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My Aussie Family: Destination Australia Shoot

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I was so honored to photograph my pen pal Sarah of 32 years and her extended family while we were in Australia. Sarah and I have had the privilege of meeting each other a few times over the year’s, and it’s been such a joy to get to know her family as well. They are an extenion of our family and I cherish that bond between us. I would have never guessed that that first letter would go on to create a friendship that has brought on a sisterly bond. I adore her. I love the memories we have created over time. Too many memories to count.  It’s a hardship not having more time spent with her. Saying goodbye each time leaves such a hole in my heart…
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We went to Clifton Springs Jetty near their home to take some photos of the whole family together. What a great keepsake. Family is everything.
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Ian and Trish have created a beautiful family in their nearly 48 year’s of marriage. They should be proud of the son’s and daughter they have raised.
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Nigel and Naomi and their children Nathan and Charli
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Andrew and Jacqueline and their kids, Madeleine and Xavier.
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Craig and Sarah and their daughters Grace and Claire.
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I’ve had several people ask me how Sarah and I came to be. Short story is, my grandfather, as well as Sarah’s father were both members of Kiwanis. I’d had a long standing love for the country Australia and longed to have a pen pal. On a whim, my grandpa wrote in the hopes of finding me a pen pal. I’m not sure if it went directly to Ian or not, but it got back to Sarah and one day I recieved a letter stamped from Australia. I was absolutely giddy. I had no idea how that letter would change my life. Over the year’s the letters have sadly stopped, but technology has brought us the ability to talk daily if we want and even be able to do video chats, so I guess I can’t complain.
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Siblings….
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Ian and Trish have been fortunate enough to welcome their six grandchildren into the world. What a blessing watching them grow up into fine young adults.
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This beach was so nice, the backdrop was eye catching with the old rustic left over pier. They all love the water, and being so close to it made it the perfect backdrop.
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Thank you all for such a wonderful afternoon, but more for all the year’s of friendship and family you have been. We had an absolutely WONDERFUL trip back to Australia. We miss you all so much!! XX

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Destination Shoot: Australia-By The Sea…

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As mentioned in my previous blog post, Australian beaches are so beautiful and breathtaking. Better than any beach I’ve been to in the US. During our trip to Australia, I met Indigo and Tiffany about 30 minutes from where we were staying at Ballina Beach in New South Wales (NSW). Upon leaving our car and walking out to the beach, my jaw dropped when I realized we had the entire beach to ourselves. No one was there. That just blew my mind. With a little thought, I put two and two together, while people do tend to swim here and surf, it’s an area where sharks frequent. There are shark nets several yards out in the blue ocean waters doing their part to keep the sharks away. Regardless, the beauty around me was mesmerizing.

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Tiffany had this gorgeous mermaid like dress she wore. The shimmer of the colors against the rocks, the way it wrapped around her body. So fitting for our location.
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Indigo and I had been setting up this shoot for a few weeks prior to the session and I loved what they came with. The colors of their dresses, vs the earthly surroundings complimented each other so well.
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Indigo took off for a rock in the low lying water. The waves crashed up around her and yet she was in her zone. She was elegant and bold.
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Tiffany knew how to work the camera just as well. They were both such a pleasure to photograph.
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No fears, not hesitations. Living life to the fullest. Indigo has that essence about her.
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The girls changed into these gorgeous orange dresses. Orange is such a beautiful bold color and yet so rarely worn. It was absolutely stunning with the green lush around them and among the black lava like rocks.
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The wind in their hair, the smell of the ocean. The empty beach to call our own…I was savoring it for all it was worth.

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These two friends do a lot of modeling together and they make a great team. There is appreciation for each other. They get to make a lot of beautiful memories with each other.
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I kept seeing images of a medieval princess with Tiffany. I guess from art prints I’ve had in the past. But she so flawlessly brought it to life in images.
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These tree’s were so unique and so different from what we have in the states. I couldn’t resist them.
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It was interesting hearing facts about their area and learning from them. They talked about the star fish that normally can be found there on the beach, and Tiffany even taught Ephram how to tell the difference in a boy and girl crab. Life experiences best learned in person.
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The views around this beach were just simply put, heavenly. I wanted to take it home with me. I cannot imagine living so close to these kinds of beautiful spots. The clouds behind them were unreal and only added to the beauty.
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Again, thank you both so much for a fun filled afternoon, it was so great to meet you and spend time getting to know you both better. I had an absolutely amazing time and am so pleased with the images. I have so many fond memories of our trip and this will stand out as one of them for year’s to come. Hope to work with you again in the future! Thank you for a wonderful time!

