Out of Office(ish)


For those that follow me (Jenn) on facebook, or the business on facebook/IG you know a little bit of what's going on in our personal life.  While we had hoped that this would be a quick one-and-done surgery with only a week of downtime (for me), my availability will continue to be limited through the end of December.  If you'd like to donate or share our GoFundMe Page, please click here.  Thank you!

Chris had right hip pain for several months, he isn’t one to complain of anything especially pain, but the pain reached a level that he could barely get up our stairs and he felt he could no longer do his job safely.  Sept 27th we set up a non-contrast MRI, since this was a “self” referral and not ordered by an outside MD the radiologist called Chris and ultimately told him he couldn’t tell what was going on and it could be anything from a bone lesion to a massive hemorrhage, he told Chris to go to the ER immediately for an MRI with contrast. He agreed to go to the ER where we were told he had Osteomyelitis (a bone infection) in his greater trochanter. He had zero risk factors for this, and everyone was perplexed to how it got there. He had been asymptomatic aside from pain, no fever, no signs of infection systemically, no localized palpable pain/swelling/redness, etc. He was started on IV antibiotics (Rocephin and Vanco) and admitted to the hospital to have a bone biopsy done.

The next day he was told he was getting a soft tissue fine needle aspiration of a portion of the abscess that appeared to be outside of his bone, allowing for them to obtain a sample in a less invasive procedure. Cool, we’re on board. That culture came back with no growth, no cells, it was just a fluid sac. We specifically asked infectious disease and orthopedics if they needed to go in deeper and get the sample via the original plan we were told he would have (surgical bone biopsy) and we were told no. ID said they would change his Vanco and Rocephin (although his wbc’s were responding to the current regimen) to Daptomycin because it would cover “the bad stuff.” We questioned, if it’s “the bad stuff” how could it possibly not grow anything and how is he not sick? Never did get an actual answer for that... but anyways ortho also said no need for the bone biopsy, and he didn’t feel there was a need for debridement - further he said the infection was on a non-weight bearing portion of his leg so he had no restrictions.

He started Daptomycin (although his CPK was almost 1300) - received two doses and was discharged home with orders for daily IV Daptomycin for 6 weeks at the infusion center. After his third dose he started to have muscle fatigue and developed a fever, I was afraid he was having muscle breakdown. He came into the ER, we requested to change to a different ID doctor who immediately stopped the Daptomycin order (because of his body composition he was never a candidate for this medication and should have never been on it to begin with) and she took over his care. Had he completed the original treatment plan his last dose would have been on Veterans Day (the irony) and he would be in no shape to undergo what is to come next.

We told everyone who has been involved in his care that Chris was part of a group of 30 that went overseas right after 9/11 and informed them of all the crazy medical conditions that that specific group has been diagnosed with - without explanation or family history of anything they were diagnosed with. Chris told them all that he was going to have something weird and rare. This new ID doc was the only one that listened to us. She wanted Chris to see a different ortho, so we did and thanks to the ongoing support from our friends who called in a favor they got us in with a competent orthopedic. Unfortunately, this appeared to be out of his scope, as it looked suspicious. However, he immediately put Chris on weight bearing restrictions and was shocked that he was told he had none per the first ortho. We were referred to an orthopedic oncologist at Emory who said it didn’t look like cancer, but it did need to be cleaned out and repaired with a bone graft and possibly a titanium rod. He wanted to withhold any antibiotics until an actual culture was obtained and resulted. We were given three scenarios: osteomyelitis, cancer or a benign tumor. The likelihood of a benign or malignant tumor was very low. Surgery was scheduled for 11/4.

On Oct 30 we were in the kitchen with friends, Chris moved the wrong way and felt a pop with pain. That night he had an extremely difficult time going up the stairs to bed, the next day he couldn’t bear weight and the pain continued to get worse. We went into the ER at Emory where he was admitted and remained until the surgery. Initial post op pathology (the surgeon took a frozen sample to the pathology lab and looked) was a benign tumor originating in the cartilage and no signs of infection. The doc prefaced it by saying an unfrozen sample needed to be looked at, officially, but he was certain it wasn’t cancer and Chris was in the clear. He said no IV antibiotics, no rod, just 6-8 weeks of non-weight bearing, and he would be good to go!

