Sometimes you just need a great image of who you are so people can see you! Lifestyle headshots are more natural in look and make you look and feel great about who you are because you should! This session was at our studio with Dr. Carlos Garcia for his website and social Tampa Counseling and Wellness. I love his mission: to provide “Compassionate Counseling to Help You Find Peace and Happiness”.
Landon’s shirt says it all, the perfect little gentleman:-) I love his little hat and that vintage chair. It’s actually a family heirloom as it was Lauren’s grandmother’s and we moved it outside in the pretty light of Lauren and Zach’s front yard. 6 months old, 2 little teeth, loves to play and has so much love in his life already!
I was looking back and actually got to start working with Aljerome in 2014 and he was working on building his vision which is Collar and Combs. Definitely check out www.collarandcombs.com, I love what they do, “Collar and Combs is a refined, but trend-conscious, personal style service for men. The company provides personalized style fashion and style recommendations based on each client’s taste and interests.” These are a few of my favs from the shoots I’ve gotten to work with him on. He always likes to be serious so I always try and make him smile and laugh:-) It’s so cool to hear my client’s vision and then see it become a reality. Awesome job Aljerome!
Ivanna and CJ are getting married at Stonebridge this coming November and it’s such a gorgeous property they decided to do their engagement session there as well! I mean, literally so many beautiful spots, we’ve photographed lots of weddings and events over the years there and there’s endless prettiness there. As you can see we had a blast just hanging out and having fun. Their outfit choices and colors were totally on point and looked amazing!! So fun working with you guys!!
Our plan was to do an anniversary session with Erin and Matt right around their 2nd wedding anniversary this past November. All that crazy rain we had last year ended up making it a happy new year session, which was totally worth the wait! Erin incorporated the forest green color from the wedding and the Dr. Who Tardis that made an appearance at the wedding too:-) I love how fun and totally them this session was, plus those sparkly shoes!! So great seeing you guys again!!!
This first picture is my favorite of these 3! I think it embodies what happiness and love actually looks like:-) Mohan is SO adorable and just turned 6 months old. They wanted a pretty outdoor location and I love the deep and light blues look and those cute baby jeans!! I had the honor of photographing Lisa and Tushar’s wedding just over 3 years ago and there’s nothing I love more than seeing them so happy as a party of 3!!
We got to work with these beautiful ladies and gorgeous gowns from The White Closet Bridal at Armature Works for some real bridal style. Esther was in 2 different styles from Stella York one flowy design with pockets and a full lace gown with crystal jewelry and hair piece. Ashley wore 2 different Justin Alexander looks that were sleek and elegant and a little Marilyn Monroe:-) The wind made for some fabulous veil shots and even some behind the scenes of how we got them that I couldn’t resist sharing:-) I love this shoot because the goal was some fun and carefree looks of real brides in these styles. So fun working with you all!!!
Hair/Makeup | Esther Benko | Bouquet | Apple Blossoms
I could not be happier for these 2! 5 years ago I photographed Samantha and Ryan’s wedding at the Italian Club in Ybor and the moved to California but were back to celebrate with friends and family. They have a little girl on way due in April. We did a few portraits before the party and the shower theme was pink and purple with beautiful florals, amazing cupcakes, and a chocolate bar favor that said “sweet baby girl Taylor”. Samantha’s mom had the perfect gift, baby girl’s first pair of red bottom booties. Congratulations again you guys it was so fun to see you all!
Joe and Kate’s wedding was our last one of 2018 and it was definitely one for the books! They love Christmas and wanted an elegant holiday styled wedding. Lindsay and Loren, their coordinators from Burlap to Lace totally made their dream a reality. They had a welcome cocktail hour as their guests arrived at the Orlo with Kiss Me Kate and Pal Joey Cocktails and Mocktails. The garland and greenery was all fresh pine and smelled so amazing. Their seating assignments were attached to custom burgandy and gold ornaments with each person’s name that was also a favor.
