Megan and Frank planned a beautiful December wedding at the Santa Fe River Ranch. As we have said before, we just love how this venue is a beautiful, blank canvas for each wedding and can be transformed for any colors or style. Megan and Frank are very special to us as we have had the opportunity to get to know them well and work with them in other weddings we have photographed. There is a sweet group of friends from our area that have each contacted us when it was their turn to plan a wedding, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! (You will probably recognize Andrea & Daniel in their bridal party!)
Megan and Frank are both so much fun and wanted their wedding day to be a reflection of that part of their personalities. Even when the rain came, they still had their smiles on, knowing this was a sweet celebration. We love how they chose to use very classic black, white, and red details, not going over the top with “Christmas” decorations, but giving a sweet nod to the special time of year.
When we delivered Megan’s album and her mom’s parent album, her mom gave us a compliment that we’ll never forget. She said she was amazed at how when putting the images together in the way we did, created an exact story of how the wedding day unfolded. She shared it was exactly how she remembered it. Thank you for sharing that, Ms. Kim! And congratulations Megan and Frank! We love your family and have treasured being a part of so many of your friends’ weddings. I know there’s still a few unwed family members so hopefully we’ll be seeing you again soon.
In our last Tuesday Tips post, we were suggesting all the important baby milestones to make sure you capture in your baby’s first year. Once this initial growth spurt has passed and maybe other little ones come to be a part of the picture, there are still some very special times that you won’t want to miss getting professional pictures done as a family. Before you know it, we will both be 20 years older, and will have some fantastic memories together as we have walked with your family through all of these special times!
Here are some milestones we love to capture of each of your children individually, but also of your family as a whole:
Toddler & Preschool (around 2-5 years)
This is a special age when all your children start to become friends and they are joyful and curious about just about everything. They may have a hard time sitting still and they may be silly the entire time, but isn’t that all part of the memories from this age group?!
Starting School (around 5-10 years)
We start to see individual personalities really shine in each child and growth spurts are all too common. You may feel like you can barely keep up with your children as they start to get busy will all kinds of fun activities and homework, but set aside some time during these elementary years to capture some memories together!
Pre-Teen & Early Teen (around 10-15 years)
We have decided that kids don’t really go through an awkward phase anymore, like we feel that we did when we were young! You can definitely convince them to take some fun images during this time of life when they are trying to really define who they are. This is such a self-esteem building session.
High School Senior (around 16-18 years)
This stage comes way too soon for most parents. That’s why it’s so important to not let is pass by. Believe us, once that first child leaves the “nest” it is very difficult to get everyone back together again for a family portrait session. Make this a priority before your little chicks fly away!
College Grad (4+ years later?!)
They will reach great accomplishments all throughout their life, but this one is not one to be missed! We tend to focus so much on high school seniors, but those 4+ years of college can have a profound impact on your children’s lives. Let us help you capture the young man or woman they have become!
Your iPhone photos may be great for instant sharing today, but trust us when we say you will want a collection of beautiful images on your wall that you will treasure forever. We have a beautiful folder full of this information and much more to help you plan your family’s sessions. Contact us to schedule a consultation, and we will start making getting all the details in place with you!
Where do we even begin with Ashley & Ryan’s amazing wedding? You did see a special preview of their album yesterday, but while the beauty in the wedding speaks for itself, of course, we’d love to share just a little bit about this special couple.
Ashley and Ryan first met at the Opera Nightclub in Downtown Atlanta in 2008. They joke about who “wooed” whom, but Ryan’s dance moves somehow changed both of their lives forever. Only a short 5 years later, they were married! For their engagement, and going with the theme of the “Opera”, Ryan coordinated an evening in NYC with their family’s seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. After, they went to the Pierre Hotel in Central Park where 6 Broadway performers, including “the Phantom” started what seemed like an impromptu performance. Moments later, Ryan stood and proposed to Ashley as part of the epic performance. To watch the video and learn more about the proposal, check out their wedding website here – MeettheFrankels.com! For them, photographing their Engagement Session in New York City was a must. Do you remember these amazing images – Part 1 & Part 2?!
Now, we make it to the wedding day! The wedding was held in the Piedmont Estate and Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia, where Ashley is from. The Piedmont is a beautiful antebellum mansion located on 3 acres in the heart of Buckhead. The venue is a traditional mansion that has recently been renovated with modern furnishings and also serves as a contemporary art gallery. The ceremony was held outside, while the reception was held inside the estate. The girls held bouquets filled with white ranunculus, white garden roses, white mums, dusty miller and brunia berries. One gray toned succulent highlighted each of their bouquets. Spectacular!
Please keep reading as you scroll through images! We have a lot more to share!
