debbie

Today, I lost my friend.  Her family lost a loving mother, a beautiful wife, a sweet sister and a caring daughter. Many lost their close friend, and then others from all over the world lost the most incredible, dedicated advocate for finding a cure for stomach cancer.  Debbie truly was amazing – after being diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer at age 40 with three young children, not only did she not give up, but she fought so hard for the last 9 1/2 years to be with her family, and beyond that to create a non-profit, Debbie’s Dream, that would champion the cause of finding a cure for stomach cancer.  With everything she gave of herself, her most important role was being a mother, and it meant everything for her to be around for her children. She inspired me and so many others to be strong, fight for what is important to us, and to always give back.

I met Debbie in college in our sorority.  We lost touch after school, but reconnected years later at a campaign fundraiser for a mutual friend.  And, then when Debbie was diagnosed and started her grassroots organization, Debbie’s Dream, I was lucky to be a part of the beginning, and I became a sort of historian for the organization and for Debbie.  I have years of images of Debbie, not only at Debbie’s Dream functions and meetings, but also of her family portraits that we took every year.  Photos were so important to Debbie, and she truly loved them, and I am blessed to have been able to document so many moments for her through this journey.  I loved being her friend, I love her family and am heartbroken for them, and I love being a part of Debbie’s Dream, watching it go from a meeting of volunteers at a neighborhood clubhouse to becoming a nationwide organization that spearheads stomach cancer research and patient advocacy.  With these images, I hope you can see how she literally shines from the inside out.  My dear, amazing, smart, beautiful, funny, dedicated friend – you are already missed by so many.  I love you.

 

 

 

amanda and emily {university of miami graduation photographer}

Amanda and Emily are sisters, twins, friends, pole vaulters, fishing captains, and now graduates of the University of Miami.  They are sweet, smart, laid back and just fun to be around, and I loved spending time with them while we walked around the campus at the University of Miami on their graduation day for graduation portraits of them.  I am excited for everything that is ahead of you and all the adventures that are yet to come!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek (and Hawaii)!!  xoxo

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brothers {fort Lauderdale teen photographer}

I absolutely loved spending time with these brothers during our downtown photo session, and seeing what incredible young men they have become.  I can picture them as little boys, climbing trees and running through the grass during old photo sessions.  And now, one is in college and the other a junior in high school, and they are not only close brothers, but friends as well.  I truly treasure seeing children grow up from behind my lens, and I am grateful for the wonderful parents who have me document them through the years.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

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thrift store style {south florida family photographer}

Seriously…families cannot get more fun that this.  For this family portrait session, this awesome family picked names and then went to the thrift store and dressed the person in their family whose name they picked.  And, this is what happened – silver sneakers, leopard prints, a long denim skirt, crazy dance pants, and my favorite, the t-shirt that reads, “I would cuddle you so hard.”  I loved meeting this wonderful family, and laughing with them while we took these portraits.  They all had the best sense of humor, and definitely worked those outfits.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek! xoxo

holiday family sessions {davie family photographer}

It’s been a few years since I’ve photographed this wonderful family, and I was so happy to spend time with them again.  We found this great location for our family session, and through some laughing, we guided ourselves through the grass, making sure to miss all of the many many fire ant mounds.  But, we all left without any bites, and with these lovely images to boot!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek! xoxo

 

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