15.3.11

Help Us Raise Money!

Each year I try to find a couple of charities in which to make a donation. This year I have decided that at least one donation will be made to the Police Unity Tour. Several of our local Tallahassee Police Officers attend this event each year to ride for officers fallen in the line of duty. In order to help raise money for this event, I will be donating 100% of the sitting fee for each session booked. The session fee for these sessions will be $50. This is an amazing deal and all of the money collected will benefit the Police Unity Tour. Sessions will be approximately 30 minutes long and will take place on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 and Sunday, April 10th, 2011. To book your session please email me at christie@christiemeresse.com

11.3.11

Fearless Friday - Journey

One of my favorite things about being a wedding photographer is getting to hear how two people met. It always amazes me how people start down one path in life and then that journey leads them to an ending that they never expected. This week’s Fearless Friday post is about “Journey” (p.s. there is a giveaway at the bottom so make sure you read all the way down!)

I'd like to share with you the "journey" of Andy Meresse and Christie Schindler:

After high school, I began working a minimum wage job at a large retail store. I had NO knowledge of plants or anything else that I was supposed to be educating people about, but hey it was a job, right? After a couple of months working in the garden department I was asked to interview for a position in loss prevention. I thought the job sounded interesting so I applied for and got the position. Little did I know that having that job would completely change the path my life would follow.

After only a year of studying Psychology at the University of West Florida, I decided to transfer to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida to work on my Bachelor’s degree in Criminology. I kept my loss prevention job with the retail store and transferred to the Tallahassee location. Later that year, I was promoted and began working as a loss prevention specialist, apprehending shoplifters and investigating theft and fraud trends. Yes, me! My job was to walk around the store in “regular” clothes and investigate theft trends, assist with internal theft cases, put up in-store cameras, conduct surveillance, and apprehend shoplifters.

Enter Andy Meresse…

I saw Andy quite often while working in retail. He was the one who would remove the shoplifters from my office, handcuffs and all. We always had a very professional working relationship. I always thought, and hoped, that he would ask me out one day but as the years went on he never did. After I graduated college I was promoted to manage a loss prevention department with the same retail store in Orlando, Florida. It was over a year before I saw Andy again. A mutual friend (whom neither of us knew was a mutual friend) happened to interview for a position at my old job. After asking Andy what he thought about the job, Andy realized that she knew who I was. A couple of phone calls later and Andy was headed to Orlando for our first real date. And, as they say, the rest is history…

I think the best thing about our story is that Andy proposed in the exact same place where we first met: in front of the registers in the same retail store, both of us in “uniform”, with a ton of unsuspecting shoppers looking on.

Four years later we have this little munchin...

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I would LOVE to hear how you met your other half! Leave a comment below and I will draw one couple for a $50 gift card. Winner will be announced on Friday, March 18th, 2011.

Also, don't forget to check out the rest of the Fearless Friday blogs...first up on your list is my really good friend Ashley Daniell Photography

2.3.11

Jason, Jill and Zeus

Little Zeus is now six months old and so so adoreable! I always have such a great time photographing Jason and Jill's family!

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1.3.11

Website

Oh my gosh, I cannot believe that it is already March 1st! I apologize for not being the best blogger these days, but I promise I will be back soon. I have been working on a new blog along with a new site and I hope to have everything ready to roll out soon. In the meantime, here is a picture of my two beautiful nieces and their half-sister.

Zeus' 6month baby portraits will be up on the blog later this week!

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