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21 Nov

UT Mini Session

In children,family,kids,Mother,Photography,places,portraits,Sons by / November 21, 2016 / 0 Comments

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The minarets of the University of Tampa (UT) are perhaps the greatest iconic symbol of the city of Tampa. Plant Hall, formerly the Tampa Bay Hotel, was a grand 511-room, five story hotel built by Henry B. Plant between 1888 and 1891. Famous guests who stayed there include President Teddy Roosevelt, the Queen of England and Babe Ruth. Today, Plant Hall serves as the main academic and administrative building for the UT, a private university with over 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. As you step onto the grounds of the campus, your eyes are drawn to the beautiful brick buildings, Victorian gingerbread architecture and the Moorish minarets, domes and cupolas. The lush grounds of Plant Park extend from the Henry B. Plant museum to the Hillsborough River, with downtown Tampa visible just across the river. All that being said, it’s no surprise that UT’s Plant Park is a popular spot for portrait photographers. I recently shot a mini-session for the Martell family there. Here are a few of my favorites from that shoot.

15 Jul

Live Free Or Die

In landscape photography,new hampshire,Photography,places,randolph,travel by / July 15, 2016 / 0 Comments

That’s the official motto of the state of New Hampshire and once you spend any real time there, you understand why it is. I first visited New Hampshire in the summer of 2008 with my then-boyfriend, now husband of 6 years. Every summer for several decades, his family would spend weeks at their summer house in the small town of Randolph. As you drive approximately two hours north from the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, the mountains emerge gradually and spectacularly on the horizon. For those of you who know M83, their song “Outro” is the perfect soundtrack for that moment. For me and my family, Randolph is a place to disconnect from the daily hustle and bustle. A place to take in the fresh mountain air, absorb the breathtaking views and simply reconnect with nature. A place to find your inner peace and hit the mental reset button. A place to bond with family. Sitting on the hammock bench swing on the back porch of the summer house, my eyes are immediately drawn to our spectacular view of  Mt. Madison, Mt. Adams and Mt. Jefferson, which are part of the Presidential Mountain Range. The serenity is interrupted only by the buzzing sound of hummingbirds flitting out of the trees and to the feeder which hangs on the outside of the screened porch. There are trails near the house maintained by the Randolph Mountain Club, and an abundance of wild flowers growing along the roadside. Even though I live in Florida, New Hampshire is the only place I actually fish. Standing in icy cold waters of the tree lined rivers catching brook and rainbow trout is my favorite and almost daily activity while there. The White Mountains region of New Hampshire has so much to offer and I could go on and on about how special a place it is to me and my family. But for now, I’ll just share some pictures from our June 2016 trip.

08 Mar

Kristin & Her Boys

In Adoption,Beach Shoot,family,Mother,Photography,portraits,Sons,Teens,Uncategorized,Young Adults by / March 8, 2016 / 0 Comments

I first met Kristin nearly two years ago on a Saturday morning. She was helping me to pack up and sort through an entire walk in closet full of women’s clothes, shoes and purses. Kristin, an adoptions case manager, set aside clothing and accessories that would be donated to teenage girls up for adoption. It was perhaps one of the few positives in what was a difficult time for my family. Kristin was a coworker and good friend of Garet White – my husband’s ex wife, mother of my stepson and surprisingly to both Garet and myself, a very dear friend. For those of you who don’t know me personally, Garet passed away in her sleep unexpectedly in May 2014. It was her clothes and belongings that we were sorting through that morning. Garet had been renting a house and since her family was in Jacksonville and San Francisco, my husband and I assumed the enormous task of packing up the house. I was glad to have Kristin with me in Garet’s bedroom because even though it had been almost a month since she passed away, being in her house was a painful reminder of the night my husband and I found her. There were a couple of times when our emotions got the better of us as we went through her things but we stayed on task and finished in a couple of hours. When the lease was about to expire, it was Kristin and her family who came to the rescue when we needed more hands on deck to completely empty the house. And for that, I will forever be thankful to her.

When Kristin reached out to me about a family shoot with her two boys, I was thrilled because it isn’t every day that I get to photograph someone I know. When I asked for background information on her boys, she told me that she had adopted Mike, 22, when he was 16 years old. Her younger son Jacob, 19, who was home for Spring Break,  is a Freshman Tight End at Bethany College in West Virginia. She described them both as “having good hearts” and being both “goofy” and “playful”. It was a windy and somewhat chilly morning at BayFront Park on Anna Maria Island for this Sunday’s morning shoot but as the winds died down, it turned out to be a beautiful day. Here are some pictures from the shoot.

04 Mar

Fun Friday!

