A day of babies and one big sister {Orlando Photographer}

You know those families that have been a part of your life for a long time and even though you do not get to talk all the time or see them as often, you still feel like you pick up right where you left off from your last meeting/conversation? That is this family for me. My husband has know them for what feels like forever and actually owes Mr P for getting his foot in the door for a job interview that lead us to where we are today. I remember holding their little baby girl, now the big sister with a sweet and sassy little smile, when she was only weeks old shortly after we found out I was pregnant with our daughter. This family was also my first maternity session and now as the twins are getting closer and closer to their first birthday, I cannot WAIT to see the fun we will have with that one!

Here are a few pics from our session last week!



I am 27, I turn 28 in April and I have been diabetic for 20 years. I know that there are far worse things or diseases to face in life than just being diabetic, but it still isn’t a pleasant or cheap thing to face. At least with diabetes you have a fighting chance at an ‘average’ lifespan. But what if you  can’t afford the supplies you need to take care of yourself?

In the U.S alone {as of January 26, 2011}, according to the American Diabetes Association, 8.3% of the population {children and adults} are diabetic. The total cost of diabetes in 2007 was $174 BILLION, $ 116 billion was for direct medical expenses, and $58 billion was for work loss, disablility, premature mortality or other indirect expenses. That is a lot of money! Those numbers do not include the expense of gestational diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes, or prediabetes.

Diabetes also leads to other illnesses such as heart disease, nervous system disease, amputation, and high blood pressure. It also is the LEADING cause of blindness and kidney disease or kidney failure {2008}. These complications can be lessened by having really good control of your blood sugar, exercising, eating right, and having your A1C level check often. The very frustrating part, at least for me, is that I didn’t do anything to get this disease. I’m sure this frustration is common for people dealing with cancer, diabetes, leukemia, etc. The diseases where it is completely out of your control, nothing you could do to prevent it or change the course you were on.

The VERY frustrating part, at least for me, is that even though I do everything I can to manage and control my diabetes as close as possible, is that the insurance companies will always look at you as too expensive. And that sucks, it’s not a very nice word to use, but that’s how I feel. I do not get a break after a certain number of years to consider myself in remission {my dad had cancer when I was little, I kind of remember the insurance issues from then}. I will always be diabetic, there isn’t a cure. When my husband changed jobs in July, we had to wait 3 months to be eligible for the benefits there. So we looked into insurance through other places. I asked {knowing they would never cover me} about me being on the policy with my husband and kids even though I had been diabetic for so long. The person actually started to laugh before catching themselves. A private insurance will not cover someone who is diabetic. The costs are too great, especially with the other issues and complications that arise from being diabetic. But, if insurance companies allowed people the chance to take care of their diabetes on a daily basis maybe the costs would decrease instead of increasing. We had to COBRA my coverage, which again we were fortunate to be able to do because if I ever lose health coverage, I will either have a very hard time getting it back or just won’t get it back. COBRA was expensive. We were easily paying a mortgage payment with the money we spent for health coverage each month between mine and my husbands and children’s coverage. Obviously, I do not have all the answers for healthcare, insurance, or any kind of reform. I am simply a frustrated individual who is trying to take care of myself as much as possible, but even with insurance, which we are VERY fortunate to have, things can get expensive. For example, I am on an insulin pump and have had the same one for almost exactly 5 years. It lasted me through 2 pregnancies and allowed me to have a healthy children, something I was told would never happen when I was younger. But now, 5 years later, technology has changed and my pump is not doing as well as it once was. So I have been working with my doctors office to get a new pump and yesterday I found out the cost: $4277. And my insurance company will not pay any more than $2500. So the rest is up to me. And that doesn’t include supplies for the pump to actually function or the insulin to actually go in the pump, or the test strips to check my blood sugar {sometimes as many as 10 times a day}, or the lancets to prick my finger with, or the needles to have just in case my pump isn’t working correctly and I need an injection……..It goes on and on.

I guess my frustration just comes from feeling like I’m being punished for something I cannot control. Don’t get me wrong, I know I have been very fortunate in my life, but even when you know you’re lucky sometimes it’s just hard to look past an obstacle that is in your path.

There you go, that’s what’s been on my mind for the last few days. I may be doing a fundraiser type thing for the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation because the best thing would be a cure!

A Fantasy in Flowers {St Augustine & Jacksonville Wedding Photographer}

Last summer I did a bridal workshop in St Augustine at the St George Inn and the flowers were provided by A Fantasy in Flowers. Lucky for me, I was able to meet with Susan last week and spend some time at A Fantasy in Flowers. They have a really nice area for consultations with so many albums, magazines, and ideas to help you get ideas if you need some guidance and see some of the work they have done in the past. Their work is beautiful! And they are so lovely to work with!

Here are some pictures from the workshop over the summer!




If you book your wedding with Mady Joe Photography and choose a package with 6 hours of coverage or more, you get a $200 gift certificate to use towards your flowers at A Fantasy in Flowers! Booking must take place before March 1, 2011.

Featured Vendor :3 Sisters Chocolate {St Augustine and Jacksonville Wedding Photographer}

I remember visiting my grandparents and getting to go to the local candy store {Tilkey’s, they are no longer there. And they could have had more than candy, but that’s all I remember.} I always picked out gummy worms. Odd that I remember that considering I was less than 6, but I think I remember it because it was special! It was a big deal to go and pick out my special treat. Going there with my parents or grandparents or maybe both, are very strong memories from my childhood. My visit with 3 Sisters Chocolate today brought back those memories a little. 3 Sisters Chocolate opened almost 10 years ago and found inspiration for the name 3 Sisters Chocolate in honor of three daughters. They combine traits of the three daughters: one a perfectionist, one sweet, and one creative, and use those traits to provide the best creations imaginable!

The things they make are incredible! I had a few minutes to look through their album of cakes, some wedding, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday, etc…. I think every page had something on it that made me stop and look again, study the detail a little closer. And actually say ‘oh, wow’ out loud when I flipped the page and saw a cake they made that had to be a replica of a wedding dress. Standing up. FULL of details! And it tastes even better than it looks! Trust me, I brought 2 cup cakes home for my little ones! They also have gourmet coffee, chocolate pizza, so many Valentine’s Day gift ideas. If you’re getting married, having a bridal or baby shower, a birthday party, or just in the mood for a little something special, or to pick up something for someone {they’ll love it!}, you must stop by their store at

9965 San Jose Blvd #39

Jacksonville, Florida 32257

They also have a store in the Avenues Mall close to Forever 21!

The best part of this family business is that you feel like you’re part of their family. They take care of you, help you, and appreciate you choosing them! They also are helping the community around them. On Thursday, February 3, 2011 3 Sisters Chocolate will be taking part in the 8th Annual Taste of Chocolate that benefits theFamily Nurturing Center of Florida. Family is important to everyone at 3 Sisters Chocolate and you can tell by how they give back and do business. If you can go to the event, go! See the amazing creations for yourself and help out the community.

Here are a few pictures I took during my visit. Enjoy!

{this is a 3 pound brownie covered in chocolate!}