Sonderegger Family | Fall 2014: Boynton Beach Family Portraits

I have been a bad photographer blogger and missed blogging all of my sessions from August to November. As such, I will be blogging these sessions throughout the next couple of months or so. This session is from mid-August 2014.

The Sondereggers are totally awesome (you may recognize their awesomeness because I’ve photographed them before!). I’ve known them for nearly 15 years and I love getting to interact with the whole group of them.

Michael, the eldest son, headed off to Florida State University at the end of August, so with the summer sun fading, we set out to Boynton Beach to capture one last memory of all the boys at home.

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And then, Carrie grabbed my camera and I jumped in for this ridiculous one. Because what else do you do with three teenage boys who you’ve known since they were in diapers? ūüėõ

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Thank you Carrie, Fred, Michael, Andrew, and Justin! It was great to hang out with you guys and I had a blast taking your portraits!

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Vera is Three | Miami Children’s Portrait Session

It isn’t very often that I get to capture children. It isn’t that I don’t love doing it, but since my specialty tends to be high school seniors and families, I don’t often get requests to for children’s portraits. I really love doing them, and so I was especially excited when one of my friends asked me to do a portrait session to celebrate her daughter turning three.

Tatina had¬†a great vision for Vera’s session. We would highlight Vera’s favorite color, pink, and also celebrate her being such a big girl now. Her first outfit, a beautiful black and white dress and bright pink bow, was the epitome of little girl sophistication.

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We also decided to use balloons so that Vera could have fun celebrating turning three. Tatiana got these fantastic balloons online and they were so much fun to incorporate into the session. I just loved how they moved with the breeze and brought such color and movement to the photographs. After we were done, Vera selflessly offered these balloons to some children who were playing in the park nearby. Such an awesome girl!

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I really wanted to capture all of Vera’s personality and details. Afterall, you only get to be three once, and it is such a lovely age to be. She is learning so much and I was so impressed with how smart she is!

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Vera is such an amazing little girl and it was a joy to spend some time with her! She is funny, sweet, and incredibly joyful. Thank you, Tatiana for allowing me to capture your incredible daughter!

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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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Ally | South Florida Dance Recital Portrait Session

I danced from the age of two and a half until I was nineteen. Jazz, ballet, tap, you name it. I was on dance teams in both high school (shout out to my Atlantic High School Eagle-Ettes & Co.) and college. To this day, I would rather dance than do pretty much anything else active in my free time, and zumba is my favorite workout.

You can imagine how happy I was to get the opportunity to capture Ally in her costume for her upcoming jazz dance recital with her dance studio. Ally is an awesome girl who shined in her session; both figuratively and literally. Check out the snazz on her costume!

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Ally was an absolute dream to photograph!! She is a beautiful girl inside and out. Thank you to Ally, and her mom Rosemary, for allowing me to capture this awesome moment in her life!

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Sonderegger Family + Grandparents | Spring 2014: South Florida Family Portraits

When I was in highschool, I used to baby-sit the Sonderegger boys two to three times a month. It hard for me to believe that now the eldest of these boys, Michael, is officially graduated from high school and heading off to FSU in the fall. To celebrate Michael’s graduation, both sets of his grandparents came into town, and it was an awesome opportunity to capture this amazing extended family!

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Thank you to Carrie + Fred for allowing me to capture such a special time in your family’s life. Congratulations on Michael’s graduation! He is such an incredible young man!

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Angela: FAU Graduation Portrait Session: Boca Raton/ Delray Beach Portrait Photography

Angela is a beautiful and vibrant young woman who is graduating with a Master’s Degree in mathematics in May from Florida Atlantic University. To commemorate this amazing accomplishment, Angela and I planned a portrait session that took place on FAU’s campus in Boca Raton and the nearby Atlantic Dunes Park.

The first stop was FAU’s Boca campus, which is bright and lush– the perfect setting for portraits.

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We found this awesome FAU Owls logo sign over on the far side of campus, along with a large wall that commemorates the alumni of the school.

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Once we were done on campus, we headed north to Atlantic Dunes Park. Since Angela is from Texas, she wanted to have some portraits taken on the beautiful South Florida beach to commemorate her time here.

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Angela also pushed me to try something new by using a picture frame as a prop for some shots. I really like how this series came together.

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Finally, I really wanted to capture Angela just having fun. She has accomplished so much and I know that she is so happy to be graduating with her Master’s degree. These last few frames were all about just letting loose and enjoying the moment.

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I had such a great time working with this girl! Thank you, Angela, for choosing me as your photographer!

Are you graduating from high school or college? Schedule a portrait session with me soon so you will have plenty of time to use your awesome photos for announcements and gifts! Mention this blog post and get a free 8X10 print with your session. 

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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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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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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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Michelle Class of 2014: Downtown Delray, South Florida Portrait Session

I am going to start this post with a warning: there are about to be a LOT of photos in this post. I just can’t help myself. Michelle’s senior session was just so darn fun and she’s gorgeous. Seriously, the camera loves her!

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I’ve known Michelle since she was about 4 years old (Eep! That makes me¬†old.) and as soon as I knew I was going to be doing her senior portraits, I was ecstatic. It has been such a joy to watch Michelle blossom into the young woman she is today. Not only is Michelle beautiful on the outside, she is a kick butt volleyball player with a heart of gold.

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Michelle wanted to go for a more urban feel for her senior session, and one of my favorite local urban areas is Downtown Delray Beach on Atlantic Avenue. There is just such a charm to the area and there are also a ton of different locations to try. The photos above were taken at the historic Old School Square Museum building, a cultural arts icon in the city.

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Of course Michelle’s naturally fun and vibrant personality always shines through!

Next it was time for a style change! From girly and pretty to modern rock.

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Love this girl’s style!

The Pineapple Grove Arts District made for the perfect backdrop for some more edgy photos. I am in love with this series!

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When I asked Michelle was her favorite dessert was, she enthusiastically shouted, “Ice cream!” So of course, we headed to the iconic Kilwin’s to get some of the best.

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After ice cream, it was time to take advantage of the uniqueness of living in South Florida– Atlantic Avenue leads right down to a beautiful beach! And when we got there, the light was incredible.

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I seriously could not have asked for more! The sun, the sky, the sea grass– it was all perfect!

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Last, but certainly not least, we decided to show off Michelle’s rocking volleyball skills. This girl has already been signed since her junior year to play college volleyball. She dominates!

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Thank you so much, Michelle for allowing me to capture your senior portraits. You are an amazing young woman and I know the world has great things planned for you!

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