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"All of our portrait albums are wrapped in bags and in a walk in closet. We have the giant canvases with us in the cars headed to Drew's parents house. We should be an ad for you all. It's the only thing we prepped for the storm were Greg's pieces of art and his creations"...
Nel Hayes, Tampa
We treasure our family portrait! We timed it just right so it could be hung in our new home! In the design phase of the house, the wall it hangs on was going to be a half wall and we decided to make a full wall. The full wall gave us the perfect place for the portrait to be hung in the most appealing visional location and is hung in a place of honor!Thank you,
Kymm & Kevin Ivey
We have many family photos adorning the walls of our home but this is our very first family portrait. We had seen other homes with portraits in the past, but never thought of having our own. Once we met Gregory and Lesa we knew it was our turn and it was just the right time. There's nothing quite like doing a camera study with this amazing duo. They knew how to capture the unique and precious qualities of our children and made us laugh and smile the whole way through!The experience from the very beginning to the final reveal of the portrait on our wall was nothing short of exciting! We get many compliments from guests about our portrait, but the best part is seeing our children's faces light up when they see themselves and how they talk about themselves and the family in the portrait. Kids love to see themselves up on the walls and hanging pictures are great, but they just don't compare to a Gregory Daniel Portrait!Thank you Gregory and Lesa for a memorable experience and a cherished family portrait!
Jeanne and Steven Terry
Philanthropy has always been extremely important to the Keller family. From a young age, Debbie and Paul have instilled the importance of philanthropy in their twins, Rachael and Taylor, and have always supported causes that are close to the family’s heart. Touching people’s lives has always been part of their day-to-day activity with Debbie a philanthropist, mother and wife, and Paul an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. They have supported many local cancer centers and church organizations. Debbie is a two-time breast cancer survivor, so volunteerism was therapeutic for the family after her first diagnosis. She became involved in organizations such as the Cancer Care Center of Brevard, where she served as the president for many years. They also support the Young Survivor’s Coalition for breast cancer patients, since a fellow survivor and Debbie started the area’s chapter of the national organization.
“I give back because so much has been given to me, and I will always remain forever grateful for the support that got our family through the hardest times. I want to be that support to others as well.”
Gregory and his wife Lesa first photographed the Kellers’ daughters when they were just 2-years-old and they have photographed them every year since. “There is a masterpiece by Gregory in almost every room of our home,” Debbie said. “They are not just pictures — they are truly works of art.”
This is part of the SpaceCoast Living Magazine Seasons of Giving article revisited.
Like with most good art, I learned of Gregory Daniel through word of mouth in the community. Friends I know and trust told me - and showed me - the amazing work he and his wife/partner Lesa had completed throughout the years and I was mesmerized. The detail and depth of emotion captured through his photography and painting put forth vibrant, living images - not two-dimensional pictures.
I decided to work with Gregory and Lesa to capture a transitional moment in time for my 13-year-old daughter, Lily Grace. So much had changed for her in the past year. New relationships were forming, while she still clung deeply to the safety and love of mom and dad. Daily, I watched as she reached for independence, dipping her toes in the water of teendom. Yet, somehow, my beautiful, soulful, considerate baby girl was still looking to me and her dad for acknowledgment, support and strength.
We decided to photograph Lily at the Titusville garden, behind the Daniel’s studio. The day was magnificent, with blue skies and cottony clouds and soft, glowing light filtering through the leaves. Gregory and Lesa worked tirelessly to capture Lily’s best angles, but what came across most to me was the innocence they found in her eyes; still searching, still trusting... my precious child somehow transformed to this stunning she-creature, straddling both childhood and adulthood at the same time.
The work speaks volumes for itself, but this work truly - and masterfully - stopped time in its tracks. I can’t slow the growth of my young daughter, but I will forever be grateful for the time travel I will be able to take as the years march on and I stop to glance at the beautiful artwork created by Gregory and Lesa Daniel.
With sincere appreciation for your professionalism and talent,
Shawna Serig Kelsch