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So being that it’s Christmas day and all, my daughter decided to get dressed up in her Elsa dress and had her big sister do her makeup.  Next thing you know she came running over to me and asked if I would do a photo shoot with her.  Wait….did I just hear that right?  She has zero patience for me and my camera lately and usually limits me to maybe 4 or 5 shots at most.  “Well, let’s go up to the field at the top of the street” I replied.  I quickly grabbed my gear and a few off camera lights and my Apollo Orb softbox and we headed for the field.  Once I got everything set up she held true to form and after about 10 shots she was pretty much done and wanted to return home.Blog

After getting home and dumping the few shots we got in the field onto the computer I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I could turn her surroundings into a winter wonderland.  We live in Florida where it never snows and with her infatuation of all things Frozen it would just make her day if I could change her surroundings to better align with Elsa.  Roughly an hour later in Photoshop I had the image above and she absolutely loved it.  The image below is the original shot we got in the field.  I got extra points in the Daddy department today!  Merry Christmas everyone.


When mother and friend Melissa asked me to shoot a family session featuring her and her youngest son Jayden I was excited.  When she requested that her session be in an urban location because it fit more their style and personalities I was beyond psyched.  Don’t get me wrong….I love the look of golden hour sunsets in landscape of weeds and glowing trees…but you get dirty, you get eaten alive by insects…and then you contend with snakes, fire ants, tics, etc.  What I also loved is their sense of style and careful thought they put into their session and wardrobe.  This is one session you won’t want to miss, trust me! View full post »

Back in May the Stephens’ family contacted me to do a family shoot with a dual purpose.  One, they wanted updated family photo’s, and two…they wanted a few shots of their son for his birthday party.  We had a lot of fun on this shoot done at downtown Clermont and Waterfront Park in Clermont.  Below are a few of my favorite shots from their session.

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When Melissa contacted me to do her head shots I was like “hell yeah!”  You see, Melissa and I worked together for years in our former lives, and though I hadn’t seen her in a long long time….I couldn’t wait to simply photograph and old friend.  Not knowing exactly what she’d been up to for the last few years I had to ask ” so what is your vision for your head shots?”.  Her answer ” corporate but fun “.  I have to admit….I had a little trouble wrapping my head around those two words stuck together.  Once we started shooting it was evident that Melissa is just that.  She is a wonderful person, probably one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.  On top of that she is talented in so many ways, has this beautiful and unique look about her….and can be total business when she needs to be….and one smart cookie too!  I won’t try to explain what she does now but you can learn more about her by following this link here to her website.  The following shots were some of our favorites from her shoot.

Way back in February……yes that’s right…..I said February (still trying to catch up with my blog) I had the opportunity to photograph the Finch Family.  What’s different about this family is they are the owners of Finch Photography based out of Tequesta FL.  It’s always an honor to have the trust of a family to capture their memories, but when your subjects are damn good photographers in their own right…..well….no pressure right???  WRONG!

You see, if you follow the link above to their website or visit their Finch Photography FaceBook Page  you’ll get a clue as to what I’m talking about.  The’re good….really good!

When they called me and asked if I would mind doing a family session for them I just couldn’t refuse.  They’re a wonderful family that are a lot of fun to spend time with.  Over the last few years we’ve developed a friendship through photography.  We have similar taste in photography and share a similar style.  So, one weekend they took a much needed break from their busy schedule and drove up to Orlando for some R&R and we squeezed in a family session.

Later this year we’ll be shooting a few weddings together so keep an eye out for a few O’Donnell&Finch collaborations.  They will be awesome!

The following shots are a few of my favorite’s from their session.