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Destination Session: Australian Beach Beauties

We just returned from a trip to Australia and I had so much fun photographing my friend’s daughter’s an their friends on the beach one evening. Australian beaches hand’s down are the best.12
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Claire is the second born daughter of my friend Sarah. She’s a spunky gal always making me smile.
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Living near the Bass Strait, the beach offers breathtaking views for miles on end. These girls were giddy to have some fun. They were full of giggles. Bonding friendships I hope they will carry on through the year’s.
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This image makes me want to flash forward about ten year’s and re-shoot this same image when they are in their early 20’s.
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Grace and her friend Ella also took part in the session. Grace aspires to be a model and she certainly is on the right track. Ella is a quick study and putting these two together, model perfect.
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Graces is the eldest daughter of my friend Sarah. The last time I saw her she was about 7 year’s old. She is changed so much in those seven year’s since I saw her last. It amazes me how much a child changes in such a short time. She is a beautiful young lady with mass appeal, charm, humor and a smile to blow your socks off. I can still see her as a little girl, but I love the woman she is becoming.
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I got to spend some time getting to know Ella on this trip, an she was a delightful girl. She is excited to take her first trip this year to the states, so we talked a lot about that. She’ll make so many great memories on her trip. I’m excited for her.
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The wind was working against me that day, but I pressed hard against it and made it work for me. Ella was radiant and patient as the winds blew around her.
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These two have been friends for about six year’s now, the best of buddies. They were so much fun to photograph together. I enjoyed working with all the girl’s.  Thank you all for a lovely evening on the beach!

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Lauren and Jacob

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In early March I met up with Lauren and her boyfriend Jacob on a beautiful spring like day. We’d planned on meeting at an earlier time, but cold and snow moved things around so having met on this day made up for the delay. The Hoover Mudflats served as their backdrop.
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We enjoyed the long deck over the water’s, aside of the cob webs we would walk through, it was a nice.
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These two were a lot of fun, an ease about them. They truly enjoy each other’s company and have a strong connection.
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Being as I am short and both Lauren and Jacob are tall, I felt challenged, but it all works out in the end. Sometimes being short has it’s perks.
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We took a little stroll into the wooded area where things were starting to green up. Spring was soon coming and in the air.
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It was easy for Jacob and Lauren to loose themselves in each other’s gaze, share a laugh and connect with each other.
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It was a fun afternoon with these two. Thanks again Jacob and Lauren, it was nice getting to know you both!

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Working with Connect 4 Humanity

 

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Models: Erin H. and Colton R.

I had a super cool opportunity recently to work with Connect 4 Humanity. I happened to come across this awesome experience by chance and I am so glad I did. The event was a Medieval/Fairytale shoot held at Landolls Mohican Castle. ( http://landollsmohicancastle.com/) We got to work with 35 models, some from Sigal Models (https://sigalmodels.com/) and several hair and make up artists, and I got to work among 25 other creative photographers.

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Model: Taylor D. Designer: Isolda

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Model: Morgan D. Hair By: Haley Garber an Make Up By: Taya Halie

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Model: Ally G. Hair and Make up by: Alayan Evans and Haley B. Gown by: The Alley Vintage and Costume.

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Model: Maddy S. Make up by: Jackriya T. Hair and attire styled by Maddy’s mom.
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Model: Sha’ra S.
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Model: Erin H.
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My friends Paula and Tracey were gracious enough to bring their horses to use on the shoot, that was an added bonus. The models enjoyed working with Kali (above) and Shikan.
Model: Stella L.
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Model: Madi E.
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Model: Alexa G.
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Model: Gillian G. Hair by: Alayna Evans. Styled by Gillian G.
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Model: Gillian G. Hair By: Alayna Evans. Styled by Gillian G.
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Model: Gillian G. Hair By: Alayna Evans. Styled by Gillian G.
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Model: Jackriya T.
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In addition to the horses, Rachel and Matt from Ironwood Wolves also was on hand to work with Cana and Logan. I’ve worked with both Logan and Cana in the past and it was so great to have another opportunity. Such beautiful animals. WWW.IRONWOODWOLVES.COM
Model: Morgan D. Hair by: Haley Garber. Make up by: Taya Halie.
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Model: Madi E.
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Model: Jackriya T.
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I look forward to working with Connect4Humanity again. It was a great experience and I got to meet a lot of great people and have felt so inspired and driven since.
Model: Devon M.

 

I’d like to thank Elyse and Kelly for this amazing opportunity. They put in a lot of hard work getting this together and it turned out great. I’d also like to thank Paula and Tracey for coming out and spending the afternoon, letting us use their beautiful horses. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day for this event. And thank you both for all you’ve done for me in the past!

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