Caroline Maxcy Photography + Highlands Art League — Central Florida Teen and Adult Photography Classes

This summer I am teaming up with the Highlands Art League to embark on a little educational endeavor. As my classes and course work are shaping up I am excited about the individuals that will be coming along with me and growing in their craft and I want to invite any of you last minute folks to join us on the journey. I will be offering two classes on Monday nights over the next six weeks. The first starts at 5:00 and is specifically geared towards teens and the cameras they have tucked into their pockets every-single-day. That's right the entire course will be using our camera phones! The second class I am offering starts at 6:30 and is for the grown folks. Bring along your slightly "fancier" camera and come prepared to learn to better understand your camera (yes, I'm talking Aperture, Shutterspeed and ISO) and in turn you'll be prepared to better capture your life around you in an open and authentic way. So come on along folks (and I can't wait to meet all of you that are already signed up!)

Check out the info below on each course and if you are interested you can call or email...

Teresa Vicker @ 863-385-6682 or manager@highlandsartleague.org

iPhoneography by Caroline Maxcy

iPhoneography by Caroline Maxcy

Story telling through the lens for teens.

When: Mondays 5:00-6:00, July 14 - Aug. 18
Where: Highlands Art League, 351 W Center Ave, Sebring, FL 33870
Cost: $150 (six classes) or $25 p/class
Details: We experience the world in its greatest form through stories. In the age of social media, self expression and the never-ending selfie it would be safe to say that we are more than ever dying to tell our own personal story. This 6 week summer course will examine the way in which we are each telling our stories through photography. We will first look at the way we are doing this using the compelling tools tucked right into our back pockets everyday. iPhoneography is becoming the medium of choice to capture real, raw, thought provoking and beautiful moments in the most organic and simple way. Whether it be via our instagram grid and the way each photo speaks as an individual and interacts as a whole or through a personal collection of images we will examine the stories we ourselves are currently telling. We will develop ways to better capture an image and how the decisions we make up front in framing, composition and lighting enhance and effect the story being told. We will explore our individual worlds as well as learn how to creatively capture our own unique perspective along the way.

Throughout the weeks we will move into more “advanced” tools and composition through demonstrations and hands-on lessons introducing students to the craft and aesthetics of photography as well as enhance their digital skills using the camera. Critiques throughout the six weeks foster confidence, as students discuss their images and reflect upon their progress. By the end of the course, students will have developed a portfolio of images with accompanying text—telling their summertime stories. The program culminates in a final presentation for family and friends.

Lifestyle and Portrait Photography with Caroline Maxcy.

Lifestyle and Portrait Photography with Caroline Maxcy.

Intro to Everyday Lifestyle and Portrait Photography.

When: Mondays 6:30-7:30, July 14 - Aug. 18
Where: Highlands Art League, 351 W Center Ave, Sebring, FL 33870
Cost: $180 members $200 non-members (six classes)
Details: Do you have a “fancy” camera, a story to tell and a desire to move closer to a deeper understanding of how the two intertwine? This course is about the story we tell and the tools we use. Throughout the six weeks we work to develop skills that will allow you to better understand your camera in order to better capture your life around you in an open and authentic way. We will start by learning the technical basics of your DSLR camera. We will move you from “auto” to “manual” while learning about aperture, shutter speed and ISO along the way. Then we will focus in on the best practices for capturing people, lifestyle and portrait images in your everyday life. Here we will talk about finding light, developing a way of seeing things and fostering an open heart in the process of capturing genuine life-filled images.

Amanda + Elic — Sebring, FL Wedding Photography

You may remember my post with images from a super dreamy, woodland engagement session with Elic and Amanda last fall (if not you can click here.) You may remember me reminiscing about when I first met each of them. You may remember me rambling about what sweet friends they had become to me. You may remember talks of a mature faith, commitment and love. Well, those two stood in front of each other this spring and said "I Do!" And I was there to witness it all (and capture images along the way… and wipe away a tear or two from time to time from all the sweetness.) I seriously feel like a guest of honor as a photographer. I get to hang out with these two stars for the day quite possibly more than anyone else. I get to see the grin on a freshly primped and pampered bride when you remind her she is GETTING MARRIED TODAY! You get to see the sweet laughter and tears between a mother giving a daughter advice for the day and for the life ahead. You get to capture eyes swelling with happy tears as a bride clutches her father's arm down the aisle. You get to take a walk with the brand new Mr. and Mrs. in their first time alone together as husband and wife (well, plus a photographer a videography and sometimes a second shooter or wedding coordinator. haha.) Needless to say I feel absolutely honored to be invited in by every single one of my bride and grooms for such a special moment, such a celebration, such a life changing day. Thank you Amanda & Elic for inviting me in to capture it all!

