Family Time Friday-Central Florida Event Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

So this one is going to be a big one.

For years, I’ve been going a bit over the top with my kid’s birthday parties. It’s one of the things I love to do for them. They have the option to do another type of event or a birthday party….and they always choose the party. Once one child’s birthday is over, the other is already in the planning stages of his.

Ben’s theme this year was the Minions from Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2….he loves the purple minions. I scoured the internet for all sorts of great DIY projects and tried most of them out! My good friend, Kim was so helpful with these projects and I couldn’t have done it all without her! Thank you a minion Kim! o_O

For all the DIY projects, please check out my Pinterest Birthday Page for all these great projects!

Alyson did a great job capturing the pure fun the children had in the splash pad and I’m so thrilled with the way the imagery came out!

Portrait of little boy at his birthday party, event photography

Collage of signs from child's Despicable Me birthday party by Karrah Flores Photography

Diptych of birthday banner and minion stand during child's birthday party

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Throwback Thursday-Central Florida Children’s Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

Oh hey! Throwback Thursday is hugely popular and I wanted to get in on the action as well! We’ll vary our TBT between old client work, school work from my time at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies and of course, my kids.

When I first started taking pictures, my main subjects were my own children. The fast paced, quick moving little person you see at a wedding was all because I was chasing these two little buggers. These images range from the Fall of 2009 to the Spring of 2011….and it was hard to narrow them down! I hope you enjoy these glimpses into Sam and Ben’s history!

Portrait of a little boy laying down on a trampoline

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Lauren-Orlando Senior Portrait Photographer-Karrah Flores Photographer

Oh I adore senior portrait sessions!

Lauren is an amazingly intelligent and sweet young woman! A member of the Juniorettes and National Honor Society (honestly, there were so many more she mentioned….it was hard to keep up!), she is on the right track in achieving her dreams of a business degree and entry into the fashion world. I can only imagine what wonderful experiences she has in store for herself.

We had a great time in Orlando, enjoying the beautiful sunny evening and the warm and breezy night. Please enjoy some of my personal favorites from Lauren’s Senior Portrait Session!

Orlando Senior Portrait Photographer, Karrah Flores Photographer

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Monochrome Monday-Central Florida Event Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

I’m adoring this new series….mainly because I don’t often shoot black and white. It was a requirement in one of my favorite classes in college….only turn in black and white images. It made me think beyond the color of an image….really get down to what the image is telling a person. What is the story behind the image.

The collection of images I’m going to share with you are from my darling little boy’s birthday party this weekend. He turned 6 and we had a wonderful minion themed party. You’ll get to see all the awesome details on Friday’s blog post…I promise!

The kids had a great time playing in the water, beating the candy out of a crazy purple minion (piƱata) and in general being adorable. Alyson did an amazing job shooting and this is a pretty even split of her imagery and mine. Enjoy!

Black and white photograph of little boy on playground at a children's birthday party.

Black and white photograph of two children at Minion themed birthday party.

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Family Time Friday-Karrah Flores Photography-Colorado Portrait and Wedding Photographer

Remember how I mentioned gratuitous photos of cute kids….well here we go! I wanted to share some of my personal images of my own family with everyone because so often it’s other families I’m showcasing. My kids deserve a little spotlight too. Today will be henceforth known as Family Time Friday!

We had the great opportunity to spend a couple weeks in Colorado at the beginning of the summer. This was the first time we had gone there without a specific job in mind….we actually got to relax! One of the fun things we made sure to do was take advantage of the mountains while we were there. For Sam and I, the mountains were always the place we went to for relaxation and revival. It’s one of the things I miss most about Colorado.

Lucky for us, my sister Rossie and her husband Chris are big into hiking and knew a great many hiking trails for us to create our adventure.

Detail of blue wildflowers paired with mountain valley in Colorado Rockies by Karrah Flores Photography

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Ryan and Melissa-Central Florida Wedding Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

These are the type of love stories that make my heart so happy.

Ryan and Melissa have known each other since they were 14. After developing a friendship, they realized there was something more. They’ve grown up together and now they are looking forward to becoming a family and growing old together.

These two are one of the sweetest couples. Melissa teaches kindergarden, which is a special type of amazing. Ryan is the most helpful guy I’ve ever worked with and when they are together, they radiate a love that is beautiful. He makes her laugh, and she looks at him with love and adoration. Just a glimpse and it’s easy to see they were meant to be together.

Please enjoy these lovely images from Melissa and Ryan’s engagement session.

Engagement portrait of couple during Central Florida sunset by Karrah Flores Photography

Detail image of engagement ring during engagement session in Central Florida by Karrah Flores Photography

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It’s Monochrome Monday!-Central Florida Wedding Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

This week’s Monochrome Monday features an adorable couple I am honored to be working with. Ryan has been helping me with everything bike related since I got back into the habit and one day in conversation it came up that I am a wedding photographer. His next question is one of my favorite questions of all time, “Will you shoot my wedding???” YES!!! When I met Melissa, we hit it off right away….and the guys at JC’s Bike Shop were very gracious as Melissa and I chatted about everything wedding. Ryan was just as gracious as we braved the Florida heat (and bugs and grass and humidity) to create a beautiful collection of engagement images for them. I’m so pleased with how they came out and I can’t wait to share the full blog post with everyone tomorrow!

For now, check out this image on my Facebook page and enjoy these lovely black and white images from their session!

Black and White Diptych Image of Engaged Couple off Lake Beresford in DeLand

Black and White Image of Engaged Couple sitting in a grassy field in Central Florida

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Karrah Flores Photography Presents Christmas Mini Sessions!!!

