Welcome To My Sanibel Captiva Photography page

                      Capturing Life’s Precious Moments one Picture at a Time

             Welcome to my Sanibel and Captiva Photography page! It’s been 17 years and I still can not get over the beauty of a Sanibel or Captiva sunset. The way the sky lights up is just absolutely mind-blowing. I love to express the beauty of a sunset, the way the lights in the sky reflect off of the ocean. It never fails to amaze me.

On my Sanibel and Captiva photography page, we capture the perfect moments that will make memories to last a lifetime.  This first picture captures the beauty of the sunset through the lens of my camera, while a brother takes the hands of his little sister, protecting her. I love to photograph the precious moments of families on the island, so they can look back on the beautiful memories made here on Sanibel Island. When I am not taking pictures of families, I am expressing the beauty and the wildlife on these islands. Looking for the perfect shell, and even capturing the way the bald eagle rests on the tree.

         The weather on these Islands is always amazing, especially during the winter months. After the rain, I get to photograph rainbows that appear in the beautiful skies. Even when its sunny and 75 degrees, feeling the wind in my hair on the beach is just a feeling I could never forget. Come and experience the beauty of these Islands while I am lucky enough to capture the smiles on your faces. Together we can capture life’s precious moments one picture at a time. Click here to book now.                                     Sanibel Island Captiva cm

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I AM SO HAPPY TO SHOW YOU SOME OF MY NEW PRODUCTS

   NEW PRODUCTS

I AM SO HAPPY TO SHOW YOU SOME OF MY NEW PRODUCTS

Our world-class Signature Folio box is at the pinnacle of photographic presentation products.

Made from a solid timber construction that has been sanded & painted more than 10 times to be mirror finished in either Polar White or Rich Black colors. The internals are black plush felt lined and feature a lift out ribbon to assist with the removal of our professional Image Art Mats. The stand out is the recessed glass window lid which allows for the top image to be showcased. This base of the box is also felt lined to prevent scratching surfaces that it’s placed on. I love this look and use it in my own home.

 

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Sizes are 4 x 6 or 5 x 7 photo size. The photo box is wrapped in PU leather, and has a magnetic top that snaps close. The inside is layered with a black velvet, and has a matching ribbon for easy photo removal. These come with styrene back Photograph’s so they will never bend.
Monmouth_County_photographerBeautiful Wall Prints

                                                                      These are Acrylic

Create eye-catching home décor with modern acrylic prints. Light refracts through the museum-quality acrylic bringing vibrancy and depth to your photos.

  Metal

Create a unique addition to any home or office with a sleek metal panel infused with your favorite image. All Metal Prints feature a glossy coating and rounded edges for a clean, beautiful display. Every piece comes with a sturdy fixture for wall-mounting.

              Canvas

Turn your favorite photos into art with stunning, professional-quality canvas prints. Mix and match sizes to create your own family photo wall or give as a gift to be enjoyed for years to come.

  • Sizes start at 12×16 and up to 40×60
  • Choose from three edge wrap style options or add a frame for a sophisticated finish
  • Printed on high-quality giclée, artist-quality canvas
  • UV light protection prevents fading and cracking
  • Easy to clean
  • All sizes are ready to hang

Marlboro NJ PhotographersI am having so much fun decorating my client’s homes in Monmouth County with their heirloom photos turning them into Artwork for generations to come. To contact me click here.

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ARE YOU KIDDING ME

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 ARE YOU KIDDING ME I couldn’t sleep last night. Which is really nothing new. It’s just yesterday  we lost 17 human beings to a senseless mass murder. Another School shooting 18 school shooting since January 1. 18 School shooting’s this year. HELLO its only February.

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As parents, other than voting how the hell are we suppose to protect our children? Will Voting even work?  17 Families are grieving the loss of a Father, a son, a daughter, Why?

  What is different about the United States? School shootings just doesn’t happen in other places. I mean this is the United States!! How can this be happening here? We are sending OUR Babies to school for God Sake it isn’t like we are sending them to war.

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What can we do?

