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Jacksonville Senior Photographer // Scarlett Lillian Seniors: December 2008

Dec 31, 2008

A blessed holiday season.

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone has an amazing new year's eve celebration tonight whether going out on the town or the simplicity of staying home with family. I'm looking forward to celebrating with some close friends and ringing in an exciting 2009!

I can't wait to show you the my video blog documentary on January 19 of a lot that has been going on behind the scenes the past month, but I kept my Christmas with family off the video blog to keep things more private and out of the public eye. For all those who have been praying for my dad, I continue to cherish each of your prayers. I'm sorry I haven't written more about it all on this blog lately to keep everyone updated, some days it's just tough as a daughter to deal with it all and watch your father become so weak, let alone be public about the struggles of losing a father. You guys were soooo there for me in the beginning when I first wrote about hearing the news of his cancer, and I can't thank you enough for how all of your sweet words stood in the gap of my faith during a time I needed it most. Though I haven't written much about it since, my mom is better at keeping everyone updated on her blog at johnnysjourneytovictory.blogspot.com and I invite you to continue sharing your prayers and comments on his blog. My mom reads them all to him and he loves to hear them! We appreciate the smiles you bring him!

His 62nd birthday was 4 days before mine this month, and though he wasn't feeling well enough to go out, I was thinking back to the past two years of his birthday and how I am soooo glad we were able to give him a super great celebration for his 60th and 61st birthday. (Wow, looking back at these birthday pictures to find the link, I'm teary eyed, it's amazing how different he looks just a year later after all the ravages of his chemo treatments!)

I did whip out my point and shoot camera for a few Christmas shots opening gifts with my parents and grandparents, and couldn't resist filming my dad for a super cute Christmas card we got from our friend Connie that made us all laugh out loud!

Mom's pretty Christmas tree! The presents under the tree are only from friends. This year my parents and I chose not to give gifts to each other to celebrate instead the gift of what might be the last Christmas with my dad, and the birth of Jesus as our loving Savior!

A Christmas kiss for my dad on my parents' front porch! YES, mom made us all wear matching PJs. ONLY for my mom do I do that!

My mom's parents came up from Orlando!

Rhett helping my dad open gifts.

Ok, I know we weren't supposed to do gifts, but I couldn't resist bringing my dad something back from Hawaii. In his hand is a magnet holding some sand from Maui!

And mom got an oven mit from Hawaii because she's such a fabulous cook!

Our friend Connie got me the CUTEST hot pink polka dot diva poodle in high heels! I LOVED IT!

Rachel stopped by for our present exchange. She got me the cutest card that sang the theme from my favorite show, Golden Girls!

Love her like the sister I never had!

Here's to a GREAT new year for each and everyone of you in 2009! Thank you for following my blog and for blessing my life in 2008!

I leave you with a great devotional for the new year that I got in my email this morning from crosswalk.com:

Isaiah 43:16 and 18-19
This is what the Lord says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."

Thoughts on today's verse

The year is gone, finished, past. We cannot reclaim it or undo it. We cannot rest on the things it has brought us. If tomorrow dawns, it will be another day, a new opportunity, and the time to show our faith in Jesus as Lord. Let's journey forward, knowing that God already inhabits the future and promises to provide us refreshment.


Lord of all eternity, please help me to learn from my mistakes but not dwell on them. Please help me not rest on my accomplishments in this past year, but use them to further your work in me and through me. Please help me not quarrel with those who injured me yesterday, or last month. Instead, O Father, lead me in your paths and help me see your mighty works this next year. In Jesus name and by his power I ask it. Amen.


Dec 29, 2008

Goofing off in the photobooth!

Sometimes I find pictures in the most random places. Like in the middle of a book I forgot I was reading. I had been looking everywhere for this picture and FINALLY found it. This was a cute photobooth picture my photog friend Heather Thorne and I took at end of Shayla & Kyle's wedding earlier in the month.

Heather will be a co-star in my upcoming video blog airing right here on the blog on January 19 at 8pm EST! Stay tuned!

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Featured wedding on Southern Weddings blog!

I was so excited to find out that one of my weddings got published today on the wonderful Southern Weddings blog! It was the beautiful yellow beach wedding for Sarah & Brian! Not only are their photos featured, but they go into detail all about their love story through the SW Q&A!

Part 1 can be seen here!

And Part 2 can be seen here!

I'm so excited about this magazine! The premiere issue launches next week and the wedding industry has been super excited about the Southern flair and class that this magazine is bringing to the racks of other bridal magazines! Brides, you must pick up an issue!! And so fun too, one of my brides, Danielle, is a featured blogger bride for them as well!


Dec 25, 2008

My Life. In Front of the Camera. Trailer.

Looking at my calendar in the beginning of December, I was a little overwhelmed at all that was about to unfold. My biggest wedding of the year in Savannah. Then Hawaii for the Mike Colon workshop. Engagement sessions. Another spend a day. Editing, always. Album design, always. A Pictage User Group holiday party. And to top it all off, my glamorous 28th birthday party!

The ex-videographer in me decided, why don't I bring my old video camera along and share my December with you and the many wonderful faces I met along the way like Heather Thorne, Mike Colon, Steve Kemble, Luke Edmonson, Jaren and more! So here's the sneak peek trailer for the full length upcoming documentary of... My Life. In Front of the Camera.