The girls got ready in the bridal suite while the guys were in the groom’s room. Their sweet dog Bonnie was right alongside Kate while she got ready and got to walk down the aisle with them! Kate’s bouquet was stunning with burgundy, thistles, roses and all different kinds of greenery. Joe and the guys were in cobalt blue with gold and burgundy bow ties.
Their ceremony backdrop was fresh pine trees with candles lining the aisle. I love how they draped it to make it a separate and intimate space for the vows. After they officially became Mr. & Mrs. Scalzo they walked down the aisle with Bonnie and we got them under the mistletoe and all the beautiful spots for photos.
The reception decor was stunning!! So many little intricate details that made it really special. Some of my favorite details is the pine sprig on each place setting and the cocktail napkins was their dog in gold leaf. Let’s talk cake and desserts for a second, their entire cake was frosted in chocolate! Joe also had a dessert table with all his families’ favorite desserts they love over the holidays.
Joe changed into a burgundy velvet jacket for the reception and they got to see it and soak in all the details before everyone entered. I think that’s such a tiny thing but so nice to be able to have the couple do. After their first dance, Joe joined the Buzzcats with a special song for Kate and then even sang acapella with 3 of his friends, it was amazing! There were cigars, and cappuccino, and an amazing time had by all. Thank you for having us be a part of your story Kate and Joe!
Venue | The Orlo | Event Coordinator | Burlap to Lace | Hair and Makeup | Lasting Luxe | Ceremony Musicians | Sunset Strings | Officiant | Sensational Ceremonies | Florist | FH Events | Band | The Buzzcatz | Cake | Artistic Wisk | Catering | Puff N Stuff | Coffee Bar | Cafe Ala Carte | Cigar Roller | Long Ash Cigars
Michelle and Ryan are getting married 2.1.20 at Covington Farm! When we were were talking engagement sesh locations she mentioned her parents are building a home in Tierra Verde. The views are stunning and bright coastal look was perfect. It’s not quite finished but how special to have these sweet moments there. Ryan is a Hillsborough County Fire Fighter so we incorporated his gear in some as well. So fun working with you guys!!
Probably my favorite thing people say when they see their photos is “that’s so us”! Really that’s why I love photography, it’s capturing the essence and personality of something you can’t necessarily “see” and making it visible. Anyway, I say that because that’s what Nicole and Rob said about their session:-) Rob’s kids, Avery, and Maddox joined them for some really pretty family photos as well. They are getting married at The Orlo this June and since it’s such a stunning location it was perfect for their engagement session as well!
Ritu and Ananth had a beautiful weekend of events with friends and family from near and far celebrating their engagement. We started the weekend with them at the Tampa Garden Club before their guests arrived for portraits on bayshore. Their pink and ivory colors with the greenery and florals looked amazing!
Ananth’s mom, Lakshmi, is an event planner and created this garden style decor with gold, ivory, and greenery. Their guests sipped mimosas and mingled in the garden with Ritu and Ananth greeting them. Inside there was a fabulous croissant station created by A Piece of Cake, and literally any kind of espresso and cappuccino by Cafe Ala Carte. Each of the tables were even named different, herbs, flowers and plants. Ananth’s parents and sister toasted to how excited and proud they are of this amazing couple, there was cake and then after brunch a classical sitar performance. Congratulations again Ritu and Ananth!! We’ll have more tomorrow of their session at the Hindu Temple.
We’re so lucky here in Florida to have so much outdoor beauty. When we were planning location with Alex and Lauren, they hadn’t been to Philippe Park before but fell in love with the tree canopy when I showed them some of the other sessions we’ve done there. The 2 photos are the top are my personal favorites because it honestly wouldn’t matter what the location it’s all about the authentic moments and who they are as a couple. Lauren had found some super cute signs from Hobby Lobby she might use for the wedding and added an extra special little detail to their session. I can’t wait until we get to photograph their wedding 4.13.19!!!
Jenna and Kevin live in Maryland but where down here to celebrate the holidays in Florida and I got to see them for their engagement session. They wanted their session and their save the dates to be in perfect Tampa style and there’s no better place for that the UT. We just walked around all the pretty spots and chatted and had so much fun. They will be Mr. & Mrs. Madden and if you know me you know I love a good wedding hashtag and theirs is #maddenlyinlove coming this December!!
