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Melissa & Aaron | Middleburg & Orange Park Wedding

July 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Every now and then I do some wedding work for a company called American Wedding Group. I shoot the wedding or engagement session for them and they take care of everything else (payments, prints, albums, digital files, etc.). Here is a wedding I recently shot for them on June 10, 2016. Melissa and Aaron were an energetic couple, full of vitality. Ironically, I actually taught both of Melissa's sons art classes (as well as several of their friends who were in attendance). I loved how Melissa and Aaron intertwined their cultures with their Catholic faith. Melissa wore a traditional wedding saree and her bridesmaids dressed similarly. At the reception, Aaron stayed true to his Jewish roots by upholding the tradition of breaking a glass. Many of their decorations like the cake table and cake topper were custom made by friends. It was such a lovely wedding and I enjoyed seeing people I know joining together to celebrate it.

Ceremony: St. Luke Catholic Church | Middleburg

Reception: The Hilltop Club | Orange Park

Wedding Planner: Michelle Jarjoura | A Timeless Moment Wedding and Event Planning

DJ: Joey DeSena | Special Day Entertainment

 

Here are some of my favorite images from Melissa & Aaron's big day.


Coming Back to Work

July 06, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

It has been quite an adventurous year, having a second baby and putting SMP on hold while I adjusted to my new family life. It was a struggle though. I really suffered from post-partum depression that just wouldn't go away. After a long struggle and an amazing team of doctors, I'm overjoyed to say that I am back to being myself and ever so ready to get back to business. I have missed being a part of people's lives and capturing all their happy moments. My personal struggles have helped me to see just how much I love photography and how important it is to my life. I can't wait to see where the rest of 2016 leads me. I've already had the opportunity to spend wedding days with wonderful couples and can't wait to share those with you. Summer is High School Senior Season and I'm excited about several senior sessions I have coming up this month. I can't wait to start sharing all these great sessions and weddings with you again.

I still have openings for four 2016 weddings, and 2017 has started to book for the spring. I'll also be running a few portrait specials come October, November, and December so stay tuned for more details. Family sessions are so important. Have you updated yours lately? I celebrated my little family by having mine updated this past Mother's Day by a dear friend and photographer Alexis Molinaro of Kim Alexis Studios, LLC (www.kimalexisstudios.com). This is one of my favorite photos of me and my two boys, Louis and Clark (yes, I know, awesome names).

 

Mommy, Louis, and ClarkPhoto by Alexis Molinaro of Kim Alexis Studios, LLC http://www.kimalexisstudios.com/

 


New Direction

January 31, 2015

So much has happened in the past year and so much more is going to happen in 2015. To begin the year, I am expecting my second baby in just three short weeks. The growth of my family has caused me to think more about this company and the direction I want it to go in. So once I have come back from a self-imposed maternity leave, I will be concentrating on maternity, newborn, and family portraits. I will still take weddings, but the number will be limited to just 10 per year. With that being said, I only have 4 wedding spaces left for 2015 and 8 left for 2016. So if you're interested in having us preserve your big day, please get in touch with us soon.


Ever So Busy

February 19, 2014

Things in the SMP family have been very busy indeed. So busy, that I have not had a chance to give as much attention as I should to this blog. Since my last post in 2012, much has happened.

2012 turned out to be a wonderful wedding year with 18 weddings on our calendar. We also got to help several families preserve other important memories and milestones through portrait sessions.

2012 brought a happy addition to our own family as well. My son, Louis, was born on September 12, 2012. I took a few months off for maternity leave, and decided to limit the number of weddings I did in 2013 to one per month so that I could spend more time with my son. As you can see, his adorable little self is worth it.

I had several lovely weddings in 2013 and I hope to share them with you soon. I also continued offering portrait sessions. My last wedding of 2013 was a wedding in Ohio in the middle of October. I consider all my weddings to be special, but this one was particularly endearing to me because the bride and I have been friends since the 3rd grade. I am very excited to share their images soon because I just love all the fall colors.

2014 is turning out to be a wonderful year as well. In addition to running this business, I am teaching art to middle school and elementary school children. I love every day of it just as much as I love photographing weddings and portraits. Due to this additional endeavor, I am only taking one wedding per month during the school year (summer months excluded) so that I can ensure my clients still receive wonderful customer service from me.


Outdoor Fun | Jacksonville Photographer | Shining Moments Photography

January 31, 2012  •  Leave a Comment
As most Jacksonville residents know, this morning started out very chilly. Thankfully, it warmed up enough this afternoon for me to get some play time in with Koufax and Reba (not that they would have minded either way - they have fur coats). Little did we know that we were being watched.







 We had so much fun just running around the yard. As dark drew near, we heard a very interesting sound coming from the trees above. This fellow was spying on us the whole time. :)
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