Meet Katherine Hope

I had the privilege this weekend of photographing Ms. Katherine Hope, founder of Y.W.S.  otherwise known as “You Will Survive”.  Currently an online blog and soon-to-be magazine dedicated to supporting single parents with valuable insights, practical information, and creative ideas. They are a community of single parents dedicated to helping one another survive!

Ms. Hope was in the market for a fresh new photo for her website and I had a great time working with her. We did a mini outdoor session. It had just finished raining so I used my Nikon SB700 Speedlight as an additional light source and reduced power quite a bit to about 1/8. You would never know it was a rainy day though with a little post production magic!  In a perfect world, I would have shot her in the late afternoon on a sunny day but it’s not a perfect world. Sometimes, you have to make the most of what you have and make a great picture. Ms. Hope was very happy with the finished product and so am I.

I am looking forward to working with Katherine on other Y.W.S. projects as an onboard photographer for the magazine. She is a fantastic individual who has a heart for helping others. I’m very excited about our new venture. I know this publication will be a valuable resource to many single parents trying to cope with everyday struggles. Here are some favorites from our session..




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Writings On A Wall














Last year our family took a trip up to Orlando. We decided to visit the Disney Village one night and of course, I had my brand new camera with me.  My daughter was only about four months old at the time and we’d often have to make the usual pit stop wherever we were to heat up milk or change “the diaper”.  I saw a restaurant within the village that was close by and was convenient for milk getting. It had these fun lights hanging outside where people could sit and eat. I remember thinking how pretty it must look when it’s totally dark… Dec2012_044


When I went around to go inside, I was given a wonderfully artistic surprise. There was some incredibly unique decor at the entrance. I immediately took some shots.  I can say, that I have never seen this type of decor before, least of all,  in a public place. I loved the rustic feel of it and was completely drawn to everything about it..the colors, words, meaning etc.  Since I wasn’t sure how I wanted to process the photos, they just kind of sat in the pile.  You know how it is, then time passes and other photographs become more important so you never seem to get back to the older images.  Can anyone relate?

Hopefully,  my little post will inspire you to go back and pick one photo you would like to resurrect from that long-lost pile of images.  Find your lost treasure!  Post it either here, your own blog, or another photo sharing site and provide a link for our viewing pleasure.  Have fun!

God Bless,


Roses For Me




Roses For Me                                                                                                                                            Kids are’s been a tough week with very little time to myself. So it’s no wonder I decided to edit pretty flowers to boost my spirit. These make me smile and this week, I’ve earned them!

What kind of photos make you feel good and brighten your day?

God Bless,

A newborn session to remember!

I recently had the privilege of photographing this ruggedly handsome fella who was only 4 days old!  A big congratulations to first time parents.. Carlos & Maribel!

Meet Noah Manuel..

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Happy 20th Reunion to Martin County High’s Class of 1993

Recently I had the honor of being commissioned to photograph the class of 1993!  The reunion was held Saturday, July 27th 2013 at Charlie’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill located in Stuart, FL.  When I got there, I was concerned that we’d be limited in where to take our “class photo” and sure enough, there were a few obstacles to overcome but in the end, we were able to capture a wonderful shot that truly captures the spirit of the class!

Martin County High Class of 93 Reunion 7/27/2013

All together, it was a fun event with lovely folks who were genuinely there to see their buddies of long ago.  I was happy to be a part of their evening and I look forward to other reunions down the road.

Here are a few of my favorites from the evening..

Martin County High Class of 93 Reunion 7/27/2013 Martin County High Class of 93 Reunion 7/27/2013 Martin County High Class of 93 Reunion 7/27/2013

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

Hurray, this is my first photo challenge!  I picked this picture because it shows the bond between a brother and sister. In the picture is my toddler Kellan and baby sister Maielle. Kellan is continually looking out for his sister. He has taken so well to the role of big brother and Maielle looks at him like he is really something special (and he is)!   I think they are going to be best pals and I can’t wait to see how their relationship unfolds in the months and years to come.

If you’ve been blessed with a sibling, I hope this image brings back fond memories. Remember to always let them know you LOVE them!

God Bless.









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Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day

Splitting time between  kids, husband and home while trying to build a photography business is no easy task!  It is incredibly time-consuming but I think that anything great requires hard work, so that’s what I keep telling myself. The late nights processing photos (I often pull all nighters), the enormous amount of information you have to sift through to learn something new is all quite tedious, not to mention when you come across a site of a fellow photographer whose work is spectacular, suddenly become discouraged and wonder… “what makes me think I’m good enough…am I good enough?”

