If there is one thing I love it’s capturing gorgeous families while enjoying their vacation! Capturing family memories is such an honor to me because these are the moments my clients will look back on and the photos I capture will become precious, tangible memories they will hold onto for many years to come.
These past few years I have noticed vacation photos are becoming more and more popular! Last year alone we captured over a half a dozen family vacation sessions! This year we are hoping to exceed last year and we are off to a great start!
On January 20th, 2018, we had the honor of capturing these family vacation portraits in Palm Beach, Florida. This was our first session of the year! It was a very cloudy and windy day but the lighting was gorgeous! Early that day there was a Trump protest but by the afternoon there was hardly anyone on the beach!
It was such a pleasure working with this sweet family! We hope they enjoy their family portraits for many years to come!
The details that brought these Family Vacation Portraits in Palm Beach:
After a few days in Rome (Click here if you missed Part I: Rome), we began to travel North along the West coast of Italy. The next four days that we spent traveling through Tuscany were my favorite parts of the whole trip! I felt so at home in Tuscany. I really loved everything about Italy but Tuscany, in particular, was a dream. The way the birds chirped in the morning dawn, the smells of the fresh air, the scenic views that seemed straight out of a movie and the delightful food!! It was all heavenly.
Orvieto and Siena were the first towns we visited while traveling through Tuscany. Both of these places were magical. Orvieto was first and it set the bar high! I fell in love with this place. It felt straight out of a fairytale and was so peaceful. After lunch in Orvieto, we headed to Siena! Siena was a much larger city with lots of shops and amazing architecture.
Our first stop was in this little town built on a steep bluff of volcanic rock called Orvieto. From the moment I stepped foot in this charming little town that felt straight out of a fairytale, I was in LOVE. Visiting Orvieto was my favorite part of the entire trip. I have a goal to retire there one day.
Orvieto was annexed by Rome in the third century BC. Because of its high site on a steep bluff of volcanic rock, the city was virtually impregnable. It was the last conquered by Julius Caesar. I bought an awesome olive wood cutting board here! Thanks Andrew for taking so many portraits of me that day! 😉 This view was amazing!
I spy a Vintage FIAT! Then we had a quick and amazing lunch at L’Oste del Re! We had a wild boar pasta dish and it was the best dish we had in all of Italy! Highly recommend this place!
After spending the morning in Orvieto, we traveled to Siena where we spent the rest of the day. Siena was another breathtaking town, it was a lot bigger than Orvieto but still so charming! We had our first group dinner in Siena and it was INCREDIBLE!! We stayed in Siena for the night in a gorgeous hotel that was surrounded by Olive trees. Their soap was even made with olive oil and was amazing. This whole second day of the tour was my favorite! From beginning to end it was perfection.
Siena Cathedral is a medieval church and if you noticed looks very similar to the cathedral in Orvieto! Some of my favorite portraits from the entire trip! Thank you so much, Alexa Sedge for these amazing photos!
Molly (red scarf) was notorious for losing track of time… and her whereabouts! She was almost always the last one to our meeting points. This time Molly was only a few minutes late, so we applauded as she joined us again! Miss you Molly! Then we had a delicious 4-course dinner at Gallo Nero! This restaurant was amazing! The dining area was surrounded by brick and dimly lit. The food was incredible too! Thanks for this photo too Alexa! Vino! Salut!Look at that pasta!
Then it was time to rest after a long day. We checked into the Degli Ulivi Hotel in Siena, Italy. This was our favorite hotel and we wish we were able to stay there longer than one night. It was a beautiful hotel, surrounded by olive trees!
More from our trip to Italy will be posted soon! If you missed our post about Rome be sure to click here!
We packed up our bags and braced ourselves for the cold. It had been too long since we both had seen any type of cold weather and even longer since we had seen Andrew’s family. Even though we tried our best to make it up there for New Years–schedules, flight costs and the weather stood in our way.
After searching everyday for the best flight, we finally found one. We booked the flights and we immediately began packing (okay, let’s be honest. I began packing…lol) as the excitement began to build.
A four-day trip was a bit shorter than we would have liked, so we set out to make the most out of every second. We had snowball fights, went exploring, attempted to build a snowman, made a snow angel, found an obsession with take snowflake pictures and took way too many portraits in this winter wonderland. It was the perfect winter getaway.
This was our first time visiting Upstate New York and, boy, did it not disappoint. Andrew’s parents moved up over a year ago and we had been trying our best since to make it up there. Andrew’s parents moved up there to pastor a church in Port Leyden, NY. Since they have lived there, they have told me numerous times that I would love it up there! And I sure did! We spent as much time as I could outside and enjoyed every moment.
