Goodbye to the beach ~

~Goodbye to the beautiful Florida beaches for this sweet family…. soon they will be headed for new and exciting adventures in a bit cooler climate!

Family photos on the beach can be so much fun and man – can you believe those colors!!!! Seriously this is honestly the true and beautiful color of the sky just as the sun set! I couldn’t make this up if I tried!  Though the wind was not our friend that day – it was worth it just to have a relaxed and fun time on the beach together 🙂

Good luck in your upcoming travels Kelly and family!  I know you will be sorely missed here in Saint Johns!

Can you see the cool moon rise just above them????!!!!????

When you are facing the camera and don’t see the waves coming…. tehehe

I haven’t done many of these lately since they are definitely a bit tricky but there is just something magical about a beautiful back lit image (or at least there is to me!)

 

Wedding bells are ringing – Ponte Vedre Florida Wedding

Even though the rain won out and we had to move the ceremony inside at the last moment – you would never had known it because this crew were so happy and knew that the “where” was not the important part of the day.  Lauren and John I am so happy for you and your wonderful new families!  I wish you all the happiness in the world.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your beautiful day!

Such a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception at the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

 

So last year….. my crew from last Thanksgiving

While I have been working away on some beautiful beach family photos I realized that I never shared my cute crew from our visit to Virginia last November to Grandaddy’s house.  So here you go – a quick snap of my crew and our entire crew together for the holiday (done with a tripod and a remote trigger for those big group shots).

Congratulations Lauren and John!

What a wonderful way to spend a Monday evening!  I just wanted to pop on here and give a quick congratulations to Lauren and John on their beautiful wedding at the Ponte Vedra Beach Resort.  You two are such wonderful people with such beautiful families!  It was a pleasure spending such a special day with you all!

I am busy working on all of your gorgeous pictures from the ceremony and reception but wanted to at least share a beautiful beach picture with you while you patiently wait 🙂

Love at first sight ~Julington Creek Family Photographer~

I’m sure you are guessing that I’m referring to how much in love these two are….but NOPE!  When I say “love at first sight” I mean for me!  (well I’m sure for the two of them too).  I just have to tell you all how much I LOVE this woman.  If anyone could be a super hero in disguise – it would be this woman right here!

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Meet my youngest son’s 1st grade teacher.  She is just the most wonderful human being.  Her heart is clearly two sizes too big and I am fortunate enough to reap the benefits.

For those who know me personally, you already know that poor sweet D has seen countless speech therapists since he was about 3.  We have had an uphill struggle with his speech/articulation/annunciation and since he has started school we have had to add on reading and writing therapists as well.  We had an educational evaluation done this summer that shined a light on the evidence of dyslexia and dysgraphia.

I’m telling you this because we feel like we have hit the lottery by getting Mrs. L as his teacher.  She has helped us navigate through all these learning issues and calls me (with out me requesting) to keep me in the loop on how my little guy is progressing in school. I am fortunate enough to get the opportunity of spending every Wednesday morning helping in her classroom and seeing first hand her patience with all these energetic and affectionate children 🙂

To say that she goes above and beyond is an understatement! My little guy just had to have his tonsils removed and guess who shows up with ice cream and a bag full of get well cards from his classmates – yep!  Not fibbing – she really took time out of her day to stop by and personally wish him well.  Wow. right?  WOW!

I am over the moon happy that I was able to give her and her family their first ever family photo session.  I can’t express how wonderful it feels to give even something tiny back to someone who does so much for others. We are so lucky to have you Mrs. L.  You have a beautiful family!

And to all of the wonderful teachers that have graced our lives – thank you for all that you do!

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Farewell 2016

Well as much as we have enjoyed our move to the beautiful and lovely Florida, I can not say goodbye fast enough to 2016.  It’s been one tough year!

This time last year we had just spent Christmas alone for the 1st time in as many years as I can count.   My parents usually spend it with us but last year threw us all for a great big loop.  We almost lost my mom after she hemorrhaged at home after a routine colonoscopy while at the same time my middle son was battling a rare illness (HSP – I wrote more about this in previous posts if you are interested) that swelled his entire body including his spinal cord that sent us rushing to Wolfsons ER and visiting a battery of specialists in Gainesville Fl.

I am happy to share that this year was much different and not only did I get to share it with my parents but my brother and his kids were able to join us from chilly Chicago! (Doesn’t my mom look so cute!)

There simply is NOTHING more important than family and I am so thankful that I have mine and that both my mom and son are doing better.  O still has bad days that have the doctors scratching their heads but my mom seems to have made a full recovery after a bumpy road of a blood transfusion and gallbladder surgery.  Whew!

I am really hoping that 2017 shines a bright and sunny light on us and I will finally be able to get my small little portrait business back on it’s feet!

Kitchen renovation by Romans Kitchen and Bath ~Saint Johns/Jacksonville kitchen remodel photography

I love a beautiful kitchen and this one was stunning!  The wonderful Tanya with Romans kitchen and bath did a fantastic job!

I was able to see some before images when I visited this site and wow – I wish you could see the before!  They removed a wall on photo right and really opened/updated the kitchen.

Tanya is the one that did my kitchen remodel and I loved working with her and her crew!  Definitely hit her up if you are interested in updating your kitchen or bath!

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Family portraits~Saint Johns Florida ~ Portrait Photographer

It’s been a minute or two since I’ve posted any portrait work – though I have taken it slow since our move – I did do a bit of family portrait work this year 🙂  Here is a beautiful session of a wonderful family.kelly-t_family_01 kelly-t_family_02 kelly-t_family_03 kelly-t_family_04