xoxo,
Caroline

Credits:

Photography - Caroline Maxcy Photography
Second Shooter - Sarah Sandel
Wedding Coordinator - Michelle Cathey
Hair - Jen Maxcy
Make-up - Holly Slade with Faces by Holly
Bridal Party Getting Ready & Formal Photos Venue - Inn on the Lakes
Ceremony Venue - Bible Fellowship Church
Reception Venue - The Circle Theater of Sebring
Catering - Chef Mac @ The Palms Catering
Florist - Hobby Hill
Wedding Dress - Solutions Bridal

Lauren + Trent — The Stockroom Downtown Raleigh, NC Wedding Photography

When I left North Carolina almost 4 years ago I not only left a sweet state chocked full of some of the best BBQ, the most charming historic downtown photo op spots and a world full of southern culture I also left a precious handful of dear friends, classmates and colleagues. For 3 years before returning to grad school I was part of an incredible team of designers and business folks at the design firm Signal, Inc. full of some of the most creative and inspiring folks I know. They certainly became my NC family and many of those folks are still my friends and still inspiring me to this day. So when one of those folks, Signal's Director of Account Services, Phil, contacted me about photographing his daughter's wedding set to take place at The Stockroom in downtown Raleigh this past spring I couldn't resist. The day was simply breathtaking, seriously breathtaking... every last blush pink, gold trimmed, blooming floral detail. The bride and groom where incredibly sweet. Their families where warm and loving. And the entire celebration was Christ centered and faith filled. Breathtaking. Thank you Lauren and Trent for inviting me in to capture the day, to celebrate the love and to be a part of the fun all along the way!

xoxo,
Caroline

P.S. - And thank you to my incredible second shooter and host family for the weekend (and fellow Signal colleague too), Pam Brennan! You are a gem!

Credits:

Photography - Caroline Maxcy Photography
Second Shooter - Pam Brennan
Venue - The Stockroom
Wedding Dress - JCrew

Alecia + Craig — Bok Tower Engagement Photography

These two are getting hitched this weekend and I can't wait to be there to capture the celebration. I am especially excited after this super dreamy, super smiley, super love-filled session we had earlier this spring on a sunny afternoon at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, FL. Congrats Alecia & Craig! See you all soon!

xoxo,
Caroline

Emma + Eric — Lake Placid, FL Wedding Photography

This spring I was invited into the sweetest southern affair to capture the love of Emma and Eric. As I was driving to Emma's family's lakeside home the day of the wedding I was literally squealing in my car with excitement. The day was gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. And the love between these two was something to marvel at all day long. From the lovely letterpressed invites with orange blossom details, to the magical azalea lined path, to the planting of a tree, to walks in a garden, to capturing the last sunlight of the day amidst the fragrant blooming groves, to dancing beneath the oaks and the stars and every blessed detail in-between the day was like a dream. Thank you, Emma & Eric (and your sweet families too) for letting me tag along with you all for the day and capture your love along the way.

xoxo,
Caroline

Photography: Caroline Maxcy Photography
Second Shooter: Sarah Sandel
Hair: Jen Maxcy
Makeup: Faces By Holly (Holly Slade)

2013 Fall Families — Central Florida Family Photography

I literally started putting together this post two whole months ago. My Throwback Thursday to last fall when over the course of three months I gathered with 20 or so families to capture their growth, capture their love and, let's be honest, capture their Christmas Card photos for the most part. :) It is one of my busiest and most favorite times of year. But it is also that time of year when photos get packaged and sent off on discs to happy families and then they sit on my hard drive for forevermore. So today on this Throwback Thursday I share with you, in probably one of my longest posts to date, a little glimpse into what I was blessed to capture in my 2013 Fall Family sessions with some of the sweetest families I know.

