andie and bella – bff session {south florida teen photographer}

I was beyond happy to spend time with these two beautiful and funny friends while they were down visiting from New York.  I’ve known Andie since she was born, and I’m pretty sure that her and her sister’s wardrobe dressed Reese for many years of her childhood.  It is funny how life comes around – Andie’s mom is one of my best friends since I was  7 years old, and now I get the chance to photograph Andie and one of her BFFs.  In the midst of all life’s craziness right now, it’s great to have moments like this.  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo

alex’s bar mitzvah {south florida bar mitzvah photographer}

I have had a difficult time motivating myself to blog and post Sneak Peeks since the unspeakable shooting occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School.  It has affected too many of us in the South Florida community and across our country, and I, like many, have felt like I’ve been living in a fog of the aftermath.  The sadness and anger that have been with me since the shooting have felt paralyzing at times, but I needed to remind myself how life is a gift, and each day we are given is a blessing.

And so, for the beautiful Hoffman family, I am happy to share these images from Alex’s very cool, car themed bar mitzvah at the Biltmore Hotel last weekend.  Alex is an amazing guy who is smart, fun, caring and a great friend.  He was surrounded by school friends and camp friends, who couldn’t wait to celebrate with him.  The backdrop of the Biltmore Hotel for our images was gorgeous, the bar mitzvah service was meaningful with lovely readings from friends and family, and the party was filled with lots of dancing and candy!  Thank you for having us there to document Alex’s big day, and enjoy your Sneak Peek! xoxo

the day it rained hearts {south florida child photographer}

Years ago, when my oldest child was very little, he was given the book The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond as a Valentine’s Day gift from our very thoughtful neighbor.  At first, I don’t think I appreciated the gift enough, thinking it was just another book.   But, then I read it.  And it was the absolute sweetest book about Valentines Day, and about giving, not receiving.  I fell in love with the book and would not even be able to count the number of times I read it to each of my three children.   But, somewhere it must have gotten lost as the kids got older, and I haven’t read it in a few years.  I even forgot about it.

Recently, I was browsing the web for Valentine’s Day ideas and came across another photographer’s site with this cute umbrella with hearts hanging down.  I liked it so much and decided to try and make it for my own daughter.  While we were making the strings of hearts and attached them to the umbrella, she said, “It looks like it’s raining hearts!”  It was then that I remember the children’s book I loved so much and realized why I loved the umbrella with hearts so much. It brought me back to that good feeling I got every time I read The Day it Rained Hearts and how I loved that it shows children how good it feels to give something meaningful to someone else.

And, although many of my projects are “Pinterest fails”, I actually am proud of this one!  My youngest child gets to feel like it is raining hearts, and my heart is filled with nostalgia and smiles from thinking of the book and creating new memories too.

the rosenberg family {fort lauderdale family photographer}

I am very lucky to have clients who turn into friends.  We figured out that I have been photographing this amazing family for about 13 years, and I can honestly say that I have loved every session and every time I have gotten to visit with them.  Ally and Jason have grown into amazing people, but that doesn’t surprise me because they have always been so sweet, fun, easy going and easy to photograph.  They are such a close family, and I hope that even though the kids have grown, we still have a few times left to photograph the family together!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!!!  xoxo