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wander joyfully

We arrived at the park just before the rain began. Already rescheduled once, with a deadline fast approaching, we waited and watched the radar on our phones, hoping it would clear enough to shoot. Finally it did let up, and Stephanie (our lovely model), Sondra (stylist and assistant), and I ventured out. 

During our time on the river, we encountered bugs, humidity, the mortal fear of tipping in the canoe while holding my camera, and other paddlers telling us they'd spotted a large alligator nearby. I have no idea how Stephanie managed to look incredible right up to the end, as I was a hot sticky mess by the time we pulled the canoe safely back to dry ground. The whole thing was a little crazy, but overall we had so much fun!

It turned out that this shoot truly embodied the adventurous spirit of the company it was shot for, Wanderer Bracelets. Wanderer's designs are all handmade in Bali, Indonesia, and provide fair wage jobs for local artisans there. The company also happened to be founded by a fellow alumni of my alma mater, Palm Beach Atlantic, and is located right here is West Palm Beach. 

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Stacie Ramey | author of The Sister Pact

When young adult author Stacie Ramey and I first began emailing back and forth about her shoot, she told me that she'd been planning to book me for years, telling herself that when she'd "made it" she would have me to do her author photo. (Wait, can I just say how extremely humbled and honored I was to read that?! wow.) 
With one book sold and another coming out this November, she decided now was the time. In her words, "Well, 'making it' is really a work in progress isn't it?" It most certainly is, but I am completely sure that this lady is journeying is a very good direction!

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earth day at kai kai farm

Soon after my husband and I made the decision to homeschool our children, I attended the first Wild + Free conference in Virginia Beach. My involvement in this awesome international community has influenced my homeschooling and parenting in more ways than I could describe. After returning home from that conference, in hopes of a similar community right here at home, I started a local chapter—Wild and Free South Florida. This group has grown tremendously and has become a wonderful tribe of like-minded families, which I'm so thankful to have in my life!

A year ago (how has it been that long already? I have no idea.), we visited a local organic farm for Earth Day. Kai Kai Farm is located in Indiantown, FL. Their mission statement is "Grow and package fresh, safe and nutritious vegetables which customers want and are willing to pay a fair price for, enabling sustainability, growth, and innovation in fresh produce production." 
It seemed the perfect place to bring our kids to celebrate the planet. The farm provided crafts, a wonderful tour teaching us about some of their sustainable farming methods, and even a drum circle, making it truly a perfect day. 

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avenue pottery

Lani and I first met when I showed up at her home studio with my son Seth for a pottery class she teaches. He was 6 at the time, and I thought pottery would be an awesome experience for him and a good addition to our homeschooling. He took to it beautifully, and still looks forward to every class all these months later. I've been learning too, and have fallen in love with the wheel. My current goal is to create something symmetrical. (Insert goofy face emoji here.) We may have to build more shelving in our home to house the things my son and I have been making. 

I was beyond thrilled at the opportunity to photograph Lani's collection of work for her website. We had just a great morning styling and shooting these gorgeous pieces—and then consuming the edible props, of course! Post-shoot cocktails, anyone?)

Beyond the creation of these beautiful and useful works of art, Lani is an incredible, patient teacher and all-around awesome person. She's genuine and kind, and fun to be around. We've continued to collaborate on some things, so I promise this won't be the last you see of her on my blog!

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mama & babe | for the village magazine

When The Village asked me to shoot for a story in their third issue, I was beyond excited. Their quarterly publication is absolutely stunning- a beautifully printed book each time, filled with stunning images and eloquent words about motherhood. They are dedicated to fostering community among mothers—something I know to be so essential as a parent myself. It was truly an honor to shoot for them. 

Moms just being with their little ones is probably my very favorite thing to photograph. This time with Sondra and 7  month old Ansley was simply the sweetest!

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