Amanda & Patrick’s Wedding at B Ocean {South Florida Wedding Photographer}

I met Amanda at a bridal shower for one of my other In A Glimpse Photography brides (you can see that gorgeous shower here) and instantly feel in love with her. She had just recently got engaged and I was in love with her engagement ring! A few short months later I got to meet her fiance Patrick at Maria & John’s destination wedding in St. Augustine and instantly got to see why she was so smitten with him. The two of them together are a total blast! They are some of the happiest, fun, laid back people I have ever met! Not long after meeting them we did their engagement session which just made me love them even more. It was one of my favorite engagement sessions to date. Be sure to check it out here. With all of that said, you can imagine I was pretty excited for their wedding day.

First, let’s talk about their adorable wedding invitation that Amanda designed with their engagement photos!! And then there were her beautiful sparkly shoes and gorgeous starfish details. Amanda and Patrick tied the knot at B Ocean in Ft. Lauderdale and they could not have asked for better weather for their beach ceremony. Highlight of the day….for something a little nontraditional they had their guests toss baby beach balls as they officially became Mr. & Mrs. which was probably my favorite wedding detail by far. But it didn’t stop there. They had a gorgeous brunch with adorable cake pops and stunning table details to finish out their wedding day.


A Day In The Life ~ Capo Family

 

In A Glimpse is excited to officially start offering Day In The Life sessions. So what exactly is a Day In The Life session you may ask. Well, basically it’s me capturing your life as it happens every day. There is no schedule, no planned location, no matching outfits just beautiful photos of your family the way you see them.

Time has a funny way of creeping up on us. That’s part of the reason why we take photos, to remember those moments, those events, that we know we won’t remember forever. Why is it that we only take photos of the BIG stuff? Weddings, babies, birthday parties…major life events. Why do we rarely, if ever photograph the every day moments? At the end of our life time all those every day moments are just as life changing and beautiful as the really big ones but they are so rarely photographed.

As a photographer I love capturing families and children, especially as they grow. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some clients start with me capturing their wedding, all the way up to two babies and years later which is a pretty amazing thing! But I can say that behind every posed family photo session I’ve captured, most, if not all did not go as smoothly and as enjoyably as one might think from the photos. There is usually a lot of bribery and of course meltdowns and lets not forget that’s not including the stress that mom and dad feel to pick out matching outfits, pray the weather is nice and hope their kids cooperate. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am sucker for a really great family portrait and I do believe it’s something you should do on a regular basis BUT I also think there is something incredible about capturing every days as it happens, un-posed, unscripted, just life as it is. Life with kids is messy and usually loud and pretty chaotic but that life is yours. The way your little one’s feet sit in high chair, the way your child lines up their toys, the way your kids interact with each other, the face they make right after you yell at them, the joy on their faces as they play in the backyard…..those moments are beautiful and as any parent would tell you they are fleeting. So why not capture them? And more importantly, you should be in those moments as well. Parents these days take tons of photos, I don’t doubt of their real life, but as a parent are you ever in any of those photos? Do they ever come out of your phone? Are they put away for safe keeping and memories for later?

The images below are of a family very near and dear to my heart. A while back ( like a long while back) I got to capture their life for the day. I’ve been waiting to share them until I was ready to open up these sessions to everyone and now I can’t wait any longer. Day In The Life sessions are officially available. I can spend 2 hours with your family or a whole day! And at the end of it you will have just a small glimpse of your life preserved in photographs. If you are interested in one of these sessions please head over to our contact page here .

 

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 In A Glimpse Photography offers posed family photos as well as Day In The Life Sessions through out the state of Florida.

Bo Willow’s 1st Birthday {Boca Raton Family Photographer}

Be prepared to see the cutest decorated 1st birthday party I’ve ever been too! I had the pleasure of capturing cute little Bo Willow as a newborn ( you can see all the red headed cuteness here) so I was honored to capture her first birthday.With a name like Bo Willow I knew her birthday would be as hippie chic as it gets. All the adorable decorations are by the talented Phases Of Love, and mom made all the whimsical dream catchers. And if the decorations weren’t adorable enough Bo has a really cute group of friends that were a blast to capture!

