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Hannah and Jered's Sugar Mill Garden & Beach Sunrise Engagement Session

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Hannah and Jered's Sugar Mill Garden & Beach Sunrise Engagement Session

Sometimes people come into your life, not by choice, but just by pure circumstance. That is how Hannah and I met. When I was an English Teacher and Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach at James I. O'Neill High School, Hannah ended up in my Social Criticism class and I coached her at the same time. Even though Hannah is 10 years younger than me, she was my person back in high school. We would have deep conversations about life and she is well beyond her years. She was one of those students that had an impact on my life and I was so ecstatic that she asked me to capture one of the most important moments in her life. 

I flew down to Orlando to take their engagement photos. Hannah and Jered are the ideal couple. They are laid back and go with the flow. I have always wanted to do a beach sunrise session, and I asked them if they would be willing to do it. So they woke up at 5:30 am and went down to New Smyrna Beach to take their first set of pictures. I am so glad they agreed to do it, because I love these pictures! Here are some of my favorites from the beach: 

Later in the day, we went to Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange, Florida. This is a botanical garden that features a 19th-century sugar factory; part of the former Dunlawton Plantation. We were eaten alive by mosquitoes, but it was all worth it for the pictures! I am so excited for their wedding next year and thankful that they allowed me to capture these moments for them. Here are my favorites from Sugar Mill Gardens: #Shewentwithjered 

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My Top 4 Goals for 2018

My Top 4 Goals for 2018

When the New Year rolls around, many of us make New Year's Resolution's and then by the first week of February, we give up. This year I am committing to make these 4 goals a reality this year. 

1. Book 10 Weddings: Whether your wedding is this year (2018) or in the next two years (2019 or 2020), allow me to capture your special day from all of the little details to your first kiss as a new couple! I would love to sit down with you and go over exactly what you want for your wedding day. I believe in offering a unique client experience to help showcase your love. 

2. Photograph a Beach Destination Wedding: My suitcase is all packed, ready to go wherever you and your loved ones are going to celebrate your wedding! It has always been a dream of mine to travel to a warm location and cover someone's wedding in the sand, on the beach with that perfect blue ocean in the background. Anyone having a destination wedding? I would be happy to capture your special day! 

3. Launch a Senior Rep Program: This has been an idea in the making for the past couple of months. I want to be able to offer Senior Portrait Sessions to High School Seniors in Peekskill, NY and Cortlandt Manor, NY. I will be accepting applications for Senior Reps in the next few weeks and excited to add this program to Melinda Anita Photography! 

4. Start Planning My Own Wedding: I can't forget about my own wedding! I want to get some things underway, like deciding where and when we would like to have our wedding and begin looking for wedding vendors! So excited for this upcoming chapter in our lives!