Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel

So this blog has nothing to do with photography but I wanted to share anyways. I have always loved looking at remodel blogs and thought maybe sharing my own would be fun.

Just a little back story on our house. My husband and I bought our first house in 2012. It was the first and only house we looked at, which made my husband a little hesitant, but lets just say I can be pretty persistent when I want something.

We knew we would change a lot about the house and planned to start as soon as possible. Well, the weekend we moved in we found out that we were pregnant! Excited we were but....we only bought a 3 bedroom house and already had 2 kids. So the remodeling had to get put on hold and we built an addition instead to make room for our growing family. The addition gave us another bedroom and a very large multi-purpose room which we use as an office space and playroom.

I mentioned above that I am pretty persistent when I want something right? Well after the addition I decided I couldn't live without a swimming pool. So.....we got a swimming pool. 

So needless to say, our home remodeling didn't get started until 2017. We started with the laundry room, half bath and kitchen. I am so happy with the way they all turned out. 

Our kitchen is small and we didn't have a pantry before the remodel. There wasn't much we could do to make the actual space larger but we definitely succeeded at gaining a lot more cabinet space. We plan to replace the windows you see in the dining room with interior windows but that will be a little while since we have just started another huge remodel project in the living room. More on that soon!

Here are some before and after pictures. I am so in love with the way it turned out!

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Sand Key Beach | Family Session

Sand Key Beach | Family Session

We have a beach first timer here! This gorgeous little girl had her first time at the beach this past fall. It was so much fun to watch her put her toes in the sand for the first time and like many she was a little hesitant. After just a few minutes though she was a pro, walking barefoot and finding shells. She LOVED the shells. Being from up North mom and dad wanted to capture their daughters first time at the beach, we had a perfect day. It was nice and overcast so it wasn't too hot and they were able to explore and have so much fun! 

Check out some of my favorite captures of this adorable family.

Thanks for stopping by!

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The A Family | Lutz FL Newborn Session

The A Family | Lutz FL Newborn Session

For the minute I met N + L for their maternity session I knew their baby girl would be gorgeous! I was so excited to meet her. Walking into their home was like walking into a interior decorators house! I have been re-decorating my house ever since this session, I am not even kidding! 

Baby A was exactly how I pictured her, PERFECT! She was so sweet and so happy to see me she wanted to stay awake for the entire session :) 

It was such a pleasure to spend the afternoon with this adorable little family! I had a hard time narrowing down the images I was going to share from the session so I will apologize now for the overload! Enjoy!!

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Long Boat Key First Birthday | Family Session

Long Boat Key First Birthday | Family Session

Little miss C was celebrating her first birthday! We traveled out to Long Boat Key to capture this little beauty and her family. It was a perfect evening that ended in cotton candy skies. Exploring the beach with this adorable family was a blast! We stayed right up until we had zero light left. Miss C decided at the end of the shoot that she wanted to include her best buddy! 

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Hyde Park Tampa | Maternity Session

Hyde Park Tampa | Maternity Session

I love maternity sessions so to say I was excited when these 2 showed up for their session looking amazing is an understatement. We decided to meet in Hyde Park Village, which meant I got to indulge in some Bar Taco afterwards, always a plus! We explored around the village and then made our way to Bayshore Blvd. 

N & L are so excited to welcome their baby girl into their family! I think it is pretty safe to say she will be so beautiful and beyond loved. They only have a few short weeks left before babies arrival and I am sure they are ready! 

Here are some of my favorites from their session! Enjoy

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Sand Key Beach Session

Sand Key Beach Session

This is a session I will always remember! I got an email inquiring about booking a session for updated summer portfolio images for a model from Canada. She said that she would be visiting the area and her agent had suggested while she was here to get some summer style portfolio images. She had sent me the link to her Instagram and as you will find out below she is beautiful! I was so excited for this session. Her and I had emailed back and forth a few times sharing ideas for the shoot and I couldn't wait to meet her! A couple days before the shoot she mentioned that she would be traveling to the area with her boyfriend and they wondered if I would grab a few shots of them on the beach as well. Of course I will!!

