WOW. What a whirlwind of a year 2019 has been! We have been so blessed to photograph over 53 clients in 2019 and almost 70 different events. This has been our biggest year and craziest by far. We could not have asked for more amazing and supportive clients! As we close out 2019, we wanted to share our best of the year and represent each of our clients (because they are all so amazing)! Trying to choose just ONE favorite was certainly no easy task. Take a peek into our 2019!
We started our year off with babies galore! We celebrated Luka’s first birthday and increasing health in the beginning of January. Luka’s friend, Tristan, also celebrated his first birthday! The wonderful Scabarozi family entered our lives in January with their travel themed baby shower! We also celebrated the birth of Braydon with a lifestyle newborn session. Livia and Cerriah both updated their headshots for 2019.
February is the month of love, and this February was no different! We started off the month by celebrating the young love of Shannon and Chris during a Valentine’s Day themed couples session. On Valentine’s Day, we celebrated a different generation by witnessing the elopement of Linda and Art. Our dear friends Madison and Richard welcomed their handsome baby boy, Finley with our first ever Fresh 48 Session. Plus, our favorite twins, Ari and Kai, celebrated their first birthday!
March was one of our busiest months of this year and we had an amazing variety! Our amazing friends, Mike and Tanya, finally tied the knot in a medieval themed wedding. Jaymi announced her maternity with a shoot with her sweet daughter. Then, longtime friends Sarah and Kristopher said their vow to one another with a game themed wedding (featured on PopSugar this year!). Amelia celebrated her first birthday with a Wonder Woman themed cake smash session!
Jillian updated her personal training photos with our dear friend, Shelby, and Marisol updated her headshots for the year. Lilly entered our world and started her first great adventure with a Fresh 48 session. Finally, Sarai and Lee welcomed their new baby girl, Capri, with a lifestyle newborn session!
April kicked off our engagement session season! Our wonderful bride and groom, Alex and Marissa, flew down from Albany, New York for their engagement session in the beginning of the month. Jake and Alissa went to their first prom together! Heather welcomed her third boy, Nolan, and celebrated with a lifestyle newborn session. Our amazing couple, Melissa and Barrett, celebrate their engagement with a session at Twin Oaks and the Pioneer Center. Keri, Stephanie, and Bryan all graduated from UCF in April!
May (my birthday month) had a smaller amount of sessions, but they were back to back! The wonderful SJ and Matthew tied the knot in St. Augustine in mid-may! Then, Jenna and Austin celebrated their engagement with a session at Chisholm Park. Finally, Sabrina and Dan gathered their closest friends and family to dedicate their lives to one another! They got married at East End Market on my birthday at the end of the month. Such a fun day!!
June and July are the hottest months of the year in Florida and our off season. Suzi and Rob welcomed their baby boy, Gentry, with a Fresh 48 Session! They then captured his time in his new home with a lifestyle newborn session. My amazing and trooper of a friend, Sasha, braved the heat with me to photograph her maternity in a sunflower field! Jenna and Austin then said “I Do” with their friends and family in St. Cloud. Cameron updated his headshots and website photos. Jackie celebrated her 40th birthday with an adult cake smash. The Scabarozi family also showed us their dream of a home with a lifestyle newborn session for Lilly.
August kicked off our next wedding season and brought us more amazing new clients! First, Christina and Martin captured the love of their soon-to-be baby girl with a maternity session at Lake Louisa. Rachel updated her headshots with us to continue her theatre degree in Jacksonville! Our wonderful friends Amanda, Tamir, and Ellie helped us update our session style guide with a styled shoot! Sasha and Joey also remembered their maternity with a gothic styled session at Split Oak. Last, but certainly not least, we travelled to Albany, New York to photograph the amazing Alex and Marissa’s wedding day (while fighting a hurricane).
As soon as we got back from New York, Sasha and Joey welcomed their beautiful baby girl into the world. I was able to capture the birth of Sage and I was forever changed! Rachel and David drove from Jacksonville to celebrate their anniversary with a couples session. Mike and Tanya celebrated the purchase of their new home. Finally, Nicole and Dan flew to Florida for their engagement session and tied the knot later that week at Ever After Peach Farms!
Amelia became a big sister in October and we captured her new experiences with Olivia. My dear friend and first bride, Caleigh, welcomed her beautiful baby girl, Emmie, into the world! Christina and Martin also welcomed their gorgeous girl, Magonlia, with a lifestyle newborn session. Katie and Chris celebrated their engagement with a unique brewery session! I also photographed the corporate event again for my billboard contract, OutFront Media.
November brought back some old friends and new friends from my hometown! Kristie and Nick celebrated their pregnancy with a session at Kraft Azalea Gardens. Kristie and Nick were both from my hometown of Hamburg, New Jersey and even had their wedding photographed by my family’s company up there! Such a small world. Lincoln helped his parents welcome his new baby sister, Stella, with a Fresh 48 Session. My longtime friend, Kevin, and his family updated their photos for the holidays! Lilly celebrated her first Christmas with a lifestyle holiday session with her parents and pups.
The Bruner family also came back for their new holiday photos. Seng and Ryan flew from Tennessee for a couples session at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort. The Myers clan (my mom’s entire side!!) had their first professional photos done as a Christmas gift for my grandfather. Don’t worry, he doesn’t do this whole internet thing. Our amazing friends, the Carter family, updated their family photos for the holidays after letting us practice on them for YEARS. Barrett and Melissa tied the knot at Hastings Ranch. Alex got down on one knee and Colleen said yes to spending the rest of her life with him! The OTHER Myers family (we have a lot of family!!) posed for some new holiday photos as well.
Finally, we travelled to Richmond, Virginia to attend an amazing wedding photography conference. We were able to see our dear friends and have a relaxing adventure before heading into the holidays. We are forever grateful for them!!
The year is almost over!! Anjelica and Cody celebrated their love with a wedding at Bridle Oaks Farm in DeLand. Kristie and Nick welcomed their little Santa baby, Colin, with a lifestyle newborn session. Lilly was baptized with her wonderful family surrounding her. To close out 2019, we hung out with the Bernardo family to update their family photos!
First, if you made it this far in our year, THANK YOU. We know it’s a lot and we appreciate each and every one of you! As many of you know, 2019 has NOT been our year personally. More on that story will come next week. But, with my dad’s cancer and diseases, life has really hit a wall. I know that I wouldn’t have made it through this year without the love and support from all of our clients. Not only as a distraction, but they have been so uplifting and truly helped us through this crazy 2019. We truly can’t thank you enough for everything and we hope to see you all again next year.
If you aren’t a part of our family yet and want to be, you still have time! To inquire about 2020 openings, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to check out our Behind the Scenes blog as well!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! May your 2020 be full of happiness and love.
Haleigh, Jack, and Rocky