Sophia + Rodney Wedding Day Sneak Peek — Oregon Fall Green Villa Barn & Garden Wedding — Independence, OR

Since I am over here basically still working on west coast time I'd say it's definitely not too late to post this little teaser from Sophia and Rodney's Oregon wedding filled with all things fall and lovely. (And I may be a little bias but that is one good looking wedding party, complete with my hubby, am I right?) Congrats you two!

xoxo, Caroline

Sophia + Rodney — Green Villa Barn and Gardens Wedding Photography in Independence, Oregon

Sophia + Rodney — Green Villa Barn and Gardens Wedding Photography in Independence, Oregon

Heartland Couples — Marriages Committed to Community and Each Other — Heartland Living Magazine Editorial Photography

You guys how did June come and go so fast? While Florida in June is not generally a big time of year for weddings (folks tend to think it's a bit to hot to be getting all gussied up in a full on wedding gown) for the rest of the world every young woman dreams of becoming a June bride (at least, according to the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. And aren't classic musicals how the most of us learned about life?). June is the official month of matrimony and all things love (a close second to that heart filled day in February.) Earlier this month we debut the June/July Issue of Heartland Living Magazine issue with a special section called "Weddings of the Heart" which  included some of my favorite editorial photos yet on the subject of weddings. If you haven't already check out the pages and pages of loveliness you guys should definitely get your hands on a copy as soon as possible. 

But today I'm taking some sweet time to reflect back in a Heartland Living Magazine story from two years ago I was blessed to be a part of from concept to creation. I even did most of the interviews myself! And can I tell you all, this, this right here is probably one of the most profound things I've ever been a part of. We interviewed and photographed couples across Central Florida that have been married for 40 years or more and what we got was pure gold! If you didn't get to see the article in the Heartland Living Magazine June/July issue of 2014 you definitely missed out. But what I've included here is a little peek into the sweetness that was a snapshot of 40+ years of marriage in each of these couples lives.

Film Photography Tests & Fun — Central Florida Film Photography — Highlands Hammock State Park

When I was first officially "schooled" in photography way-back-when at Florida State University it was with a basic, strictly manual Nikon film camera and black and white film where we captured, processed and developed all of our own film. I can still remember the cool dimness of the darkroom (with the sweltering Florida heat just outside its doors). It was a dreamy retreat that place. Even in a time without the instantness of digital photography (yes, it was that long ago) the process of waiting and working for a single image was a welcomed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of college life. I fell in love.

Fast forward a few years and my digital camera and I are inseparable. The instantness is efficient, helpful and perfect for a growing photography business. And the images that a DSLR can create are getting better and better. I capture hundreds of images on a single shoot and thousands on a wedding day. Minute expressions and handfuls of emotions. It's sometimes like a little stop frame animation movie and I love this. I love that somewhere in the 20 photos I capture of a bride and groom snuggled up in that perfect golden afternoon light, they catch each other's eyes, there's a spark and they glow. 

Film is different. And I have to admit I've been scared of going back. My shooting style is so much about capturing that glowing expression and emotion that I'm afraid I'll miss it in the waiting. That I'll click just a half second too late and it will be gone. While I've watched the commercial photography industry for years now slowly making its way back to film I've done just that. I've watched and waited. Photographers talk about the romanticism of film and the images captured, the perfect minty tones, the way the process has made them better photographers and I've watched and waited.

When I talk of my thoughts towards film and the possibility of exploring it again with my non-photog friends their question always is, "Why? Will it make you more money? Are there people that are looking for that?" Which are all valid questions, but in my response I have found that my motivation for picking up a film camera again more so than not entirely about myself. It is about me as the artist, the artistry behind it and cultivating my own art creation process. Its about becoming better at what I do not by grasping for more but in leaning into what is already right there in front of me, weeding out the mess and waiting for the more to bloom. There is a beauty in the process of waiting not to catch an image but for that image to arrive. Eye to the view finder. Lens focused. Waiting, breathing, feeling. The emotions of the moment crest and fall. And then there it is. That golden, glowing, emotion filled image appears. A millisecond. Click. 

It's hard to miss something you are so in-tuned to. 

Last month I did just that. I finally stopped watching and picked up a film camera again. This time it is the one all the cool kids use a Contax 645 rented for a long weekend from the lovely Contax Rental (who also sells Contax Kits). I bought a few rolls of film and explored the process. What fun it was, but despite the fact that I kept looking at the back of the camera after every click to see an image, no image appeared. I had no idea how I was doing. So I packed up my exposed film rolls, sent them along their way to The Find Lab and began the process of waiting again. When I got back the processed, developed and scanned images my heart swelled. I was in love once again.