We have selected six picturesque locations over three days. Families and children have the opportunity to create beautiful family portraits with Karrah Flores Photography in this exclusive and very limited time offer!

Here are the details:
For $150, you will receive a 20 minute session with Karrah Flores Photography.
Approximately 2 weeks after the session, an online gallery will be provided to view your session. Each mini session includes 3 images and a print release delivered via download.
$75 deposit to hold date and time.

Do you love all the images and want every last one? Wonderful!
The entire collection is available for clients at a discounted rate of $300.

Call 386.785.4600 or email at karrah@karrahflores.com to reserve your session!

September 14th, 2014
Rock Beach in Flagler-Sunrise session
7:00 am
7:30 am
Rock Beach Family Portrait Session by Karrah Flores Photography
Downtown DeLand-Sunset Session
5:15 pm
5:45 pm
6:15 pm
Downtown DeLand Family Portrait Session by Karrah Flores Photography

September 27th, 2014
Sunglow Pier in Wilbur By the Sea-Sunrise Session
7:15 am
7:45 am
8:15 am
Family Portrait Session at Sunglow Pier by Karrah Flores Photography

Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange-Sunset Session
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
Family Portrait Session at Sugar Mill Gardens by Karrah Flores Photography

October 4th, 2014
Ponce Inlet-Sunrise Session
7:15 am
7:45 am
8:15 am
Family Portrait Session on the beach by Karrah Flores Photography

Downtown DeLand-Sunset Session
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
Family Portrait Session in Downtown DeLand by Karrah Flores Photography

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Monochrome Monday: Kourtney-Karrah Flores Photography-Central Florida Children Portrait Photographer

You ever get one of those ideas where you just say, “YES! Yes, that’s a great idea!”

I know it’s been done before, but over lunch one afternoon, Alyson and I came up with a way to share the work we are so proud of from our time at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies, as well as share tips and tricks we’ve acquired and of course, gratuitous cute baby/kid photos.

Today’s installment we have aptly nicknamed: Monochrome Monday. KFP will be showcasing b&w or monochromatic work we’ve created. It can be anything from our portraits, school work, or crazy stuff we’ve done on the side. The topic for today is my adorable niece, Kourtney. She rocks black and white and was such a doll baby during our sunrise shoot.

The reason I chose Kourtney is because of this first series of images. The very first one was taken in 2008, as Nate and Ashley were about to be married. I was honored to do their engagement pictures, and then 5 years later (almost to the day) I created their maternity pictures. The latest version we were so excited to make even came with our own little ray of sunshine, my darling niece, Kourtney. It’s truly a beautiful experience to be the one creating memories for a family like these. Please enjoy these and many more beautiful images of Kourtney I have selected for your viewing pleasure!

Triptych of family portraits at same location over the course of their growth as a family by Karrah Flores Photography

Baby Portraits taken by Karrah Flores Photography on location in Central Florida
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Terry and Melissa-Colorado Wedding Photographer-Karrah Flores Photography

Sometimes the stars align, the heavens open up and give you just what you are wishing for. I made a prayer on the Monday following my visit with the wonderful staff at Wild Basin that I longed for more opportunities to create wedding images for the brides and grooms that chose Wild Basin as their venue. God never disappoints. This is my second wedding at Wild Basin and I’m in love. It was sheer serendipity that this wedding came to me with only 90 minutes to prepare….and an hour drive to the venue. Their photographer had a true family emergency and with such a heavy heart, she wasn’t able to make it. Knowing how upset I would be if that happened to me (either as a photographer OR a bride), I immediately started getting ready and I was out the door, husband and camera equipment in tow and my children under the care of their wonderful grandparents.

Terry and Melissa met over a cup of coffee at Starbucks. They were coworkers and soon realized that the feelings they shared were stronger. Melissa moved on to another line of work so she and Terry could pursue a love they both knew was there. It was only a matter of time before their love became marriage.

Their wedding was sprinkled with trinkets of their love. The centerpieces contained logs and twigs from their hikes together. Their wedding favors were Colorado coffee mugs with Starbucks Coffee in small burlap sacks (the mug has become my new favorite). Their cake, adorned with fresh fruit, was made by a family friend. Even the cork on Terry’s boutonniere was from a special wine bottle they shared. It was beautiful.

Then there was Terry and Melissa. They opted to have a prayer before the ceremony, while still not seeing each other. Wild Basin has a beautiful cabin on their property and after getting everyone in place, they shared an emotional prayer and then headed down to the ceremony location in the meadow. As Melissa walked down the aisle, the emotion and love welled up in both their eyes and there was not a dry eye in the small crowd. They laughed and smiled throughout the ceremony and with excitement and anticipation, kissed as Man and Wife. Though I had only met them 2 hours prior, I felt like I was witnessing a friend’s wedding. It was so beautiful and special. Terry’s gaze never shifted from his wife. Melissa’s beautiful smile never left her face. As the night wore on, they danced with careless abandon and reveled in the women of Melissa’s family as they serenaded the new couple.

What a true honor it was to be there for this couple on their most special day. I am so blessed to have been given this opportunity and am incredibly happy with images that resulted. Please enjoy these images and wish Melissa and Terry all the best in their love and life!

Colorado Wedding Photographer, Karrah Flores, Wild Basin Lodge, Allenspark wedding, bride and groom portrait, rings on bridal bouquet

Colorado Wedding Photographer, Allenspark, Wild Basin, detail images of groom's boutonniere and bride's dress

Colorado Wedding Photographer, Wild Basin Lodge, Karrah Flores Photography, image of bride getting ready, bridal bouquet

Colorado Wedding Photographer, Wild Basin Lodge, Allenspark, Portrait of bride, portrait of groom, detail of flowers at ceremony location
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