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Welcome!  I am a pet and portrait photographer located in {usually} sunny Jacksonville, Florida. I specialize in natural light and outdoor settings.

If you would like to contact me please fill out my request information page.  From there I will be glad to answer any questions you may have about my photography and packages that start at $50.00.  In the meantime, feel free to add me as a Facebook friend or follow me on Twitter.  Talk to you soon!    

~Carmen

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{Katie} Photo Shoot

September 16th, 2013

Meet Katie. She’s beautiful. She has an awesome smile. She has a great sense of humor. She’s a great friend. She loves God and her life’s work involves being a missionary. She works with women involved in the sex trade. You can read more about

 

Meet Katie.

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She’s beautiful. She has an awesome smile. She has a great sense of humor. She’s a great friend. She loves God and her life’s work involves being a missionary. She works with women involved in the sex trade. You can read more about her on her blog. I can say with 100% certainty that Katie appeared in my life just at the right time and I thank God that we met! She leaves for Spain in one week!

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Between her textured scarves, colorful clothing and unique jewelry she had so much going on I just wanted to keep taking photos of all the details.

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Another thing about Katie is she has these awesome scarves that she’s collected from all over the world. The one below was handmade by women coming out of the sex trade. Rethreaded is a local company, here in Jacksonville that…

“…provides a four-month holistic training program for women in the Jacksonville, Florida area who are coming out of lives of addiction, violence, human trafficking, and prostitution. Many of these women leave prison with felony records, creating significant challenges to employment. Rethreaded is a safe place where women are paid a living wage to become artisan seamstresses and “upcycle” donated t-shirts into new creations for sale.”

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You should “like” them on Facebook! Okay, now back to Katie.

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I have to tell you that when Katie arrived on scene her car looked as though she was in the process of moving. Probably because she had stuffed 8 rugs, 25 pillows and one lamp on the inside. Oh, and clothes. Lots of clothes.

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We spread it all out on the ground and made it look like a living room. In the middle of the park. So it looked a little something like this.

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We got some funny looks. But, it was fun.

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~ Carmen

P.S – Katie, I am sooooooo sooooooo glad you’re now a part of my life. (Even if it IS when you’re going to be 10,000 miles away). You’ve also touched every one of my friends that were able to meet you and we are all going to miss you! Can’t wait to see you next time! I’ll hold down the fort. ;) I made this picture for you with your favorite Bible verse. Love you!

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{Liana & Cara} Photo Shoot

September 12th, 2013

I was so happy when Liana contacted me about a photo shoot of her daughter! This little girl is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! She was great to photograph. During the photo shoot Cara had a visit from two little friends…Madison and Kielei. And

 

I was so happy when Liana contacted me about a photo shoot of her daughter! This little girl is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! She was great to photograph. During the photo shoot Cara had a visit from two little friends…Madison and Kielei. And now for the many faces of Cara…

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She looks so serious! LOL I love it.

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And here’s Cara with her mom, Liana.

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Madison, Kieleiand Cara played and eventually I pulled Cara and Liana away to take this photo. What? The sign in the background is fun.

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I love this little bear. Cara’s daddy is in the Navy and is currently stationed somewhere in the Mediterranean. If you don’t know about Operation Gratitude you should check it out. http://www.operationgratitude.com/

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And then we found this little path.

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And we were REALLY grateful that Madison and Kielei’s mom, Jordan, brought this rocking chair with her to our photo shoot! And then we played in the field!

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and then I tried to get all of the girls to pose in the chair…

 

 

 

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But Madison didn’t have time for the rocking chair. She did, however, have time for bubbles. (and a grumpy-ish face)

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And here is what Kielei had for us.

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The thing about Kielei is she will try anything once. If only for a minute. She will also eat anything. Well, except for blueberries. She doesn’t like those. Here is her daddy giving her a flower. Her mommy (Jordan) is holding her.

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Cara’s mom, Liana, knows Jordan and Kielei because she works at the daycare on the Navy base. Liana is one of her teachers. :-) The next two photos need none of my drab commentary. But *sniff* how sweet (and sad) are they?

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There were more pictures but I’m seriously overwhelmed by all of them. I hope this collage of photos tells a story and makes sense. As soon as Andrew (Cara’s daddy and Liana’s hubby), gets back from deployment we will do a family photo shoot! Sending prayers and blessings to this sweet family and all of our service men and women serving our country.

