Three Frames | Amanda & Mitch’s Engagement | Amalie Orrange Photography

We had a great time exploring Winter Park with Amanda & Mitch, a super sweet couple that are tons of fun!  Check out 3 frames from their engagement session last week.Winter Park engagement | Amalie Orrange Winter Park engagement | Amalie Orrange Winter Park engagement | Amalie OrrangeOrlando Wedding Photographer | Orlando Wedding Photography

Abby & Nick’s Wedding Details | Amalie Orrange Photography

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Caitlin & Robbie’s Ranch Wedding

I have learned so much in this business so far.  I have learned that people love each other for so many different reasons, and even though the paths that brought those people together may be different, the outcome is the same.  Robbie and Caitlin’s path started with warring Indians, fighting to protect their territory.  Alright, so they were tailgating before an Florida State Seminoles game back in 2005.  Never-the-less, it was an exciting time to be a football fan.  This passion showed through when they walked down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife to the Seminole’s fight song.

These two love each other, you can see it in the way that they look at each other.  They also share a love greater than some may ever know, and that’s the love of their little boy Brody.  An amazing, wide eyed boy, who also played a big part in this whole process.  A few weeks after Brody was born, Robbie and Caitlin were walking on a boardwalk and Robbie asked Caitlin to see what Brody had in his hand.  When she leaned forward and opened his fist, he was holding a diamond ring.  The two made sure that Brody was involved throughout the entire process, making him one of the cutest ring bearers that I have seen yet.  Robbie and Caitlin held their wedding at his parent’s beautiful ranch house in St. Cloud FL.  The backdrop could not have been more amazing, horses in the stable and a magnificent lake, not to mention the weather was perfect.  I am so happy that these two invited me into their lives for this amazing event, I am grateful to you both.

Here’s to the amazing new family, may you always love like you do today.

XOXO~Amalie

LOVED Caitlin’s bouquet of peonies!Groom and groomsmengroom and his sonYou know I had to throw some details of the barn in there!Bridesmaid with BouquetRings on wedding pillowCaitlin had the most gorgeous dress, I especially loved the back detailing with the cutout .Bride with flowers looking over shoulderAre these kids not the cutest ever!Ring bearer and flower girl in fieldLakeside weddingLove this picture of Robbie smiling at his soon to be wife. Groom smiling at brideBride smiling at groomringer bearer hugging brideAfter the ceremony we headed out to the field right on the side of Robbie’s parents house for a few quick photos of the fabulous new couple.Bride and groom kissing in field Bride and groom with childBride and groom in field Bride and groomBride and groom in fieldBride and groom at ranch wedding floridaOrlando wedding photography, Orlando weddings photographer

It has been one year | Amalie Orrange Photography

One year, 12 months, 365 days, 8765.81 hours, that is the amount of time that this business has been a part of my life.  It seems like yesterday that my first wedding was approaching, nerves, excitement, anticipation all creeping up, giving me those dreaded yet so wonderful butterflies in my stomach.  Those butterflies, still to this day creep up on me.  After all that has happened in this year, learning the business, becoming an accountant, a client care specialist, being in charge of the stock room, becoming a troubleshooter, and mostly becoming a friend, in all that, those butterflies are still there.  I hope they never go away.  Those butterflies remind me how much I love what I do.  My partner, my husband and my best friend gets them too before every wedding.  He tells me about the feeling and it sounds so much like mine.  Those butterflies remind me that nothing this rewarding can happen without hard work, the hardest that I have ever worked.  I have met so many people, so many wonderful people.  These people invite me in to the most intimate times of their lives, times that will stay forever.  They start as strangers and end as friends.

As an extremely shy person, I thought that a career in the wedding industry was going to be out of my league.  Not the photography side, I have been sure that this was my calling since I can remember.  The side that required me to reach out, open up, and let people in, that was the side I thought I would have trouble with.  But, it is amazing what can happen when you meet wonderful people, people that let you in, tell you how much they love the person they are meant to be with, tell you about the crazy uncle that might show up, have a bit to much to drink, and dance all night.  When people let you in, you let them in.  I have cried at the ceremonies, the toasts, and the first dances.  And I have laughed.  Laughed at the conversations that happen before all eyes are upon you, laughed at the words spoken in the privacy of the dressing room getting ready, and the stories shared by friends and family.  Mostly though I have learned.  I have learned what it means to take advantage of the time that we are given.  Learned that when family is close, there is reason to celebrate.  Learned to love those butterflies.  One year, 12 months, 365 days, 8765.81 hours, a life time, a blink of an eye.  To the 19 couples this year that have trusted me with capturing the moments you will someday show your grandkids, I thank you more than you know.  Call me anytime.  Jeff and I would love to meet you for a drink.

Heres to the wonderful friends I have met in this industry, that have listened to my fears,  that have helped me grow personally and professionally,  and most of all that have been there for me as a friend.  Heres to my husband who has been the biggest supporter, cheerleader, motivator, best business partner and husband there could ever be. Heres to my new friends, and to the friends that I have still yet to meet.  May happiness always be plentiful.

