Welcome Home Session

Welcome Home Session

Welcome Home!

Home: It’s where you watch your family grow and grow up together. There are few spaces in your life that you will find so sacred. Whether you are purchasing your first home or just completed your dream home that will be your family’s forever home, I am now offering Welcome Home Sessions in the Central Florida area.

I would love to showcase the way your family’s love grows in the beautiful space you have created.

I recently had the pleasure of documenting this sweet family of three in their gorgeous new home. Please be sure to take notice of how the details of this family’s space come together and match their personalities perfectly. I’m excited to see how their family pictures grow with them over time in the house they designed and built with love.

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Are you interested in booking a Welcome Home Session with me in the Central Florida area? Inquire today here for a photo session for your family!

Super Soft Diapers: Huggies® Special Delivery™

Super Soft Diapers: Huggies® Special Delivery™

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/Huggies®

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You never know how much time you’ll spend thinking about diapers until you become a mom.  What’s the price? How are they for the environment? Will it be uncomfortable for my baby? And well, that’s the top priority, right?  There are few things that matter more than our babies’ comfort – but also they need to be easily accessible and budget friendly. They get bonus points for being cute and plant-based*!

Imagine a soft, plant-based* diaper that is also absorbent and comfortable. Oh and you can pick them up quickly at your neighborhood Walmart at a great, everyday low price?

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Huggies® Special Delivery™ diapers have it all!

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Huggies® Special Delivery™ diapers are:

Soft. In fact, they are Huggies®’ softest diaper ever. We can tell our little girl likes the skin comfort more than the other brands we have tried in the past. You’ll need to try them for yourself but they are as soft as the softest baby blankets we have.

Plant-based*. They are free of parabens, fragrance, and elemental-chlorine.
Absorbent and comfortable. These diapers keep your baby’s skin protected and comfortable and last up to 12 hours. Dermatologist tested, they have no harsh ingredients.

Cute. Huggies® Special Delivery™ diapers are unique because not only do they check off all the boxes that are important to us, they also come in a variety of stylish designs.

Easy. The wetness indicator is a quick and easy way to tell that it’s time for a new Huggies® Special Delivery™ diaper, but combined with all of the other qualities, it also makes it an easy diaper for my family to choose. You can easily find them in your local Walmart in the Huggies® Special Delivery™ end-aisle display, or click here to shop for Huggies® Special Delivery™ at walmart.com.

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*23% by weight

30 Minutes in August: Dino Diggin’

30 Minutes in August: Dino Diggin’

I’ve made a commitment to spend 30 minutes each month documenting our ordinary, daily life.  If you know us, you will not be surprised that our 30 minutes in August were spent at a Walt Disney World Park!  What might be surprising to you though is that this adorably themed dinosaur play area is located in Animal Kingdom in Dinoland USA. The Boneyard is open daily for you and your little ones to explore and play! It’s a hidden gem that I find many people I talk with do not know about.

Below you’ll find the 30 minutes of our normal life where my daughter and husband played together at the Boneyard Dino Dig playground and digging sand pit.

The Boneyard play area is open daily, usually from about 10 a.m. to an hour and half before close. The hours are posted daily. There are high climbing spots. So if you have several small children, it may be helpful to have several adults supervising.  Strollers are left outside the play area, although I have seen them allow them for sleeping infants. Animal Kingdom is one of our favorite parks to frequent as there is so much to do. This playground definitely makes the top of the list of the fun things to do there!

From a photographer’s perspective, I really enjoyed seeing where the light came in through the canopy and playing around with different light and perspectives.  It was fun to get some macro shots of my daughter playing with the sand too! I used my main professional camera which is a Canon 5D Mark IV and my Sigma ART 35 mm lens for the entire 30 minutes. It’s also just really nice to have some beautiful photos of my husband and daughter playing.  I really appreciate the push to have some photos of our ordinary life!

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Walt Disney World Orlando PhotographerTime to clean off your shoes and go, Princess!