In children,fun,kids,Photography,portraits by / March 4, 2016 / 0 Comments

We’ve had some really pleasant weather here in Florida lately. Warm sunshine yet not too hot. It was around 430 or so in the afternoon when I turned my four and a half year old loose in our leaf covered back yard. I didn’t need to bribe her to wear the dress (she’s a girly girl) but figured the Entenmann’s Little Bites Fudge Brownies might encourage some cooperation as I took some shots of her. She sort of cooperated but at the end of the day, she marches to the beat of her own drum. Hope your Friday is as fun filled as some of these shots!

17 Feb

Riley, the German shorthaired pointer

In Dogs,German shorthaired pointer,Pets,Photography,portraits by / February 17, 2016 / 0 Comments

While watching the news this morning, I learned that the Westminster Kennel Club awarded the 2016 Best in Show Trophy to “CJ”, the German shorthaired pointer during this year’s Westminster Dog Show. This brought a smile to my face. In the earlier days of my professional photography career, I photographed a particularly handsome German shorthaired pointer named Riley.

The Westminster Kennel Club’s Breed description notes that the German shorthaired pointer,

certainly has the handsome good looks needed for the show ring, but he was bred to be a high performance hunting dog.”

They also go on to say,

Many regard him as the most versatile of sporting dogs, reflecting his land and water skills. His 19th century origins can be traced to Germany and Austria, where old Spanish Pointer was probably mixed with English Foxhound and other scent hounds. Introduced here in the 1920’s, the Shorthair quickly earned the respect of serious hunters, who found him athletic, easy to train, and generous in nature. And with enough exercise, he’s well suited to family life, too.”

To date Riley is one of my favorite four legged subjects in my portfolio and one of the most handsome dogs I’ve ever seen. Here are some photos of him. To learn more about German shorthaired pointers, check out the German Shorthaired Pointers of America.

03 Feb

Update: Snickers The Shih Tzu

In Death,Dogs,Dying,Pet Illness,Pet Loss,Pets,Photography,Shih Tzu by / February 3, 2016 / 0 Comments

This morning I was saddened to learn that Snickers, the subject of yesterday’s blog, passed away in the wee hours of the morning. My sympathies to the Mathews family….

02 Feb

Snickers The Shih Tzu

In Death,Dogs,Dying,Pet Illness,Pet Loss,Pets,Photography,portraits,Shih Tzu by / February 2, 2016 / 0 Comments

Last Wednesday morning, I received an upsetting text from a good friend of mine who lives within walking distance. Her family’s 13 year old Shih Tzu, named Snickers, had suffered a traumatic medical episode and she thought he had died. Luckily, her husband, a dentist and retired Army medic, was home at the time. Snickers was barely conscious but alive nonetheless. They rushed him to the vet and after a battery of tests, he was diagnosed with intestinal cancer. Since his time left on earth is rapidly ticking away, I decided to grab a few shots of him this past weekend. Here are some of my favorites.

22 Jan

Seeing The Difference: Real Estate Photography Part 2

In Photography,Real Estate by / January 22, 2016 / 0 Comments

Below is a pretty typical picture of a house listed for sale on the MLS. As a professional real estate photographer, I can see several things wrong with this picture. The angle from which the picture was taken doesn’t really flatter this $700,000 house. The palm trees in the center of the photo obscure the beautiful entryway. While the picture represents what the house looks like from the front, it is average at best and it doesn’t really entice a would be buyer.



Below is the same house as photographed by a professional real estate photographer. The angle from which the picture was taken is far more flattering as you can actually see the house (no palm trees obstructing the view). The beautiful two story entry way is revealed as are the dual two car garages. The sky is vibrant and makes the house look even more appealing.


There are many reasons to choose a professional real estate photographer (click here for a great article). Seeing the difference between these two pictures is just one reason.

04 Jan

Coming Out from Behind the Lens

In Photography,portraits by / January 4, 2016 / 0 Comments

For those of us who earn a living behind the lens, it isn’t often that we find ourselves in front of the lens. Hypocritical as it may be, some of us are just more comfortable taking the pictures rather than being the nervous subjects. Over the last Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, my husband and I had our dear friend Sean visit us from Jacksonville. Sean, a professional cinematographer and photographer, twisted my arm over Thanksgiving and spontaneously took some portraits of me with my husband and my youngest daughter. Not my most comfortable moments for sure, so to repay the favor, I put Sean in the hot seat and took some portraits. Here are a few of my favorites.

24 Oct

Sunday Morning Family Shoot

In Photography by / October 24, 2015 / 0 Comments

While the Northeast and other parts of the country have been covered in snow, we Floridians have been basking in our own winter weather. As I pulled out of my garage this Sunday morning, I watched the temperature drop from 60 degrees to 50 degrees in less than a mile. It was a chilly start to the day but the sky was clear and the sun was out! I layered myself in warm clothes, a couple of cameras, lighting gear and met the Normans in Riverview for their family photo session. Here are a few favorite