Mila

For the last five years in a row, I’ve been lucky enough to capture Mila’s birthday portraits!

She’s turned into quite the young lady, mixed with a little bit of wildness and sass that I absolutely love. We had a blast taking some photos in downtown St. Petersburg between the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater.

Then we drove over to the climbing tree next to the Museum of Fine Arts, and finished off with some ice cream at the Cassis Bakery.

Here are some of my favorites from Mila’s super sweet and fun 5th birthday session!

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Marina & Roman

Marina and Roman’s wedding on Sunset Beach in Treasure Island was one of the most unique weddings I’ve ever experienced. These two lovebirds were sweet, truly smitten and glowing with happiness nearly every minute, day and night.

Their bridal party was also a blast to work with. Marina’s bridesmaids were fun — and simply stunning! Just wait until you see the photos we took in the limo ride to the ceremony location! And the silly bunch of groomsmen had me laughing at least a couple dozen times. They couldn’t even stay serious for too long during the group shots!

This wedding was a great combination of abundant love, traditions and out-of-the-box characteristics. From the friend they had sing and play a song on a ukulele to a couple of guests who performed a ballroom dance, all the way to a sparkler exit, I enjoyed capturing such a unique and fun wedding.

Florist: The Flower Centre of St. Petersburg

Caterer: Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Wedding Cake: Cakes by Nomeda

DJ: Robb Smith Productions

Hair & Makeup: Fabulous Hair by Egla

Wedding Dress: The Dressing Room, St. Petersburg

Getting Ready Location: Residence Inn, Treasure Island

Ceremony & Reception Location: St. Petersburg Lions Club Beach House

Getting Ready & Pre-Ceremony

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The Wedding Details

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The Ceremony

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Bride & Groom

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Bridal Party

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The Reception

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The Sparkler Exit

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Raven

Raven and I had a blast with her second underwater session, where we took photos on a somewhat gloomy day, that provided just enough overcast and rain for stunning results. While we took photos of her clownfish mermaid tail in our first underwater session, today we tried out another one with a dreamier mystical look, and I loved the bit of shimmer it offered in the soft light of the day.

Raven is the owner and tail maker of Merbella Studios. She makes everything from mermaid tails and shell bras to head pieces and accessories for mermaids!

Check out some of my favorites from this fun, gorgeous underwater mermaid session.

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Lorena & Juan

I met Lorena about four or five years ago as a coworker at Bank of America. I admired her for her knack at balancing warm and friendliness with professionalism — and the fact that she’s a beautiful person, inside and out.

And about a year ago, when Lorena and Juan became engaged, we enjoyed an engagement session with some sun and sand beach engagement session on Fort De Soto! They even brought their two pups who posed perfectly for a great save-the-date photo.

While I fell in love with their engagement photos, I’m even more in love with the results from their gorgeous DIY-style beach and backyard wedding. We had such perfect weather for a February wedding — breezy and in the mid-70s. And Lorena is my kind of bride: taking a shot of tequila before the ceremony! They put together a beautiful ceremony on Sunset Beach (Treasure Island), and hosted an invitingly warm backyard reception perfectly lit with string lights and candlelight.

The three of us will also likely never forget the few minutes immediately following sunset, when we lost not one, but TWO of their rings on the beach right after taking ring photos! Between the three of us, we managed to track down the rings and laughed our way to the car — thankful all was found and ready to hit up the reception.

The photos below are just a handful of my new favorites. Let us know which ones you love most and feel free to re-pin ones you love! <3

Dress: Alfred Angelo

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Kami & Merissa

You never know who you’ll meet these days, especially with the growth of social media.

I met Kami and her sister Merissa though Instagram. We connected through messenger about doing an underwater session with a great thrift-store find: a wedding dress! Despite being an extremely cold, rainy January day in Florida, we jumped in. It was one of the coldest underwater sessions to-date — and that says a lot after having done a session at Weeki Wachee a few months ago!

We decided to take the dress (along with another thrift-store prom dress) for a swirl underwater. Now, I’ll be dreaming of trash-the-dress sessions for months to come… <3

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Samantha

Ever since I tried my first underwater photography session six months ago, I’ve been dreaming of doing an underwater maternity session. And when one of my friends from a class in college announced she was pregnant with her second child, I leaped for the chance and asked if she’d be my first underwater maternity model.

The results were all that I could have hoped for! Take a look at what we were able to create to capture this special moment in her life with the photographs below.

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Camille

Camille is a friend of mine from high school. I’ve always admired her for her intelligence and charm — and combined with the fact that she’s a beautiful person inside and out, it comes as no surprise that she’s a stunning woman as a whole. I reached out to see if she’d be my muse for an evening on the beach at Fort De Soto, and she absolutely knocked my photography socks off! This session was a dream come true.

Check out the photos below for our fun sunset session’s results:

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Angelo & Sterling

For those of you who don’t already know me personally, here is a little backstory. I work at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, where I work in the marketing department — mainly focusing on the University’s website content and strategy, social media platforms and photography for event promotion/coverage.

Ever since I began my position back in late May, I have been in love with the fountain behind the campus building. Between the beautiful early morning/late evening light, the sprouting water and the blooming bougainvillea, it is a perfect spot for some unique portraits. Recently, when my co-worker Angelo proposed to his partner Sterling, I suggested taking photos for their engagement on campus. The results are simply beautiful.

Love is love is love is love.

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Evan & Billy

Evan and I have a mutual best friend, Kelsey, through whom we met about ten years ago. We used to spend a decent chunk of our teenage days hanging out by the pool at Kelsey’s place, laughing the night away.

I was beyond excited when Evan told me she wanted me to capture their wedding day — creating these keepsake images for those I’ve known for years means the world to me. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to witness these two lovebirds join together in such a beautiful ceremony (and celebration!). This day was filled with laughter, joy, dancing and happy tears, and I know they have many wonderful years ahead of them. From her gorgeous dress and the groomsmen’s superhero socks, to the grand sparkler exit, this was a wedding Evan’s dreams brought to life.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: St. Petersburg Woman’s Club

Caterer: Carefree Catering

Second Photographer: Luxe Light Photography

DJ: Island Sound

Florist: Robin’s Custom Floral Designs

Bridal Shop: CC’s Boutique

Hair & Makeup: Creative Touches

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Ashley & Austin

I’ve known Austin since Freshman year in high school. Our friendship has withstood time and distance challenges, and I am beyond grateful to call him one of my closest (and most sarcastic) friends.

Ashley is the only woman I know who can handle Austin, his sense of humor, forgetfulness. Ten years ago, he forgot our tickets to the homecoming dance. A few weeks ago on their wedding day, Austin forgot to bring his dress shirt — to no one’s surprise.

But being with Ashley has changed him in other ways for the best. They now have a beautiful family together, and I am blessed to have had the opportunity to capture it all on the biggest day of their lives. My favorite part? The bubble sendoff for their final dance! Check it all out below.

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Tampa Bay Downs, Tampa, FL

Caterer: Tampa Bay Downs, Tampa, FL

Videographer: Roger Wolfe

Second Photographer: Behind the Lens Photography

DJ: Ben Daniele

Officiant: Jason Sowell

Florist: The Bride’s Bouquet

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