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To see more adorable kids party designs check them out on Instagram @phasesoflove. And if you just can’t get enough of the adorable little red head that is Bo , check out the awesome session I did with her and her trendy mom in Wynwood here.

DeMello Family

I absolutely adore this family!  I’ve been lucky enough to capture Stephanie when she was expecting ( you can check out that session here) and the adorable Sloan when she turned 1 (her adorable pretty in pink cake smash session here) So you can imagine I as thrilled when they asked me to do a full extended family photo shoot! There is nothing better than 3 generations in one photos, this is what capturing moments is all about.

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Location: Sugar Sand Park, Boca Raton

Baby Abigail & her furry friend {Boca Raton Newborn Photographer}

When people tell me they want to incorporate pets into their photos I get a little nervous, especially when it’s a newborn shoot. Partly, because admittedly I am not a dog person but mostly because pets rarely cooperate as well as people hope they will but oh man this little dog was all about it and this sweet little girl was just about as cute as they get!

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Knit blanket by: The Handcrafted

Introducing Bennett {Jupiter Beach Newborn Photographer}

I say it every time I photograph a newborn that they are by far my favorite, especially when they are as good as this little guy was but this newborn was extra special as he is the handsome little man belonging to a good friend of mine. I was beyond excited when Shayna told me she was expecting. This little guy was prayed for long before he came to be and he filled a huge empty space in this couple’s hearts. He is a spitting image of half mom and half dad and has the best temperament of a baby I’ve seen yet. He slept for most of his session but made sure to give me some great wide eyed photos too and enough adorable expressions for me to have no doubt that he is the child of Tom and Shayna. Probably my favorite part of this session was taking photos of Bennett on the steps of their brand new home that is pretty much as good as it gets!

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The outtakes are the best!

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All knit items made by:  The Handcrafted

My life Changing Photoshoot ; Why Every Women Should Have Their Photo Taken

My blog has always been about showcasing my favorite photos from my sessions and telling the stories that go along with the images. I have yet to use it as a platform to share more personal thoughts. I had the intentions to do so but never seemed to know where to start. But today I got to experience something really amazing and learned something that I want to shout from the roof tops. I am writing this now still on a high from my experience so know that you are most likely reading this months after it was written but I wanted to put down on paper everything I’m feeling right now in this moment.

This morning I had the amazing opportunity of having boudoir photos taken of myself. Now being on the other side of the camera is challenging I think for any photographer and that is a blog post for another day. But today I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about women and why we are all so hard on ourselves. Ask a women if you can take her photo and you are bound to hear all kinds of things like “oh my hair is a mess today”, or “I don’t have any makeup on”, or ” can you take it from this side, it’s my better side” and those are just the things women say when they are taking a selfie with a friend. Ask them to have professional photos done and the first thing every women says is “I want to lose weight first”. What is that?! Seriously? Why do women never feel like they are pretty enough or skinny enough? I don’t understand it….but I kind of do. We live in a society that makes you  feel like you have to be a size two to be beautiful and sexy. And that is down right sad. Women are beautiful no matter what their size. And as women,  deep down we know that but we listen to all the voices telling us that if we were skinny or blonder, or if we had less freckles or fuller lips or perfect boobs we would somehow be better than who we are. Wow, is all I can say to that. What a skewed view of reality, what a false truth we allow to alter how we feel about ourselves.

I have always considered myself a very confident women. I was very thin growing up, was a competitive athlete in high school, so the time when most girls are worried about their weight was when I had a 6 pack, then got to college and was able to maintain being in pretty good shape. I have dirty blonde hair and a sparkling personality. My parents raised me to know that I was always good enough just the way I was so as I got older and the hair got darker and my thighs started to rub together, it never really bothered me. Sure, I have the same thought process as everyone else and I wish I was skinnier but not enough to actually do something about it (because let’s face it, that means giving up food and finding time for exercise, neither of which I am interested in doing right now in my life mainly because I love food and finding time to exercise would mean giving something else up).

