Claire + Sean | Sanford Ranch Engagement

November 26, 2015

Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star.

— e.e.cummings

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m thankful for the beautiful serendipities in life- being invited to photograph the engagement of two very special people- Sean + Claire, at a forest horse ranch that’s less than a 5 minute drive from where I’ve lived for 15 years! It’s so serene to make photographs in the dreamy Florida natural environment that inspired me to start photographing in the first place. I think back to my teenage years when I spent countless mosquito bitten hours spent curled up beneath a palm tree waiting for a green anole to hatch, or the last rays of the sun to flicker past. Now I’m incredibly thankful to have these beautiful narratives of people’s lives that layer so beautifully across the landscape, making both feel timeless and infinite. 

It’s always special to start an engagement session knowing the place you’re taking the photos is especially important to the couple! This year, Sean proposed to Claire at this very barn, a therapy horse ranch where Claire works! I couldn’t think of a more beautiful place for us to spend a crisp November day just before sunset.  We explored the barns, the palm hammock forest, and the roadway lined in live oak trees. Then we headed over to downtown Sanford’s newly restored Riverwalk area, where we caught a beautiful sunset on Lake Monroe! 


Location: Private Sanford horse ranch, Downtown Sanford Riverwalk; Session Type: Engagement Portraits; Season: Fall 2015; Gear: Canon 5DMarkIII, BlackRapid S-Curve Strap, Canon 70-200mm f2.8L, Canon 85mm f1.2L, Phottix Odin/ Stratos II, Flashbender. Digital Film Emulation: Modified VSCO 06 Portra 160 +1

Thanks for reading!