Florida Baby Photography: Stella

Florida Baby Photography: Stella

I love doing Florida baby photography, especially when it comes to working with sweet angels, like Stella! Although very apprehensive of me and my camera, her personality really shone. And you know how much I love capturing personalities!

Apparently, Stella knew something was up the night before. So instead of sleeping her normal schedule, she threw everyone off but changing it up.

Oh, how babies like to keep us on our toes 😉

Baby Stella

I started our session like I start all baby sessions … introducing myself and trying to get on the baby’s good side. Stella was not having it! 🤣 My crazy facial expressions, my weird noises, off-key singing … nothing worked!

From there, I just kept snapping away as mom and dad changed Stella:

Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Kissed her toes, flew her as an airplane to mom and dad … basically, anything to get a reaction out of her.Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!And, although she didn’t smile,  we were able to get a few family pictures with her at least facing the camera! (and before it got too hot out!)Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!**Side note: I am totally in love with mom’s dress!!**Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Stella is a huge daddy’s girl and was perfectly content in his arms.Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Okay, seriously, babies in tutus just make my day!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Capturing her expressions and those eyes 😍 Every wonder what your baby is thinking? I’d pay $1,000,000 to find out!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Because who can resist those tiny toes?!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Our last attempt at getting a smile out of her …Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Before heading to pass-the-baby-around and meal time!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!And when the cell phone didn’t make her happy …Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!It was off to cradling and nap time.Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Such a sweet angel. I just couldn’t get enough of those cheeks!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!With nap time, comes the cute, sleeping baby pictures!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!#obsessed Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!There are those toes again!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Just what the baby needed … a quick nap! Stella awoke, still apprehensive, but more aware of her surroundings and open to being entertained. Cue the cell phone and music videos again:Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!There it is – the best smile in the world!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!A fleeting moment, but a moment just the same. Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!To celebrate Stella’s 6-month birthday, the entire family came in for a family photo (followed by brunch!). I have a feeling Stella passed out shortly after this picture was taken!Florida Baby Photography is all about capturing the love, personality, and expressions!


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B+J’s Spanish River Park Engagement Session

B+J’s Spanish River Park Engagement Session | Florida Engagement Photographer

Brie said ‘yes’ to love of her life, Jared, in the Florida Keys. Having met in college, this gorgeous couple are now planning their January wedding in Tampa. Although they don’t live in Tampa, they love the area and it’s central enough to where their family and friends can easily travel to for their big day. But with Brie and Jared currently residing in Boca Raton, with Jared studying at Florida Atlantic University, they wanted to do a local session. And what better way to celebrate than to do a Spanish River Park engagement session?!

Thank you, Pinterest, and hello Spanish River Park!

This bride-to-be reached out after seeing some of my Boca Raton park photos on Pinterest. I’m sure by now you know that it’s one of my favorite locations to shoot at. Although it’s not the largest spot to explore and photograph, it has so much to offer. Spanish River Park has ideal lighting near sunset, lots of greenery, direct access to the intracoastal waterway, and a boat pier leading to mangroves and rocks.

Unfortunately, the sun was in hiding. Never fear! With or without the sun, the park is beautiful and my couple even moreso!

Meet Kai

Bring your furbaby (or babies) to your engagement session! I’m such a fan of animals, and I also understand that they’re family. Why not include them in your session?
Sidenote: I highly recommend bringing along a family member or friend to help. Having someone there to help grab your furbaby’s attention, hand me treats, and/or be there to hold the leash for shots that don’t include him or her makes all the difference!

So needless to say, when Brie asked if she could bring her baby boy, Kai, I was all for it! Kai was the perfect model as you’ll see below:

Now Let’s Get to Our Spanish River Park Engagement Session

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Spanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerSpanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerSpanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerSpanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerHave some fun during your engagement session Cut loose! Whether it’s trying a new dance move (like below), tickling, or just saying silly little nothings in their ear … it never fails to produce amazing reactions, thus creating a beautiful image!Spanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerSpanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerSpanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerSpanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerLucky for us, although it looked like rain during our entire time at the park, the rain held off just long enough to take some beautiful pictures. Not to mention, we had some gorgeous sky and lighting at the end. #obsessedSpanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerSpanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerSpanish River Park Engagement Session filled with love, laughter, and happily ever after | Florida Engagement PhotographerCongratulations, Brie and Jared! I’m so honored to have been a part of this celebration with you. Wishing you lots of love on your wedding day and your future together❣


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A Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton

A Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton

Remember Claire and Chloe’s Peppa Pig birthday party last year? Well, these two cuties are back with a Lilly Pulitzer birthday party in Boca Raton! Per usual, their mom did a phenomenal job with the planning and decorations, most of which she did herself. It was definitely the party of the year and one not to be missed!