Holly and Rob got married at the beautiful Carlouel Yacht Club at the very north end of Clearwater Beach. That morning, it was rainy but it cleared up into the most gorgeous day. Holly gave the girls an engraved glass and necklace to complete their look. They incorporated nautical details through out their wedding and I love the little nautical rope bracelet that Holly wore along with an extra special mother daughter bracelet. Two of Rob’s groomsmen were his brothers, one of them being his twin! They are hilarious and we had a blast with them before the ceremony. They each wore a nautical knot as a boutonniere with navy jackets and striped ties.
The sun came came out just in time for the guys to walk down that long board walk to the beach. Rob had so much happiness on his face as he saw Holly for the first time. Instead of a unity candle they wrote a message in a bottle to each other and then were announced as the official Mr. and Mrs. Deis! The soft light in the sky reflecting off of the beach and gulf was just perfect after the ceremony it was so hard to choose some of our favs.
The reception was decorated with nautical accents and candle light that looked amazing with all the garland and twinkle lights at Carlouel. Their escort cards were little navy sail boats and instead of a cake they had all different mini desserts. Holly’s sister toasted to the amazing bond that she and her sister have and how happy she is to be a part of their wedding. Rob’s brother told a story of how Rob use to live between Colorado and Florida and how his niece gave him the nickname Colorado:-) They danced and danced and danced and it was so much fun!! Congratulations Holly and Rob it was an honor to be there!!! xoxoxo
Definite cuteness overload in this session with Hailey! Melissa and Mike wore their aviator Ray Bans in their engagement session and I love that they used them and baby ones for Hailey in this one too. I want a pair of those little cowboy boots in my size. The sunlight in Hollis Gardens that day was so pretty and the white fountain was perfect for a little backdrop with that red tutu and santa hat!
This little cutie is already being recruited by colleges :-) He’s only 6 months and is already standing and ready to be on the run! The light and tree canopy at Philippe Park was perfect for especially the orange Clemson gear. Erin, Joe, and Wake, We always love seeing you guys!!
Jennifer and Craig met while both working from Publix and so it was only fitting that they have their wedding at the Lone Palm, built by George Jenkins himself! The property is stunning as you will see:-) Jennifer wore a gorgeous lace gown with her mother’s diamond necklace. The girls were in navy with calla lilies and the dark gray with silver ties.
Their ceremony was in front of the lake and I LOVE the acrylic and floral backdrop. Jennifer had her 2 daughters walk her down the aisle, and Craig’s son was his best man. Their adorable grandson and granddaughter were the ring bearer and flower girl. Jennifer’s dad is so funny, he said his daughter had found her Mr. Wright, which is the new last name:-)
Can we please talk about this sunset? It is one of, if not the prettiest we have ever seen or gotten to photograph!!! The funny thing is it’s not on the beach, on a lake:-) Linda and I were freaking out at how stunning it is with these 2!
The team from 2 Sisters Events is AMAZING to work with! They created the white and crystal details. Their cake even looked like it was covered in crystal. Everyone clearly loves these 2 and everyone had an amazing time dancing the night away. Jennifer and Craig we could not be happier for you 2 and so honored that we got to be there!! xoxoxo
Rich, Shonna, Oliva, Dean, and Crystal! Shonna wanted a great portrait for their Christmas cards and annual portrait session and I think we nailed it:-) She knew of this awesome little spot at the end of Himes with the perfect fall look with that pretty backlight. I love a beautiful portraits where you can look back and remember what your family looked like and how big your kids were and I love that they included their super cute dog Crystal!
I think it might be the holidays, but I’m totally in love with the little things for anything nostalgic. That super cute little dress was one that Marissa wore she was a baby and that rocking chair was Scott’s. I love that they included such special things. Little miss Lucy was very serious about her 1 year old portraits:-) I think my favorite thing about sessions with babies and little kids is being able to see how much they adore their children, exactly like this one. What a doll!