Can you believe it is already October?! We know that means lots of pumpkin spice everything and, you guessed it… holidays! Let us help you get some of the items checked of your list! If you are looking or a fabulous Christmas card or gift ideas for family and friends, we are now scheduling portrait sessions.
Keep in mind, to guarantee products before Christmas, the last portrait session will be scheduled for Saturday, November 22nd. There are limited Saturday sessions, but many weekday morning and evening options. Do you have questions about our portrait sessions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page and then contact us!
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It’s almost time to break out the long sleeves and boots! This past fall, we were able to work with Stacey and her adorable family. Their home and lifestyle is absolutely southern so we chose a nearby open field that is just spectacular when the sun starts to set. Stacey did a great job coordinating her family’s wardrobe. We tend to like this look better than everyone wearing the same colors. It’s a fun way to show off individual style and personality. I’d also guess that Madison, Coy and Emma Claire liked to have some say in what they were wearing!
Stacey’s holiday card ended up being one my favorites from last year. See the end of the post for the sample of their family’s holiday cards!
Our family sessions for Holiday orders have already started being scheduled. Our last day for Fall sessions will be November 22nd if you’d like to have them in time for Christmas. Call the studio today and we’ll start planning your family’s session!
Zehra and Pedro recently got married in Zehra’s home country of Turkey. Unfortunately, Paul and I couldn’t join them on the trip, but we did have the opportunity of spending an evening with them in downtown Gainesville for their engagement session. Zehra and Pedro spend a lot of time in the area and love the vibe. When we passed the “stage” area, Pedro shared that he and Zehra met in a Salsa dancing class and actually traveled and competed at dance competitions together. So awesome! Of course we made them go up and show off! We then drove just a few minutes away to the historic Thomas Center and made use of their beautiful gardens and the perfectly setting sun.
When Zehra and Pedro came in for their Reveal, they fell in love with so many images and knew an album was a must! Of course, we always love to get to create a printed story for our engagement session and our brides often use this album as a guest book at the wedding. Zehra couldn’t bare the thought of having people sign the pages, so it will remain as simply an album that they’ll share with their families at the wedding!
We can’t wait to hear all about the wedding Zehra and Pedro! We hope it was an absolutely perfect day!
Zehra’s beautiful make up was done by the fabulous Kara Winslow!
Learn what we think you should know about Wedding Day Make Up!
On Tuesday, September 30th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, join us for a fun night of mingling, dessert and wine while we share our thoughts about wedding day make up! Why does your photographer care about your make up, you may ask? Believe it or not, we’ve seen beautiful girls get terrible make up that could have potentially ruined their images. Of course, we’d never let that happen, so this requires a lot of retouching work on our parts after the wedding. Ideally, you look spectacular in person AND on camera!
Kara Winslow is our number one recommendation for wedding make up artists. She knows how to create a natural look while emphasizing your best features. She creates highlights and shadows in the same areas that we try to create them with light.
We can host only about 8 to 10 brides, plus one guest, in our studio. So please call or email soon if you’d like to join us! See you there!
We love hearing the stories of our couples and how they met. We are often reminded that it is not always a short or easy journey to come to the decision to marry each other. For Cassie and Trevor, there were many years between their “love at first sight moment” and a romantic beach proposal, but this journey allowed each of them to know they were each other’s true soulmate.
Cassie shared with us that “he makes me who I am today and shows me what real, unconditional love is.”
As you will see in their engagement session images, Cassie and Trevor are a perfectly adorable couple. Now, Cassie warned us that Trevor might be a little shy during the session. This is actually one of the most important reasons why we do an engagement session. This is often the case with our grooms. But apparently, they bring out the best in each other because they were comfortable and snuggly the entire time. Cassie describes their relationship as “easy, fun and unconditional”. Perfectly said!
Cassie and Trevor are planning a chic, southern affair at the Santa Fe River Ranch this fall. We wanted to take advantage of that beautiful landscape for their engagement session as well. A fun part of photographing on the ranch is you never know how close our curious animal onlookers are going to get!
Another fun thing Cassie shared with us is that one of their favorite things to do is cook dinner together and then watch a movie in their pajamas. You know… that could have been a fun idea for an engagement session too?! Regardless, we’re excited to share how beautiful and fun these images are and we’re super excited for the wedding!
Also, a big shout out to Kara Winslow! Doesn’t Cassie’s makeup look fabulous?!
On a perfectly beautiful Spring day, Changyi and Dapeng said “I do” under a bright blue Florida sky at the lovely Haile Plantation Country Club. This sweet couple decided to do a first look so they could spend more time with family and friends after the ceremony. We decided the most picturesque area in Haile Plantation is the “famous” bridge. Dapeng waited (nervously?!) as we drove Changyi up by his side. As she saw him in the distance, the tears already started to come. I will never forget this moment when she said in the softest and sweetest voice, “I just love him so much.”
