Family: Key West Island Vibes

This family has been coming to Key West to vacation for many years and wanted some updated photos during their holiday trip this year. They didn’t want to do beach photos, and threw out the idea of taking photos around Duval St. As much as I love my Smathers Beach location, I was totally up for the challenge of something different! I spent the week before scouting some spots I thought would look great and together we walked around our small island taking photos at different locations. We started at the Thirsty Mermaid and took photos across the street at this teal wall and then with the buoys hanging down from the entrance of the store (so Key West!). We continued to the famous mile zero sign, my favorite Banyan tree (the tree of life!), some beautiful bougainvilleas in full bloom, Truman houses, the docks by downtown and then finished our session on Duval St. with famous Sloppy Joes in the background. I love that this family was all about walking around and they were super patient with moving from location to location to get a variety of photos. I am so excited they now have tons of photos that represent Key West and hope they love the photos as much as I do!!!


Family: Ramunni at Truman

I photographed this cute baby for Halloween minis where he was dressed up as the most adorable Nemo! So I was super excited to see all three of them again for their holiday photos. It really is such an honor to meet so many wonderful people and be a part of their story while living here in Key West. I was super nervous about moving to another town and starting all over (it’s not easy as you can imagine!) however I have had many repeat clients this year and it honestly means the world to me! We had such a fun time catching up and exploring Truman beach. I am looking forward to hopefully taking more photos of these threeeeee soon! <3


Family: Schilling at Truman

Ohh holiday minis are just way too much fun!! I had such a wonderful evening chasing the sun at Truman beach with this family. They recently moved to Key West so it was such an honor to be their photographer for their holiday cards this year. I can’t get over how cute these two blonde girls are. They were all smiles for the camera and their pink dresses worked magically against the palm trees and sunset sky. I am looking forward to getting to know this family more in the last year Travis and I are here.

A Key West Christmas!

My friend, Marta, had such a great idea for her holiday card this year. She wanted to take photos in downtown Key West with all the Christmas decorations. It was seriously, such a cute idea! She didn’t want anything formal so all three of them showed up in PJ’s. We even included her youngest daughter’s favorite stuffed bunny! Talk about a fun, goofy and laid back session. We got to the wharf area before sunrise and took time exploring all the decorated areas including: palm trees, sail boats, lobster traps, various Christmas trees and light up flamingos. A very Key West Christmas session it was.

I loved this idea so much I may just use it as an option for Holiday Minis next year! :) Stay tuned!


Family: Halsall at Truman

Look at these matching outfits? Were they not on point, or were they not on point? Hahah, I laughed super hard when this mom texted me and told me before the session and said “Please don’t judge us on our outfits, they are super matching, but this is our fun photo session and the more serious one is later this year.” My reply was “Girl, you be you! No judgement here!” Which is so true! I want every single person I photograph to just be themselves and feel comfortable with any idea they come up with. So much of photography is all about collaboration. She found these awesome outfits online, so I am a bit tempted to search for something a bit more festive and fun for our holiday card next year!.


Family: Roberts at Trumbo

I am sure you have heard me say this before, but nothing makes me happier than clients/friends that re-hire me for another photo session. It is just beyond flattering to know they loved their photos the first time and want even more! I had the honor of photographing these two girls with their cousin over the summer so I was ecstatic to know their mom wanted holiday family photos of all four of them! I can’t get over how adorable they all looked in this blue color theme. They were dressed perfectly for the cold, windy, day Key West gave us. Trumbo park is one of my favorite locations for the green grass and simple, clean backgrounds of bushes and blue skies. Also, the rocks by the water give a different Key West feel. I had so much fun spending time with this family again! :)


Family: Cochran at Truman

These three. I just can’t! They were recommended to me by another friend I photographed and I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet them. We took their holiday photos at Trumbo so we got a nice mix of the green bush, which I just love for a Christmas feel, and then wandered the beach for a bit to get some Key West feeling photos. Their sweet child was such a free spirit and wanted to explore on her own so I made sure to get some of just her on the beach. Check out that AHMAZZZINNGG sunset we got as well! I feel like these cotton candy kind of sunsets are so rare and man, oh man they are breathtaking!


