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Our Birth Story at Winnie Palmer Hospital in Orlando, FL

Hello there! I am so excited to start the month of February with my very first blog of the year! Yes, I know I haven’t blogged in a while, but hey! life REALLY got in the way this past year in both good and bad ways. Last year I welcomed my first baby, Andy, and just a month after I had to say goodbye to my mom. Needless to say it has been an emotional year for me, and I needed a break to soak it all in. I am hoping to share some more on that soon; I just need to find the right words.

I was planning to share something else, but I just decided I would like to share my birth story with you instead. This year, I am making a conscious effort to be more of an open book, sharing more of me, and my experiences in hopes that I can bring some light and inspiration to some. As some of you know, my husband and I have been trying to conceive for a while, actually we stopped birth control at the end of 2011. We found out we were pregnant in December of 2012. It was such a great surprise, and our excitement was uncontainable. We made an appointment with my OBGYN and scheduled an ultrasound to hear the heartbeat. During the ultrasound, the tech took a long time looking around and called the doctor in, we both new then there was something wrong. The doctor told us that unfortunately there was no heartbeat, and that the baby had stopped growing just a few days before. She also mentioned that having a miscarriage was not that uncommon at all, that roughly 20% of first pregnancies can end up in a miscarriage. We were so heartbroken, as in those short weeks we had imagined ourselves as parents and having a baby in 9 months. Little did we know the longest wait was ahead of us.

In November of 2013 we found out we were pregnant again! This time we were excited but hesitant at the same time. That’s the thing about having a miscarriage, it really sticks with you and makes you worry. About a week later, I had another miscarriage. This time was even harder as we felt something wasn’t right. After that, my doctor sent us both for infertility and genetic screening. We were called to come in for genetic counseling as something wasn’t right in one of my tests. The morning of our genetic counseling appointment, I took a pregnancy test only to find out I was pregnant again! This time I was terrified since I really didn’t know what was going on, if the baby was going to be ok, if it was going to end up in another miscarriage, I was feeling “all the feels” as they say. In the appointment they went on to explain that I had a balanced pericentric inversion in one of my X chromosomes. Yeah, we had not idea what that meant, and even after the genetic counselor explained it, I had to google and read tons of info about it. Without getting all scientific, the bottom line is that part of the information in one of my X chromosomes is inverted, and that causes a 50% percent chance of a miscarriage every time I get pregnant. Also, due to that, I have a higher percentage of miscarriage if the embryo is a boy. We were told that we could obviously get pregnant, but that one of the best chances we had to have a successful pregnancy would be to consider IVF.

By now, I was expecting the worse as I had become very pessimistic, and unfortunately ten days after that I had my third miscarriage. We were devastated again, and we started thinking of consulting an IVF doctor to explore our options. The price of IVF had us sticker shocked and looking for options abroad. We found Barbados Fertility Center after weeks of research and reading review from other patients. We had a phone consultation, and felt incredibly comfortable with the Doctor, their practice, and their success rates, however, even though the price was lower even with travel fees, we still did not know how we were going to be able to afford it. After talking to my dad and my step mom about it, they offered we both stay at their vacation townhouse to save money on rent. In the meantime, we found out we were pregnant for the fourth time in April of 2015. As expected, I had a miscarriage several days later. We then for sure knew that we did not ant to go through a miscarriage again, so we continued saving and saving and saving.

We saved for several months, scheduled our trip to Barbados, and bought tickets and reserved an apartment for our egg retrieval round scheduled to happen in December of 2015. I was scheduled to start fertility stimulation drugs in November, but in September 6th we found out we were pregnant for the fifth time. Instead of being happy, I actually cried because I thought I knew the same thing was going to happen, and this time it might delay the timeline for IVF. Usually my miscarriages happen between five and a half to six weeks, so we were waiting for it to happen soon. Only this time the 5 and a half weeks went by, the six weeks went by and I was still pregnant. We went to the ultrasound that would tell us if there was a heartbeat with little to no hopes at all, and to our surprise this time there was a heartbeat! The sound of our baby’s heart was the most beautiful sound to our ears. We were excited, happy, scared, petrified, again all the feels!!! ​

The months continued to pass by, and our fears were always there, but as time continued to passed by we were more reassured that maybe this time it would be ok.​ I got to full term and we still couldn’t believe it! Since I was high risk, I was induced on May 10th. We couldn’t have asked for a better birth experience, and a better team at Winnie Palmer and from my OBGyn team, Dr. Kareem and Dr. Forde-Kelley at The Women’s Center. We finally welcomed our healthy rainbow baby on May 11th at 2:45pm. Needless to say he was perfect, and my mom was able to be there to experience it all. It was by far the happiest day of our lives hands down. We documented our birth story ourselves (My husband and I would take turns to take photos haha!), and my friend Asha of Bright Frame Films was there to capture it in film. She created the most meaningful keepsake as she not only captured Andy’s first moments with us, but also with my mom!

Bringing Andy home was the best feeling! Being able to capture the moments when my mom was holding Andy and now being able to relive them is more than I could ask for for sure.

