Remember Myspace? Over ten years ago, I would devour pages and pages of photographers who shared their work on Myspace. I loved it. I learned from it. I formed forever friendships from it. Jane Evans from North Richland Hills, Texas and I hit it off! She invited me to her home to photograph her and her partner Marion and I jumped at the chance to spend time with a dear friend. Yes, one I met on Myspace! Since that initial visit, I’ve gone another 3 times since. Once, my daughter and I shared a white Christmas in TX with our dear Janey. I have mentored her over the years regarding photography. It is odd to write that because it has always been somewhat informal and easy. She’s a gifted artist. She sees moments and magic like no other. But with some tweaking here and there…some software explanations and lens choice help, she’s excelling at what she loves. This session on a foggy Texas morning was dreamlike. I am so beyond impressed with her art. What a series of images! I just plucked a few that I truly love to share with you. Yes, a photographer touting another photographer. It happens! Especially when you believe that we are a community of artists, not competitors. She is a dear friend and a talented photographer – meet Jane Evans. See her work below:
Hi there, folks! I love shooting at House of Refuge in Stuart, Florida. These amazing rocks and lighthouse have quite the history! Quoting the location’s web site (linked here):
“The House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is the only remaining House of Refuge. Built as one of ten along the east coast of Florida, it is the oldest structure in Martin County and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Houses of Refuge were designated as havens for shipwrecked sailors and travelers along the sparsely populated Atlantic coastline of Florida. Run by the United States Lifesaving Service, the Houses played a critical role in a time when sailing ships dominated the world commerce.
The historic structure has weathered many storms and provided needed shelter for shipwreck survivors.”
A fitting setting for an engagement session, as Todd proposed to Brandi here.. I hope they always look to each other as their own private refuge!
Congrats on your upcoming marriage, guys! You were a pleasure to photograph!
We meet again, lovely blog readers!
I recently photographed Brittany & Lee in my downtown Stuart, FL neighborhood. The flowering trees, white picket fences and general charm of the hood makes for a great backdrop! This soon-to-be wedded couple will be getting married on October 8, 2016. I am super excited to be photographing their wedding! The reception grounds at Frenchman’s Reserve are drool worthy. Anticipate exquisite photos!
Future wedding details aside, let’s get to the present: Brittany & Lee’s engagement session! These two are real naturals in front of the camera. Lee has modeled before (the chiseled face & striking features may have given that away!). Their good looks, her luscious locks, fabulous outfit choices, a sublime location and their genuine love for each other made this photo shoot one of my favorites yet!
Brittany shared with us how they met and how he proposed!
Brittany was visiting her friend Shannon in Gainesville, FL and that is where Lee and Brittany’s mutual friend, Bryce, introduced them to each other. They have been dating since December of 2010 when Lee asked Brittany via Facebook to go on a date next time he was visiting in Jacksonville. After their first date, Brittany called her friend Rylee and said, “I think he may be the one I marry.”
Lee planned with two of Brittany’s friends, Rylee and Dannah, to convince Brittany to have a girl’s weekend in Savannah, Georgia. Lee got to Savannah early to check in to the hotel, get ready, and wait. When the girls got to Savannah, they planned to go out to a nice dinner, but what Brittany didn’t know is they were going to meet Lee in Lafayette Square for the proposal! As the sun was setting, Lee met Brittany at the same fountain where they visited together 3 years ago. Lee gave Brittany a hug and told her, “I’ve been praying over this ring for over a month; Asking God to bless our relationship, everything this ring represents and our future marriage.” Lee got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. She said, yes!
The wedding will be held at the church Brittany’s family has been attending since 2008, Christ Fellowship.
It was such a pleasure to capture the wedding day of Joan & Frank on the grounds of their Sewall’s Point home. Sheltered by ancient oak trees and surrounded on three sides by the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon, Sewall’s Point is known for its natural beauty located at the eastern edge of Martin County, Florida. It was a perfect backdrop for the celebration of love taking place! Enjoy the photos below and be sure to take note of the wonderful vendors who helped to create such a magical day!
Photography: Sampson Photography
Cinematography: Reinhardt Productions
Florist: Harbour Bay Florist
Planning: Harbour Bay Florist – Linda Oliver
Catering: Chef’s Table
Hair & Makeup: Salon Margrit Palm Beach
Cake: The Cake Lady
Sewall’s Point Wedding Photography
Stuart, FL & Beyond
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