Galentines Day Picnic // Rialto Theatre Tampa, Fl.

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Galentines Day Picnic // Rialto Theatre Tampa, Fl.

Class of 2018 

Galentines Day Picnic

Location: Rialto Theatre

Styling: Samantha Lee Photo

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Hi Guys!!!!! First off, Happy Valentines Day!! I hope your day is full of love, and that you take a few minutes today to really take time and appreciate the ones you love and who mean the most to you. I myself just got back into town late last night, so me and my little family are having a down day full of snuggling on our new couch, cleaning, and of course I needed to do a little bit of blogging today in honor of this amazing shoot! Fun story, this entire setup was planned in a matter of only THREE hours. That's right... THREE. 

Don't get me wrong, we had planned this shoot for months, but a few things (everything) had to change last minute - but I am a huge believer that everything happens for a reason and this shoot turned out to be one of my favorite senior rep shoots of ALL time!! 

You see, originally we were supposed to have our Spring valentines day picnic on a farm! We were planning on spending the day with bunnies, chickens, baby goats, and were expecting a day full of sunshine on a beautiful little farm. It wasn't until the night before that I realized...it was going to rain (pour) all day long. Now, as you can imagine it is quite difficult coordinating a day and time with twelve teenage girls that works for everyone!!! This day had been picked out months in advance, and I will be in and out of town like a mad woman the next couple of months so we NEEDED to make this shoot happen no matter what!!

I posted on facebook, sent about ten emails, and just frantically tried to find somewhere remotely cute that could take us!! Thankfully, Hope from the Rialto reached out and was able to magically accommodate us that same day! The Rialto is absolutely breathtaking and a gorgeous blank slate for events, so when I reached out to all my girls and they were all willing to still make our photoshoot happen I was soooooo excited! The only problem was that our previous location pretty much had everything I would need as far as props go, so I didn't have to bring much. The Rialto is a completely blank slate, so I had three hours to source every prop, pallet, blanket, food, and florals for our shoot. It was insane but just the amount of insanity that I love - it ended up being one of my favorite senior rep sessions ever!!! Ok enough from me, hope you guys love this shoot and it inspires you to try something different and be ok with getting out of your comfort zone every now and then!

I bought a ton of florals from Trader Joe's before the shoot, and let the girls go crazy and each make their own little bouquet!! We used them in the shoot, and they got to take them home after!

During every group shoot it's really important to me to showcase each of my girls individually! My girls are all so different, and they love having the photos to post and share so that is always a priority for me!  

We ended the shoot seated around our picnic table eating cake and sharing genuine laughs. It was the type of day that really reminded me why I do what I do and why I love it so dang much!!!!

Well guys, Thank you SO much for stopping by the blog and checking out our amazing Galentines day photoshoot!!! If you are a Class of 2019 senior, I will be making some awesome announcements about the upcoming senior rep team so stay tuned!! Love you guys so much, thank you to everyone who came together to make this rainy day shoot happen so last minute! 

I truly believe I was made for this job and I feel so blessed every single day that this is my life and full-time career.  

I freakin LOVE my job.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!

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Bear & Kristen // Harborside Chapel // Kapok Gardens

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Bear & Kristen // Harborside Chapel // Kapok Gardens

Becoming Bond 

Kristen & Bear

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Ceremony Venue - Harborside Chapel

Reception Venue - Kapok Gardens

Second Shooter - Katie Hauburger

Hair & Makeup - Style Hair & Makeup

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WOW guys!! Can I just first say how blessed I am to have such amazing couples come into my life? Kristen & Bear contacted me just a couple of months ago to be their wedding photographer, and I am so thankful they found me! These two traveled from Ocala, Fl for their gorgeous wedding. They had their ceremony at the beautiful Harborside Chapel in Safety Harbor, and then celebrated with their friends and family at Kapok Gardens, a venue incredibly unique to Tampa Bay! We had so much fun spending the day with them and capturing the day! 

Harborside Chapel is just such a breathtaking ceremony venue, I can't recommend it enough! Bear & Kristen's ceremony was full of so much love and excitement, everyone was smiling ear to ear. These are just a few of my personal favorites!

Last but not least, here are some of my favorite moments from the reception. Kapok Gardens is definitely one of the most unique venues I have seen in Tampa bay. It really is quite magical, and it was easy to see why they chose it for their reception! From Kristen's sibling dance to honor her father, to one of the funniest sparkler exits I have ever seen (you wouldve thought they were trying to light them on fire! LOL), these are just some* of my favorites! (can't wait to finish their entire gallery!) 

 Last but not least, thank you SO much Bear & Kristen for sharing this incredible day with us! I feel so honored you chose me to capture your day!!!

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Tampa Senior Photographer // Annika Gizzo Class of 2018

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Tampa Senior Photographer // Annika Gizzo Class of 2018

Annika Gizzo

Durant Senior High School

Sunken Gardens & Florida Beach

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My Sweet Annika! 

There are no words to describe this gorgeous girl!!! Annika is a member of this years senior rep team, and she is just such an amazing addition. She is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out, here are some of my favorites from her session!

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Luisa & Erik - A Winter Haven Wedding

Luisa & Erik

Winter Haven, Florida

1-21-17

Today I wanted to share some sneak peeks from Erik & Luisa's wedding day on Saturday! These two are just so wonderful and I feel so blessed they chose me to capture and share this day with them! The wedding took place at Erik's brothers home in Winter Haven, Fl. They had a small backyard wedding with their closest family and friends and it could not have been more beautiful!

Erik & Luisa chose to do a first look, so my second shooter Katie and I guided them out onto the plantation style driveway and set them up for the big reveal :) I love Erik's face in these photos, he just looks like he won the lottery! SO sweet!

UGH!! Are they not the cutest things you've ever seen? Now time to head to the ceremony!

Luisa & Erik chose to get married in the backyard of a beautiful home in Winter Haven, Florida that belongs to Erik's brother! I love how family orientated the entire day was. 

Their ring bearer Gracie!! 

It was just a tad windy, so we had to move inside to complete the lighting of the Unity Candle! What a beautiful moment surrounded by friends and family.

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These are just some highlights from the day, and some of my favorite photos we captured! I am so thankful Erik and Luisa trusted me to capture their day, I can't wait to share all their images with them! 

I hope everyone's week is going SUPER amazing!! Spread kindness, and light and I will see you soon :) Thank you for stopping by the blog!

-Sam 

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