Thank you to the families that continue to invite me in year after year and thank you to all the new families I met along the way!

xoxo,
Caroline

The Sandel Family

The West Family

The Wohl Family

The Smith Family

The Tubbs Family

The Wells Family

The Weisz Kiddos + Mom and Grandparents

The Spencer Family

The Gentile Family

The Shoemaker, Sico & Radonski Families

The Maxcy Family

The Hines Family

The Jahna Family

The Dailey Family

The Brooker Family

The Brooker Family (too!)

The Revell Family 

(Also a Brooker Family. There are a ton of them in that sweet family. And their mom and dad did a really sweet thing and got them all sessions for early Christmas gifts.)

The Brooker Cousins

The Barben Family — Avon Park, FL Family Photography

Spent an afternoon with this sweet family earlier this spring. I love it when families are so trusting and open to "whatever" during my sessions, like piling into a hammock and taking a walk through the soft sand of a grove (while recovering from knee surgery) or climbing on top of some unknown items to get that oh-so-perfect rustic background. Oh yes, and driving me around, tracing our tracks for 20 minutes, praying for the little things and looking for my car keys that I had forgot I sat on the bumper of the car to take those last few skateboarding pictures. Thank you.

xoxo,
Caroline

Amanda + Mike — Ft. Meade, FL Engagement Photography

It's high time I share with you all some of these gorgeous photos that I have been hoarding over the past few months. :) This lovely Friday I am flashing back to a breezy, sunny Friday from earlier this year when I joined Amanda and Mike in Ft. Meade, Florida for a laid back romantic stroll, if you will. It was one of those days where I had a continuous prayer on my heart thanking the Lord that this is my job. These two are pure beauty and the easy going, comfortable and heartfelt love between them is oh-so-evident. I can't wait to photograph their wedding day this fall! Thanks, Amanda and Mike for inviting me into your love story!

xoxo,
Caroline

Laura's Senior Sesh — Lake Placid, FL Senior Photography

Just wrapped up editing this gorgeous Senior Session complete with a REAL LIVE Brahman Bull and a full on dip in the lake at sunset. Plus I got to spend the afternoon with one of the sweetest families I know who actually "won" this gift session in the silent auction at Lyndsey's Wish Jeans & Jewels event last fall. Congrats to the Wheelers! And Congrats to the super sweet and stunning 2014 Lake Placid Graduating Senior, Laura!

xoxo,
Caroline

GIVEAWAY! — This is the Day Beginner Photography Workshop Seat Giveaway

GIVEAWAY! That's right This is the Day Beginner Photography Workshop is coming up in just over a week and we are GIVING AWAY a seat for the fun filled day (complete with loads of knowledge, hands on learning, creative inspiration, yummy food, never-ending coffee, a goodie bag full of delightfulness and super fun giveaways). Nominate a friend by commenting on this post with their name and why you think they'd love to be there before Monday, April 21st at noon and a winner will randomly be chosen and announced that afternoon (one entry per person). To see more details about the day including a schedule of events visit our site by clicking here.

This is the Day Beginner Photography Workshop Seat Giveaway!

This is the Day Beginner Photography Workshop Seat Giveaway!

Emily + Josh — St. Armands Circle Sarasota, FL Engagement Photography

Happy Friday! I just wrapped up my busiest wedding month EVER. With three weddings spanning from a glamorous southern Central Florida backyard affair, to downtown Raleigh, NC romantic stunner, to the sweetest union right here at my home church of Bible Fellowship last month was filled to the brim with love. And the good news for this hopeless romantic is that Caroline Maxcy Photography has many, many more to come this year! So pumped. So excited. And so honored to have been invited in to capture so many sweet love stories in 2014. It should go without saying that adore love, especially that sweetness between an engaged pair. The engagement session is simply one of my favorites. I love getting to know the pair, learning more about their story and getting them in front of my camera for the first time. I especially love it when the setting is as gorgeous and unique as Emily and Josh's recent Sarasota, FL session on the buzzing and beautiful St. Armands Circle. This duo braved the crowds on a Friday afternoon for this romantic engagement session that wound it's way around the circle, down the streets and ended up with a Sangria toast at their favorite restaurant, Colombia. 

