Maternity: Alyssa at Smathers Beach

I could not have asked for a more beautiful sunset at Smathers Beach. These purples and blues were perfection for this maternity session! I know I have said it before, but I am so lucky to meet so many wonderful people down here in the Keys. I have had the opportunity to photograph this sweet family many times now and was so excited to take these maternity photos. Look at Alyssa, she is glowing!!! This family of three is about to be a family of four and I can’t wait to meet their baby girl <3

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Family: Smathers Beach

Major props to this family!! This was by far the windiest photo session I have ever had in Key West. Normally I would reschedule, but this extended family was in town for only the weekend so we didn’t have any other days we could do this session. However, I also believe that capturing photos when the whole family is together is super important, because you never know when everyone will be back together again in one place. Who cares if your hair isn’t perfect or the sky doesn’t deliver sunset colors - it’s all about getting family photos together that will last for generations to come. I’ve photographed Alyssa and her immediate family many times now and I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know them. It was such an honor that she asked me to be her photographer for some extended family photos. I loved getting to meet her mom, dad and brother’s family while they were in town. We made sure to get some photos of each couple as well and all the grandkids with nonna and nonno. Special thanks to Alyssa and her mom for nailing the outfit coordination for this session!

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Newborn: Baby A

Welcome to the world baby A! It was so sweet to meet this cutie pie. I spent the morning photographing her with mom, dad, big brother and even grandma who was in town. My newborn sessions are more of a lifestyle session where I come to your home and photograph everyone in the family with the new baby. I found this plain wall out on their porch and it was perfect for these intimate photos. Baby A was also very happy to be out in the heat - babies hate being cold and I don’t blame them! At the end we got a few posed photos of baby A with her mom’s wedding dress. Alyssa approached me about this idea and I was all about it. Look at how precious she is on the dress - too cute for words!

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Last Flight: Soapy at Key West SAR

As per Navy tradition, LT SOAPY got hosed down after his last flight for Key West SAR. The fun part is his wife (newly married by the way) was the one who had the honor of drenching him with the hose. It was a very sunny, hot Key West day so I am sure the water actually felt great. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop by and get some photos for these two friends of ours. It’s always bitter sweet to see friends leave a squadron, but I am super excited for their next adventure.

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Family: Paint Session at Smathers Beach

Um how cool is this idea?!? I can’t take any credit for it, it was all this mom’s idea to do this fun paint session at the beach. She wanted a photo session where her kids could just be kids and not have to worry about looking at the camera all the time. So we made sure we got tons of candids of them painting the canvas and each other! At the end I made sure to get some individual portraits of each of them covered in paint and the four of them together. I think this may have to be my new Mother’s day photo tradition!

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Family: Tocco at Smathers Beach

Oh it is my favorite time of the year at Smathers Beach where the sun sets through all the palm trees and the light is BEAUTIFUL! I am literally obsessed and had to remind myself to make sure we got photos with the water as well. This mom contacted me about a mommy and me mini session and then last minute changed it to a family session. I am so glad she did because it was so fun to get to know her little ones and husband as we strolled along the beach to get various photos in different locations. When the kiddos needed a break we made sure to get some couple photos as well… In my opinion you can never have too many photos of each other :)

Headshots: Kourtney

My beautiful friend, Kourtney got a new job in management and needed some updated headshots. So we did a session with my light studio setup at my house. I made sure to get tons of different looks - hair up and down and with the jacket on and off because you never know what “look” a company will want as the final photo. It also gives Kourtney the opportunity to use the different photos in the future. I am so glad she thought of me for this session as studio lighting is what I was originally trained in even though now I mainly do all outdoor natural lighting.