NOTHING there is NOTHING we can do but pray that “THEY” start to put retired Police officers and retired military worker’s in each entrance of each school. I mean why not? The United States seems to have enough money to do all kind’s of stupid shit. Yet somehow we don’t have the money to do anything we can to protect our kids from YOUNG MEN going into stores or online and purchasing Machine Gun’s!Monmouth county family photographer

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 I can’t wrap my head around this?

ENOUGH ALREADY!!!! We are parent’s we will do anything to protect our children. Why aren’t we doing something?

monmouth family child photographerWe are not immune living in Monmouth County New Jersey ! Its only a matter of time……

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I have a favorite spot in our home.

Wondering why its my favorite spot?

I have a favorite spot in our home. Its  the usual favorite spot  curled up on the couch.
My happy place in our home is the couch that overlooks a fake fireplace.The reason being is that it is home to a huge portrait of my kids and I on our porch. Its in stunning black and white, in a big, beautiful Canvas. Its the day we had a photographer come to the home for a session. It included our family pets. Sadly days later, we had to put one of our dogs down.

I am thankful that she is in those photos.

I can’t count how many times I pass that photo daily. Up and down the stairs, carrying the laundry basket down to wash, running back up cause I forgot my phone on the way out the door. More often than not, the photo catches my eye. I’ve seen it ten million times by now, but even the quickest of glances immediately brings joy to my heart. Now I’ve got over 20 photos from that day on my computer!

I love that I have images of our day. Everything is backed up and safely stored. That is the problem: so many of our pictures are simply stored away. I love them all, but that portrait hanging large on my wall, has been cherished in a different way. It has been loved and enjoyed ten fold compared to the rest, simply because its printed and there to see. Which is probably why I have a favorite spot in our home.

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My heart as a photographer is capture the magical (or mundane) moments for my clients. But if those precious images just sit on a flash drive in a drawer, then I don’t think I’ve truly done my job. That’s why I am proud to begin offering high quality products that will showcase your family’s images. Then they can be seen and enjoyed in tangible form. I’ve researched the very best prints, albums, framing, and unique products. I believe you will  love these keepsakes and that they will serve as heritage pieces in your family history. In the same way that my canvas and others keep those joyful memories on my mind. I want to help not only capture your Life’s Moments, but also create Legacy Artwork for you to enjoy for years to come.

In the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of the beautiful products that I will be offering. I can’t wait for your to see (or feel and touch!) these amazing pieces. If you just can’t wait and want to hear more about these keepsake treasures I would love to chat with you! Click here to Chat!

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How Much are Digital Files?

     How Much are Digital Files?

   One of the questions my potential clients ask me on a regular basis is  One of the questions my potential clients ask me on a regular basis is How much are digital files?

   My first reply is “What would you like to do with them?”

Way before I press the shutter on my camera, I ask myself three very important questions. Why am I taking this photograph? What am I trying to capture, and who is going to be looking at it?

If I’m on a Client shoot, everything about the image is carefully planned. We’ve spoken beforehand about the location, clothes, poses and expressions; we’re working together on this to ensure we’re capturing something that is truly worth capturing.   I then put this into my software and that’s where the editing begin’s

  What I’m trying to explain is that this amount of control results in an image that is hopefully one where the quality and composition shines out. That when you see it you can see that I’m worth being paid to take it. To come in and see the studio, and a FREE consultation please click here.

      This is where it starts to get a bit tricky.

That edited image that I see on my computer is  not the same as the one you would see on your computer screen,  iPad or smart phone. That is because my monitor is calibrated in a way that when the image is printed it looks exactly as it does on-screen. And when I say printed, I mean printed using the particular professional print company that I have chosen and calibrated my monitor to. If I sent that image to 5 different printers, including perhaps printers that most people have access to. I will guarantee you that I would have a slightly different photograph from each of them. They use different printing machines, different papers, and all of a sudden, the vibrant lavender field image I sent to print is not the image that I have on my screen.

As an artist, that is a loss of control. And if you start to throw into the mix products such as canvasses, the difference in quality of the products available is staggering.

As a Professional Photographer, my work is why people choose me over other Photographers. It is what makes me, me. So when my work is on display, the quality that it is displayed at is absolutely crucial, especially as being on display means it is there to be seen. I use only Professional Printing companies to print my photographs, artwork and albums, ensuring the high quality image i’ve created so far is preserved in the exact way I intended it to be shown.

