If you’re a part of my newsletter, you already got a heads up on this big news. Even if you aren’t a part of the email list, you may have guessed what this announcement is after seeing recent website changes. What is this big news? I guess I should get to the point already…

I moved to Orlando!

Yep, it’s a new start for me in a new city. Technically I’m not moved in until Wednesday, but it’s pretty much official. I’m so excited to begin this new chapter of my life! Over the last couple of years, I have visited central Florida often to spend time with good friends. While I originally had no plans to ever move to a big city, the more I visited, the more I wanted to stay. Even though everything has fallen into place very well, this has been a big leap of faith for me. Since deciding to move, I have learned so much about myself and my dreams, and also about my quickness to worry and not trust God. Without the loving care and provision of God, I would not be able to take this big step, and so I must trust Him for everything! He will care for and provide for me, and I can rest completely in Him.

Moving away is certainly bittersweet. I’ve moved three hours away from my comfort zone–my family, my quiet town, my longtime friends, and my clients. I’ve never been far away from my family for more than a few days at a time, so leaving them is the hardest part. But I’m thankful that Orlando is only a few hours away from them. I will visit my family often, and schedule photo sessions in southwest Florida regularly. I’m not gone for good!

Please contact me if you are interested in scheduling an Orlando pet photography session, or a central Florida family or child photography session. I’d love to meet you and your kids, whether they have four legs or two. Thank you for welcoming to your city, I’m happy to be here!

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As a birthday gift, I photographed my older sister and her little family last weekend. We went to the beautiful Phillippi Estate Park in Sarasota to capture some family portraits under the gorgeous, moss-covered oak trees. This park is also dog-friendly, so Olivia Jane got to join in on some of the images!

Photographing your own family members can be quite a challenge, especially when the kids have figured out the game and don’t particularly want to be in front of the camera anymore. It’s a challenge, but it is not impossible! Despite the kids’ total lack of interest in the camera, we created some images that my sister and I both love. Kids don’t have to be posing perfectly, looking straight at the camera, and saying “cheese” for great portraits. It’s those little moments when they are just being themselves that are the most precious memories to capture. The best photos are created when I step back from directing, and just observe the interactions and natural “poses” happening without my interruption. I love those moments.

If you are looking for a Sarasota or Orlando family photographer to capture your family or children naturally, please get in touch with me. I’d love to work with you and create unique art for your home.

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One of my favorites. Wallace just had to have his ball for the images! Without it, he was not a happy camper.
Orlando family photography
Orlando family photography
Orlando family photography

My other favorite images are these two of Layla in the oak tree. She needed no help from me, she posed like this all by herself. These images make me wish I could be a little kid again!

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Wallace is getting so big. He’ll be one year old in just a couple of weeks! He’s walking now, and he looks like such a little man.

Orlando family photography
Orlando family photography

The dresses worn by my sister and my niece, and the shirt worn by my nephew, were all handmade by my talented sister. Meredith makes gorgeous quilts, bags, and clothing! You can see more of her excellent work on her blog. She has an Etsy shop, too!

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If I hadn’t read her age on the contract before her session, I never would have believed that Sofie is 12 years old. This lovely German Wirehair Pointer doesn’t look a day over 5, if you ask me. If I had to pick only one word to describe Sofie, I’d say that she is a lady. She has such a sweet and gentle way about her.

Once shy Sofie got comfortable with the backdrop and equipment, she happily showed off her sweet smile for the camera. Her mom has photos from Sofie’s younger days as a bird dog, but for this session, she wanted photos that captured more of Sofie’s personality than her hunting skill. It wasn’t hard to do, with a lovely model like this!

I hope you enjoy viewing Sofie’s images as much as I enjoyed capturing them. Who wouldn’t smile looking at such a pretty face?

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If you are interested in a pet photography session in Sarasota or Orlando, please contact me. I’d be happy to discuss the different session options and learn more about you and your pets!

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