Not to mention, there was fun to be had everywhere you looked: a water slide, inflatable pool, Lilly Pulitzer sprinkler, playground, and face-painter/balloon artist …

For the adults, there was food and shade. What more could us, adults, ask for on a July day in Florida?

Needless to say, there wasn’t a bored body at James A. Rutherford park on Claire and Chloe’s day.

The Birthday Girls and Their Birthday Party

Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerHow awesome are these homemade party hats?! I love how they came in a variety of Lilly Pulitzer’s designs.Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerFun cups, games, crayons and balloons lined the kiddie table:Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerDid you know that Lilly Pulitzer got her start with a simple juice stand? “She soon transformed her citrus-stained clothing into a line of brightly colored shift dresses in an array of cheery prints.” The rest is history!Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerPublix really does make some yummy cakes. Plus, aren’t they super cute?Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerClaire loved having her face painted. She loved it so much that she washed off her Elsa face, and later went back to have her face repainted as Hello Kitty and to have her arm painted.Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerAlthough I love all forms of photography, my all-time favorites are the natural and candid moments! Capturing people, especially kids, in their element is the most rewarding.Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerOkay, so here is my favorite photo from Chloe and Claire’s Lilly Pulitzer birthday party in Boca Raton. Every time I see this picture, I giggle:Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerJust some of the many families who came out to celebrate with the cuties:Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerOf course, I had to grab this shot of Claire. Is she not the cutest Hello Kitty? Plus, the balloon was way bigger than her whole body!Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerThe next Lilly Pulitzer?Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerIsis’s awesome DYI pinata …Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerAll the kids had a blast taking turns hitting the pinata. Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerBoth girls were obsessed with lighting the candle on their cakes.Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerHappy birthday to these two:Lilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerLilly Pulitzer Birthday Party in Boca Raton | Florida PhotographerThank you so much for allowing me to celebrate with you all again! I look forward to being a part of this yearly tradition!

Sweet Memories’ Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session

Sweet Memories’ Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session

Getting Ready for your engagement session and don’t know where to start? Whether it’s picking a location, what to wear, what to bring, etc., push it aside and take a deep breath. Your upcoming session doesn’t need to be another item to add to your list of things to stress about! I have put together my own list of tips for a successful and fun engagement session to help guide you.

Location

Choose a location and/or atmosphere that you feel comfortable to be yourselves in. A lot of couples choose a place that is significant to them whether it’s where they met, where they got engaged, or just their “happy place.”

Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session | Boca Raton Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session | Boca RatonNo location is a bad location. I have had couples ask me to shoot in Wynwood for a more artistic and eclectic look, at a local and favorite restaurant where they dine often, and the college where they first met. The more personal, the better I say!

What to Wear

The most important thing is that YOU feel pretty/handsome. Wear clothes that you feel great in, fit well, are comfortable, and compliment your significant other’s outfit. Stay away from extremely busy patterns and wearing matchy-matchy outfits (white shirts, blue jeans, etc.). Combinations that I love are:

Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session | Boca Raton

**the above inspiration photos under “What to Wear” are not my own**

Keep in mind, these are looks that I personally love. Everyone has different taste and style. These are just examples of how you can mix and coordinate colors and patterns. You can always utilize  Pinterest for most ideas!

Trial Run

If you’re having your hair and makeup professionally done for your wedding day, this might be a great opportunity to schedule your trial run. This often adds to tip number 2 in helping you feel gorgeous during your engagement session. And it always benefits you to work with your hair and makeup people beforehand, and see how everything is going to look on the day of your wedding.

Although it is definitely not mandatory … you’re gorgeous au naturel!

Props

We welcome any props you may want to use, whether it’s your dog, a save-the-date board, balloons, sparklers, etc. Some of the cutest photos are the ones where they include personal and fun items.

Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session | Boca Raton

If you choose to bring a pet, balloons, champagne, sparklers, etc., make sure to check with your location about this. Some locations require a specific permit, an additional fee, or strictly forbid it.

When it comes to your furbabies, please bring an extra person. We won’t need your pet in every photo but want to have them accessible! An extra person will help with this as they can hold the leash while we have our fun!

Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session | Boca Raton

Timing

Be on time! This is very important! Engagement sessions are scheduled at a specific time for optimal lighting conditions. Give yourself plenty of time to arrive at your engagement session location. You never know whether traffic or parking will be an issue, or if you run into any other uncontrollable situation. Arriving on time benefits you and the photographer – you will receive beautiful and beautifully-lit photos and your photographer won’t feel rushed through the session. Optimizing your time with your photographer is a sure way to ensure memories and photos to last forever.

Plus, time is valuable. We don’t want to waste your time, so please be respectful of ours.

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Trust

Trust your photographer to be creative, make you feel comfortable, direct you when needed, and provide you with some amazing shots! If you worry too much about controlling the session, you won’t have fun and neither will your photographer.

However, there is nothing wrong with sharing a few photos that you love and inspire you prior to the session. In fact, I personally want to know what my couples love about my photos and what speaks to them. I will often ask them for their top five favorite images to get a feel for what sort of session they’re looking for. Do they like more candids or more traditional? Sunrise or sunset? More or less artistic?

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HAVE FUN!

Be yourselves, interact with each other, be playful, laugh, and have a good time! This is the perfect chance to have fun and more casual photos of the two of you. There are a plethora of ways you can use these photos: wedding website, social media, save-the-dates, to display around the house, albums, even a guest sign-in book or photo.

Tips for a Successful and Fun Engagement Session | Boca RatonNewly engaged? Let’s grab coffee or a glass of wine and chat about your big day, answer any questions or concerns you have, and talk about celebrating together! Contact me today!

Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner Park

Family Portraits in Boca Raton

The Tarazis moved to Florida about one year ago. Amidst the move, having a baby, and all the craziness that ensues, they never got a chance to do family portraits in Boca Raton with their two daughters and newborn son. Which brings us to today’s session at Mizner Park!

What’s Mizner Park?

“Discover a luxury landmark at Mizner Park, located in beautiful Boca Raton. No trip to this picturesque place is complete without a visit to this retail property, which offers unparalleled retail stores set in a perfectly landscaped, park-like environment. Come for the shopping, stay for dinner and a movie at the onsite cinema.”

Bringing Home to Boca Raton

When I first spoke to Evelyn Tarazi, I didn’t know their story. We discussed the standard stuff through our emails and phone conversations: what should they wear? What props should be brought? What tips do I have as the photographer?

I like to keep the personal stuff and questions for the day of our session. This way it feels more personal and I’m a huge supporter of face-to-face conversation.

What I learned about the Tarazis during our session is that, although they’re originally from south Florida, they had just moved back from northern Virginia. Small world! My husband and I moved from northern Virginia about 2 years ago and getting to know this family was like having a bit of home brought to Florida.

Just like myself, the Tarazis miss the Virginia area and its four seasons. As you know, Florida gets to be a bit intolerably hot for a longer amount of time than most areas, especially Virginia. While they have fall, we are still experiencing summer. 🙄 Plus, the museums, culture, diversity, architecture … the things you take for granted while you’re there and then miss when it’s no longer easily available. Not that Florida doesn’t have those things, but it’s definitely different! And for me, I was born and raised in Virginia so I knew nothing else until I moved down here. Virginia is and always be home for me.

Throughout our session and some play time with the children, we enjoyed reminiscing about good old Virginia. And luckily for all of us, we all have plans to visit the area very soon!

Say Cheese!

This family session in Boca Raton was on the more traditional side, seeing as they hadn’t done newborn portraits of baby Jason or any recent ones of them as a family. And the grandparents are biting at the bit for some!

Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkJust a little father-son bonding time:Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkProud, big sisters.Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkWhat a gorgeous family! And the nicest!Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkI think daddy Jason can work the hat just as well as baby Jason:Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkMommy’s boy.Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkThat smile is everything! And I am so obsessed with his little bowtie!Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkI don’t think baby Jason knows what to make of this. Conflicting feelings?Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkAs with all of my sessions we also made sure to get some candid shots, which the ladies were a huge fan of. They were all about dancing on the fountains and playing some mini golf.Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkJason: 7 months old, teething, obsessed with pulling grass (to the point we had to place him on fake grass), and loves to eat anything he can put his hands and mouth on, including golf balls!

Future pro golfer?Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkWe just can’t get enough of this little face …Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkProud mom and dad of the most beautiful family.Family Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner ParkFamily Portraits in Boca Raton | Mizner Park

Whether you’re looking for a traditional family session like this one, or more of a lifestyle (natural) approach, I’d love to be a part of it! You can contact me here.