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Documenting Penelope Anne’s Adventures!

Last night, I was talking to my sister, and she pointed out that it’s been two months since I’ve posted an updated picture of Penelope Anne. So, I promised her, that today, I would snap a few pictures of my favorite little lady.

Penelope Anne is now 17 months! I can’t even believe it. I used to never pay attention when people with kids would say, “Don’t blink! It goes by so fast!” – but umm, yeah, that statement should be written in stone somewhere. It’s CRAZY that she’s almost a year and a half! Every day that passes, she shows me a new skill that she’s learned, and I’m left in complete disbelief. It’s just insane how much she observes and analyzes everything that’s going on around her.

At 17 months, she has a big personality and an even bigger attitude. She’s as sweet as can be, but don’t deny her a cookie, or you will feel her wrath. Her favorite past time is riding her motorcycle, and riding her horse – Daddy. She recently discovered cookies (that’s why she has the cookie wrath), and it’s her absolute favorite snack. At daycare, they give her franks and beans, and that is her FAVORITE food. When she sees baked beans, she gets oddly excited. Lol! She cannot get enough of the disney channel. She loves loves loves Mickey Mouse and Sophia the first. She’s gets super excited when we go to Disney World, and sees the characters walking around! She’s a little cautious at first, but her curiosity takes over, and she quickly warms up to them.

I know we always say this, but this little lady has absolutely changed our lives. She’s only been around for a short time, but I can’t remember a life that didn’t include her.. <3 <3 <3

Orlando Photographer with Daughter, Penelope Anne



  • Diana

    Gorgeous litle and beautiful! girl amazingly beautiful photo! <3 🙂 <3ReplyCancel

  • Olga Lewis

    I love her!!! Thank you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Liz

    Awww so beautiful written. I love it. Love you both.ReplyCancel

A Little Bit About Film Photography and Me!

There is something so amazing and timeless about film photography! The depth of color, the amazing contrast – it’s just something that has always brought a smile to my face.

The camera in this picture has been documenting my family’s life for over 34 years.. That’s right! My father bought this bad boy the day my sister was born. It has since followed us through every road trip, family vacation, sporting event, and graduation. Every time I look back through old family albums, I literally imagine my father with this camera hanging around his neck, snapping the pictures.

This camera, and of course my father, are pretty much the reason why photography was always such a big part of my life. It was super important to him, and in turn, it was super important to me. I was always a bit of a daddy’s girl – what can I say? As I got a little older, my father bought me a film camera of my very own. Although I loved my camera, my one true love, was his old AE-1.

When me and him really got deep into film, we decided to take it to the next level. So we did what anyone else would do – we converted our 2nd bathroom into a fully functioning dark room! Lol! We would spend hours upon hours in there developing and enlarging pictures. It always amazed me how I could snap a picture, and then actually put it on paper all by myself.

It’s been years since I’ve shot film! I’ve always said that if I ever decided to start shooting film again, it would only happen if my dad would give me his AE-1. A couple of weeks ago, he came to visit and spend some time with me in Orlando. Guess what? He brought me the AE-1! Sure, I’ve spent the last year slowly persuading him, but he finally gave in! I told him it was just a loan, but we both know, that’s not true.

I cannot wait to post some filmy goodness from this baby!

Canon AE-1 for film photography.

  • Olga Lewis

    I can’t believe he let it go!!! I love this camera and I love the memories that it will forever hold!ReplyCancel

    • acasais3

      I know!! I can’t believe it either lolReplyCancel

  • > a "spoils system" that was founded by LitnylnNegacoro, the system was at its most notorious under Jackson.Also, the Civil Service Reform took place mostly over 1883-1900 /nach/ wik. Maybe FDR gave it additional teeth, I don't know. I could be wrong but I thought MM's view of a "1933 revolution" in the US was based more on FDR saying "as of this moment you not only cannot secede, but the Constitution is essentially nonbinding on USG" — rather than on any dramatic enhancement of the invulnerability of the civil servant taking place circa '33. Someone correct me if I am wrong.ReplyCancel

Real Tips From an Orlando Wedding Photographer

YES! Planning a wedding can be very stressful. I know this! I’ve been there. You are planning for months, and then the day comes, and it’s gone in an instant. The last thing you want is to spend time and energy on the wrong thing! After going through the experience of planning a wedding from beginning to end, and also now attending weddings as a photographer, I’ve learned quite a few things. Since its engagement season, I thought it would be great to share some awesome tips that you may find helpful!

