Powell Maternity Session

Sometimes in your life you meet someone and you don’t realize until years and years later that maybe they were put there to help you change your life. Laura and I went to high school together. We had some of the same friends and would run into each other here and there but it wasn’t until much later that we began to form a relationship outside of acquaintances. I was honored to photograph her first maternity session several years ago as well as her daughter’s newborn pictures. She contacted me again about doing a maternity session for their newest arrival, another girl too! Of course I was over the moon.

While I absolutely love documentary style sessions Laura enjoys the more formal genre of photographs and was unsure if she wanted to keep the beach theme that we did with her first born or do something completely different. We sat down one night for a consultation to talk about ideas and instead a wonderful thing happened. While we did briefly speak about photography we also ended up talking to each other about some of our own insecurities in life and what followed was each of us building each other up based on them. It was so wonderful to just sit down and talk to another woman, to build each other up, empowering each other based on our own different but similar fears and worries. I left that consultation feeling wonderful. I felt confident, I felt strong and empowered and I hope that she felt the same way.

A short time later she contacted me again and wasn’t sure if she was feeling the beach theme that they had done before and another amazing thing happened, something that has never really happened to me, she asked me what my absolute unhindered vision would be instead. Knowing she enjoyed the more formal type of photography I did of course keep that in mind but after I explained my idea she said she loved it. She was feeling inspired again and excited and so was I. Almost all of my clients trust me to some degree or another (or they wouldn’t come to me) but no one had ever essentially asked me, What do you see for us? and then trusted me completely to deliver it.

I don’t think she realized just how much asking me that question, me honestly answering that question, her trust and enthusiasm in her answer to that, her cooperation to make it happen and her response to the final images really helped my confidence and inner strength. And if she doesn’t realize, I just want to say thank you. She sent me this quote just the other day and it’s so true,

“When women support each other, incredible things happen.”

Let’s remember to support each other, we need it more than ever. <3

Here are just a few pictures from our session together. If you love the pictures, please leave a comment below and spread some love! And if you want to book, send us a message! The Powell’s chose the complete digital collection (a lifetime high resolution digital gallery of all final images and printing rights) for their custom session. We can create the perfect one for you too. XO

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Lisa and Donny {Engagement Session}

Lisa and Donny were our first engagement session of 2015. An engagement session is meant to capture and celebrate the love between two people. They are a wonderful and fun way to start off any wedding story! We shot at my favorite of our exclusive parks and it was such a pleasure. The lighting was great, the weather was perfect and the two of them were super cute with great chemistry to boot. I really really really can’t wait to capture the rest of their wedding day story in October! They are going to love their photographic heirlooms. Here are just a couple of our favorite digitals from the session!

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Emilie & Seth {Quickie Family Session}

Emilie and Seth brought Giana and Mason to meet me for a quickie photo session in celebration of Mason’s 3rd birthday! I don’t typically do solo mini sessions if the star of the session is under 5 as it’s just too much pressure to expect them to take direction in such a short amount of time but Emilie had been waiting and asking for so long, I had to! Mase’s big sister was so sweet and soon Mason is going to be a big brother himself, Congratulations Emilie and Seth!

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The Perfect Christmas Gift!

Look no further! I have just helped simply your holiday shopping. Simply send me a picture or a screen shot of the picture(s) from your session that you would like to use with the words you want on the other side. Order by December 6th to guarantee you’ll have it in time to pass out or to hang on your own tree for Christmas. Seriously folks, metals prints of any kind are stunning.. These are wonderful little keepsakes and they will last for generations. Message me via FB or e-mail me at Amanda@LuckyElephantPhotography.com with your info! Happy Holidays!

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Chelsey & Corey {Beach Elopement}

From the moment Chelsey contacted me about her and Corey’s beach elopement I was ALL ON BOARD. I mean, common’.. I was getting chosen to capture something so intimate and romantic, in such a beautiful location with beautiful people! When I arrived at the hotel I found out that Corey was getting ready at a separate location and Chelsey’s sister, Courtney, was taking pictures there. Suddenly it clicked in my head and I realized her sister is none other than professional photographer Courtney Ortiz. Talk about NO PRESSURE… haha, yea right! Once Chels was finished getting ready we headed down to the beach to take a few pictures before she saw Corey at their ceremony.. which couldn’t have been more perfect. They lit unity torches and said their “I do”s in a ring of seashells, with nothing but us, the sand and the sea to witness it. Perfection! Here are a few sneak peeks for you all!

