“I was never alive
‘Til the day I was blessed with you.
When I hold you late at night,
I know what I was put here to do.”

—”Angel’s Lullaby”

A few weeks ago, I met the Angels for a sunset maternity session on the beach, a gift from an excited soon-to-be aunt. From the moment I arrived, it was clear that raindrops would fall before the sun would set, and my sunset money-shot was gone with the wind. The sky was already rumbling, and the periodic raindrop on my arm kept me on my toes. Not exactly my idea of optimal shooting conditions. And yet, the weather provided two totally different backdrops — to the north there was nothing but light, and to the south the sky provided amazing shades of blue and gray.

The couple had recently finished decorating Baby Boy Angel’s nautically-inspired nursery and were patiently awaiting his arrival. Pregnancy did not slow this couple down. They were even more productive than normal, which is saying something. They shared and celebrated their joy with family and friends all along the way, and she easily worked up until her leave at 39 weeks. By then her petite frame was all baby, and the yet unnamed Angel was weighing in at more than eight pounds.

As I drove home that evening, I wondered who Baby Angel would look more like. Mom’s family is Colombian, Dad’s is German and Hungarian. No doubt he’ll be a cutie. Then the music geek in me kicked in, and I remembered that song “Angel’s Lullaby” (the Richard Marx version). The song is too fitting!

Ethan Parker made his debut yesterday, all 9 pounds and 21 inches of him. He has a full head of dark hair, like his mother. But when I saw his very first photo, what struck me most was the Angel in him.

Congratulations to Carolina + Robby!


And for those of you who can’t get enough of the classic maternity shots, by request here are my latest interpretations…

Congratulations again to the new parents and their family! I look forward to watching Baby Ethan grow!



“A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.” (Eda J. Le Shan)

A bun in the King’s oven gave me another chance to photograph their growing family, before a princess is born. Unfortunately, one of the twins became ill that day and was unable to join us. He was missed!

We met at a beach on Longboat Key to play in the white sand and catch the sunset. It was a lovely evening.

Update: Bella Mae Christine entered this world Aug. 17 and was welcomed by proud parents. She is beautiful!









…I’ll still be doing pin-ups. —Jayne Mansfield

It’s hard to find the words to describe the day! Becki was going for ’50s pin-up gal, and she nailed it. After a bit of preparation, she was dolled up and ready to go. And she looked B-E-A-U-tiful. But Steven — he was the natural. His love for his bride was no act; his tolerance was princely.

And when I said teaser, I wasn’t kidding. We spent the day entire day roaming around town with multiple wardrobes, outrageous props and ever-changing light — all in 98-degree weather. I couldn’t tell which was hotter — them or the sun.