Family: Lowes at Smathers Beach

They didn't know this, but I TOTALLY DID A HAPPY DANCE when my neighbors asked me to take their family photos <3 Travis and I have been super lucky to have amazing neighbors while living here in Key West. I had a blast hanging out with this fun bunch and getting to capture some updated photos for their home. 

Their session was at my favorite location in Key West - Smathers Beach. In this photo you never would have known we had to adventure around the beach to dodge the four different weddings happening at the same time!


Family: Pappas at Trumbo

Holiday Minis are so much fun…. BUT what is even more fun, is photographing repeat clients (can I call them friends?). I feel like once I take a photo of you, you’re automatically a friend, as client seems way too professional. I am definitely a professional photographer, but I want to be a friend more than anything as I want to be someone you feel comfortable with and am willing to let go and be yourself with so I can capture those raw, intimate moments! When a previous friend comes back to me for another round of photos it’s a wonderful way of letting me know they are super happy with my work. I strive to make you happy, so this action makes me one of the happiest people in the world. I had the honor of photographing Shaydee when she was pregnant with this cute little babes.

So fun to get together with them again and get some family photos for their holiday cards! I love that they went with a grassy, green park look instead of the beach in order to change it up a bit. I only do holiday minis in SEP/OCT/NOV and as a thank you, give previous clients all the photos instead of just ten! <3


Family: Cordani at Smathers Beach

Look at how adorable these two girls are? They had such fun attitudes this whole session (the little one even wanted some photos with her cute stuffed animal - kitty!) They even had the idea of getting in the water for one of our last photos. They have a photo tradition of including their favorite children book in their yearly family photos so we made sure to include a photo with that as well. This beautiful family won my free photo session giveaway this year! I love giving back to the community and every year give away a free photo session to a military family via FB. I couldn’t get this family to stop smiling - it was so nice to meet them and spend my evening taking photos on Smathers Beach.

Family: Groves in Key West

It is the beginning of holiday photos! Most people wait to book their family photo sessions for holiday cards in November, but I love that this family was on it and booked right away! They just moved here from the west coast and are adjusting to the new Key West life style. Stephanie did such an awesome job of picking out outfits for everyone - such a great island vibe feel and they matched just perfectly. We started off the session with some beautiful green simple backgrounds and then adventured on to the palm tree look of Key West. We even got lucky with a bit of color in the sunset sky. I can’t wait to see which photo they pick for their card! <3

Family: Louwsma

My favorite thing about photo sessions is that I get to meet so many new people and hear their personal stories! I love that I always take photos at Smathers Beach, but every session is so different. The light is different, sometimes we get a beautiful sunset and sometimes it's just cloudy and sometimes we are even competing with weddings! This time around we had three weddings going on in the background. Each session is different and fun in it's own way because I feel like the people mix with the location to make it their own. This was definitely one of those sessions. Kirston and her family were in town for the weekend and wanted some updated photos. She loves palm trees so I really focused on having those in every photo. We also made sure to get a lot of photos of just "mom and dad". I feel like these photos are so often forgotten when kids come into the picture and they are still just as important. Their love was so beautiful! I feel so honored they hired me for this session while they were visiting Key West! How did I get so lucky?!? 


Family: Cacciola

I had the pleasure of photographing Roy and Andrea for their maternity session and once their baby was born we had a newborn session as well. It's always great to get to know the people I photograph and be a part of capturing their life moments. Baby A's grandma, grandpa and uncle were in town and they wanted some updated photos for their home. So we went to my all time favorite location, Smathers beach and took all sorts of family photos including: the whole family, mom and dad, grandma and grandpa and a mix of different poses. We even took some with sunglasses since it seems quite appropriate for Key West's sunny weather. We ended the session with a beautiful sunset! It can sometimes be a challenge to get a three month to look at the camera, but baby A was very well behaved and gave us some glances and smiles every once and a while. I had such a wonderful time getting to know this whole family and they made me laugh a lot during this session! Interested in booking a family session of your own?? Feel free to message me with any questions 310.488.8654 


Military: Adios Natea!

