Abby is 10! | Walt Disney World Portrait Session

There are many ways to celebrate a birthday, but celebrating at Walt Disney World tops the proverbial cake. Abby is turning ten in just a few days, and her birthday celebration included a day at the most magical place on earth and a photo shoot to commemorate turning the big 1-0. We dodged a brief rain shower, found the best spots for photos, rode a few rides, and wrapped up in the evening as the sun set and guests began finding their spots for the fireworks. I had a wonderful time playing in and exploring the park with Abby + her mom, Katy, and am thrilled to bring her images to the blog today. Happy birthday, Abby! May all your wishes and dreams come true.

Enjoy the images.

Have an absolutely magical day, friends!

Quote of the day: “The first fact about the celebration of birthdays is that it is a good way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive.”
-G.K. Chesterton

Logan | Artistic + Urban Florida Senior Session | Class of 2018

I’m sitting down typing this while a storm rages outside (kudos to you, Irma), excited to bring this creative and light soaked session to you before my power goes out. Logan is another member of the fantastic Class of 2018, and this session set a new benchmark in terms of theming, new locations, energy, and all around creativity. We met on a warm and clear Florida day at a green, oak covered pathway and began the session. It didn’t take too long to be chased away by hordes of bloodthirsty mosquitoes (actual clouds of them were surrounding us, y’all) so we rerouted and tried out a brand new location- one that I’ve been wanting to use for a while but haven’t had the right opportunity- the bridge. We talked to the top of that thing, pushing aside all qualms about heights, and captured some really unique images. After descending, we rushed downtown where Spider-Man made an appearance, bystanders were amused, and we looked super cool running around and shooting.

Logan’s of the artistic type: he cosplays, is an up and coming actor, loves shooting and directing film projects, and is looking at attending the Savannah College of Art and Design next fall to double major in film and theater. He knew exactly what he was doing in front of the camera and was a blast to work with during his session. His dream job is to be a director, dream trip would be around the world to experience specific filming locations, and a perfect day would be spent with family and friends, adventuring outdoors and perhaps capping off the day with a Studio Ghibli movie. Logan, you’re a super cool dude and your shoot was a blast! I wish you all the best in whatever you set out to achieve!

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Have a wonderful Sunday, friends! Stay dry out there.

Quote of the day: “I am an evolving actor, I am in a sacred, safe, and supportive place. In this space I will challenge myself, study humanity and take risks, to perfect a performance I will perfect my lines. To to be the actor I want to be I will make mistakes. To understand a character, I will understand myself. Only in this dynamic struggle will I find my talent. I am an evolving actor.”
-Actors’ Creed.

Cailyn | Walt Disney World Senior Session | Class of 2017

The Class of 2017. What a year. From last August to this August, I have photographed many wonderful, inspiring, and unique individuals with whom I have been able to connect and talk about dreams, life plans, and capture a fleeting moment in their lives along the way; a time between adventures and phases that will not happen again. It’s that point at which one door is closing and another is opening, but both are still halfway open. That’s a big part of the beauty and magic of senior portraits. Cailyn was my final senior for the class of 2017, and her session and experience was a unique one that spanned the course of the entire summer.

We had scheduled a session for May, and I was excited to meet and photograph Cailyn in one of my favorite places. The day was looking promising: there were only a few clouds in the sky. As Florida weather would have it, though, it began to storm an hour before we were supposed to begin and it didn’t let up through the afternoon. Both of us had busy summers filled with plans and travel, so we set a date in July and planned for then. We met, it was raining, we captured a few fun images with umbrella in hand, and decided to wrap up the session on another, sunnier day. That day rolled around, it was storming from afternoon until evening, so we didn’t even bother. Another day was set for August, and we finally were able to get a dry day filled with beautiful light, and I absolutely love the images we captured.

Cailyn is a cool cat. She’s an artsy gal with a love for film, Disney, travel, and volleyball, and we connected straight away during her session. This fall she will be heading off to the Savannah College of Art and Design to major in Film & Television Production and minor in Advertisement and I’m absolutely thrilled to see what she accomplishes there. I am honored I was able to introduce her to the culinary heaven that is a Nutella, fresh fruit, and waffle sandwich from Sleepy Hollow in the Magic Kingdom, and we both agree that building forts and watching movies in said forts is a solid way to spend an evening. Cailyn, it was such a blast to hang out with you, and I can’t wait to see you go off and do amazing things at SCAD! I wish you all the best.

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Have a magical week, friends!

Quote of the day: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
-Tom Fitzgerald

Madeline | Florida Golden Light Beach Senior Session | Class of 2018

One of the best parts of what I do is getting to meet and befriend wonderful and interesting new people and talking about their lives, dreams, and future plans. Madeline traveled the long distance from Michigan to sunny and summery Florida for her senior session, and we clicked right away. She’s an artistic and kind soul who has a love for the ocean, glass blowing, and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, so you can be sure we got along splendidly. We walked along the wide expanse of sand, chatting about Disney, the ocean, art, music, and college plans. Glass is her passion; she hopes to pursue glass blowing at school next fall and aspires to become an art teacher and fine artist. Madeline, being able to hang out with you was a joy, and I wish you all the best in your senior year + beyond!

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Our friendly beach photo-bombers!^

Have a wonderful rest of your week, friends!

Quote of the day: “To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
-Joseph Chilton Pearce