Michael & Cheyenne Get Married / Crystal River Wedding Photography

The holiday wedding season is in full swing! For those of you who know me, you know I love exploring new locations–especially for weddings. When I got the text from Betsy telling me their son, Michael was getting married in Crystal River, I was thrilled to be able to work it out to be there. They’d picked the Lion’s Club Train Depot in town and it couldn’t have been more perfect. Toni & Malcolm from Bryant Production Events were on hand to work their magic, transforming the main building into a winter wonderland complete with the most beautiful lighting and decor. This duo never ceases to amaze me with their talents. And even though it rained like crazy, the wedding couldn’t have been more beautiful. It was a such a pleasure to document this sweet event for such a great family.

Here’s a collection of my favorites from the day:

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Blog_Monk_Wedding_04I had some extra time with Michael in the daylight, so we made good use of the time and light and goofed around taking extra pictures!

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Blog_Monk_Wedding_29Blog_Monk_Wedding_25I have to mention what a great family this is–in more ways than one–but for especially for this last shot of the night.  They pulled this off in only 2 takes–you have NO idea how hard this is when you’re writing numbers backwards:)

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Benson Family Christmas / Waldorf Astoria Photography

Now this is how you celebrate the Christmas Season Florida style! Amanda keeps finding ways to up her game on the previous year’s session and I am so thankful to be a part of the entire process. This year’s family session was no exception when we hit the golf course at The Waldorf Astoria. The weather was beautiful, the colors she picked out were perfect, and Nathan was happy to hit a few golf balls during the session:)

I adore this family and I’m so thankful to be the one to document them each year. Here are some of my favorites from our morning together!

We started off by updating Amanda’s headshots–I must say, I’m pretty darn happy with how they turned out:

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Blog_Benson_Family_Christmas_12The northern relatives will be so jealous:

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Rutherford Family Christmas / Clermont Family Photography

Have I said before that it’s my favorite time of year? The weather is finally starting to cool off and I get to see some of my favorite people! Jake & Kate came out to my neck of the woods because I’ve been dying to photograph a family in a field near my house. Clearly I have issues with random fields, but when they look this beautiful in pictures, they are so hard to ignore. Let’s try and overlook the fact they always seem to have remnants of dead animals and several types of unfriendly cacti and thorny plants. Thank goodness Maddy spends most of her days outside and a random yucky field didn’t faze her one bit.

Like all of the kiddos I photograph, Maddy has grown up so much since I last spent time with this family. She’s in kindergarten now and not only is she smart as a whip, but her little spunky personality allows for even more fun little faces than before!

Merry Christmas from The Rutherford Family!

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Tanner Family Christmas / Winter Garden Family Photography

‘Tis the season for Christmas portraits and I am so excited for this season to be upon us. The hard part about living in Florida is that it never seems to “feel” like the season when we take these pictures. We always have visions of boots, cute sweaters and vests, and a crisp breeze in the air . . . and then we step outside and end up faced with the reality of 87* and 90% humidity! Oh, well–at least we aren’t having to shovel snow before each session:)

I met up with the Tanner family last weekend in Downtown Winter Garden for their family Christmas pictures to find that not only had baby James grown up so much since the last time I saw him, but Amy and James were also expecting a new addition to their family! Even though the weather was far from chilly, the lighting was perfect and the weather was beautiful for their session.

I’ve officially given up trying to narrow these posts down to only a sneak peek–I love too many of these pictures to not post them all!

Just look at this little face!

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If you look closely, you’ll notice Amy’s perfectly round little bump making its appearance!

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Greenwell Family Christmas / Kraft Azalea Gardens

It’s been FAR too long since I’ve spent time with the Greenwell family. Life moved them out of state and out of my reach for just long enough for William and Daniel to grow up a little too much for my liking. Thank goodness they are back because it means I will get to see them more often and it also means I get to be a part of their Christmas pictures this year!

Even though they are growing up too quickly, their desire to explore and go on adventures is exactly the same. Random palm tree branches became brooms to fly on and climbing trees was a must. Trying to narrow down the images to a handful of my favorites was not an easy task, so I decided it was best to just post a ton of them instead:)

Merry Christmas from The Greenwell Family:

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Deborah - Absolutely beautiful!!