Sunday, November 30, 2008


I'm the eldest of five. The youngest are my twin sisters and in between I have two brothers. My brother Daniel and his wife came down from NC for Thanksgiving. So we went up to the studio and shot his Xmas photos and ours.

I love the look on his face on this one.

A little glam glow on the next one.
A vintage effect on their Xmas photo.

I've got to edit some wedding photos and some other portraits, but after that, I'm hoping to post some actual Thanksgiving photos.
Turkey Rod Run (classic car event in Daytona) was this weekend. Would have liked to have gone and taken my camera, but I was just exhausted. I used to own a 65 Mustang, my mom owns a 50 Chevy truck and a 64 Ford Falcon (what the Mustang was built off of). I love classic cars, maybe next year.

Friday, November 28, 2008

My Christmas portraits

Every year my husband and I pose for photos and make holiday cards with them. Since I show most everyone else's photos, I figured I would also post my own.

Because we goof around alot...

Happy Holidays to you. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family and friends and people who truly love you.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The holidays are here.

And I seriously need to mop the kitchen and frontroom! My brother got to town this weekend. I've been cooking and cleaning up a storm. Trying out new recipes, etc. I love Betty Crocker.

Yesterday, I woke up and went to let the chickens out. We got, for free, two HUGE Buff Orpington chickens at a swap meet Saturday. They are probably 4x larger than my Silkie chicken. When standing completely erect they are over 2' tall.

After I let them out I took my brother's dogs and my lab out in the back to let them run for a bit. The light was coming through the woods so nicely, in that morning glow that makes you glad to be alive. The photo above is of my labrador mutt, Onyx.

I'll probably post chicken photos on the chicken blog today. For now, I need to go back to editing wedding photos.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Teenagers: Oh how they hate photos

Lea has been one of my bestfriends for the last 15 years. She doesn't have any children, but because of family drama her and her husband Will took in his teenage nephew.

Teenagers are hard enough (not that I have any), but taking on someone else's teenager who has quite a bit of angst against his parents, well that's a whole 'nother thing entirely.

Lea comes in once a year for Christmas portraits (for their holiday cards) and this year wanted her nephew Lane to have some individual photos done.

He's not a smiley kid, a lot of teenagers and guys aren't. But I managed to get some out of him.
Lea giving him a "pep talk." (Please note they are playing and he is laughing!)

Doesn't that look like a teenage face to you! (Vintage coloring.)
This isn't your average family pose, of course, I'm not your average photographer, and they aren't your average family. So it works well!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Playing catch up

Been playing catch up today. Finished 3 albums and had them ordered for clients. Placed an order for client holiday cards and orders.

Still have a wedding I need to finish editing. Tons of personal photos I need to go through as well. I've been working on an album of my own photos and it feels like I'm never going to finish it, lol.

Here are some from the Jacksonville fair.

We were walking around looking for fattening foods when I looked at the ferris wheel and saw the light hitting it just right. I love ferris wheel photos in general, but I really loved how the light was playing off the metal. (Virtually NO photoshop editing to the ferris wheel photos.)

There's a Counting Crows song where he talks about how he loves the contrast of "white on white." This next photo reminds me of that.
Of course, having chickens we had to see what other chickens are out there. We really like these guys. Not sure what the deal is with our obsession with chickens and crazy fros.
My husband Andy and our friend's daughter Calista looking at chickens. Notice she's carrying a rooster Webkinz. (For those who don't have kids, it's like a beanie baby you register online and they have a whole community for kids.)
For this next one, I had to wait for a bit until the calf moved her head into the right position and the light fell on her so perfectly.
I don't know if I like the color or B&W version better.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mimi & Buddy

Katie has been bringing her kids to me to be photographed for several years now. I hadn't seen her in quite awhile--like most people, life just got in the way. She was going to medical school and the kids and family were having their typical ups and downs.

She finally made it in last weekend with the kids to get Christmas photos done. The kids didn't recognize me, but I remembered them. It's funny how children's attitudes change. The first time I photographed them Mimi didn't want to sit still and be photographed, second time, Buddy didn't. This time I managed to get some good shots of both of them without a parent holding them in place, lol!

This one kind of makes me laugh. He reminds me of a little kid in a commercial. Like he's playing like he's flying--thus his feet are in the air.
Buddy just thought that hat was too funny! Made him smile, that's all that matters! I love the vintage coloring on photos with a lot of color.

