and then there were 5! Cleopatra Photography {Holidays} Fort Myers Lakes Park Holiday Family Photography

Hi Everyone! OK here I am with a post from a recent session… it’s that¬†time of year again and the holidays are in full effect! When I heard little baby X was a new addition to this family I knew Mommy C wouldn’t be far behind with a call… sure enough here we are

Meet baby X everyone…. the rest of the group may look a little familiar ūüėČ

 

 

 

 

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The S family is growing up! Cleopatra Photography {Holidays} Fort Myers Lakes Park Family Holiday Photography!

Hi Everyone!!! So if you’ve been following forever, then you know this family well!!! They have a special place in my heart and I feel honored to know people like T and M because they are a special type of couple… One that opened their hearts and home to these gorgeous kids… not newborns…¬† When the S family first asked me to capture little e’s adoption ceremony.. I was so happy and went with a swelling heart… I left with a huge appreciation for adoption¬†and teary eye…

Enjoy the S family…miss E, big brother¬†J, N the blonde¬†and little E….

T and M… you guys are amazing and you look great! next year, I expect you to jump in a few shots! ūüėČ

on to their pics..

Lets kick it off with some fun action, actually from the end of the day! Everyone patiently waiting to run over to the swingset!

 

I absolutely love this image!!!au natural no coaching at all…

The L family says Hello! Cleopatra Photography {Holidays} Lakes Park Fort Myers Holiday Photography

Hi Everyone! Here I am with yet another family holiday session! I absolutely Loved these kids! So well behaved and the cutest things ever! Waiting their turn and everything!

What a relief!¬† Whew!!!! When I have sessions with¬†4 kids all 10 and under sometimes… lets just say it doesn’t go as easily!

Enjoy a peak at their day!

I LOVE THIS PIC!

and this one too…. ūüôā

Indian wedding ceremony by Cleopatra Photography…uniting M and T – Cleopatra Photography – Destination Indian Wedding photography-Boston Mass Indian wedding photographer- Ashley Nardello

Wow.. Where to begin… So if you’re a¬†follower I’m sure you know but for everyone else¬†this is our first Indian wedding! We were so excited to be a part of the day the apprehension¬†was killing us! That morning we headed out the door at 5:30 for a very long day! bright and early things were going on.. we headed in separate¬†directions and the ceremonies¬†began! When the bride and I first spoke about the wedding and she was trying to explain all the little intricacies of the day I tried¬† so hard to visualize what it would be like…. I looked online to get an idea… but nothing could compare to the color I was about to capture!

The self-proclaimed… non-traditional bride told me she wasn’t wearing red but in fact ivory and pink! I LOVED IT from the very beginning!¬† From the floral arrangements,¬† to the jewelery.. everything was bursting with detail… and bright flamboyant colors…¬†The day couldn’t have been more beautiful! It was a teeny bit chilly in the early morning hours, but as the sun rose so did the temp!

The other photographer i had with me that day¬†went off with the groom and I stayed with the bride… I got a chance to see a whole array of emotions… from laughing, to crying…. to the realization today was the day…

In the indian culture there is a large part of the ceremony at a wedding dedicated to the moving on of the daughter. The good-byes… I had no idea just how emotional this would be but you’ll see that for yourself later!

So back to T’s attire for the day… Wow. Lots of bengals, big heavy earrings, large diamond studded patterns and fine fabrics… Beautiful but simple make-up¬†that shimmered in the right light helped make her smile that much more bright and large flowing curls hung from her head not one out of place….she looked beautiful!

Nerves got to her a little bit, as she shed a few tears¬†and I’m sure there was a point in time when she wanted to pass out! (not from just the nerves but from the ritual of fasting!)

Watching¬†her best friend help get her ready,¬†¬†and the little laughs and tears was just adorable! AWWWWW¬†BFF’s

Anyways…. Lets get the show on the road¬†with a preview of the Gorgeous T…. in preparation and waiting… for the biggest moment in her life… enjoy

both the Bride and Groom wore these bracelets…

now on to the guys…..

On to the next part of the day! The bride and grooms parents and families “received”¬†each other, men first then women¬†and the men presented gifts for the bride. Afterward, a small ceremony that involved throwing things, lighting stuff on fire and smashing an object after standing on a small alter…..

but first….behind the scenes the brides family was amazed seeing her in her attire for the first time…

ok now on to more of the action outside…I love everyone’s hapiness and great expressions here! So happy to unite as one family!

