Yearly Archives: 2015

I feel so lucky. For the last few months I have had the chance to work with an amazing designer on my new website. Yes, I may be related to this amazing desginer BUT that doesn’t mean that I got treated any differently. Shelley is amazing to work with. She was so very patient with me and the product, I couldn’t be more excited to share with you!

I told her the direction I wanted to go and she ran with it in such a beautiful way. A way I couldn’t have imagined myself.  I wanted a one page site that just scrolled instead of having to click around back and forth. Within minutes she sent me ideas that she had and together we turned those ideas into a site that really showcases my work.

A few months ago a sweet client of mine, Heidi, suggested that I have pictures on my site that change from black and white to color. I thought that was brillant as it would allow me to still keep the black and white that I hold so dear to my heart BUT also answer the question if I shoot in color! Would you believe that halfway through the design Shelley made that very suggestion! I am in love with the way it turned out. On the computer you can mouse over to see the color version and on a mobile you can click to see the color!  Just like this: Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 10.04.40 AM

If you peek down at the bottom left you can see sweet Heidi’s face peeping out!  I felt it was only fitting to put her beautiful family in our concept!

I also love the new testimonials section. You have wrote me some of the most beautiful words over the years. Now there are pictures to go along with your words. I love that Shelley took the most important parts of the love letters and brought impact by keeping them short and sweet!

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There are so many other little surprises that I hope you will love.

Shelley, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You really took the time to listen and learn about our brand and have created such a treasure for our studio. All the hours you poured into this site really shows. Your clients are so lucky to have you and I feel lucky to be one.  I am amazed by you…

The new website can be found here:

Oh, I almost forgot a very important link for you. A link to Shelley’s site. If you are looking for a great web designer for a fresh new look you can find Shelley here:

Until Soon,


My littlest love all curled up tonight, cuddling in my bed…
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lucky, lucky me.

This has been the hardest thing to keep quiet about, because all I wanted to do was share how proud I am of my oldest. I wanted desperately to share how I already see the beautiful gift he was given and even more so, the pride that swells when I watch him love what he does.

For he gets just as excited as I do. For he sees emotion the way that I do and HE is always in my way because he already knows where the sweet spot is!

You may be wondering what on earth I am talking about.

Serena Nicole Studios is officially becoming a family business. Tyler is joining our team full time as our lead videographer. We have been working for months behind the scenes to create a seamless session experience. So while I am shooting and working with your family he is also creating this at the exact same time:

My long time Serena Nicole Studios friends, do you see what I mean? He gets it. He sees connection and love just the way I do. My heart is so filled with pride and love. Oh and here is a glimpse of what I get to see at work! He is so happy!

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It is so amazing to have someone I love so much, love what I do so much that he wants to be a part of it! Tyler is going to college full time for a degree in Accounting in order to get his CPA and then we plan to continue working together far into the future. I feel blessed to have him on the team. I cannot wait to see where we grow this business together.

I really love our clients reactions so far…here is a little of the love mail we have received.

Wow!! You two are an amazing team – these are beautiful images and I really think we will just keep the video on a loop in our living room … forever! It’s just gorgeous! I cannot wait to share it with my family! Thank you both so very much! – Jessica James

Thank you again for a wonderful day! So excited to see what you captured!! You and your son make a great team! – Amanda Nichols

You have such a gift when it comes to capturing people on film. We felt lucky to get to work with you and Tyler. Seems like the videos are going to be a great addition to the business. We have watched the video at least a 100 times already! – Emily Kruckenmyer

We can’t stop watching our video! We have watched it over and over. We even watched it while eating breakfast this morning! Thank you so much for creating such a treasure. – Shelley Easter

Please join me in welcoming Tyler to Serena Nicole Studios! I am so glad he is here.

Until Soon,


The beauty of Florida has stolen my heart. For years I have felt such peace in the woods. It is my haven, the place I connect back with all that is important in my life. I breathe differently in the presence of towering pine trees and I feel the stress, whatever it may be, melt away.

After nearly twenty years away it was amazing to find the source of that peace. I never made the connection before now.

As a little girl in the hot summer sun, my Aunt Sheila would take us for a walk in the woods. We would travel down the wooden pathway to the little stream along the trails that were nesteled next to her lake home. As a girl scout, I spent many nights singing by the campfire underneath the canopy of these same trees that I now walk under once again.

As I moved around the world I was always quick to find the nearest trail, to hike with the family as often as we could and every single time I felt the same way.


It is funny though, the woods around the world that kept me connected to my childhood are now cherished as I am back home, walking the trails from long ago. It has come full circle for me. I have a new level of love for the trails now that I am older. I see them differently. For now I see how the light falls, how the texture of brush grows, the layers of trees…. I now see them with a photographers eye.

How lucky am I to get to capture the beauty of my clients mixed with the beauty of Florida…last night was no exception. This gorgeous couple is about to meet their new little boy in just a few weeks. I was lucky enough to get to capture their love.

We headed out to one of my favorite trails….they were amazing to work with! Here is a sneak peek for you.

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There are so, so many more. These I just happened to see as I was downloading their files. I cannot wait to get to work on the rest…

Until (very) Soon,


Yesterday on our fan facebook page I announced that I was going to tuck a little cutie into this cute little boat. And today I am here to share this sweet one all tucked in.  He is a beautiful ten pounder with the sweetest of cheeks! Oh and look at that hair, I just cannot get enough!
Tucked In Boat Preview

Here is the link to the before picture from Facebook HERE in case you are curious!

Until Soon,