I’ve known of Photographers that have given digital images out to friends and then seen them as products on those friends’ walls; then been heartbroken that the images that they had taken so long to craft had been cropped, or the colours over saturated, or even that the product itself was of such quality that a beautiful image looked like a phone snap. That inferior product is then judged by others as a representation of the Photographers’ work, which has a significant impact on their business and reputation in a way that is completely out of control of the Photographer.

I recently heard about an award-winning wedding Photographer who received a bad review from a Bride and Groom, saying the quality of his work was awful. The story got traction on social media, and it turns out that the Photographer had supplied the Bride and Groom with digital files, and they had made their own album and had it printed at a supermarket.

When the Photographer discovered this, he made up an album himself, had it professionally printed and sent it to the couple; they were of course horrified when they realized what had happened and apologized. But did those people who heard bad things about the Photographer stay to hear the rest of the story? Probably not.

This is exactly why I am weary of providing digital files. Often they are priced the same as wall artwork or large prints, because actually assigning a monetary value to something that isn’t usually intended as the end product is quite tricky. But for me it is not about the money. It is about supplying my clients with First Class customer service throughout their whole experience with me, capturing an amazing session, then creating gorgeous products with the absolute WOW factor that will bring joy and be cherished for years to come.

Social media is the other reason that people ask for digital files. They want to share the images with their families and friends, and why not? Of course some people choose not to. I’m happy to provide social media formatted images for this very reason.

And actually, for each image used in artwork, I do also give my clients the high-resolution digital file. For the use that it was only ever originally intended to be, when digital imaging was created.

                                                                                           As a backup.

Credit for this amazing blog goes to Rachael Thornhill 

Click on her name to see her work !

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Mothers Day Special Photo Session BOOK NOW !!!!

Mothers Day Special Photo Session BOOK NOW !!!!

As MOTHER’s  we really need to make an effort to get in the picture.So for Mothers Day get Mom a Mothers Day Photo Session BOOK NOW !!!!

Our sons need to see how young and beautiful and human their mom’s were. Our daughters need to see us vulnerable and open and just being ourselves — women, moms, people living lives. Avoiding the camera because we don’t like to see our own pictures?

How can that be okay?

This is the  reason our Mother’s Day Specials are being put out early.

For Mother’s day its time to do something for mom that she will really treasure.Something that will  last for future generations. So we decided to put our Mother’s Day Specials out now so all Mom’s who want will have the chance to have photos.

   Too much of a mothers  life goes undocumented and unseen.

I want them to see me, documented, sitting right there beside them: me, the woman who gave birth to them, whom they can thank for their ample thighs and their pretty hair; me, who ran around gathering snacks for lunches or last minute: ” MOM I need “this” me, who cried when I dropped them off at preschool, breathed in the smell of their post-bath hair.

When I read them bedtime stories, and defied speeding laws when I had to rush them to the pediatric ER in the middle of the night. For fill-in-the-blank (ear infections, croup, rotavirus). Or 3 days ago when my 19 year old daughter got rushed to the ER and I literally stepped off a plane picked her up at school and took her to the ER.

I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now. But I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.

So when all is said and done, if I can’t do it for myself, I want to do it for my kids. I want to be in the picture, to give them that visual memory of me. I want them to see how much I am here, how my body looks wrapped around them in a hug, how loved they are.

So I will go first. Yes it has been a few years however I did it. I will do it again and sooner than later. So please remember,

Mother’s Day Special Photo Session BOOK NOW !!!! CLICK HERE

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 She did it AND this photo sits proudly on her Mantle. She blew it up HUGE !Monmouth county family photographerTwenty Fifth wedding anniversary “mommy” was still there 🙂
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For your children BOOK NOW CLICK HERE

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When you are on Captiva Island, love happen’s!

                    When You capture moments like this..

When you are on Captiva Island, love happen’s! Look at this. I love this! Being a photographer when you truly love what you do can be so peaceful. I would imagine that anything that you love to do is peaceful 🙂 .Usually I get into this “Zen” type mood. The weather here this week has been a little cool but so amazing.

