Every once in awhile I will have a proud parent contact me to photograph their son or daughter’s high school graduation ceremony. That was the case for Michael who recently graduated from Arnold High School in Panama City Beach, Florida. The weather was perfect that night for the Class of 2017 and you could see that many of his friends were surprised and I think, a little impressed that he had his own personal photographer. Congratulations Michael and to the graduates of Arnold High School Class of 2017!!
I was ecstatic when Paige contacted me about her intimate and romantic wedding she envisioned at Rosemary Beach. When I met her and John in person our personalities clicked even more than when we had talked on the phone. On her wedding day we were completely in tune in how things should be placed without interupting the easy and natural flow of the day. They were married in a small ceremony officiated by her father in the courtyard of a beautiful home in Rosemary where they were surrounded by family and friends. Aftewards we all went to the beach to take some sunset photos and everyone enjoyed a wonderful dinner aftewards at The Pearl. Long Live Love! Congratulations Paige and John!
Megan and Chad were married last month at the beautiful Carillon Beach, Florida… one of the premium all inclusive locations along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Megan reserved the penthouse for her and her bridesmaids to get ready in which afforded for some GREAT picture opportunities. The wedding took place nearby on the beach where guests where shuttled via golf carts. The reception was held outdoors on Market Street which helped to create a festive and casual Florida evening and party. I don’t think I have seen more smiles on a bride’s face, than sweet Megan had that day. Congratulations Megan and Chad!!!
Lindsey and Sean were married recently at the Emerald Grande in Destin, Florida. The festivities started off with a Mexican themed rehearsal dinner filled with gifts and margaritas! Lindsey planned her wedding far in advance of most of my clients and hoped as everyone does, for sunny weather… unfortunately there was light rain during her ceremony which made it all that much more important for me to help her get AWESOME pictures from her Trash the Dress session a few days later. Which I think we did! Friends and family came from all over the country to help these two lovebirds celebrate their nuptials… and they didn’t let a few rain drops spoil the party. RSVP Weddings and Events helped to coordinate the flawless event (beside the weather) flowers were provided by Sheer Elegance and helped make the already swanky reception area even more beautiful. B-boy productions kept the music jamming and guests danced the night away!
Theresa and Dominique were married in Rosemary Beach, Florida. Unfortunately it does rain here along our sunny Gulf Coast but that didn’t keep their guests from dancing the night away under a big top tent filled with HUGE balloons and great music! This was by far the most energetic wedding reception I have photographed so far. (sorry to my previous brides) Theresa picked out many one of a kind items to incorporate in her wedding, from her casual vintage wedding dress, custom paper cake topper to the gift bags she gave her bridesmaids and a photo booth with some of the coolest props I have seen so far. Everyone had a great time and the party really did… end too soon.
Uhh…. actually it’s kinda true. Luckily there are still SOME people out there that can tell the difference between a true professional photographer versus someone who just bought “a nice camera” lol…. and uses filters in editing software to make them acceptable. Unfortunately prices are being driven down drastically and true, full time professional photographers whose sole income comes from their work, are being out bidded for jobs by part time amateurs who can charge like $50 because it’s more of a hobby for them. This is when the women must separate themselves from the girls. 😉 That last part is because I’m a female.. lol
Brianna may have actually been a mermaid in a previous life, if you believe in that sort of thing. 😉
Sooooo many women want to get married at the beach, but I think Brianna exudes the beach, if that is possible.
Every detail of her wedding was related to the water and what lies beneath it. From the handmade bouquets she made herself from a variety of seashells, to the hair pieces she also made and gave her bridesmaids, all the way down to the tiny “pearls” on her wedding cupcakes. Which makes it all the more wonderful that an AMAZING sunset and shallow tide provided a beautiful backdrop for her wedding and these lovely and unique images. Brianna and her love, Minto exchanged vows during a small ceremony on Okaloosa Island along the Gulf Coast of Florida.
I always try and capture unique images from every wedding I photograph.. and I can truly say these are once in a lifetime images!
Congratulations Brianna and Minto!!
I just HAVE to get this off my chest… if someone wants a beach sunset session… there are two ways to do this… you can shoot with your subject facing the sunset, meaning THEIR background does not have the sunset in it… and alternatively you can shoot with the actual sunset behind your subject, expose for the background and then light your subject with flash which means you can see your smiling face and also see the lovely colors of the setting sun.
I honestly feel that when someone wants a beach family session at sunset, they want to see/keep/have a photo of themselves with that beautiful Florida sunset behind them to remember what they saw (hopefully everyday) while they were on vacation.
When you consider hiring a photographer to photograph your beach family sunset session… ask yourself if you want that beautiful setting sun as the background in some of your pictures? Knowing how to take that type of image requires technical understanding of how a camera works and how to use off camera lighting. When you go for the least expensive session price on the beach… will you get what you really want?