matthew {hollywood florida teen photographer}

I have to thank the universe for giving me the best clients.  Matthew’s mom and I had been in contact all day Saturday, checking on the weather and hoping for the rain to stop.  We even drove in the rain to our to our intended location, TY Park, believing that the rain would stop.  But, the rain didn’t stop.  Yet, instead of rescheduling Matthew’s bar mitzvah pre-shoot, Matt and his mom were so cool and we decided to drive to downtown Hollywood to a covered parking lot and shoot there.  And, I really feel that it was meant to be – because the lighting was amazing, the colors of the building were beautiful, and Matt was fun and may have even enjoyed his photo shoot at this funky place.  Everything happens for a reason, right?  Thank you both for being spontaneous and trusting me!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

 

lauren {miami teen photographer}

I had a a great afternoon meeting and photographing Lauren at her home in Miami.  Her bat mitzvah is around the corner, and I’m so glad we got to know each other before her big day.  We used all the different areas around her home, from the street and outdoor sofas to their own basketball court.  Looking forward to being there to capture her big day!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

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Jackie Awve – South Florida Women In Business {south florida portrait photographer}

I am very excited to be re-starting up my monthly blog series highlighting South Florida Women in Business.  As a business owner myself, I know that ups and downs of owning a business, but I also love to hear the advice and stories of other women who are working hard to create success and balance in their business and life.

So on that note, meet Jackie Awve!  She is the owner, creative director, and the brains behind Jackie Awve Marketing, a marketing consulting company that creates marketing strategies to develop a company’s brand and differentiate their business in the marketplace.  She is a hardworking, smart, beautiful woman, with whom I had the pleasure of working with on her own personal branding.

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Tell me about your you and your business:
I update marketing programs for small business so they can spend more time and energy on growth. I am super passionate about revitalizing a business’ image and updating how they communicate with their world.

Was there a person who made a difference in getting you started in your career or who gave great advice, supported you and made a difference in starting your own business:

There are a lot of crossroads when you start your own business, and I owe gratitude to a lot of people along the way.  The list is long.

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What is the most rewarding aspect of owning your own business?
Hands down: being limitless.  I know every day that I am in charge of my success.  There are no reigns holding me back. On the other hand, being a business owner removes the ability to fall back on excuses too. That can be scary for some people, but I love it because it pushes you to grow personally and professionally. Every day is an opportunity to get better at what I do.

I also don’t discount the impact that having my own business has had on my sons (ages 16 and 12). While flexibility is a major perk, the lessons they have gained by just watching is incredible. I know they are getting a head start in developing a business sense and work ethic.

What is the most challenging thing about owning your own business?

I often compare starting your own business to having children. Both require a lot of attention, hard work, and will test everything you know about yourself. It’s a way of life, but while you are challenged every day, there is nothing better than watching your ‘baby’ thrive.  Every milestone gives you more confidence and a real sense of pride.

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How do you balance work, family, and fun?

Ha! I am not sure that I do. I think it’s important to have our own definition of balance and live up to that. Too many of us feel out of balance because we are trying to live someone else’s definition.

When you are not at work, where can we find you?

My kids dictate a lot of that. It’s usually at a baseball field or possibly judging a debate tournament during the school year. If our boys are involved, we are involved, at least in some capacity. Like I said, there is nothing better than watching your ‘baby’ thrive.

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What are three things you can’t live without (other than your family)?

My computer with good internet connection is the lifeline of my business so that is a must.  I love starting the day with a power walk and some sort of audio book.  I am also learning the value of a good night’s sleep.

What advice would you give other women who are starting their own business?

Have a plan, but take it one day at a time.

Thank you, Jackie.  To see more of Jackie’s work and business, please visit her site here.

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joshua {boca raton teen photographer}

A beach photo session on a windy afternoon with stormy skies and a great teenage guy is a wonderful way to spend my day.  I loved spending time with Joshua and his mom, as I hadn’t seen them since Josh’s sister’s bat mitzvah two years ago.  Josh is a sweet natured, happy, sporty, great guy, and we had a lot of fun on the mostly empty beach until the sun started to go down and the storm and lightening appeared.   Can’t wait for the bar mitzvah day!!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

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jonah {fort lauderdale and ramat shalom bar mitzvah photographer}

Many people know Jonah’s family because his both his parents are prominent rabbis in the South Florida community – at Ramat Shalom and Find Your Ish.  Andrew and Cheryl are both inspirational, down to earth, and passionate rabbis.  But, I know the Jacobs family as a fun loving, close knit family, who laugh a lot and enjoy being together.  And Jonah himself is an incredibly smart, sporty, happy, kind, and hard working young man, who is much loved by his friends and of course, his family.  I love being around them, and so photographing Jonah’s bar mitzvah this past weekend at Ramat Shalom and C & I Studios was wonderful, especially since I was able to photograph his bar mitzvah service, see all his hard work studying come to fruition, and hear the very heart felt speeches given by his sister, his parents and some members of the Ramat Shalom community.  Everything, from the service to the party, was amazing, and it was so much fun for me to photograph this very meaningful event for Jonah and his family.  Jonah had a smile on his face the entire night!  Plus, C & I Studios had so many unique places for photos that I could not resist posting way too many (eeek!) And lastly, I did not let the kids on the train tracks for photos (it is illegal and super dangerous), which was proven by the fact that the actual train happened to pass right by us while we were shooting photos outdoors in the back of C & I. (see photo of Jonah below)  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

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Synagogue – Ramat Shalom

Party Venue – C & I Studios

Catering – Catering by Mark

DJ Entertainment – Jorge Antonatos with Sound Event DJs and Lighting

Photo Booth and Games – FotoBoyz Events

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