An & Harrison Engagement session in downtown Fort Myers

This session was unique because we met the day before their wedding, for this engagement session. Local to the Boston area, I was so excited to be able to show them around our little downtown Fort Myers! They are two of the sweetest people that I have had the opportunity to work with and I’m so excited to share a sneak peek of their engagement session (and wedding coming soon)!

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Lisa and Eddie at Lover’s Key

As a creative, there are certain things that you may want to create, and sometimes you just have to find the right people to help your vision come alive. For me, these two have been there all along, so it really was a matter of timing. First and foremost, Eddie and Lisa are fondly referred to as our roomies. That’s right, we have known each other since college and subsequently I started dating my husband just a few months before Lisa and Eddie were “official.” Secondly, as soon as I saw Lisa’s bike that Eddie bought for her birthday, I knew we had to make a session happen. Furthermore, if you scroll all the way to the end, you will see other visions that just came to fruition. Like them being cool with laying in the surf and dancing in the water. As you can see, if you are willing to push the envelope just a little, you can create epic shots such as these.

Thank you two— we love you!

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Jessica and Dexter are married at Suite Forty Eight, Ft. Myers, Fl.

Last Saturday we were lucky enough to spend the whole day with Jessica and Dexter to share in part of their wedding day! What a beautiful family and a wonderful day. Enjoy these sneak peek photos of a couple that is perfect for one another.

Wedding Preparation Location: Legacy Harbor Hotel and Suites

Venue: Suite Forty Eight

Hair: Shear Perfection Studio

Make-up: Make-up and Fros by Lolo

Dress: For the Bride

Photography: Elsie J Photo2018-07-11_00292018-07-11_00322018-07-11_00012018-07-11_00022018-07-11_0003We arrived to one of the most calm brides getting ready that I have ever been to! You could see just how loved Jes was by her sister and friends. 2018-07-11_00042018-07-11_00052018-07-11_00062018-07-11_0007Dexter was having a great time getting ready too 🙂2018-07-11_0008I love that their children were incorporated in the wedding, and made the absolute cutest flower girl and ring bearer. 2018-07-11_00092018-07-11_00102018-07-11_00112018-07-11_00122018-07-11_0013Once we arrived at Suite Forty Eight, we were delighted by the jewel toned colors that were found in all the details. 2018-07-11_00142018-07-11_00152018-07-11_00162018-07-11_00172018-07-11_00182018-07-11_00192018-07-11_00202018-07-11_00212018-07-11_00222018-07-11_00232018-07-11_00242018-07-11_00252018-07-11_00262018-07-11_00272018-07-11_00282018-07-11_00302018-07-11_00312018-07-11_00332018-07-11_00342018-07-11_00352018-07-11_00362018-07-11_00372018-07-11_00382018-07-11_00392018-07-11_00402018-07-11_00412018-07-11_00422018-07-11_00432018-07-11_0044One of the most epic cake-smashes yet! 2018-07-11_0045We ended the night with sparklers, seriously a favorite, and kisses from a wonderful evening! Congratulations Jessica and Dexter! Grant, Lisa, and I were so happy to be apart of your wedding day. xo 2018-07-11_0046

Steven and Lauren tie the knot at Southern Fresh Farms, Ft. Myers, Fl.

As we photographed Steven and Lauren’s wedding last Saturday, we kept hearing the same things from guests walking by: how happy these two are together. They married at Southern Fresh Farms, where everyone was made to feel like family. One could tell that they just wanted everyone to have fun and enjoy themselves, and that they did.

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The girls had a wonderful bridal suite to get ready in. And the ceremony set-up was so sweet! 2018-07-03_00042018-07-03_0002Upon on the guys’ arrival, they had to pay a visit to the farm animals.

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They stood for photos in the rain,  laughed, kissed and we were surrounded by happiness. 2018-07-03_00172018-07-03_00182018-07-03_00142018-07-03_00152018-07-03_00232018-07-03_0024

Congratulations Lauren and Steven. We are so thankful to have been with you at the start of this beautiful journey!

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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Corri and Kevin are Married on Lover’s Key

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

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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My WHY

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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Maggie & Seth’s Engagement Shoot, Delnor Wiggins Pass, Naples, Fl.

I’m going to start by saying: These two were incredible! Maggie and Seth have been together since high school. When it was time for college, they decided to head to the warmth and sunshine to FGCU. (Go Eagles!) Together we talked about their dreams, and how sweet Seth was to go along with anything we asked him to do….even if it meant getting in the water, twice. It made for some laughs and a wet ride home, but I hope you’ll see just how worth doing it, it was!

Enjoy this sneak peek of their Naples engagement session. For all inquires, please visit me at Elsie J Photo.

 

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