Sometimes I’m amazed at how far I’ve come and where life has taken me. Some times I just stand in awe at the work God has done on me and in my life. This journey is full of ups and downs and obstacles to overcome. There are fake people, and there are genuine gems! There will be snakes in the grass and there will be friendships that blossom that you never saw coming. I’m so grateful for where I am and the true friendships I have been blessed with along the way! Live your life as if this were the only one you get! Be bold, be fierce, be brave! Love yourself and love this journey! Happy Friday friends!! ❤️
Photo cred: the awesome @amiebabo
I never know what to expect from a wedding reception and, as such, I'm never disappointed. Even when a bride and groom tell me they're having a low key, laid back party, I know there will be at least a few moments that are absolutely awesome and tell a great story.
And for Jennifer and Robert's September wedding at Oceanside at the Pier, those moments happened far more frequently than I expected.
Jennifer and Robert, whose wedding is featured in my latest blog this week, told me during our initial conversations that they were going to have a fairly simple wedding day that was more of a large-scale party for friends and family members.
As such, I didn't really know what to expect from their reception itself, especially considering they only had me photographing about a half hour of it. But, as is usually the case, the more I expect things to be basic, the more they prove themselves to be far from it.
I loved the time I spent with Jennifer and Robert, especially during their reception as their guests simply couldn't wait to dance and cut loose and even though Oceanside at the Pier has one of the smallest reception rooms I've ever seen, that didn't stop this crowd.
Not only did Jennifer and Robert's wedding guests go outside to dance during dinner but once the “official” dancing began, they crowded that tiny dance floor and rocked out in giant numbers.
I always love being surprised by a wedding crowd and Jennifer and Robert's sure caught me off guard and thought I was only there briefly, we managed to capture a ton of great party photos. So, if you haven't seen them yet, check them out for yourself by heading over to my latest blog at https://www.pauljspetrini.com/jennifer--robert (Link also available in my bio.). Thanks for reading!
Wowie!! What a whirlwind trip to Australia that was!! Thank you so much to all my wonderful Alaura families who allowed me to zip off to Australia to surprise my parents for their 70th birthdays, in the very middle of my busy photoshoot season!!!! Back into the wonderful world of beautiful fine art editing and stunning photoshoots now, I'll be seeing lots of my favourite families this weekend for our mini sessions and if you haven't booked your session yet, hop on board quickly as my cut-off date for the holidays approaches! Can't wait to give you all the most gorgeous images for your holiday cards this year. Like this sweet photo of two of my favourite little brothers! So much cuteness! xxxxx Laura
Happy Friday! I have really fallen in love with the Instagram community and networking with other photographers from all over the world, literally! There are so many talented ladies, and I have loved getting to know them all. This week I wanted to share a few of my faves. From the tiniest details, to their use of light and capturing real emotions, they are an inspiration to me. Make sure you stop by and tell them hi for me! @renee.liddle.photography @jean_penny_photography @hope8ternal @areevesphotography #followfriday#photoglife#inspired#familyphotography#childrensphotography#childphotography#childhoodunplugged#momentsoverposes
Kinetics Dance Theatre's performance are always varied and creative. Taking their cue from Artistic Director Lauren Tait, the choreographers and dancers strive to tell stories, raise emotion and entertain with movement, color and passion. It is always a pleasure to have any opportunity to work with these dancers.
Sliding out of wedding season like.....
Can't wait to empty my inbox, wear sweatpants on a Saturday, go to an actual church service instead of watch online, see my friends real live faces, organize a bunch of new portfolios, cook all the things, read every book I started earlier this year AND make it to the ice rink. Yeah, I'm totally going to rest during off season. 😎🤔😂#photoglife#weddingseasonisover#sweatpantseasonishere#alltheediting ps Thanks to my friend Marek for the photo
#PSA Time 🗣. I usually dislike PSA's on Facebook so I'll be brief, and also fail at being funny. 🙄
A lot has happened in my life in the past few months, from fleeing a hurricane to nearly losing my mother. And it's made me realize what things are more important , and even more so - What things are less important. I've learned a lot about myself and life. Like I'm the world's coolest #goofball 🤓 and, of course, @Drpepper🥃is the nectar of heaven So... I'm purposely refocusing my life. And sharing it publicly adds accountability, and #dopamine 😃
Here's what I want less of: ** Pointless arguments and strife
** #BadDrivers ** Making poor food choices 🍔
** #PartistanPolitics (most impossible to achieve)
** #Mumblerap 🎤
And ** a bit of a break from too much #SocialMedia ... I'm burned out, and tired of politics, and avoiding @strangerthingstv Spoilers 🙃
** Choosing the easier paths over challenging ones
Here's what I want more of: ** #Laughter and pointless philosophical prattling 😂📃🔭
** #Healthyfood and #mentalhealth ** #Peaceofmind . 🛐 I apparently have #caregivers stress , so I'm addressing it with #Faith , mindfulness, & too much #coffeee . ☕ Some of you understand the stress, others not as much, but thanks to both for putting up with me ** More Logic, @Lecrae , and Kendrick rap 🎤
** Failing to make it to #thegym 🏋, strolls, and who knows... maybe shooting a #basketball 🏀 for the first time in 75 years
** Definitely @starwars battlefront 2
So that's my pointless update. I want to focus on things that truly matter .I hope we all can focus on good things, and live truly fulfilled lives. And that it doesn't take a loved ones near death, or health issues, or bad tacos, or anything else to spark us into living to our full potential. ☇💪 BONUS: as won't be posting as much (always mom updates,) the first couple of comments will make it seem like I am. And yes I'm mocking myself! Enjoy! 🍻
Thanks for the continued prayers for mom. ☝️ .......... #drpepper#starwars#starbucks#boardgames#booklover#HurricaneIrma#challenges#mindfulness#stoicism @dailystoic @ryanholiday @stoicelite #healthylife#gymlife#writerslife#photoglife#Tampabay
Well, hello there and happy Friday friends! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to some of my new followers. I'm Allie and it's nice to virtually meet you!
I specialize in photographing the joyful milestones of motherhood... because becoming a mother was all I ever wanted. As a hybrid shooter of both digital and medium-format film, I seek to capture those genuine, tender, meaningful moments.
When I don't have a camera in my hand, you can find me being silly with my son, spending quality time with family and friends, roaming the aisles of Costco, or snuggled on the couch... with Oreos.
Double tap and/or comment below if we share something in common! Or... tell me something about yourself!