This is a circle blog, so please feel free to join me in checking out the other amazing photographer’s in this group starting with Jennifer Blake and her blog on friendships this month. 

Six Tips for Galaxy’s Edge

Six Tips for Galaxy’s Edge

Galaxy’s Edge is the newest land of Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Officially opening August 29, 2019, we were able to attend a Passholder Preview event on Saturday.  So I came up with some ways for you to enjoy your trip to Batuu the most!

First, a question I think many are asking themselves: Do I need to be a Star Wars mega fan to enjoy Galaxy’s Edge? Not at all! The details are incredible and you will definitely feel transported to a whole new world. So if you love the magic of Disney and feeling fully immersed in an experience with no detail left undone, you’ll be sure to enjoy this incredible land.

Here are six tips for planning your visit to Batuu.

1. Use PhotoPass and Magic Shots. There are several PhotoPass photographers available throughout the land. Be sure to get some photographic evidence that you were there and don’t forget to ask for Magic Shots which could include special friends or things in the sky!

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“The Force is Strong with This Family” – a PhotoPass Photo

2. Plan your food and drink. Food. It’s always about the food! Gotta eat! There are several food and drink options in Galaxy’s Edge. Docking Bay 7 is a quick service restaurant with many delicious food options, including an amazing plant based dish. Blue and green milks are available at a stand (with or without alcohol). Sodas in a special bottle are available for purchase. There is also a special flavored popcorn. Free water stations are available throughout the land. Oga’s Cantina is a bar with 90% standing room only and serves mostly alcohol and non-alcohol drinks but does have two (non-vegan) snacks. With so many options, it’s a good idea to choose which ones you want to try the most! If you want to see more about the food, drink and Oga’s Cantina, be sure to check out my highlights on Instagram.

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Vegan Meal
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Vegan and Gluten Free Meal
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Green Milk (vegan and gluten free)

3. Get the best Seat on Smuggler’s Run. For the ride that’s currently open, Smuggler’s Run, you can opt for different roles. I was a Pilot and so was my husband but he said he would have rather been a gunner. Pilots either steer left and right or up and down and the other Pilot does the opposite so Piloting is a little difficult! I think no matter what role you pick, you’ll be happy! But Pilot definitely seems to be the most popular and sits in the front row. This could also be your excuse to ride several times!

4. Enjoy the friends on Batuu. One of the coolest parts of Galaxy’s Edge is that there are several characters roaming the land including: Storm Troopers, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Rey and more. They are extremely fun to interact with and we even witnessed them playing games and having fun on several occasions.

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5. Download the Disney Play App. On Batuu, there are many ways to Play with the Play Disney Parks App. You can scan special cargo and discover hidden gems all throughout the land. Thank you to my friend, Renee from Tale of One Mom’s Mess for alerting me to this one!

6. Learn the Language. On Batuu, they speak a little bit of a different language, but don’t worry you’ll catch on quickly.  Here are a few phrases to get you started: “Bright Suns” = Good Morning | “Rising Moons” = Good Evening  | “Til the Spire” = Goodbye

What about for the little ones? At first sight, it doesn’t appear as though there’s a lot for little ones to do on Batuu. There are no rides for guests under 38 inches currently. And some of the other main attractions are Oga’s Cantina and building a lightsaber which are not particularly toddler/preschooler friendly. My little one is two had an amazing time still! She enjoyed being a Padawan, exploring the land and meeting new friends. And you can use the Rider Swap to have those tall enough to ride take turns riding Smuggler’s Run without having to wait twice so don’t forget to use that! 

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Galaxy's Edge Batuu HollyWood Studios Walt Disney World
Galaxy's Edge Batuu HollyWood Studios Walt Disney World
Galaxy's Edge Batuu HollyWood Studios Walt Disney World

To get Elodie’s Princess Leia tutu outfit, click here (affiliate link).

What do you think? What are you most excited about? What are your tips for visiting Batuu? Leave your tips and thoughts in a comment below!