He had a rough time in recovery, he was in a lot of pain and required additional meds and time before I got to see him post op. He got back, I told him what the doc said, and we were excited to have a clear path for treatment, finally! He spent another night in the hospital due to his pain level and he was discharged the following afternoon. He hadbeen home resting and healing and making progress every day. On 11/11 (again, on Veterans Day…) he got a call from the surgeons PA who said he has cancer, Chondrosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, grade 2-3 and he required additional imaging to make sure it had not metastasized.  The most common and likely place it would metastasize to would be his lungs.  Statistically, 600 cases are reported in males each year in the US.

11/13, Chris was back in the ER because he had some swelling and calf tenderness, as well as rib pain - but it just so happens that those complaints come along with the imaging that is needed to check for metastasis. Luckily no signs of a blood clot in his lungs or leg and also no signs of anything else suspicious there either.

The follow-up with the orthopedic oncologist was on November 20th where they explained his next surgery: radical resection of the proximal femur with insertion of a titanium rod and a partial hip replacement.  We were told that his recovery would “suck” (exact words) and could take up to a year but he would never have full function of that limb again.  He will also have a permanent limp and limitations on functionality that will prevent him from continuing with his current job.  Surgery was 12/2.  Just prior to going into the OR the surgeon dropped the news that there were some areas of concern in the muscle around the bone and that would also need to be removed.

He did well in surgery; he has 50+ staples, a joint drain, and a PCA pump to control his pain.  He will require at least one more night in the hospital due to a drop in his Hemoglobin, his pain level and limited mobility.  Today (12/4) was the first time he had been up and out of bed - he did well but became hypotensive, diaphoretic and pale so we had to finish PT at that point.  But, when OT came he did an amazing job with no blood pressure issues.  Fingers crossed that he is discharged by Friday evening and we can begin recovery at home!

Im forever grateful to our friends Amy & Steve as well as our ER family for not only helping with the bullshit but for putting up with my crazy mood swings (which are not over yet... lol) as well as helping me cover my shifts and giving me the time off to be with him. And not to mention our awesome neighbors who have helped with meals and been on standby on days I can’t be at the house.

So, needless to say - we will have limited availability and likely slower response times to emails over the next few weeks but we are still here and we aren't going anywhere.  We didn't push the Best of Hall campaign as hard this year due to all the personal events going on (in addition to planning our wedding), but in the event that we don't win - we are very grateful for having the 2018 and 2019 Best of Hall title and are happy to share that excitement with a different business in the area.

Here’s to 2020 being a better year for everyone!


photo cred Julie Hunter (www.naturallyboudoir.com)

Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | What's in a first look?

Whether you're a traditional bride or not, every one should consider a First Look on their wedding day. There's a lot of buzz on the subject and, as a photographer, I feel my two cents is of value here.

Your wedding day will fly by. The moments, the memories and the special details will be overcome by anxiously awaiting your walk down the isle. Imagine if you were able to spend a few moments together before the ceremony, to be able to look into each others eyes and to absorb the moment with no one else there (except a ninja photographer). A private, romantic and emotional union that will allow all the nervousness to escape so that you are able to fully enjoy and appreciate your wedding ceremony. Imagine being able to capture this moment. The real, raw and true emotions displayed through professional photographs that will bring the memories of this day to life each time you look at them.

A First Look is a collaborative effort between the B&G and photographer (preferably Mirrored Images ;) ) to set up the perfect scene to execute this amazing moment in time. The emotion of seeing each other for the first time is still captured, but the impact is far greater during a First Look.

When deciding if a first look is right for you, remember the following:
*Your hair and make up will be fresh and picture perfect.
*You'll be able to finish majority of your wedding pictures prior to the ceremony which means you get to the reception faster!
*There are no distractions to take away from your moment together.

So there you have it. Granted, time lines don't always play out as planned but a First Look will put you at the reception mingling with your guests and starting the party off at least one hour before a bride without a First Look.

(First Look example was taken during a wedding I photographed with Sarah Rominger Photography out of Asheville, NC)

West Palm Beach Photographer | Summer Lovin'

You show me love, I'll show you love. Sounds like a match made in heaven, huh? After a bit of down time, some mid day naps, and all nighter dates with me and handsome movie stars (okay... so I was watching movies, but I can dream right?) I decided I am going to dive head first into photography this summer. I'm enrolling in Fall classes and photography is going to be my lil love affair on the side until I reach my goal of being a Physician Assistant (5-6 years from now....)

