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Family October 14, 2009

Filed under: Life — Deb @ 10:21 am

Family is really important to us. Sometimes I feel like we don’t put a high enough priority on spending time with our family – especially our grandparents. Time is short and we have a limited supply. I was reminded of thhis when my cousin visited us on Monday. She and her family are moving to Michigan for the foreseeable future, but it still hasn’t struck me that they are leaving Florida. My entire family has lived here for so long, it is hard to comprehend a long-distance move.   In honor of her moving, we all took pictures of our grandparents and their great-grandchildren – her daughters and my nieces. I haven’t taken enough time out to really photograph my grandparents, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.  I wanted to focus on conveying who they are, so I used natural lighting and a telephoto lens.  I feel like these pictures really portray who they are.


I FINALLY FOUND IT! April 10, 2009

Filed under: Life — Deb @ 9:32 am

I lived in Italy for 4 months during the spring of 2002, during which my roommates and I watched a lot more MTV Italy than I care to admit (I’ve seen more Gorillaz music videos…). We saw an interesting and catchy music video by a female artist that featured animated cardboard cutouts – with the cardboard singer driving a cardboard car through a cardboard city. I wanted to buy the CD as soon as I got back to the states, but I was never able to find it. I was floored when our spin instructor, Lee, played that exact song during a hill portion of our spin class this morning, and I immediately asked him who the artist was. He said something Boulevard. It’s taken me over 7 years, but after a thorough internet search, I found it: Point of View by DB Boulevard. I have yet to find it on iTunes, but I WILL be purchasing this song or CD when I get the chance. Who would think that I wouldn’t hear this song for 7 years then immediately recognize it? Here’s a link to the music video Point of View by DB Boulevard. I highly recommend you all check it out. I will be watching it a few times today, for old times’ sake!


DB Boulevard Point of View


Wedding Planning Break: A Weekly Date Night With Your Fiance April 9, 2009

Filed under: Life — Deb @ 8:12 pm

Joie de Vie, a weddings and events planner in Orlando, posted a wonderful article on the importance of taking a break during your wedding planning to make time for just the two of you:  Wedding Planning Break: A Weekly Date Night With Your Fiance.  I’ve always said I enjoyed dating more than being engaged because it seemed like the wedding was all I would think about or talk with Matt about.  So we tried to make a point of having a date night once a week.  It’s easier said than done, but Kerline lays out a few fantastic ways to start.  It’s important to be very intentional about these dates – otherwise you may suddenly fall back into wedding planning mode.  The wonderful thing about establishing a weekly date night is that it’s a great habit to carry into your marriage.  Life suddenly catches up with you after you get married and it is hard to make time with each other a priority.  Establish the weekly date habit now and you will be setting your marriage up for success!



Dress? Check. Photographer? Check. Now what are you missing? March 11, 2009

Filed under: Life — Deb @ 4:19 pm

I’ve been a terrible blogger lately, I realize. I have a wonderful new album sitting in my car, waiting to be photographed. I promise I will post it very soon!


I’ve been to quite a few weddings and I’ve been thinking about the most important aspect of the wedding: the marriage. I know you were probably thinking I would say, “the photographer” or “the location” or something else. But the point of having a wedding is to celebrate two people becoming one through marriage.


When Matt and I were planning our wedding, our marriage was our number one priority. Sure, I wanted awesome photography, a great dress, a fab location, wonderful food, fun guests, etc. But ultimately, I was having a wedding to celebrate the fact that Matt and I were becoming one.  So we put a high priority on premarital counseling. We worked through many issues that people forget to think through or discuss before marriage. Not only did we discuss our dreams and goals, we went over finances and how we spend money. We discussed what aspects of our personalities drove the other crazy. We talked about how we would work through future problems. Most importantly, we discussed our Christian faith and how we would apply that to our lives as we went on this journey together.


Times haven’t always been easy for us, but I am so thankful that we set goals, made priorities, and dedicated ourselves to putting our marriage before all other things. It’s going to be tough – I’m sure we will have more good days and more bad days. But we made a commitment to each other – to love and honor each other for the rest of our lives. Maybe we don’t always do such a wonderful job, but our dedication brings us through in the end.


