An Orlando Family Session

Orlando Family Session

This is a blog post about an Orlando family session at the Hard Rock Hotel and Universal Studios. With two adorable kids, the handsome Meehan and DePrenger family were on vacation. Visiting from Virginia, Michelle (mom of the two little ones) reached out and requested a family session.

Past, Present, Future

Michelle and I were college friends. We were both art majors and since the department is relatively small, we had a lot of classes together. Having met in a drawing class initially, we connected and have been friends ever since. So close, in fact, that we were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings.

Supporting the Arts

But we’re not just good friends. We also support each other’s businesses. I have and continue to hire Michelle for her graphic design services (see my logo? This is the lady behind it). She and her web designer also worked together to design and execute my websites. **so if you’re in need of a graphic designer, I just happen to know the best one!**

Michelle and her family also hire me for special occasions, like this one. For once, their family was together and wanted to document not only coming together, but also a little of their family vacation. Unfortunately, Michelle’s husband got called away for work last minute (although, I wouldn’t complain if I got called away to the Netherlands!). Guess this just means we’ll have another session in the near future!

Time Together

Our time together was short but amazing! We started our session at the Hard Rock hotel where they were staying. The grounds of this hotel are beautiful, with man-made bodies of water, bridges, gardens, and beautiful walkways.

Start scrolling to view a beautiful Orlando family session and the hotel’s beautiful scenery:

Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerLittle Nora didn’t take to the camera. She was definitely more interested in whatever was on the ground or in the water …Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerLove this shot with grandma walking with Nora. I think we found Nora’s favorite person…Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerBig brother Jack leading his baby sister!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerAge or size doesn’t matter! Nora loves pushing her big brother around in the stroller, and Jack loves it, too!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerSibling love: Michelle with her (not-so-little) brother.Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerSometimes you may not get a good family portrait, but you get some good play time!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerNora was not having it (obviously). But I love this picture for the sole purpose that it tells a story! She’s letting us know that she doesn’t want her picture taken with grandpa and big brother. Big brother is trying to figure out what’s the big deal. Grandpa is just amused!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerUnlike his little sister, Jack was having a great time having my full attention. Skipping, dancing, hopping, and showing off, Jack was having the time of his life!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerAll was well with the world once Nora was in mommy’s arms. Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerAlmost a full family portrait! With Michelle’s husband, Brian, working in the Netherlands and her mom having to take a conference call, we were able to get a partial family picture! Lucky for us, Michelle is a graphic designer. Maybe she can photograph the two in?!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerThis awesome life-sized game was by the Hard Rock Hotel‘s pool. I loved getting candids of little Jack playing with his uncle.Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerWhat I noticed about Nora is that she twirls her hair. Because I am obsessed with capturing personalities and little quirks and habits, I had to photograph this.Orlando Family Session | Florida Photographer

What’s even better is that the Hard Rock is connected to Universal Studios.

So this is where our Orlando family session changed scenery, and we headed on over to the park to Universal Studios and Dr. Seuss world …Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerNora loved the carousel, if you couldn’t tell! In fact, she rode this a few more times with grandpa, even after Jack, Michelle, and I left for another ride.Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerWe finished our session in the mini splash area where the kids were the happiest. We finally got real smiles out of Nora and I have to say, her smile is the CUTEST!Orlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida PhotographerOrlando Family Session | Florida Photographer“Most beasts are quite friendly, but still, in some lands … Some beasts are too dangerous to catch with bare hands.” What do you think? Is Jack a friendly beast? Or too dangerous to catch with bare hands?Orlando Family Session | Florida Photographer


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Xavier and Sonia’s Morikami Engagement Session

Xavier and Sonia’s Morikami Engagement Session

That moment when you meet someone and you just know. This was the case when I met Xavier and Sonia. The stars aligned and the three of us were introduced, leading to their Morikami engagement session and, soon, their wedding!

From Disney and Harry Potter to working out and being foodies, it’s like we are the same people! You can imagine how awesome our initial meeting was and how perfect their September wedding will be!

The Couple

When you meet these two, you can’t help but notice a few things.

One: What a beautiful couple they make.

Two: How much they truly love each other.

Three: They obviously work out!

Aside from the physical stuff, they are also two of the nicest people ever. They are genuine, kind-hearted, and just plain awesome!

Morikami Engagement Session

If the above wasn’t a good enough prelude for how their engagement session would be, let me sum it up for you. Perfect, perfect, perfect! The weather was amazing (not too hot like most Florida days can be). Morikami‘s gardens were gorgeous, as they always are. And Sonia and Xavier were perfect (there’s no better word).

As stated before, they obviously love each other. Just the way that they look at each other, can make each other laugh, and are always in sync (even their walking strides) … it’s amazing. I absolutely adored working with them and getting to know them better.

Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerI love this dance sequence! This is something that the hubs and I do, too. Girls aren’t the only ones who should have fun and twirl! The guys should be included, as well!!Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerAnd the award for best dressed goes to ….Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach Photographer

Morikami

Now, if you haven’t been to Morikami in Delray Beach yet, you must. It’s definitely one of my favorite places for an engagement session or wedding. In fact, Sonia and Xavier were contemplating having their wedding here but due to personal reasons and logistics, they chose not to.

There is just such a variety of scenery, as you’ll notice as you scroll through the pictures. Bamboo, bonsai trees, lakes, small waterfalls, Japanese style buildings, Japanese-inspired gates, etc., they have it all!

Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerBecause who doesn’t love a good dip?!Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerSonia and Xavier’s outfits make me so happy. Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerI always have one picture from every session that really stands out to me. It’s personal preference and for me, that picture makes an impression. That picture would be the one below. Standing in the background, behind the trees, I just allowed them to be themselves and interact as they normally would. I am obsessed! Doesn’t this image just scream love?Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerPure love 😍Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerFor the second half of our session, Xavier and Sonia did an outfit change. Couples who work out together, stay together! These two do just that! Even better, they challenge each other (as you can tell by the pictures below 😂)Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerTake note of her cool necklace – LOVE!!!Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerMorikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach PhotographerA little friendly competition never hurt anybody!Morikami Engagement Session | Delray Beach Photographer


 

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Newborn Baby Layla

A South Florida Newborn Session: Layla

I always love a good South Florida newborn session! Newborn sessions are unpredictable (never boring) and keep a photographer on their toes. You never know how the baby will be in front of the camera, not to mention how they’ll be when you try to change their outfits or get them naked. Some babies have to be clothed or wrapped at all times, but mom and dad want cute nudies! I mean, who doesn’t love an adorable butt shot?!

Who’s Really in Charge Here?

At the end of the day though, the baby is in charge! If they’re hungry, tired, or want to be bundled up, that’s the way we got to go. And that’s okay! Your baby is beautiful and will continue to do amazingly adorable things throughout the session as long as you keep them happy.

Newborn Layla

Layla was definitely in charge. Her session took place only days after being born, and was still experiencing everything for the very first time. She loved being clothed, and her priority during our entire session was to be fed. I know this can be frustrating for most, but her parents were amazing and just going with the flow. If we needed to take photos during feeding time, perfect! What a normal, beautiful, and natural moment to document.

However …

Do you remember how I mentioned that a happy baby equals an adorable session? Well, that’s exactly what happened. We allowed Layla to sleep and be fed, and we ended up not only with beautiful documentary shots, but also with the most adorable tutu and pearl-wearing baby pictures!

 

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A Boca Raton Christening

A Boca Raton Christening

I had the pleasure of documenting a very special Boca Raton Christening. Baby Aden’s started his journey of faith at the Ascension Catholic Church, surrounded by so much love and support.

As with most baby Christenings, Aden was not really aware of what was going on. He knew he was getting a lot of attention by faces that he recognized. There were fun lit candles that he wanted to play with but wasn’t allowed to (this didn’t make him too happy haha)! A water fountain was involved and there was oil painted on his face.

Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionIt’s a momentous day and all of Aden’s closest friends and families came to celebrate!Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionHis big moment! I know what you’re all asking, how did he handle the water-pouring? Like a champ! Well, a champ who allows it at first and then pushes it away 😄Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionMarking Aden with oil:Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionAll Aden wants at this point is that candle! 😄Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionEveryone’s celebrating! Just take a look at Aden clapping (first picture below). Next to it is Avery and her dad fist pumping:Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionHow adorable are these decorations?! Aden’s mommy, Lauren, did such an amazing job with the help of her sisters! Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionWhen you have your event catered by Chipotle, you know it’s going to be one delicious meal! I am such a fan of all their food!!!Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionBoca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionYou’d never guess that Aden was having the time of his life …. 😉Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionKids, just being kids 💕Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family SessionA blessing of the food before the partying commenced!Boca Raton Christening | Boca Raton Family Session©Sweet Memories Photography

A Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session: Jessica and Alan

A Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session: Jessica and Alan

Jessica and I first started chatting on Instagram, when she was looking into doing a couples’ session. Since she is currently living the life in Bali (not exactly close, is she?!), she wanted formal photos of her and her boyfriend, Alan, while she was in town. Little did she know that she would become engaged shortly after reaching out to me! So what was supposed to be a Matheson Hammock Park couples’ session became a Matheson Hammock Park engagement session!

Because we all love a love story …

This adorable couple met online fourteen years ago. You read that right. Fourteen, yes, 14 years ago! They met online strictly as friends, especially since Jessica was and has always lived in Indonesia (so jealous!). After conversing day after day, Jessica and Alan became great friends. But you can only get to know someone so much online … Alan persuaded her to visit the United States so they could finally meet in person.

That trip sealed their fate. These two were not only best friends, but also soulmates.

What Happened Next???

Jessica and Alan continued their long distance relationship, but not without making plans for their future. As mentioned before, shortly after reaching out to me was New Year’s Eve and this is when Alan proposed. They started off 2018 with a bang!

The Future

Well, obviously there’s a wedding in the future!!!! The wedding planning is a work in progress with Jessica still living in Bali but she’ll be back here in no time. Last time she and I spoke, Alan was biting at the bit to speed up the process (haha!). There will be a wedding in the near future and I look forward to seeing more of these two lovelies!

 

Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerPure chemistry! These two are obviously deeply, madly in love. They couldn’t keep their hands or eyes off of each other, or those big smiles off their faces!Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerI love this view! Matheson Hammock park has some of the most gorgeous backdrops ever!Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerJessica is one beautiful lady!Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerEeeek! One of my favorite pics of all time:Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerBecause I thought the tree was cool …Matheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerMatheson Hammock Park Engagement Session | Miami PhotographerAre you thinking more, more, MORE?! Slide on over to our gallery page to see more beautiful couples and sessions!