Boca Grande Beach Wedding Photo Shoot Was A Success...... 
I just returned back to Atlanta after being back in Florida for two photo shoots I had locked in for December 20th. Zack and Samantha had their Boca Grande Beach wedding on the 20th and what a beautiful day it was and what a beautiful wedding for two young people very much in love. Although it was a tad on the windy side the sun was shining brightly down on Zack and Samantha as they shared their wedding vows with each other. Such a joy to see two young people so in love.

I also had a Birthday photo shoot the morning of the 20th. After I got my photo obligations completed I was off to take care of some personal errands I needed to take care of. I was able to see my friends and got to share an early Birthday dinner compliments of John and Kimmer who treated me in Venice at a favorite place of ours called Scamotz. Then it was off to have my early Birthday creme brule at Cafe Venice. As usual everything was fantastic.

I then pointed my vehicle back to the North towards Atlanta. I had my Nephew Todd ride back with me as Co-Pilot. We arrived back around 2am and stayed up talking with family till 5am. Seeing all my Nephews playing and laughing together is what Christmas is all about. We will all be together this year in Atlanta sharing many laughs and making new memories together. It is dropping down into the low 20's tonight. I am hoping we get some snow for Christmas here it makes Christmas complete once the snow starts falling. If we don't receive snow the cold temperatures will help everyone get into the Christmas spirit..

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Tips On What To Wear To Photo Shoots 

I think style is part of your personality, it is a piece of what makes us each individuals and unique.

For family photos/larger groups, pick a three or four color combination and run with it. Make sure you do different variations of the color combination. We never suggest everyone to wear all the same colors. People get lost in the photos because they all look the same, and everyone is an individual! If your color combination is grey, yellow, and navy, then have person A wear a yellow shirt with a navy scarf, person B wear a white shirt with a grey cardigan sweater and person C wear a navy and white plaid shirt. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns in with solids


If the shoot is going to be in a park setting and there is a lot of green, choose colors that will go nicely with green, to help make your photos come alive! This often gets overlooked but in order to have a sucessful photo shot everyone needs to be on the same page when it comes to choosing colors that go with the surroundings of the photo shoot itself.


Ladies don’t be afraid to accessorize, the more interesting looking you are, the more interesting looking your photos will be. The camera loves the added touch a fun scarf can bring to a photograph. Guys, don’t be afraid to accessorize as well. A cool hat can help make a photo much more interesting. You would be surprised how much one simple accessory in a photo can change the entire look of the photo.


Be comfortable in what you are wearing, if you are comfortable, then you are confident and that will show in your photos. If you are not comfortable with what you are wearing that too will show up in the photos.


Don’t be afraid to be a little risky! A lot of times we become too comfortable and forget to try to stand out in the crowd. However, every time you take that risk, people seem to notice you and throw compliments your way. Let me be the first to tell you, the camera loves a little risk in style! I’m not saying you need to go overboard with change in style, but just don’t settle because it’s easier. Make sure you like the way you look in whatever it is you choose to wear.

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Remember the true meaning of Christmas this Holiday Season ........ 
Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. Far too may people have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. if you know someone that lives close by that will be alone for Christmas invite them over. You cannot even imagine what joy it could and would bring someone all alone during the Christmas Holiday. Not only will it bring them joy it also will bring joy to your own heart!

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree..... is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other..

I have a Christmas Eve Birthday hence the spelling of my name
"Merry " ..... For me the best Christmas / Birthday present Santa could ever bring me is the gathering of family and friends to celebrate such a joyous day.....

The special memories that are created be spending time with family and friends are priceless. There is no material gift that could ever compare.....Remember who and what are important this Holiday Season.. Open your hearts to those who are in need . They are all around us we just have to be looking in order to find them and share with them.

Photos last forever.......Photos sometimes speak the words others cannot. Canvas, faux as well as frame photos make wonderful gifts to give our loved ones.

I am still running my Christmas Card Photo Shoot special of $ 60.00 for 50 - 75 high resolution images on a photo cd. I will be in Florida from December 17th -20th for photo shoots I have already commited to, so if you need your Christmas photos taken for your 2012 Christmas cards get in touch with me. They can be done same day so plenty of time to get them in the mail before Christmas. (Christmas Photos Below )......

Bentley is all ready for Christmas

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December Is Going To Be A Busy Month For My Camera's... 
December is shaping up to be a very busy month. I just picked up two more photo shoots today. So the new website appears to be doing it's job :-)

Photographers are always busy during the Christmas Holidays...I am thankful to have the business. A Beach Wedding, Sweet 16 Birthday party, and a Family beach photo shoot are already in my calendar for this month. Oh and all my own family photo shoots as well as friends this month will surely keep me busy.

Paypal is now offered as a payment method on my new website. Coming soon I will have several different photo packages to choose from and pricing listed on the Paypal page. This makes it so much easier for my clients to pay right online. Clients will be able to go into a private gallery that is password protected to view their personal images I shot for them as soon as I upload them all. ( PRIVATE CLIENT PHOTO GALLERY PAGE IS UP AND OPERATING CONTACT ME FOR YOUR PASSWORD )

Photography has the capability to even capture the thoughts and feelings that cannot be expressed in any other form"

Pooles Mill Covered Bridge Cumming Georgia Beautiful Lake Ontario Sunset

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My New Website Goes Live Today!!!! 
Today is a very special day for a few reasons. Today my new website went live. It could not have happened on a more special day than today. Today is my Mother's Birthday. I have been working back and forth with my web designer from Atlanta as he and I went back and forth daily with thoughts and ideas to include in my new site. He lives in Southwest Florida but with today's technology we were able to stay connected throughout the entire process.

I hope you all were able to take a few moments to view my new site. I will be adding photos on a regular basis. I also will be adding new blog entries often to let you all know what new adventures I am on during this journey we call LIFE......

I have a couple of wedding shoots scheduled for later this month on Boca Grande back in Florida . Looking forward to capturing those clients some wonderful memories of their most special day that they will have to cherish a lifetime. I have been busy here in Atlanta shooting some Family Christmas card photo shoots. If you are wanting your family Holiday photos taken to give to the special people in your lives contact me soon Christmas is right around the corner.

A very big part of why I am so passionate about my photography is the joy I am able to bring to family , friends as well as to new clients by capturing their special memories of a lifetime .

Today I was on the receiving end of a special memory given to me and my family. A good friend of mine and his children who are all like "family " to me sent a video clip from 1992 they preserved of my Mother with his then young son Zak . My Mother loved the song "Lolipop" and she loved watching Zak sing and dance to that song while he tried making the "popping" sound that song is famous for. I must say Zak you sure had some great dance moves back then . Darin that video put a huge smile on my face and also quickly brought tears down my cheeks. My Mother is missed dearly each and everyday by all who were fortunate to have crossed paths with her in their lives. She was a special lady and I was blessed to have the right to call her "Mom" . Today we all remember her and the special memories we hold close to our hearts. Thank you again Darin Val, Trevor, Jesse and Zak.

Photos as well as video of loved ones that are preserved are priceless and no dollar amount could ever replace those memories .

I am looking forward to ringing in 2013 ..... Ready to leave 2012 behind for so many reasons. 2012 will always be a year I remember as " The Year That Gave Change A Whole New Meaning " I am working on a book right now called "Turning Point " I will keep you all updated on my progress. Once it is completed the search will begin to land a publisher.

A beautiful Hawk taken in Cumming Ga.
Great Fall Colors of Lauren

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