Dec 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!!!

In leui of sending Christmas cards this year, here is my virtual Christmas card for all of you! Also, my mom wrote a beautiful Christmas poem over on my dad's blog, so go check it out!! This year, my parents and I have decided to skip the presents and simply cherish the true reason for the season celebrating the birth of our Saviour Jesus and the love of family.

I hope each and everyone of you have a very blessed Christmas!! Thank you for following my blog! Don't forget to tune in Christmas day (It's my birthday too that day! Woo hoo!) to see the premiere of the trailer for my upcoming December documentary "My Life. In Front of the Camera!"

God bless,
Scarlett & Rhett


Dec 22, 2008

Christmas PUG Party!

This weekend was a weekend of back to back to parties, and it started with the Christmas party at my place for our Jacksonville Pictage User Group. It's always so great to connect with other local photographers and share from the heart about photography, life and everything in between. Here's a few photos from the night!

For those that couldn't make it to the party, next month we decided on doing dinner followed by a night shoot! Details on the date and location coming soon! If you haven't participated yet and would like to be included on our Evite list, email rachel@scarlettlillian.com!

I finally got to meet sweet Shain, who was one of the top 3 finalists in my Spend A Day With Scarlett contest back in August!


My 28th birthday party!

All month long I have been working on a special secret project filming the back to back events of my busy jet-setting December and all the wonderful faces that made my journey so much fun. The trailer of the upcoming documentary will premiere on my birthday, which is also Christmas Day!!! So if you are home for the holidays around the computer, check back on Thursday!

The documentary will end with the FABULOUS celebration my girlfriends and I had on Saturday night for my 28th Birthday party at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Amelia Island.

With half the girls being photographers, a ton of paparazzi photos were taken throughout the night, and here's a few photos I grabbed from my friend Darice Michelle's blog! She did a great showcase and write up of the night on her blog, so go check it out for even more photos....... as well as to see WHO my hot birthday kiss was! he he he

Getting glammed up!

My fabulous girlfriends!
(Left to Right) Franca, Beth, Lynsday, Rachel, Moi, Darice, Kacy, Danielle. (Not pictured: Ginger, who arrived later on!)


Dec 18, 2008

Teasers galore!

Whew. Between my jet lag trying to adjust back to Eastern time, my horrible cold and runny nose, editing weddings, getting ready for my big holiday and BIRTHDAY party, hosting a new Spend A Day, shooting/editing and shooting/editing, and working on a secret project I'm filming, I'm a little behind on blogging right now. :-)

Right now my main priority is to finish up editing the last batch of weddings before I post new shoots, but I just wanted to put up a few teasers up of what's cookin' in the editing oven..

A few from Hawaii!

My winning image from Day 1:

My favorite image from Day 2:

My other winning image from Day 3:

The fabulous Jaren who came to spend the day with me!

A pic from our photoshoot of fellow photog Joelle and her hubby Zach!

And a fun shot from Sara & Andrew's engagement session!

Stay tuned! More to come soon!!!! I can't wait to show you the rest from each shoot!!

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Dec 16, 2008

Shayla & Kyle are married!

There's really no words to describe how amazing every inch of the wedding was for this Major League Baseball Player and his gorgeous bride. Shayla & Kyle Farnsworth's special day was truly one that the pictures speak for themselves! It was so fabulously pinkalicious, and I ate up every morsel with my camera!

It was so much fun working with these awesome vendors:

Ceremony: Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA
Reception: Mansion on Forsyth Park Hotel, Savannah, GA
Wedding Event Designer/America's Sassiest Lifestyle Guru: Steve Kemble, Dallas, TX
Wedding Coordinator: Amber Nelson-Pert, Styled Events, Orlando, FL
Jeweler: Stacey Karatzas, Bay Hill Jewelers, Orlando, FL
Dress: Pnina Tornai of Kleinfeld's, NYC
Cinematographer: Simply Cinematic
Make-up Artist: Nai Chang, Orlando, FL
Florist: Harvey Designs
Cake: Minette Rushing Custom Cakes
Invites: Darcy Sang of Pearl Beach Paperie

Here are my faves and their slideshow at the end!

Part 1 of Shayla's Pnina Tornai dress. Part 2 came on for the ceremony.

As "America's Sassiest Lifestyle Guru," every room Steve Kemble walked into, he brought laughter!

The beautiful rings by Stacy Karatzas resting on Shayla and Kyle's wedding invitation.

Kyle Farnsworth and his and Shayla's sons, Hunter and Stone.

So stunning!

Yes, she had that many bridesmaids!


Taylor, Shayla's daughter, was her made of honor.

The candlelit ceremony.

Let the party begin!

The pool lighting was a replica of their invitation.

I thought this was so cute with their table settings as baseballs to play off Kyle's career.

I was in pink heaven needless to say!

Shayla's little boys were quite the break dancers!

The side lounge.

Dancing to the spins of a hot celebrity DJ that I have to keep under wraps. :-)

Such a gorgeous couple!

And the slideshow.... The opening pic is their dance floor as a replica of their invitation!

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