A Magical Morning at Magic Kingdom in Memory of Violet

A Magical Morning at Magic Kingdom in Memory of Violet

In Memory of Baby Violet.

Violet had beautiful eyes and she lit up a room as you can see from her photo. She passed away recently after complications related to CHD and Charge Syndrome.

This Disney loving family wanted a memorial session in their happy place in honor of Violet and I had the honor of celebrating her life with them.

If you’d like to do something in honor of Violet, please consider supporting What the CHD, a group that Violet’s mom helped found.

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Magic Kingdom Disney Photographer

When Disney cast members saw that this family was honoring Violet, they orchestrated some special moments with real pixie dust, Peter Pan and The Fairy Godmother.  While I wish that no family knew this pain, Disney always seems to find a way to make families feel full of love and hope in hard moments.  It’s one of the reasons I love Disney World so much.  Magic amongst moments that feel so difficult really does help make it feel more manageable.

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I can only imagine how difficult this is for this family.  I hope that I was able to capture this moment well for them and I wish all the best for this absolutely amazing family.

Thank you for allowing me the honor of being there with your family.

Newborn Session, In Home Lifestyle

Newborn Session, In Home Lifestyle

One of the last things the mom in this session said to me was “I’ve never been so relaxed during a photo session!” Can you imagine?! A mom of a preschooler, toddler and newborn said she was relaxed at all, let alone while doing family photos! But this is really something I strive for – to make families feel comfortable and happy, at ease and yet capture their sweet, authentic moments as a family.

Check out this sweet family in their in home newborn lifestyle session in Winter Garden, Florida.  You’ll see the love they have for each other immediately!

Help me welcome baby Charlotte! Congratulations to Mom, Dad, big sister and big brother!

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Winter Garden Horizon West Central Florida Photographer

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Winter Garden Horizon West Central Florida Photographer

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Time passes in a weird way with a newborn. So little sleep. So much to do. The days feel long and the years feel short when they’re little. But it is so important to capture all those details of those first few years but especially the newborn phase.

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Winter Garden Horizon West Central Florida Photographer

Winter Garden Horizon West Central Florida Photographer

Winter Garden Horizon West Central Florida Photographer

Are you interested in booking a session? Available for all types of sessions in Central Florida and for travel, email me at theartofadventures@gmail.com today for more information!

 

30 minutes in July: An Evening at the Beach

30 minutes in July: An Evening at the Beach

I recently joined a group of photographers who share 30 minutes of their ordinary life through their lens. Each month we share a little slice of our life with you as we see it.

Sometimes I wonder if I’m taking enough photos. Or perhaps too many.

But a dedicated time like this is perfect for me. I can let life happen naturally and document it.

I am reminded that there really can’t be enough documentation of these moments. She’s taller than last month. Her hair looks different. Her expressions have changed. And I’m so happy that I dedicate time to document these moments that just won’t stand still otherwise.

These photos were taken in the Dubois State Park, Jupter, Fl. with the Jupiter Lighthouse a week before Elodie turned two.

 

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Thank you for joining me this month for 30 Minutes. This is a circle blog, so please take some time to visit my friend Janet Crouch Photography and see what she has to show you in her 30 Minutes this month. 
Turning TWO at the Grand Floridian

Turning TWO at the Grand Floridian

I had the honor of meeting this sweet family of three with little George turning TWO at the Grand Floridian at Walt Disney World.

George happens to have the sweetest eyes and smile, as you’ll see here.

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And he’s a lucky little man with parents who love him very much!

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When his parents contacted me, they told me that George was always moving and running and that I’d need my running shoes on for this session. This was 100% accurate! Haha. But I had so much fun chasing this little cutie all around and capturing him naturally.

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Are you interested in booking a photography session in the Orlando, Florida area? Email me at theartofadventures@gmail.com today!

A Magical Gift for Me: JORD Koa Wood Watch Review

A Magical Gift for Me: JORD Koa Wood Watch Review

When I first saw that JORD made the most beautiful watch with Rose Gold and Koa wood, I absolutely loved it and knew that I wanted one to match my style!

