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Broward Family Park Session

It was a gorgeous day in Davie! We finally had weather below 80 degrees and it was spectacular! I wanted to share a few photos of what a typical family session looks like. So glad they also brought their fur baby to the shoot!

As you can see, lots of fun was had! I just adore Ms. Gia Pie’s personality!! She is NOT shy and has a TON to say!!! Looking forward to seeing this little cutie grow up.

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Studio Maternity Session

I’m still on a high from photographing Laura, who’s 8-months pregnant with her little one and looking straight up gorgeous!

Her husband Cristian did a fine job of throwing up that fabric, didn’t he?

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Family pictures are great – they help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family. However, this day can get very stressful, and we want to ensure this doesn’t happen. If you’re stressed it will show, and we want your photos to be carefree. Here are some tips you can use on picture day to help you relax:

1. Take some deep breaths. Deep breathing is a common relaxation method. It can quickly calm your stress level and you can do it anywhere. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth, counting slowly in your head while letting it all out.  

2. Laugh. Laughter is a great way to release tension. It will also help your family relax to get some genuine smiles. Have everyone pretend to laugh and they will feel so ridiculous that they will actually laugh. This will ease everyone into relaxation mode.

3. Count down slowly (in your head) from 10. Take a deep breath between each number. If you’re still feeling super stressed, start the process over, back at 10.

4. Distract yourself. If your family isn’t cooperating and you are getting stressed, suggest that we play a game or take a walk. This will let some of the energy out and also give us some good interacting photos. Prior to your session, think of a short game that your family would enjoy – it could be something like duck, duck, goose, or dancing to head, shoulders, knees, and toes, etc. 

You can also distract yourself by going to your ‘happy place.’ Try to take yourself out of the situation you’re in and let your mind wander. 

5. Trace your hand. Take your finger and trace a figure eight on the palm of your opposite hand. This helps relieve stress and muscle tension.

6.  Give lots of XOXOs. Not only will these make for cute poses, but one of the most effective ways to relieve stress is to hug someone or to kiss them. Gather your family in a big group hug, or give your husband a kiss and let your worries melt away.

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Key Biscayne Maternity Session

Hi gang! 

I was so excited to meet up with Yussell and Kevin at Key Biscayne for a stunning, and terribly sweet maternity session. It was another HOT day in Miami but Mom and dad were absolute troopers while we were roamed around finding the best spots to shoot! And through it all, mom’s skin looked amazing, her hair was perfection, and her outfits were on point!

Not to mention, Kevin was a total rock star protecting his baby mama from the ferocious (not really lol) raccoons the entire time.

Can’t wait to meet your little man!

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Baby Hunter’s debut

It’s a glorious day, kids, and do you want to know why? Because I’ve got Heather and James’ brand new baby, Hunter, coming at you on the blog! There was so much love and sweetness in this shoot. Seriously, photographing them at their home felt like stepping into a warm, cozy bubble. 

I am so excited to see how this family continues to blossom, and I just know there are some very special years in their future. I’ll leave you with a few more images from our session, and catch you next time! 

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Fashionable Stud

Jaw dropping! Don’t you think?

My son seldom allows me to dress him OR take photos of him. This boy’s mama is lucky! Or maybe she just has him trained right : )

Seriously, look at this stud!!! The pose, the Burberry and Gucci! Sooo sharp!

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Broward Sunset Family Session

Stress-Free Picture Day

When it comes to family picture day, a lot of stress is typically associated with days leading up to the session. We’re here to help you relax and be prepared all at the same time. Here are some tips:

  • Find the outfits you want everyone to wear a month in advance and set them aside somewhere safe. Then try them on a week ahead of time to ensure everything still fits comfortably and that you didn’t miss any stains or holes that you couldn’t see until they were being worn. 
  • As soon as your family changes out of their photo attire, make sure it is clean and pressed to be ready for the big day. Set the clothes together (sorted by person) and place them somewhere free from harm and dirt. Be sure to tell everyone that these are picture clothes and not to be worn until picture day. This will help to be sure that no articles of clothing go missing. Don’t forget about shoes, jewelry, belts, and other accessories.
  • About three to four days prior to the session, start talking with your husband and kids about the session and what will happen and how they should behave. If you plan to use a bribe, now is a good time to set that in place. Continue to talk to your children daily to prepare them for the session.
  • Two days prior to the session, pack a bag of everything you will need on picture day – snacks, props, bribery, etc. and put it somewhere you can grab it and go. Be sure to include wipes in case things get messy, an extra hairbrush, and other “emergency” items, such as bobby pins and a backup lipstick.
  • On the day of the session, make sure everyone is well fed, but not overfed. We don’t want sick little tummies from overeating, but we don’t want anyone getting “hangry” (angry because they are so hungry) either. Do not get your family dressed in their photo clothes until after they have eaten and brushed their teeth. This will prevent spills and other messy accidents.
  • If you have young children, avoid any colored drinks the day of the session until after we are finished. Also, get them to wear a bib or drop cloth if they drink anything on the way to the session to save their shirts from wet spots or stains. 
  • Once you get to the session, try to relax. If you have set a bribe, please let me know so I can use that throughout the session if the children get restless. Trust your photographers – know that I will take care of things and will deliver amazing photos of your family. 