This is their holiday card photo this year.

I don't have kids and sometimes I don't remember what the "magic words" are that make kids do what you need them to. I tried getting Buddy to sit Indian style and he looked at me weird. Finally, momma says "criss cross apple sauce." LOL.
He just rocked on his butt. Like a typical little one does sitting in that position, grabbing his shoes as he rocked. I think the photo just brings back memories of a 1st grade hallway with tons of little kids on their butt rocking like that and giggling.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Santa is coming to the studio!

Avoid the mall lines! Santa will be here from 11-4pm on Dec. 13th.

$15 for a 5x7, $20 for an 8x10, and there is a package deal for $40.

There will be food from Chik Fil A.

You can walk in or set up an appointment. Pets are allowed, no additional cost.
Tell your friends! Hope to see you there!

1523 Chaffee Road, enter through Brightway Insurance.

Friday, November 14, 2008

The chickens have their own blog now!


If you are one of our clients who loves seeing pics of the chickens, they will now be posted at their own blog. It won't be updated quite as frequently, but all the cuteness shall be contained there!

Kelli & Steve

Kelli was referred to me by Makeup Expressions by Staci. Kelli's getting married to Steve next month and Staci referred her to me for photos. Kelli, unfortunately had already signed a contract with someone else for her wedding photos but wanted to use Freelance 4 Hire for her engagement session.

We got together Saturday at Riverside Park for their session. They were a cute couple, but hard to get some good smiles out of! LOL.

I love a good B&W, I've said that before, haven't I?
This one has a specialty coloring to it and also a bit of a glow.

One of my favorite times of day is near sunset, when the sky is changing colors and you get all those gorgeous blues.

Staci, with Makeup Expressions by Staci, did the makeup. She can be booked at: 383-8090

Thursday, November 13, 2008


One of my past wedding clients submitted a photo of mine to the newest issue of Jacksonville Magazine. I used to get the mag, but it seems to have stopped coming the last couple of months. I got a phone call from someone I know saying they spotted one of my photos. They said their eyes were drawn to it because it was so different from the rest of the wedding photos on the page, lol!

It's on page 16, the bottom right couple:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A library wedding

Who knew you could get married at the library?

The library in Ponte Vedra has a nice little veranda outside overlooking a little pond and that's exactly where Erin & Jack tied the knot.

Jack, dressed in his white sailor suit. I love the vintage coloring on this one, as he's looking back towards his wife-to-be walking down the aisle towards him.
A memory lane (glowish look with a yellowy coloring) filter on this one.
I love shooting couples as they walk past me down the aisle after just becoming man and wife. They always look so happy and you get the best smiles!
The reception was at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. The couple walked in and immediately started scoping everything out. Their curiosity directed itself into some nice images without me saying a thing.

There was a nice, beautiful sky that day. I didn't add anything to the sky in these photos--it's all natural. There was a little rain for the ceremony, but the rain stayed away for the couple's personal photos.
It might sound cheezy, but I love this next shot. The way the light is hitting the logo on his shirt, the color of the champagne, just reminds me of an ad in a magazine.
This next one is a commom problem at almost every wedding. A mom, a sister, a bridesmaid, someone is always asking the bride, "where is the hook, how do you hook this thing?" And then a search ensues by everyone in the area for several minutes trying to get the train up. : >

The cute newlyweds in their limo.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

City Girls Boutique

One of my favorite sessions to do is kids. Kids and pets can be quite tricky and normally parents get frustrated and just want the kids to smile. Often, they just don't think any of the pics aren't going to be good cause the kid just didn't want to really do what momma says at that moment. But I try to hold out for that little smirk and I have never had a session where I didn't get some adorable shots of a little kid who seemed like would never smile.

That's not what this blog is about though. Although, it does have little kids in it, both of which were difficult to get to smile! It's actually about some ads I did for City Girls Boutique which sells tutus.

These are some photos from those sessions. The first collage is from one of the kids, but is more of a personal pic for mom, who just loved this winter hat. Daddy called it the "pigtail hat" because it made her look like she had pigtails. LOL.

I love this shot of her just walking away with that candy bucket!

If you want some tutus for your little princess, check out City Girls on Myspace.
And if you haven't added me on Myspace, do! Our specials get posted there. Plus all of our clients get free Myspace photos!