Thanks for being so awesome in front of the camera and so totally in love, Emily and Josh. I loved capturing such sweetness and can't wait for your Sarasota nuptials this coming fall!

xoxo,
Caroline

This is the Day Workshops — Beginners Photography Workshop

Three years ago when I found myself settling in Central Florida and planting a photography business my friends kept mentioning to me this little lady named Sarah Sandel who I "just had to meet". The word was, we were just alike and we would more than likely become fast friends. Sarah had an established and growing photography business in the area doing, well, just what I was doing. And in the spirit of camaraderie and creative collaboration as opposed to competitiveness we decided to meet each other. Our friends were right. Sarah and I became fast friends and began creatively challenging one another while encouraging each of our own strengths and talents, and well, solving the worlds problems too at our coffee shop meetings with one another. One thing we were good at was ideas and it wasn't too long before we heard a common theme in our chats. People wanted to know more about their cameras, how to use them, how to understand their language and ultimately how to better capture their everyday lives. We got questions constantly from clients, from wedding guests, from people in the grocery store. "I just got this nice camera and I was wondering how to (insert technical question of choice here)". And thus, This is the Day Photography Workshops were born. We spent a few months developing content, pulling things together, collecting cool giveaways and creating easy to understand hands on learning tools to help a handful folks with "fancy" and not so fancy cameras alike better capture their own stories. It was a heavenly day and… we are finally doing it all over again. But this time even better. And before things even begin this time around we wanted to give you a little glimpse into the heart behind it all. There is no better place to start than with our original Beginners Workshop.

Now that we are comfortably two days into the month of April this little day of photography fantasticalness is less than one month away and with the seats over half full already (Yay, for our Early Bird Registrants!) we want to make sure you get a spot. But we also want you to be able to wrap your head around what to expect for the day. In a nutshell our Beginner's Workshop is designed to better acquaint folks with their "fancy" camera and the power it holds in order to better capture their everyday lives. You see not everyday is a "sit on a vintage quilt in a field of tall wispy grass at sunset and giggle at each other occasionally drawing your attention and grins in the direction of a lady with a camera" kind of day. Everyday is baseball games, impromptu tea parties and lazy days at the beach. They are dance recitals, steer shows and sitting on the back porch at sunset. They are orange blossoms in bloom, babies first grins and sunrises over the lake. Everyday is that gloriousness that God has granted each and everyone of us called this life, your life, that only you get to live and see and experience and remember.


Fancy cameras aren't meant to pull you away from all that, fiddling with foreign settings and innumerable combinations of f-stop shutterspeed and ISO. They should be pulling you into it. What we hope to do is enable you to be more comfortable, more natural, with your camera in your hands, capture the moment by taking a better picture up front and then set the camera down and get out there and live it! So take a day with us. Come on. Let's hang out together, learn a bit, laugh a bit too and then head back to our lives and start celebrating that everyday that has been uniquely entrusted to us.

Visit our workshop website by clicking here to get even more info, learn more about your instructors and register for the big day coming up on April 26th!

The below images our from one of our near and dear to the heart 2011 This is the Day Photography workshop participant, Heidi! And here too are her thoughts on the experience...

"I first started to take an interest in photography because I simply wanted to take "good" pictures of my kids...ones that went beyond a basic snapshot. I took a few basic photography courses - one, an adult education class at the local community college and the other online; but, when I heard about the "This Is the Day" workshop offered by Caroline and Sarah, I jumped at the chance! Not only were they local Sebring girls I was familiar with, but they were talented too!

I always admired Sarah's ability to create images that were vivid and bright and, I felt, she had a particular strength for highlighting the eyes of her subjects. Oh, the eyes...always so striking! Caroline's style was a favorite too as she had such a way of expressing the details...as if she were the invisible photographer standing off in the distance seeing beyond what the average onlooker would see. Then, at just the right moment capturing it.

The "This is the Day" workshop was such a fun and interactive day full of information and then hands-on application. From the basics to editing and everything in between, it was a wonderful reinforcement of the few things I had already learned about photography and having Caroline and Sarah in the room, answering questions and sharing their knowledge and skills was the icing on the cake. I would recommend the workshop in an instant to any beginner or even someone with a little bit of a knowledge base who wants to expand and go deeper in their understanding and practical use of photography. You'll enjoy every minute!" - Heidi Stephens, 2011 This is the Day Photography Workshop Attendee

Heidi lovingly shared with us some images she has captured—since attending our This is the Day Beginners Workshop—while "celebrating the everyday" in her life as a mom of three precious little ones...