Ashley and Ryan decided to do a first look on the beautifully and naturally lit front porch of the Piedmont. You can see Ryan’s sister, Jamie peaking out the window! I’ll never forget Ryan inhaled slowly and said, “she’s behind me isn’t she?” Yes, she was. And the tears came soon after. This is what Ashley shared about their first look…
“It was such a private and intimate moment between the two of us and I cherish the private time we had together before the ceremony. Since we knew our wedding day would be such a whirlwind, we felt that it was important to spend as much time together, take amazing photos, and talking about our big day. Looking back, I realize that seeing Ryan before the ceremony helped calm my nerves. We were able to enjoy being with each other without being rushed on time between the ceremony and the reception.” The wedding ceremony was held outside on the grounds of the estate. Since the wedding was in November, guests enjoyed a hot cocoa station while waiting for the ceremony to begin. A string quartet performed untraditional and contemporary music selections that had meaning to Ashley and Ryan. Song choices included, “Georgia on my Mind” by Ray Charles and “All I Ask of You” from Phantom of the Opera. The bridal entrance song was “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri and the recessional selection was “Titanium” from David Guetta.
The reception décor was untraditional and had a balanced mixture of old and new; round tables with gray, linen tablecloths mixed with raw wood farm tables to create a more causal, eclectic mix. Since Ashley and Ryan’s family and friends love to party, they designed the reception ballroom to be more of a lounge atmosphere. Lounge furniture surrounded the dance floor and the DJ and they passed out LED flashing foam sticks as the night progressed!
Ashley shared a few more thoughts for our current brides… “It was such an amazing night. I wish we could do it all over again, because like most people say, the day goes by way too fast. My biggest advice to future brides is to relax as much as possible leading up to the wedding. Don’t get too caught up in the planning process and try to remember the sole purpose of why you are getting married in the first place. Also, don’t skimp on photography and videography…they are both memories frozen in time. Ryan and I look forward to the many adventures that undoubtedly wait ahead of us and to living and raising a family in Gainesville!”
The amazing vendors we had the honor of working with:
This wedding will definitely go down in the history books! The love this couple has for each other is inspiring. The passion they have for their families is touching. And the energy they have for a good party is remarkable! Today we will share their album with you. This is the first time we included an engagement session in the final album, but what an exquisite and complete story is now told (Remember Part 1 and Part 2 of their New York City Engagement Session?!). Tomorrow we’ll share Ashley and Ryan’s story, with more images from the wedding. We thought the album should have a day devoted just to it!
We will be forever grateful to have shared this day with you, Ashley and Ryan, and we’re so grateful to call your our friends!
We are so incredibly excited to be working with Rachel and Steve on their upcoming wedding! It’s just a few weeks away until this amazing couple says “I DO!” We first met Rachel when she worked with Solutions Bridal planning the Florida Bridal Expo. What a great honor it was with all the photographers she had seen in that position, to choose us for her wedding!
Rachel and Steve met about 4 years ago and were just friends for several years. They’d hang out with groups of friends and definitely got to know each other well, but didn’t ever “date”. However, many of their friends saw the perfect match that they would make and intervened! With pushing and prodding from these friends, they started dating in October of last year. Rachel shares, “Soon after we started dating it became pretty clear that Steve was the one. After only a few months we started talking about marriage, and he proposed in August, on our 10 month anniversary!”
Two of their favorite spots in our area are downtown and around the University of Florida. We started at the iconic Baughman Center just in time for the beautiful sunset. Then we headed downtown to walk the lovely streets near where Rachel and Steve had their first date. You’ll see that Steve reluctantly practiced for their first dance in public… but how spectacular the moon is in those images?!
You’ll also see that Steve is a firefighter which is a big part of both his and Rachel’s lives. And don’t all women love a men in uniform?
Rachel and Steve are getting married at the charming Sweetwater Branch Inn in downtown Gainesville. Rachel shared she “wants the wedding to be really romantic! Also, for it to be glamorous, but not TOO overdone.” Subtle glamour is always in style! The colors are blush pink, gold and navy blue. We can’t wait to see how beautifully everything turns out and were thrilled to share this day with everyone!
We have had the pleasure of working with this sweet family a couple of times over the past few years, and we have just loved seeing their sweet daughter grow into a beautiful young woman! We can hardly believe how the time flies, and I’m sure her parents feel the same way.
The “teen” years are such a special time in your children’s lives and it is important to capture these times as a family. This family chose to head to downtown Gainesville to capture more of an urban look in their session. We love all of the unique buildings that add such character to this part of town! The combination of the black, white, and grey they chose for their outfits really compliments the colorful and textured backgrounds we found. Of course, we love that pop of turquoise in the accessories, too!
It’s another “We Love” Wednesday, and today we wanted to take some time to highlight a very special organization in our local community. We have had the opportunity to work alongside the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation over the past several years to help tell their story by photographing the many events and milestone achievements they have reached.