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Cherry Blossoms: Eimilly & William

THESE TWO! What a wonderful way to wrap up my cherry blossom minis. They were my last subjects for the day and I had way too much fun with them. They are newlyweds who got married in the courthouse and never had photos taken of them together (no engagement or wedding!) so needless to say there was a lot of pressure on my end to do a great job. Eimilly gave me a heads up she was super nervous about how awkward they are at taking photos. I personally found them to be playful and very much in love in front of the camera. We spent a good amount of time wandering around the cherry blossom trees and talking about everything. We discussed how they loved my photo style of “fun, bright and airy” which is exactly how I would describe my portfolio as well. That compliment made my heart the happiest. I found out Eimilly has been living in Japan for over ten years. I am so jealous she has been in Japan for so long! As they were leaving they said they had a great time and felt super comfortable with me. Seriously, the open, honest love and energy these two had left me feeling fantastic. I wish everyone we encountered in life was like these two! <3 (not that I don’t love my other clients, but all the great feels with these two for sure!)

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Cherry Blossoms: Gordon Family

This session was super special to everyone because this baby’s middle name is Sakura - how adorable is that?!?! So Sakura season is obviously very important! I had four wonderful morning sessions for Cherry Blossom minis and kicked off my evening session with this lovely family. The sun also started to come out which gave the flowers more of a white, bright look. I love that this family included their first baby (Ace their pup!) as I am a huge fan of all dogs. The river walk was pretty busy for hanami, but we tried our best to get photos without anyone else in them. I just can’t get over how lucky I am to have met so many great people while visiting Japan and that they all trusted me to photograph their cherry blossom story.

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Cherry Blossoms: Fox Family

I try to get creative during every photo session. I make sure to get all the “perfect” looking photos with a mix of mom and dad, dad and kids, mom and kids etc. but I also like to throw in some different angles or styles depending on the clients I am photographing. I also ask if anyone has any ideas of a photo they would like from the session. This mom had a brilliant idea of having the cherry blossoms in focus and all of them blurry in the background. It might actually be my all time favorite photo from these minis. Everyone in this family was pretty stoked for their Sakura session, except the youngest who was having a really bad day. Poor mom was really bummed about it since this was my only day I was doing cherry blossom minis, but we made the most of it and for some of the photos you can’t even tell he was having a crying breakdown - poor buds!

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Cherry Blossoms: Taylor and Brian

The weather was a bit cloudy for my morning cherry blossom sessions, but that didn’t stop anyone from smiling bright. Especially this adorable couple! I loved getting to know them as we wandered around the cherry blossoms. Not all of the blossoms were in bloom, but we were able to find a good bunch that Brian and Taylor could surround themselves with. I just can’t get over how romantic the cherry blossoms are. They are such a highlight of living in Japan and I am so happy I was able to photograph so many people under them during this one day mini session marathon. I hope they look back on these photos and think of all the great memories Japan gave them! <3

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Cherry Blossoms: Miyoshi Family

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I absolutely LOVE my job, if that is what you want to call it :) I seriously meet so many wonderful people and have the honor of recording moments in photographs that will last a lifetime. It’s such a small world. This family is part of the same squadron I was in when I lived in Japan so it was nice to reminisce together. They were full of so much laughter and love. We made sure to get some photos with just mom and and just dad as well as some individual photos of each kid. Helloooooo…look at how adorable these two boys are!

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Cherry Blossoms: Haines Family

My first cherry blossom session was so perfect. It was cloudy and a bit chilly, but this family came prepared with jackets to wear in between each photo location. This walkway along the river is my ultimate favorite location for cherry blossoms and it has become quite a popular spot in the past two years. People were busy setting up for hanami so we had blue tarps in the beginning of our photos. I feel like it really added the the whole Japan and cherry blossom experience. Their daughter was the sweetest and we got some cute photos of her smelling enjoying the beauty of the blossoms. I couldn’t have asked for a better family to start of these cherry blossom minis!

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NEW CAMERA!

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Wohooo! I finally saved enough money from all my photo sessions to pay for a new camera. It has been a long time coming since my other camera was from 2013. I upgraded one step up to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. I have been playing around with it all day, setting up my favorite custom features. I am excited to be able to take photos in even lower light, which means more time past sunset for moonlight photos! This also means I may need to invest in a new hard drive to backup all my photos. These files are much larger than my previous canon camera!