They showed up and she was wearing a gorgeous boho-chic dress and we got right to work. We grabbed a few of her and her boyfriend and then started shooting her alone. She is a natural!

Sorry for the play by play but I promise there is a point to this story. While I was working with her, her boyfriend told my assistant that he was going to propose to her!!! He asked if we would capture it. She went off to change outfits and thats when my assistant told me what was going to happen......I could barely contain my excitement! I couldn't believe it! I had always wanted to shoot a surprise proposal and it was about to happen!

The rest of the shoot went perfectly and the ending was even better! She said YES!

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Redington Beach Family Session

Redington Beach Family Session

As usual I have been a slacker, well not really. I have been so busy I haven't had the time to share anything lately. I have so many client sessions still to share and I have months of personal images I haven't even upload yet! I would love to say I will be sharing more and getting caught up on  my personal work but I have back to back sessions for the next couple months so I am sure the next time I share my starting line will include the word "slacker". The good news is in the time I have not been present online I have been spending some much needed time getting caught up on other things and taking some down time with my family. I feel like life is getting busier and busier for everyone. I don't remember it being this way when i was growing up. I literally have to write in my planner when to take time to spend with my family. That seems crazy to me! However, I am willing to do whatever crazy things I need to in order to get that time.

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The below session is a family that I just adore! They are so genuine, kind, and full of life. It was such a pleasure to be able to capture this time in their lives. Little man had just turned 2 and was full of energy this night. He LOVED being at the beach, he ran and ran and ran some more. It was such a gorgeous evening for a beach session. Enjoy these images!

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Tampa Family Session

Tampa Family Session

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This family is too cute! We met in at the University of Tampa for their session. Their little guy was celebrating the big ONE! They were such a photogenic family, with mom being a fellow photographer that maybe why they were such naturals in front of the camera. I wish I could say the same amount me and my family! I am so awkward in front of the camera, I belong behind it for sure.

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M+C St. Petersburg Wedding

M+C St. Petersburg Wedding

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This August wedding was absolutely stunning. M+C's wedding day was a perfect combination of simple and elegant. It was a day such an intimate wedding surrounded with nothing but love and laughter. I was so honored to be a part of their day. I can't thank Elaine from Elaine K Garland Photography enough for asking me to second shoot this gorgeous day with her.

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Dali Museum Downtown St. Petersburg Family Session

Dali Museum Downtown St. Petersburg Family Session

This adorable family was celebrating the 1st birthday of their little princess. Perfect time for family photos! We explored around the Dali Museum in Downtown St. Petersburg, which was a perfect setting for them. This family LOVES St. Petersburg and dad is finishing school to be an architect, so all of the interesting buildings were great! Little miss L is just a doll! I mean look at the cute little dress! She smiled, laughed, and played! It was such a pleasure to capture this family and I hope they cherish these memories forever!

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This adorable family was celebrating the 1st birthday of their little princess. Perfect time for family photos! We explored around the Dali Museum in Downtown St. Petersburg, which was a perfect setting for them. This family LOVES St. Petersburg and dad is finishing school to be an architect, so all of the interesting buildings were great! Little miss L is just a doll! I mean look at the cute little dress! She smiled, laughed, and played! It was such a pleasure to capture this family and I hope they cherish these memories forever!

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Redington Beach Family Session

Redington Beach Family Session

Family vacations are a touchy subject for some and a tradition for others. I could tell right away that this family had a natural connection. They chose Redington Beach for their 2016 family vacation and decided to capture some memories. Family vacations are definitely a tradition in our family. We love to get together with family from near and far and create memories. Some of our favorite things to do are explore, play games (very competitive), swim, try new restaurants and relax together.

With the holidays among us I am so excited to take the time to spend with family and friends!

