D+M tie the knot at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn {Cleopatra Photography} Boston Mass Wedding Photography

D+M tie the knot at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn {Cleopatra Photography} Boston Mass Wedding Photography

Hello Everyone! SO here I am with my first post in a while! I have so many amazing things going on, what feels like a billion renovation projects in the works and then there is my crazy kids! I kid, about … Continue reading

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!! From Cleopatra Photography 2011….

Wow what a day… I have been crazy busy, so sorry this is just getting up now,

Today, was a great day. There isn’t anything better in the world than looking down at my two kids covered in toys… enjoying their innocent christmas morning. Forgetting about everything in the world to just have fun.

We all need that. Fun. We also need love, we need friends and we need our families…

After losing someone really close to me this month, that has really begun to sink in… more  than ever… we all say it, but you never think it will happen to someone you know… tragedy that is…

I will hug my kids tighter, I will never leave without giving my husband a hug and kiss, and each goodbye will last that much longer.

I miss everyone that’s far away today terribly…

I’m lucky I have these smiles…. they make me feel like I’m “home” no matter where my head rests.

Enjoy my babies xmas pictures…

Merry Christmas Everyone…

XX-A

Orange Grove Engagement Session – Cleopatra Photography {You & Me} Fort Myers and Naples Themed Engagement Photography

Hi Peeps,

Ok so ready for some fun! This shoot involves a little bit of everything! Well, everything I haven’t done anyways…

For today’s shoot we went out to a friend of a friend’s orange grove, and got some amazing shots!

A little history on these two…..

they love to travel, they love photography and all things shabby chic, and not to mention… They’re getting their majors at the same time!

When planning for this shoot, my mind just went wild with all the options… but as usual, I threw the book out as soon as we got there, and went right to “work”

The first stop included hopping a fence and listening to someone pop off a few rounds in the distance… of course after ducking for cover…we went further into the property… kidding…

no bullets came our way ! Thank goodness…

So at the first location we shot at, we found a really cool John Deere tractor that looked it’s age.. and an antique old overgrown bush-filled produce truck…SO COOL.

then we ducked into the greenhouse, Loved this spot too… so many lines!

okay, now on to the fun stuff… we got to the grove not a soul in sight.. and went to work, I spent “no time” decorating and staging and we were shooting…. I had a blast and love all the range in light… it was perfect…. golden and soft

P and B, I hope you had a great time too!!

Enjoy their day….. Our day, at the grove…

Can’t wait to see you guys again! Enjoy

xx-A

LOVE this next image…. these two know how to laugh!!! and loud… ❤

what an awesome lighting situation… Can you say “stupid golden light?”

FIN.

A Halloween themed Wedding not a detail missed….. Cleopatra Photography {i do} Fort Myers Sydney & Berne Davis Center – Wedding Photography

omG!!!! so where to begin.. this day was soo much fun, different and full of little surprises…

Let me start by saying I had my first ever, early and on time Bride, and,  late…. Groomzilla (self proclaimed.. 😉 )

On his way the groom was pulled over ! Luckily he was let go, and made it on time for some awesome shots!

There were bystanders looking on at the blocked road, wondering what all the commotion was about…..

I had a great time, I love THEMED weddings and of course this one took the cake for creative….

from the cupcakes with dry ice to the horror flick seat table names… they did a great job at making this their day…. They didn’t just look in some wedding magazine and say “I want that….”

T, FYI is my hairdresser and one of my  long time friends, long time friend.. if that makes any sense….

I’m so glad to have met this couple and been asked to photograph such a cool wedding! what a breath of fresh air!!!

To view some other “really cool” wedding photography check out our website at www.cleopatraphotography.com

This is definitely a two-part post… so enjoy this half for now… and I’ll see you Tomorrow

CONGRATS R and T!!! xox-A

its the puffin muffin’s cupcake time! Cleopatra Photography {Cleopatra’s Heart} Smash Cake Photography Fort Myers

my Happy Birthday Boy….

My little man is 1 year old… its cupcake time!…. Cleopatra Photography {Cleopatra’s Heart} Fort Myers baby and childrens photography

… so we always say that time flies, but I’m saying it again…

This year I have been through ups and downs. Suffered incredible losses, and had amazing accomplishments. Steady as I go…

here is my little man… The first set were actually taken a few days ago or a week ago, but trying to get the weather to cooperate has been …not so easy so we ended up on the patio as it pours….