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My husband grew up in Hawaii and the wedding ring I got for him is made of Koa wood. Koa is a wood revered for its integrity and strength, making it an excellent wood gift for a marriage or anniversary. Rose Gold is the color of my wedding ring and it represents love. So truly, this watch is the perfect, meaningful gift for a loved one!

JORD Koa Wood Rose Gold Watch

JORD also has many other beautiful keepsake timepieces as well as Apple Watch bands. The company is based in St. Louis where they are constantly developing new designs that you’ll love. One of the things I love about this company is that their watches are a sophisticated mix of natural and largely reclaimed materials, combined with quality movements and components. So you can feel good about your purchase knowing you’re supporting a great company and getting a quality item.

What I love about this watch:

  • I love to have standout accessories I can wear daily that are eye-catching and unique! This watch is definitely a beautiful watch that gets noticed!
  • Compared to other wood watches, this wood watch stands out due to its high quality, exquisite craftsmanship, and adaptable style. You can wear this watch with anything and it stands out!
  • The watch is beautiful. The color, the intricate detail, the wood, everything about this watch is gorgeous!
  • The self- winding feature is beautiful, mesmerizing and calming. It’s definitely one of my favorite features!

JORD Koa Wood Rose Gold Watch

I bet you have some questions now, specifically if you’re looking to give this as a gift.
Here are some commonly asked questions and the answers to them:

Can this watch be engraved? Most watch back plates can be engraved! All Cedar Humidor boxes are can be engraved as well!
Does the watch come fitted? The watches can be sized for the recipient.
Are the watches customizable? Most watches have additional options for customization – mixing and matching faces and woods!
Is there a warranty? Every watch comes with a one year warranty.
How much is shipping? Shipping is FREE, worldwide!

Are you ready to own a JORD watch? Enter to win a $100 toward any watch here: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/theartofadventures
And you’ll receive a coupon for 10% off just for participating!

JORD Koa Wood Rose Gold Watch

I just want to say thank you to JORD for collaborating with me on this post, for sending me such a beautiful watch and hosting this giveaway! I’m so excited to wear this watch and have it be a part of my everyday wear!


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New Experience at Animal Kingdom: Animation Experience

New Experience at Animal Kingdom: Animation Experience

There’s a new experience at Animal Kingdom that just started two days ago! It’s called the Animation Experience and it’s located in the Conservation Station.

Yup, that’s right! The train to the Conservation Station where you can pet the animals, see the vet area and experience a few other things is open again and it has a new feature: you can learn to draw some of your favorite Disney animals!

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We were able to check out this area again last night and draw our own Timon. What I really loved about this is that they were, of course, very child friendly. There are picnic style tables with crayons in the back and a matching coloring page for kids. Or they can sit with the family and draw with a pencil. Elodie chose to do a mix of the two (and of course some running around, because she’s a toddler haha). I was actually impressed at how family friendly this experience was as I thought it would be more geared toward adults and my husband would be out petting the animals with Elodie while I got some mom quiet time – which would also be a nice option!

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They run the Animation Experience at specific times, currently it’s around every 45 minutes from 10 AM to 4:45 PM as listed in the picture below. You can get a FastPass+ for it if it’s available although I’ve noticed they’ve been not too available yet. Yesterday, it wasn’t needed but I’m not sure if it would be worth usually getting one – it will probably depend on how popular this gets as there is only enough room as the seats allow. If you definitely want a good seat, it would probably be worth trying to get one. Otherwise, I’d probably opt for the longer wait rides like Flight of Passage and Kilimanjaro Safari!

The Animation Experience Conservation Station Animal Kingdom Walt Disney World

Overall, I loved this opportunity to learn how to draw Timon from one of my favorite movies of all time, Lion King. And I loved that it was a nice, relaxing, cool (love anything with AC in the summer) activity for the whole family!

Tell me… will you be checking out The Animation Experience at the Animal Kingdom? Are you excited that The Conservation Station and the train are open again?