This was a session from September at the Redington Shores Long Pier. It was a gorgeous windy night and enjoyed taking a part in capturing this families memories.

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Sand Key Beach Family Session

Sand Key Beach Family Session

I feel like I say this every time I do a blog post, I am so behind!! I have taken a little time off to travel with my family and enjoy are brand new swimming pool before it is to cold to do so. With fall sessions underway I will probably get even more behind, oh well. This is a family session I did back in June. I absolutely love when large families all get together to do a family photo session. I remember when I was younger one of my family members had the idea of gifting my Great Grandmother a large frame with images from each individual family. So my mom and her family, my uncle and his family, my aunt and her family and so on. Back then professional photography wasn't as popular so we all just took our own photos on our own time with our own camera. We gave them all to my Grandmother who put together the frame. The photos were fine and my Great Grandmother displayed the frame proudly on her wall, however there is not a fun story behind the images or a family memory. These days the whole family coordinates outfits, meets at one location, goes through the awkward poses, creates memories, laughs and goes to dinner as a family afterwards. It is like an event and I love that so many families are taking the time to create and capture these memories.

This family was a blast, they went through the awkward poses with me and created some of their own. It was a hot evening in June but they had fan and will have these images to show this time in their lives forever.

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Archer 6 Month Old Mini Session - St. Petersburg FL

Archer 6 Month Old Mini Session - St. Petersburg FL

You know you are behind on blogging when the mother of this adorable little guy has contacted you for a First Birthday Session and you haven't even blogged his 6 Month Old Session. Better late then never right? This just goes to show how fast time flies! This session feels like yesterday and this little guy is about to turn one! We had so much fun playing with blankets, bears, bubbles and his doggies! By the end of the session he was exhausted.

Enjoy!

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Kapok Center Events | Clearwater FL | Wedding

Kapok Center Events | Clearwater FL | Wedding

I have been shooting weddings here and there for a year now, this is my first time I am brave enough to share! I owe it all to the amazingly talented Elaine from Elaine K Garland Photography. She has shown me nothing but grace and kindness as I embark down this journey. This is a wedding that I second shot with Elaine back in April. There is so much to be said about this couple. Meeting them for the first time on their wedding day I didn't know what to except. They were so sweet and clearly in love. They were surrounded with all of their loved ones and they had a lot of loved ones. By the end of the night I could tell why. Mack and Julie are easy to love, they are both kind and genuine just to name a couple of their many positive qualities. Their wedding was gorgeous and full of love, laughter, dancing and memories.

I was so honored to share in their day along side my dear and talented friend Elaine.

Enjoy!

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Savannah GA | Engagement Session

Savannah GA | Engagement Session

I was so excited to be able to travel to Savannah Georgia to capture this adorable couple. They are the pure definition of High School sweethearts. I don't personally know too many people who can say they are high school sweethearts but these two can! I think its so cool! Besides the obvious awesomeness of them being high school sweet hearts they are clearly so in love. There is know denying that. Their connection is so strong that its very apparent that they belong together. They have grown up together, had many firsts together, such as, first love, High School graduation, college, military, first apartment, first puppy, first house, and soon marriage.

These two love birds will wed in November and I can not wait to witness the first day of their future together as husband and wife.

Enjoy some of my favorite images from their Engagement session in Savannah Georgia.

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Charleston SC | Anniversary Trip

Charleston SC | Anniversary Trip

My husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary this past March. We don't usually make a big deal out of our anniversary but we do use it as an excuse to travel when we can. So this year being the big 5 we decided to travel some place we had never been. We tossed around Key West (I have been but my husband has not) and some other ideas and then we settled on Charleston SC. It was the perfect choice for us. When we visit new cities we love to shop and explore. There was plenty of that in Charleston. We rented an Airbnb which was adorable and close to everything. There are tons of places to shop, eat, sites to see and so much more. This city has it all!

