Expecting: Mario + Cherise

On a beautiful Thursday afternoon, I met with Mario and Cherise to collaborate on their portrait session before their sweet little girly (!!) comes in July. Not only were Mario and Cherise up for whatever I asked them to do, but they surprised my by bringing all of Alaina's pre-bought Florida Gators gear. She's ready for football season already! :)  We had a wonderfully relaxed time at the park and at the beach, ending it as the sunset faded to the west.

I am so, so, so, so, so lucky to have the clients I do. I had such a great time with you, Mario and Cherise. I can't WAIT to kiss little Alaina's cheeks when she comes!


Steven + Naomi: Expecting

Steven and Naomi are no strangers to challenges. For most of their dating life, they were miles and miles apart. Across the country, across California, you name it. Once these two finally got married, they packed up their things and moved to Miami from California to allow Steven to pursue the residency program for Podiatry that he is in now.

After a few years of being together at last, they are now expecting a little girly!! Oh, how I just adore little girls. All the shopping on Etsy for hair bands, all the sparkle and pink... I love it all. One thing that I can't get enough of from my clients is that they tend to be planners and organizers... and Naomi is just that. Once we had a date confirmed, she booked her hair appointment at Blo in Coral Gables, decided on Vizcaya for the photos, and got to shopping for her outfits. She is a little stylista and I can't wait to see how that is passed down to her baby girly when she arrives!

Naomi and Steven, you two will be rockstar parents. And I can't WAIT to meet your little princess!




I think the most endearing thing about this couple is how they can just let loose and make each other LAUGH. 

Noel + James: Expecting

When I was pregnant, it didn't feel real until I was sitting in my insurance office one day, posting checks to patient accounts. And then...


No. Wait. It couldn't be. Sit still, wait longer.


I felt her. My little girl. MY LITTLE GIRL. (!)

New life is beyond exciting and downright scary. The preparation, the anticipation. Making checkpoints. Turning the page on the weekly calendar. The "what if's" and all the things you swear you're going to do, and all the plans you make for things going just right. The first three months are a toss-up and it's always hard to predict how they're going to go. I learned [the hard way] that the best thing to do is to listen to your baby and go with the flow.

I met Noel and James at the beach last weekend to capture a very special moment in their lives. The smell of salt, sunlight, and deteriorating wood walkways surrounded us while we easily moved along the shoreline. After spending a few hours together, I have no doubt in my mind that Noel is going to be the most easygoing, radiant mommy. Her sweetness and "whatever it takes" view on life is going to serve her well when James IV arrives. The sparkles that appear in her eyes when she laughs will no doubt capture her little one, as it already has her husband James. James III and James IV will no doubt have lots of boisterous fun together.

Lots of sweet memories await this little family... many family trips to Hurricanes games, fishing with dad, and lots of Starbucks drive-thru trips with mom ;)

Noel, you glow. I love that the joy and excitement of mommyhood didn't wait long to radiate from your smile. You have been given a wonderous little gift, and you are embracing it and rocking it to the ten thousandth degree. I am so excited for your new adventure as parents!



the big news!

So, here's how we shared it with our families.

We told them we wanted a family picture, but... we lied. We actually wanted to tell them that we were expecting! So, we kept it on video and surprised them!


I love the commotion!!

Walking on air right now :)