Tag Archives: Engagement

Stylized Valentine’s Shoot/ Lakeland Couples Photographer

3 Feb

I have been wanting to do this for some time, so I may not be able to contain my excitement!!!


I have had the privileged of photographing several stylized shoots and am hoping to do many more. It will take some time, but I hope to sway all of you to LOVE stylized shoots! Really! That is my goal!!

A stylized or theme shoot is a portrait session that centers on a theme (horses, nautical), time period (1940’s, flappers) or season (Easter, Halloween). It can be a little overwhelming to try to come up with a stylized shoot idea and even harder to narrow down what you should prepare once you have your idea! Do not fear! I am here to help.


This week I am featuring a stylized Valentine’s shoot, since we are in the month of February. This would be a darling shoot for anniversary pictures, engagement photos, or even a maternity shoot. Below is an idea board, to help inspire and start us off on the journey of stylized shoots.


Tell me what you think! I’d love to hear your ideas and thoughts. What stylized idea board would you like to see?

Photo Credits: Woman’s clothing- Modcloth.com, Woman’s Jewelry: Modcloth.com, Stella and Dot, Men’s clothing- Ralph Lauren, Vintage Postcards- Graphics Fairy


Jumping in Love/ Lakeland Engagement Photographer

11 Nov

The pictures say it all in this shoot! They are young, beautiful and in love. They were great sports! Justin lugged around the suitcase I had as a prop and Brittany trekked all over downtown in her very high wedges. All that work was worth it to capture these beautiful images! Enjoy!

Engagement Sneak Peek/ Lakeland Engagement Photographer

4 Nov

I still have photos to edit from my Holiday Mini-Shoots, but I couldn’t help but share these beautiful photos from my latest engagement shoot. So romantic!

So this is love…/ Lakeland Wedding Photographer

8 Sep

I watched “The Time Traveler’s Wife” last night, and this morning, I feel mushy. Even though I was unimpressed with Eric Bana in all aspects of the film, Rachel McAdams was charming and made me weep. I am not endorsing that anyone should watch the movie, but I wanted to share the reason I am writing this blog post today.

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Craig for over 6 years. We met through my best friend, Karen when I came to visit her at college from Germany. Two years later, when I attended college there myself, Craig and I became best friends and our romance blossomed. Unfortunately, I do not have any photos to share from our dating years at this time, because I don’t have any scanned into the computer yet. Sorry!

The romance progressed when he asked me to marry him on February 1st, 2004 on the lake front dock where we had our first date. Here is a picture we took six years after the proposal. You have to strain to see the dock in the background, but it is special to me.

We were married in a small, wonderful wedding with close family and friends present. We did everything ourselves and I even hired my roommate to take our pictures. She had an eye and a passion for photojournalism. She told me to hire a portrait photographer in addition to herself, and looking back, I wish I had listened to her. Her candid photos are beautiful, but we don’t really have any portraits to display. Here is one she took of us at the altar and to this day, I LOVE my dress (and of course, the man I married)!

These photos were taken by good friends of ours who are now missionaries in China!

What comes after the wedding? The honeymoon! We had a great time in Cancun, Mexico. Unfortunately, our film was ruined while developing. What is it with me and pictures?!?! I have all the bad luck!

Five years later, we finally had amazing pictures taken for our anniversary by my friend and fellow photographer, Emily Magdics of Emily Rose Portraits. I still haven’t had any developed, but I am proud to display the gorgeous photographs she took of us. I just need to get them to the print shop. Finally! Beautiful pictures of the two of us together!


So that is the man I am in love with after 7 years together.

I hope you enjoyed this very small glimpse into our romance. He is so good-looking, I will probably need to do a post of just him soon!