So while you are planning your wedding, plan some extra time in to focus on what really matters: your marriage. Make it your number one priority on your to-do list. That may mean outsourcing your planning to a wedding planner or lengthening your engagement. Ultimately it means simply taking the time to focus on each other.  Go on a date, take time to talk at night, schedule it into your planner. If you focus on each other now, you will have a much easier time down the road. Best of luck with your marriage planning!


Happy New Year! January 5, 2009

Filed under: Life,Uncategorized — Deb @ 3:47 pm

I took a brief break from the internet over my four day weekend. It sure will be tough staying at work 5 days in a row after 3 weeks of 4-day weekends. The holidays were wonderful for us. Matt and I took the entire weekend off after New Year’s Eve. We needed a break from everything. We did a few things around the house (or I should say “room”). I’ve been thinking of my goals for 2009. I will post something about that soon. But I thought I’d write a summary of 2008. Here it is:


2008 In Review:

The Bad:
-Matt tore his ACL and had ACL reconstruction surgery
-I got into a serious car accident
-We bought a car that needed brand-new tires, a new catalytic converter, and a miraculous smoke smell remover
-Matt cracked two teeth and I cracked two fillings
-We stupidly got a puppy named Petey
-My computer died


The Good:
-We got a puppy named Petey! He’s so cute (now that he’s potty trained)!
-I officially started my own business
-We both still have jobs
-I attended my first photography workshop
-We celebrated our first wedding anniversary
-We paid off $18k on our student loans – which also means we *could* have bought a house this year if we didn’t choose such expensive schools…
-We finished my website


There is so much to do and plan this year. I just signed up for the Shoot with Beckstead workshop in Tampa. I was bummed in December when I couldn’t muster the funds to go to the workshop in Birmingham. Having a workshop so close by made up for it!  So Matt and I will be sitting down soon and going over everything about this new year. I can’t wait to get started on some more shoots!


Merry [belated] Christmas! December 29, 2008

Filed under: Life,Uncategorized — Deb @ 4:10 pm

I wrote this on Christmas Eve — then we had to leave before it was published.  Read as if it was published Dec. 24.


Merry Christmas everyone! Matt and I are driving to his mom’s house tonight for Christmas, then we are staying at my sister’s house overnight and waking up with her two little girls. I am SO excited — it will be a lot of fun to watch them the next morning. But I’m REALLY excited that we are going to our church’s Christmas Eve service. Life gets so busy that we all forget what is actually important during this season. Christ IS the reason for the season – not presents or trees or lights or garland. I am actually glad that we have less money to spend this year, because it really helps us focus on what’s important. Anyway, I thought I would post a few pictures we took together with Matt’s brother, Danny. We wanted to give their mom something really special this year, and we figured something we made would mean more to her than something we bought. So we made her Christmas photos of us! We really had to think on our feet since all ambient light was gone by the time we started shooting.  I borrowed a christmas gift mom got for me and we had some fun doing a few goofy poses.

Just the Three o us

With Dogs...

What IS that?

Two James Bonds

Just the two of Us





Time Passes Quickly October 8, 2008

Filed under: Life,Uncategorized — Deb @ 8:59 am

A lot of time has passed by since I last updated this blog.  My husband, Matt, tore his ACL at the end of May and he had surgery June 27.  It was a tough time for us — he couldn’t get up by himself, even to go to the bathroom, and we had just adopted a 4 month old puppy.  I spent time working both at home and at the office while caring for him.  Thankfully Matt is now on the mend and has been cleared to start running. Not to say that he can actually run, but he is now allowed to, which is great!  Matt had some major dental work scheduled the Monday before his surgery, so we rescheduled for the next month.  He’s gone to the dentist once a month for the past three months, and has two more appointments before he is done.  Then in late August I was rear-ended by a man driving 40 mph. Apparently he never saw me come to a full stop.  My car was sent into the car in front of me; the airbags came out and the car was declared a total loss.  It took us an entire month on the phone with our insurance company to finally come to a decent value for my car.  So now things seem to be settling down and I’m able to update!  I will write a few entries about what I’ve been doing since then. I’ve been busy — I went to a seminar with David Williams of Australia, photographed a “Trash the Dress” session, a pregnant friend and her husband, a newborn, and a friend’s son’s first birthday.  Can’t wait to get some pictures up!  Below are pictures of me and my car after the wreck.  If you see me today, you’d never know I looked so beat up right after the accident!