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Monica’s Bridal Session – Lake City, Fl Wedding Photographer

Meet Monica. I have known Monica since she was in high school so, when she contacted me to photograph her wedding and bridal portraits, I was sooo excited!!!! I would have loved to do an e-session with her and her now hubby Jon before the wedding but, he was in a far away country working so, why not a beautiful bridal session where we can capture how radiant she is as a bride.

The day we were scheduled for her Bridal portraits, was one of the worst weather outlooks we could have and with this Florida weather, we were just keeping our fingers crossed that the weather God’s would bless us….. and they did!! It stopped raining right before our session was scheduled. We went to one of her family friends private property on Lake Montgomery and boy did it make the perfect setting. Enjoy some of Monica’s favorite photos below.

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Claudia Witt - ABSOLUTELY GEORGOUS!!! Thanks Esta, you are the best!

Shirley Waldron - Beautiful picture she made a beautiful bride

Lynsee Dicks - Love these! How breathtakingly beautiful.

Ann M. Pickett - BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

Carlene Brannaka - Beautiful bride.

Candice & Brad Maternity – Lake City, FL Photographer

Meet Candice & Brad. These two were just the sweetest!! I could totally see the love between the two of them.

When they found out they were pregnant, it was a surprise and a gift from God. So, when they found out it was TWINS, they learned they were doubly blessed.

These two sweet babies are so loved already and are lucky to have this couple as their Mommy and Daddy and I can’t wait to meet them for their newborn portrait session!! (but, they can stay baking til hopefully early September).

Enjoy looking at some of their favorite images from their session below.

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Brenda Harvey Albritton - Love love love them!!

Jacquelyn Martin Hagler - I’m totally speechless…..

Theresa Johnson - Sheer perfection! Love them all!

Shelby Albritton - Best photographer in town+the best looking mommy and daddy-to-be in town=the best maternity pictures ever!!

Jacquelyn Martin Hagler - That expression on Gracie Monroe’s face is priceless, let’s see what she looks like after they are apart of her reality…

Angie Turner - AWWW I LOVE ALL OF THEM!!!! AND ESPECIALLY THE ONE WHERE BRAD IS KISSING YOUR FOREHEAD!!!

Baby Kennedie – Gainesville Fl Newborn Photographer

Meet Sweet 10 day old Baby Kennedie. I travelled to Gainesville to meet her and her parents for her newborn portrait session. She is just sooo sweet! And aren’t her parents adorable too? I didn’t want to give her back when Mommy and Daddy were here in the studio to pick their images. Here are some of their favorites. <3




Gainesville, Fl Lake City, Fl Newborn Photographers

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Are your Memories Protected?


As I sat here this morning backing up files for a 3rd time from yesterday’s wedding, I think back on a conversation I had recently on backing up files and how important it is to back up to multiple sources. Especially, if you are dealing with important files that can’t be replaced! I can’t stress this enough BUT, I can tell you about my own nightmare that happened to me a couple of years ago. It was a costly lesson.

Whether you are a professional photographer, or some other profession that requires you to keep records on hand or even a person at home who can’t imagine losing your precious (and priceless) memories, this can apply. It’s also something you should look for when hiring a photographer who you’re paying to capture your Memories. Afterall, You can’t go back and recreate your wedding day, a birthday party and sometimes, not even a family session depending on the availability of family members.

First, please please PLEASE print your images….preferably through your photographer and a quality print lab. The professional labs use the best quality papers and inks so that your images don’t fade over time and truly are treasures that can be passed down to future generations to see. You don’t have to print every image…only those most important to you. 1 is better than none in hand. If your disc breaks down the road or some catastrophe happens, can you guarantee you’ll be able to get a duplicate of those digital files? If you are a professional who does anything digitally for your clients or even someone just wanting to safe guard memories, maybe my story will make you think twice about putting it off.

Now on to my nightmare…

A couple of years ago during the peak of wedding season, I had 5 weddings I was working on all at the same time. They were backed up to my computer and backed up to one hard drive. My computer got bogged down so, I moved all of my edited work over to the hard drive. Deleted all of my files from my computer and then went to move some files back on to my computer.

When I went to move files back, nothing happened. NOTHING! The hard drive showed up but, nothing was moving. I went to Office Max thinking it was possibly the cord had gone bad (the hard drive was only 13 months old). Bought the cable, plugged it in and no change so, I contact Seagate, they remote connect only to give me the dreaded news that my hard drive was indeed DEAD! But, huh? Ummm I have 5 weddings on there!! These memories are priceless and can not be replaced!

