My 2010 Recap

2010 has been AMAZING!!! Here is a recap of the whirlwind ride…

Photographed my first TWO magazine covers!

Shot over 30 weddings…..I love this one because “6″ of my brides were all together :)

Met some super nice Celebrities….

My little boy started Kindergarten and my girl 4th grade…

In no particular order some of my favorite photos of 2010

My New Year’s Resolution I will continue from last year!

I will NOT sweat the small stuff
I will do more fun things with my children
I will take better care of my body
I will be a better wife
I will be a better friend
I will be a better mom
I will be a better person
I will worry less about how my house looks and more about how the people inside it feel
I will have more parties
I will give more of my time to charities
I will surround myself with positive people
I will remember my mother’s wise words “if it is worth doing it worth doing with EVERYTHING you have”
I will remember to be honest and thankful
I will continue to take pictures from my HEART & SOUL
I will remember every day that tomorrow is not promised to me and we only have TODAY

I wish love and positive thoughts for you ALL and Happy NEW YEAR!

Country Elegance :: Cypress Grove Estate House Orlando Florida

Allllll the way from DC Tess and Jared were married at the lovely Cypress Grove Estate House.  Country Elegance themed which meant AMAZING sweet tea, cupcakes, a blue grass band, light pink decor and a home made cookie bar with milk…..yeah I was in heaven!

All the stunning bridesmaids!

And they live happily ever after….

Central Florida Bride Magazine Cover Shoot

I am not usually the nervous type but for this shoot I was admittedly a little NERVOUS!  CFB Magazine let me pick the location and design ideas and honestly it is amazing to see a vision that was once only in my head come to life!

Here is the cover and inside editorial along with some of my favorite photos from the day and a special behind the scenes video.  Thank you again to the CFB team for believing in me and my vision for this shoot! A very special Thank You to all the vendors below without them none of it would have been possible.

Cake: Anna Cakes
Flowers: Atmospheres
Hair & Makeup : About Face
Dresses: Priscilla of Boston
Coordinator: Weddings in the City
Videography: Cinematique Films
Models: Eryn Mallard & Katie Repoff
Venue: Four Winds Ranch
Chairs: A Chair Affair

Central Florida Bride Magazine Shoot – Behind the Scenes from Cinematique Films on Vimeo.

The Amazing Miss Lauren

Not only is she beautiful on the outside she is even more beautiful on the inside! She inspires me!  She inspires me to be a better person, friend and Christian.  I feel like these pictures really show the real her.  She is sexy, sweet, innocent, daring and unafraid to show people her heart.  I am very very lucky to call her my friend…

My trip to Jamaica

So it is official I am an international wedding photographer!!  I am going to try to put the experience into words but honestly it is days like these that I wish I was a better writer.  You know how you hear people say “it was a life changing experience” and you think ummmm yeah right your a wackadoo.  Well not to sound cliche but I had a  “life changing experience”.   At first it seemed the “no problem mon” and “every ting is iry mon” was just something the natives say to us tourists, but at a further look you realize it is not just a saying it is a way of life.  They have a carefree no one really wears a watch or is in a hurry lifestyle.  They are passionate about love, sleeping, dancing and rum not money or power.  When women found out it was my birthday they would HUG me….do you hear what I am saying??? Grab me…put their arms all the way around me and HUG ME!

Here are some things I learned about Jamaica:
1) They drive on the left side of the road which felt really weird.
2) The national fruit is Ackee and it looks like scrambled eggs when cooked.
3) 2nd behind tourism the countries biggest contributory to the economy is a company called Bauxite which mines the soil and produces aluminum.
4) Cauliflower in cashew nut sauce is the BOMB!
5) If you stay on a piece of land for 5 years without someone claiming it then it becomes yours.  They call it capturing it and 30% of the whole island is own by capturing.
6) There are goats everywhere! Side of the road in yards everywhere.  I did not see one dog but I saw a million goats.
7) Fire coral is serious shit and I do not recommend putting a piece in your bathing suit.  Trust me I speak from experience!
8 ) Gave my taxi driver 2,000 Jamaican dollars which is about $23.00 US dollars.
9) A bacon, egg and cheese croissant at a Burger King in Jamaica tastes the exact same as one in US.
10) Pay the extra money to upgrade to ocean view it is worth every penny I was literally rocked to sleep every night to the sound of waves crashing.

Here are some pictures from the trip and a little video.  I learned so much in just a few days including that I need to slow down sometimes and enjoy my family more.  I know I will never be a person who doesn’t wear a watch but finding some balance I know is really important and I will find it!

Me on the balcony at the Hotel

Me and Molly on the beach with our clients

Pictures from the awesome wedding coming very soon and here is a sneak peek.