As photographers, we tend to plan things out. Sometimes over planning. Don’t get me wrong, there are shoots that need planning, LOTS of planning. Planning has its place, especially in the commercial realm with many factors like deadlines, production schedules and client expectations. But as an artist, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see what you create. Because much like life, photo shoots, don’t always work out they way we plan them. It’s one of the many reasons why I love shooting lifestyle photography and personal projects. That’s where the freedom to chuck the plan and go with the creative intuition that’s fostered in the moment can really shine.

Take this shoot for instance, I met with Trystan and her grandparents about 8 months ago and we planned a simple personalized shoot for her senior session to take place in October. Working around Trystan’s crazy school and softball schedules wasn’t an issue, it seemed we would have plenty opportunities to do the shoot…if only the weather would cooperate with our availability. Personally, I think Father Time stayed out too late with his boys one night and must have upset Mother Nature because she unleashed a fury this past fall and winter with hell breaking loose. I envisioned the usual calm October weather with rustic leaves and cooler air temps. Instead, we were treated with months atypical Florida weather. Lashing rain and extreme cold temps graced our sunny, palm tree scattered coastlines. We waited and waited until sometime around mid February, when we finally caught a break with both of our freed up schedules and awesome weather. Along with the weather change came a location change…it was all good.


This shoot was a token of appreciation to Trystan from her proud grandparents. These photos weren’t entirely meant for the paid pages in the school year book to display. But more for her Grandparent’s to say, “Hey, we’re so proud of what you and everything have accomplished in your life. You have exemplified the true definition of perseverance, hard work and are now blossoming into a beautiful young woman.” Having my daughter, Liliana, growing up so fast, I totally understood where they were coming from.


Trystan wanted her personality to show through this shoot, tough softball player with a natural girly twist. I think she definitely knocked it out of the park!


Oh, did I mentioned that she not only plays softball but she’s so good that she recently accepted a full scholarship to an in-state university!


We can plan, tweak, and prep all we want but sometimes Mother Nature knows best. Early Spring shined the sunlight on this soon to be high school grad that she definitely deserves. I couldn’t have planned it any better!

The past month I’ve been crazy busy and as a photographer, I have been taken to new parts of town that I’ve never seen or heard of. One thing that has been a constant is this summer in Tampa, Fl is the scorching heat, so much so that I’ve been going to church and repenting all of my sins so I don’t end up in hell when the man up above decides my afterlife assignment. Yet, for some reason, this weekend’s photo shoot was relatively cool. I actually thought that the Cruz’s were officially shutting down the summer just so we could all see little Antonio shine and celebrate his 6 month B-Day.

This photo shoot went down in their neighborhood park that they mentioned to me during our ‘one-on-one’ dinner a few nights before the shoot. Somehow, they overlooked their local park as a “hot spot” but I’m pretty sure they will appreciate the lush and vast green grass their own backyard from now on.


Greener Side of the Mountain : Chris + Lauren

The recent fires in Colorado shut down almost the whole state down to a stand still. For the unfortunate, their home, memories and dreams burned laid to rest underneath the black ashes. I never been so close to such devastation; I was already to run out of Dodge. Fortunately, Chris + Lauren were right on the other side of the ridge in Boulder and their awesome day will be blessed by starting their lives by sharing their first kiss together on the greenest patch of grass within Chautauqua Park.

Cheers to Chris + Lauren! May your dreams and memories of love and happiness will never rest and turn to ashes.

Over the weekend I had the pleasure to photograph Ravi, Nina and their newest edition to the clan, Maya. I have to give many thanks to all the gods for giving us a break with the rainy weather. If you live or have been in Florida for the past week, we have been rained on some much, it’s not even fun to jump into puddles anymore.

There’s a handful of photos that I still have to sort through but I’ll give you guys a little slice of creamy pastry goodness today. I’m not going to brag but I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do and capture photos of such a happy bunch of people together which truly defines what a family and love should be. After the shoot I sped home and I gave everybody in my house (family, friends, strangers and my pet dog Yoshi) a big death grip hug and told them, “I love you!”

Well, without further ado, here’s a short preview featuring the awesome ravi + nina + maya.