I love how Andy’s nursery turned out! We wanted it to be warm, inviting, and modern. My love for black and white and geometrics is pretty evident 😉

Here is the amazing video my friend Asha from Bright Frame Films captured for us!

Andy has filled our hearts with the biggest happiness. We are so proud and honored to get to parent him and be with him every day. He has given hope and a new meaning to our lives!

 

ENGAGEMENT SERIES GIVEAWAY… Captured & Engaged!

 

Captured and Engaged Giveaway

Hi there! 2016 sure is off to a great start, and I am beyond thrilled to share some of the exciting projects in the works here at LH PHOTOGRAPHY!
So without further ado… (drumroll, please!)

We’ve partnered with Eleven Note, The Busy Bee Events and Design, and an amazing team of wedding creatives for a unique Engagement Session Series Giveaway called CAPTURED & ENGAGED!  Myself along with a team of hand picked wedding artists will professionally style and photograph the engagement session of four madly in love couples throughout 2016.

Our first giveaway called “Home Is Wherever I’m With You” is an at home engagement session, and you can enter to win today!

Enter the giveaway and read more about our vision below, and stay tuned as we announce the amazing wedding creatives that will be joining us for Captured & Engaged!

How to enter:

Fill out this questionnaire to officially enter

What are your names?

Your Email

Instagram Profile

Mailing Address

Wedding Date

Wedding Venue

Have you hired any wedding professionals at this point? If so, please list their name(s) and role(s) below:

Attach a picture of yourself and your fiancé doing your favorite activity together at home

Tell us about yourselves, and what do you love most about doing this activity together.

Good luck!!!

The giveaway will close on Feb 8th  2016, and the winner will be announced on Instagram on Feb 14th 2016!

 Our Vision and Inspiration:

Captured & Engaged is the tale of four recently engaged couples deeply captured by their love for one another. It’s a story of their journey of engagement as they prepare to share the rest of their lives together and is designed to inspire other recently engaged couples considering ways to celebrate their love. It provides an opportunity for real couples to share their love stories with the world, told through inspirational compositions designed, styled, and captured by a hand selected team of wedding creatives! Our first giveaway, “Home Is Wherever I’m With You”, will tell the story of a couple through beautiful imagery in an at home setting focusing on their bond and love for one another!

Some terms & conditions:

  • The couple must be available all day in Central Florida the day of the photoshoot on Thursday March 31st 2016.
  • Only one entry per couple
  • This contest is open to all couples over the age of 21
  • Liability will not be assumed for any entries lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties
  • Couples that have already booked with LH Photography, Eleven Note, or The Busy Bee Events and Design or that are in an existing contract with another photographer, stationer, or event planner cannot apply to win.
  • Only the couple might be present the day of the engagement session.
  • Any travel expenses must be covered by the couple.

Cannot wait to hear from you!

xo,

Ly Sué, Siuleth, Shannon, and Jenna

NATALIA’S senior portraits at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, FL

It’s been a little while since I posted on the blog, and I am getting caught up with the photos I haven’t posted yet so without further due, today I am sharing Natalia’s senior portraits at the Alfond Inn!

Natalia is a natural in front of the camera, and had so many good suggestions for her photos. I love when my clients suggest ideas, and we are able to incorporate them; it makes the photo session so much more personal and tailored to them.

Natalia carefully curated her outfits and accessories to reflect her love for fashion, so we focused on capturing the beautiful outfits she put together, and most importantly her shining personality.

We chose The Alfond Inn because it is one of her favorite landmarks in the Winter Park area, and because she loves visiting and shopping around there. We also captured a couple of shots of her with her little sister Adriana and her family.

Natalia, I wish you the best at UCF and officially welcome you as a “Knight” 😉

xo,

Ly Sué

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MAURICIO’S CAKE SMASH portraits in Lake Nona, FL

When Linnette told me she wanted me to take photos of Mauricio I was thrilled. It seemed like yesterday when I took photos of him as a newborn, and now I was able to document his first year! What an honor!

In addition to Mauricio “smashing” a mini cake, she wanted me to take photos of different things he enjoys along with portraits of just him and his cute expressions. She sewed clouds, the number one, and had several items he liked ready for him to play with at the session, and we had the greatest time capturing him just being himself! The one thing that we did not expect was Mauricio’s reaction to smashing the cake; he was not so thrilled and actually cried! After all, who wants to get their hands dirty right?!

In addition to documenting this big step for Mauricio, Linnette also wanted the photos to be able to create an infographic to give to Mauricio’s birthday party guests as a keepsake. This was a such a great idea, and Siuleth with Eleven Note designed the coolest infographic for them! I love it when my photos get printed and used in unique ways like this!

Make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the photos to see what she created.

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I hope you guys have a great rest of your week!

xo,

Ly Sué

MODERN LUXE EDITORIAL behind the scenes

There is so much that goes into planning an editorial shoot from gathering a team and preparations to the actual execution of all the details the day of. Usually we only share the finished product, but I think the process is just as beautiful. That is why I want to share some photos we took during the process of all the wedding professionals setting up and working together towards the finished product.

