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Baby Harper – Lake City, Fl Newborn Photographer

I have had the most PRECIOUS newborns in the studio lately…and on a side note, it seems like 99% all girls! haha

Anyways, I just had to share with you Miss Harper. This sweet girl was 13 days new when Mom, Dad and Mimi came into the studio for her session this week and I don’t think she cried the entire time she was here! Such an easy baby…..she just didn’t like to sleep much. haha

I just love all the images we came up with during those naps in between and thought I’d share Mom’s fave images. Isn’t she a doll baby!? Hope you enjoy.

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Baby Liam – Capturing Hope

So, I posted a few images of this sweet boy on my Facebook page back on March 26th and unfortunately, not much has changed with this sweet baby since my visit with him so, I thought I’d share a little more of his images and an update on him and his family and ask for many prayers for this precious precious little man. As you can see from that top right picture, he’s showing he’s a fighter, putting that fist up in the air.;)Please feel free to share his story. Maybe a doctor familiar with his condition could come across it if we’re lucky since the doctors at his hospital don’t seem to know much.

For those of you who didn’t see that post, I’ll start from the beginning.

I was contacted that week by a Foundation called Capturing Hopes Photography. They had been contacted with a request for services and had no Photographers in Florida and after searching online for Newborn Photographers they found me. They asked if I would be available to photograph a special baby who had been in the Pediatric ICU for a couple of  weeks.

Well, Thankfully, I had a little time on Thursday to be able to come meet Mr. Liam in Gainesville at Shands PICU and oh my GOSH! If he wasn’t the SWEETEST  baby!!!

Liam’s pregnancy was an easy one… Nothing seemed to give his Mom’s doctors any reason to think that there was anything wrong with him and even after he was born, they thought he was a perfectly healthy baby when, in actuality, he had a long list of hidden things going on in his tiny little body.

They first discovered within the first week of his life that he had a cleft palate that starts at the back of his throat and was having digestive problems. After taking him to the Dr., they determined there may be even more wrong and took him to a geneticist who discovered he has  a condition called William’s syndrome, and also has Agenesis of Corpus Collusum, & Hypopituitary, just to name a few of the issues they discovered.

About a month ago, while getting his first G.I. Tube put in, sweet Liam went into Cardiac arrest and had to be life flighted from the west coast of Florida where his family lives, all the way to Shands University of Florida Hospital in Gainesville. Since then, they have had to put in another G.I. Tube (the day before my visit) because the other one was causing so many problems and then they thought they would go home in a day or two after my visit. Well, Unfortunately, he is still there and hasn’t gained any weight since my visit and doesn’t seem to be tolerating any nourishment put into his body. The doctors seem baffled and don’t seem to know  how to fix him yet.

His Mom has been with him in the hospital this whole time and has been on the wait list for the Ronald McDonald house for the same amount of time. His condition  is one that will require round the clock care which means his Mom will not be able to work which will cause a burden on the family (and I learned that she has had to feed herself this whole time she has been in the hospital with him, and all other expenses to take care of herself and sleeping on a chair in his room to be near him, etc so, unexpected expenses being separated from her home). He also has 3 beautiful big sisters at home staying with family while Mom is here in Gainesville and of course they miss their family terribly. I just can’t imagine what they are going through during this time while trying to get Liam better.

If you read this far, it’s obvious that you have a great heart and as we look at our beautiful healthy kids and family members, please think of this family who, in a blink of an eye, has had their life turned upside down. If you pray, please pray for healing for baby Liam and strength for this precious family!

If you are willing and able, please consider donating to their GoFundMe to help with Mom’s expenses while she is now out of  work and having to take on all of this…anything would help.



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For more info on Williams Syndrome, please visit

And if you are a photographer seeing this and interested in giving your time to some special families with special babies, please visit


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Vacation time!

It’s officially Spring Break! Time to take a break and spend some much needed quality time with my two beautiful kiddos. The studio will be closed this week as we travel out of town and phone will not be as readily available but, I will be checking for emails and calls probably early morning or later in the evening. If you don’t get a reply right back asap, please be patient with me since I’m on vacation. wink emoticon Hope you all have a FANTASTIC week!!keep-calm-and-were-on-vacation

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Marie – Fitness Competitor – Lake City, Fl Photographer

Marie contacted me a while back when she knew she was coming in from Chicago for a visit with her family during the holidays and booked a shoot. Her goal was to get some images as she has started her journey for this year’s physique bikini competitions coming up in 2015 and wanted some images in and out of the gym and with some of her favorite fitness products. We had such a blast and her Mom even hopped in a few images as well! I love what we were able to create!! Here are her favorite images from her shoot.

Good luck on your upcoming competitions Marie!! Go rock it girl!

Hair & Makeup by Kate Herndon

Special Thank you to Moowatee CrossFit for allowing us to use the gym for the out of studio shots.

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Lake City North East Florida Portrait Beauty Fitness Photographer

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Kelsey R – Columbia High Class of 2015 – Lake City, Fl Senior Photographer

Meet this beautiful Senior, Kelsey. Proud future graduate of Columbia High School Class of 2015. I had such a fun time running around with her, her Mom and friends while we explored and snapped sooo many beautiful Senior Portraits here in Lake City, Fl. As I’ve spent time with her, I’ve learned that not only is she beautiful but, she’s smart and independent and plans to become a heart surgeon and work in the medical field like her Mom.

From the country to the studio, we captured lots of different images. Please enjoy some of her favorite picks. 

p.s. your eyes aren’t tricking you, there is purple and gray in her hair. The colors are accurate. Us middle aged ladies try to keep the gray away but, this young beauty had her stylist make it that way. haha

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