As the ceremony outside was going on… the bride was surrounded in women all putting the finishing touches on the her. Not missing a detail.. making sure everything was perfectly in its place….

As the moment approached tears started welling up in T’s eyes…

You could tell she was nervous….

Not even a minute after the above pic was taken… T looked at me, and¬†almost in tears myself….I did my best “funny face” and boom… she cracked this small smile for me!

As they¬†walked toward¬†the ceremony site¬†you could see and feel the¬†serious nature¬†of the things to come…

and here she is….

The ceremony included a whole erray of different rituals and sayings… We figured we’d give you guys a look at some of the stuff we loved.. and that really stood out…

The groom seeing his bride for the first time!

The color again was amazing….

After the ceremony was finished we took family photos before the goodbyes began…. Here is the proud family… and I quote ” missing the two sleeping beauties”

But here they are!

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The next part of the ceremonies had me in tears… full-on shades down… bawling… when I see stuff like this going on, I am swept away to a time when I will have these moments with my daughter…

So emotional…

T was consoling her mother here… I was a wreck!

T… I know you said you didnt wan’t too many of these pics taken…. but I had to put this one on the blog! I was bawlllling! so heartwrenching…

Best Friends…

Off we went to the next part of the day LUNCH!

After a break and an¬†outfit change by the bride and groom we headed back out onto the beach… Thank you so much T and M for making the time for these images! WE LOVE THEM!!!

and off to the next stop! THE RECEPTION!!!!!!!!!

……..but not before a quick stop at the fish tank!

and here they are!!!!!

Mr. and Mrs….

The J Family’s day at the Naples Train Depot – Cleopatra Photography – {Family} Naples, Fort Myers and Estero Florida Family Photography

Hi everyone!!!! here I am with a look at a session from Last weekend with the J family! They did great! I even had baby E holding my hand over Mommy’s at one point! which according to mommy… “never happens”

Considering this was the first time I was shooting at the Train Depot I was pleasantly surprised! There was lots of color and variety! My gosh if you ask me a lot of these old historic places need new photos and websites! Because you’d never know how cool the place is without seeing it!

Since Mommy and Daddy are from New England we hit is off right away and the day was a great success!

enjoy your sneak peek J family! and I hope to hear from you soon!

I Abs love the next image!

Introducing baby J… The pink tu-tu in this little adoreable crew! Cleopatra Phtoography { Holidays} Fort Myers Lakes Park Family Photography

OK so here we are with one of the many mini sessions Cleopatra Photography has going on right now! Enjoy! more of the M family! When I first met K back in 2006.. yes its been that long … weird right K? We were both childless and making bank in the mortgage industry… how things have changed…. Luckily we are happy, and now both have 2 little additions to make our love into what we call family…

enjoy some of their day!

meet the girls….

G and J … G is probably pretty familiar;)

my FAV¬†from the day =) LOVE J’s sincerity¬†…. no compos here photogs! yaaay for smiling babies!

The M family is back and this time baby J is here! Cleopatra Photography {Holidays} Fort Myers Holiday Photography at Lakes Park

Here we are with another late night blog of one the recent family sessions!!!! This time¬†I met the M family at Lakes Park since last time we shot in down town! It was a gorgeous day once the sun said its final goodbye behind a cloud! Getting these two to smile¬†get together isn’t easy ! But then again… what 6mth¬†old and¬†3-year-old¬†are!!!! So enjoy!!!! A sneak peek for now and more later!

Baby R turns one year old! – Cleopatra Photography – First Birthday Photography Fort Myers Florida

Hi Everyone!!!! OK so you may remember baby R from the blog about a year ago!!!!! Here she is again at Lakes Park! Enjoying the sun and a day at the park with her cupcake mommy daddy and one set of Grands!!! This little one has grown so much since I’ve seen her last! I cant wait to photograph this family again in the near future!

Enjoy a few more images from her day at Lakes park recently!

R turned 1 year old! Cleopatra Photography – First Birthday Photography at Lakes Park

Just a sneak peek for now… enjoy….

baby G’s x-mas session…. Cleopatra Photography – Fort Myers Holiday Photography Sessions

Hello Everyone… ok so here we are with Blog #3 today… The latest pics of baby G are here! Here are a few sneak peaks from her holiday photos today! Only 2 months old and such a¬†tall girl, full of love!

Enjoy her holiday sneak peak