Travel – Iceland

So that one time we went to the place that every photographer dreams about…. ICELAND!

We’re going to start this post with what we packed and what we learned right out the gate followed by all the fun imagery so if you want tips continue reading, if you just want pretty pictures and a bomb video, get your scroll on!

When booking a trip to Iceland we checked flight prices, weather and of course a place to stay. Flights are cheap cheap cheap… but that’s pretty much where that notion ends. There’s not a lot of hotels as you move out of the main cities so we looked into either a tour group or a camper van. The tour groups were about 3k-5k but they all mostly just hit the big tourist spots and we didn’t feel that was the way we wanted to do Iceland. So that left us with the camper van (which was admittedly my first choice anyway)! It was about $1500 through campervaniceland for our 8 day stay and we luckily ended up with what seemed like one of the only automatic transmission vans in all of the country. It had wifi, a fold out bed, cooking equipment and a little table and chairs… honestly adorable.

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Steven & Abigail – Iceland Photo Session

So this was one of those moments in life that I pinched myself daily to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. A few weeks before leaving for our trip to see my brother in Europe we get an email from Abigail & Steven asking about an Iceland photo shoot. They were having their one year anniversary and doing it in photographers paradise. Another photographer referred them our way and we were so beyond honored to be the pair booked to create their memories. I jumped up and down while I booked our campervan to wander black sand beaches and waterfalls with them. We picked a meet up spot at a campsite in a park and on the day of, nervously hugged in a parking lot. Thankfully we immediately hit it off. They are so down to earth and being photographers and videographers themselves out of Texas (you can find their work here) they were just as excited to play in the landscape as we were. Scroll below to see all the good stuff and stayed tuned for a post later this week with tips on traveling to and in Iceland!

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A Paris Chateau with Sue Bryce

This day last year I was in France at day two of a Sue Bryce workshop. For those of you who don’t know who she is, she’s one of the photography gods known around the world for her women’s portraiture. She grew an empire based on providing women the strength and knowledge that they deserve to be professionally photographed more than just twice in a lifetime (wedding/baby). To know they’re just as beautiful at 55 as they are at 25 and that taking a day for yourself to create a piece of your history is beyond words worth it.

I had never done a workshop before but in my head it was a pilgrimage. A trip to the last place I’d visited with my mom. We had left France short during her cancer battle and I needed to finish that journey. I could think of no better way than to re-write the end of that story with a french chateau of artists letting their hearts lead them. It felt almost Renaissance-esk. From Sue’s warm inviting smile to the styling throughout the entire estate, no moment or teaching opportunity was overlooked. I definitely laughed, I definitely grew as an artist, I petted Sue’s dog more than what is probably appropriate and I may or may not have teared up like a baby on the last day. Here’s a quick peek at what the experience looked like:   

2015 Year In Review

Phew what a wild ride!!

In 2015 we photographed 36 weddings, 24 portrait sessions and over 100 dogs. We raised almost $1000 for shelter pet vet bills and donated over 200 hours of volunteer time. We launched our cinema division and Mike went full time at CLPC creating a true husband + wife team. I took the last photo of my mother I ever will. We celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary and my 3-0. I got my 15 minutes of fame on the news. We traveled to Italy, Paris, Maryland and Colorado.. one of which we even fell in love with as our future place of residence. It’s amazing to think what started with one Orlando wedding photographer has grown to so much more!

Cheers to the past year and all the amazing clients, friends and vendors who took part in so many memories. We’ll kick off the walk down memory lane with some of our favorite cinema scenes of 2015…

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Pinup, Plates & Pitbulls

So once upon a time Jade & Tiffany, two badass ladies from Armor Crossfit got the crazy idea to do a pin up style shoot. My love of all things from the 50s era made me practically pee my pants at just the idea of this! When Jasmine Doublette came on for hair and makeup we officially knew it was going to be something special. And as it turns out it’s one of my favorite sessions of all time.

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Jasmine Maternity Session

Jasmine is an incredible makeup artist who dolls up brides all the time but recently she got to get dolled up herself for her maternity session in the Florida wilderness. I was so honored she chose me for the photography and although we quickly got rained out of our session during outfit two we were thankful for the perfect morning light that helped create these portraits! Congrats to you and healthy baby Amya! 

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Butcher’s Box – Food Photography

So recently I got to live out one of my favorite desires of all time doing food photography with The Butcher’s Box. We had already postponed our shoot once because the Florida weather wasn’t… grilling friendly (oh August). All their meats are fresh from the farm, never frozen though so we really wanted to get them in front of the camera ASAP. So we reconvened 2 days later for one of the best meals of our lives!!

I have to lead off with the fact that my cat loves them too. After she stopped cuddling the box (tee-hee) you’ll see the beautiful rack of lamb and poussin we cooked up and feasted on. They also have coming in some chicken sausage, truffle oil, specialty balsamic vinegar… and wait for it….. camel!! How cool is that? Make sure you give them a browse if you have carnivorous tendencies!

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