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Jacksonville Senior Photographer // Scarlett Lillian Seniors: June 2009

Jun 25, 2009

Abigail spent the day with me!

If I could rewind things, I would have started photography from a young age. That's exactly what Abigail is doing at age 21, going after her photography dreams. From a family of 8 kids, she's always been the one documenting her family's lives and travels and now is taking the jump to go professional. We had so much fun chatting about all things photography and business related and our faith. She was a little shy in front of the camera, but I brought her out of her shell. Here's my fave photos of her!

For our photoshoot together, hot couple Julianne & Greg wanted some more photos done, this time not in their bridal outfits. I always love shooting this stylish couple and just love love loved Julianne's stilettos!

Here's my faves from their shoot and the slideshow at the end!

Abigail in action!

I think Greg is giving Julianne a Facebook poke here. :-) I still don't get the point of those!

And the slideshow....

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Jun 24, 2009

Suzie spent the day with me // Meredith & Trevor are engaged!

So, I'm just going to come out and say it, I'm gonna play matchmaker here on the blog.

Hot single available (ideally a photographer) men out there, meet Suzie. She recently came to spend the day with me to learn more about photography, but the topic kept turning to men. :-) I'm sure she got tired of me gushing about Mark, and I totally felt for her with some crazy stories she was sharing with me about her dating adventures. "Feel free to mention I'm available and single on your blog because I'm ready to meet a GOOD guy!" Suzie is one girl who loves to laugh as you can tell from the photos below. She's so much fun a huge sweetheart! So, men, if you are interested, check out her blog for contact info at:


For Suzie's photoshoot with me, we had the pleasure of meeting engaged couple Meredith and Trevor, who are getting married in Mississippi in August. These two met in law school and were so playful with each other around Atlantic Beach for their engagement session. Trevor kept me laughing throughout the whole shoot. I'm so used to the girl dragging the guy to get pictures done and the guy being the shy one, but Trevor was definitely NOT camera shy and was totally working his Zoolander for the camera!

Here some of my favorite shots of the day and their slideshow below:

Trevor didn't know he was going to get wet today, but these two still had a lot of fun at Atlantic Beach for their engagement session!

I love how Trevor looks at Meredith!

And the slideshow....

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Photo feature in The Knot Magazine for St. Augustine wedding

Cool! I just found out about another publishing today!

The Knot Weddings has asked to feature a detail shot from Amy & Joe's wedding in a story about favors in their upcoming Spring/Summer 2010 magazine ! Fun! I adored all of Amy's black and white and hot pink decor for her St. Augustine Wedding at The Oldest House and The Llambias House and Garden!

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Danielle & Jay's wedding showcased on Southern Wedding's blog! Jacksonville Wedding at Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens.

It's always fun to get published, not just for my photography, but because I know my brides put so much thought and planning into all their fabulous details that deserve to be showed off to inspire other up and coming brides. Danielle and Jay's wedding details were so sweet and I loved their "V.I.P." red carpet theme at their reception at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Her wedding also proves how lighting design is sooo worth the investment and makes all the difference in photos.

Check out their interview and photos on the Southern Weddings Magazine blog and leave Danielle some comment love there:

Part 1
Part 2

Danielle loved being a bride so much that she has now started the Florida Brides Blog with her wedding planner, Cassie of Flaire Weddings, who I love working with. Go check it out at:


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Jun 21, 2009

4 months.

My dad and I on Father's Day 2007.

God's timing always fascinates me.

Today for instance.

Today marks exactly 4 months since my dad passed, which equals half the time from the time we found out he was living with lung cancer to his last day here. How quickly those 4 months have passed. How long those 8 months slowly went by wondering how many more days and months I would have with him until he went home to Jesus.

And of all days, this halfway point falls on Father's Day.

There's been a weird peace though that has filled my heart today. I expected to be sad and cry most of the day, but instead, I got up, went to church, and for the first time in many years, rose my hands again in worship to my Heavenly Father. As we sang "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord Almighty", I simply wanted to praise God for how good He is. It was a turning point of healing for my heart. The 8 months leading up to my father's death, I felt like I was holding on to a string of faith trying with everything inside of me to proclaim that God was still good, when really I was full of worries and fears and doubt. It was a lot of walking through the valley moments as one of my favorite Christian singers, Ginny Owens says in her song "If You Want Me To":

"The pathway is broken
And the signs are unclear
And I don't know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I'm gonna walk through the valley
If You want me to "

And now as each month passes without my dad, I slowly feel the sadness turning into peace as God heals my broken heart into a heart that is more trusting, more patient, more hopeful. Today as others celebrated their earthly fathers, I didn't want to be sad, I only wanted to be in the presence of my Heavenly Father, remembering my earthly father's love and example of God's love that he gave me in the 28 years that I knew him.

