Westonwood Ranch Rodeo

Back in March I went home to Florida to honor and celebrate the life of a friend who passed away. It was an unexpected trip, my flight was booked just 12 hours before I flew out and I scrambled to get myself ready. It was an exhausting day getting there but I was so so so very thankful to be home and be there with everyone. Because of my reasons for travel, I had a more laid back week than normal. Usually I'm booked up with shoots, and I did do a few, but mostly I spent time with friends and family. It was a healing trip to say the least, from walks through the woods, sunsets on the beach, hugging, laughing, crying, and remembering... all the things we as humans need to heal from loss.

Coming home happened to coincide with a lot of my family visiting the beach for spring break. Some of my close family was traveling down in time to go to the Westonwood Rodeo. My aunt ended up telling me all about the rodeo and the ranch, and told me they actually needed a photographer to come and take some family photos for an article that was going to be published in the Birmingham Magazine.

I quickly learned what a wonderful thing they are doing at their ranch in Freeport, Florida. This lovely family decided to start a ranch that specializes in helping children enter adolescence and adulthood that are on the autism spectrum. Their own precious child, Weston, is on the spectrum and is the reason they have poured their heart and soul into creating this incredible ranch. The Westonwood Rodeo was to benefit the ranch. All proceeds and entry fees by cowboys went toward the ranch itself.

So, my aunt told me about the ranch, the rodeo, and then put me in touch with Lindy (the incredible mother to Weston who made all of this possible). From here, I hope the photos tell the rest of the story well!

(To read more about Westonwood Ranch, click here)

Digital Graffiti 2013 {Alys Beach}

Hi there everyone!

As some of you may know, Santa Rosa Beach is home to many events in which artists can showcase their work in tons of different ways. One of these events is Digital Graffiti in Alys Beach.

Digital Graffiti is one of the most aesthetically pleasing and visually stunning events I've ever been able to attend. Artists of all kinds are able to project their works of art on the white buildings of Alys Beach. If you aren't already aware, Alys Beach is one of the many small communities within Santa Rosa Beach on 30A. All of the buildings in Alys Beach are white and it's beautiful to look at as it is, but the 2 nights of Digital Graffiti is what really brings everything to life.

My favorite part of DG is that not only are the buildings lit up with the projections of amazing art, but everything is lit up (even the trees and the pool!). It's also really fun for the kids! They have interactive exhibits like a giant Lite Brite, black light painting, and even a giant screen where an artist is continuously drawing over the people walking in front of it.

Now, I'll share with you some of my favorites from the two nights!

Rebecca and Murray's Wedding {Grayt Grounds at Monet Monet} || Grayton Beach, Florida || 30a Wedding Photographer

I'm a little slow on the blog posts this year, but I'll get better, I promise!

When I was asked to shoot a Rebecca and Murray's wedding, I was so so excited! They've been family friends for years now, and I'm so happy to have seen them tie the knot....but this was no ordinary wedding, it was a surprise wedding! Nearly everyone who was invited thought they were going to be attending Rebecca's birthday party, but as the guests arrived they quickly realized they walked into a wedding and it was so fun to see the reactions.

The wedding took place at Grayt Grounds at Monet Monet which is an absolutely beautiful coffee house with a huge garden in the back for events. The backdrop is absolutely stunning, it really is a perfect location for a wedding.

Rebecca and Murray's wedding was fun and perfect! I'm so incredibly happy for them and their two beautiful children.