Waiting for baby boy- Downtown Fort Myers Maternity Session

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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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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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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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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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Follow your heart

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I am sitting here trying to put in to words exactly what I want to convey to you. Even as I write this I am in a little bit of awe as to the opportunities that have been presented to me as of recently. A few days ago I made it “official” and announced that I have gone full time as a photographer. This, in and of itself, is fantastic. However, this last year I have worked as both a full time photographer and a high school teacher. And a mom of two busy boys and a wife.

Perhaps there are some of you reading this wondering just what it looks like for someone to get to the exact point that they have been working toward. Perhaps you are burning the midnight oil working multiple jobs just to see your dreams come true. I’m here to say- I feel you. I’m also here to say, NEVER give up on what is important to you.

Maybe you’d like to hear about the very beginning.  I have always loved taking photos. I’m in love with the fact that you can freeze time and preserve a memory. After planning our own November wedding in 2009, I fell in love with wedding photography. That was my “thing” that meant a lot to me. As a wedding gift, my husband gave me my first DSLR camera and I was hooked. From practicing in my backyard with the dog to shooting weddings, families, babies, and everything in between, I can see and feel the growth!

Flash forward a few years and we welcomed two little boys one in 2013 and 2015. Suddenly I had three babies: Two human, and my camera 🙂 All the while I was pushing to see this dream of mine of solely focusing on being a creative to become a reality. In the midst of running my business, I also became a high school teacher at my Alma Mater. Talk about full circle. This was something I wanted too, and I feel incredibly blessed to have met the students and coworkers that I have.

This past fall all the late nights- social networking-getting out of my comfort zone times began to pay off and the dreams of becoming a full time photographer were within my grasp. In January of this year I decided to invest more and more energy into photography, and even when I didn’t know where the next shoot would come from, it was there. I could spend far to long telling you about all of these amazing things that continue to happen, telling me that I have made the right decision, but I don’t want to get to lengthly! Just know that dreams do come true. Keep pushing yourself and keep the faith that you really can do just what your heart is leading you to.

If you have any questions- please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to chat!