Below you get to hear from (as well as see the breathtaking images of) another 2011 workshop attendee, Staci Braswell! Already a skilled amateur photographer, Staci joined us at our 2011 This is the Day Photography workshop to develop her craft and to really expand and grow her knowledge. Now-a-days Staci enjoys utilizing her stellar photographic skills professionally from time to time not only capturing her own life experiences but also instilling timeless memories in the hearts of others around her.

"This is the Day workshop was an excellent opportunity to learn from two of the best in the business in a small group setting! Caroline and Sarah are willing to share their expertise with anyone willing to learn. I appreciated the introduction to camera settings and editing programs. But the most valuable part of the workshop was the opportunity to put the information into action with an afternoon shooting a family. I would encourage anyone interested in photography to sign up for the workshop. I have seen many improvements in my work, thanks to the inspiration and encouragement from Caroline and Sarah! These two ladies have a gift and talent that they are willing to share - don't miss the opportunity!" - Stacy Braswell / 2011 This is the Day Photography Workshop Attendee

Thank you to these two amazing past participants for sharing a little peek into your world! And I can't wait to spend a day with a new group of "fancy" camera toting friends and to watch as our new "alumni" grow.

xoxo,
Caroline

Elic + Amanda Sneak Peek — Sebring, FL Wedding Photography

I spent this past Saturday not just photographing a truly sweet and beautiful wedding with some of the most precious and thoughtful details but I also spent the day celebrating two of my dear friends. And while I am still pouring over all the images I couldn't help but share a sneak peek into their day.

Congrats Elic and Amanda! I have loved being a part of your journey towards marriage and look forward to a friendship for many years to come!

xoxo,
Caroline

Elic and Amanda's Sebring, FL wedding with Caroline Maxcy Photography.

Elic and Amanda's Sebring, FL wedding with Caroline Maxcy Photography.

Savannah's Maternity — Central Florida Maternity Photography

There is just something about a sweet spirit that radiants through photos sometimes. Miss Savannah in all her pregnant glory had just that. And my afternoon with her and her family of three (soon to be four) at Lake Istokpoga Park (just days before daddy was deployed to Korea for a year) was simply beautiful, relaxed and the perfect celebration of the miracle of a life in the making! So honored and blessed to capture this sweet time for you all!

xoxo,
Caroline

Lauren's Bridal Session — Raleigh, NC Wedding Photography

This past weekend in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina feels like anything but a blur. From the moment I stepped off the plane and into my rental car for Lauren and Trent's wedding weekend I tried to embrace the reprieve from my day-to-day and vowed to take it all in, one moment at a time. Right off the bat I knew it was going to be good. To my joy, Raleigh was in bloom, my favorite season. I breathed it in. I just so happened to still have my alpaca mittens in my purse to keep me perfectly warm on my surprisingly chilly leisure walk location scouting through Pullen Park. And I pulled up to Hayes Barton Cafe and Dessertery at the exact moment it was opening for the day (I seriously dropped $30 on cake slices that were worth every-lovin'-cent!). By that point I was only 2 hours into my trip and on the road to a dear friend's house with my favorite pizza and delicious cake in tow. The rest of the weekend couldn't have played out any better. Unexpectedly beautiful wedding day weather, celebrating with the sweetest of families, a tear-jerking ceremony, and stunningly gorgeous details filling The Stockroom in downtown Raleigh rounded out the wedding weekend. I really can't wait to share this one with you all. But while I am still pouring over the images from the weekend I've decided to give you all a peak into one of my top two bridal sessions with the lovely Lauren in downtown Raleigh last fall (okay, okay, I have only done two bridal sessions in my existence, both were stunning. Seriously, why don't more brides opt for this??).

Lauren and Trent's were set to get married at The Stockroom on Fayetteville Street in the heart of the city (to give you an idea of the gorgeousness that is coming with their wedding day photos). So what better location could we find for Lauren's bridal session? We stepped into the gorgeous historic building mid afternoon on a Monday and spent the next few hours following the light across the room, stepping out into the street and taking a meandering stroll around Raleigh's capitol building in the height of fall. The results were breathtaking in my book...

xoxo,
Caroline