Engagement & Proposal

JaLisa + Mark

It was a perfect morning as JaLisa, Mark and I walked around taking in nature and snapping photos here and there. When I met with them to talk about their engagement session they tossed around a few locations. I think they were settled on a local park until I asked them what it was they wanted to showcase. JaLisa really loved the idea of showcasing the state of Florida for her family back in Ohio.

Florida has so many options when it comes to locations. We’re the sunshine state so of course you could go for the beach session. We also have some metropolitan cities like Tampa, Orlando, Miami, and Jacksonville that offer a fun downtown feel. But we also have swamplands, open fields, and over 100 springs that discharge millions of gallons of water a day. It really is a great state for a photographer with so many different options (just wish we had those beautiful fall colors…and maybe some mountains!)

As we continued to talk I learned that JaLisa and Mark were an outdoorsy couple and loved spending time in nature and swimming in the springs. That’s when we all knew that Wekiva State Park would be the perfect location for their engagement session!

We nearly had the whole park to ourselves that morning and the bright sun hitting the gorgeous trees brought a peace that I can still feel when I look at their gallery. We couldn’t have had more fun that morning and I can’t wait to celebrate their wedding day!

Enjoy a sweet preview from that peaceful day.

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Engagement & Proposal

Kim + EJ | Engagement Session

Words can’t even describe how happy I am for my sweet friend Kim! A few years ago God crossed our paths as cheerleading coaches. We coached a varsity cheer team for three years together. She is opposite from me in so many ways which made the perfect balance! I was the ying and she was my yang. She was positive and I tended to “keep it real” more often than not. She is full of grace and I brought the “justice”. She was the encourager and I was the pusher. But a few things we did have in common was that we loved our teams and we both wanted her to find the man of her dreams!

Dating is so stinkin’ hard these days – can I get an amen?! Kim is an amazing woman! She is full of life, so positive, energetic, has a great sense of humor, and believes the best in people. I knew it would take an incredible man to win her heart and appreciate everything she has to offer.

When I met EJ I instantly knew that he was the one we hoped and prayed for! Not only does he appreciate her silly personality, but he encourages it and plays right along with her. He’s kind and encouraging and the perfect person to take care of one of my sweetest friends!

Enjoy this preview from their engagement session! Their wedding is only a few weeks away so you’ll be seeing them again soon!

Congrats Kim and EJ! We love you guys!

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Engagement & Proposal

Nori + Jose

The sun was beginning to come up and my assistant and I jumped in the car and hit I4 West. We had about a 2 hr drive to catch up on life, marriage, parenting, etc. It was a gorgeous day and as we got closer to Sarasota we both got giddy over how perfect the lighting was. We pulled up and scouted out the new location as we waited for our clients to arrive.

I’ll share a little secret with you, I’m always super nervous to meet clients for the first time! What if we don’t click? What if she’s bridezilla? What if he hates pictures? What if they get bad vibes from me? What if they want to change their mind?!

I had emailed back and forth with Nori for months and we had one phone conversation before their engagement session in the beautiful Sarasota. I could tell she was very sweet over the phone, but you always wonder what it will be like in person. And of course, Nori and Jose exceeding my expectations and hopes! Immediately it was like old friends meeting to catch up and the four of us had a wonderful time walking around different parts of Sarasota capturing this sweet season of their life.

This season is especially exciting for Nori and Jose, as it’s been eight years in the making. That’s right, EIGHT years these two have been together! They’ve been working so hard on earning their degrees, growing their careers, and surviving long distance. They’re finally tying the knot this year and I could not be happier to capture it all!

Congratulations Nori and Jose! I’m thrilled to be alongside you in this season of life!

xoxo

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Engagement & Proposal

Whitney + Chris

Never in my life have I laughed more at an engagement session! All of my couples are so much fun in their own way, but Chris brought a whole new level to this session. When I first met Whitney I immediately took note of how kind, soft spoken, and sweet she is! We chatted wedding details over coffee at an outside table in the beautiful Winter Park. She told me all about Chris and how they’ve known each other since middle school. One little fact that she just happened to leave out, was how stinkin’ funny Chris is! Like really, really funny! Chris is such a ham and rarely did he take me serious in my posing suggestions, which in return made the pictures that much better in my opinion!

