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“The Voice Of The Sea Speaks To The Soul.”

One of the most beautiful sites in Pensacola are the beaches.  Regardless what side of town you live on, a sandy waterfront view is just a short drive away.

This is one of the things that makes our area an attraction to visit and a desirable place to live.   Beaches aren’t just a great place to bask in the wonderful Florida rays.  They can also be places of great peace.

Some days  listening to the Emerald waves crash against platinum sandy beaches is all it takes to relieve your soul of the rough ride of life.  So take a moment to enjoy a blissful moment on your way home and let it wash away the worries of the day.

While you’re at it, schedule your own serene beach session today!

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Voyage To Joy

“To learn to play, seriously, is one of the great secrets of spiritual exploration.”~ Rachel Pollack

Children are natural explorers. They see things with fresh, uninhibited eyes that savor and revisit their experiences often.  Working with these little adventurers reminds me that even though I have lived a while, I am not always living.  As an adult, I often forget what it means to just be in the moment and especially, how to re-visit those moments of sheer joy.

The little ones I work with and others who are in my life, remind me that life is a quest, but not one which the final destination is most important.  This voyage is more about the steps, the inventing and reinventing yourself as you connect with others on similar paths.

So push yourself with open eyes.  Smile at the gifts around you and enjoy the view as you climb the mountains of life.

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Family Is Important

Family means different things based on who you are.  In mixed groups, personal definitions could mean anything from direct blood relatives to those whom you’ve acquired unique, close bonds with.

For me, the both are true.  Growing up in a military home, I learned first hand that limiting “family” to just genetics doesn’t always work.  Sometimes you have to rely on those who’ve earned your trust by being committed to the mutual success of all involved.  They start off as friends, but gradually through motivational words and inspiring acts, prove to be much more.

Now as an adult serving families similar to my own, I see the struggle of families (especially military ones) even more clearly.  Remaining united and strong happens with constant communication, plans for visits, and (thanks to technology) video chatting.  So as you like that IG post, watch the latest Snap, or “react” to the last Facebook message, remember family is important no matter how you define it.

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Seeing Your Essence

I love my clients.  I mean REALLY, REALLY love them.  DSC_0300

As a photographer, I get to see the very essence of each of you.  That magic and wonder which makes bw3you, simply put, YOU.  I get to capture the glisten in your eyes that expresses the love you feel, your compassion, the very foundations of how you were created.

Through these moments of connection, time stands still in the beautiful portraits we create together and as an artist I’m always excited to find new ways to celebrate these significant creations with you. DSC_0293b

Many of my clients have granted me the privilege of being with them through various stages of their lives.  Renae and Brian are a great example of just that.

Shooting your star moments!I met this adorable couple just a little less than two years ago and they told me the amazing story of how they fell in love over a song.  On our very first phone conversation, I immediately knew THIS was a couple I wanted to work with.

From their engagement photos, to boudoir, and their big day, they have allowed me into the most intimate places, their hearts.  So it was an honor for me to capture a lovely scene where they not only celebrated their 1st Anniversary, but also the big news of the expansion of their family.

I couldn’t be happier for them or any more grateful that they’ve shared it with me.  Congratulations to this beautiful couple and thank you for letting me be a special part of your family!DSC_0287b


The Kindness Challenge

When was the last time you took pictures? If you’re like me, it wasn’t that long ago as I was practicing facial expressions in this morning’s “selfie adventure” lol. Chances are though, that you are among the more common side of the population who generally avoid personal photos for as long as they can.Shooting your star moments!

Far more frequently as adults we opt to avoid the photographic opportunities we seek to capture. Thinking that the moment, perfectly framed, frozen in time is better in some way without our presence. I hear the excuses all the time; “not today”, “let me get dolled up first”, “I want to loose a couple of pounds” or “I just don’t like how I look in pictures” we opt to remove our countenance from joys of today with the hope that tomorrow will be different.

And yes, tomorrow will be different, but the moments will be gone. With every excuse, we keep ourselves out of the visual archives of family history that our children will return to and share for generations to come. The photos they will use to describe who we are and our roles to their children will be left to just words.Shooting your star moments!
Not to mention, the idea that in denying ourselves these opportunities, we are also in a way saying that there is something lacking in who we are.

