W Family Beach Session | Longboat Key, Anna Maria, & Bradenton Photographer

This is one of the summer sessions that almost didn’t happen.  From Louisiana, the client was only here for a day since her son was in the state for a baseball tournament and of course it was one of those baaaad summer days with abundant storms.  I was fixated watching the radar for the couple of hours leading up to the shoot with occasional texts to her regarding the weather which needless to say, grew more frequent as the time grew closer to the shoot!  It stormed as they were crossing the Palma Sola Causeway but then the storm began to let up and I said I could be at the public beach in eight minutes.  And eight minutes it was!!   Thanks Missy – you were so flexible considering the conditions weren’t ideal.  You have two beautiful sons….I LOVE that image of them holding hands in the gulf.  It’s precious.


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P Family Beach Session | Longboat Key & Bradenton FL Photographer

This beautiful and fun family hails from Canada and this session was a gift to the parents who were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.  Funny story on how the daughter came to choose me as their photographer….she was searching online and viewing websites and when she came to mine, she saw their relatives – also from Canada – on my blog whom I had photographed the previous summer!  I love their images and the weather just barely held out for us, but on the other hand, gave us some great light.

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M Family Beach Session | Longboat Key & Bradenton FL Photographer

This beautiful family was visiting Longboat Key from Illinois recently and we managed to get our session in before it started to rain. Their son was adorable……right down to his nifty shirt and shorts.  The whole family looked GREAT and this is a wonderful example of what to wear for a beach session.  I hope they’ll be back soon – and with their new addition to the family!  Congratulations!

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Food Photography & Styling | July 2013 Challenge | Seasonal | Sarasota-Bradenton Food Photographer

Hey friends!!  As usual, I am rushed this month as I need to pack for another trip to Boston.  Wasn’t sure if I was going to make this month’s food photography and styling challenge with The Inspired Plate, but I was determined to do so!!!!  This month’s theme is “seasonal” which is a tricky one here in Florida because most produce goes OUT of season at this time of the summer.  I asked the Sarasota Farmer’s Market folks, and Googled as well to find that there were actually a few fruits and veggies in season in July…..dragon fruit and watermelon were on the list.  Dragon Fruit?!?

Hmmm….I have never used dragon fruit.  The Fresh Market in Bradenton carried it this past week so I purchased it, hoping to come up with some type of recipe!!

Being that it’s hot and humid, a cold, refreshing soup came to mind.  I combined watermelon and dragon fruit, along with lime juice, agave nectar, ground coriander, and cayenne pepper.  I added a splash of lemon-lime Perrier……but really wanted to add a big splash of Prosecco – and I would have if I wasn’t leaving for Boston in the morning!

The swirl of crème fraîche just added a beautiful bit of richness.

And then I shot this outside.  In 90 degree temps and humidity off the charts.  After JUST arriving home from the salon with a – well what was  – a perfect salon blow-out.  Oh. Well.

If  I had time?!?  I would have added a champagne glass to demonstrate the Processo in the soup, and perhaps a glimpse of the bottle.

Please venture along our blog circle to see what the other ladies came up with!  Next up is the fabulous Jayme Franklin, San Francisco Bay Area Food Photography - her work is absolutely gorgeous.




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Jennifer Olson | Pretty-Eats - July 29, 2013 - 11:18 am

Stacey, love these colors!! I’ve never tried a soup like this but you’ve inspired me for our next heat spell!! YUM!

Kim - Liv Life - July 29, 2013 - 11:24 am

Oh, Stacey! I always love the mood your photos bring. I just want to sit down and enjoy that soup with you. I’ve never tried dragon fruit, but I’m loving the combo you have here. Beautifully done!

Kat - July 29, 2013 - 11:35 am

What a beautiful color! That looks so refreshing.I love the dish and napkin you styled it with, it goes perfectly.

Laurie - July 30, 2013 - 4:32 pm

WOW Stacey!! The colors are so gorgeous.. it makes your food pop!! I have never had this kind of soup.. you are so creative!!! I’ve had cold peanut butter soup. :) But never a fruit soup, although I have a recipe for cantaloupe soup. I have got to get more creative!! Great post!!

Tammy Bilodeau - August 5, 2013 - 10:14 pm

Ohh looks so yummy Stacey. Such a pretty colour soup and I love the bowl you’ve used. Great work :)