Usually I don't bring my big girl camera on trips with us just because it is a pain to lug around but I was shooting an engagement session in Savannah GA on the way home so I had to bring it. We were too busy taking it all in that I didn't take as many photos as I intended to but here are a few that will give you a small glimpse into this gorgeous quaint little city.

Enjoy

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Oldsmar FL Portrait | Modeling Session

Oldsmar FL Portrait | Modeling Session

Is this guy handsome or what? Those eyes, that hair and not to mention he is well over 6 feet tall!! Tyler is an aspiring model. He is finishing up high school as I type and I could definitely see him on a future cover of GQ Magazine, don't you agree? We found a parking garage in Downtown Oldsmar and just went with it. It was such a fun shoot and I think he killed it.

Enjoy and be on the look out for this face as it won't be the last place you see it.

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PROJECT 52 MONTH TWO

PROJECT 52 MONTH TWO

It is almost the end of March and I am just now posting my February images for my Project 52. I know, I know, a little late but hey I figured as long as I didn't wait until April I wouldn't be totally embarrassed. March has been such a busy month!! I shot a family session for a family visiting from Sweden, that was a blast! My husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary at the beginning of the month. We traveled to Charleston, SC to celebrate and at the same time I shot an engagement session in Savannah, GA. Well of course I ended up sick as a dog on that trip! Did I mention that Charleston and Savannah are both must see cities? Well they are, if you have not traveled to both of these cities add them to your list of must see's. They are amazing!!!! My full time job has kept me on my toes this month also, but we won't get into that because that's boring!!! I also shot a wedding with my amazing talented friend Elaine and Elaine K Garland Photography, a gorgeous Syrian wedding! Syrian women wear the most amazing dresses I have ever seen! I felt like I was at Grammy Awards or something. Oh and I did my first real estate session which turned out pretty good. I was happy with it considering the widest lens I had was a 24mm. My 12 year old son came in 1st place and 2nd place in the half mile at his last 2 track meets!! Super exciting! Now next week is kids spring break and family in town.

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I need a vacation from March! Don't you think? Anyways now that I just broke down a small portion of my crazy busy life please enjoy my February Project 52 images plus a few extras.

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Downtown Dunedin Headshots - Community Over Competition

Downtown Dunedin Headshots - Community Over Competition

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There is a lot to be said about all of these amazing ladies. I will start by saying they are all talented, smart, creative, kind, inspirational, caring, genuine and the list goes on. Without photography I may have never met these amazing ladies. They are all one of kind and I am thankful for each and everyone of them. In this community we are a team, we want to see each other win and create amazing things. This team of creatives has taught me so much about myself and who I am as an artist. They have encouraged me and inspired me to always be the best version of myself and I can only hope to give back to them what they have already given to me. Some of us were able to get together one evening in Downtown Dunedin to exchange headshots just for fun. We had gorgeous light and subjects! Enjoy!

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My First Months Project 52 Results

My First Months Project 52 Results

I see a lot of photographers do Projects 365 which is where they take photos everyday for 365 days and the idea is to have 365 images at the end of the year. Having an image to document my everyday for an entire year sounds amazing but also sounds like a failure waiting to happen and if there is one thing I hate to do is fail so in that case it sounds like a super stressful year. With that said I decided instead of a Project 365 I would do a Project 52, so I only have to have 1 image a week. So far this project has been a success and of course I have ended up with more that 1 image a week, which is fine by me. The project has forced me to pick up my camera for personal use at least once a week and I absolutely love it. I am growing in my photography at the same time as capturing truly memorable moments in my life. My kids on the other hand are already sick of it but nothing a little bribing can't take care, always have M&M's on hand and life is good!

Photography has taught me that the saying "Life Begins at the end of your Comfort Zone" (-Neale Donald Walsch) is so true. I have been taken far out of my comfort zone and I am loving every minute of it.

I was a little obsessed with B&W images this month but something about them speaks to me. I feel like they tell my story best, not everything is always bright and colorful but life keeps moving forward (at a very fast pace, I might add).

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