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St. Pete Mother & Daughter Session | Downtown Saint Petersburg FL

I had such a wonderful time documenting the bond between this stunning mother & daughter. Momma looked like a movie star, and her daughter looked so beautiful in her white dress! She looks so much like her mother am I right? For this session I knew Downtown St. Pete would pair perfect with their attire. The Vinoy is a great spot for a portrait session.  I love the contrast of the red dress against the tropical green and pink of the Vinoy. I love photographing these two, we typically do three sessions a year. Mom spends a lot of time figuring out what they will wear and the style they would like. I always apprechiate when client's are so invested in their sessions, it makes for great pictures! I am so happy they will have these moments to cherish through out life.

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Clearwater Charity | Motherhood Session |

This motherhood session was a photographers dream. This stunning momma wanted to document motherhood in the most beautiful way possible. She truly embodies motherhood, the love and bond between a mother and her children. Not only is she absolutely gorgeous, but her kids are just perfection. We captured these bohemian, goddess vibed portrait's in beautiful Clearwater FL. It was so much fun to get artistically creative to capture Charity and her babies in a unique way. 

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Old Northeast St. Pete Photographer|Family Session & First Birthday |

I cannot say enough good things about this sweet family here. Not only are they all beautiful, but they where just a pleasure to work with. We headed to Old North East for their family session, which also ended with a first birthday cake smash! The golden light made for such a dreamy setting.

Also can we talk about those perfect curls? They totally had me at hello. I could have photographed them all day.

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WINTER PARK FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER| LILIAH & LEILA | PORTRAIT SESSION |

I've had the honor of photographing these beautiful girls, Liliah and Leila since they where just babies. It has been such a gift to document their growth over the years. This family is so sweet, and their girls are absolutely adorable, bubbly, and outgoing. They love each other and the camera which made my job so easy. For this fun portrait session we headed to Kraft Azalea Gardens for it's versatile location options, which went perfectly with each of their outfits. 

How absolutely stunning are they?

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BROOKE + JOHNNY | BACK IN THE DRESS SESSION | TAMPA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

It's not often that a Bride and Groom will be dressed up in their wedding day attire aside from the day they say "I do".

Why not relive the happiest day of your life, get dressed up and experience that moment all over again? That's exactly what Brooke and Johnny did in their Sarasota FL, back in the dress session. Their back in the dress session featured tropical scenery, a florida country farm, and a horse to top it all off, but what made this session the most meaningful was the undeniable love Brooke and Johnny share for one another.

 

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M Family | Downtown Tampa Family Session

The M Family session takes us to downtown Tampa to capture images of their two daughters on a cool Fall day.  We decided to start our session at Curtis Hixon Park, a family friendly park with beautiful features such as the Tampa Riverwalk and the Hillsborough River.  The images captured at Curtis Hixon Park had plenty of green space to compliment the girls' pink and neutral wardrobe.

Our next location was the Tampa Theater and walking throughout the downtown area.  The girls had a great time enjoying the sights and walking around to find places to capture images.  Images of the downtown background were the perfect touch of cool grays along the brick paved streets and walkways.  One of the favorite images captured is when both girls jumped in the air above the brick paved street.

Both girls enjoyed their individual time in front of the camera but when they were together, you can see their sisterly bond.  Each location allowed for multidimensional images that tell a story of two little girls taking over the city.  

Photo sessions tells a story and details are my specialty.  Each session is planned carefully through site locations, wardrobe and overall theme of the day.

Which picture do you like the best?  Add a comment and let me know.

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Brooke | Tampa, Equestrian Senior Session

When the sweet little girl that you watched grow up suddenly begins her senior year, it is only appropriate to have a photo session!  We wanted to find a location that would describe who Brooke is and her passion for horses.  Finding a location in Tampa with a barn, was the perfect setting to capture the beauty behind Brooke's blue eyes and her quarter horse, Frenchie.

Brooke dressed the part of an avid horse aficionado, with her her riding boots, tan colored pants and burgundy top.  Her youthful demeanor did not go unnoticed as she showed her love for Frenchie and taking the time to pose like a professional model.

It is hard to pick favorites among the countless images we took, but Brooke's head-shot and standing in the field are among the top.  My favorite picture together has to be when Brooke gives a gentle kiss on Frenchie's nose and when they are standing together with the sun coming through the background.

I look forward to seeing Brooke's journey as she starts college and pursues equestrian studies.

Which picture do you like the best?  Add a comment and let me know.

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Amy & Shaun | Sawgrass Park Engagement Session | St. Petersburg Engagement Photographer.

I had the pleasure of shooting a sunrise engagement session for Amy & Shaun. It was a beautiful fall morning and the sun and setting could not have been more perfect. Sawgrass park is one of my favorite location's for sessions. It feels like you are in the mountains, somewhere far away from the Tampa Bay hustle and bustle. Amy and Shaun were so adorable and fun, you could see the love they had for each other in their images!

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Amy & Rory + Family| Treasure Island Family Photographer

Love this little family and their sweet girls! We did a session at a favorite park of mine in Treasure Island The sun was setting and their were beautiful yellow flowers everywhere! The girls has so much fun, and each of their little personalities came through!

 

 

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Beautiful, ethereal Clearwater maternity session, Clearwater maternity photographer...

This beautiful momma wanted some images captured of her with her last pregnancy. This is her third girl. The beautiful winter light made for a phenomenal backdrop to this gorgeous momma to be. We shot in a local clearwater park. I love these images and how the breeze would carry the dress at times, just stunning!