Unexpected Highlight of the Trip
One of my favorite things about the trip was the snowflakes! They were perfect. I spent a decent amount of time everyday outside taking macro photos of them. It was so much fun! However, it was quite challenging. Firstly, I had to patiently wait for the perfect snowflake in 20-degree weather. Secondly, I wasn’t able to bring my tripod so I had to hold my breath and stand perfectly still to capture crisp photos of the teeny, tiny snowflakes. Even though it was difficult, I loved the challenge and the final product was so worth it!
Our trip to Upstate New York was the perfect winter getaway and we are so excited to share some of our favorite moment with you! Enjoy a little taste of this winter wonderland.
First, we visited a local ski lodge. One of my favorite views.
Then we warmed up at a charming local coffee shop. There were SO many rustic red barns! I loved them all. Then we drove up to a extremely windy hill called Tug Hill. On the hill there are over a few dozen huge windmills that power New York City. The view was amazing. After, we stopped in a little town called Rome for a yummy lunch. And then I fell in love with this brick building! Snowman time! It really was a Winter Wonderland! Andrew decided to make a snow angel. Let it snow. Then I had fun capturing some snowflakes. Then we went to a wood chip factory that had some amazing views and the air smelled like Christmas Trees. It was one of my favorite places.
My cute In-laws! More snowflakes! On Sunday, we woke up to go to church with this view!
Christmas Tree farm!
As some of you may know, most of Andrew’s family lives in Ohio. So sometimes it makes things hard but we always try to make the big moments. This year Andrew’s baby sister graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. This was definitely one moment we weren’t going to miss! We are so proud of her and all her hard work these past four years!
As an added bonus we got to finally meet Andrew’s older brother’s 3-week-old baby girl, Emerson! Andrew and I were so excited to meet our niece and were even more thrilled when we found out that she was going to be dedicated in church that Sunday! She is just the most precious little girl and has some of the funniest expressions! When Andrew held her she looked at him with the weirdest gaze. Almost like she knew he looked familiar but was still keeping a close and intense watch on him! LOL!
We also had one more celebration during this trip: Andrew’s birthday! I know this was one of the best birthdays he has had in a while because he was with his family! Since Andrew’s family moved to Ohio nearly 8 years ago he hasn’t been able to spend many of his birthday’s with them. So this was a good one!
This trip was a special one for many reasons! I was even able to see and spend some time with my own baby sister who recently got married and moved four hours away! She is best friends with Andrew’s sister so she wasn’t going to miss the graduation either!
Overall this was a wonderful trip to relax and hang out with family! I took this time to take a break from the busy season and relax. I didn’t even bring my highest grade camera. Just my Fujifilm x100 and my iPhone! 🙂 If it wasn’t for the fact that it was below 50 degrees the entire time then it probably would have been a perfect trip!! My sister and I with our South Florida blood were not prepared for how cold it was in mid-MAY and nearly turned into popsicles!! 😉
Till next time Ohio!
This amazing confetti was so beautiful to capture but it shot out of these canon-like things on the stage and scared many people because they were so loud! I personally jumped and may have shouted a bit! lol The Bolin family plus my sister!! 😉 Andrew standing proudly with his newly graduated baby sister Amber! Meeting Emerson for the first time! Sunday morning we made our way to a little town called Waverly to see sweet Emerson get dedicated. The two-hour car ride was gorgeous!! I got some Tim Hortons coffee!! 😀Really loved this cool building! After church, we gathered at Andrew’s brother’s in-laws home for a BBQ!
Monday the 16th was Andrew’s 25th birthday! We started the day with breakfast at a lively spot called Sugar n’ Spice! This place has been around since 1941! It has super yummy food and a really cool atmosphere! If you are visiting Cincinnati this is a great place to check out but make sure to give yourself time or go on a weekday because it gets very busy!! We went on a Monday morning and had to sit at the bar because it was pretty full! But they let you choose a cute little rubber ducky on your way out! Haha! After breakfast, we went to a local park called Ault park! But this wasn’t just any park, this place was so gorgeous! An incredible view, a stunning wedding venue on a hill and a colorful garden!Check out this view! Yup, that’s me in sandals. Somehow I’m never prepared in the shoe department on trips…Warm hugs because it was so cold! Andrew just looks comfortable but in reality, he freezing. He said he wouldn’t need to bring a jacket to Ohio in MAY! 😉So much gorgeousness everywhere and this is the moment my camera battery decides to die. Thankful for beautiful iPhone pictures! 🙂So many beautiful flowers!! One of the last pictures I was able to squeeze in before my Fujifilm x100 battery died! But it’s my favorite! Love the colors and bokeh this little camera produces! After the park, we went to an adorable ice cream and candy shop called Aglamesis Bro’s! They had been around since 1908 and their ice cream and gummy bears are delicious! Their story is quite interesting, you can read about it here. How cute is this place!?Love these exotic Tiffany lamps!