XOXO~Amalie

Bobbing for Apples | The last days of Summer

There comes a time, just after summer, when the days are rapidly getting shorter and the temperature hasn’t quite cooled yet, that being a kid turns magical.  It is in this time, when school is in full swing and the weekends never seem long enough, that childhood happens.  Children don’t know that childhood is happening, they are just playing tag, splashing in the pool, and hoping that Friday gets here soon.  But the parents, we know childhood is molding our children into what they will become.  We know that the skinned knees and the skinned hearts and the playgrounds that these happen in, are life’s first training grounds.  We know that the power of friendship is forged in these early days and that any amount of grieving that you may face in this often hard life can be made a bit easier with someone you love by your side.  I see my kids making these memories and it brings me right back to the days when the most important thing was to not miss out on the vital games that my friends might be playing without me.

My kids, along with my nephew Ben, decided the recipe for the day would be only a hose, some soap, a bucket, and some apples.  It took some time to finally get the apples, but once the trick was figured out, it was game on.  I love watching my kids turn an ordinary day into something way more than ordinary.  I want to tell them that what they are doing is not just playing, it’s not just some silly game, it’s so much bigger than that, its childhood.  But I can’t tell them that, all I can do is watch and laugh and hopefully capture some of this childhood on camera.  Because every childhood is magical, no matter what experiences have made it that way.  Here’s to childhood, may it be all that it’s ever supposed to be.

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Goals and other goodness | Amalie Orrange Photography

Amalie Orrange photography Orlando weddings photographer Let me start by saying I am not a writer by any means. I am bad with punctuation, grammar  and use a heap of exclamation points and commas where they probably do not belong, don’t judge.  I figured since we are 6 months into the year I would look at reassessing myself and my goals mid year. Holy mackerel can you believe we are half way through 2012!!!    So now I will put it out into the world and maybe this will help me stay focused and hold myself accountable, or maybe you can hold me accountable:)  I am making a to do list for the next 6 months and yes, I am one of those people that has a to do list for her to do list, a bit of my type A personality shining through.  So here are a few goals that I will accomplish before the new year:

STOP ( yes, I had to do all caps) comparing myself to others in every capacity of my life.  Stop comparing my photography business and my photos to other photographers, I am not them!  I am heading down a different path, in business and in art,  and art is subjective,  there is something for everyone out there.

My parenting skills.  I feel that some moms can spin all the plates at once and they make it seem so easy to have kids and run a business,  I wish I could do it all.  I find myself having the hardest time doing this, because I really want to spend as much time as I did before I started my business with my kids but it is just not possible, and damn you for making it look so easy. (I am writing another whole blogpost on this)

Myself/ my looks/blah blah blah… No, I will never be a skinny minny,  I have had 2 beautiful and amazing children and no matter how much I run or how many sit-ups I do I will never be a size 2. So I must STOP!

Make A schedule   I need this bad, I need to set aside time for myself to run (My free therapy), my business,  my kids and my super amazing supportive husband. When you want to be perfect at everything you can never be 100% in all areas, kind of the jack of all trades master of none thing going on here.

Learn or do something new every month for myself and my business  I have so many things I would love to learn, not just in photography but cooking,  crafting (All of those Pintrest projects) and traveling. I would love to learn about a new place and its history  with the kids and then go there and explore.

So thats a good start, 3 things to hold myself accountable for over the next 6 months. I am hoping in January I will have a fresh slate & a relaxed mind.

I hope to learn from my past,  look ahead to the future and enjoy the process of it all.

XOXO~ Amalie

Amanda & Kevin | Downtown Winter Garden | Engagement session

Holy cow, it has been weeks since I have blogged! I am so blessed to be busy and meeting so many amazing couples. I have been having a blast. I absolutely love this couple, this is the first part of my session with Amanda & Kevin. We hit downtown Winter Garden, a charming little town with such cool architecture and so many cute little shops.  I  had so much fun with these two, I can’t wait for your September wedding!Orlando wedding photographer

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Featured on Style Me Pretty | Zack & Melissa’s wedding | Casa Feliz Winter Park

   I am so excited to see my photographs of Zack & Melissa’s Wedding at Casa Feliz in Winter Park featured on Style Me Pretty Today!  This was a great surprise to me when I woke up this morning.

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Lydia | Princess & The Frog | Engagement | Winter Park

The story of the princess and the frog is a story that has always fascinated me.  And hearing so many stories of lost love with so many  Mr.Wrongs, I have been even more fascinated as of  late.  This frog inspired me and vintage is definitely the only way that I could truly envision this shoot.  I came up with the style and the concept, found the model and backdrop, and everything else fell into place.  This is for all my beautiful friends that deserve to never settle, keep searching and one day you will find your prince, I promise.

Makeup : Katie McCaskill

Model : Lydia G.

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