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I am a Wedding and Lifestyle Photographer based in Central Florida. I love sharing all of my recent photos as well as wedding planning advice, education for photographers, my sweet little family, and some of the behind the scenes of my business. Thanks for stopping by, have fun exploring my little corner of the internet! 

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Engagements

October 1, 2019

PALM COAST ANNIVERSARY SESSION | PALM COAST, FL

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO THE BOWENS! When Neena reached out to schedule an anniversary session, she mentioned wanting a beach. I knew that Palm Coast would be the perfect backdrop. Back in 2014, my husband proposed at this beautiful hidden spot. I knew it would be a special place to visit and show our children, but […]

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Weddings

October 1, 2019

ROMANTIC LE MERIDIEN WEDDING | TAMPA, FL

CONGRATS TO MR. AND MRS. SERVER! Rob and Becki’s wedding was full of fun. Sprinkled in between the fun were some really heartfelt moments. One being the moment that Rob brought out an aged bottle of whiskey that his father saved for him over the years and another being the moment Becki saw her dad […]

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Weddings

September 24, 2019

NATURAL BLUSH WEDDING | EVER AFTER BLUEBERRY FARMS, MIMS FL

Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Shuford! Mason and Erin’s Wedding day was so much fun! Their ceremony overlooked the Blueberry Farms and the breeze was just right for this September wedding. I caught on quickly that Erin and Mason are loved by so many and their friends are truly a part of their family. There […]

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For Photographers

August 22, 2019

Learn DSLR Manual Settings with free cheat sheet

Manual Photography Cheat Sheet Freebie Are you discouraged by Automatic Camera Settings? I remember what it feels like to feel discouraged by my camera. Walking out of a book store with another $100 photography book trying to learn Photoshop. I wanted the blurry background in my images and I thought you had to edit it […]

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Weddings

August 16, 2019

Dusty Blue Wedding | Bellemoor Plantation Ocala

Sydney reached out to me a few months before her wedding. When we face-timed I  was secretly jumping for joy at how much we connected. I was so excited when I walked through the door and saw her surrounded by her bridesmaids with her Starbucks cup that read “bride”. Isn’t that just the sweetest? Spoiler alert: It gets so much sweeter. Sydney was one of the calmest and charming brides I have ever photographed. Throughout their day, everything just flowed so naturally.

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For Photographers

July 9, 2019

How I use $30 Macro Filters to photograph the ring and wedding details

I was contemplating getting a new lens to achieve the look that I wanted for my detail shots. I started doing research and ended up finding that Macro Filters existed. Macro filters are small magnifying glass filters that attach to the front of your lens and allow you lens to become a macro lens! There […]

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For Brides

June 12, 2019

7 Tips for Wedding Planning

7 tips to help you as you plan your wedding!

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Weddings

September 11, 2018

Romantic Blush and Gold Gainseville Florida Wedding

Christine and Shawn’s Wedding day was one for the books. This blush and gold wedding at The Baughman Center in Gainseville was so beautiful. Christine and I have known each other since high school so when she asked me to be her wedding photographer, I was beyond thrilled! The Baughman Center is right in the […]

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For Photographers

August 15, 2018

How To Edit iphone Images | Tampa, Florida

Have you ever looked at someone’s instagram feed and thought, how do they do it? How are their images so bright and fun? You settle with saying that they probably have a professional camera and that’s how they are doing it. But I am telling you something….some of my images on social media ARE TAKEN WITH MY IPHONE! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! Yes, I am here to share my editing process with you because I want to see your photos speak! I want your feed to be a creative and inspiring place for others! Let’s be honest, dark, grainy images are for the flip phone days. But we have all snapped those dark images and thought, man! I wish I could photograph this experience and show people how much fun I had in the moment. I’m here to tell you it can be done, with a few tweaks and $2.99.  If you’re interested, keep scrolling…and if you learn anything from this post, please post your images with the hashtag #rlpmentoring so I can see your edits! 

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Engagements

July 24, 2018

Whimsical Winery Engagement Session at Ever After Farms

Wow! Pulling up to Ever After Farms, I was in shock at how gorgeous the blueberry fields were. For a moment, I forgot I was in Florida! Chante and Ben booked me a few weeks prior and asked if I had ever photographed a wedding at this unique wedding venue and I explained that I hadn’t but after seeing the photos online, I knew it would be a dream to photograph at! There is a gorgeous barn filled with a wall of beautiful glass windows overlooking the vineyard. Besides the amazing nature surrounding the venue, the farm also has a gorgeous swing covered in florals and white carriage perfect for wedding photos.

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