It’s Contest Time! Central Mass FREE Photography {Cleopatra Photography} Boston and Worcester Mass, Photography

Hi Everyone!

Sorry for the late post! If you’re a FAN on the facebook page www.facebook.com/cleophoto then you already saw,

 that today is the first day of

 the PHOTO OF THE MONTH CONTEST

 To enter to win all you have to do is become a fan. LIKE the page and comment on this month’s photo. (its the little baby boy with the bow tie! below)

even if you’re not a fan yet, YOU can still win! help me spread the word and tell your friends too! don’t wait! click the link, hit that button and become a fan 🙂

anyway….

I had an amazing weekend.. not only did I have a crazy reunion with all my old girlfriends from 15+ years ago, but then today I had an awesome time with my husband’s brother and his family….

I had waay too much to drink on Saturday, but I haven’t had that much fun in a looong time… It felt amazing to be surrounded by so much love! it was an afternoon full of memories… old and new… I missed this so much!

My girls look amazing! hahah everyone is still the same.. not one of us really changed who we are… we just grew up and became mommies, wives, entrepeneurs and more… but still “the sorority” sisters remain the same!

SO now go to the FACEBOOK page and comment! on this photo {the one below}

 I am using random.org to decide the winner so its fair game!

like the page and comment that’s how it works.. no strings attached!

I hope to see some new faces on the FAN wall soon!

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TALAYNA FORTUNADO and Strong is the new Sexy…… Cleopatra Photography {Rockstars} Fort Myers and Cape Coral Crossfit Women Photography

Hi everyone!

SO…. I have had a veryyy busy week!  Lots of planning for the future 120 days woohooo!!! lots of family time…. and lots of cleaning!

But, in the middle of all the madness, I had this awesome session with some amazing chicks!

Talk about motivating!

These women are devoted, not only to fitness but to their families! Almost all of them mommies like me!

I am three weeks into crossfit, and surprised myself today by hitting a new goal already! yaaaaay… I truly love it!

I found something that’s GENUINE…. and gives me back exactly what I give it… its the realest thing in my life!

Those of you who are close to me, go check out my other blog that’s tracking my progress!

I just started writing, so give me a break over there ok!?!?!

Anywho as I was saying, these women are devoted, hard workers…. Id be lying if I said I didn’t strive to be like them physically… but, I think it’s more of a mental thing, atleast for me anyway.

So many bad habits are done for me… this is one of my first “good habits” if you will…

I am moving on and upward with a whole new set of eyes…

Enjoy these gorgeous ladies! ( You all did amazing!!!!!)

OH, and yes they’re showing off…. 😉 Cant wait for it to be my turn!

xx-A

Here is the group of ladies! Not your average portrait! LOVE IT!

Miss J killing the lense!

Sassy back squats by Miss A….

The “We go hard!” look… lol

miss S doing her thing! FYI this one told me she couldn’t make a serious face… LIES!

now on to Miss. K ! Mama of FOUR thats right, 4! and one of them is 18! shhh…. Sorry K, you should be soo proud! oh by the way.. according to her, she never takes a good picture, also false! 😉

Meet Miss N… she and her hubby go to the gym together and bring their kids along! NO EXCUSES! …. p.s. ONE day we will be the pull-up Queens N~!

Here she is, my coach! Miss L…  Im not ashamed to say she inspires me… hard work is hard work, no matter how you slice it… i have certainly come to appreciate that recently!!!! anywho…she’s a dedicated mama and still finds time to look like this….  oh and she’s an absolute riot…. we laugh hard together…:p

Here is Miss T…. amazingly talented and also writes a super inspirational blog on her journey within fitness! She was no stranger to the camera and did some amazing stuff for me! Congrats on your finish this past weekend at WODapalooza!

Now… On to Miss A…. A mommy, a twin and a crossfitter…. loved the looks this lady gave… and she was such a natural at posing!

one last glance at the group!

Now that you’ve met everyone, time for some fun!!!

This is as far as I go…. One day! I will be all the way up…. STRICT! look at these chicks crush it in heels…

now handstands! ONE HANDED ….

how bout this fun one!

im throwing this in because I love it!

if your interested in joining a crossfit gym in Cape Coral contact me! and I can hook you up with Crossfit Salvation…

DON’T WAIT!

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

Baby A is finally here…. V + T = A…. Cleopatra Photography {Newborns} Fort Myers and Naples Newborn and Maternity Photography

Here she is! The little lady… Baby A…. 4 and then 7 days old…

 

 

 

 

and last but not least my fav shot of the day!

 

A familiar family says Hello and Happy Holidays! Cleopatra Photography { Holidays} Lakes Park Family Photography Fort Myers Florida

Hi Everyone! if your here to see A and M’s big post scroll down! If not enjoy a small post of another family session!

The B family!!! Hopefully we have something exciting in store for you with them coming up!

For now… enjoy their christmas session at Lakes Park

 

 

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! 😉

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…. 🙂

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!

…..

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….

Introducing Big Boy C!!! at Lakes Park – Cleopatra Photography {Holidays} Fort Myers Lakes Park Family Photography

Hi Everyone! So if you don’t know already this family is close to my heart! Our kids are BFF’s and super close in age… I hadn’t had the opportunity to photography C in a real photo shoot, so when Mom asked about Pics for the Holidays I was super excited!

 

Anywho… enjoy the first of MANY mini-sessions to come! oh and look out for the wedding later tonight! waaaaay later…

 

Caio!

 

and last but not least….

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.