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photography & concept: lh photography | videographer: bright frame films | venue: snap! space |
event design, florals & concept:
ashton events planning and design | furniture rentals & concept: wish vintage rentals | hair, makeup, & nails: ali lee artistry | stationery, favors & concept:eleven note | cake & sweets: the pastry studio | hor d’ oeuvres: arthur’s catering | cocktails: the courtesy bar | dinnerware & drinkware: dishie rentals | wedding dress: malindy elene bridal | jewelry: sommi jewelry | model: joy mayfield | custom veil: olivia gray

MODERN LUXE WEDDING EDITORIAL PHOTOSHOOT at snap space in orlando, fl

i am so excited to finally share our modern luxe wedding editorial shoot with you; it was published in 100 layer cake and we are ecstatic with the feature!

as you might know, along with shooting weddings, i love styling and collaborating with other creatives to create amazing inspirational wedding editorial photo shoots to inspire brides to be. this past summer, my friend siuleth and i got together to brainstorm ideas, and we came up with the theme “modern luxe” inspired by the industrial beauty of snap! space. as we’ve been wanting to collaborate with laura of ashton events for a long time, we invited her to join the team. after a brainstorming session at snap with laura and lisa, we came up with some amazing ideas of how to use the space in unique ways to showcase the raw beauty of it while creating unique vignettes.

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the angular nature of the different elements of the shoot was inspired by the jewelry line of alexandra of sommi jewelry. you can see these elements throughout in the cake wall, the invitation suite, the guest table, and the ceremony area as well as in the little details. i love the idea of drawing inspiration from the unexpected such as a modern jewelry line!

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the overall color palette was black, white, gold with touches of cranberry. these colors were carefully chosen to contrast with the white brick walls and exposed cement of the venue.

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laura created an angled metal detail on the wall of the cake area by mixing metal finishes and attaching flowers to it. the cake was purposefully off centered on the wall to create an asymmetrical balance with the wall detail.

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the ceremony area decor was a play of angles and balanced asymmetry by having the florals cascade from the black ladder and providing balance with the beautiful cinder block display. the black angled rug made the bride’s gown really pop!

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the invitation suite designed by eleven note was beautifully bold and unique, and really brought all of the elements of the shoot together!

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asha of bright frame films captured the essence of the shoot in this amazing video!

i hope you enjoyed the photos and insight to our shoot. oh, and make sure you check out the feature on 100 layer cake! next week we will be sharing some behind-the-scenes photos of all the vendors in action… see you then!

here are the amazing creatives that made it all happen:

photography & concept: lh photography | videographer: bright frame films | venue: snap! space |
event design, florals & concept: ashton events planning and design | furniture rentals & concept: wish vintage rentals | hair, makeup, & nails: ali lee artistry | stationery, favors & concept:eleven note | cake & sweets: the pastry studio | hor d’ oeuvres: arthur’s catering | cocktails: the courtesy bar | dinnerware & drinkware: dishie rentals | wedding dress: malindy elene bridal | jewelry: sommi jewelry | model: joy mayfield | custom veil: olivia gray

LH PHOTOGRAPHY website and blog redesign and promo film!

over the last couple of weeks we’ve been working non-stop to redesign the look of our website and blog. we wanted them to have cleaner aesthetic to better represent our photography brand and style. that is why we went with a simple design that really showcased the photography and information. along with the redesign, we partnered up with asha of bright frame films to create a promo video so that you can see us in action and learn a little bit more about our personality. we wanted the film to be an insight into a day in our lives, our photography style, and us as a couple. we visited the east end market, one of our absolute favorite places in orlando, and later we went to the orlando wetlands park to photograph a newlywed couple, ameer and lyndie. despite the humidity and mild rain, asha was able to capture what we are all about, and she blew us away with the results! feel free to view the video below, and learn a little bit more about us!

and here some behind the scenes photos of the shoot!

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the same day asha filmed our video, we shot some self-portraits so that we could update the photos for the about us section of our website. we found a great spot near our house and set up the tripod with the camera and the shutter timer. anybody passing by would’ve laughed seeing me walk back and forth to the camera, and my husband standing still to set up each photo. it was a workout for sure, but it led to really natural photos since we were literally laughing out loud because of the ridiculousness of it all! here are some of our favorite photos we captured.

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we really hope you enjoy our new website and blog, and feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

NATALIA senior portraits | sneak peek

Just last weekend Natalia, her family, and I met at the Alfond Inn to take her senior portrait photos. Here is a sneak peek of some of the photos we took. Stay tuned for the full post soon!

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OTERO SOL family mini portraits

During our Christmas mini sessions, we got the chance to photograph the Otero Sol family. Olivia and Daniela are just full of joy and they love each others company! They also loved having their photos taken specially Olivia who posed for the camera every time! Enjoy these photos guys!

xo, Ly Sué

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KAUFMANN family mini portraits

Avery had a blast during her Christmas mini portraits. She loved being the center of attention!I loved her beautiful outfit and smile; she is a cutie! I hope you guys enjoy the photos!

xo, Ly Sué

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