Jacksonville Shoot Club


Hello lonley little blog.  We are so sorry to have neglected you for so long.  This summer has been busy as ever and sadly the blog has taken a back seat lately.  Well do not fret dear blog readers we have plenty of visual deliciousness for you!

As some of you may know Brad and I, along with our wonderful friends Jeremy & Kara Pennington of Kara Pennington Photography recently started www.JaxShootClub.com.  We had our first shootout last month in downtown Jacksonville’s Friendship Park.  We were absolutely overwhelmed by the amazing turn out we had for our very first meetup.  Over 35 people were in attendance all ready to shoot, experiment and have fun hanging out with other creative professionals.  This months shootout is coming up soon and we already have 80 RSVP’s for the event.  We are so excited to see so many local photographers getting involved and working together to hone their craft.  On top of being surrounded by so many incredible photographers we were blessed to have other vendors volunteer their time and services to our shoot.  We provided 5 models for everyone to shoot.  One bride and groom, one engagement session couple and one solo bride for bridal portraits.  All our models graciously volunteered their time and were incredibly accommodating to all our crazy photography demands.  Hair and make up was done by makeup artist Faythe Mesic.  The incredible Josie of Anything with Plants and Flowers donated three gorgeous boquets for our models to carry.  Also, our solo bride Lauren wore an amazing dress Alvina Valenta dress and Lori London veil from Solutions Bridal in Gainesville.  We could not have asked for a more beautiful evening to be shooting downtown. Here are a few shots of the beautiful florals from the evening.

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One thing I loved about this shootout was that Brad and I split off into separate groups.  We so love shooting together and feel like our work compliments each other all the time so it was exciting to see what we came home with after spending the entire evening shooting entirely separate.  I know I always say it on here but seriously, I am always blown away by what a phenomenal photographer my husband is.  So I wanted to dedicate this post to his images from the shootout.  I hope you all enjoy these as much as I do.  Stay tuned for my post coming soon.

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Out of the Office


Hi Everyone,

I know its been ages since we’ve posted a blog but its been super busy in the LDV office lately. Right now, we are in Chicago for some work and a little vacation visiting one of my favorite people in the whole wide world… Catie! She is one of those friends that you grew up with and have known for so long they are no longer friends, but family. Its been 4 years since I’ve been to the windy city and I’m so happy to be back here with Brad and enjoying a little time away from the office. Not to worry though… there will be plenty of visual goodness coming to the blog very soon. Also since today is the 8th anniversary of the tragedy of 9-11 we do hope you will all take a few moments out of your day today to remember the events of that horrible day in history. Its incredible how quickly those 8 years have flown by and yet how vivid the memories can still be. Maybe not all of our families were directly affected by those events, but our lives, our country and our world has been forever changed.

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Hillery & Ricky’s Engagement Session | Jacksonville Engagement Photography


Say hello to Hillery & Ricky.  Like us they have a little fur baby that they simply adore.  Their Boston Terrier, Pumba, is a little slice of heaven if I do say so myself.  I was so excited when they told me they wanted to include her in their engagement session.  We took the two of them plus Pumba to a park in Riverside to do some “family” portraits, then headed downtown to a parking garage on the river to capture some beautiful images that incorporated the Jacksonville skyline.  Ricky is very loyal to his city and it was important to him to be able to capture some of that in their session. We had an awesome time goofing off with these two.  It was hard to stop laughing most of the time.  Ricky loves stupid humor movies just as much as we do and once we started talking Will Farrell all was lost.   We are so happy to have met you both and are honored that you chose us to capture your wedding day!  We know it will be 100% amazing!

(evidence of our Pumba crush)

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  • Megan Beth, 09.02.09:
    Megan Beth : Awesome session! I love the one of them on the left side with her behind him and her hands wrapped around him...GORGEOUS!
  • Shannon Melton, 09.02.09:
    Shannon Melton : These pics are great! Love the one w/ the bridge in the background...not to mention, this girl has killer shoes!!
  • Cassandra, 09.02.09:
    Cassandra : These are really great guys!! Pumba is a doll and the couple looks great too! :)
  • Emily Beaty, 09.02.09:
    Emily Beaty : I love how they included their pup!! These images rock - y'all are awesome. :)
  • Kellie Kano, 09.02.09:
    Kellie Kano : That's the cutest pup I've ever seen! I love that she's licking her chops in the background on the 8th shot...hilarious!
  • Suwanee, 09.03.09:
    Suwanee : The 3rd image from the bottom needs to be in a really huge canvas!! Stunning! The one under the bridge also....you guys are amazing.

Images for a Cure | Photographers Uniting for a Common Cause


A few weeks ago what was only an idea in a photographers heart quickly became a reality as Kristen Weaver created the Images for a Cure national fundraising event.

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Images for a Cure is a one day event where hundreds of participating photographers will be shooting portrait sessions for a discounted session fee of $100.  All the session fees from the event will be donated directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.  This day in age it seems virtually impossible to find someone who has not been touched by breast or other forms of cancer.  A few  years ago Bradford’s aunt was quickly taken by the disease in a matter of months.  We are so honored to take part in such an incredible event that allows us to use our talents and bring something beautiful to an ugly disease.  Join us on October 11, 2009 as photographers across the country will be shooting portraits to help raise funding to further breast cancer research.  La Dolce Vita Studio is proud to be offering mini sessions on Sunday the 11th for $100 each.  Our mini sessions are perfect for family photos, holiday photos for Christmas cards, or just because.  Please contact us at info@ladolcevitastudio.com if you are interested in booking your session.  Book soon as only a limited number of sessions are available.

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*Session fee does not include prints or disc of images.  All product can be purchased separately.

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