Moments: the joy of capturing a family’s occasion one click at a time.

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When Ali and I sat down to discuss her upcoming session on beach, we kept drawing upon the same word: Moments. I know this is nothing new, the idea of capturing moments, but photography is so much more than just taking a few family portraits or hours of documenting a wedding. It’s about all of the moments that are becoming tangible evidence of memories in the past.

Right now I have 6,294 photos and 286 videos on my phone. THOUSANDS more saved on a USB(s). I obviously love photography, but I love it more because of the memories it keeps for us. It is so important to document your days and special occasions, because they go by so very fast. And if you have photos taken, then what do you do with them? I’m a big fan of hanging them on walls in beautiful frames. (My husband can always get me to agree with him if he negotiates wall space to hang more photos) 🙂 Not only do I get prints, but every year, I put together a yearbook of our family. I am on our fifth year of doing this (prior to this I have albums of prints). I am working on rolling out this as a service to you, so I would love to hear your feedback on it!

I hope that you see the true joy that each family or wedding has and just what special moments we are capturing for them. Enjoy these sneaks from our session on Lover’s Key, Fort Myers, Florida.

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Baby B’s Lifestyle Session

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It was such an honor to work with two friends from high school; it’s been awhile! They have the most precious baby boy and I probably could have stayed and hung out with him all day 🙂

Welcome to the world, little one.

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Mommy and baby celebrate big birthday milestones!

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When Courtney and her daughter wound up sharing the same birthday, we knew it was time for a celebration! Courtney turned 30 this year, while little Lena turned 1. Enjoy these sweet sneaks of this mommy and daughter duo!

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Kandice and Nate say I do

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Kandice and Nate were married amongst the best of friends and family last Saturday at the Bonita Bay Club. Honestly, when we walked in to the the bridal suite, my heart started to race a little when I saw her gorgeous gown hanging up. Everything about this day was just perfect, and well-thought out! We enjoyed every moment of this beautifully planned wedding!

I’ll let you get to the photos, because that is why we are here! Thank you Kandice, Nate and family for letting us document this beautiful occasion!

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Hair & Make Up by: Abby Francis and Abby Rupar at Epic Salon

DJ and Officient: New Beginnings Events

Venue: Bonita Bay Country Club

Dress: Loretta’s Bridal

Florist: Say it with Flowers

Cake: Lady Cakes Bakery

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Sanibel Island Senior Session: Natalie

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What a beautiful senior session on Sanibel last Monday! I absolutely adore everything about how her photos came out! What a true beauty.

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Corri and Kevin are Married on Lover’s Key

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Grant (my husband and second photographer) and I had the best time together with this couple and their families! They got ready at Lover’s Key Resort and the ceremony and reception were beautifully arranged at Lover’s Key State Park.

Corri and Kevin wanted it to be relaxed and for their family and friends to have fun, and that is exactly what everyone did. By the end of the night, we felt like family too. Here are a few photos from their beautiful, sunset wedding.

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Melanie and Matt: Married at The Landings

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Friday night Melanie and Matt tied the knot amongst close family and friends at The Landings. It was intimate, relaxed and beautiful. Not to mention, we were given a truly stunning sunset.

Enjoy these sneaks of their beautiful marriage. Congratulations Melanie and Matt!

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SWFL Night to Shine

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It was by chance that we were invited to participate at such an event like Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine. The sweet woman who purchased our home knew that I was a photographer and reached out to see if we were interested in being apart of such a wonderful event. She promised it would be life changing, and that it was.

We were assigned the getting ready area; hair, make-up, flowers and shoe shine. It was so great to see the guests and their buddies walk in and be treated like royalty. The smiles on everyone’s faces was just THE BEST!!

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer next year, I am told that the event is always the Friday before Valentine’s day. Mark your calendars!

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My WHY

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Often times as I a business owner and a photographer, I find myself wanting to post more about the people that I am photographing, rather then of myself. This year I have made it one of my goals to have a healthy balance of both.

I want you, my loyal friends and clients, to know my why. Why Elsie J Photo is so important to me.

It isn’t a secret that spending more quality time with my babies is my number one reason for wanting to be self-employed. Even though I was so grateful for my job as a teacher, the past four years I found myself becoming more and more exhausted. I wanted to be more present and less tired when I got home from work. I felt like my kids weren’t getting all of me. And although there are days that I am tired now, I have the energy to keep up with them! I was walking into the store today with my youngest and I whispered to him how much I love spending time with him. I want them both to know that these moments are cherished beyond measure.

When I would meet with clients on a shoot they would always look at me like “you teach, do photography, and have small children?” Looking back, it does seem a little bit tiring to think about, but I needed my side hustle to become my main hustle. AND HERE WE ARE! Was it a lot at times, yes. Was it utterly worth it, obviously.

My second why is that I love creating stories (if you missed me talking about this, visit my website to see my behind the scenes video). I love seeing what I can create when I first meet a client. But most importantly, I love making people happy. I believe that I have a special chance to create lasting images for people and that is a pretty cool feeling.

I get to push myself creatively and am in a constant state of change. I can see myself as a business owner evolving, as is my photography itself. And that my friends is pretty sweet.

So if you’re still reading along here, I need you to know that regardless of how Facebook or Instagram have changed their algorithms again, any like, comment, or share means something to me. It means that not only are you seeing posts, but so are others! In staying true to authenticity I wanted you all to know that I’m not just a mom with a nice camera but one who has a why behind it.

Stay beautiful, friends! xoxoxo

 

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