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Downtown St. Pete Sunrise Family Session... St. Petersburg Family Photographer

It has been a while since I have blogged! I am so behind with beautiful sessions and weddings to show you all! Here is a beautiful session I did in downtown St. Pete! A lot of my clients have been opting for sunrise sessions. There are several benefits to these early morning sessions. The first is, you have the place to yourselves, which allows for photo's without you being in anyone's way for vice versa. The weather is cooler and kids seem to be happier first thing in the morning. Not sure if you could do an early morning session? Check out the session below, it may change your mind!

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Ethan & Cait- Laurel Gardens Wedding, Dade City Wedding Photographer

Cait and I met on a photography retreat. She was there as one of the models. We were cabin mates and bonded over the unique experience we had that weekend. We became friends over the next few months. I asked her to do some shoots with me and we would literally spend nine hours straight together, talking, hanging out, creating art. I would jokingly call her my muse. We had talked a lot about relationships. Cait is a rare breed, shes as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and so unbelievably genuine. You literally want to keep her in your pocket and carry her around with you, because spending time with her makes you that much happier. I remember when she told me about Ethan. We were driving over the top of the Sunshine Skyway bridge and I was listening to her talk about him. I knew right then and there that he was the "One" for her. They weren't even official yet, they were still just "talking." But within a few weeks I saw them make it Facebook Official and things moved quite quickly. It was a love where you could see that they as a couple were helping each other grow and becoming better people because of the relationship. I saw Cait grow  by leaps and bounds and I loved seeing their relationship blossom. Ethan asked Cait to Marry him with a surprise proposal on the beach....which consisted of him singing to her, a lot of candles and their close friends and family hiding not too far away! The next week Cait messaged me about shooting her wedding and I was so ridiculously honored. I couldn't imagine anything better then being part of their day. They chose to have their wedding at Laurel Wood Gardens. The venue is set in Dade city, amongst horse farms and rolling hills. It reminds me of them a lot because they enjoy the outdoors and hiking. Her theme was an eclectic, whimsical ethereal look. Lots of lace, pastels and very soft details. The day came out fantastically, every detail was perfect, the weather was gorgeous and the couples love shined through. Being surrounded by so many family and friends who loved them was a testament of what kind of people Cait & Ethan are. I am so excited to share with you their wedding pictures and I wish them many years of happiness!

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Mark & Amanda + family sneak peek- South Tampa family photographer

I had such a great time with this family last night.  Here is a sneak peek of their session. The littles were so adorable. Enjoy!

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Heather & Rik's destination wedding- Sirata beach resort wedding- St Pete beach wedding photographer

Rik and Heather met in 2008 while working at the Apple Store, SoHo, in NYC.  They were both on the Theater Team giving workshops on software and products. They realized that they only lived four blocks away from each other at the time. They became friends...and several years later, realized there was much more then friendship blossoming! Rik proposed to Heather in Central Park at "their spot" with his grand mother's ring. Heather accepted the proposal among tears and laughter! They chose to wed on St. Petersburg beach, the same beach Heather's parents met on. They had an Apple Inc, fall themed wedding. It was fun to see how they told their story through out the night. Their cake was topped with them in an Iphone, apple centerpieces, a real time slideshow of images guest's loaded. Rik is an illustrator by trade and another unique touch was he custom designed coloring pages for the kids and created mad libs for the all guests to fill out. How fun will it be, to go back and read them all when they get home from their honeymoon! They were such an amazing couple and I wish them many years of happiness! I hope you enjoy their 

Venue- The Sirata Beach Resort

Decorator/Florist - Elaine's Silks

DJ - Tony Lang, Grant Hemond & Associates

Cake Baker - Chef Michael Baugh, Let Them Eat Cake Tampa

Make Up/Hair - Toni Cipher & BJ, Studio 54




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Amora is two! - St. Pete Frozen inspired birthday party

Just wanted to share a few candid images from my daughters birthday party. We had such a great time with her little friends! Her favorite move is Frozen (shocking right?! lol) so we decided to do a Summer themed Olaf party.

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Chic Sirata St Pete Beach destination wedding- St Pete beach wedding photography

Mike & Danielle had a beautiful chic destination wedding at the Sirata Beach Resort in gorgeous St. Pete Beach. The colors were an array of white, pink and light yellow which created a beautiful ethereal look for their day. I especially loved the un-matched bridesmaids dress's and the tables dawned in white linens, florals and candles. The night was filled with love and laughter and their friends really knew how to get down! I wish the two of them a lifetime of happiness. I hope you enjoy their images from the there big day!

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Ethan & Cait engagement, secret grotto... St Petersburg engagement photographer

I first met Cait while attending a photography workshop with friends. I was friends with her sister who is a photographer as well. She was there as one of the models. We ended up bonding during that weekend. I was drawn to her sweet nature, free spirit and love for others. She had a sense of adventure and was up for anything! We kept in touch throughout the year and talked often. I asked her to come on for a personal project (which you can see here- http://www.christinamaldonado.com/blog/2014/5/19/all-that-wander-are-not-lostfree-spirit-themed-session. ) We spent the whole day hanging out, having fun and talking about life. This is when she told me about Ethan. They had been "talking" and I could tell that she was head over heels for him. Through out the next few months I was able to watch their love blossom, he was really good for her, treated her well and made her happy. Ethan planned a surprise engagement that involved all their family and close friends, while they were vacationing on the beach. He sang to her and then dropped to one knee...and she said yes! 

I was so honored when she told me that she wanted me to be their photographer for their big day! She told me her vision for her engagement session, was "Modern day fairytale." I brought in a styling team to assist with the full vision. They created the most divine set up for her theme, it was beyond dreamy! We had a great time capturing their love that evening. Cait's sister also captured some video of them signing together. Their voices are so beautiful it caused us to tear up. I can not wait to capture their big day in early December!

 

Styling : Anna Jane Styling http://www.annajanestyling.com/

 


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