But despite feeling pretty good about myself this photo shoot brought out some insecurities I didn’t know I had. When I booked the shoot I did have in mind that I wanted to lose a few pounds before hand but of course time got away from me and that didn’t happen. I could’ve put it off but then what? I couldn’t put it off forever and I wanted to be realistic that the 20 pounds I’ve gained in the last 4 years wasn’t going to come off in a month. So I went ahead with it. I told a few friends about the shoot. I was nervous of course, I thought mainly because as a photographer it’s very weird to be on the other side of the camera lens but it turned out it wasn’t only about that. A few days before the shoot I was out having drinks with some girl friends and the shoot came up and one of them looked at me and said that she had never seen me insecure before now. I hit me like a tidal wave because I didn’t think that that was coming out. I thought I was doing a good job of hiding it behind the excitement of the shoot. Me? Insecure? Never…or so I thought. But I let it sink in and she was right, it was bringing out my insecurities. I found myself wishing I was thinner and blonder and that my makeup was going to be professionally done. And that was all before I went lingerie shopping, which let me tell you, pretty much makes you instantly feel terrible about yourself. In a 1 hour long trip to the mall I had denounced that I was too old and heavy to be shopping at Victorias Secret, too young to be shopping at Macy’s and too broke to be shopping at Nordstroms. That afternoon I left the mall with a few pieces that I felt blah about and felt even worse about myself.

2016-11-22_0002But you know what something happened, something truly beautiful. I showed up to my sunrise photo shoot with the very talented Love The Look Photography and within minutes something shifted in me and changed me forever. Yes, there was the initial nerves of a photo shoot, then add in standing in front of pretty much a stranger in your underwear in a public place and that can make anybody feel a little uneasy. But then the complete opposite of what I expected to happen, happened.   I have never felt more sexy in my life than I did during that hour. I have never felt better about myself than I did this morning. And for the record most of the shoot was me in a single plain black thong topless, so all that lingerie shopping was pretty much a mute point. After the shoot I got dressed and sat on the beach to finish watching the sun rise and I was pretty much on cloud 9. It was one of those moments where you can say to yourself, right here in this moment something just changed, something amazing happened and I am never going back to the person I was before.

I am filled with so many emotions that I can’t even express, expect to say this:  Ladies, stop beating yourselves up. Stop letting society tell you what is beautiful and just be you. You is the most beautiful version there is. And do yourself a favor, get in front of a camera. Stop making excuses and just do it. You don’t have to have boudoir photos taken, maybe that’s not your thing, but step in front of the camera just once for yourself, not for anyone else. Moms,  make a point to have photos taken with you and your children since you are always the one taking the photos, your children will thank you years from now. Single ladies, have some pretty portraits taken by yourself or even with your girl friends, married women, have photos taken, they don’t have to be for your spouse. And do it without picking our your flaws and beating yourself down. No more excuses. No more “I will do this when I lose 5 pounds”, or “I will go to the beach in a bathing suit when I get into a size 6”, just stop, stop all of it and just love yourselves! Once you  do that something changes in you as person, I promise, and it’s beautiful!

Lastly, I have decided that it really wouldn’t be fair to tell you all about my amazing experience but then be hypocritical and not feel good enough about myself to share the photos with you. Due to the nature of this photo shoot, I have only chosen to share one as they are very personal for me.  But I want to share with the world that you don’t have to be a size 2 or have a thigh gap to be beautiful! And most importantly while these images are beautiful thanks to the very talented Love The Look Photography and I will treasure them for years to come I got something so much bigger  and more valuable than some gorgeous photos…..I learned to accept and love myself.

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Photo by: Love The Look Photography 

Disclaimer: This photo has been retouched as any professional photo would but I promise you that is my actual ass and the swell in the background is 100% real.