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~ Carmen

P.S. – Note to self: When you tell a client to meet you at “the field” you should probably have a landmark. Like, other than just “the field” off Roosevelt. You know, the field. *lol*

P.P.S – See below for the “after photo shoot” shenanigans. They were all beating on the back of Alex’s truck. Good way to end the night.

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{Holly & Alberto} Are Having a Baby!

July 3rd, 2013

Well, actually they’ve already HAD the baby. This post is just late. *-* Better late than never…?       Look at these little shoes! Here is Holly with her sister, Stephanie. These guy kept my laughing. Dad’s a


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Well, actually they’ve already HAD the baby. This post is just late. *-* Better late than never…?

 

 

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Look at these little shoes!

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Here is Holly with her sister, Stephanie.

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These guy kept my laughing. Dad’s a firefighter and mom is a nurse.

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This was a great spot to take photos! So many trees!

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and…haha!!

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Love you guys!

~ Carmen

P.S – Holly’s sister, Stephanie…she’s my BFF and Holly was the photographer in these! Thanks, Holly!

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{The Hernandez Wedding} Shhhhh…they eloped

April 2nd, 2013

Rick & Krystal met in the summer of 2011. She was a server in a restaurant at the beach and when he walked in it was pretty much over. Krystal says “you know how people always tell you that “you’ll just know”, well this was definitely one of

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Rick & Krystal met in the summer of 2011. She was a server in a restaurant at the beach and when he walked in it was pretty much over. Krystal says “you know how people always tell you that “you’ll just know”, well this was definitely one of those “you just know” situations”.  One of the first romantic trips they took was to St Augustine so they decided it would be the perfect place to return as a family and exchange vows. They decided to get married at The Love Tree.

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Apparently if you kiss underneath the “Love Tree” your love will last forever.

Also, as I was editing these sweet photos I found I kept listening to this song {which you should listen to right now}

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Man this is such a beautiful family!

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…and back at The Love Tree

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Seriously?!? The look on Ezra’s face…so adorable. He was so sweet and friendly. Here’s what I totally love about Krystal…she pays attention to the details. Just look at this awesome banner! She went crazy on Etsy. {and even bought me a gift! How flippin’ sweet is this woman!}

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I’m glad we took photos early because it started raining as soon as they exchanged their vows!  I really really really loved the banner and the colors she chose for her wedding details couldn’t have been more perfect! Below is Ezra’s little pin for his outfit.

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A few more details…”YAY!!!”

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The exchange of vows ceremony was sweet with just a few people stopping to watch.

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I love black & white edits at weddings. They have a certain feel to them that the color versions do not. I like to add a little grain to them so it seems like they were taken with my old school Canon 35mm

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This is what passerby’s saw

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And in the end, this was such a beautiful wedding that I feel very grateful to have been a part of. Thank you Rick, Krystal & Ezra for letting me capture this special event.

~ Carmen

P.S. – Krystal gave me a gift (a beautifully wrapped one)! It was this beautiful bag that has little cameras on it. I’d never received a gift from a bride before!

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P.P.S – A photog friend of mine, Fred (I call him FredD), came with me to St Augustine to help me photograph the wedding. I’m sure you’ll be hearing more about FredD in the future!

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{Rinah, Madison & Amber} Photo Shoot

March 25th, 2013

I’ve known Rinah since high school. One of our favorite memories is doing a silly dance in Drama class to the song I Heard It Through The Grapevine. We laughed the entire time and I’m pretty sure we failed the assignment. Either way, it’s awesome to


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I’ve known Rinah since high school. One of our favorite memories is doing a silly dance in Drama class to the song I Heard It Through The Grapevine. We laughed the entire time and I’m pretty sure we failed the assignment. Either way, it’s awesome to reconnect with long time friends and I was able to meet both of her daughters for the first time ever! Her oldest {Amber} is 17 and her youngest {Madison} is 10.

This is my beautiful friend, Rinah and some photos of our recent mini-session.

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Okay folks, looking good at 37, or what?!?

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I think so. And speaking of beautiful…this is Amber.

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Thank you El Olivo’s Mexican restaurant for letting us use your front porch.

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Here’s a little “behind the scenes” action. Meet Madison.

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She wasn’t thrilled about getting her photo taken. There were only 2 times she posed for photos. One…

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2! Alright, she didn’t actually POSE for that one but I like the way I used my mad shutter skills and snapped that one before she ran away. Pretty much all the rest of the photos of Madison looked something like this.

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Here’s a photo of Rinah and Amber that turned out to be adorable.

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Finally, I took about 50 photos of Amber dancing in circles. Add mom and this is what you get.

