Part One: Jaclyn and Nick | Orlando Science Center Weddings | Orlando Wedding Photographer | Mady Joe Photography

We were very lucky with how NICE of a day Nick and Jaclyn had for their Orlando Science Center Wedding! Their ceremony took place outside of Mennello Museum in Loch Haven Park. It was beautiful! Right on the water, sunny, and we really could not have asked for more! Especially since the original forecast for their wedding was rainy. I can’t help it, I check the weather as soon as I can for weddings. Blame my type A personality 🙂

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Married! St Augustine White Room Wedding Photographer Part 3


After the Wedding Session – Disney Boardwalk {Orlando Couple Photographer}

I love when couples choose to have an After the Wedding Session as one of their menu items. I think it’s so fun and takes some pressure off their shoulders for timing everything on the actual wedding day. Plus, you spend a good amount of time, energy, and money picking out the prefect dress, you should get to wear it as much as you want 🙂

I especially love getting to check in with the couple after they’ve had some time to relax, absorb all the things that happened in a short period of time, and we get to shoot at such a fun location! Loved spending some time with my husband Disney Boardwalk before meeting with Natalie and Thomas!


J and N are engaged! {Jacksonville | St Augustine | Orlando Engagement &Wedding Photographer|

 

I met Miss J a little over a month ago when my  first bride recommended me {so sweet!} to Miss J. Since they are new to Jacksonville, I was tell her about AvondaleRiverside, and San Marco. They spent a day exploring the city and decided they liked the idea of Memorial Park and part of the river walk by The Chart House. It was the perfect setting on the water and a great view of the Jacksonville skyline and brides! We ended the night at The Chart House and a round of fun drinks for the couple!

Enjoy your pics! Looking forward to your wedding!


January Wedding Special! {St Augustine| Jacksonville Wedding Photographer}

Almost five years ago, my husband and I were married in Orlando and we promised {vowed?} to go to Hawaii for our fifth wedding anniversary. Well, since I am writing a blog and NOT packing my bags for the trip, I’m guessing we are really not going. Two kids, two moves, job changes,and starting a business later…. Life, kind of got in the way of even thinking about planning for a trip like that. So, we’ll save the trip for another time. instead of celebrating by going far away, we’re going to visit friends in Tampa for Gasparilla {which we have never been to!}. But I wanted to do a giveaway also for couples who are planning there weddings. A free engagement session or day after the wedding session if you book your wedding with me before January 28, 2011. The session includes a CD of all the finished images with a print release {$400 value}.


Nights of Lights {Historic St Augustine}

 

Have I mentioned how much I love living in St Augustine? There are always so many things to do here, it’s pretty, the beach….. Over the weekend we went to the World Golf Village Festival of Trees and to HistoricSt Augustine for the Nights of Lights! We had never been to either, so it was nice to be able to go and take part in some of the holiday festivities in the area.  We saw the The Loring MemorialLightner Museum, and The Casa Monica all aglow with lights. There was also a regatta of lights we missed, but the kids were too cold so hopefully next year we will see it. If you’re in the area, you should go! My husband and I are planning on going again Thursday night, just the two of us {a REAL date}!

Our son checking out the lights!

I do not remember the name of this shop, but I will find out because I LOVE this and cannot believe someone actually made it. I must get a special treat there because everything looked so fantastic!


What’s in a name?

I get the question a lot: Why is your business named Mady Joe Photography. Here is the explanation and little bit about my journey with photography!

I know you’re not supposed to have favorites when you have children. But I do. My son is my favorite for certain reasons and my daughter is my favorite for others. I love that they are so different. My son is quick, smart, and mischievous.  My daughter is polite, sweet, and loving. My son loves construction, trains, big trucks, and Miss April {his teacher}. My daughter loves all the big trucks and trains because her  big brother does, but she loves teddy bears, Winnie the Pooh, Abby {our dog} and sharing bites of her food.

I wanted to do a post like this for my son’s birthday, but in between sessions, homecomings, my husband changing jobs, packing, moving, and unpacking,  I was lucky to pull his party together! And it’s kind of fitting that I do this for my daughter as she was the true catalyst for me putting a little faith in myself and starting on the journey into photography. For a solid year after she was born,  I tried and tried to get the same pictures I had seen photographers use on their websites, and a picture that my son was NOT blurry, using a Nikon point and click. I kept saying with every trip {really, every time I used our camera} to a local portrait studio that I could do their job and get the pictures I wanted of my children, but in other environments than a studio. I just wasn’t sure I wanted to spend the money on a nice SLR if I wasn’t going to be good at it. Then I just decided that I had saved us enough money nursing my daughter for a whole year versus the money we spend on formula with our son and I deserved to try something I thought I would love. Lucky for me, my husband agreed {or he was just tired of listening to the constant debate of buying a SLR and which one I wanted and why}. So off we went to Colonial Photo and Hobby and came home with my new camera body and new lens. I WISH I had the pictures from the first night on this computer, but I think they are on a CD in a box somewhere…..

So, as my daughter turns 2 I keep being bombarded with memories. When I found out I was pregnant, how I cried in fear and my husband grinned;….. when we found out we were having a girl and my husband cried;….. when my labor was stopped at 31 weeks, the day before our son turned 2;……all the doctors appointments and hospital trips;….to the second I saw her and all the caution I held for 38 weeks trying not to love her too much because my pregnancy was so tough I didn’t know how it would end, came crashing down as I held her;…..the first time our son saw his new sister and gave her the teddy bear he made her {obviously she loved it as now she loves all teddy bears!} and all the moments in between then and now. Our son I wanted desperately and our daughter terrified me because I didn’t want to experience a loss again and I wasn’t sure I would know what to do with 2 children, but does anyone really know 100% what to do with any child?

So, why Mady Joe Photography? Mady is my daughter and Joseph is my son’s middle name. Joseph was also my grandfathers name, the man that always had the SLR and took all the pictures. He’s the one that let me play with his camera and tried to tell me not to turn my head looking through the viewfinder {too bad I still do it!}. I have his Pentax film SLR in my closet. I’ve thought of using it, I hoped to find some lost film with pictures on it, but my grandfather was not the one to forget something, so there wasn’t any long lost film. Maybe one day I will use it, but for now I like just being able to look at it or hold it and know that he was the last one to use it.

To remember Madelyn at almost 2 I wanted just some pictures of her making all her funny faces, she thought lunch was funny today, so here are some I loved!

 

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