Okay so here's the deal. You want free stuff? Well, I want to give you free stuff. There's no signing up, no contest, no rules. You talk to your friends who are going through moments that need memories (pictures) and you get a free session for yourself or to give to a loved one. It doesn't matter if it's a wedding, maternity, newborn, boudoir, engagement, trash the dress, singles profiles online, or whatever else you can come up with. If you think someone is in (or should be in) the market for a photographer you pass my info along and after the completion of their session you get one too! ANNNNND if that's not good enough, the friend you refer will get $75 off their session + a complimentary 10x13 print! Wooooooooo that's good stuff. You should get on face book and twitter and share the news so you can all start collecting on this madness.

Let do this!

Palm Beach Photographer | Another year, another logo

I'm sure you've heard of "Another day, another dollar."  In my case, it's "Another year, another logo."  I've changed my logo... five times, I think.  I honestly can't remember.  This whole self discovery, be who you are, brand who you be thing has taken me on a never ending journey of finding what I love.  What sessions do I enjoy the most, what does the public perceive as my best work, does my logo appeal to who I am trying to market to, does my overall brand speak highly of myself and what I have to offer.... the questions go on and on and on...

My best work is also what I enjoy the most.  I love making women feel empowered and I've found that three sessions in particular do just that.  Boudoir, maternity, and newborn. Funny mix, I know, I've been told a time or two.  But for me it all makes sense.

  • Boudoir showcases your power, beauty, vulnerability, lust, love, sex appeal, emotions, and desires... it's intoxicating.
  • Many people refer to pregnant women as the most beautiful.  To carry a piece of yourself and the person you love, the anticipation, the excitement of picking out names, bedding, clothes, and strollers.  Most of all, knowing you love that baby with all of your being and you haven't even met yet.  That's empowering.
  • Here's where people get lost.  How does newborn fit in to making women feel empowered?  Well, after I rock your new additions first photo shoot and you show off the pictures to your friends, family, co-workers, strangers at the super market.... they'll all tell you how beautiful your baby is and how you did a wonderful job.  You'll brag about your newbie and never feel bad about it!

This is what I love, this is who I am.  These are the sessions I get giddy over.  Of course, I love other sessions and weddings as well but these three are my main market.

There's actually a discussion in a photography group I am part of about this very subject.  Should we as photographers separate our specialities so we don't offend anyone?  Will the boudoir photographs I have in my gallery offend the soon to be mom that is viewing my work for her maternity and newborn sessions?  Will the newborn photographs turn off the bride that wants me to document her most important day of her life?  Personally, I don't think it will.  We (photographers) each have an ideal client that we want to work with and I've been extremely lucky to have had so many wonderful clients.  As a client you need to love my work because I am my work and if you don't love it, you won't love me.  I've used this analogy in the past; Your photographer is like a weddings dress.  Your dress needs to be a perfect fit and you need to fall in love with it, because if you don't you won't shine.  If you don't love your photographer, you won't shine either.

I stumbled on my designer through another friend photographer that she did some work for.  Rachel from Beyond Bliss Design has been an absolute pleasure to work with.  She's creative, fast, determined, and hard working.  I'm a very indecisive person, she's had to deal with that for not only the logo design but the blog redesign.  I love it.  I really, truly do Rachel.  She took my crazy combination of specialties and showcased them with a design that would appeal to all AND was able to add in the vintage, organic, clean look that I love.  Thank you for listening to me :)  I've had a lot of compliments and I hope I can send some fellow photog's your way!  While you're here take a look around and leave your  thoughts in the comments section.  I'd love to hear it!

Lets wrap this grammy award speech up.  My self discovery journey isn't over yet but this is who I strive to be.  I want to be the photographer that makes women feel and look beautiful.  I'm not a female rights activist by any means, but I do believe in the empowerment of being a woman.  We're kind of a big deal is this world.

A few other changes worth mentioning:  I've changed my client proofing software.  I had a few complaints about the flash site not loading, so I found something better and easier for orders.  Those that had galleries on the flash site, they're still there.  I've moved two to the new site, so check your email!  Also, I've updated my post-session preview appointments and I have something fabulous in store for you.  Ever wonder what your photographs would look like on your wall before you bought them?  I can make it happen :)

I'm looking for a local non-profit to do some volunteer shoots for.  Some of my long time fans know I attempted to start "Portraits for Heros" while living in South Carolina but the economy was at its worst and I didn't have the support I needed.  I'd love to get involved, so please pass my information along if an event, tribute, or family in need needs some pick-chas.  I've been involved in Shriners Hospital (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star through USA Dance), Breast Cancer (Images for a Cure), Light the Night (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society), and Wounded Warriors.

