HFP Recap: Best of 2015

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Oh 2015, you were just too good to me. I had no idea this year would look like THIS back in January. Topping out at nearly 100+ sessions and my first ever destination wedding to Young Harris, Georgia, I am truly floored. I am so thankful to have a career that allows me to be the best wife and momma to my family, all the while doing my best to create beautiful memories for YOU all! I laughed with you, cried with you, prayed with you…memories I really could never replace and will always cherish. Whether this career is in for the long haul, or just a few chapters in my life, I am truly grateful for the opportunities God and you all have given me.
These “End of the Year” highlights are not only my favorite frames from this year, but also just my appreciation towards YOU. Scrimmaging through as much as I could, I really hope these frames will bring you back to the FUN we had, and the beautiful chapter in your own life it celebrated.
You can view this year’s holiday mini sessions’ recap here.

To my 2015 clients: Thank you again for the wonderful memories; from the laughter to the tears, it was truly worth it to work with you all! I pray I continue to bless you in every highlight of your life to the best of my ability. Have a wonderful new year!
To my 2016 clients: I look forward to creating my new favorite images with you! I am excited for the opportunities you have laid before me, and ready for the challenge of what 2016 will bring! Let’s create beauty together.

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HFP Recap: Best of Holiday Mini’s

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This year’s holiday mini sessions have completely blown me away. I had the joy of working with clients who participated in last year’s sessions, and the honor of meeting new clients for their 2015 holiday experience! I knew I was in for a heavy season when both of November and December completely booked out within two weeks back in September. For that, I THANK YOU ALL! Thank you for the memories, the laughter, adventure, and love from your families. A recap of some of my most favorite frames from your sessions were in order. We braved the atrocious Florida heat together, BOTH months, and came out on top. Men, a round of applause for you for once again being so wonderful for your ladies. Clients, this blog post is dedicated completely to you, so please enjoy as you may see a few familiar faces. YOU ALL ROCK!

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Thank you again, ALL of my 2015 Holiday Sessions clients! You all were beautiful and just plain wonderful to work with.
-Heather Frank

Natalie + CJ Dugan | Florida Wedding

Casa Ybel Resort | November 11th, 2015
Sanibel Island, FL

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Natalie + CJ celebrated their union with a private ceremony and dinner at the perfect location, the Casa Ybel Resort . With the total number of guests (including the wedding party), 9 was the perfect number for this intimate evening. I had met with Natalie a couple times prior to her big day, and I knew instantly we would be kindred spirits. Once I had met CJ, it was no wonder the two had met and decided to spend the rest of their lives together. It is truly rare you find such loving souls joining together! This wedding was like none other that I had the privilege of witnessing, and I genuinely enjoyed capturing their perfect evening. The lighting all around made way for some gorgeous photos, including the romantic dim light for their private dinner. Not only were the wedding party and guests just so sweet and accommodating, the staff at Casa Ybel were like a dream. Thank you all so much for your hospitality and the memories.
Oh yeah, she totally let me take home one of those gorgeous succulents (and mouth-watering Boston creme pie cupcakes) you see! SCORE!
Natalie + CJ, I hope you enjoy sifting through your personal blog, as a pleasant tease before your wedding package.

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Natalie’s daughter Katelyn was the perfect Maid of Honor.

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Congratulations Mr. + Mrs. Dugan! May you live out your happiness all the days of your lives.
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Traci + Jeff Ryan | Florida Wedding

Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club | October 24th, 2015
Port Charlotte, FL

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Traci + Jeff tied the knot at a perfect little venue in Port Charlotte: The Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club. I had met with Traci a year before their wedding date, and through our multiple meetings I knew that this may be the most laid-back and fun wedding yet; and I was right. Jokingly (but also half seriously) stating that her and Jeff hardly had any photos together throughout their entire relationship, they were simple and just wanted what really mattered to them captured on their wedding day: family and friends having fun in the celebration of their union.
I had so much fun witnessing the chemistry between the members of the bridal party, and enjoyed taking those few moments to take care of Traci by giving her and Jeff more than just a “couple” photos they had of each other. The colors and the theme of their day complimented the month perfectly…and honestly, who doesn’t love a good little Halloween theme? (Please note the adorable cake topper!)
Traci + Jeff, I hope you two enjoy this little preview of your amazing day just as much as I have working on it for you.

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Instead of sharing a first-look together, Jeff + Traci shared a shot together!
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I’ve been super lucky working with the best bridal parties this year!

