surprise!!! – St. Petersburg, Tampa Florida Lifestyle Photographer

I met Summer a few years ago when we worked together in St. Pete. She is someone who’s now grown to become one of my dearest friends!! We went through breakups, new dates, disaster dates…you name it, we experienced it! That is until she met her amazing husband, Doug. His career in the military (he’s a pilot for the Navy), moved him from Tampa to Virginia, where she later moved. Doug left for one of his longest deployments right after Thanksgiving this year; so, what better time than to plan a surprise trip to Virginia.

Sum’s other BFF’s, Rachel and Tammy, had the perfect idea…and you know I was totally on board!! Sum had no idea what we had planned for her 30th birthday. She thought this would be just another weekend…but her first surprise came when her mom and sis flew in. And then we showed up the next day, hid in her house and gave her a huge surprise when she walked in the door.

Thanks to all the girls who made this trip so memorable. And thank you to Summer. For always being my biggest supporter on my journey to become a photographer. Your love and constant support don’t go unnoticed. You just rock  🙂

good thing Caroline isn't a vicious watch dog 😉

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probably the best cupcakes I've ever had!!

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tell me these aren't the cutest things ever!! like koosie's for your wine glasses!!

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Sum's mom made her a coffee table book from her wedding...such a wonderful gift!

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I LOVE this pic!! It really looks like the perfect christmas card 🙂

  • Casey

    What a great story! And your blog is awesome! Congrats on this huge milestone 🙂 Look forward to keeping up with your projects.


  • Cathy

    What a wonderful trip down memory lane. Summer is very lucky to have such great friends that make a trip to VA so close to Christmas to celebrate a birthday and show support for her. Your pics are fabulous and you captured the moment for all eternity. I love reading your blogs.ReplyCancel

  • Summer Ramsey

    Rana-I love reading your blog!! You are so talented and I am so very proud of you!! Thank you so much for coming to VA for my birthday! You made my day so meaningful and I can relive it though your beautiful photographs!! Your friendship means the world to me!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    Rana, Wow! What a great friend you are, and so wonderful to see and hear about Summer again, Hi Summer… we miss you!! It is wonderful though, to see her looking so well, and happy! I know that she must miss her husband horribly, but speaking from someone who came from a Military family, you have to go on each day and let your pride, love and support, pull you through another day!


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  • Traci

    Rana, You are truly amazing! I have looked at your blog several times and am amazed each time. You are very very talented!! Summer is so lucky to have you as a friend. And I am happy that I have got to know you over the years. You are a special person and I thank you for sharing all this with us. Maybe someday I will need your services when I get married or engaged but we won’t hold our breath will we! LOL Thanks for sharing. You are AWESOME!!ReplyCancel