I captured images across the span of a few sessions I had that long weekend and I will share more of those with you all with each session. But for today you get to see a little peek into my film exploration when on a Sunday afternoon the lovely Hannah and I ventured into Highlands Hammock State Park with my borrowed Contax and a few rolls of film. While we talked over life we explored the dreamiest of places and from time to time I lifted the camera to my eye and waited for a moment to arrive. Click.

xoxo, Caroline

Snap and Flutter Photography Workshop and Styled Shoot — Casa Feliz Wedding Photography — Winter Park, FL

Yesterday's Snap and Flutter workshop and styled shoot at Casa Feliz in Winter Park, FL was oh-so-dreamy thanks to the amazing team that put it all together! Here's a little peek into the day... <3


Photography: Caroline Maxcy Photography
Hosted/Creator/Floral/Bouquet/Styling/Tablescapes: Andi Man
Co-host: Best Photography
Food/Catering: Arthur's Catering
Dress: Amsale from Calvet Couture
Hair/Makeup: Laura Reynolds Artistry
Rentals/Table: A Chair Affair
Venue: Casa Feliz
Invite: Lana's Shop
Linen: Connie Duglin
Cake: Party Flavors
Videographers: KEJ Productions

2016 Highlands County Fair Youth Livestock Show Galleries

Hey there all who are participating in the Highlands County Fair Youth Livestock Show! We've had the joy of capturing the events throughout the week and have started adding photos to the online galleries. Head on over there today by {clicking here} to check it out, see yourself (or your kid) in action and purchase photos and downloads from the events! (We will be adding photos from more events throughout the day and the rest of the week so keep checking back.) Enjoy!

xoxo, Caroline

2015 Miss, Jr. Miss & Little Miss Highlands County Queens — Central Florida Portrait Photography — Sebring, FL

On the windiest of days right smack dab in the middle of Florida's blustery winter (it was chilly y'all) these three Highlands County Queens got all dolled up and caravanned all across town (in heated cars) for this super fun portrait session. They were nothing but smiles and all up for the adventure! The truest of queens in my book! Thanks Jenson DeWitt (Little Miss), Cammie Lester (Junior Miss) and Nicole Cunningham (Miss Highlands County) for the fun session, for your gorgeous smiles and for your sweet and adventurous spirits all along the way! I wish you all the best of luck as you take your final walk in the coming days!

xoxo, Caroline

Jeffery + Kandi Sneak Peek — Bok Tower Gardens Wedding Photography — Lake Wales, FL

What happens when it rains all day long on your wedding day?? You get married in the rain to the love of your life! (And under the dry protection of your backup plan. Always have a backup plan.) Then you kiss your new mister in the rain and celebrate the night away with your nearest and dearest! That's what happens... 

And then...  

You get back in your wedding day duds the next day and stroll in the sparkle of the day-after sun and the glow of your newlywed bliss! Thanks for inviting me in on your sweet wedding day celebration where the light of your love and smiles couldn't be dimmed by any storm and for spending your first day as husband and wife with me and my camera in a garden! Congrats again Kandi and Jeff!

xoxo, Caroline

Kandi + Jeff — Lake Wales, FL — Bok Tower Gardens Wedding Photography with Caroline Maxcy Photography.

Kandi + Jeff — Lake Wales, FL — Bok Tower Gardens Wedding Photography with Caroline Maxcy Photography.

Kandi + Jeff Engaged — Boca Grande, Florida Engagement Photography

Kandi and Jeff are getting hitched this weekend! I can't wait to be there for the sure to be sweet and gorgeous celebration at Bok Tower Gardens and today I couldn't help but share their equally as lovely engagement session from Boca Grande, FL, a place near and dear to their hearts. We wandered the quaint and colorful downtown streets in this adorable seaside town before heading to the infamous Banyan Street with their pup! Then we of course had to wrap things up with a sunset stroll along the gulf shore. Isn't it gorgeous! 

Can't wait for them to become husband and wife this weekend!

xoxo, Caroline

Brittany + Ryan Sneak Peek — Central Florida Wedding Photography — Sebring, FL

January in Florida is kind of magical. The air is perfectly crisp and the light is oh-so-lovely! A photographers dream! I couldn't have asked for a better way to start off my 2016 wedding season than with Brittany and Ryan's sweet celebration. Seriously, these two (and their families and friends) are the sweetest kind of folks, the type you'd want to call your own friends. So when I found out there were about 50 people from the groom's neighborhood in SEATTLE, WA (!) that made the trek across the country to be there for the celebration I was not surprised in the least. 

Here's a little peek into their day, with so much more gorgeousness to share in the coming year! Congrats Brittany and Ryan! And thank you both so much for inviting me to capture your big day!

xoxo, Caroline

Brittany + Ryan — Sebring, FL Military Wedding Photography with Caroline Maxcy Photography.

Brittany + Ryan — Sebring, FL Military Wedding Photography with Caroline Maxcy Photography.