There’s a funny thing about living in South Florida: time passes in the most confusing way. We measure seasons by what decorations have been put up at the mall rather than what the weather is like. Sometimes the only way I know that the holidays are coming is that it gets dark before dinner. Yet again I’m surprised by how quickly the last month went by, and it’s suddenly time for November’s 10 on 10 post. (Not sure what I’m talking about? Click here to see the first month and learn a bit more about the 10 on 10 project, and click here to see all of the posts to date.)

Before we go any further, please go check out the other talented photographers who are participating this month. (Go ahead, we’ll be right here for you when you come back.)

Anne Almasy | Anya Elise Photography | Amy Straka Photography | Button Media | Casey Brodley | Courtney Z Photography | Lelia Marie Photography | Lisa Hibbert | Shaw Photography | Twinty Photography

So! My initial idea for this month’s post was to pick a nice day when the weather started cooling off a bit, as usually happens toward the end of October. Maybe have a fun fall day where we wear boots and a scarf. (Or at least long sleeves.) Well. That hasn’t happened. Our little corner of Florida is nearly 20º warmer than it was this time last year (with no sign of a cold front anytime soon) and no one’s noticing the red cups here because we’re all still drinking our Starbucks iced. Abandoning my plans for a fall themed post, I decided to invite my long time friend Kim on a lady-date for a beach visit and lunch at a favorite place in Jupiter. Hey, if it’s going to feel like summer we’ll treat it like summer: with our toes in the sand at Juno Beach followed by a shady table at Guanabanas, a must-visit local outdoor restaurant on the intracoastal waterway.10on10nov-01

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  • Evelyn AdamsNovember 10, 2015 - 1:19 pm

    this is such a good idea-I enjoy reading these!

  • Ted JeromeNovember 10, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    Another great set! And that reminds me–need to get to that restaurant the next time I swing low to Florida! :-)
    Wouldn’t mind an Art-series lens, either…

Watching people you’ve known since before you were an adult grow and discover new avenues of happiness is one of our greatest pleasures in life. Em’s good college friend Jason, whom she met as a fledgling freshman at the Savannah College of Art & Design, has had his share of craziness in the last decade; everything from recovering from Hurricane Sandy’s path of destruction to creating the tremendously popular Asbury Park Zombie Walk in New Jersey out of his love for all things zombie. Learning that he had a new love in his life, and that they would soon become a family of three… well that’s enough to make a long-time friend a little worried. Hopeful, but anxious. What’s she like? Will she be good to him? Does she make him smile?

And then the rush of relief: she was also at college with us, also a photography student. Also in love with Savannah’s beautiful entropy and slow Southern charm. Her path since graduation took her to New York and to teaching, but she retained that love of images, love of art and design. And she’s funny. Honest. Beautiful, with skin like a porcelain doll and striking eyes that look right into you. Her name is Tara, and she makes Jason smile like the sun is rising just for him.

So when Jason plotted a secret proposal plan as a reunion of friends in the lush and perfect spring weather in Savannah, of course Em agreed immediately to come along. The plan was simple: rather than try to sneak around and capture the proposal from behind trees and statues [though Savannah would make that easier than some places], we staged it as a belly session, celebrating their soon-to-be parenthood. We agreed on a specific pose ahead of time as his cue to take out the ring box, waited for the right location and the right light… and then had to shoot the resulting wave of excitement through trembling hands and tear-blurred eyes.

Thank you to Jason and Tara for your friendship and for trusting us with your memories of this perfect place. We look forward to being there with you in the future as your family grows together. (And heartfelt congrats on the birth of your daughter this summer!) XOXO– Em + Steve

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We couldn’t resist going back to a session from earlier this summer in South Florida to share a few favorites! Steve met up with Dakota and her family (even her great-grandmother!) for some casual family portraits in the park. Check them out below!


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We’ve known Mike for what seems like forever. Part of the dedicated team of artists who create our Signature albums, we’ve been working with him remotely on our clients’ books and in person at industry tradeshows since 2011. Or maybe 2010. (See? It feels like forever. We can’t even remember.) Em and Britney, a fellow photographer who works out of Portland, Oregon, long ago decided that when Mike finally made things official with his stunning girlfriend Patricia, they would be there to celebrate with photography. Our schedules finally aligned this June in New York, in a part of the city very special to these two: the parks and walkways near the Verrazano Bridge, down toward the bottom of Brooklyn.

Here are some of Em’s favorites that she shot during this collaborative session; be sure to check out Britney’s wedding and portrait work with her company Turn Loose the Art. (And by the way, after many casual trips and visits over the last five years, this is the first official photographic collaboration between our two companies… making this shoot a “Turn Loose the Pogo” original! So exciting.)


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Whoa, these months are just flying by, aren’t they? It’s already time for October’s 10 on 10 post! (Not sure what I’m talking about? Click here to see the first month and learn a bit more about the 10 on 10 project, and click here to see all of the posts to date.)

We went on a pretty epic roadtrip this fall. We’ll have many, many more images in the near future (once we give our clients some extra love, that is), but the long and short of it: Steve wanted to drive from South Florida to Alaska. So he did. Em joined him for the Florida-Seattle run. Hands-down winner of this trip? Glacier National Park, in the northern mountains of Montana. Absolutely breathtaking.

Before we go any further, please go check out the other talented photographers who are participating this month. (Go ahead, we’ll be right here for you when you come back.)


Alright, so Glacier National Park. (Not to be confused with Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska; there are no whales in Montana, so it has a somewhat different vibe.) We fell in love with this place from the first moments we entered the park. Wind swept, chilly, spectacular. The-Going-to-the-Sun Road is something that must be experienced: a 50 mile winding road the takes a route directly along lakes and up steep switchbacks to feel like you’re actually trying to drive into the sky. The first day we were in Glacier (the day we’re posting here) the road had a closure at the highest point, Logan Pass, so we couldn’t drive the entire road. So we drove the bit we could from the east side (St Mary) headed west (West Glacier)… then drove alllllll the way around on the “main roads” and did the west side headed east. (Click through to the rest of the post to see more.)

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  • Kate FlynnOctober 17, 2015 - 1:44 pm

    Sometimes Mom does know best. Glacier has always been one of my favorite parks.

  • Lelia BartruffOctober 27, 2015 - 3:23 pm

    So incredible. I can’t even imagine how awesome it must be in person. One day I’ll get out there, though I think I’m really gonna hate the driving!

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