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

this is first grade! {south florida children photographer}

Meet Remy! She is a sweet first grader who loves to dress up, play the guitar, read, hide under the bed, collect cute toys, and who definitely loves Elsa and the movie, Frozen. She has such a cute disposition, and is very fun to hang out with. Her room is the epitome of a little girls room, with dolls, lip gloss, barbies, legos, family photographs, and adorable clothes and costumes. I had fun while she showed me all the cool stuff in her room, and it really shows who she is right now in first grade. Enjoy your Sneak Peek!! xoxo

sophia {fort Lauderdale child photographer}

Meet Sophia!  She is a very busy kindergartner, who loves reading, legos, shopkins, puzzles, workbooks, playing her violin, and most of all, her brother, Eli.  Sophia was so much fun to photograph in her beautiful, girly, sweet pink room.  I loved documenting all the stuff she likes to do and the toys she plays with.  And, part of documenting this stage in her life as a kindergartner was capturing the adorable bond between her and her little brother.  When she read, he wanted to read.  When she played with her doll, he wanted to play too.  When she climbed and jumped on her bed, he was right in there with her.  She was like a little mother hen to him, reading to him, and then telling him to read, snuggling him and simply loving on him.  These “This is Me” sessions are quickly becoming some of my very favorites, and from these images, you can see why!  Enjoy your Sneak Peek!  xoxo