SKIP the STRAW

If most of you don’t know I am a big of an animal lover (( to put it lightly)) and recently I fell in love with Sea turtles. I mean how can you not love these graceful, grass-eating marine creatures.

“Fin, noggin, DUDE! ” Amiright?

Well, one thing I found out while studying them in the Bahamas was that there is a huge problem with something that we as humans use on the daily. Who would have guessed that this problem could come from such a tiny, overused product. The culpret: STRAWS!  Straws are a giant harm to sea turtles and lots of marine animals. Don’t get me wrong, when I am sipping on my venti iced coffee from Starbucks, I can’t help but have a straw so I am right there with you.  I am not saying give up straws entirely, but make the switch to metal, or reusable straws. Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the US ( Plastic Pollution Coalition) and believe it or not most people just toss them into the garbage and that’s the end of the story, however most don’t realize these straws contribute a giant amount to plastic pollution and our little turtle dudes aren’t a fan. These straws get stuck up turtle’s noses and can cause extreme harm (see video below). All I ask is skip the straw, try it a few times when going out to eat, you’ll be surprised how easy it actually is and that’s coming from a big time straw-lover. We replaced all the straws in our household with stainless steel metal straws, every time I use one I just think about all the turtles and marine life I am sparing from harm, try it and see, you won’t be disappointed!

 

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Check out these alternative reusable straws, trust me your turtle friends thank you!! #saynotostraws #PlasticPollutes

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Leighton || Newborn|| Alpharetta,GA

Last week I had the chance to meet adorable baby Leighton, this sweet little girl was as mellow as her parents, who by the way are doing a great job! (Way to go Jenn & Adam). I can’t wait to watch her grow! Newborn photos are always fun, you get to see a little glimpse of who that baby will grow into, and little parts of their personality forming.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I do!!

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Garrison Family Session

It was such a pleasure to photograph the lovely Garrison Family. We beat the heat (barley) on an early morning session in Fred Ball Park. The boys enjoy watching all the squirrels run around as well as the garbage trucks, while mom and dad tried not to melt.

I love photographing families and getting to know their personalities. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do. It was so great to get to know you Garrison Family!

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Beth & Julian || Wedding

Let me start by saying who doesn’t love a wedding on a beach! Am I right?

Beth & Julian were the first couple I met since moving to Tampa, and I couldn’t have been happier to document their special day. It was a perfect day, with an even more perfect couple. The ceremony took place at Fort Desoto park in St. Petersburg, and the reception was held at Farm Table Kitchen.

I hope you enjoy the picture as much as I do. Congrats!

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Analeise || Senior Pictures

Last week I had a lovely visit from my Aunt and Cousin, we walked around Tampa and St. Pete for some Senior portraits.

I decided senior pictures are some of my favorite things to do, so send your seniors my way!! Thanks for being such a great model Analeise.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I do.

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Jenn & Adam || Maternity

Last week, I flew to Georgia to do maternity photos for Jenn & Adam!

First off, isn’t Jenn just the cutest pregnant person ever!! We strolled around Piedmont Park, then went back to their adorable apartment home to finish up our session.

I loved being able to photograph these two, you can see all the love they have for their soon to be new addition. I think they are going to be great parents and I know their baby girl is about to be spoiled with love. I can’t wait to meet her, thanks for letting us capture this life event for you two.

Enjoy the pictures

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Lettuce Park

A few weekends ago, I had the day off and we went to Lettuce Park (yes that’s the real name). I got to see my first Alligator, which was beyond awesome.
If you live in the Tampa area, go check it out. It is a super nice park and especially good for seeing wildlife and fishing.

Here are a few snaps from the weekend. Enjoy!

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Sara & Patrick || Lifestyle

This week I had a lovely lifestyle session with Sara and Patrick at Phillipe Park in Saftey harbor. The spanish moss trees, golden light and almost 10 year old birthday pup Ginger made for a great early morning photoshoot. I can’t wait to photograph Ginger’s 10th brithday this weekend! Sara and Patrick were sucha fun loveling couple to work with, I hope you enjoy the photos.

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On Today’s Menu

Today, I decided to use what I could find in my kitch and make something new. I came up with “Spicy Avocado Couscous”.

One avocado pureed with: olive oil, garlic, fresh black pepper, parsley flakes, a little splash of almond milk and basil salt. Of course to top it all off we used our, FAV Sriracha. Can you say Yummo!

Lastly, we paired it with a nice light Pinot Grigio.

Breanna || Coronado Beach

Last time I took pictures of this cutie, she was turning TWO! Needless to say these pictures were way overdue. I love being able to see how children grow and develop their own personalities as they get older. Breanna has grown into an adventure loving, water splashing, kind-hearted, sassy as can be little girl, and I can’t wait to see her continue to grow.

It was such a perfect afternoon at Coronado Beach, and the light (as you can see) gave us the perfect golden glow.

Enjoy the pictures.

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