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Jeff and I met Jamie and Josh at Hollis Gardens in Lakeland to photograph their engagement. They are such a cute couple and have that  charming southern sweetness about them.  They were set up by mutual friends  at a party and the rest is history. I am so excited to photograph their wedding a Cross Creek Ranch in March. I cannot wait to see all of the amazing details that Jamie pulls together!

Enjoy

XOXO~ Amalie

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I used to believe that my parents knew everything.  My father and mother seemed to know how to handle every situation and answer any question that life could bring to them.  Now I think a bit differently.  I know how difficult decisions can be now.  I know that there is no handbook and even as brave and as confident as you may appear to your children, inside you feel scared and unsure.  I have always known that there would come a day when my children started to ask questions that even their parents would have a difficult time explaining.

This moment came on the very first day of our family vacation to New York City, while visiting the memorial for the World Trade Center.  It was rainy, and it seems appropriate that it was, this hallowed ground was not a joyous place and the weather just solidified that feeling, ominous as I have heard it described.  It is hard to know what a six year old boy is feeling sometimes, but the emotion on the face of my son painted a picture that said he was feeling the same thing as me.  He didn’t speak much while we were there, no one did at first.  Then my daughter, my beautiful, sensitive, loving daughter started asking questions.  At that point I knew that she would get to some questions that I would have to let her figure out on her own.  Her parent, her hero, her all knowing idol would not have the answers to the feelings and the sadness and the hope that she was looking for.  That time came, a private time, shared with one special family that was isolated from the rest of the world grieving as best we knew how for the strangers we had never met, and never would.

All alone, surrounded by hundreds of people, yet standing with only ourselves.  My daughter, at the end of her questions, at the end of her paying respect looked up crying gave me a hug and said, “Daddy can we leave now?”  We did, and the rest of our vacation was filled with fun and laughter and other special moments that families share while on their summer vacations.  But that moment, the one that we shared remembering, that will never, ever leave my heart for as long as I live.  Thank you Amalie for capturing your feelings in these photographs, and thank you for letting me capture these feelings with my words.

Jeff
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  • June 25, 2012 - 7:29 pm

    Rafael Cruz - My Uncle help build that.. he probably still there working there right now … he keeps posting pics from his cell phone .. but yours looks ten times better.. makes me want to Go back to NYReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2012 - 7:37 pm

    Michelle Orrange Thayer - Great blog Jeff and of course Amalie perfect pictures for this story.ReplyCancel

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We decided to take our first family trip this summer to go visit Jeff’s family up in Buffalo NY and a quick trip to NYC to visit one of my good friends and to do a little sightseeing. This was Maddox’s first time on an airplane and he was so excited, I absolutely love to see the excitement of both of the kids experiencing the first of many things on this trip. Seeing things through their eyes is so amazing,  the excitement of flying, riding in a taxi, going on the subway, seeing all of the gigantic buildings and  being in the middle of a bustling city.  Our trip was from Orlando to NYC where we stayed for 3 days and had many adventures. This was both the kids and Jeff’s first time to the city so we did all of the “touristy” things, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State building, and the museum of natural history. This is a photo journal of our first day in the city.

  Packed up and ready to go!

I love these pictures of Maddox, he was filled with excitement and curiosity. I am pretty sure I was asked about a million and one questions within the first 10 minutes.
It was POURING our first day there, we got the kids some galoshes and traveled down to Times Square.

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