West Palm Beach Family Vacation Photos at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island
On March 27th, 2018, Andrew and I had the pleasure of working with the Gier during their vacation to South Florida! This stunning family reached out to us to capture some new family portraits for their time on the beach! We had such a wonderful time capturing and working with this beautiful family!
Their West Palm Beach family vacation portraits were taken at Ocean Reef Park on Singer Island. It was a gorgeous afternoon, but also a very windy one. Battling the wind was a bit of a challenge, to say the least, but the splashing waves in the background made it all worth it! This family session may very well be a new favorite!
Gier Family, thank you so much for choosing us to document your family vacation memories! It was truly an honor meeting and working with you all! We hope to work with you again!
The details about these West Palm Beach Family Vacation Portraits:
If you’ve ever watched an episode of Fixer Upper, you’ve probably gotten to the end of the show thinking, “Can it really be that picture perfect in Waco?” Well, my friends, the answer is YES. This weekend getaway was about as good as it gets. Time with my best friends and exploring all Waco has to offer. Spring break was perfect this year!
First stop: Texas Tulips!
We went straight from the airport to Texas Tulips. The small tulip farm in Pilot, Texas was the perfect backdrop for my first set of pictures. Owen and CJ willingly posed in baskets and gave me the biggest smiles. I will not confirm or deny if their mamas were dancing like fools waving around a container of snacks.
If you go to Waco, Texas and you don’t stop at Torchy’s Tacos— you made a mistake. This is my favorite taco spot in Texas. Their Queso is killer and they have the tastiest tacos you ever did eat. The tables are just the right size for endless baskets of chips and a game or two of spades.
Clayton loved pointing at everything on this trip!
Nothing makes this girl happier than finding the perfect vintage book and toast separator.
We indeed had some great finds this day.
Magnolia, sweet Magnolia! Every detail was perfect! White brick, vintage trucks, flowers, and the perfect spot to take a picture everywhere you looked. Chip and Joanna have thought of everything. It was so fun to see the silos in person again and see how much has changed since the last time Andrew and I visited. The biggest addition to Magnolia is Magnolia Table. After a short wait we sat down at the perfect table. The food was everything we expected and then some. If you are wondering how much I really loved my pancakes, just take a look here. 😉
Deciding to go to Michigan this Summer was a complete spur of the moment decision and I am so glad I made it! Less than two weeks before the trip, my friend Brooke asked me if I would want to go with her and her parents to Michigan!
The trip was mainly to visit family and explore her hometown. She also was needing help traveling with her at-the-time two and a half-month-old son, Clayton James, who also happens to be my godson! And I am always up for spending time with my godson and traveling! It was the perfect excuse for a getaway!
We had talked about visiting Michigan so many times and this time it finally happened. The decision to go was made within minutes! A couple hours later I booked my flight and 10 days later we were on our way!
Here are some of the highlight of our week in Michigan!
My camera was packed away while we were traveling so the first handful of photos are iPhone photos.
First stop, Tim Hortons, of course!
Then some of our favorite things… Thrifting, Sushi & more coffee!!I was introduced to Bob Evens, or how they call it, “Bob Heavens”! Life changed. Now the real photos begin! 🙂 The first few days were spent in the countryside. Gorgeous sunsets.
Brooke knows how obsessed I am with Christmas so she made it a point to get us to Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland!! They are known as the world’s largest Christmas store! It was HUGE!! This is just 1/100th of the store!! Notice the sign that says “Section 10a”! The cutest little town! Then we packed up and went over to Brooke’s brother and sister-in-law’s home!
C.J. had many emotions about it! 😉 This kid cracks me up!
Lake Michigan AKA “The Beach”
It was quite a hike to get to this “beach”! Over 400 steps (just one way) to be exact. Something this Florida girl isn’t used to! But it was so worth it! So so beautiful! Brooke took my camera from me and captured me eating my favorite—Watermelon!! After lunch and portraits, we packed up and prepared to make the hike back while we all still had energy! Stopping for more portraits along the way! That light!! Brooke’s sister and her hubby! We ended the day with a campfire and music.
The Upper Penisula
We began the day with a lovely family breakfast. Then Brooke spotted this gazebo a block away so naturally more family portraits were in order!
How cute are Brooke’s parents!?
Then a Wagner family portrait!Then it was my turn! Thanks for these Vicky!
Then we hit the road again traveling north towards the Upper Penisula! Right before crossing the Mackinac Bridge we stopped to see the downtown area and a view of the bridge!
We just started walking and found this amazing view! How amazing is that light!? My favorite photo of C.J. and I! Then we found a lighthouse! Then we crossed the Mackinac Bridge and headed to Brooke’s childhood home in Sault Ste. Marie! First stop, Brooke’s childhood home! Then their favorite spot to grab a bacon cheeseburger and onion rings! After hearing so much about this place I was pretty excited to try it! Brooke was over the moon! 🙂 Then we head to a friends cabin where we would be staying for the next few nights!
Day 2 in Upper Peninsula
The next day we stopped by Brooke’s old home again! In her childhood bedroom with her little one! Then we have a yummy lunch at a local favorite–Penny’s Kitchen! Brooke sitting in her favorite chair! The same chair she would sit in as a little girl most days after school.
After lunch, we explored Sault Ste. Marie! I was in love with all the flowers EVERYWHERE!! Then we drove back to the cabin as the sun was setting!
The Wagner’s friend, Marsha, so graciously opened up her lovely cabin for us to stay a few days. After a few wonderful nights at Marsha’s cabin, she sent us off with a warm delicious homemade breakfast! She made homemade blueberry pancakes with wild blueberries, fresh homemade jam, real maple syrup, sausage and homemade berry-bread!! IT WAS SO GOOD!! Basically, a breakfast fit for a king!
After breakfast, I explored the land surrounding the cabin and we captured a few portraits! It was a beautiful start to our amazing day!
YUM!! The cabin was built on the family’s pine tree farm! There were pine trees as far as the eye can see in perfectly lined rows! That morning light was perfect!! I loved all the details of this gorgeous log cabin! That’s a bumblebee on that flower!! Such an amazing cabin! Then I captured a few portraits of the Wagner’s with Marsha!
After leaving Marsha’s cabin, we headed south toward MACKINAC ISLAND!! Visiting Mackinac Island was a dream come true! This was my favorite part of the whole trip! The perfect ending to our amazing trip!
Brooke grabbed my camera and took a cool shot of her shoes! Star Line ferry took us to Mackinac Island!