“I didn’t realize how much I loved my husband until I saw him standing on the bridge. I cried, but those were happy tears,” shared Changyi. She also described the wedding day as “happy, romantic and perfect”. We absolutely agree. We are so happy for you guys and can’t even describe what an honor it was to witness your precious day. We will never forget the joy and compassion you two shared for each other. Congratulations on a beautiful life to come!
We have been in business long enough to see some of our clients’ kids grow up right before our eyes. How time flies! But, at the same time, that is happening in our own family as well! This sweet couple that we are featuring today is Paul’s youngest brother, Joshua, and his sweet fiancée, Sierra. Now I know this will be showing my age a little bit, but Joshua was only 5 years old when Paul and I first met. Sigh… Now it’s his turn to get married!
Joshua proposed to Sierra a few months ago on a trip to the beach over their spring break. We really wanted to incorporate that special memory into their engagement session. The perfect opportunity came up this summer when the whole Privette clan took our yearly vacation to Atlantic Beach, a lovely little coastal town in North Carolina. We knew this would be the perfect opportunity to do a beautiful sunrise session with Joshua and Sierra!
We are looking forward to an amazing celebration with family and friends on Sierra’s grandparent’s farm this weekend. Welcome to the family, Sierra, and congratulations to you both! We love you!
September is Family Portrait Month! If you schedule a portrait session with us, your session fee will go to an amazing charity devoted to improving the lives of children in impoverished areas. You can see more about how you can participate on our blog here.
You may remembera beach family session from last summer that featured 3 generations of a family. This is such a true honor when we have the opportunity to create such special images like these. We got to photograph another special family like that earlier this summer. Mandy contacted us in the spring to let us know her family would be heading south from their home in Illinois to vacation in St. Augustine Beach this summer. We were more than thrilled to travel to the east coast of Florida for this special session with her husband and children, and also her mom and sisters.
Mandy and Kristin spent a little bit of time over the phone planning the color combinations in their outfits before the session. She originally planned to have everyone match, but after looking through sample inspirations on wardrobes and talking about what would look best displayed on the family’s walls, Mandy decided on a bright summer color pattern. We are thrilled with the wall collection we designed with Mandy and maybe one day we will have to chance to see it in their home in Illinois!
September is Family Portrait Month! You can see more about that on our blog here. Call the studio today to participate in our charity event and schedule your family session this month! To kick it off, we wanted to share some very special family sessions with you this week on the blog.
When Robin called us to start brainstorming her family session, all she knew was that she wanted a beautiful tree-covered dirt road for the location. We actually had the perfect place in mind! This beautiful area is just a few minutes outside of Gainesville.
With our family sessions, after we photograph the group images, we encourage a little time devoted to just the kids and then also just the parents. Think about when the last time you and your spouse had a professional image taken of you? Your wedding perhaps?! Then we give each child their own attention as well. It’s always fun to see their unique personalities shine.
Even though we had to reschedule this session several times because of the summer rain, it finally happened on a perfectly beautiful evening under our gorgeous Florida scenery. Thank you Robin for allowing us to capture this precious moment in your family’s life!
As we mentioned above, we love this sweet pose with the you and your spouse! We find that we tend to get a big smile out of the husband when we suggest a snuggly pose!
If you follow us on Instagram, you probably saw the beautiful images this family recently took home. After frame a few prints, they will some wonderful wall collections around their house!
September is Family Portrait Month! You can see more about that on our blog here, but to kick it off, we wanted to share some very special family sessions with you this week!
Some of our brides may recognize the mom in this adorable family! Becky is part of the team at Keith Watson Events. We love how so many vendors in the area have become our close friends. It’s always an honor when we have the opportunity to photograph their families.
This active family chose to focus their session around their shared passion of tennis! We always love when our clients choose a location that is significant and special to them. This automatically makes the session more fun and enjoyable for everyone! We joked with Becky that one day her girls will be tennis stars and these images may end up on ESPN!
"...Paul and Kristin were so helpful leading to our wedding and on that day were truly impressive! They were low key and still got the great pictures we wanted! They are personable and easy to work with! We totally recommend them!..."
"...Kristin and Paul do it all: save the dates, engagement pictures, custom made wedding books, bridal portraits, and of course, the wedding day! They are professional but very comfortable to work with. They go the extra mile for the perfect shots of your special day!..."
"...After I met Paul and Kristin, and saw their work - I just knew they were the ones! They are more than photographers. They are both modern and artistic and have an eye that you can't find anywhere..."
"...You two are amazing - your demeanor and patience, sincerity and sense of humor made every aspect of our wedding photography memorable. We were looking for quality photographers but found fantastic new friends. Thank you again - I can't imagine my wedding day without you two!..."