You guys turned FIVE this month, and MiMi and PaPa made your birthday extra special by getting you this trampoline. I always wanted one like this when I was a kid! It takes up a lot of space in our tiny back yard, but I don't even care. So. Much. Fun!
There aren't really any words to describe the emotional roller coaster that has been this past week. I was supposed to be on a vacation with my husband. We've been through a decent amount of bullshit recently, so we planned and booked a little getaway....something we haven't done since the kids were born. And then, Irma happened. We obviously weren't leaving our children behind with a category 5 hurricane coming right at us, so we cancelled our trip and started prepping for the worst. I've lived in Florida for 32 years and I've been through my fair share of hurricanes. But Irma....Irma was a whole different bitch entirely. It's hard to describe how it feels to be a mother, a homeowner, a pet owner in a situation like that. When emergency supplies like gas, water, food, plywood, etc are literally GONE by Wednesday for a Sunday evening storm, and for a number of reasons, escaping by car becomes more and more impossible with each passing minute. When you refresh your phone every few minutes for SIX DAYS STRAIGHT tracking a catastrophic storm that may or may not be heading right for you. It was going east, it was going west, it was going straight up the middle of the state, it was going to the Carolinas....it changed daily. It was enough to make you mad. We knew everything and we knew nothing at all. And then, it really was coming straight for us. Sooo, we hunkered down. We're fortunate enough to not live in an evacuation zone, so all of our Zone A evacuated family came over, and damn it, we made the most of it! The whole experience was just awful (the hurricane part, not the being together part), but we made it through and we're sooooo glad it's over.
A couple of things I learned while dealing with this nonsense...
1. I'm a legit stress cleaner. I literally have blisters from all the sweeping...
2. I'm a legit stress eater. Seriously, give me all the hurricane snacks.
3. Shooting in (only) artificial light is the bane of my existence.
3. My family pretty much rules.
4. My community pretty much rules. Watching everyone come together, and work together, in our time of need has truly restored my faith in humanity.
We got very, very lucky in the 11th hour. The storm shifted east at the last minute and our community was largely spared with regard to major damage. Just some power outages, some downed trees/street signs, and a few neighbors with minor water and roof damage. I know there are other communities that didn't fare so well and my heart goes out to them. I will think of some way to help once I can get my scattered brain back in order.
Claire and Tyler are getting hitched! These two happen to be dear friends of mine, and I'm so excited to be a part of their big day this Spring! It rained on us basically the entire time we shot these, but when you're in town for one night only, you shoot through it. Am I right?? Congrats Claire and Tyler :)
My 2017 Holiday Mini Sessions are officially up for grabs! These always sell out quickly (within a few days), so if you have your heart set on a mini session this year, book sooner rather than later!
Minis will take place October 15 - 21, and there are two package options to choose from (see below). The first round of minis will take place in South Tampa, in a gorgeous natural light studio that I've rented for the day. If you're wanting to do something a little different this year (or maybe you just want to beat the heat!), these should be pretty amazing! There's a full sized bed, a little settee, and lots of gorgeous natural light. I can't wait! The rest of the week's minis will take place outdoors at the Redington Beach Long Pier and Philippe Park. There will be two time slots available each of those nights.
In order to book your mini session, you'll need to head on over to the Mini Session Shop I've set up (link below), choose your time slot, add it to your shopping cart and checkout. If you would like to do the 10 image package, you'll need to add the "Upgrade" option to your cart as well. It is the first item listed on the main shop page. This should all be relatively straight forward, but this is the first year I'm using this program for bookings, so if there are any issues at all, just shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
I'm SO excited to work with everyone this fall! It should be an awesome season! See you in a couple of months!
5 Image Package: $200 - Includes a 30 minute mini session and 5 high resolution digital files (via download). You'll choose your favorite 5 from a gallery of 10 images.
10 Image Package: $375 - Includes a 30 minute mini session and 10 high resolution digital files (via download). You'll choose your favorite 10 from a gallery of 12-15 images.
*Available time slots will be updated on the shop page. You can see what spots are still availble by clicking the link above!
10/15/2017 (NATURAL LIGHT STUDIO):
It was loud and chaotic, and it rained the entire time, but this family was amazing. Thanks to everyone who came out for my class in Seattle!
My best friend in the whole world just moved back home for a year! I'm so excited! The circumstances of her temporary return could most definitely be better (her husband was deployed again recently and I know that CANNOT be easy for anyone), but I'm happy she's here and that she gets to pass the time with her friends and family so close by. She's staying less than a mile from the beach too, so we decided to have a sleep over party with the kiddos this weekend and make the most of it. It was pretty rad you guys.
I'm so bad at blogging you guys. Like really, really bad at it. But this session was so wonderful that I couldn't resist sharing them all. The light, the tones, the BABY. I'm in-love :)