I wasn’t even worried about being sued! To me, that was the least of my worries. I was more sick with the thought of possibly losing one of the most important days of someone’s life. I wanted to throw up, I cried, I prayed and then I did what I had to do.

I contacted Seagate to get info on how I could try to recover these files. THEN, I called my clients to let them know what happened. I was honest with them. There is no reason to hide the fact of what happened. I just had to assure them that I was doing everything in my power to get these files back. I shipped my hard drive off and waited for them to receive it. The whole time they are telling me that by me sending in, does not guarantee the files are retrievable.

After 6 weeks of them contacting me, having me look at things, filling out forms, checking tear sheets, and even after I mailed them a new hard drive in case they can retrieve after seeing images on the tear sheet, they still tell me not to get my hopes up but to go ahead and send them $1200 to do the recovery just in case it works. $1200 and 2 months later, I receive the new hard drive I sent them with whatever they could retrieve.

Let me tell you, those moments when I’m opening this box and plugging this into the computer were the most nerve racking minutes of my life. Hoping and praying that I was able to get these files. Not for me but, for my brides. I wanted to call them and give them good news. Afterall, I couldn’t have asked for more understanding brides through all of this. Yes, this meant their images were late but, if I got them, that means they have their images.

Moments went on while I waited for this hard drive to spin up, click on the folder when it pops up and then access the first folder….thank god! All the images looked like they were there… I then open the file for the next wedding…YES! There again. This continued with all 5 weddings. So, that $1200 was WELL worth it!! The stress and heartache and panic finally somewhat relieved. I got right to work editing their files and got them to the couples and they loved them. PHEW!!

Ok so, yay! I was able to recover them right? But, at what cost? If I had just backed up to another source or two, I could have avoided all of this stress and heartache and what I feel was poor customer service on my part by being naive and thinking that one hard drive was enough.

Now, I back up to multiple sources. I back up to 3 hard drives along with keeping copies on my computer until I am done editing. One of those hard drives stays in a different location so that if something were to happen to either location, there is backup off site and NOW I also use solid state drives which are much more sturdy than your regular hard drives. If you drop them, you don’t have to work about the arm falling off inside, etc. These things are pretty hard to kill.

If you have high speed internet, the cloud is a great option to back up to as well. Unfortunately, I live out in the country where high speed isn’t accessible.

I learned a hard lesson back then and maybe by me opening up and sharing my story, I can prevent others from losing their memories as well. (If you’re still reading at this point. haha) If you are hiring someone, it never hurts to ask them how they will keep from losing your info and files for you as well.

If you have other tips on how to protect files, please feel free to share your comments below.

Lake City, Fl Wedding, Newborn, Senior Photographer Captured Memories by Esta

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We’re so excited, we just can’t hide it! – Newborn, Wedding, Headshot, Portrait Photographer Lake City, Florida

So, for some time, I have been toying with the idea of finding a space for this little photography business of mine and now, the time has come!! I am taking the plunge and looking forward to seeing how great it’s going to be!

As of Tuesday afternoon, I now have a space in downtown Lake City, Fl to call my own!! Myself and a very good friend of mine, Stephanie Douglas of Stephanie Douglas MA LMHC Counseling Services are going to be roomies at our new location downtown in between the Lake City Chamber of Commerce and the Historical Museum. Address is 152 SE Hernando Avenue; Lake City, Fl

I’m busy busy painting and deciding how I want my office to turn out, etc. We’re doing a few upgrades to our place and then we’ll be ready to welcome everyone in and share our awesome new place with everyone!

In this new place, I will have space to do newborn portraits for those clients who would prefer to come to me as well as headshots, individual and children’s portraits but, haven’t really found the need for a HUGE space to do family portraits since, I rarely get asked to do those indoors. If down the road, I see a big need, I’ll definitely re-approach that thought but, right now, I am SUPER excited about this new venture!

It’s also going to be a great space to meet clients and to preview your images and choose your faves before they go to print, pick up your images, etc.

More info and pics will be posted as things progress. Thank you to everyone who has been so welcoming and just as excited as we are. It means a lot to have so much support from my amazing friends and family.


Pictured above: A pic of Me & Stephanie proudly holding the keys to our new place!!

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