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Meet Mimi and Nick. They both love the sunshine, being by the water, and each other. Planning to wed along 30A in 2015, they are my one of my newest couples. We recently walked around Rosemary Beach together while they told me about just a few of the amazing places they’ve traveled around the world together and some of the adventures they’ve had together. They laughed and smiled despite the fact it was unseasonably cold, and we enjoyed a few moments by the windy beach. Here are a few photos from our scenic walk together!

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Since we’re on the topic of high school, I wanted to share a few photos from a recent session with a graduating high school senior. This session was especially neat because when I remember the day she was brought home from the hospital.  Yep, my parents lived next door to Kristen’s family and I was actually in high school. (Did I just age myself?) I honestly didn’t pay that much attention to the baby next door because I was… well, a teenager. But she and her brother looked cute and I’d see them play and state how precious they looked before going on my merry way. Well, last year I photographed her cousin’s engagement session in Panama City Beach and they brought Miss Kristen up. I said “Awww… I remember when she was a newborn. She must be in what, 6th grade?” Wrong. Dead wrong. Kristen was not only all grown up, she’d become a beautiful young woman.

When I was asked to photograph her senior pictures I tried to contain my enthusiasm. We met in St. Andrews and tromped around the area, stopping under the oaks and along colorful buildings. We even met a man that decided her senior pictures wouldn’t be complete without his parrot (who had a thing for sparkly earrings). Looking back, I’d have to agree!



  • Kimberly Joubert - LOVE the pics!!! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

Standing in a line, we watched the older girls and struggled to keep up. Shaking my scrawny little legs and flat chest, I wondered how I would in four short years I could ever be as poised, confident and mature as the older girls. Even for the least-shy fourteen year old, entering high school is scary. Signing up to be a cheerleader at said school was doubly-scary. There were new routines, new outfits, and a sea of new faces, many of which just turned their noses up at me. Except for one upcoming senior… I can’t remember her exact words, but I recall her pulling me aside and saying something to the effect of “Come on, baby girl. Let me show you the moves. I’m Tina.” And it was then that I knew I’d be ok in this new school and that among the coolest of the cool remained a few leaders that put others first. It made a genuine impact on me and made me think a) about how a simple thing could mean so much to someone and b) how you never know who’s looking up to you.

A few years ago, Tina and I reconnected. I’m not sure if I’ve told her since how much I appreciate that simple gesture from way back in the fabulous 90’s. I’m sure that she doesn’t even remember it. But I do. When we reconnected as adults, I was pleased to learn that Tina was every bit of the vivacious, kind, funny (seriously… she’s hilarious) and genuine girl I’d met back before I’d hit puberty.

Several weeks ago I had the chance to photograph her with her sweet husband Peter and their new little love. They are building a house along 30A and so we decided to do something a little different and do their session in and around their house. There was dust, scaffolding, and drywall everywhere but we just rolled with it. Where there was no light, we made it.

I love these images of an old friend with her newly expanded family in their future home. Things look bright for the Romaines and it couldn’t be for more anyone more deserving. Cheers!



With the spring portrait season in full-swing and wedding season kicking into gear, there are lots of albums, prints, and canvases going out the door. Today I wanted to share the Newberry family’s portrait album! These albums are the perfect way for families to remember this time in their lives again and again. They come in distinctive boutique packaging and are available in two sizes, feature 20 lay-flat pages, and come in two size options – 10″ x 10″ and 8″ x 8″. (The 8″x8″ is shown here with another package).AlysBeachPortraitSessionPhotoAlbum001The average album has between 20-30 images and comes in a variety of color options. The one shown below is black premium suede.AlysBeachPortraitSessionPhotoAlbum002

Each page is thick and juicy, unlike regular albums that you can print yourself. When you turn the pages you can feel how sturdy they are, made to stand the test of time.


One of my favorite things about the albums is that, just like the wedding albums, the pages lay flat!

AlysBeachPortraitSessionPhotoAlbum003A variety of cover options are available, from fabric, floral fabric, suede, vintage leather, and faux leather. The vintage leathers are my favorite!


If you’re interested in learning how I can help your family document and preserve their most precious moments, contact me and we’ll chat!





I wanted to go ahead and share a little preview of what I’ve been working on today… My friend, Stephen Counts, has worked with me several times throughout the years and a few weeks ago he proposed a little project. He was looking for a headshot, but not a “normal, boring headshot.” He sent me a few examples from the fashion world so I could see what he had in mind and then I dissected them to see if I could come up with something comparable. What he liked was the lighting – which from my quick analysis was at least two lights with one overhead. Because I’m working out of my home, I built this crazy scaffolding system across my living room with lights hanging every which way. I took test shots with my husband and made a bunch of adjustments, but then I decided it just wasn’t the look I wanted.

In the end, I brought it back to the basics. The final shot was taken in my kitchen with a Speedlight in a gridded softbox and a small reflector. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and it taught me a lesson about how sometimes simpler can be better. Enjoy!

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  • Kimberly Bishop - This reminds me of a movie poster…very Hollywood, very stylish, very intriguing.