Good night!


Destination Wedding Photographer | Erin + Charlie {Married!}

You know I am in love with a wedding when I stay up after driving 12 hours just to edit sneak peaks... just sayin'!

What a beautiful wedding.  Everything from the small details, to the venue, and of course the bride.  The weather was perfect for Erin and Charlie destination wedding in Myrtle Beach this weekend.  09/10/11, not only their wedding day but their team (Gamecocks) won, nice wedding gift huh?

Erin and Charlie are a stunning couple and their wedding wasn't missing anything.  The fantastic DJ's (Mr. Entertainment) put on a great show and got the crowd going.  Definitely one of the best receptions I've been to.  Erin's family has a family tradition to do the gator crawl to the song "shout."  I've never seen this done so in between laughs I snapped some hilarious photo's of all the men (and Erin) going wild on the dance floor.

Big thanks to Kelli (redkphoto.com) for coming along to second shoot with me.  It was great working with you!  Also, HUGE thanks to my co-pilot for making the drive with me, I couldn't have done it without you.  We literally got in at 5am on Saturday and left at 6am Sunday.  I wouldn't have had it any other way; the wedding was worth every coffee, monster, and McDonalds stop we made on the way.

Congratulations to Erin, Charlie, and their new family together.  You both were fantastic to work with and I hope the memory of your wedding day will be relived each time you look at the images I've taken.

Whose ready for some pictures!?


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Palm Beach Photographer | What's the difference?

A few of the most common questions I get are:

  • Do you use flash?
I do use flash, but it varies on the session type.  I love the look of natural light but I also love making my subjects pop and a little bit of fill light will do that so that I don't have to spend time editing after. 
  • Do you airbrush?
I do, I love for my clients to look their best.  I will remove scars, blemishes, under eye bags, etc.  I prefer not to make you look "porcelain"  and fake.  
  • How much editing do you do?
I try to set my camera up exactly how I want it so that it limits the amount of editing after.  Knowing your camera, loving your camera, and getting along with your camera is very important.  I don't feel that photoshopping makes you a photographer, I think it can take your art to the next level but you shouldn't rely solely on photoshop or other like products to make you an artist.  Although if I have an image that I adore, I will spend hours working on it to see what I  can do to it.
  • How long does it take to get my pictures?
I'm crazy OCD, I usually tell you 2-3 days but get it done in a day haha.  I have to get one session edited and posted before I can move on to the next and I don't want to get backed up.
Here's a sample of a before and after.  The top image was straight out of my camera and the bottom is edited.  There's a very small difference because I had my camera set up how I wanted it.  I smoothed their skin, brought out the high/low lights and called it a day.  Another reason why it doesn't take long for you to get your pictures ;)
Disclaimer: I am by no means claiming to be the best photographer in the world, this is my style and it works for me and my clients.  This is just an informative blog about why choosing a professional photographer over someone who just bought a camera is worth the money.

Delray Beach FL Wedding Photographer | Mimi + Josue {Engaged}

Mimi was referred to me, through the wonderful word of mouth system.  Their wedding is 11/11/11 here in Palm Beach County and it's going to be a fun wedding, for sure.  This couple is super laid back, easy to get along with, and most important - so in l.o.v.e.  I caught so many candid shots of Josue pushing Mimi's hair out of her face, or staring into her eyes.  Sounds corny, but I swear it wasn't!  They're so sweet together.  We chose to photograph their session in the Morikami Gardens in Delray Beach.  Such a beautiful place, peaceful, and full of color.  We didn't make it far into the gardens because the heat was kickin' our tails, but we did get some great shots of them being in love :)

We went with a Chic/Geek theme which I thought was perfect because Josue is a gamer and into comic books and Mimi loves her geek!  So after a few fun themed shots we moved on to the more romantic, typical e-session shots.  I think they rocked it, they looked hot and of course in love!  Oh and her lashes, for real... I pay $5.99 a set to get lashes like that!  So jealous....


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Palm Beach Photographer | New Material

A few days ago I got this crazy idea that I should rebrand.  I say crazy because I literally JUST rebranded back in November.  I liked it at first, but I didn't feel like it went well with my personality or my style of shooting.  As I previously blogged about, I am relocating to Palm Beach next month and I felt that this would be a perfect time to change the look of everything.  I figured, I have to reorder everything to update the address and phone number so why not do it all!

