Senior Photos: A how to guide. Fort Myers, Florida.

How toprepare for your senior photos

It is no secret that I LOVE photographing seniors. Maybe it’s that they are on the verge of making big changes in their lives or maybe it’s because they can hold a pose 🙂 Either way, I wanted to give a little “how to do a senior session right” blog so that it may prepare others for a successful session!

  1. When we are setting up a session, I always encourage parents to bring at least one wardrobe change. Why? Because it gives depth and variation to the shoot, and your gallery will be that much more colorful!
  2. Bring props! Allow me to explain: I personally prefer to create individualized senior sessions. I want my clients’ personalities to shine through. Now this can be something as simple as a bat, baseball glove, volleyball, dance shoes, musical instrument etc. (You might be thinking, my child plays the tuba; I’m not bringing that to the session…and that’s fine. Bring some sheet music and I can guarantee it will be worth it!). If they are a more academic student; bring books, pencils and paper!
  3. On occasion, there are seniors that do not have any extracurricular activities that they are involved in, and that’s great too! This is where we can really play up wardrobes and accessorize (bring a hat, jacket, or different jewelry)!
  4. Get Creative! Ask your senior if they have ideas on how they might like to portray their style. The biggest most important part to this is that it is fun, beautiful and that we are creating timeless images to last.
  5. Enjoy our most recent senior, Cooper. (And notice that they came prepared with outfit changes and props!) I truly enjoyed working with this guy and his family!

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Waiting for baby boy- Downtown Fort Myers Maternity Session

We were rained out once this summer when we attempted to do their maternity shoot, but last Sunday was perfect for Susana and Angelo’s Maternity session! What a beautiful family. I am so excited for you to welcome your son into your family soon. I know you are excited too~

Enjoy these sneak peeks—xo

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

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

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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Yoga Instructor Session, Ft. Myers Beach

Meet Maicie, a super beautiful soul that also happens to be a Yoga Instructor. We had a beautiful morning at Bowditch Beach, Ft. Myers photographing her! Enjoy some sneaks of our session together 🙂 By the end of the shoot we were discussing how life had gotten us to exactly where we wanted to be, and that is such a good feeling!

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Mommy and baby celebrate big birthday milestones!

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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Madison, Senior session on Bowditch Beach

All I can say, is that I have the best senior clients EVER. So sweet, beautiful, and not afraid to be in front of the camera!! Thank you Madison! Best wishes on your graduation and future endeavors!

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Kandice and Nate say I do

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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