iPhone Photography: Tucson, AZ

If you asked me two years ago what I would do during a hurricane, I'd tell you I'd be sipping cocktails, binge-watching Netflix until the power went out, and engorging myself on snacks that "could spoil, so why chance it?". And yet when a ten-month-old who hates being sweaty and loves routine is thrown into the mix, it changes everything. We decided to sneak off to the complete opposite of Florida: Arizona! Q is from there and his mom still lives there, so it was also a nice excuse to reunite her with B. 

Now I took no actual photos because c'mon. Gimme a break. Traveling with a baby is the worst! My cameras did not make the cut. But I did get to play with the iPhone 7 Plus camera and it's still excellent. 

Tucson is warm, quirky, quiet, and gorgeous. The thin, white clouds are like wisps of stirred cream in coffee. Everything pops with contrast because of the intense sun. I fell in love with the textures of the prickly pears and the greatness of the mighty Saguaros over and over again. The smell, the heat, and the vibrancy hold and inspire you. Admiring Tucson's aesthetic is effortless.   

I guess I owe Hurricane Matthew for kicking us out of Miami for a change of scenery. 

 

Stay transient,

-JE

Natalia & Pablo: Expecting

This was my first go at a maternity shoot. I went into it doing only a teeny bit of research and planning because let's be real- pregnancy shoots can get cheesy quickly. I closed the laptop and decided I was gonna wing it.

Fortunately, my instincts paid off and my subjects were amazing. I had the honor of bringing a pal and his gorgeous fianceé to Coral Gables to give me full creative freedom. I wanted nature to play a role in their photos and for their relationship to shine through- a mother and father's love is the foundation of a family. To me, THAT is what a maternity shoot should be about. The passion between these two is warm and relaxed; it can be felt from behind a camera lens. I did my best to capture those moments and I hope you enjoy the small glimpse at their big love. 

Stay in love,

-JE

Movement

Food doesn't really move, unless you count those Japanese dancing squid bowls. In an effort to expand my photographic horizons I brought my camera to the Miami Marathon. We live down the street from mile 25 so I was thrilled to capture the various emotions, movements, and moments of these incredible runners. Oh, and supporting my pal and capturing her 1st marathon was pretty cool, too. So here's to everyone who finished on January 25th, learning new tricks, and those creepy dancing squid bowls... meh, 86 that last part. Taken with my 6D and, decidedly, my 50mm 1.2. 

Stay agile,

-JE

PS: Grats to Eshetu Habtemikael, #20, who ended up as the 1st place woman in the Miami Marathon. At a close 2nd was #13, Maria Peralta, who finished 2 seconds after. Yeah, literally.

Funky Photo Christmas Tree

Let's face it- sometimes you run out of time to decorate your home for the holidays. Last year my husband and I went all out - we bought a tree down the street, carried it home, and even braved the Walmart crowds for lights and ornaments. Unfortunately Christmas crept on us this year and we didn't make it happen. Lucky for me my guy is thoughtful and brought home this adorably tiny tree.  I improvised decorating using our Instax photos from Dîner en Blanc, some twine I keep around the house for last-minute present wrapping, and those battery-powered LEDs. I gotta say I'm pretty happy with how it turned out! It just goes to show you that sometimes fun, creative ideas happen on a whim. 


Stay funky,

-JE


Meagan & Mike: Miami Mardi Gras

It's wonderful when life brings people together in fun ways. I met Meagan when I was shooting a WAKA (World Adult Kickball Association) Event on a lovely Saturday morning. Once she shared her New Orleans engagement story with me and I was head over heels. She and Mike truly know how to have fun in their relationship and not take things too seriously. They're the couple you'd love to have a beer and chat with. How great is it when you find two people who want to take that literally and add that to their session? Thanks for the beers, laughter, and love, you two!



Huntress Creative [ LOVE letters ]

Happy Friday. 

My favorite thing about love is its singularity. Every couple carries a story unique to themselves that is being actively written and will never be told again. Some pairs happen to take this literally.

When Quinn and I first became an item he wrote me love letters on tiny line paper. They became such a sweet part of how our relationship unfolded and one of the many things that made me fall in love with him. With the idea of love being solely our own, much like our handwriting, I merged a few of those special words (and doodles) with our photographs. One sports the lyrics to "Strangers" by the Kinks, the first song that we heard as husband and wife. 

Now I must give credit where it is due- Jordan Emmitt Photography is responsible for the lovely pictures. Check her out :)

Kay, so who wants to do a love letter shoot? 

Stay lovely,

-JE

Photography: Jordan Emmitt Photography, Editing: Huntress Creative, Hair/Makeup: Agape Airbrush Makeup + Hair, Groom's Suit: Artigiano, Flowers: Petals with Poise