It really means a lot to me when previous clients re-hire me for photo sessions :). I photographed Natea's baby boy for Halloween Minis last year and she contacted me this month about doing a quick photo session in her uniform since she is getting out of the military soon! What a fun idea, right?!? It's always such an honor to photograph military members. We made sure to get a few with the whole family as well. Natea:: Thank you for serving our country and congrats on getting out of the military! I wish you all the best in your next career adventure! :) 


Family: Simmons

I had such a fun family session at Smathers Beach in Key West! Look at this cute family <3 We started off this photo session with some sunglasses photos - because it's so sunny here it felt very appropriate. From there we took some photos on the mini boardwalk and continued onto the beach. Mom did a wonderful job on the outfit choices - the pretty pinks, yellows and blues went so well with the beach grass and matched the sunset. Also, how adorable is E? She was all about twirling, jumping and smiling for the camera :) 


Family: Farka

One of the best things about being a photographer is getting to meet so many fun, new people. I also love that every session is unique! This family: mom, dad and 17 year old son were in town on vacation in Key West. I am so excited they hired me to take some updated photos of their family. We made sure to get some of just mom and dad too! I am not going to lie I was a bit nervous, because she is a photographer as well so the pressure was on to get some good photographs! We had a wonderful time wandering Smathers beach for all my favorite photo spots and of course made sure we got a sunset photo! <3 <3 


Family: Casler

I absolutely LOVE family sessions (because I am a huge family person) and photographing a family of seven was definitely a fun time! Half this family loves the beach and the other half doesn't like the sand so we decided to meet halfway and take photos at Ft. Zachary. This way we could take some photos in the trees and then take some photos on the beach. It happened to be quite a cold and windy day in Key West (yes those days exist every once in a while, hehe!). Everyone was super positive and had great attitudes during the whole session even though it was pretty cold. I also can't get over how great of a job mom did on outfit coordination! I am so lucky to meet such wonderful people and have the opportunity to create beautiful photographs together :) #luckyme

Family: Linberg

This fun family of five brought tons of smiles and laughter to our photo session. Mom did such a great job on the outfit coordination and it worked so well with this Smathers beach location. We spent some time on the beach and on the entrance walkway, which is one of my many favorite parts of this Key West beach! We also made sure to get a few of just mom and dad. Love is so sweet, isn't it? <3


Picco Family

If you know me, you know I am obsessed with the color teal so I was super exited to see this mom in a gorgeous teal dress. We had such a fun family session at Smathers beach and took full advantage of the beach grass. How pretty is the soft light colors of this grass with this family's outfit choices? I could have taken photos in this location for hours! These kiddos were also so well behaved and all smiles the whole time, which is always a bonus. We couldn't end the session without a few beach and palm tree photos as well. I can't wait to see what photo they choose for their Christmas card! Holiday time is here and I am loving all these photo sessions <3 #luckyme


These kid's grandpa got engaged last week and they wanted me to take a couple photos of grandpa and future grandma during their family session. How cute are these two? Love is just the sweetest thing and I was honored to be able to capture a few photos of them <3 Also small world, this family lives literally a five minute drive from where I grew up outside Washington D.C. So crazy! 


Christmas Minis: P Family

I started off my Christmas minis with my friends on the beach and it was quite an eventful morning. These two kiddos were super cute but had no interest in posing for the camera so we got tons of candids of them :) I personally am a huge fan of the candid moments! They even decided to unwrap the gifts. I warned them they were just empty boxes but they still had such a great time unwrapping everything! The holidays are quickly approaching. Book your Christmas Mini now -