My coconut ice cream in a crispy waffle cone! So yummy!!This little shop is packed with so much charm and history. After some delicious ice cream, we went shopping in downtown Cincinnati! Then we made one more stop before heading to the airport! A coffee stop!! We hung out at Rohs Street Cafe playing some cards (“Three to thirteen”… and I won! :D) and sipping on coffee. Then it was time to say goodbye and head to the airport. This was a great trip! Short but packed with celebrations and fun! Till next time Ohio!
Back in February, I was talking to one of my best friends, Emily, who moved to Waco, Texas last August after she married that man of her dreams, Caleb. Emily and I go all the way back to pre-school and she was my maid of honor for my wedding! During our conversation, we were chatting about when would be a good time to visit and Easter weekend seemed to be perfect weekend. I looked at flights and was floored when I found some American Airlines flights for just $100! Within a few hours, we booked our flight and began planning our trip to WACO!! Easter weekend was also around our wedding anniversary so Andrew and I decided this would be a great anniversary trip! We had such a great time and I thought I would share some of the highlights that made this such a special trip!
We arrived late Thursday night, so Friday we started our first day in Waco. After breakfast, we went to an amazing Good Friday service at Caleb and Emily’s church. Afterward, we had lunch at the most amazing taco spot called Torchy’s. Their tacos and queso dip were so good that we ended up going a second time while we were there!! After lunch, we went to Magnolia Market! Magnolia’s was so amazing, even better than I imagined. On Saturday, we started the day with some incredible coffee from Common Grounds! Afterward, we had brunch at Cafe Cappuccino. Fluffy pancakes and breakfast tacos filled our bellies for our day of exploring and sightseeing. While exploring we visited Lake Waco and walked atop its dam. We found fields of Bluebonnets and saw a few amazing views of Waco. Later that evening, we had dinner at Chuy’s Mexican restaurant. The restaurant has a really interesting funky style. One of the rooms in the restaurant has an entire roof filled with shiny new car hubcaps! The best part about the place is the free unlimited chips, salsa, and creamy jalapeno dip! They just kept it coming and it was just so yummy! We finished the night playing a few rounds of Spades back at the house while watching Father of the Bride (love that movie!). Sunday started with a wonderful Easter Sunday service! Then we had a restful day at the house playing more cards and watching Father of the Bride 2! 🙂 Monday, was the day of our departure, but we could not leave before visiting Magnolia House and indulging ourselves at Torchy’s one more time! 😉
Magnolia Market!! “Today is a good day for a good day.”I just loved EVERYTHING!!My favorite display! Feels like Spring!We had to do a quick stop by Harp Design Co.!Torchy’s!!! The best iced tea, tacos, and QUESO!! They were so excited to see us… or maybe it was just Torchy’s… 😉
The best queso EVER!! After we went to Magnolia Market Emily and I had some girl time and did a little shopping. We stopped by this cute shop called Spice! Then we went to this cute shop called the Findery!The next morning (Saturday) we started the day by visiting Common Grounds coffee shop! This was one of my must go spots and it didn’t disappoint! Not only is it an amazing looking spot but the coffee is even more amazing! I had the “Caballero ” with their dark roast! It has their secret sauce and cream! It was a hot creamy delight! So so yummy!! Isn’t this place just so cool!?Deliciousness!! Even their drive-thru is the coolest!! Right, next door is the new Heritage Creamery ice cream shop! Their flavors are so unique and AMAZING!! So cute right!?Check out their flavors! Duck fat caramel, strawberry balsamic and my favorite, honey lavender orange! So yummy!LOVE the style of this place! Brunch at Cafe Cappuccino! Then we went exploring…Then we found Bluebonnets and I took way too many photos! I was in heaven!Meet Lucy, Caleb and Emily’s pup. She had lots of fun too! The view of the Waco lake from the top of the dam. The view from the opposite side of the lake. More flowers because they are just too pretty not to…This one’s for you mom! 😉Tired Lucy with daddy. On our way to another cool spot!Loved all the driftwood! Lucy had even more fun here because she could get wet!Playing catch!Everything is just so beautiful!! Then it was time for dinner at this yummy spot!Easter Sunday!Sunday cards… Spades! This picture says a lot… I was going nil (with a perfect nil hand) and Emily was freaking out a bit! 😉Caleb made homemade chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries! Emily and Caleb taught us a new game called “Hand and Foot” and we loved it! Emily and I totally beat the guys! 😉Then we went to go see a Waco sunset.
On the last day, we visited McGregor where the Magnolia House is! The cutest little house!!