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Jeff’s mother had just overcome Cancer prior to their wedding.  It was so sweet seeing her standing on his feet for support during their mother-son dance.
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Thank you again for your hospitality and the memories!
Congratulations Traci + Jeff!

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Cristi + Nicholas | Engaged!

Boca Grande, FL | October 5th, 2015

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It was wonderful working with this beautiful couple (and their sweet son, Jackson!) for their engagement session. I love to photograph these types of sessions, especially when I know I will be shooting their wedding  months after! It’s the perfect little ice breaker for all of us to get better acquainted, ultimately setting us up for the best day of their lives!
Boca Grande is the perfect backdrop for any engagement or maternity session here in Southwest Florida. Their wardrobe complimented the location perfectly, and the best part was clearly at the end ;) I always secretly wish that my clients would end the session getting a little wet, so I was ecstatic when they threw the idea out there themselves. I mean, how could I ever say no?
Cristi + Nick, I am so excited for your wedding day! I hope you enjoy reminiscing your engagement session just as much as I have creating your personalized blog for you.

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Hadleigh Mae | Lifestyle Newborn

GORDON | North Port, FL
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At the start of my photography career, I had the honor of capturing Heather + Bradley’s wedding! I was ecstatic to learn they were expecting, and even more elated when they had requested me to document this sweet style of newborn photography for them! She is the perfect little combination, radiating so much sweetness. Weighing in at 6lbs 8 oz and 19.5 in long, this little love is just surrounded by pure love.
Congratulations you two!

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Congratulations to this sweet little family of 3!

Katie + Donny Will | Florida Wedding

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Punta Gorda, FL | October 17th, 2015

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I had the pleasure of not only capturing Katie + Donny’s engagement, but also their wedding day! Katie + Donny were together 3 years prior, and engaged for a total of 10 months. Pops of purple and turquoise, personal touches of superhero cuff-links and purple chucks,  all compliment this perfect DIY wedding day. Any bride that has a goal of accomplishing her day within a low budget perimeter, take comfort when looking through some of their personal touches. Their down-to-earth personalities shine through this beautiful and fun day, from the wedding party to the guests.
Thank you so much Katie + Donny for allowing me to document two very important moments in your life! I hope you enjoy reminiscing your day just as much as I have while working on your gallery.

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We had to recreate just a few poses from their engagement session, on their wedding day.

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I just love the “daddy/daughter first-look” moment!! Possibly even more than the “bride/groom first-look”?? It is just SO sweet to see a father’s reaction looking at his little girl dressed like this for the first time.

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I just love the little gifts for the bridal party: an elegant silver bracelet and superhero cuff-links with matching tie clips.

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Probably one of my favorite moments I’ve seen so far was how the officiant (Pastor Errol Morgan Jr.) asked the guests to NOT use their cell phones during the ceremony. Observe upper left hand corner: an official “selfie” picture before everything started.

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Florist: DIY | Hobby Lobby
DJ: “Sleezy” | Roy
Dress: David’s Bridal
Cake: Publix
Food: Sonny’s BBQ

HFP’s Signature Bridal Albums

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Portraits are strategically placed to captivate the very beauty seen on your special wedding day along Fuji deep matte spreads.
Colors are chosen to compliment the theme of your day, such as gold foil stamping along a tusk colored front cover.
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Lina Gallo | Styled Session

Deep Creek, FL | August 9th, 2015

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May I introduce, Lina. The last time I saw this gorgeous lady, was when she was only 4 years old. My sweet cousin resides in New Jersey, and I was so fortunate enough to meet up with her when she made her first visit to Florida since then. She is now fourteen. She helped bring my little vision of what HFP would look like to life. Elegant, chic, and soft; I owe her my recent face-lift for HFP branding. Battling nasty Florida insects and humidity, we made out all right.

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Thank you Lina for such a wonderful session!

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Adalynne | Lifestyle Newborn

Port Charlotte, FL | August 24th, 2015

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There is just something so special about capturing these precious moments with a newly acquainted family. I had the chance to work with this sweet newbie back in August! Little Adalynne was roughly around a month old, which in terms of Lifestyle Newborn Photography, you can still totally get away with shooting around that time.  It was such a joy to work with this wonderful couple again, and finally put a face to momma’s gorgeous belly!

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Reagan is such a proud, big sister. A shot like this was required.

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Congratulations Veronica + Adam on the newest little darling!

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