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Cupcakes for desert at Karen's birthday party

A Birthday on the Move

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Jake and I have worked hard to build our business together, but no one gets anywhere in this world without people helping them along the way. We have a long way to go before Jake and Dannie Studio is everything we hope it will be, but we wouldn’t have made it as far as we have if it weren’t for he help of my Mother, Karen. She has been by our side almost from the beginning of this adventure, helping us around the house and making sure that dinner is always ready for us when we get home. We get to spend more time on our photography, on our blog, and on our clients because my mother invests her time…

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DIY Instagram wedding sign for the budget bride

DIY Instagram Wedding Sign

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Back in the day when I used to mainly do graphic design and assist on photo shoots, clients I designed for would sometimes come to me with questions about photography. Now that I’m a full time photographer, I sometimes get questions from clients about graphic problems they are having. I loved my experience in the graphic design industry, so I like to help with these questions whenever possible. While we were talking with a bride to be, she got excited about an Instagram sign she loved, and a lightbulb lit up in my head. A sign for coordinating Instagram photos at a wedding is the perfect combination of photography and graphic design. I love the idea of my clients getting…

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Our trip to Cedar Key, Florida. Travel and Lifestyle photography

Our Trip to Cedar Key: Lifestyle and Travel Photography

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On Sunday Jake and I took an impromptu drive to the town of Cedar Key, Florida. It’s a tiny coastal town that Jake’s parents recommended to us as a nice place to spend a relaxing day walking around. Jake’s parents love to travel; in fact they’ve just finished a cross country trip in their huge RV. They’ve also been living and traveling in Florida for quiet some time so it’s only natural that we get our best travel advice from them. And they were right about Cedar Key. Traveling in Florida in the Summer often means darting for shelter when it suddenly starts raining. When we first moved down here we used to cancel our travel plans when the forecast…

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Dannie's Stitch Fix Review, July 2014 Box

Dannie’s Stitch Fix Review - July’s Box

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I think I found myself a new fix. Back in June I stumbled on this site called Stitch Fix, which sorta reminded me of Zappo’s with the free return service, except it’s for clothing and you don’t have to pay quite as much up front. There’s also another twist that makes the site really cool - a professional stylist picks out the clothes for you. Here’s how it works: you pay a $20 styling fee and answer a bunch of style related questions like your size, age, height and the kind of fashion style you like. You also give them your Facebook and Pinterest urls so the stylist can get a visual of what you look like. Then you are…

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Travel photography from our trip to Savannah Georgia

Our Trip to Savannah (Day 2): Lifestyle and Travel Photography

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This is the second post of our series about our anniversary trip to Savannah. Read about Day 1. On our second morning we stumbled out of our bedroom and were greeted by our Airbnb host Sue, who offered us some hot tea. She made us a breakfast of vegetable frittatas served with corn tortillas and roasted brussels sprouts and tomatoes (she said the tomatoes were just to give it a little color). Sue was a great cook, and if I lived closer to her I would probably start a food blog starring her. While we ate we told her about our plans for the day and she told us where we could get free parking. We did some touring the…

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model on beach at sunset with umbrella

Edge of Day (Part 2): Fashion Photography at Fort DeSoto, Florida

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As the sun drew closer to the horizon we walked down the beach, our feet sinking into the sand. Allison walked ahead of us in her beautiful white dress. Every now and then we stopped her when the moment looked right. We had walked a long way to get here since the parking lot was closed, but though our legs were tired the beach all but deserted, and soon only the herons and the gulls were watching us. There was no wind, so when we waded out into the cove the water was calm. Warm ripples wrapped around our model’s ankles and we could see fish jumping in the shallows, landing with a splash that sent droplets flying through the…

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Amy and Luigi: Engagement Photography in Tarpon Springs, Florida

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It was a beautiful evening at the Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. Even the insects Jake and I had encountered on our scouting trip were nowhere to be seen, as we trailed Amy and Luigi down the boardwalks. Watching them explore the park I was struck by their youthful excitement and sense of adventure, pointing at animals in the bushes and listening intently to Jake’s science “facts” about the wildlife they saw. They will have so many happy years together if they approach their upcoming marriage with the same enthusiasm and love that they showed during their engagement session. We’re so glad that we will be the photographers at their wedding because Amy and Luigi were such a beautiful…

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Minty Strawberry and Tomato Salad: Food Photography

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We try to go for walks every day, not only for the exercise, but also because it gives us time to talk. Sometimes we talk about business, but a lot of the time we tell each other stories from our past or reminisce about times we’ve spent together. Earlier this month we went walking on a particularly hot afternoon, and we got to talking about ways we used to keep cool when we were younger. Jake used to be a swimmer, so he mentioned trips to the pool or river for a dip in the water, but I couldn’t relate. I’ve never liked water, so I’ve always had to find alternative ways to keep cool when the weather heated up….

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Edge of day part one: fashion photography at fort DeSoto, Florida

Edge of Day (Part 1): Fashion photography at Fort DeSoto, Florida

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There’s something about a sunset on the beach! When you look out into the ocean it feels like you can see to the end of the world, and when the sun drops down below the horizon it reminds you that the world goes on beyond what you can see. Also there are lots of pretty colors, and that’s the main attraction to photographers like us. We spent an hour and a half with Allison, exploring the beautiful beach at Fort DeSoto, and watching the sun make its way down the sky until it finally met the waves and disappeared. There’s a lot of work that goes into a photo session like this - coming up with a concept, contacting the…

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Preserving Memories

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Sometimes I like to reflect on why we do what we do, and why people want us to do it. People hire photographers for special times in their lives, not because those times are more beautiful than other times, but because those special times are fleeting and they want to preserve the memories. I’ll admit that I can remember many special moments with Jake that we never photographed, like one of our first dates when I slipped in the mud and he stopped at Target to buy me a new dress so we could still go out for dinner. Or the night Jake called me from work and told me he was coming down with a cold - when he…

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