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Halloween 2019

Me as Maleficent because I’ve been dying to dress up like this for years! It is one of my favorite movies and I cannot wait to see the new one!

My little one as a spooky, scary, zombie. BUT she went as a blow up minion to trick or treat and I don’t have any good photos of it. Mom fail!

My other daughter was Harley Quinn.. it was so good she deserved her own post : )

Oh and my son? Well he’s too cool to dress up and go trick or treating anymore. He’s 12

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2019 Steel and Iron Open

The 2019 Steel and Iron Crossfit Competition was held at Steel Edge Crossfit in North Miami on October 20, 2019.

Scroll down below the pics to see the WODs.

Everyone did an amazing job and I hope this becomes a yearly event.

“Dig Deep, Finish Strong” is just what they did. Bravo to all the Athletes and a big thank you to all the volunteers.

WOD#1 “Grind & Climb”

INDIVIDUAL

9 MIN AMRAP:

9 Power Snatches

1 Rope Climb

(Rope Climbs increase by +1 each round)

TEAMs

11 MIN AMRAP:

Partner 1 (5 power snatches)

Partner 2 (1 Rope Climb)

*(Rope Climbs Increase by +1 for each partner each round)

RX: Power Snatches @115/80

       Rope Climbs (Must touch top of the rope for completed Rep)

Scale/Teams: Power Snatches @85/65

                         Rope Climbs (Must touch top of the rope for completed Rep)

Beginner:   9 Power Snatches @65/45 per round

                    Supine rope climb complete 2 first round, increase by 2 each round (begin standing, come to lying position, and full extension for completed rep)

*Scoring will be based on completed rounds and additional reps (Teams are completed rounds per team not each individual)

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WOD #2 “Miami Speedway”

INDIVIDUAL – 11MIN CAP

35 Wall Balls

25 CAL Echo Bike

15 KB Goblet Squats

500M ROW

15 KB Goblet Squats

25 CAL Echo Bike

35 Wall Balls

TEAM – 13MIN CAP

80 Partner Wall Balls

40 CAL Echo Bike (20 each team member)

30 KB Goblet Squat (Each member completes 15)

1000M Row (500M Each Partner)

30 KB Goblet Squats

40 CAL Echo Bike

80 Partner Wall Balls

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RX:

KB weights are 70/53, Wall Balls 20/14

Scale: 

KB weights are 53/35, Wall Balls 20/14

Beginner: 

KB weights are 44/26, Wall Balls 14/10

TEAMs:

KB weights are 53/35, Wall Balls 20/14

Partner wall balls one partner tosses and the other receives is one rep. complete 80 total per team

Bike, goblet squat, row one partner completes half then the other partner completes remaining totaling equal work between partners

Scoring is based on completed reps and time if completed, TEAMs scoring is based off of completed team movement

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WOD #3 “Steel Finisher”

INDIVIDUALTEAMS
Time Cap: 11 MinsTime Cap: 13 Mins
2 Cleans6 T2B10 DBL KB DL4 Cleans8 Knees to Elbow20 DBL KB DL
4 Cleans6 T2B10 DBL KB DL6 Cleans8 Knees to Elbow20 DBL KB DL
6 Cleans6 T2B10 DBL KB DL8 Cleans8 Knees to Elbow20 DBL KB DL
15 Burpee Box Jump Overs30 Box Jumps
4 Cleans6 T2B10 DBL KB DL6 Cleans8 Knees to Elbow20 DBL KB DL
2 Cleans6 T2B10 DBL KB DL4 Cleans8 Knees to Elbow20 DBL KB DL
50 DUBS Buy Out120 Single Skips Buy Out

This will be broken up into stations, once completed with KB DL you will farmers carry them to the next station then return to your bar to complete the next series

RX: Cleans weight @165 / 105, Burpee Box Jumps Over (24/20) full extensions at top of box is NOT required – KB weight @70/53

Scale: Cleans weight @135 / 85, Knee to Elbow replace T2B, Box Jumps @24/20, 120 Single Skips Buy Out – KB weight @53/35

Beginner: Cleans weight @95 / 65, T2B are replaced by 10 B-fly sit-ups, (15) Box Steps Ups @ 20in, 100 Singles Buy Out – KB weight @44/26

Teams: Cleans weight @135 / 85

On Cleans it is 1 for 1 (one partner completes one then tag partner to complete next rep), K2E are tandem, KB DL one partner completes 10 then the next partner completes 10, 1 for 1 on box jumps at full extension, then partner completes. 120 Single Skips buy out is 60 each, one partner completes 60 then another partner completes 60.

