THE HILL FAMILY | INDIAN ROCKS BEACH PORTRAIT SESSION

This family. Honestly, there's not much I can say other than they have all my love and admiration. I adore them to pieces. Michelle and I, over the past 8 years or so, have developed such a deep friendship. Who would have thought that what brought us together was the love for photography. Over the years, our messages and emails turned from photography related to life and marriage, to motherhood, to our faith, and to health. We celebrated life together during the great times, and spoke encouragement in seasons of grief. We've learned A LOT from each other. It's truly special when someone allows you to walk that closely to them in life. So when she said she wanted some maternity photos to celebrate the upcoming arrival of their little girl--at sun rise time on the beach--you pick up your camera and you go! Duh. ;) Below are some favorites. <3 Enjoy!

Bullseye from Toy Story!! <3 

Their Noah. <3 

Isn't she a beauty?? 

Most people know that I host a local online community for female photographers. What most people don't know, is that my friendship with Michelle was the inspiration behind it all. The idea started from a vulnerable place. I felt alone in my endeavors of running a business, learning my craft, being a mom, a wife, and whatever life threw at me. After taking a step back and noticing all the correspondence between Michelle and I, I thought, gee....if only we had a group of gals that were photographers who came together to be a community of support and encouragement to one another like Michelle and I. We can talk "shop", life, motherhood, school, faith, work-life balance, whoever we are and whatever life threw at us. With MUCH pushing from my husband and Michelle, I had the courage to private message several local female photographers and the rest is history. She also drove 5 hours to attend my very first meet-up. So when I say she's a valuable friend, I really mean it.

Ending with sweet kisses in a stairway we found on our way back to the car. 

HEADSHOT SWAP | DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER

I figured it's about time I posted these since we're having another photo walk soon! ha! These girls. Oh geez. They've become such community for me. What started selfishly as a way for me to find people who I could connect and relate to and having something for "me", has turned into such a life giving community. We're moms, entrepreneurs, educators, photographers, weekend warriors, full & part timers, and so much more. Elated that every so often, I get to share my passion with those who a like minded. These ladies are a great example of what community look like. Community to me is not about what you can get out of it or how many referrals you can jump on. These girls....they're involved online and in person. They give and give--their time, their knowledge, their friendship, their support, their encouragement. It's simply beautiful.  That's what a circle of trust, friendship, and referrals are built upon. 

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”

Highlighting a few favs from our time back in April and their website below links below! Enjoy!

Marie Treat Photography

SJG Photography

Katie Hauburger Photography

Shawna Meadors Photography

Tiffany McClure Photography

 

All the girls in action!!! <3 

ALEXIS | EAGLE LAKE PARK SENIOR SESSION

She's a creative. Lover of the outdoors. Her laugh is contagious. Her personality radiates from within. I loved the little time I had walking around Eagle Lake Park getting to know her, listening to her future plans, and capturing all that she's into. Not only she's gorgeous, but talented in many art forms. She can rock a dress and glam it up or scale a tree within minutes. This girl...she astounds me. 

Below are a few favorites from her session; a session full of personality and pizzazz just like Alexis. Enjoy!

"Can you not?" is her go-to phrase! 

A quick change and we snuck in some family moments. These kids love their mama! 

She's also a book worm so of course we incorporated her favorite book! 

Ending with this because climbing trees is one of her favorite things to do. <3