I’ll be checking email occasionally if anyone needs anything in a hurry and of course I’ll be working on anything alreadynin progress!

Happy New Year and I’ll catch up with a sneak preview soon!

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Update…

December 18, 2008

I’ve been up all night filing reports with every agency, dept, etc I can including Bank of America, The Sherrif’s dept, etc…

and as it turns out, I’m not alone…

http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/monhollon_13486___article.html/bank_money.html

Be very wary of ATMS, etc…

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Total Freak Out

December 18, 2008

Ok, I’m having a total freakout moment… and just wanted to issue this little bulletin for a few reasons…
First, if you try to reach me tomorrow, unfortunately I will be largely unavailable… I am currently in the thralls of trying to untangle a mess with my check card, which apparantly was stolen(?) or duplicated. I have NO Idea what is going on – only that $1400.00 was withdrawn from my business account in downtown Jacksonville, Fl. Unfortunately, this is also tied to my personal accounts, so what money that was not available in my business account is likely going to be flowing out of my personal account (possibly). I’m hoping I caught it in time, but we’ll see. OMG, I think I’m going to THROW UP.

Second – There seems to be an issue with Bank of America – I thank them for being so kind & helpful over the phone – but apparantly there is evidence of more than one card floating around of mine, and I have only ever been issued one card. They even have different expirations, and apparantly *my* card that I’ve been using since I opened the account is NOT the one with the legal expiration date.
So – my advice to you – SECURE your cards, ensure you have fraud protection, and make sure you NEVER give your PINS! I haven’t given my PIN out, but this card was used without any problems whatsoever, the right pin the very first time. Did I mention I am totally freaking out?!
Finally – if whoever has my damn card decided to come peek at my blog… I have some choice words right now & I just hope youre totally destitute & really need the money more than me and that you have 8 kids who are starving & this is why. Otherwise, I am really totally pissed off. If it’s some scrawny little college drop out or bum, what a really (pardon my language) SHITTY thing to do at Christmas.

Sigh… signing off to go worry my husband to death….

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A little Peek…

December 18, 2008

At one of my assistant’s and her family.  Shay has the wonderful duty as my friend of being my assistant from time to time & lugging around all the crap I love to carry!  Oh, and she keeps me organized… a tough job!

But, then one foggy almost-Christmas Day, we headed out to the beach in hopes of catching some Christmas Pics… the Girls were more interested in playing (which is pretty typical of kids, I’d say), but the beach made for a beautiful watercolor-esque backdrop!

Shay & her gang are Alaskan girls, so you’d think they’d have been loving it up at the beach in December with low-60ish degree weather… but Florida-ness has taken over their system & reset their knobs, so they froze like the rest of us Floridians!

Here’s just a quick peek:

Check out this jellyfish… it’s official… wierd creatures show up everywhere I go!

Check out this Elvis ‘do…

No, really… it’s actually getting quite long, evidenced by the fact that there is any to be wind-blown.  She had *the* most awesome hair do EVER quite naturally until big sis (as seen up there in pic #1) decided she really really needed a hair cut!

Ok, now back to your regularly scheduled programming, and back to intense editing & Christmas Card order finalizing for me.  It’s a mad dash lately!

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Moon Me!

December 12, 2008

Not literally, please!

Tonight is the Biggest Brightest Full Moon in 15 years!

Yep, you heard that right… a photographers dream – so bundle up, step outside & enjoy! I’ll be taking (and posting) pics! I’ll need to dig out & dust off my tripod (because I use it far less than I should).

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/weather/article5327206.ece

If you miss it – so sorry, Charlie. You won’t get a chance again until 2016!

Other cool things as a result:
• Britain will have the benefit of the phenomenon of seeing a Moon Illusion – as the moon rises in the late afternoon, it will appear even larger as it lies in the horizon. It looks really awesome!
• Because of the moon’s unusually close proximity, it will have a slightly stronger gravitational pull, resulting in a slightly higher tide than usual for a full moon – possibly resulting in some flooding along parts of the south-west coast.
• Apparantly the strong tide pull is also putting parts of California on an earth-quake watch! Who knew?!
• It will rise to its greatest hight in the night sky – being almost straight overhead right at midnight.
• This is because it also aligns so closely with the Winter Solstice, on December 21st! And also b/c, thanks to the Earth’s tilt, the sun will be at it’s lowest!
• Bonus treats: We may have the benefit of the Geminid meteor shower the next two nights! With up to 100 meteors/hour flying across the sky, this SCREAMS really long shutter speeds for cool photos… we’ll see how successful I am (and hope for clear skies!).
• Tip – Because it’s such a bright, full moon, though – look away from the moon to see the meteors!

Enjoy! *(And in case you can’t tell, this totally satisfies my hippy-nerdy side! Not everyone has one you know?!)

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Last Call…

December 10, 2008

If youre impatient like me & looking for pics or galleries from your session, skip to the last paragraph (or so).

Ok, I’m taking a (very) short break from my mad editing marathon to post just a quick note…

Rates and deposits (and a few rules) are changing effective Jan 1 – so if you’re planning on booking anything (this includes sessions) book before the end of the year to secure this years prices.

I’m also running a special on prebooked Beach Portrait Sessions… $100 (paid now, and you can schedule an exact date later), and the price will go towards the cost of a wall canvas or print 16×20 or larger.

They’d make great Christmas gifts, and my THIS YEARS price is $150 – so you’re not only reserving a lower price, but you’re getting it discounted… AND to top it off, you can apply that money towards a wall canvas (sorry, not towards anything else, and strictly only to wall prints & canvas prints 16×20 or larger).

And – for anyone checking here for updates about galleries… bear with me. I’m frantically catching up to get everyone’s galleries for everything (portraits, weddings, you name it) up in time for Christmas. On top of my already scheduled sesssions. On top of fulfilling orders for Christmas cards. On top of my other gig that I do to pay bills particularly when wedding season is not in full swing. On top of feeding, caring for, chasing, and wrangling my children (and my husband). Currently my schedule consists of 20 hour days, so please… do bear with me. I was REALLY busy in October & November (and sick), and Christmas stuff of course!

And unfortunately, Photoshop only runs so fast! I’m sifting through a couple thousand pictures a day… so if you’re waiting on more images, or any images at all, hang in there… I’m moving quickly… I promise I’ll have them up soon!