Scoring is based on completed reps and time if completes, TEAMs scoring is based off of completed team movements

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Powerlifting Strength Test

7 min to find:

1RM of

Bench Press

Back Squat

Dead Lift

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Harley Quinn

My daughter said she wanted to be Harley Quinn for Halloween this year.

Actually, I think I may have heard my husband talk about it last year and perhaps she mentioned it before too. BUT, you know how kids are… they want to be one thing and then they want to be another and then they change their minds AGAIN….. and then, there you are with 3 different costumes…. I KNOW YOU CAN RELATE!

Anyway, this year we went for it and I must say, she makes a REALLY good Harley Quinn!

To be honest, I had no idea who Harley Quinn was, I had only seen some photos. I did a little google search and found info on comic books and was happy to see there was an actual movie! I ended up renting Suicide Squad on Amazon Prime so my girls and I can watch it. Great movie! AND now I know who she is.

Here are some of my favorite Harley Quinn quotes…

“It soon became clear to me the Joker was actually a tortured soul.
Yes, I admit it. As unprofessional as it sounds, I had fallen in love with my patient. Pretty crazy huh?”

” I’m rubber, you’re glue, whatever you say bounces off me and makes a six-inch-diameter exit wound in you.”

” I’ll never understand why Superman wears the same outfits every day.”

“I’ve made so many mistakes and there’s no one left who believes in me.”

“If I’m mad enough to skip the tears and go straight to laughing, you better run cause I’m about to lose my shit.”

“I’ll burn the world just to see the fire in your eyes.

“Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy”

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Princess Mya

Love this spunky girl! She’s always funny and so full of energy.

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Princess Alexis

Every parent should have a few good portraits of their babies at different stages of their life. Wouldn’t you agree?

I love how these came out. Can’t wait to see them blown up and hung in the house. I think they would look fantastic on acrylic.

((Soooo… that’s my kid on the left who decided to crash her shoot. They remind me of those girls in that video from the 80s… Robert Palmer Simply Irresistible hahaha!))

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Glitter Session Fun

Who’s bright idea was it to cover everything in GLITTER? Ok so maybe it was mine but LOOK ! Sooooo much fun with these cuties! Authentic smiles! Successful session!

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Brothers

Congratulations big brother! Now you’ll have to share all your toys with your baby brother. It might be a little hard to get used to at first, but I trust that you’ll do the right thing. Patience <3

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Miami Kids Portraiture

“Princess Toothless”

I decided we needed a more formal portrait of little Ms. Toothless and then it was decided that her mommy’s accessories were needed, hence the cute little giggle : )

Valentino bracelet and Christian Louboutin bag for this princess. She’s definitely a Miami girl haha!

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Zoey turns One

My baby turns 1 !

She is the cutest Tibetan Terrier I’ve ever met and amazing addition to our family.

She is super playful with kids and dogs. Has really good social and cuddling skills. Loves to sleep in cave like areas… her favorite is her crate even though she’s welcome anywhere in the house. She’s also a very fast runner! Must be those long legs of hers. We love her to pieces and she loves us right back. We couldn’t be any happier with our little princess.

If you want to see previous photos of Zoey….

Here’s Zoey when we first got her…..

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St. Augustine, Vilano Beach

“You never know how many friends you have until you rent a beach house”

Love this quote!!

My sister and her family rented a beach house and suddenly, we all decided to crash haha!

On our last morning, my little one was tossing and turning around 6am so I took the opportunity to ask her if she would like to watch the sunrise with me. So happy she said yes because I wouldn’t have gone without her and I wouldn’t have snapped this photo.

She then decided that we should be in some photos together. Even though I was in my pajamas, I agreed to go for it. I had my tripod in the car, so I set up my camera and we started spinning around.

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Pregnancy shoots are a must!

Being pregnant is, in my opinion, the most amazing time in your life. It is a time of celebration and of anticipation as you prepare to meet your little bundle of joy. It’s a time where you become strong – stronger than you ever thought you could possibly be. During this time, you create your initial bond with your child that will continue throughout your entire lives.

There are very few women who actually feel like they are beautiful while they are pregnant – especially during the first pregnancy.; However, the miracle of pregnancy is a beautiful thing. Swollen feet, stretch marks, and hormone changes aside – you are growing a real live human being inside of you. All of those side effects come from different things your body has to do to help nourish and protect your baby.

You are beautiful, and you should take the time to celebrate these changes and this amazing moment in your life. These photos will be a great gift to pass down to your child as an heirloom of your first memories with them. This is something they can treasure forever.

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Session at the Davie Ranch

The ranch is such a beautiful photography location and is also open to the pubic. They have open play most weekends! A great place to take your kids and have some fun!

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Sisters Glitter Session

South Florida Family Photographer

We had so much fun during this glitter session! There was glitter EVERYWHERE and it was SO worth it! These are definitely authentic smiles and true fun!

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Soon to be a family of FOUR!

Had a little fun while documenting this little guy’s last day, as a single child. Hope he doesn’t mind sharing digger with his new brother!

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