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Sarah & Dane – Part 1 March 27, 2009

Filed under: Portrait — Deb @ 2:05 pm

We met Sarah and Dane during Ultimate Frisbee last August. Little did we know just how much fun they were to hang out with. They helped us with our photography at the Senior Christmas Party at church. Then we took them to Koreshan State Park for a fun and eventful portrait session. We had SO much fun we went to the fair with them two days later (Part 2 coming next week!). They have since moved back to New York, and we miss them dearly.




























Restaurant Review: Roy’s March 26, 2009

Filed under: Restaurants — Deb @ 10:00 am

I’m not one for reviewing well-known chain restaurants (you won’t find me reviewing Ruby Tuesday’s even if Matt and I go there every once in a while), but after a trip to Roy’s on Monday, I had to write a review.


Roy’s is an upscale Hawaiian fusion cuisine restaurant owned by the same company that owns the Outback Steakhouse. I had the pleasure of spending an evening at Roy’s with Shari Bare, a local photographer who I periodically work with. It was a wonderful evening of catching up on recent work, Shari’s wedding plans, and some new techniques we are both working on.


Roy’s was an excellent choice for a dinner meeting because the servers give you plenty of time between courses. We had time to decide on our meal, and even more time to talk.  We couldn’t have chosen better.


Roy’s cuisine is described as Hawaiian fusion – it’s a mix of pacific surf and exotic turf. I’ve been there three times before with Matt, so I’ve had plenty of opportunities to try a few dishes. Every appetizer, entree, and dessert I have tried has been nothing short of phenomenal.


Shari ordered the Butter Fish with bok choy and sweet rice. I had the blackened shrimp with sauteed veggies (a special request) and polenta. We split our entrees and both were wonderful. I ordered from the prix fixe menu and had a panko crusted chicken salad to start and the molten chocolate lava cake as dessert (which we split). The salad was a wonderful starter and the dessert – well, the dessert was simply to die for.  I would go back just for the dessert.  On alternate trips Matt and I have ordered scallops, ahi tuna, pork chops, specialty appetizers, and multiple desserts. Roy’s is a wonderful place to try new dishes every time you go. I always have a hard time making up my mind.


If you ever get a gift card for Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, or Bonefish Grill, consider using it at Roy’s. Sign up for the email and mailing list – they send information on cooking classes, special dinner nights, and gift cards. Matt and I have two $20 gift cards from Roy’s that we plan to use soon. The food is on the higher end (over $25 an entree, $35 for prix fixe menu), but it is worth the price – Roy’s is one of the best restaurants in the area. There are two in Southwest Florida – at the Promenade in Bonita Springs and at Bayfront in Naples.


Take a special night out and enjoy some of the best food in the area.  Don’t forget to make reservations. You won’t regret it.


Workshop with Susan Stripling March 19, 2009

Filed under: Workshop — Deb @ 11:26 am

As a photographer, I find there’s a balance between being satisfied with my images and desiring to produce greater images. One friend described it as having a mild dissatisfaction with your work – just enough to push yourself to grow. Since I live on the west coast of Florida, I’ve experienced some pretty harsh lighting. Instead of shying away from that light, I made it a goal to learn how to use it. When I saw that Susan Stripling was offering a workshop that would focus on using the harsh Florida light, I jumped on the opportunity.


I was so pleased with my decision. Susan is a gifted teacher and an absolute joy to be with. The first part of the workshop focused on how she began her business and grew as a photographer. She explained how she approaches a wedding – lighting, lens choice, locations, everything was discussed. Then we got the opportunity to shoot.


Susan’s workshop was different from many workshops in that she explained how she thinks through her shots – everything from lighting to metering – and later in the day we were able to work with the models ourselves. We had 6 model “groups” – 4 couples and 2 girls in their wedding gowns. With only 15 workshop attendees, we were able to work with the models in groups of 2 or 3 and put what we learned into practice! I also loved that the models were normal people – not “models” at all. It’s more challenging, but also more realistic to work with people who have not modeled before.


The workshop was a huge success – I developed new skills and ways of using harsh noon or 2 PM light to my advantage! I am looking forward to putting our new skills into practice!


Here are some images I created that day:














Jenny & Carlos are Getting Married! March 17, 2009

Filed under: Engagement — Deb @ 10:18 pm

I’ve known Jenny since high school and I can’t tell you how excited I was when I found out she was engaged! I remember the first time I told her I met Matt. And then she met Carlos. So of course I wanted to shoot her wedding!  So we took her and Carlos around town for a fun and eventful engagement session. We can’t wait for their June 20 wedding!


Julia & Noel are Married! March 16, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Deb @ 10:51 pm

We had a blast at Julia and Noel’s wedding.  Julia & Noel met in Boston. Julia’s family lives in Naples, and Noel is from Ireland.  What a wonderful combination!  We hit the beach in the middle of the day, and had a trolley ride around town to top it off.  What a blast!  We especially loved all the Irish accents.

The venue, the weather:


I got KISSed! March 15, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Deb @ 8:47 pm

Kevin Swan and his hot team at KISS shipped my sample album out 2 weeks early! I was floored. I simply cannot say enough good things about KISS Wedding Books. Not only are they a fantastic company to work with (let’s just say they were consistently in touch with me about my album), but they are charitable as well. They are simply a good company all around! And now for the goods:

The front:

The back:


Sneak Peak: Susan Stripling Workshop March 14, 2009

Filed under: Workshop — Deb @ 1:34 am

I had the awesome opportunity to attend Susan Stripling’s workshop in St Petersburg today. It was such an amazing workshop – definitely one of the most helpful things I have done since I began shooting. We learned how to create compelling images using the harsh Florida light. I would love to write more, but since I just got home, I thought I would post just one image from the day. And, yes, this is literally straight out of camera:

noon workshop image