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Christy & Humberto {Destination Wedding / Family Vacation}

If you follow me at all you’ll know that in July my daughter and I went along with my sister, our parents and her fiance to Tennessee so that they could get married out of the city. It was a small intimate wedding with the most perfect of details and it took place right in front of the fire place in our cabin in the mountains. After the ceremony the three of us went down to explore and and soak in as much of gorgeous Tennessee as we could. Since they got married on our first day up there we enjoyed the last bit of the trip site-seeing and doing what tourists do – cave exploring, gem mining, trout fishing, deer feeding – you know, the usual! Here are a few (ha ha – in comparison to the whole album) pictures from our trip. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Noah {Birthday Portraits}

Noah turns three today and he’s one awesome kid!! I had so much fun with this session. I didn’t realize until I saw him and his grandma (they came along to keep Noah entertained during his session) that I’ve actually taken pictures of them before at a birthday party!  What a small world. Let me tell you, this kid has tons of energy! His mom probably laughed when she saw the session because there are quite a few where he’s just taking off and running. We could get him to sit still for several seconds at a time by asking him to sit and “squish monsters”. He was so good at that! He’s also really kind. Though he stated clearly at one point that he was too busy to pick flowers he managed to sneak a few in for mom and he even ran up to me during the session and surprised me with a hug! Can’t wait to photograph his 3rd birthday party this weekend! Here are some sneak peeks from our session together, enjoy! Click here for information on the Holiday Mini Sessions! There are still a few spots left. LuckyElephantPhotography_Noah-43 Continue reading

Mini Sessions are here! AND ARE SOLD OUT!

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Hello Families, Individuals, Couples, Fiances, Friends, Siblings! They are here! The long awaited mini sessions! They will take place again this year in Davie, Florida. Send an e-mail to amanda@luckyelephantphotography.com to reserve a spot. A regular session starts at over $400 so this is a really great opportunity for those of you that have been holding out. Happy Holidays! My gift to you!

 

SOLD OUT! THANK YOU ALL!

Alexandra {Beauty Session}

This session was so much fun! These are my absolute favorite kind. This particular one was extra fun because we had a hair and makeup artist on the spot – Alexandra’s older sister, Jackie! We met up at sunrise which means not only her but her sister as well had to be up crazy early. I love, love, love when my clients go out of their way for the perfect picture. I pretty much roll out of bed right before I leave, get an iced coffee and blast some music on the way to location. After all I don’t have to be photographed. 😛 Alexandra was meant to be on camera!

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Surprise! {Family Session}

This was one of the most thoughtful, sweetest (and challenging) sessions I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of. One of my good friends had contacted me one day about taking pictures of his girlfriend’s two boys. At first I thought he was just talking about a normal family session but then the more we talked I found out it was going to be a surprise for his girlfriend. He was going to take the boys “out” for a day but in actuality we were going to meet up and I was going to take their pictures. The goal was that he would present her with the prints once I had finished editing them… A belated Mother’s Day gift. How freaking sweet is that?? (He’s going to kill me if he reads this because he doesn’t like to be known for being “sweet” LOL) However, right before the session some plans changed and he had to end up spilling the secret to get the boys out of the house (hahaha) so mom ended up coming along. Even though it was spur of the moment for her it was so nice to be able to take pictures of her along with her boys. And MAN, these boys were a challenge to shoot!! They. were. everywhere. Boys will be boys they say! Check out a few of our pictures from the session, this group was hilarious and admittedly completely out of my control.. haha…

P.S. Wanna know how I know these boys had a great time? At the end of the session the oldest came over to me, so kindly, and gave me an Andes mint chocolate bar.. THAT WAS COMPLETELY MELTED INTO MUSH. Boys, I tell ya!!!

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