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'The Wanderlust'





a strong desire to travel

“consumed by wanderlust”

As a young child, I would look at photographs in my parent’s magazines and dream of all the places and spaces those images represented. In my mind, even if they were images of something close by and familiar, there was a lingering and mysterious story inside that I so desperately wanted to discover.

My parents used to say I had a case of ‘The Wanderlust.’ Yes, they used the term like it was a disease of some sort, preferencing ‘The’ as if it was too complicated to keep to a single word phrase. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized they weren’t calling me ‘The Wanderlust’ because they feared I would wander off in a crowd of people or adventure into the forest in search of wildflowers while vacationing in Northern Michigan, but because of my undeniable desire to travel. I didn’t see it then but as young as six years old I was planning my journey away from the Midwest much to the shagreen of my very grounded and rooted parents.

Traveling is a desire for many people, however it can take on several different meanings. For some it’s the idea of a specific place, like revisiting the same beautiful lodge cabin your family vacationed at for years or revisiting the tropical island where you spent your honeymoon. It’s simply a place that’s differs from our day to day lives and lifestyles. You spend a couple nights or perhaps a week and then return with memories that last a lifetime.

For others including myself, it’s an unknown and untapped destination just waiting to be discovered.  To me, the definition of travel is to not be in the same place for very long. It’s the desire to move freely about the earth. In his book, Travels with a Donkey, author Robert Louis Stevenson says it best; ‘Travels not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for the travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.’ Those of us with true Wanderlust are not necessarily in need of going to any certain place but just simply not staying in the same place too long.

‘The Wanderlust’ title my parents gave me has proven true throughout the years. I have lived several different places from growing up in the suburbs of Chicago to moving into the city for school and work at 18 years old.  Of course, that did not last long and soon I was living in Taos, New Mexico. My journey continued with a move to Seattle then onto New Orleans where my desire to travel was put on hold in exchange for a new desire to grow my family. After eight our family settled on the beautiful beaches of Northwest Florida where we have been now for 14 years.

‘The Wanderlust’ within me is still very present especially when I’m working with clients from all over the world that come to vacation on the beautiful gulf coast beaches I call home. However, now that my children have grown into young adults themselves I feel that itch for travel begin to grow.

This desire to wander holds a deeper and more soulful meaning for me as I see it all through the lens of my camera.  It feeds me and enriches my art, as I hope I enrich those people and families that I am fortunate enough to document along the way.

Much Love,

Lesley ~ ‘The Wanderlust’


The Proposal

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… to Propose!

Every year when the Holidays roll around, you’re almost guaranteed to hear, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” And we couldn’t agree more, especially here in beautiful Northwest Florida! Everything that happens this time of year echoes and reinforces this saying. The delectable food, festive decorations, happening holiday parties, over-abundance of sweets and treats, cool (but not cold) weather, jolly people and that happy feeling we get when we're surrounded by the ones we love, truly makes this the most wonderful time of the year...To Propose!

Christmas and New Year’s tend to be a very popular time to pop the question, especially with the natural beauty that surrounds us on the gulf coast. And hey, when you are in as unique of a place as Northwest Florida, there are so many options to use as your backdrop for the perfect proposal and engagement session. Of course, the beautiful white sand and Emerald Green waters never disappoint for the perfect beach engagement photo session. Catch the sunset at Grayton Beach with your love enjoying some champagne and a warm blanket, then drop to one knee right as the sun starts to set behind the horizon.

Not a fan of the sand? No problem, take a trip to Eden State Gardens where the willow trees blow and the breeze is sweet. There is such a tranquil spirit at this location, that will enhance the special moment and memories from your South Walton proposal in a more intimate location.

Looking for a fun atmosphere with good food, flowing wine and friends? Take your pick from a long list of amazing restaurants that will delight with their succulent culinary offerings and gorgeous views of the Emerald Coast in the Destin, 30A and the surrounding South Walton areas. Catch a beach view in a fun atmosphere at The Beach House restaurant at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, or a soothing sunset at The Bay in South Walton overlooking the calm Choctawhatchee Bay waters. For an entertaining atmosphere, The Red Bar in Grayton Beach is always lively and full of fun, while being just a short walk from the beach. For a Destin proposal location, check out some of the amazing locations along the Destin Harbor with great food, fun atmospheres (as well as intimate atmospheres) and amazing views.

All of these places are even more special during the Holidays, as many have fun events and beautiful decorations that can add to the backdrop and enhance the environment of your proposal location.

We love nothing more than capturing all your special moments. With over 13 years experience in wedding and fine art photography we can capturing it all. The Proposal, Engagement Session, The Big Day, Family Portraits and everything else in between. Documenting these significant moments in life has been a personal mission of ours that has evolved into a unique style of storytelling. Contact us at to plan your holiday proposal and engagement session.