[T]here will come a time, you will see, with no more tears. And love will not break your heart but dismiss your fears. Get over your hill and see what you find there. With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair… After the Storm by Mumford and Sons.

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Floral crown by Florals by the Sea and now I want to wear a floral crown all day every day!

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I would live in your love as the sea-grasses live in the sea. Borne up by each wave as it passes, drawn down by each wave that recedes; I would empty my soul as the dreams that have gathered in me, I would beat with your heart as it beats, I would follow your soul as it leads. Sara Teasdale

In middle school I had a brief love affair with poems. I thought I would grow up to become one of those moody poets writing cascading words about love and nature. Trying my pen at it for awhile, my hope of being a poet quickly evolved to the hope of being a songwriter…funny thing was, I wasn’t very good. Turns out, my passion was in watching people and writing whatever imaginary story I could think up about their lives. As time has passed, I still find that I have some love for poetry. Not for writing it, mind you, but there are certain times when the mood just calls for reading through some poetry. If I’m being completely honest, it’s more like skimming until I find something that pricks my soul, but saying “I read through poetry” sounds better than “I just casually glance through poetry”.

Now that I’ve grown up, my aspirations of writing poems and songs has faded. In its stead is a love of watching people through my lens and capturing their love, their story. And while I will always find that my soul soars in writing, I will gladly spend my days capturing two people in love with still frames and just casually glance through poetry.

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There’s this brief window in between seasons here along the beaches of Florida. As the heat of summer gives way to the coolness of fall, the beach changes and for a few moments as the sun goes down, it’s magical. Lindsay and Clay got to experience that little window of magic a few days before their wedding. Together, they took in their last few days before they became husband and wife, hand in hand, toes in the sand, looking into their forever after.

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There is almost always a moment. A moment when you look at the person you love and just know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are who you are going to spend the rest of your life with. For Kellie, that moment came as she was atop the world, watching the world pass by through the clouds as she and Seger flew home from his home in Texas. She reflected on how eagerly his family welcomed her as their own and her heart practically ached from the fullness she felt from their Thanksgiving together. She knew. Looking at Seger, taking his hand, she just knew. She was his and he was hers…

With the sounds of Seaside all around, they walked together. Mimosa and beer in hand, taking in the sounds… Their engagement session held the ever present hot Florida breeze as the sounds of the ocean tried to reach it way to the shore.  One of the amazing things about the ocean, despite the heat of the day, its kisses leaving a coolness to the sand as the two walked hand in hand down the shore. As they held each other, walking through the coolness of the wet sand, the anticipation of their wedding day drew ever closer. And as the two of them say, as they quote Seger’s namesake, they cannot wait to “turn the page”.

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I‘m always surprised by time. I shouldn’t be…the cycle happens over and over, you would think by now that I would be prepared. Time flies. You blink and suddenly months have passed. So many times I’ll look at my calendar and see a “slow week” and the next thing I know, 2015 is three months in! If it weren’t for my calendar telling me that March is nearly over, I wouldn’t believe it.

One of the benefits of being a wedding photographer is that you have to keep time in perspective. With weddings, there are so, so many plans involved. Months and months of effort come down to one beautiful day full of hope and promise. Brides have booked me as their photographer as far out as year and as “last minute” as two months. Keeping time in mind is a necessity when engagement sessions and weddings are on the calendar. While most may not know their plans for August 14, 2015, I know the exact place and exact time of where I will be. I will be with these two beautiful people, watching them pledge themselves to one another, two hearts merging together as one.

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Have you ever been on the beach and had fog quite literally swoop in and hug you? While my hair that did not appreciate the fog’s displays of affection, the fog brought this incredible moody romantic feel to these images that, lets be real. It terrified me. What would the photos look like, what if the fog just looked bad, what if it looks like all my photos were out of focus, what if they don’t like it… Photographers can be incredibly insecure about their work. Well, okay I’ll personalize that statement: I can be incredible insecure about my work. But that first beautifully moody hazy image brought me out of insecurity and right smack dab in the middle of a Pride and Prejudice scene, complete with beautiful composed melodic piano scores.

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