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Engagement Session: Philippe Park

December 29, 2018

This blog post has been a long time coming. Sometimes I find myself holding on to images because I want to make sure they are seen by everyone at the perfect moment. Guess what? With Social Media the way that it is, there is not a right moment. So today, as we are quickly nearing the end of 2018, I wanted to share this with you.

Mystical Forest-Themed Engagement

These images and this location mean something to me. Honestly, the location was a complete chance. Andrea and Tarik live in Tampa, so we decided to look for locations that would be halfway between us. After doing some Googling, and searching on Pinterest and Instagram I emailed Andrea with a short list of favorites. Philippe Park located in Safety Harbor, Florida, was not really halfway for me, but I added it on because, well, it looked magical. Not to mention, Andrea was hoping for a Mystical Forest theme, and that is precisely what we found.

Amazing Hidden Gem at Pinellas County Park

Early October my talented friend, and assistant, joined me on our little road trip to Philippe Park. My husband asked before I left on our 2 hour adventure, what if it rained? I said, we didn’t exactly have that option. Low and behold, we arrived to THE MOST BEAUTIFUL park in Florida, took a short drive around, and it started pouring. I could see that it wouldn’t last long, and luckily we had planned ahead to give us some extra light and time. Once the torrential downpour subsided, we met Andrea and Tarik for the first time, plus their two dogs! They radiate with love and kindness, and as we are only a week away from their wedding I am sitting over here, so FREAKING excited.

Florida Location to Check Off the Bucket List

Allow me to back up a little bit though. This location meant something to me because for as long as I could remember, I wanted to shoot in a place with trees that overhung and intertwined together. We drove up to the park, around a few curves and there this road was. I had been dreaming about photographing this before I even knew it existed in Florida. And had it been any other type of session, I don’t think it would have been the same. To have two gorgeous people in front of my camera, that are head over heels for one another; well, dreams do come true.

So these images mean something. They’re not only about two people in love, but what goes on behind the scenes. The goal setting, the envisioning, the coming out of my shell. Two years ago, I would have never driven two hours away for a photo session. It’s just not practical. But here I was, and it was soooo worth it. There were old trees, the harbor, stone steps, and magic at this park.


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