But you know what put a bigger smile on my face other than Chris’ jokes and silly antics? The way Whitney always laughed at him! He always got that genuine laugh and smile out of her and her love for his humor and personality was so evident the entire evening. She doesn’t roll her eyes or act embarrassed, she just laughs. I’ve heard it said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Well Whitney, I think it’s safe to say you’ll never have a day wasted!

Enjoy a preview of their engagement session. You’ll see some sillier than usual images but there’s no way I’m keeping these all to myself! Just try to look at them without smiling (you can’t!). 2018-02-18_00422018-02-18_00452018-02-18_00362018-02-18_00432018-02-18_00472018-02-18_00382018-02-18_00412018-02-18_00462018-02-18_00332018-02-18_00372018-02-18_00302018-02-18_00392018-02-18_00442018-02-18_00382018-02-18_00012018-02-18_00022018-02-18_00502018-02-18_00402018-02-18_00562018-02-18_00322018-02-18_00602018-02-18_00312018-02-18_00622018-02-18_00342018-02-18_00612018-02-18_00032018-02-18_00632018-02-18_00042018-02-18_00072018-02-18_00112018-02-18_00542018-02-18_00142018-02-18_00552018-02-18_00132018-02-18_00662018-02-18_00052018-02-18_00652018-02-18_00082018-02-18_00642018-02-18_00532018-02-18_00522018-02-18_00272018-02-18_00592018-02-18_00182018-02-18_00582018-02-18_00262018-02-18_00572018-02-18_00222018-02-18_00292018-02-18_00172018-02-18_00202018-02-18_00232018-02-18_00252018-02-18_00242018-02-18_00162018-02-18_00192018-02-18_00152018-02-18_00262018-02-18_0021

Engagement & Proposal

Crystal + Matthew

You guys have to meet Crystal and Matthew! This fun loving couple is from the beautiful state of New York. Life opened doors for both of them to come down to Florida and boy am I glad it did. Not only have I met new beautiful clients, but new friends! They are both so much fun to be around, kind, hilarious, and so loving towards each other!

It was a beautiful morning that allowed us the time to capture their love and excitement! Matthew proposed on their five year dating anniversary and I can’t wait to celebrate their new wedding anniversary at the stunning Cypress Grove Estates!

Crystal and Matthew, thank you so much for letting me come alongside your relationship and capture this beautiful season! I can’t wait to meet all your family and party with you guys… because I know with you two, it’s going to be a party!!

Congratulations!

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Engagement & Proposal

Thomas + Gabby Engagement Session

You guys! I cannot even handle this engagement session! Literally everything went perfect! It was a chilly Florida day with the sun bursting through the trees of this gorgeous state park. It provided a bright warmth that I love so much with just the right richness of color! Gabby and Thomas are the sweetest couple you’ve ever met, and I had the best assistant by my side making sure that everything was just right.

During this session I felt like pinching myself the whole time. How did I even get here?! I was typically the athlete, not the artist. I went to school for teaching, not photography. So how did I find myself in a field all giddy about amazing sun flare images with the sweetest couple and the best friend a girl could ask for?!

Surrender.

A holy surrender to what I thought my life would be. A life I planned out and thought I wanted. A plan that never included this city or this career. But thankfully, God knew me better than I knew myself. Sixteen years ago I surrendered my life to Him and it continues to be a life I didn’t even know I wanted. A life that is filled with joy and heartbreak. Laughter and tears. Victories and hardships. Mistakes and forgiveness. An abundant life.

Being around Gabby and Thomas on that Wednesday afternoon reminded me of how wonderful the beginning of their new season is. It’s a season of so many plans and so many question marks. A season of beginnings and ends. Of excitement and fear. Of laughter and tears. A season where you truly have no idea what you’re committing to but nonetheless you dive in and you surrender. You surrender to what was and what will be. And in that holy surrender, you find life.

Congratulations Gabby and Thomas in this new season! I’m humbled and thankful you let me come along with you!

Enjoy!

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