His “smashing” of the cupcake was adorable…. he is so much like his sissy… first time with a cupcake (on their first birthday’s) and they were both clueless about how to act… its sooo funny! The guy didn’t really smash, he tasted… he carefully stuck his hands in the frosting first, and I had to help him get them to his mouth! I don’t think he knew it was to eat! At one point he screamed and waved his hands in the air before smiling super big showing me his two lonely bottom teeth… *sigh*

If you know anything about me… you know how I  feel  about holidays and celebrations…. my passion for photography and this little guy are whats keeping me today….

before I go… I saw this on Facebook this morning and copied it as my status…

This is so true, I actually held my breath reading it… and wanted to cry when I was done…

“As we grow up, we learn that the people that weren’t supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You’ll have your heart-broken & you’ll break others hearts. You’ll blame a new love for things an old love did. You’ll fight with your best friend, you’ll cry because time is flying by & eventually you’ll lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely & love like you’ve never been hurt. Because every second you spend angry or upset, is a second of happiness you can never get back…”

Enjoy part one of my little man’s birthday session…

 

 

 

 

My baby no more, because she’s 3!!! Cleopatra Photography {My Heart} Children and toddler photography Sanibel Island Florida

So We have all heard the saying “time flies” … I know it does…I blink my eyes and my newborn is 9 months and my baby girl is a big girl….. it does fly… but you can freeze it! Somewhere I read that you should take mental notes during moments…  stepping back and reveling in the moment is easier said than done….. BUT you can relive them with powerful images… the kind of pictures that bring you right back to that moment…. these images of my kids remind me of the belly laugh…   and warm my heart with their smiles…

My baby girl turned 3… here are some of her images to celebrate another beautiful year of growth, learning, love and lots of hugs and kisses!!!

enjoy xoxo – A

The color was sooo gorgeous coming off of the sunset….. this guy laughs so easily… he is gonna be a comedian like daddy….

If immitation is the sincerest form of flattery… Copy this…. Cleopatra Photography {ROCK the DRESS} Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach Bridal Photography

Hi Everyone!!! SO…. here I am with the latest and greatest from the one and only beautiful K!!!

If you’re wondering why this post is titled what it is…  I’m just going to throw it right out there…. recently in browsing my competitions blogs etc… I started noticing a trend….

Yes, we all use the same locations… but I am me and they are them…

To all of my loyal clients and friends… You all know how much this disturbed me at first… but in the end… I am an artist…

 people emulate what they love right?

The title wasnt meant to be cocky… just making a point… If your going to outright copy me, have a little more couth and at least don’t post my exact same shots on your blog!

OK rant over!!! SOOOOO today was amazing! It even exceeded my expectations!

This chick is a straight up TROOPER! Getting some of these shots included running through the rain (dress hiked up and umbrella in hand!)

We were the hottest thing to happen in EVER at the Washabout Laundry mat in North Fort Myers!!!

Look for this girl in VOGUE on day my friends…

she’s got “IT”

K, as usual… you rocked my lense! Thank you so much for an amazing time…

DIVA’S UNITE!

xoxo – A

Enjoy…

Right before K got in the water…. these little girls ran up and were wondering why she was “so crazy” for putting her gorgeous dress in the ocean…. hilarious…

One day they’ll understand, or maybe they wont! hahaha

and last shot of the night….

The show goes on….. with more of K’s {ROCK the DRESS} session…. Cleopatra Photography – Bridal photographer Fort Myers and Naples

Ok SO as Everyone knows…

I usually edit pics right away from sessions and throw them on the blog..

well with this gorgeous bride, I cant seem to stop editing and sharing!!!!

So with that being said.. enjoy more of K…

she definately rocks this dress…

Oh and look for more later tonight!!!!

xoxo – A

The newly-wed Mrs. T {ROCKS the DRESS} Cleopatra Photography – Fort Myers and Naples bridal photography Fort Myers and Naples “trash the dress” photography

Hello Hello!!!!

So can I just say I feel all out of sorts today because my sidekick is without a phone!!!! anywho…

Today I met with K to do her “Rock the dress” session…. originally we were calling these Trash the dress sessions…. but I don’t really think that describes what I do… or what this type of session really stands for…

In my mind, a Rock the dress session is all about showing off how amazing you look in that GOWN!!!

You spent less than a full day in it and its going to sit in a closet until you pass it on to your daughter…. I know…. I understand….

BUT before you send it off to the cleaners…

ROCK IT!

if your not exactly sure what I mean… you’ll know by the end of this post! 😉

So anyhow, I picked up K bright and early and we headed to the first spot… a field…

a crappy… cruddy… abandoned… “lot” if you will….

 When I saw it, I said… oh this is soooo perfect… and “dark” and even though I have never seen ANY of the twilight movies or the Harry Potter series for that matter…

I said… Ooooh thats so “twilight-ey” and perfect for her dress…

So we were off… Can I just say this girl knows how to WORK the camera!!!

it doesn’t take much direction from me to pull amazing images out of her! …. SOOO greatful for this lady!

Quick side note: I once had someone tell me…

“I would never do that in real life” referring to the way I was asking her to stand….

I asked her if she’d seen my website?

Her response,

“Yes”…

Mine…

“Then trust me.”

So after a quick run into Downtown Fort Myers we ran to our second location…

a “TOP SECRET” exclusive spot ladies and gents!

ask me how… I’ll make your photos stand out too;)

On to the premier of

ROCK the DRESS by Cleopatra Photography


then on to location #2

This actually drove by… and I said.. Oh wouldnt it be cool if we could use that! and low and behold.. It parked and wahllla!

and last but certainly not least!

Location # 3

The roof