Kaylee | Class of 2014: South Florida Senior Session [Delray Beach]

When Kaylee first contacted me, I was immediately impressed with her. This high school junior had just graduated a year early, and because of that amazing accomplishment, she never got a chance to do senior pictures. Already accepted and heading to FSU in just a few weeks, Kaylee wanted to surprise her mom with senior pictures of herself to celebrate her incredible accomplishment. I could not have been more thrilled to help Kaylee accomplish that goal, and with the rain holding, we were able to do just that.

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In the middle of shooting our session, we both saw something moving in the grass. Unsure of what it was, we proceeded cautiously, only to find this adorable little bunny wanted in on the action!

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Thank you, Kaylee, for allowing me to help you celebrate such an amazing and exciting time in your life. I know that when you head off to FSU in a week, it is going to be the start of an awesome journey. I wish you nothing but the best as you embark on this new phase of your life. Congratulations!

Camile Teresa Photography is booking the class of 2015 right now! Contact me to reserve your session as spots for the summer and early fall fill quickly! If you are in the class of 2014 and missed your senior pictures, it isn’t too late. I’d love to help you celebrate your success! 

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Vi Living: Lantana Corporate Session

Vi Living is a beautiful independent & assisted senior living facility located in Lantana, Florida. I happen to go to church with the Executive Director, Penny Smith. When she contacted me to do the facilities annual group photo and updated headshots, I couldn’t have been happier. The staff at Vi Living was great to work with and I had a wonderful time capturing them.

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And here are a few of my favorite head shots:

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Thank you to Penny and the Vi Living staff for allowing me to capture your wonderful personalities. It was a pleasure!

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J: Valentine’s Day Boudoir

Boudoir photography is something I have always loved. Adding it to my professional repertoire has been a dream of mine for some time now and I am so happy that I have gotten to do several of these sessions recently. The thing I love about boudoir is that is is for a specific person and all about making a woman feel beautiful and sensual.

While most of the shots from J’s session a few weeks ago are private and for her husband’s eyes only, she did allow me to share a few of the more “general” ones here on the blog.

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J, thank you so much for choosing me as your photographer and allowing me to share some of your images. You are beautiful and amazing!!

If you are interested in doing a session like this and would like to see more examples from this type of session, please contact me so that I can share images with you privately (women only, please).

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A Behind the Scenes Wedding Story

For the Malone wedding I photographed in July, Jackie of Photostyle Boutique was my fantastic second shooter. Jackie and I met a couple of years ago as we both got involved in PARK Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to Perform Acts of Random Kindness. When I learned that Jackie was also a photographer, I knew we would be instant friends. Our similar attitudes, work ethic, and sense of humor make working together a joy.

My intern, Chris, also joined me for the Malone wedding. As you may know, I am also a high school teacher and Chris was a student of mine for four years. He graduated this past May and has won numerous local, state, and national awards for his work as a photographer in scholastic journalism (he’s a great writer too).

Now, rarely am I in front of a camera lens (being a photographer means that I am always the one taking pictures, not posing for them) but shooting with Jackie and Chris gave me the rare opportunity to actually be in front of the camera for some shots at the wedding.  You see I went to college with the groom, Jon, and knew some of the bridal party as well. Not to mention the fact that the bride, Melissa, is sweet as can be and we had already become friendly from their engagement shoot a couple of months earlier.

With three photographers in the room, I was able to grab a shot with both Chris & Jackie.

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And take some shots of my awesome shooters hard at work!

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This fun couple loved Jackie so much that they begged me to take some pictures with them and her. They were too funny!

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Last but not least, I couldn’t resist some pictures with the bride and groom throwing up “the U” to represent our alma mater, the University of Miami.

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Jon and Melissa are such a fun couple that shooting their wedding was more like attending a big party with all your friends rather than work. Jackie, Chris, and I had the best time!

As you can imagine, a lot goes into wedding photography. After all, the photographer(s), bride, and groom pretty much spend the entire day together, and other than the bridal party, no other person will spend more time with the bride and groom. That is why I think the relationship between the photographer and the bride and groom is such an important one. Weddings also have a LOT going on, which is why a trusted second shooter (or two) is invaluable. Hiring a second shooter allows for more coverage on the wedding day and the chance to get differing perspectives of the events.

