Classic beauty.

While I am on a sabbatical of sorts from full-time photography, I am soaking in the opportunity to shoot inspired. Sometimes I get the great privilege of photographing my own, and knowing I have captured their hearts is all that matters.  For the heart-thoughts behind these portraits, visit my personal blog, Dancing With My Father.

 

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My girl, you make me long to be more woman, more beautiful, more honest, more determined, more kind.

 

 

 

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bryce and jacob {nyc surprise engagement}

i got a text saying that her daughter was about to receive a surprise proposal in NYC. my friend and long-time client shelby wanted to know if there was any way we could be on-hand to capture the moment. um, surprise engagement? in one of the most romantic cities? count me in!  so for weeks, i conspired online with a guys i had never met, but who instantly won my heart, and we talked rings and rooftops, twinkly lights and flowers, candles and secret plots.

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there’s a favorite part of my job for me: it’s being “in the know” about things that are exciting, things that no one else knows, and things that will make people happy.  helping a young groom-to-be plan the perfect romantic grand gesture for his girl has to top just about any other experience!

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we gave jacob our available date, and we met his friends on the rooftop he’d chosen in the heart of one of his favorite sections of the city.  together the few of us decked out the space, simply but with intention.  jacob and bryce’s friend had even brought a speaker to play romantic tunes for the arrival of the unsuspecting bride-to-be.

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with sweet words conjuring up memories of their time together in the city, the boy asked the girl the important question.  she said yes, and they giggled and stared together at the ring he’d designed with her smile in mind.  and though the timing was tight, we ran like kids through the subways and sidewalks, capturing an iconic image near the brooklyn bridge, despite delays caused by holiday closings and the inevitable city bustle.

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adriana. {tampa newborn photographer}

elena is a beautiful woman, and her sweet spirit shines through her smile.  when she told me, through sparkling tears in her eyes, how moved she was remembering my daughter and i working together several years ago at the newborn session for her first baby boy, i couldn’t wait to join her and her now two “big brothers,” to capture adriana’s newborn portraits.

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welcome to the world, baby girl.  you are already well-loved and no doubt will be even more well-protected by your mommy, your daddy, and your wild-and-wonderful big brothers.

 

blessings!  ~angela

austin {naples senior portraits}

to say we’ve known austin for a long time wouldn’t be an exaggeration; he and our oldest boys were vacation Bible school buddies during our first years of home schooling.  although the miles separated us and the years passed, we’ve not lost touch with his awesome family, and it was nothing but FUN to photograph austin for his senior portraits.

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he’s handsome, he’s super athletic (cross fit anyone?), and he’s willing to try anything – the trifecta for an amazing senior guy’s portrait session.  during the shoot, austin sweet-talked his way into a lamborghini, a movie theatre, and the good graces of an alaskan eskimo owned by the proprietors of a high-end jewelry store.  oh, and he had ladies moving aside to make room for him in the swanky VIP lounge of the waldorf astoria naples.

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austin, thanks for being so. much. fun.  there are great things in store for you!

 

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