1.       The guest list is the most difficult part of planning a wedding!! I will forever be traumatized by the guest list. Accept that it is YOUR wedding day! Invite the people that will make YOU happy, and move on. You’re 5th cousin’s brother-in-law will get over it. =)

2.       Get a day of coordinator!! Not everyone can afford to have a wedding planner. I didn’t have one. If you can’t afford a wedding planner, consider hiring a day of coordinator. If all else fails, assign someone who is close to you, that is VERY reliable, with a list of everything that needs to happen on the day of the wedding. It may be as simple as making sure vendors show up on time, or that they set up in the right location – but having someone there, directing everything will allow you to enjoy your day without any major stress. Don’t worry about the friend you just handed a huge list to, he/she will be just fine. It’s YOUR big day!! You can repay them later. Babysit their kids or something =)

3.       Don’t go crazy on the wedding favors!! You arrive as a guest to a beautiful wedding, sit down at your table, and see all these glorious favors. At the end of the night, you throw them in your purse, because it’s such a nice memory from the wedding. Then, you get home and put them on your counter, and say, “I need to find a place for this”.  Seven weeks go by, and it’s still sitting on your counter. What happens next? You grab it, and you TOSS IT. Lol. Don’t look at me like that, we’ve all done it. It’s not that you are insensitive, but really, who wants to keep a tiny little plastic frame for all of eternity? No one! If you insist on having wedding favors, go with snacks! Some pretty packaged chocolate, or candy, or anything edible. The table looks great, and at the end of the night, they have been devoured!

4.       Look up sunset time for your date!!  Although I’m listing this as tip number four, this is a big one! For some reason, everyone loves scheduling their wedding at 6:00PM. It SEEMS like the perfect time, but it’s honestly not, unless you are getting married in June, when the sun sets at 8:00PM. If you are getting married in the fall, and your wedding is at 6:00PM, you are basically getting married in the dark! This is not something a lot of people think about when selecting a ceremony start time, but it’s definitely SUPER important. Especially, if you want to have nice light for your bridal portraits. Evening shots are great, at the END OF NIGHT, but not so much at the beginning. =) So, google the sunset time for your wedding date! Please! Like right now!

5.       Have a first look!! Please! Please! Pretty Please?? I know what you are thinking – NO! I don’t want the groom to see me before the wedding! It’s not traditional! My answer to that is – Why not change this tradition? Seriously, I mean, traditions need to start somewhere right? If you aren’t familiar with a first look, let me explain. Before the actual ceremony, the bride and groom are taken to the private location, and the bride and groom see each other, before anyone else. There is just something SO SPECIAL about that private moment between the bride and groom when they see each other for the first time. Since it’s a private moment, and not in front of all your guests and family, it’s so much more emotional and moving. There are no distractions. It’s just the bride and groom embracing each other. I get choked up every single time. It’s an amazing moment. Do one. Trust me!

6.       Invest in quality Photography and Videography!!! This is by far the most important tip! I cannot stress this enough. Yes, I’m a photographer, and I’m a bit biased, but I wasn’t a photographer when I got married. My wedding day was so amazing, and I am so thankful I was able to have it professionally captured. After months and months of planning, the day comes and goes, and all you are left with are photos, video, and memories (and perhaps, 10,000 embroidered napkins). Every time I see my wedding photos, I get an instant smile on my face. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a videographer, and that was my ONLY regret from my wedding day. Strapping a video camera on someone is NOT the way to go about it (trust me) LOL. So, budget for BOTH. Cancel the fancy printed napkins, and the cherry blossom centerpieces and invest in Photography and Videography. Those are memories you cannot recreate, but you can freeze them in time! (But if you can only have one, choose photography, lol!! I mean, you can’t put a video up on your wall

7.       Enjoy your wedding!! After all that planning, enjoy your special day! If something goes wrong, laugh about it – it will be a good story to tell later. Remember that your wedding day is about uniting with the person you love, not crying about the napkins arriving the wrong color (I really do not care for wedding napkins, can you tell)!!


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