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.


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.


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

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Lindsey & Ethan’s Tennesse Portrait Session

We met Lindsey & Ethan years ago when we still lived in Tennessee.  All of us played on a co-ed softball league together and while Brad and Ethan were shining stars on the team, Lindsey and I, well lets just say we weren’t earning any MVP awards that season.  Unfortunately, as so often happens when you move away you lose touch with people and so it went with Lindsey and Ethan.  We had not seen them in over two years when Lindsey found out through Facebook we would be in town this summer.  She immediately booked us to shoot a portrait session of her and Ethan.  It was so awesome to get together with these guys again.  They both share a warmth that is so welcoming and laid back and we instantly felt as though not a day had passed since we saw them last.  We shot around Smyrna, TN which is a suburb of Nashville that has a sleepy little downtown area perfect for a photo adventure.  Below are a few of my favorites from their session.

Lindsey & Ethan, we are so glad you guys drove up to see us while we were in town.  You were so much fun to work with (as we knew you would be.)  Lets not let another two years pass before we see you again! ;)





















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  • Dana Goodson, 08.24.09:
    Dana Goodson : beautiful couple. beautiful pictures. :o)
  • Melody, 08.24.09:
    Melody : those are gorgeous. i think the one of them in the laundromat is so cute. awesome job again guys!
  • Melanie, 08.24.09:
    Melanie : Thanks ladies. :) We loved the laundromat too Melody. We wanted to play in there more but all the machines were being used so we were a little limited that day. It was still a lot of fun. :)
  • courtney Ortiz, 08.27.09:
    courtney Ortiz : I don't stop by often enough! Loving your last few posts!!!!! Thanks!
  • Andi, 09.16.09:
    Andi : They look so happy... how fun...
  • Michelle Scotti, 09.16.09:
    Michelle Scotti : What a cute idea to shoot in a laundromat. I love it :)

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