Jaan + Tom: Palm Beach Elopement

[ 12.08.16 | PALM BEACH, FL ]

On November 13th Jaan contacted me about their big day, and throughout our planning and discussions one thing was clear – she was head over heals for Tom and couldn’t wait to marry him. In one quick month Jaan, Tom and their families planned this beautiful elopement. When I arrived at Jaan’s parent’s house I was greeted by a handful of her close family. I learned of their cultures and of some of the meaningful traditions that would be incorporated into the day. The couple did a quick first look, revealing Jaan’s gorgeous red dress, then we scooted on over to Palm Beach for some portraits. These two were absolutely adorable and totally rocked their first dip! We headed back to the clubhouse where so many close friends and family awaited. During the ceremony you could feel the love in the room as each message was delivered to the bride and groom. The nuptials were so sweet – and my favorite part had to be Tom finding his name within the Henna. He was not allowed to kiss his bride until he found it! After they said I do, Jaan & Tom were so gracious and went around greeting and taking pictures with each of their guests. There were toasts and dances (Tom and his mom seriously had me in tears) and when it came time to cut the cake Jaan and Tom invited their parents up with them. The two families truly became one with their union. It was so moving! Jaan & Tom I’m so glad you swiped right! Congratulations!!

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the amazing vendors:
Wedding decor and bouquet by Claudia Vidal Monteiro Fehribach, desserts by ChocoKero Kero, Makeup and Hair by Chrysti Artistry,  Dress by Le Casa Hermosa.

Jamie + Adam: Waldo’s Secret Garden Wedding

[ 9.24.16 | VERO BEACH, FL ]
When Jamie and Adam got engaged, I was so surprised and excited that they thought of me to be their wedding photographer! We had a blast taking engagement photos and I talked with Jamie often about all the plans for their big day. On the morning of, friends and family gathered at the rustic venue, Waldo’s Secret Garden, and brought all of Jamie’s ideas to life. While getting ready, the rain came and the rain left, the Seminoles won, and Jamie shared their love story with me all over again. It was beautiful. 

Jamie and Adam – I am so happy you have found each other! From the First Look till the very last sparkler went out, your day was so special. I’m absolutely thrilled to share these photos!
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Venue: Waldo’s Secret Garden
Dress: JCrew
Caterer: Carters
Band: Victoria & Cody

Gunther U.S. Marine Family Photos

[ 8.13.16 | PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL ]
Home for only a few short days, we scheduled a family shoot to capture this very special time in Gunther’s life. He just completed training and received the Marine uniform. It was truly an honor to hear his story and capture these photos:
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Good luck and be safe in all your journeys Gunther!

Bailey: Cake Smash

[ 4.21.16 | PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL ]
Our very special fur-baby turned 11 this year. So… we got her a cake! Here are some fun shots from Bailey’s Birthday “Cake Smash.”  Thanks to Woof Gang Bakery for Bailey’s adorable and apparently quite yummy cake.
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Sarah: PGA Headshots

[ 4.9.16 | PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL ]
Sarah you are gorgeous – inside and out. I’m so happy for you in your new endeavor and can’t wait to see your new office space. Here are a few from our session in PGA National:

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Jamie + Adam: Halpatiokee Engagement

[  3.26.16  |  STUART, FL  ]
I’m so excited to share these photos! Jamie and Adam were so brave to be my first engagement shoot. I had a blast hiking and getting lost in Halpatiokee park with these two. They are such a fun couple and were up for anything! Congratulations on your engagement! And thank you for trusting me to capture these. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Amazing Morning at Grassy Waters Preserve

[  2.20.16  |  WEST PALM BEACH, FL  ]
It doesn’t get any better than this! First trip out with my brand new D750. I visited a new place, suggested by a few friends, not knowing if I’d see any wildlife. I left feeling overwhelmed! It was such an awe inspiring morning. First I ran into a pair of my favorite and rather hard to find animals, otters!! I was so excited my hands were shaking and I forgot all about adjusting settings on my camera. They were so cute to watch play in the mud! I continued along the Owahee Trail seeing birds of every variety to eventually come upon a Bald Eagle nest. Thank you Sean for suggesting this trail, I never would have seen the Eagle without you! It was amazing!! She took a lap, squawking at a pestering bird and I was able to get some pretty neat clicks.

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Wildlife Photo of the Day – Great Horned Owls

[  2.20.16  |  BOYNTON BEACH, FL  ]
Visited the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge just to see these babies. Mom and dad were nowhere to be found. Can’t wait to return, spend more time in the area – and see how they’ve grown.

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Manatee Lagoon

[  2.13.16  |  WEST PALM BEACH, FL  ]
It doesn’t get cold in Florida often, but when it does herds of manatees head to the FPL warm-water outflows to keep warm. It is in this same location that they’ve recently opened the new Manatee Lagoon – a very nice learning facility with optimal manatee viewing decks. When I visited it seemed like hundreds of them were huddled up and some were clearly basking in the sun. It was quite spectacular to see these gentle giants up close. (P.S. Manatee bellies just make me smile)

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A Day in the Life of …

[  2.6.16  |  PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL   ]
At LRP Publications we are blessed to have a pair of resident Red Shouldered Hawks nesting yearly nearby. They swoop past our office windows all day and often I find myself completely enthralled in hawk life. Last Saturday I decided to spend an hour or so, off the clock, with the couple and my camera. I was fortunate to catch a few snacks, flights, gathering of nesting material and even some hawk luv’n.

Meet our hawk couple:
The female is on the left still sporting her juvenile colors, male on the right.
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