I designed my logo and after enlisting in the help of a few good friends, we went with the color scheme and logo version you're seeing now!  Green and purple, dots and lines, and some sort of splotchy thing.  I feel like its fun, fresh, clean, modern, and definitely more my style!

Because I'm on a short time frame, with the move approaching in 19 days, I purchased a marketing kit from Go4ProPhotos that included all the templates you see below.  I spent the entire day plugging in my information, new colors & logo, and creating a kit for weddings and one for portraits.  Although it's a lot of polka dots, I really like it!  I can't wait to get it all printed and put together hard copies of my welcome kits.... and I can't wait to hear what everyone else  thinks of it.  So let 'er rip!  I want to know the good, bad, and the ugly!

Palm Beach Wedding Photographer | Summer Wedding Specials!

Do you know someone that's getting married and they haven't been able to find a photographer yet?  We all know the economy is tough right now and planning a wedding means pinching pennies.  I am a firm believer that photography is one of THE most important parts of a wedding, not because I am a photographer but because I feel that spending your money on everything else isn't worth it if you don't have quality photographs to remember it.

REFERRALS ::: If you refer someone who books their wedding with Mirrored Images, you will get $50 CASH!  Or you can be on the street team and get discounted session fee's and free products!! Read more here.... I'm also offering finders fee's to those who refer portrait sessions to me!  Ask me about it :)

To celebrate the summer, wedding season, and my relocation back to Palm Beach I am offering two pretty stellar wedding specials.

Option 1: One Photographer for up to 6 hours of wedding day coverage and a complimentary e-session for $1000!!  This also includes digital retouching of the images you order and an online proofing gallery. Savings of  $400

Option 2: One Photographer for up to 6 hours of wedding day coverage, a complimentary e-session, and a DVD of high resolution images for $1800.  This also includes digital retouching of the images on your DVD and an online proofing gallery. Savings of $400


Flush mount wedding albums (6x6, 9x9, or 12x12).

Print packages.

Canvas gallery wraps.

E-session guest book (have your guests sign a unique and personalized guest book at your wedding).

Photobooth at reception.

And much more!

$1,000... really?? Yes, really.

Book now, I will only accept a limited amount of contracts for this price.  Your deposit and signed contract must be received by September 17, 2011.  Promotion only valid for weddings within 50 miles of Palm Beach County.  Destination weddings and locations out of range will incur a travel fee.

Palm Beach Photographer | Relocating! {be on the street team}

I have mixed feelings about this post.  Everyone knows I love Florida, I love visiting my friends and family and of course I love photographing new people in different locations.  But, a large portion of me also loves the upstate.  I enjoy working as a paramedic and having my photography business.  My job gives me the opportunities and time I need to be able to run my business and maintain my employment.  I love the locations I've found in the upstate to photograph at, and I LOVE my clients and friends who have made my hobby into a small business that I adore.

I am moving back to Palm Beach!  I think my style of photography fits in much better down there and I can't wait to see how business goes once I'm back!!

As of July 10th I will be available to photograph in Palm Beach County and its surrounding areas on a regular basis.  I will continue to offer photographic services to the Upstate and weddings will not incur a travel fee.  I have two weddings in SC in September, so I will be in the area from September 2-12 and will be available for sessions during the week!

I'm going to put my heart and sole into making this business a full time career, so I need your help.  Word of mouth is the best form of advertising.  I need enthusiastic and personable individuals to be on my street team. What's a street team?  What do you get out of it? Well, first you apply for the position.  You will receive a discounted session fee and you will PLASTER your images all over your Facebook, blog, twitter, livejournal(does anyone still use that?), flickr, and any other social media you use and you will INSIST your friends and family get their images done by Mirrored Images.  For each booked session you will get points, if you get enough points you will earn FREEEEEEEE prints from your session (you know, the one you plastered all over the internet).  If I book a wedding that you've referred to me you'll get even cooler things like canvas wraps, a DVD of images, or even a custom made album!  If your interested in applying please email the following information to shootme@mirroredimages.net

Your Name:



Social Media you use:

# of friends on your Facebook:

Forums/Blogs you participate in:

Do you have kids?:

Current job:

Brief description of why you would be an awesome addition to the street team:

Don't let the questions above scare you, everyone has the ability to spread the word about Mirrored Images... it just depends on how bad you want your free products!

This is a scary move, but I have a wonderful support system and I'm looking forward to meeting and photographing all the beautiful people that Palm Beach has to offer!