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My love story

10 Sep

All romances begin with a meeting.

The way I met my husband is pretty childish, whimsical and completely us. I was living in Germany at the time, but visiting my high school best friend in Lakeland, Florida where she attended college. Five college guys and five college girls hung out together on a regular basis. My best friend and Craig, my huband, were both apart of that group. In true Florida fashion, a downpour created a muddy mess on campus one afternoon while I was visiting. So, what were five college guys and five college girls, plus a friend suppose to do with these circumstances? Mud fight, of course!


And that is how I met Craig: slinging mud and running all over campus in the rain. Can you see us in the picture? We are the back two on the left.

Two years after this picture I actually started attending the same college. By that time Craig and Karen, my best bud were great friends, which made it easy for all of us to hang out. We went every where together, the three of us: the library, cafeteria, walks around the lake, camping in Key West. I liked Craig, he liked me and we both confided in Karen this truth. She would “fall asleep” on our outings or “have to leave” after we all were settled into a study group together. What  a good friend!

We began dating four months after I started attending college, six months later we said, “I love you” for the first time and nine months after we were “official,” he proposed. Some say that it was fast, but for us it was perfect.

The proposal is a wonderfully romantic story, but I’ll save it for another post. Let’s just say that in true Craig fashion, he was HUGELY romantic, surprised me completely and I looked like this for my proposal.


Even though I wasn’t adorable for the proposal, it was one of the best evenings of my life. Craig had become my best friend and I knew that life with him would make the mundane amazing. I mean, we met during a mud fight. How much better could this match be? And with all my enthusiasm for a new life ahead, it was time to start planning a wedding! We were going to get married the summer after Craig graduated, giving us six months to plan.

Enter the planning scrapbook. All of the things I liked, inspired me, struck my fancy were snipped from the magazine and glued into the scrapbook. Sometimes words escape me, but an image expresses my intent perfectly.  This book helped me share my ideas with others as I planned. Now, brides-to-be create boards on Pinterest or a wedding planner might create a  “mood board” for your event. Back then I had a glue stick and a pair of scissors. Look! I was ahead of my time.


I was only *gasp* 21  when we got married, so I was still honing in on my style. My mom was willing to help plan the wedding any way she could, but there was a huge ocean between us as I planned. My magazine clippings gave me an idea of what I wanted, but I struggled to make my DIY, handmade, vintage wedding come true. There wasn’t Etsy and Pinterest back then to show you amazing artisan ideas to do on a budget. And I wanted something different than the traditional wedding that all of my college friends were doing. I was in a dilemma for making my perfect wedding plans come true, but I knew I was in love and the marriage was more important than the wedding. I knew I had that part right, so I just went with what I had.

The next step was dress shopping! The dress had to be perfect.


{Stay tuned for more of the story about my dress, the photographer I chose, our engagement pictures and the wedding!}


Weekend of Fun / Lakeland Photographer

5 Jun

What a busy weekend of photog work!


On Friday night, I photographed a middle school dance. A first for me and I LOVED IT!!! I should have been an anthropologist. I enjoyed watching the kids interact with each other, the teachers and even me. It was an absolute blast and I would it do it again in a heart beat! Unfortunately, I can not share any photos with you to preserve the privacy of the students, but trust me when I say that they are super cute!


On Saturday afternoon, I brought my brand new portable light kit to a faithful client of mine that you might recognize from the this shoot and their Christmas card photo. Number three is on the way and will be here in about 8 weeks.  We photographed some traditional poses indoors and then Alisa and I headed outside to capture her in their backyard.  Alisa looks beautiful!

Tampa Maternity Photographer


Sunday evening I had the privilege of photographing a high school graduation party like no other! Their were five seniors from the same school and they invited all of their family and friends to come celebrate with an open house for several hours. After that, a DJ came to the party and it became a dance just for the graduates and their friends. This picture is of one of the dads who enjoyed the broken pinata as a hat!

Tamap Event Photographer


This afternoon I had fun tromping around Carter Road Park with a theatre friend of mine and her beautiful family. This is a sweet moment captured as they watched a baby alligator swim in the water.

Tampa Family Photographer


Did I mention that I love my job?

A Hard Morning / Lakeland Photographer

3 May

I am taking a picture a day in the month of May to acknowledge the every day gifts God has given me. If you missed it, check out this post, to see why and where my inspiration came from.

This morning was not (IS not) an easy one. My 1.5 year old daughter spent hours crying from 11PM to 1AM last night. Not so fun. The worst part was, then I was all wound up and could not sleep from 1AM until 4AM. Ugh. I thought we outgrew our newborn lack of sleeping months ago! Unfortunately, I am not one of those people who can function well on little sleep. Can you buy that quality at the store somewhere? Even though I am an actress, I don’t act in real life. If I am happy, you will see a smile. If I am sad, you will see tears. And if I am cranky, well…. you don’t want to see that!!! Despite my circumstances, I know that God still gives good and perfect gifts to me (and my family) and I just need to pry my eyes open just enough to see His blessings everywhere. Now, where is that crow bar this morning…

And here is today’s picture.

May 3rd

God’s gift: His word on a hard day

… and a strong cup of coffee to go with it!

New Business Cards / Lakeland Photographer

12 Apr

I have just used up my last business cards this month and am ready to go a little fancier. This what what my old business card looked like:

Lakeland Portrait Photographer


This is fine. Clean. Professional. Informational. But I want my business card to show my work. If my images are already on the card, that allows people who see them without taking the extra step of going to my website. Hopefully this will leave them wanting to see more images and they will hop right on the computer and see more!  So, here is the front of my new, improved business card:

Lakeland Wedding Photographer


And here is the back:

Lakeland Family Photographer


I still need to make some more promotional pamphlets and fliers, but this is a good start. One day I hope my business will be large enough to hire a professional to design all of my business needs. Until then, I have me and my husband. We make a pretty good design team and that makes it all worth it!

Facebook can’t have all the fun!/ Lakeland Wedding Photographer

14 Jan

I have posted almost 30 pictures on Facebook from my last wedding and realized that my blog has not seen one! Today is the day to change that! For those of you who missed the pictures from Josh & Sarah’s wedding, here is a link the Facebook album:

The rain could not stop us from taking some exquisite pictures of this couple! Sarah had originally planned for us to go to Hollis Gardens and do a shoot of just her and Josh for an hour before the wedding. The weather did not cooperate, so we decided to take their portraits in the church. It was precious to see their first glances at each other. I felt very privileged to be their taking pictures during those intimate moments. I just love me job!

I am sure you are ready to see these pictures! Enjoy!

More {almost Halloween} Wedding Pictures/ Lakeland Wedding Photographer

16 Nov

This is a continuation of my previous post as a second shooter. You can find the first post here:

Referral Incentive/ Lakeland Photographer

11 Nov

Want to earn a free Christmas portrait session? I have started a new incentive program. Check out the details below. Some restrictions apply, so be sure to read the second page.