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Doesn’t that look fun?

Well folks, that about does it. Thanks for viewing. Happy Easter and Happy Spring!

~ Carmen

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{Bella} Photo Shoot

March 19th, 2013

I’ve known Bella since she was this age… Yep, that’s me! I was twenty-something. I believe that photo was cut out and put in a scrapbook, which is why the background looks like patterned paper. :-) My dad was Lieutenant at the Fire Department


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I’ve known Bella since she was this age…

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Yep, that’s me! I was twenty-something. I believe that photo was cut out and put in a scrapbook, which is why the background looks like patterned paper. :-) My dad was Lieutenant at the Fire Department when Bella’s dad started working there and that’s how our families met. When Daryl contacted me about a photo shoot with Bella I was elated! I haven’t seen them much since I moved to Jacksonville so I happily made a trip back home. Here are some of the wonderful, colorful shots we took near some graffiti.

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BellaBlog1See how beautiful she is? The graffiti is awesome too! I think Bella went to “how to naturally pose for a photography session” school because I hardly did any directing.

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After our graffiti session we drove downtown.

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Anddddd after THAT we drove to the park. This next photo of Bella was taken when she was 4. She will be 14 this month. Ten year difference, taken on the same stairs!

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How cute is that? Yeah. Cute. I’m finding it difficult determining a favorite out of this session but I really love the next few.

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I think she looks like an Indian princess in that one.  ^^

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Of course I had to get a wispy shot of that necklace and lace. :-)

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And finally, some shots in the grass.

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I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for viewing.

~ Carmen

P.S. – That pic of me?!? Ha!

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{Easter/Spring Special}

March 14th, 2013

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~ Carmen

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{Photo Challenge} Day 1

March 1st, 2013

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Read iheartfaces photo challenge guidelines here:

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I also decided that I’ll post a final collage of all the photos I take over the next 30 days at the end of March. That way I don’t have to post a photo every day and clog up my feed.  :-)
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{Connor & Jonah} Photo Shoot

January 11th, 2013

These two were the cutest!  Jonah just turned 2 and Connor is 5!   Goodness.  These boys are totally cute.  Connor wasn’t very excited about being still for photos.  He was still, however, when his mom pulled out his play gun and


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These two were the cutest!  Jonah just turned 2 and Connor is 5!

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Goodness.  These boys are totally cute.  Connor wasn’t very excited about being still for photos.  He was still, however, when his mom pulled out his play gun and badge.

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Funny how that worked out.  *tips hat* Sheriff

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Oh this face…

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Let’s see what else we have here.  Oh yes.  More cuteness.

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Look at those blue eyes!

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Seriously.  Is it the tie?

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I did manage to capture some really cute images of Connor…in between silly faces.

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and last but not least, this cute thing.  Brotherly love?

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Well folks, thanks for viewing.

~ Carmen

P.S – Hope you like the colors and tones in the photos.  I recently purchased some new actions and I love the colors!

P.P.S – Here’s what part of the shoot looked like from my point of view:

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{Emma} Photo Shoot

January 2nd, 2013

Don’t let this cute little face fool you. This girl is full of spunk. and when I say “spunk” I mean attitude.  Here’s an example: Me: hey Emma can you roll your boots down for this picture Emma: nope Me: okay then I kinda feel


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Don’t let this cute little face fool you. This girl is full of spunk.

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and when I say “spunk” I mean attitude.  Here’s an example:

Me: hey Emma can you roll your boots down for this picture

Emma: nope

Me: okay then

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I kinda feel like this one is a diva in training.  But she can get away with it because she’s adorable.  So there’s that.

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Emma’s mom, Heather, started to change her into another outfit in the back of the SUV and Emma said “Um, we need to find somewhere else to change”.  The following photos is one of my favorites.

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I’m not really sure how I got her to make that face but it went a little something like…

 

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This is one taken as the sun was setting over Lake McCloud in Eagle Lake, Florida.  Andddd I love it!

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Thanks Emma & Heather for participating in this wonderful photo shoot.  It will forever be one of the best memories I have before moving to South Carolina. ~ Carmen

P.S – these photos were taken with a new camera body {Canon 5D Mark II} and a new lens {Canon 35mm f/1.4L}

P.P.S – best Emmaism was when her dad asked what she wanted for her birthday and she said “well, I DO need a car” and her dad said well, you’re only 4 soooo…hahaHA

P.P.P.S …here are some outakes?  I don’t know what to call them.  But, they’re cute.

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