Most call me Jo.
I am a child of God. A happy wife. A loving daughter + sister.
Ice Cream + Beach Obsessed.
I'm also a dream seeker turned photographer who tells family stories full of light, love, sunsets and emotional connections... and then stops at McD's on the way home from sessions to get fries and a diet coke. C'est la vie, right? I’m a free spirited perfectionist, if there is such a thing. I believe the world is filled with beauty everywhere we look, that magic lives in every moment and that life itself is a fairytale... if we just look close enough. I turn ordinary life into adventures and I have one of the wildest imaginations I've met. My heart lives at the beach and craves the peaceful way my soul rests there - this is absolutely why beach sessions are always always my favorite.
The families I work with are adventurous and free, they savor life, they laugh a lot and treasure time spent together. They view our sessions like we're going on a family adventure. They let loose, embrace the moment, close their eyes, feel the sun and wind on their skin, get silly, laugh, snuggle and have fun. They feel comfortable being their true self. They embrace the chaos, go with the flow and show up ready to love on their family.
It's one of the most special feelings being invited to join your family, getting to know the real you, and being able to document your family's life in a way that captures your true spirits, pure and authentic, so you will always recognize each other from this sweet season of life.
I love summer the most and sunsets make me happy.
I love food way too much, especially carbs + ice cream.
Could also eat Chick-Fil-A every day.
Obsessed with Diet Coke. Like, it's bad.
The Office and Michael Scott are the best.
I love kid movies. Finding Nemo is my favorite movie.
My husband and I love watching cooking/baking shows.
Faves: Spring Baking Championship + Guy Fieri anything.
I talk to myself out loud, a lot.
I'm really good at charades and mad gab.
Top Bucket List Vacations: Italy because pasta + wine
and Australia because accent + beaches.
I also love to talk in accents. I'm a weirdo.
I love yoga but hate working out. I do neither regularly.
I'm kinda obsessed with amazon prime.
I have pretty bad fomo.
I love web and art design.
I graduated from UCF - Go Knights!
Let's get to know each other!
loving married life
with this guy
Michelle Gonzalez Photo
my forever adventure
So, you know the show Schitt's Creek?
And you know their classic family portrait?
Yeah... this is totally our wedding crew version haha
this over that
Romanticism over Realism
Beach over Mountains
Sunny over Gloomy
Exploring over Lounging
Lounging over Exploring ;)
Paper + Pen over Digital
Audiobook over Real Book
Music over Silence
Comedy over Horror Movie
Chapstick over Lip Gloss
Spicy over Mild
Game Night over Movie Night
Coffee over Tea
Sarcastic over Serious
Planned over Spontaneous
Kindness over Animosity
Honesty over Fakeness
Life Stories over Small Talk
Pray over Fear
Quality Time over Gifts
Shoot for the Stars over Never Trying
Hard Work over Talent
Good Vibes over Everything
God Above All
You're only given one little spark of madness. You must'nt lose it.
Super typical Enneagram Type 4 here!
A few traits that are totally me...
I'm quite dramatic.
I'm super passionate and I'm a creative.
I have wild dreams and fantasies.
I value authenticity and uniqueness.
I love meaningful conversations.
I feel a lot / feel everything on a very deep level.
I need to live with purpose and meaning.
I'm equally a homebody and a social butterfly.
I admire the simple beauty in everything.
I'm super nostalgic.
I follow my heart and I love Love.
I call this my "Nan Plant" My Grandma Nan had this on her front porch, after she passed I took it with me and have grown so many new Nan-plants from hers. They bring me so much joy.
My family means the world to me and I married my best friend who's my go-to guy. My family and friends are everything to me. I've always been the one using my phone or camera to take photos of everyone when I'm hanging in a group, I literally have thousandsssss of digital photos and have printed tonsss of them, too. I just always want to remember the moment, what it felt like, what everyone looked like. I'm a detail person through and through, so it's honestly no wonder I ended up in photography. It's the most rewarding career and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I get butterflies in my stomach every time I talk to a client because I'm so freaking excited that I get to meet another amazing family, come into their world and give them the sweetest moments that they'll have forever... Seriously, it's the best thing and I love every second.
If you've made it this far down the page, dang... I'm both impressed and pretty sure we're gonna be good friends :) Just as I love getting to know my clients so I can serve and connect with them better, I want you to get to me know as well. We'll show up comfortable enough to hug each other (or air hug currently, thanks covid haha). We'll be so excited to finally meet, laughing before you know it, and ready to create some magic together!