For me...the best compliment that I could ever receive is for a client of mine to hire me again and again, to photograph their family, and or special events.
I met Brittany and Derek back in 2007 when they were shopping for a photographer for their upcoming wedding in June of 2008. Fortunately for me, the meeting went well and they hired me. The wedding ceremony was at my very favorite chapel in Naples, Trinity by the Cove and the reception was held at the Port Royal Club, which is located just minutes from the charming white chapel. Guests lingered by the pool sipping on cocktails while I photographed the bridal party, family and the bride and groom, as the sun was setting in the background. There is nothing like a Naples, Florida sunset.
Fast forward 11 years and Brittany and Derek have three beautiful children, William (7), Charlie (5) and Anna Brackett (3). Brittany and Derek currently reside in Charlotte, NC, but still have family here in the Naples area. When they return to Naples for family visits, they will book me to photograph their family portraits. I cannot begin to express how humble that makes me feel. There little family has been such a blessing in my life and I love to see how much the kids have grown from year to year. They are more like family to me, than clients.
I was contacted by The Somm Journal's Executive Editor, David Gadd to photograph the owner of Amore Ristorante, Stefano Ljikovic. The Somm Journal was featuring Stefano in their bi-monthly magazine.
A few weeks ago I was photographing a family of three generations. As our session was wrapping up, my client Jean, the grandmother of the group, asked me if I would take a photograph of she and her husband. She laughed, and told me that her friends keep telling her that she needs an obituary photo. I grabbed my other camera with my Canon 70-200mm f2.8 out of my bag, and photographed the two of them individually, creating the beautiful images on the next page.
That small request really got me thinking...
One of the best decision that I ever made was to become a professional photographer in the beautiful Naples, Florida area. When I began my career in 2000, I specialized in only Family and Children Photography. After a long career in the wedding industry, I have returned to my first love...Family and Children Portraiture. Over the years I have been asked countless times about clothing recommendations, location ideas, etc., so I decided to write this post to help answer a few questions.
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I absolutely love my job! As a professional portrait photographer, I get to meet the most amazing people and this dynamic couple are at the top of my list of truly extraordinary individuals. The Connor's contribution to University Hospitals totaling $8.5 million, are among the largest in the nation for integrative health and are positioning UH to become the nationally recognized model for clinical integration of evidence-based nonpharmacologic therapies. To learn more about the Connors, click on the Read More link below.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting and working with Althea Irving, the founder of Gifts That Care. If you are looking for a unique gift, look no further. In fact, I loved her product so much that I ordered a box of the All Tears handkerchiefs for a dear friend of mine who had just lost her husband and the funeral was upcoming. My friend loved the handkerchiefs, the heart felt message and the convenience of it all.
I recently had the pleasure of working with the owners Jon and Ryan of Dylan's Draft House located at 1258 Airport Road, in Naples. Ryan is the chef working behind the scenes creating a wide range of delicious food, and Jon is the social butterfly of the restaurant. He knows all of his regular guests by name, and if you're a newbie, he will welcome you in like family.
Our trip was a huge success, thanks to all of you who donated and made this dream a reality. We left bright and early Monday, September 25th and headed for the Keys Vineyard Community Church located on Big Pine Key. Paster Steve greeted us at the door and told us where to unload the van. I was blown away when instead of taking everything, they only took the items needed. We unloaded all of the floor fans, the chainsaws, oil for the chainsaws, gas, 10 bags of ice, two containers of laundry detergent, extension cords, gloves, heavy duty trash bags, cleaning supplies, the two rolls of the water shield roof repair, medical supplies, bug repellent, the two cases of mold remover, and paper towels.
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Florida has paid the price for Irma. Many homes have been completely totaled, roofs blown off, flooding, millions without power, and the unbearable September heat. My words cannot express how hot it is in SW Florida right now. Thankfully, we were spared and I am forever grateful. As I watch the news and see more hurricanes ravishing the islands, I am heartbroken. Sigh...My calendar is clear for the next few weeks, so DJ CERON and I decided to help those in need. We will be gathering supplies for the Florida Keys this week and will be making a delivery on Monday, September 25th. Audi/VW of Naples has already donated 40 cases of bottled water, and tomorrow Lexus and Toyota will be making a donation. If you would like to make a difference in the life of someone in need, please call of comment on my blog. Thank you for your support.
As most of our country watched hurricane Irma strengthen to a Cat 5 heading towards Florida, we Floridians held our breath and prayed that it wouldn't hit our home town. Irma wobbled from the East Coast to the West Coast, finally making landfall in Naples, Florida. Before reaching Naples, Irma wrecked havoc throughout the Carribean, wiping out some of the smaller islands like St. Martin. She devoured the Florida Keys destroying 25% of all homes and damaging 65% of the remaining. I just returned less than a month ago from a two month vacation in the Cudjoe Key area, which is where the eye of the storm crossed, and I am absolutely heart broken by the devastation.