Engagement Archive

My little brother is getting hitched!

I remember the exact day that you told me that you had met her.  You were standing in my kitchen.  Her name was J.K. (seriously?) and you met her on MySpace. (SERIOUSLY!?) Yes. MySpace.  Proof that some good has come from MySpace. haha.  I remember how “cool” you said that she was.  She had tattoos and gauged ears just like you and was into the same things you were into.  You said that she was SO beautiful and you talked about how fun it was to be with her.  Soon after that you moved back to Virginia…”not to be near her” of course. ;)

Fast forward a few years and God has been working SO diligently in your relationship. To refine it.  To refine you both through it.  To show that HIS “better way” runs deeper and is more meaningful and more purposeful and sometime is more painful but more significant then you ever imagined.  I have seen Him sanctify you both.  To call you both into a more meaningful and intentional walk with Him.  To show you the reward and mutual gratification in laying down your life to serve another sinful imperfect human being.  No, marriage is not easy…but is is beautiful and worth it.

I could not be ANY more excited to see you two get married this summer because I know from almost 8 years of marriage that although the road is not going to be easy, your Heavenly Father will be faithful to show Himself capable and committed to growing your marriage into something beautiful,lasting,impactful and glorifying to Him.

I love you both.




Jenny + Aaron: A “Just Because” shoot :)

Me: “When you think of your engagement shoot setting and style what comes to mind?” (via my “Get to Know You” couple’s quiz)

Jenny: “Natural settings, woods, picnic, vintage, and historic locations.”

Aaron: “Explosions.”

Ok, so Aaron may not have given me much to work with (of course a guy in the Marines is going to say that he wants explosions involved) but Jenny and I did have a fun time pulling together the details for their sweet couples shoot last Saturday!  Jenny and Aaron are actually newlyweds who just celebrated their one year anniversary (The day after the shoot! Congrats guys!) but Jenny has followed my work ever since my days at JMU (where she went as well!).  As a part of their anniversary gift to themselves they drove all the way from Georgia and treated themselves to a couples shoot with me here in Tampa!

It must have been meant to be because I swear there were apocalyptic rain storms that day EVERYWHERE except over the University of Tampa where we did their engagement style couple’s session!

Despite Jenny’s many warnings that they are awkward in front of the camera (just not true!) these guys were amazing.  They were cute and silly together.  They trusted me and had so much fun making each other laugh and we all really enjoyed the shoot.  I could not have asked for more out of them.  Here are a few of my favorite pics from their shoot!

Are they sweet or what?

We had to incorporate some Starbucks love:)

Love the outfit color choices…I am always a fan of navy and yellow for shoots and I love the splash of red in her heals and gray added by his hat and shoes.

Did I mention that I love that she brought along a hat too?!  So cute and makes for a great prop!


Had to make use of this fun light bouncing up from a hot spot on the gray cement…

Possibly my favorite shot from the session.  I love the lighting and colors and Jenny looks fierce!

Hello lovely backlighting!

Don’t mind if I do!

Can I please just hang these up in my own house.  They are so sweet!

Clearly there was no shortage of laughter on the shoot!

As we were heading to the parking lot this beautiful pocket of light caught my eye as the sun was setting.  I just had to make use of its spotlighting effects and snag a few more.

I heart love.

A fabulous use of your engagement images: The guest book album!!!

One of my wonderful couples is getting married in Naples next month and I just finished up a fun little guest book album from their engagement session that I wanted to share with you!  You see, the “problem” (wink wink)  is that you end up with just too many fabulous shots from your e-session that you want to share but too many printed and framed images, even on your wedding day, can start to look a bit creepy/shrine-ish. So, many of my couples opt for this super fun and classy way to share all of those fun images with the use of a guest book album!

A typical guest book album has a custom image cover where one of the images from the session is printed on canvas and wraps around the cover from back to front.  When opened, the page spreads lay flat on the table and each image (usually 20 total) has its own page with plenty of white space for guests to write their well wishes!  The best part about it is that after the wedding day has come and gone, instead of your typical guest book ending up in a box or on a shelf, your custom layflat guest book becomes your own personalized album for your own coffee table!  I love it!  Take a peak!

Their custom image cover…LOVE IT :)

The full cover spread showing the image as it wraps from the back of the album to the front.

And a few page spread samples!

A real Valentine’s Day engagement session *St. Pete Engagement Photographer*

There are plenty of staged Valentine’s Day themed love shoots on the wedding blogs out there that take place in beautiful settings with beautiful models…but how about an actual engagement shoot that took place actually on Valentines Day with two beautiful people who are actually really in love?!  It just so happened that bright and early on Valentine’s Day I had the pleasure of meeting Andrea and Chris for their engagement shoot in St. Pete!  Andrea is the type of person that you can’t help but love just from talking to her via e-mail:)  Andrea and Chris met when she was providing some technical training at his office and teased him for playing with his Blackberry during training.  When I asked her to describe him in three words she wrote “perfect.for.me.”  (sigh).  Chris described Andrea as beautiful (inside and out), funny and loving. He went on to tell me about a time that she made 3 pecan pies for his mom the first time she met her, just to make sure his mom liked one of them. These two are amazing!  The engagement shoot was so much fun and I absolutely cannot wait to shoot their Naples wedding in April.  Andrea and Chris, thank you for sharing yourselves with me (and putting up with my strange requests) and rocking out your engagement shoot!!


A few weeks ago my husband and I got the chance to travel back to our “hometown” of Harrisonburg, VA for a business trip of his.  Ok, we aren’t really from the ‘burg but that is where we both went to college (JMU!) and where we spent the first 7 or so years of our relationship so it feels like “home” to us! While Graham was busy working, I made a special trip out to Charlottesville to visit with a sweet friend of mine who I miss so much.  That afternoon I tagged along with her to second shoot for an engagement session that she was doing at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville.  It was fun b/c the Boar’s Head was the place where I second shot one of my first weddings ever with my first mentor the very talented Casey Templeton.  Shooting an engagement session in VA during the month of Feb is no joke…MAN WAS IT COLD!  Quite the contrast to the “winter” engagement session that I just shot here in FL haha.  Anyway, it was really fun to take a back seat and second shoot for once (it has been awhile!). It just lets you approach the shoot with a different perspective.  Ben and Amy (the couple!) were so gracious to let me tag along last minute and I just loved the unique style that they brought to the shoot.  Both are busy getting their doctorates in philosophy.  Ben proposed to Amy on a little bridge over-looking the lake behind the beautiful colonial style Inn.  Here are a few fun pics from their session.  It was fun to be back but lets just say I dont mind having all of the windows open in my house on this february winter day:)

I do miss those beautiful fall colors that you see in VA…

We had to snap a fun pic of the little stuffed boar that they picked up at the Boar’s Head gift shop after he proposed!

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