Surprise Pregnancy Announcement

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You know those really cute pregnancy announcement photos and videos that you see while scrolling the internet? Well I have wanted to be apart of a reveal for sometime now. Which is why it was particularly special when I was let in on the secret that one of the family members was planning to announce that they were expecting to the unsuspecting grandparents.

They had scheduled a group photo session in advance, but this announcement was surely icing on the cake. I am so excited for you all. Congratulations on the news of your sweet little girl!

Next on my photographer bucket list: Document a proposal 🙂

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(Top): This was one of my favorites. But it started more like this….

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Krystal and Travis, Lakes Park maternity session

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Their little boy is on the way, and these two parents-to-be couldn’t be more excited to meet him!

For inquiries, please visit below, or message me at Elsie J Photo on Facebook.

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Fall Family session at Bowditch Beach

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It’s officially my favorite time of year! Fall family sessions have started and I couldn’t be more excited with how these turned out. I have been lucky enough to capture this family for the last few years and this year was absolutely perfect! Much love to you guys!

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Reid is 6 months old

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It’s no secret that I have been fortunate to photograph all of this families big events- and this one was no exception! Little Reid is 6 months old and boy was he fun to capture on camera. He’s got a wonderful little personality!

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Olivia Senior Portraits at Shangri La

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I met with Olivia earlier this week to photograph her senior pictures at Shangri La Springs in Bonita. I have been wanting to shoot there since it has reopened. What a beautiful venue. Olivia first arrived with her two dogs, which was what she really wanted to make sure she got a few photos with. She wants to be a vet, so this totally made for adorable pictures. She was so sweet, and her beautiful smile was so infectious! Best wishes on your future, Olivia!

 

Enjoy a few sneak peeks of our time together.

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Madison is ONE!

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Time seems to be flying by. A year ago I got to meet baby Madison for the first time. And now we are celebrating her turning one! Wow! She’s adorable, funny, and has the best smile!

Happy birthday sweet, little one.

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Parker is 6 months old, Bowditch Beach

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After a few rain delays and Hurricane Irma, we finally were able to shoot Parker’s 6 month photos (yay)! I can’t believe how fast she is growing. Here are a few sweet photos of Parker and her parents at Bowditch Beach.

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The Twins turn 30

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When Becca and Rachel approached me to help them celebrate this milestone, I jumped at the opportunity! This was a fun, creative, and super girly shoot and I was happy to be apart of it! I hope this next decade is as beautiful as you two are. xoxo

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A 4,200 mile Road Trip with 2 small kids- Part 1

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Yes, you read that correctly. And you probably had the same reaction that most others had: “Are you crazy?! Good luck with that!” And you couldn’t be more correct. It was both crazy, and we did need a lot of luck and planning to get us to our three major destinations.

Of our nearly 8 years that my husband and I have been together, we have made quite a few road trips. Mostly, to visit family in various states like GA and MI. So when we decided to make this trip, it was for the same reason.

Some of my friends have asked how we travel with such small children in such long distances, so I’d thought I’d share that here. This summer we traveled with our 4 year old and  21 month old active boys. Going to each new destination we wake up super early. On this first leg of the trip we left the house around 3:30 am. We leave this early because it tends to make at least one of the boys go back to sleep until the sun comes up, and they are much calmer before that first stop.

We kept the kids in their pjs, packed most of what we could the night before, and had a change of clothes in the car for our first rest stop/ breakfast. Gainesville, Ga isn’t bad; it’s about a 9 hour drive from Fort Myers, Fl. So we planned to arrive around 12:30.

We made sure to pack plenty of movies, snacks, and small toys to play with. We stopped around 8 am for breakfast, potty break, and to readjust. Once to Atlanta the oldest got a little motion sick, otherwise we would have made it there with only one stop. (Did I mention that having an extra change of clothes is super important?).

A few other things I feel like it’s important to ALWAYS have with us. A plastic cup, plastic bag (for garbage or motion sickness) and a ROLL of paper towels. I also might add carpet cleaner to this emergency kit. 🙂

We spent a lovely few days with family in Georgia. One of the highlights was playing in Boggs creek! The cousins completely loved being together, and it was so much fun to watch. We also stopped at Jaemor Farms and celebrated my nephew’s 7th birthday!

I’ll be sharing part 2 of our trip soon! Ask me any questions about how we road trip!

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Katie and Rick say “I do” Amongst friends and family in Punta Gorda

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Last Saturday I witnessed the ceremony uniting Katie and Rick as husband and wife. As soon as I arrived I knew it was going to be a special wedding. Katie has a way of making everyone feel so welcomed! And Rick is just a great guy. Together, they are perfect. Wishing you all the happiness you can possibly handle!

 

Venue: Charlotte Harbor Event Center, Florist: Port Charlotte Florist, Hair: Bombshell Bettie’s Hair and Nails, Cakes: Lady Cakes (in Cape Coral) and Photography: Elsie J Photo www.elsiejphoto.com

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