                               This couple is from Norway. So very far away! I hope this becomes a very special place for them to come back too. The West Coast sunsets are to die for! It never disappoints.To book your family Photo Session on Sanibel or Captiva Island please contact me by clicking here.

UPCOMING DATES ..February 16, February 17, February 18 and Morning hours on February 19!!! Love the Sunrise at the lighthouse !
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To view my work from South West Florida’s Islands please click here.

As a matter of fact I will be updating my latest photography session’s to that page later on today. So please don’t hesitate to check back.

Being there and photographing your family will be my pleasure. We can even meet a day later for coffee at your convenience so you can view and order anything you may want to purchase and not have to wait for your vacation photographs. My latest Clients seem to love to quick turnaround service.

We can even do this via Skype or FaceTime. I am always so excited to  say these words. Sanibel and Captiva Island Family Photographer dates Announced

To contact to BOOK NOW CLICK HERE.

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Birds on Sanibel Island are beyond beautiful.

Meet Fred.

He is one of my new obsessions. He is one of the Birds on Sanibel Island are beyond beautiful. I could take photo’s of this beautiful creature all day long. While biking one day we stopped into Periwinkle Park Campgrounds.

Fred was out with his owner or someone who clearly loved him. he was eating and just hanging out with the rest of us. I love the color’s on him. I only wish I remembered what kind of bird he is. Does anyone know? He was so friendly! Life on Sanibel Island for a family photographer is like dreamland.
Sanibel Family vacation PhotographerWhile Biking on Pond Apple Trail we were lucky enough to stumble onto this beautiful momma Eagle who was watching her nest.I wonder if they hatched?

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   With all that being said. I am a Sanibel & Captiva Island family photographer.I can’t express how much I love what I do. To contact me regarding a photo session click here. Too see my family photo’s on Sanibel and Captiva Island are like, click here.

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Black and White Photographs tell the ultimate story.

     I love Black and White Photography

               Black and White photographs tell the ultimate story. Isn’t that what photography is all about?                        Telling a story?

One of the most common reasons people want to shoot in black and white today is because it lends a certain timeless quality to the images. This is because we still think of black and white as being a throwback to the photographic past. Personally in my home most of my family photographs are in Black and White. 

I love that it’s a format that suits almost any type of photography. Portraits, landscapes, urban landscapes, architecture. Not only that, it’s a medium that adapts really well to all lighting situations. Whereas color photography often works best on sunny days or in brightly lit studios – low light just makes a black and white image moody. Please click here to view some of my black and white photos.

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Black and White portraits are an incredible way to create family heirlooms. I photograph black and white photos  in a “studio” setting in  Monmouth County NJ.  I have  studied Black and White Photography right here in New Jersey. It is truly my passion. For me it’s real human emotion being able to  photograph what the person is feeling at that moment in time. It doesn’t matter if your child’s hair isn’t perfect or if they just lost their first tooth – in black and white everything is perfect RAW emotion!

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Sanibel and Captiva Island Family Photographer dates Announced

This weather is CRAZY!

One minute it is literally freezing everywhere and the next minute its 60 degrees. I have a feeling Mother Nature isn’t too happy. So on that note there are new Sanibel and Captiva Island Family Photographer dates Announced.

From what I saw the weather on Sanibel and Captiva Island’s look outstanding next week. I want to see if the Momma Eagle had her babies yet. I have photo’s I must post here so you can see her. She is beautiful.

We found her on Pond Apple Trail .

It is so amazing to find new things even though I’ve been on those Islands for years.

I will be working there on January 30, January 31, February 1 February 2 and February 3.

To view my work from South West Florida’s Islands please click here.

As a matter of fact I will be updating my latest photography session’s to that page later on today. So please don’t hesitate to check back.

Being there and photographing your family will be my pleasure. We can even meet a day later for coffee at your convenience so you can view and order anything you may want to purchase and not have to wait for your vacation photographs. My latest Clients seem to love to quick turnaround service.

We can even do this via Skype or FaceTime. I am always so excited to  say these words. Sanibel and Captiva Island Family Photographer dates Announced

To contact to BOOK NOW CLICK HERE.

 

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