I want to give a big THANK YOU to Jackie and Chris and all their hard work on the Malone wedding! Having them share this wedding with me was a great experience. To see more of her work, you can find Miami based photographer Jackie online at her website, facebook page, and instagram.  And you can find Chris online too at both his facebook page, and on 500px.

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BBCC Women’s Luncheon 2013

I have been attending Boynton Beach Community Church for 12 years now, and one of the main perks of moving back home to Palm Beach County this year is getting to attend this great church every single Sunday. My church is awesome and full of amazing, faithful women. Each year we have a women’s luncheon on the first Sunday in December to celebrate each other before the craziness of the holidays begins. It’s always a meaningful time that helps us to keep focused on the real reason for the season.

It is important for me to give back to my church community, and one of the ways I can do that is through photography.

The women of our church did an amazing job decorating our church space. The dolls on each table are vintage porcelain dolls and were donated to children in need after the event.

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I have to say, women really know what Christmas is all about: Jesus and yummy dessert! The dessert table was pretty fantastic.

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It was really nice to see everyone come together for such a special event.
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We even had a musical guest: The Kings Academy Choir! They sang beautiful songs that got everyone in the holiday spirit.

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Some of the girls from our church did a special performance of a song and dance, which was beautiful.
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Lastly, I had to include a shot of Dudley and Chris Hodges, the husband and wife duo that make BBCC such a great place to be.
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I love being able to share my gift with my church family. You can view the entire gallery from the Women’s Luncheon here at Pixieset.

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Winter Photo Challenge Week 4: Prism Photography

I am going to go ahead and be really honest here: I am terrible at prism photography. 

If you want to know what prism photography is, I recommend you go read this. The short version is that you take a prism, yes those triangle things from elementary school science class, and hold them up to the lens to manipulate your picture. Here is the hard part, you have to hold the camera, and hold the prism up to your lens, while trying to manually focus and push the shutter button. Granted, I probably should have just used a tripod, but tripods never really feel like “me” and I really thought I would be able to manage it all. Laughable in hindsight, but those are the lessons we need to learn.

When I was trying to take this week’s photo, I felt like an idiot who didn’t know anything about how to take a picture. While I think this photography looks cool when done well, it is obviously not for me. I don’t love it enough to have the patience it would take to really make a great photograph using this technique. 

That being said, I really did try, and this was the best I could do:

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I am not happy with this, at all, but it was the only one from the bunch that I even liked a little bit. *sigh* Here’s to hoping more success in next week’s challenge!

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Forgiveness

‘Cause we all make mistakes sometimes
And we’ve all stepped across that line
But nothing’s sweeter than the day we find
Forgiveness, forgiveness
And we all stumble and we fall
Bridges burn in the heat of it all
But nothing’s sweeter than the day, sweeter than the day we call out for forgiveness
— Toby Mac

Flowers, nature

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Happy Halloween!!

Last night I shot my church’s Fall Family Fun event, and the costumes were awesome! My favorite? Baby Elvis! He was just too cute.

Happy Halloween everyone!!

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Kaitlyn UM Grad School Graduation: Downtown Delray, South Florida Portrait Session

My good friend Kaitlyn is graduating from the University of Miami (my alma mater) in December with her Master’s Degree, so we celebrated with a portrait session for her graduation announcements. This gal is one of the best people I know and she’s gorgeous to boot! It made my job super easy.

We began in Downtown Delray, a place I love to shoot. There are just so many different hidden places to explore.

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The photo above has a meaning behind it that I think is fun to share. Kaitlyn is graduating with her degree in “Arts Presenting,” which is essentially music business for live venues. She knows a ton about the music industry and is an incredible singer herself. When we saw the “Invest in your arts center” sign, we just had to grab a pic!

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Lastly, we headed over to the beach for some more relaxed photos. Kaitlyn got to take her heels off and play in the waves. I’ll admit it– I may have had my feet in the water too. It was a gorgeous evening!

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The bittersweet part about this session is that it means that Kaitlyn will be moving back to Texas soon. I am going to miss her a lot, but I am also extremely proud of her and all she has accomplished. The world will see great things to come from this awesome woman!

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For photography, this is an excellent way for clients to be able to get quotes from photographers in their area. Now you can view and rate Camile Teresa Photography on Thumbtack! Simply visit my Thumbtack page to see what it is all about. I would definitely recommend using Thumbtack when you are looking to hire a service professional.

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