My dad wasn't perfect, but he loved me perfectly. He cherished me. He adored me. He fought for me. He delighted in me. He believed in me. He worked hard to set me up for success in ways that he never had in life. He truly spoiled me in ways I didn't appreciate at the time, but now as I get older, I appreciate the value of all he sacrificed to provide a beautiful life for me. And if anything, that is what brought tears to my eyes today, seeing that parallel of God's love for us, and all that He sacrificed for us. He allowed His son Jesus to die for us so that we might live. Simply because He loved me, and He loved you. It's moments like today that it really sinks in as more than a story in the Bible, but a true act of love from the greatest Father of all.

Not only am I continuing to believe for the healing of Mark's mom, but I'm also believing for another friend. On my old blog, you might remember the girly pictures of me in a frilly white dress. They were taken by the oh so talented Amy Wenzel. I found out recently that her husband David discovered a brain tumor in his head, and now he is boldly believing God for healing. I read his blog in awe wishing I had had that much faith to believe for my own dad's healing. Sure, I believed and hoped, but a bigger part of me always felt like a scared little girl wanting to just cling to her daddy as he left for work each day. I just didn't want him to go. I wanted to him to stay here, and go fishing on the lake and get chocolate milkshakes together like we used to do when he would pick me up from kindergarten. I didn't want to accept that there was a reality that my dad was actually sick and might leave and never come back.

But in reading David's blog, and praying for Mark's mom, I find my faith being tested all over again. Yet, this time, it's the opposite. My faith DOES believe God can heal. I don't know, maybe it's easier to believe for other people than it is for yourself or direct family. But then I read David's blog, and it challenges me.... if David can have that kind of unshakable faith about something as huge as his own brain cancer, why do I let pesky little everyday things shake my faith?

So in addition to Mark's mom, Lorraine, I ask you to lift up David Wenzel and his wife Amy as they walk through their own valley right now. And I dedicate Psalm 23 to Lorraine and David... which ironically enough is a Psalm from David... my parents used to recite it everynight before bed as they walked through my dad's cancer journey, and it will forever be close to my heart because of it.

"1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death, [a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD


Jun 18, 2009

Prayer needed.

I'll never understand why God chooses to heal some people while choosing to take others home with Him, like my dad. But what I choose to believe is that His purpose and timing are greater than my own limited understanding, and no matter what, I will continue to praise Him. And I still believe He CAN heal. After all, Jesus proved it over and over in the bible (ironically enough, all over the book of Mark) and I have seen it personally in the lives of others.

Despite the sadness of losing my dad, one of the beautiful joys that came out of the situation was meeting my love, Mark. We first got to know each other as friends when he reached out to me with sweet prayers for my dad, while letting me know he was going through the same thing with his mom being diagnosed around the same time with pancreatic cancer, and an original prognosis of just months to live. Now almost a year later, she is still here, PRAISE JESUS, and continuing the fight for complete healing.

She needs your prayers. Will you join me in praying for her?

It's these moments in life where faith kicks in. You guys were soooooooo wonderful to stand in the gap of my faith through the ups and downs of my own father's journey, and now Lorraine needs the same power of your prayers.

I'm claiming these promises from the Lord for her healing.

"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all of Lorraine's diseases."
~Psalm 103:2,3

"They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed Lorraine, and delivered her from her destructions."
~Psalm 107:19,20

"I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal Lorraine."
~2 Kings 20:5

"O Lord my God, I cried out to You , and You healed Lorraine."
~Psalm 30:2

"Heal Lorraine, O Lord, and she shall be healed."
~Jeremiah 17:14

Here's a cute picture of her from Mark's facebook that he took of her at his little sister's recent sweet 16 birthday party! Also, Mark started a blog for her at the beginning of her journey, so be sure to add it to your blog reader and RSS feed!



Jun 17, 2009

My biggest fear.

