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Fall portrait sessions are in full swing and this lovely family was the first of the season.  We hung out at the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in the late afternoon and captured these fun photos.  It’s very easy to reserve a session – all the details are over on this page.  You can choose between a Mini or Full Session – and most of my sessions are scheduled at the Botanical Gardens with complimentary entry.  Let  me know if you have any questions!


It truly is an honor when I get the chance to photograph a growing family. It was not that long ago that I photographed little Caroline’s 6 month session – and now Mom is pregnant with baby No #2.  The last time I saw Miss Caroline – she barely had any hair – and now she’s walking and smiling even brighter – and has a beautiful head of hair.  Mom & Dad have decided to wait until delivery to find out if they will be introducing a little brother or sister.  That is super exciting!!!


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Fall Outdoor Session Availability

Scheduling is officially open for fall session dates!  Your Session includes your digital files to use for your personal printing which you will receive with 7 days from your session. All sessions will begin an hour or so before sunset in order to take advantage of the glorious light.

Full 60 minute Sessions (up to 6 subjects & $35 for each additional subject) are scheduled any day of the week.
Mini 30 minute Sessions (up to 4 subjects) are only scheduled Monday-Thursday and one Sunday a month.

Sessions are reserved on a first come first served basis, and $75 is required to reserve your spot on the calendar with the remaining due on the day of your session.

$450 Full Session – includes 30 plus digital files
$300 Mini Session – includes 15-20 digital files

The times listed below are approximate and may need to be adjusted slightly depending on the sunset.  Full Sessions scheduled during the week will begin at the first time listed. I only schedule one Full Session a day during the week.

Please take a look at the calendar for my availability.  When you are ready to book or have any questions about times, pricing, and what comes included with your session – fill out the Fall Session Form and I will contact you with all the details. CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT FALL SESSION FORM



Sun 30th 4:30 & 5:30


Tue 1st 5:30 & 6 p.m.
Wed 5:30 & 6 p.m.
Thus 3rd 5:30 & 6 p.m.
Fri 4th 5:30 p.m.
Sat 5th 4:30 & 5:00 pm.
Sun 6th: Mini Sessions: 3, 3:30,   Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Mon 7th 4:30 & 5:00 p.m.
Wed 9th 4:30 & 5:00 p.m.
Thus 10th 4:30 & 5:00 p.m.
Fri 11th 4:30 & 5:00 p.m.
Sat 12th 3:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Mon 14th 4:30 & 5 p.m.
Tues 15th 4:30 & 5 pm.
Wed 16th 4:30 & 5 p.m.
Thus 17th 4:30 & 5 p.m.
Fri 18th 5 p.m.
Sat 19th 3:30 & 4:30 p.m.
Sun 20th 3:30 & 4:30 pm.
Monday 21st 4:30 & 5:00
Tuesday 22nd 4:30 & 5:00
Mon 28th 4:30 & 5 p.m.
Tues 29th 4:30
Wed 30th 4:30 & 5 p.m.


Thus 1st 4:15 & 4:45 p.m.
Fri 2nd 4:15 p.m.
Sat 3rd 3 p .m.
Sun 4th 3 & 4 p.m.
Mon 5th 4:15 & 4:45 p.m.
Tue 6th 4:15 & 4:45 p.m.
Wed 7th 4:15 & 4:45 pm
Thus 8th 4:15 & 4:45 pm
Sat 10th 3 & 4 p.m.
Sunday 11th Mini Sessions: 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 p.m. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Mon 12th 4:15 & 4:45 pm.
Tues 13th 4:15 & 4:45 pm
Wed 14th 4:15 & 4:45 pm
Thus 15th 4:15 & 4:45 pm
Fri 16th 4:45 pm
Sat 17th 3 & 4 p.m.
Sun 18th 3 & 4 pm.

For more information, please contact me at  OR CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT FALL SESSION FORM



I’ve started using the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville as my outdoor studio! It really saves on location scouting because everything that I love is at the gardens.  Water scenes, flowers with lots of color, whimsical gardens, and so much more. Of course I have no problem going to other locations if my clients have a favorite spot – but lately – the majority of my sessions have been here and its been awesome!   Here is a recent maternity session I photographed at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens – the couple is so lovely and are expecting their first child.  Mom-t0-be even brought along her family for a few special images before baby is born.

We captured Sara’s U.F. graduation session at a place she has spent so much time at in the last 4 years – the Architecture Building.  I love this place! We were also lucky that a there was an amazing field of yellow wildflowers around the U.F. bat house – now if only someone can figure out how to make them blue and orange!

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