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 🙂


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



Top 7 of 2017: A year in review

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1. Our biggest news of 2017 was me having the opportunity to make the transition as a full time photographer. Everything that we were doing had led us as a family to allow me to run my company and chase my dreams. When I say I couldn’t have done this with out every ounce of support from my family, friends, and clients I mean I really could not have done this without you. Every share, like, comment not only makes me smile (ok, squeal a little) but it connects me to others; and for that I am truly grateful.


2. Shooting a wedding outside of Fort Myers (again). Back in 2012 we found ourselves in Grand Rapids, Michigan shooting a beautiful wedding. This year we traveled to St. Pete to photograph the perfect wedding of Kim and Tommy. We laughed and felt so welcomed to be apart of their day. It’s always inspiring to see a new venue! While this wasn’t the only wedding we shot, the traveling was fun 🙂


3. Shooting a pregnancy announcement! This next one was really on my bucket list. I was contacted for a family group session a few months prior. A day before our session I was let in on the secret that their was going to be a very special announcement to the grandparents! While I plan on writing a full post about this, I just had to include it here!


4. Taking an epic road trip that also included an engagement session in Roanoke, VA. I started blogging our 4,200 mile journey here and I fully blame Hurricane Irma on why I didn’t write part 2 and 3. But we had an amazing trip and our children did so well despite all of the miles!!




Raspberry picking in Michigan


Family photos in Virginia


I’m pretty sure shooting in the mountains would never get old. Just sayin’


5. Shooting a styled shoot with really pretty models, and an awesome team! This is something that I wanted to do for a long time, and with the help of this team they helped me create something really wonderful. Complete with a truly epic video!


6. We moved from our home that both of our babies had (so far) grown up in. Don’t mind the cell phone shot for this one, we were at the end of a school year, and moving with two small children 🙂


7. And last, but certainly not least, my clients who have become my friends. Some of you have been with me from the beginning and some were new this year, but each and every one of you I am so grateful for. I have shot tens of thousands of images this year, and have been welcomed into your personal stories of engagements, weddings, newborns, families and small business owners and I couldn’t be more happy every time I get the opportunity to be just a small part in your very beautiful journey. Cheers to 2018. May you have much to celebrate and be surrounded by those you love the most.





Kristin and Shane- Engaged

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These two! We seriously laughed during their whole engagement session. It was one of those sessions where I left re-energized and in even more in love with this photographer life. Here are a few favorites from our session.

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Fresh 48-Explained

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A few posts ago, I shared a some sneak peeks from a Fresh 48. I know that some of you may be wondering what this is, so I thought I should share a few more photos along with a description!

What is a Fresh 48? A Fresh 48 happens within the first 48 hours of your newborn baby arriving! It is intended to document a moment that will undoubtedly fade a little as the years pass. I absolutely love how beautiful and real these sweet moments are.

One of my goals for 2018 is to start offering more documentary type sessions in addition to weddings and portraits. I know that I personally want to capture more of the real moments of my little family, and I’d love to see your family in front of my camera soon too.

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Welcome to the world, sweet girl.


Rachel and Miles, Celebrating their engagement, Fort Myers, Florida

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Rachel has been one of my best friends since the 3rd grade. Our families used to vacation together, and truthfully, we are more like sisters. Which is why I couldn’t be happier that she and her (hilarious and sweet) fiancé Miles are getting married. There is nothing better then seeing your dearest friends happy. Here are a few of my favorites from their session at Lakes Park.

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Ps. I love clients that aren’t afraid to go into ferns for shots like these!


And we’ve got to end with the classic mustache pose. I’m wondering if I should share more of their “out-takes?” 🙂

KALON Consulting, marketing agency of Southwest Florida.

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When Ashley Burns, head of KALON Consulting first contacted me, I knew that this would be a really fun project. She wanted to update her business websites and wanted a fresh look to go along with her very organic views on marketing. If you are in need from someone in marketing, I would definitely contact her. She’s both sweet, fun, and she knows what she’s doing 🙂

I absolutely adored getting to work with her on this special project. Special thanks to Studio RK for hair and makeup and use of their fantastic space.

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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!

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Kandice and Nate- a fun Engagement session at Koreshan

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Kandice and Nate have one of the most easy-going, fun relationships you could ask for. They laugh together and are sweet together. I cannot wait to shoot their wedding in April. Welcome to the EJP family, guys!


There’s no better way then to end a session with this 🙂

Styled Shoot: Boho Wedding Session

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Let me start off my saying, I’ve been dreaming about putting together a styled shoot for a long time. I had the most special team come together to make this happen, and I must first start off by thanking them from the very depths of my heart for putting time and energy (and driving) into this! Maicie and Cody, thank you for being so wonderful to drive down from Tampa to be my models (and make shooting this so darn easy)! Tyler at Epic Salon and Suites  and Lauren Gomez, your hair and make-up skills are incredible, keep slaying it. Eddie (Five Oh Films), thank you for being my long-time creative genius, video friend. You are always so encouraging and I know the Behind the Scenes video will be nothing short of amazing. Thank you Tie the Knot Bridal Couture shop for allowing me to photograph a stunning dress. And Devon, for  allowing us (last minute due to a really ugly rain forecast) to use the Sydney & Berne Davis Art Center in Downtown Fort Myers. While most of the session had to be shot indoors due to heavy rain, at the very end we were able to sneak out for a few lovely shots in the rain.



Let’s not forget the behind the scenes guy 🙂 DSC_8393

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!