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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Amelia is ONE!

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Sweet little Amelia is turning one soon, so what better way to celebrate then by exploring the beach with a mermaid themed photo session! Enjoy these sweet sneaks of this even sweeter little one!

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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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Appreciation and Reflections from February

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Phew, I can’t believe that as I sit here looking at my planner we are already into March. February was a little bit of a blur, with after one particular weekend I had OVER 4,000 photos on my computer. All waiting to be culled, edited, and added to their special online galleries.

In the beginning of February we started with our photoshoot with Olde Naples Animal Hospital in partnership with KALON Consulting. Isn’t Dr. Anne and her puppies adorable?DSC_3280

Next, my husband and I were honored to be apart of the 400+ volunteers at the Night to Shine Event in Naples, Fl.

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Next was headshots for the lovely Ashley of Ash Liz Designs.

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Then we celebrated A LOT of family birthday’s in February, including my baby’s 5th birthday!!

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Then it was on to our EPIC weekend of shooting 2 weddings and 2 large family group photos!!

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The last two shoots were the beginnings of working with the fantastic women at Studio RK (More on that project coming soon 🙂

Gulf Coast Property Management Group professional photos were in the mix.

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As well as the lovely Danielle with her 3 businesses going on!

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All of this to say, I LOVE meeting new clients and photographing some of my best clients. I love sharing the photos, but my favorite part of this job is making people feel beautiful and making lasting connections.

My clients are so amazing because they get excited for new photos! They are all so sweet, and we have so much fun together! I am truly thankful for all of the experiences that I have had with each one of you. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

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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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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