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Shari & Sean October 2, 2009

Filed under: Engagement — Deb @ 2:06 pm

Shari Bare has a very special place in my heart.  When I first became interested in wedding photography, she is the photographer who let me tag along and learn the ropes.  She has taken me to dinner, told me all about the industry, and really helped me grow as a photographer.  Shari is one of the most wonderful people you will ever meet – she’s always kind, never assuming, and makes you feel all happy inside when you talk with her!  So you can imagine how sad I was to hear that she was moving to Austin, TX.  A few weeks before she and Sean moved, we shot their engagement session.  They were just married this past weekend, and I thought it would be lovely to post their engagement session in honor of their marriage.  Shari, we really miss you here!  I hope Texas is as wonderful as all the Texans claim!

First, a few shots from inside their apartment:

We went to Blu Sushi on Third Street South in Naples.  It was the last day they were open. They said they would re-open during season, but Matt and I have confirmed that Blu Sushi is no where near re-opening. And we’re kind of bitter that we don’t know who they sold the furniture to!

No Naples day is complete without a trip to the beach:

And no trip to the beach is complete without trashing your dress:

They requested a few shots that could be made into panoramas.  I thought we could end with this one:

Congrats on your wedding, Shari, and I hope you are having an awesome honeymoon!!!


Sneak Peak: Jenny & Carlos September 28, 2009

Filed under: Wedding — Deb @ 10:00 am

Jenny & Carlos were married three months ago, but we had the pleasure of taking them out for pictures last night. We had such a blast and are thankful to the Bellasera for being so accommodating! Here is one shot that I had to post immediately.

Bellasera wedding


Back online! September 8, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Deb @ 5:05 pm

I ended up in the emergency walk-in clinic with sever abdominal pain at the beginning of last month.  They never figured out what was wrong, but it basically ruined the entire weekend.  So I’ve been in and out of doctor’s appointments, traveled to two out-of-town weddings, and am back on track now. They still haven’t figured out what’s wrong, but I have one more test on Thursday – I’m hoping it will be negative, but we’ll have to see.

That said, I wanted to post a few pictures from the last few sessions we’ve had. We’ve shot a LOT since I last posted and I just haven’t had the chance to blog.  But I’m hoping that I can blog a few posts a week to catch up.

At the end of July we had the awesome opportunity to do a band shoot. It was SO much fun.  We met up with the band Jubilee at an airport in Labelle and we had an awesome time.  Here are a few favorites from the shoot:


DaRuMa: Date Night and Restaurant Review July 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Deb @ 11:18 am

Matt and I have decided to start blogging date night ideas. We already blog restaurant reviews – when we have the chance to try out a new place. So we thought we would start by writing a restaurant review AND a date night – in the same piece. This isn’t actually our first date idea – we have a road trip date coming up in the blog later this week or next. But I thought it would be fun to post these two together.

DaRuMa is a Japanese Steak and Seafood restaurant that offers traditional Japanese food as well as Teppan-style dining. There are two restaurants – one in Sarasota, and one in Naples. The Naples restaurant is located at Vanderbilt Beach Road across from the Ritz Carlton.

DaRuMa comes highly recommended. The food is amazing and the Teppan-style preparation is entertaining. I ordered the vegetarian meal (I love veggies) and Matt ordered the seared Tuna, both of which were fantastic.  I have ordered the scallops as well, and they were simply amazing. Teppan-style dining is where you sit around a large flattop grill where your food is prepared by a master chef. You start with hot soup and a salad with ginger dressing. The chef appears and prepares the veggies and shrimp while you finish your salad. Your food is cooked to order right in front of you, and the chefs put on a show of sorts. I highly recommend DaRuMa for family outings and date nights. The food is served in courses, which gives you more time to connect with each other. I was thrilled that Matt suggested DaRuMa and we were not disappointed. If are in Naples (or Sarasota) and have the opportunity, don’t miss a chance to eat here.


Alison & Aaron July 20, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Deb @ 3:20 pm

Alison came down to Naples visit her cousins here a few years ago. She joined us for Ultimate Frisbee and came to dinner right after. I had a wonderful time getting to know her during her visits, so I was thrilled when she married a local friend, Aaron. We all attend the same Bible Study on Sunday nights, and it is always wonderful to catch up with them. They volunteered to do a model shoot with us one night – we had such an awesome time at the Corkscrew Swamp!  I am looking forward to getting together with them often.

Isn’t Alison Beautiful?


Travel Dates! July 2, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Deb @ 10:54 am

Matt and I have a few weddings and trips planned around the country. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to travel together and take pictures in places other than Florida! Our travel plans are not yet solidified, so we would LOVE to fit some portraits in during our travels! Let us know if you are interested in a portrait session (individual, couple, maternity, boudoir – you name it!) and we’d love to schedule you in! Here are the dates we currently have down:

July 11 – Amelia Island, FL – it’s possible to schedule a shoot on July 10 or July 12

August 8 – Greenville, SC – we are free before and after the wedding. No specific plans have been made

September 5 – Iron Mountain, MI – we will be free for part of Thursday and Friday before, as well as Sunday morning

We are also making plans to shoot around the country in 2010! We are looking forward to it!


Sneak Peak Wednesday – Jenny & Carlos July 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Deb @ 3:09 pm

Matt and I have been busy … very busy. In an awesome way. And we are SO Excited to bring you some photos from our past shoots!! So I thought that I would post a picture from each session so you know what you’ll be seeing soon! Scroll down to see a shot from engagment sessions for Kelly & Matt, Shari & Sean, Prity & Shak, and a sneak peak from our latest wedding!

Jenny and Carlos had one amazing First Glance before their wedding.

We are looking forward to full blog posts on each of these sessions in the coming weeks! Stay tuned for two new local artist posts and an update on our travel dates – we would love to meet up with people when we are out of state!