I wanted to make sure I had this new camera before heading to Japan for Cherry Blossom minis. Wohoo! I can’t wait to get back to Japan and take tons of photos :)

Children: Sibling Photos at Ft. Zachary

These three siblings had birthday celebrations (and half birthday celebrations) within a few months of each other so their mom wanted some updated photos of all three of them! We both agreed on Ft. Zachary as a location to do something a bit different than all the other photo locations we have used together (this family is the ultimate best on the amount of times they have hired me to capture their family moments! I feel so special). I really wanted something symbolic so I was super excited to find this stump the kids could sit on with the tree growing next to it. It provided a fun little sitting prop for the kiddos and for size comparison of all three. I also think trees represent so much (family tree, growth etc.) so it was the perfect spot for these birthday photos. We even made sure to get a few of the whole family because they are the cutest and their mom is always on point with the best outfits. We ended the photo session on the beach with the rocks and some candids of baby A running in the water - she’s a beach baby at heart, no doubt. It was a lot of fun trying out some new Key West spots besides just the beach with palm trees and spending some time with this lovely family <3 I am looking forward to our next photo session sometime in the future!

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Children: Baby J at Ft. Zach Key West

My sister came to visit with my adorable niece and I could not pass up the opportunity to get some photos of them two together. My all time favorite location in Key West is Smathers, because it is such a beautiful beach to photograph with palm trees, rocks, grass and the blue water. However, I wanted to adventure around Ft. Zachary in order to scout locations for future sessions and my sister was all about being my test model. My ultimate favorite photo of them is the first one, which was a true candid I captured when she didn’t know I was still taking photos…. It makes my heart melt how happy baby J is to look at her mom. I literally can’t get over those baby cheeks and chunky thighs. <3 I know I am bias, but is she not the cutest baby ever?!?!

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Mallory & Gary Wedding at Bahia Honda

I don’t usually photograph weddings anymore, but when Mallory’s mom got in touch with me about photographing her daughter’s wedding I couldn’t say no! Mallory is a fabulous photographer here in the Keys and I have loved getting to know her and admire the great photos she takes. Their big wedding date isn’t until November, but as is very common for many in the military, Mallory and Gary had a small ceremony to tie the knot ASAP. They chose to get married at the gorgeous Bahia Honda with the infamous bridge in the background. Her mom and I decided to surprise Mallory, so she had no idea I was going to be there to document the day! That made this even more special. Talk about a lot of pressure to photograph another photographer - hahah - but it was such a fun evening full of so much love. Here are a few of my top favorites from the ceremony. The newly married couple photos will be on the blog soon. :)

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Valentine Minis

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of tons of LOVE! Valentine minis were this week in order to get the photos back before Valentine’s Day and it was cuteness overload! This time I gave away three sessions to Coast Guard families in order to show appreciation for all their hard work and give back during the government shutdown. It was so fun to meet all these cuties and get to see some previous clients as well. Here are some of my top favorites, even though it was very difficult for me to narrow them down to just four per session.

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Children: Baby A Turns One!

What a wonderful photo adventure I have had with this family! I have been a part of baby A’s photo story before she was even born when I took maternity photos of beautiful Andrea. It was so much fun being a part of baby A’s one year photos at Smathers Beach. We started off this session by taking some family photos and then waited for the sunset to get some individual baby photos. Andrea provided all the perfect props for the photos. I mean, hello?! look at that cute chair!! We were also super lucky to get the most magical sunset ever. The cotton candy colors were divine. Happy Birthday to this sweet pea <3

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Children: Baby B!

I love that baby B’s mom wanted to get some photos of her son before he turned one, at the half way mark of 6 months. We took photos at my favorite location - Smathers Beach as we had tons of different photo spots to work with. Baby B was so smiley and looked at the camera for almost every single photo. I loved the outfit change ideas as well - the bowtie and tie were just too cute!!! We were also super blessed to get one of the prettiest sunsets ever for this session. You never know what the sunset will look like and this one was AHMAZING! Happy 6 months to this cutie pie!

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