Photo by Denis Reggie.

Soooooooo, today I got asked to face my greatest fear.

Stage fright.

"Ohhh sure, whatever, you totally flaunt it in front of the camera," you are probably thinking.

A camera is one thing.

But eyes staring at me is another.

I don't know where it came from. Growing up, I was always involved in the drama club and beauty pageants. I used to LOVE theater and performing. So in college, I chose to even minor in Theater. But suddenly, that's when it hit me. I began to choke up in my acting classes. I was scared to death. WHY was I so scared to death? The thought of people staring at me made me anxious. Terrified. Nauseous. And it still feels that way today.

And the times I've modeled for photographer friends, it really was more about forcing me to walk through my fears. Trying to find the performer I used to be in my childhood.

But then today, I got an email from Pictage. They asked me to submit an abstract to be considered as a speaker for the upcoming PartnerCon in New Orleans in November. (Woo hoo, who all is going? I would love to meet you there!)

My first reaction was "What, me? No way, I can't do this." Then my second reaction was "HELLO, dork, you have to do this." Then my third reaction was "But what would I talk about? What do I really have to say and teach?" So my fourth reaction was to text Mark and he immediately called with his amazing reassuring love and support. :-) And my fifth reaction was to Twitter about it and ask you what you would want me to talk about. I got some amazing feedback, but those who don't Twitter or Facebook, I wanted to post it here on the blog too for feedback.

What are you dying to know that I can help you with? I'm simply clueless on what to talk about.

That's another reason I've been putting off hosting workshops. I've been getting so many emails lately from people asking when I'm going to start offering them, but again, the thought of eyes staring at me, and being clueless what to teach. It just gives me the heebie jeebies. I about had a nervous breakdown when simply introducing Denis Reggie at last month's Pictage User Group.

Am I even really meant to be a teacher? I can't even try to teach my mom something on the computer without getting frustrated with her.

With all that said, I truly truly enjoy my one-on-one "Spend A Day With Scarlett" workshops. It just feels like hanging out with an old friend, and I'm just answering questions all day. I can answer questions, no problem. But why can't I get up and talk just as naturally?

I feel like this is my Esther moment. That's my favorite book in the bible, when God calls an ordinary girl to accomplish an extraordinary thing "for such a time as this." She has to choose to be bold, and walk through her fears, and trust that God will take care of the rest of the details. So even though public speaking scares me to death, I'm still going to submit an abstract and let Him take care of the details if it's His will for me to walk through that great fear and be a speaker or not.

So I need your help photographers..... I would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, suggestions, questions, etc on what you would like to learn from me that would benefit your own journey with your photography or business? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Jun 16, 2009

Sarah & Zac are married! Jacksonville Wedding at University Club.

Well the bad news was, it poured rain all day on Sarah & Zac's wedding day. But the good news is that we had plenty of indoor space to still get some hot photos!

My favorite part of shooting weddings are for the bridal portraits and couple shots, and Sarah and Zac are the exact reason why I loved shooting both on their day. Sarah rocked the coolest birdcage veil with a stunning purple flower to match her boquet, and she reminded me of Jessica Alba the whole time I was shooting her. Then for her photos with Zac, whew, smokin' passion. Such a hot couple. :-)

I absolutely adored all of Sarah's jeweltone details! And I totally loved the bridesmaid dresses all sparkly and flirty.

Here's a fun tip too, Sarah and her mom saved thousands on flowers by getting them imported wholesale from Equador and putting them together all themselves. What a genius idea in this crazy economy right now! (No offense to florists out there! ha)

But here's the other vendors they used...

Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Reception: University Club
Videographer: Bernie Manalo, 904.962.3452
Flowers: Lani Ferrer, Sarah's mom :-)
Lighting and Event Production: Light It Up Event Productions
Band: Kai Alece & Company
Make up: Lucia Palenik

Here's my fave shots of the day and the slideshow below!

Sarah's friend Lillian was so funny the whole day with her big laughs. Apparently she is known for having her mouth open in every pic her friends have of her.

I adored how Sarah's mom watched her baby girl getting all dolled up!

The ceremony took place at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in downtown Jacksonville.

The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was the perfect backdrop for a wedding.

I loved all the gorgeous details of Sarah & Zac's reception at The University Club of Jacksonville.

Sarah sure got down on The University Club dance floor.

And the slideshow....

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