The mission of the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation is to advocate and fundraise for continued advancements in facilities, patient safety and innovative programs dedicated to delivering integrated pediatric care for all children and their families. Founders Horst and Luisa Ferrero started the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation in honor of their beloved son, Sebastian, and to serve as a catalyst for profound change in the way hospitals and health care professionals care for children and their families.
The images below are from the recent Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
In addition to the many milestones being made at the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the seventh annual Noche de Gala was held a couple of weekends ago at Besilu Collection in Micanopy, Florida. We have had the privilege of organizing the photography for the past several years. It is an event that never disappoints! This annual fundraising event for the Sebastian Ferrero Foundation always proves to be an evening packed with live entertainment, a silent auction featuring unique and extraordinary items, a Champion Paso Fino horse show, exquisite dining by Embers Wood Grill and much more! We hope you enjoy some of the images from this year’s event – Noche de Gala Amp!
You would not believe how many couples and families have shared the happy news of their growing families with us over these past few months! Some of these sweet babies will be our very own nephews, and one belongs to our very own Stephanie! But, there are so many more!
With that being said, this the first of a few posts about family milestones. We know that access to a camera is so easy and convenient in our day and age, but we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to have professional images of your family taken throughout your life! There is just something so special about making a plan for a beautiful session that is able to include everyone in your family.
Let’s start at the beginning… babies! You will find that there are a lot more milestones in the younger years of your children. Their growth within the first year is one of the most incredible things about life! Here are our suggestions for those key times within the first year to have professional photographs your children:
We typically try to do the Maternity Session at about 32 to 36 weeks, when you are showing enough of a full belly, but not quite ready to deliver! Scheduling in the earlier weeks ensures that you will have a bit more mobility for poses.
This would definitely be the most popular session we do in the first year! Nobody wants to forget those precious sleeping infants, and adorable, tiny fingers and toes. We love capturing all the tiny details of your baby, but this is always a very sweet time to include Mom, Dad, and siblings to the images.
Sitting & Crawling (around 7 months)
The next stages we highlight are a little more flexible. Typically the sitting, crawling stage begins around 7-8 months. However, if they are older or younger than this, it’s ok to get them done at a different time. This is a big milestone for baby and always makes for some cute memories. We’ll finally start to see a personality developing!
Walking (around 1 year)
The final milestone we suggest for the first year is typically right around that one year mark. However, just like the sitting stage, if they are older or younger than one year when they start walking, it’s ok to get them done at a different time. We just want to let them walk and play in a space they love. It’s truly unbelievable how different they will look at this session and fast their first year will have flown by!
Once you have made it through this first year, you will have a collection of beautiful images that you will treasure forever. We have a beautiful folder full of this information and much more to help you plan! Contact us to schedule a consultation, and we will start making getting all the details in place for all of your beautiful sessions!
This is the time of year that we start thinking about and spending a lot of time with our loved ones! What a special time to share this family’s session with you. Our good friend, Kara Winslow, contacted us about scheduling a session for her Grandmother, Grace, who recently turned 101! Now that’s definitely something to celebrate and remember!
If you have ever had the chance to meet Kara through one of her many gigs as an amazing make-up artist, her outgoing, fun, and bubbly personality will probably stand out the most to you. After spending this time with her parents and grandmother during this session, we think it’s pretty safe to say that these were personality traits that were passed down through the generations.
It’s hard to summarize 101 years, but we thought it wouldn’t be right to not share a little bit of Grace’s story, as told by Kara. Grace grew up in New York and moved to Florida when Kara’s dad was a young boy. She is an amazing woman who loves to cook, bake, and hand make dolls and blankets to give to people in need. She is a very active woman, and just loves her family, as you can see!
We hope you enjoy the images from Grace’s session! We put together a beautiful album for Kara and thought that would be a wonderful way to share these images with you!
We want to say a huge congratulations to Colleen and Jason as they recently got married in Washington, DC! Unfortunately, they found us after they booked a photographer in their hometown, but we did have the great honor of photographing their engagement session. When we were chatting about beautiful places where we could photograph, Colleen mentioned how much she loved the oak trees and Spanish moss in Florida. She wanted their families to see why she and Jason love living in this area so much. All of our readers know how often we photograph at Santa Fe River Ranch, and how much we love it out there. So we asked for a favor with the owners (who happen to be our dear friends!) and got permission to photograph out there.
Colleen and Jason wanted their session to be a “family” session so included a quite important member of the family, Gracy. She behaved for a portion of the session, then decided she’d been good long enough! We didn’t mind at all!
Congratulations Colleen and Jason! We can’t wait to see the pictures from your wedding! Please come visit soon!
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