As a woman, I know that being self-conscious about my appearance can be a difficult struggle, but as a mom, I know that to my son, I AM PERFECT. He doesn’t care if I’m wearing makeup or in my pj’s, he thinks I’m beautiful and if he’s like me, he will always think his mom is beautiful. Our families are not looking to see the latest styles or the skinniest version of our physical selves. They want to enjoy the memories of love in our eyes and bliss in our smiles.

So whether you want to loose a few pounds or need a tan or don’t like your freckles; take your mind off those things and put yourself out there any way. Take your mind off what you think are imperfections and allow them to be the things that make you beautiful!

Today is random acts of kindness day and I challenge each of you to be kind to yourself!Shooting your star moments!

Remember: “you may not be perfect, but you are an original, limited edition!”~author unknown

For the love of Shutter Pt. 1

As someone who really loves seeing the beauty through the eye of my lens it can be hard to throttle back the amount of images I capture. This is especially true since my shooting time is so limited (if you didn’t know I have a full time admin job, an insane hunger for learning, and a family complete with kids, husband, & dogs). So when I’m out at a session or just wandering around some of the beautiful places I see, I just can’t help taking pictures……LOTS of them.

This is great for the experience of studying my work and eye value later, but not so great when I’m on a timed session or it’s time to pick and choose what to show, keep, and share.

I think I may have a shutter addiction (don’t judge me, the struggle is real). My clients love the fact they have so many awesome and breathtaking photos to choose from, but for me picking favorites is a nail-biting, on the edge of your seat thriller.

As I get busier with appointments, I had to creat a set of rules to follow before, during, and after sessions. So here’s the first of three posts about what you can expect me to be doing so we can stay on track:

1. Define a clear vision that we want to get from the session. This happens in our scheduling conversation (if its a major session we might have several). Be clear about what you want your portraits to look like. If you don’t have an exact idea, we can create one that you’ll love together based on things you enjoy.

2. Set a time-limit for each activity. If your session is a 2 hour beach photo shoot for your family and you want to change clothes once, there’s no worries about how we can time that (an hour in each outfit), but if you have a mini-shoot (generally 45 minutes) changing clothes is really not a great option. This being said, if you want a shoot that shows several different scenes, we have to allot for that as well. .facebook_1406151074757

What do you love about how your favorite photographer manages their sessions? If you’re the portrait artist, what are some of the things you do to keep control of your sessions?

What to expect, when you’re expecting….Great Portraits

Lately I’ve received a LOT of referral business and that is AWESOME, but it made me reconsider the expectations new clients have for me.

Of course, they want great quality images that truly portray who they are, but for me that’s not enough! I expect the portraits I capture to really reflect the emotion hidden behind the eyes of my subjects! I want that flaming passion to rise, the excitement to glow, and the love to rush through each picture pouring onto the viewer in a way that is so textured its transports you!Shooting your star moments!

The easiest way to accomplish this is to make sure my clients enjoy their session and have confidence in me as their photographer. So it’s important that we chat a bit before we even meet to find out a little about each other. Then we chat some more when it’s photo time and throughout the session we talk, laugh, and play in order to lower barriers; truly displaying the person’s spirit.Shooting your star moments!

Other things I think clients are looking for are guidance; what to wear, how to pose, should we bring props? My honest opinion is that all of this is a matter of preference. Clothing shouldn’t be the center of your portraits (even if it’s the BIG day, you should always be the shining star, not your dress).

Pick clothes that look nice and are comfortable yes, but aren’t so busy or bright that they overpower YOU! Remember you wear the clothes not the other way around. I generally suggest items that arent too flashy (unless that’s what you like), keeping patterns to a minimum, complimentary makeup, jewelry that isn’t excessive in size, those kinds of things. Then I tell people don’t worry so much about poses, we’ll get to those when we get there, but if you find one you REALLY love we can totally include it in the session.
Props make a session fun and can add a little variety to the portraits you take, but keep it to a minimum (2 or 3 tops) or you’ll have more silly momento-like portraits and not enough of the ones you’d like to send out as wedding announcements or Christmas cards.
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All in all, no matter who your portrait artist is, your session should be a reflection of you with an artist’s flair. Don’t stress too much over the small stuff. Have fun with your photographer and let the naturla smiles flow!

What do you expect from your Portrait Photographer?