Then reason starts to set in and I start to remind myself of my goals (Rome wasn’t built-in a day).  My goal is to get there “eventually” not today. Everything is a process and my God says there is a “time for everything”.  My job is to put one foot in front of the other and trust that all things will come together for good. After all, that is his promise.  So today, I choose to trust. I will continue shooting, processing and changing diapers too!  I must see this through because only then will I get to see all that’s been planned for me.

I can see little bits and pieces here and there, “little opportunities” where I’m being led in the right direction. I recently had the privilege of attending a family member’s wedding and the photographer came over to snap a photo of my beautiful little girl.  I simply asked him “What are you shooting with?” (it was dark so I couldn’t tell).   A simple question opened the door for a conversation about photography and he presented the opportunity to work with him.  Despite all my reserves, I said yes because I know that learning hands on will be far better than any class I can take and let’s be honest, less expensive.

Sometimes the best thing you can do is to be thrown into the pool and in the past I have risen to the challenge. There is no room for fear if you want to achieve success in anything you go for it!

In my quest to get myself out there,  I recently found a pretty neat outlet for selling my artwork called Fine Art America. They are found in my portfolio under Gallery 2  if you have time to check it out.  I would love any feedback from my fellow artists/photographers so feel free to leave a comment about which ones you like the best and which ones maybe not so much.

God Bless!

The Holy Grail of Vintage Inspired, Photoshop Actions Is: Florabella Collection!

Do you want to turn your images in works of art?  I do!

I came to find out about Florabella through a fellow Photographer’s blog,  I admire tremendously, Skye Hardwick.  I saw her post mentioning Florabella and I decided to check them out and see what she was raving about.  I am completely blown away by what they’ve put together, so of course I have to show them some love and post it!

First, let me just say that there are a lot of Photoshop actions out there that you can find and download, some are even free but I dare you to find ones as scrumptious as the Florabella Collection!  They offer a myriad of options to help you carry out your artistic  vision. Click here to view the beautiful collections they offer:


*** Images courtesy of Florabella Collection and are protected under copyright law***

Whether you’re new to Photography or a seasoned Pro, Florabella has what you need to take your images to the next level.  Their collection will allow you to expedite your editing process and help you create beautiful works of Art!  In addition to Photoshop actions, they  have fabulous textures to give your images that dreamy, nostalgic or vintage feel we love so much. Use them for retouching portraits, landscapes, florals, graphics and just about any kind of image you can think of. The possibilities are limitless.

Their website also provides detailed tutorials to teach and guide you each step of the way so you don’t miss a thing. They certainly don’t skimp on anything folks! Don’t forget to sign up for their newsletter to receive updates and get “discounts”.  You can also stay up to date on all things Florabella via their facebook page. If you’ve used Florabella Collection in your post processing, we’d love to hear what you think!  Leave a comment or show us some of your work.

By the way, here are some fun little snapshots (straight out of the camera, no editing done yet) that with a little Florabella, who knows what might happen..

Fly Away_DSC0440 Here I Go_DSC0436 Pure Joy_DSC0428

Happy processing & God bless!

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Tip Jar ~ My New Favorite Photo!

Ok. so the name sounds simple but I really do think it suits the photograph.  I was looking forward to processing this one & wasn’t sure exactly which way my creative juices would flow but I am really happy with the over feel of the end result. I really love this photo & knew I would the minute I shot it.

Nothing says USA like the old dollar…che-ching!

We see tip jars just about everywhere right, and I never thought to photograph one until.. I saw this one.  I guess you could say it was “love at first sight”. Maybe it was the money, the jar, the man with the hole-y jeans (yeah, I know that’s really not a word but stick with me anyways) but as soon as I saw it, I didn’t think twice about it.

I love the shape of the jar and how it happens to fit perfectly on the little, old, yellow table. What else could a girl ask for?

It was a no brainer..I had to shoot it, especially with the man in the background wearing his ripped jeans.  God Bless the USA!

Tip Jar

Tip Jar

Photography Equipment Used:  Nikon D5100 DSLR with a 55-200mm f/4-5.6 lens

Post Production Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 4 and Nik® Software Color Effects Pro™ 4. 

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