Please enjoy some additional images from Deidra and Andres’ Miami Beach wedding.

As always, music is used with permission. Thank you to everyone that participated in the big day–it was beautiful and you can just tell there’s a lot of fun being had in these images.

The wedding gallery is now available for guests, friends, and family to view. Please contact Deidra and Andres for the password.




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Please enjoy some additional images from Laura and Kenny’s wedding day!

As always, music is used with permission-“Imagine Anything” by Dan Phillipson.

Thanks again to all who made the day beautiful!

Hair and Makeup Stylists: Sorelli Hair Salon

Gown and Men’s Attire: Aurora Bridal

Accommodations: Courtyard Marriott in Melbourne

Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Melbourne

Portrait Location: The WONDERFUL Rosetter House

Reception Venue: The Courtyard at the Oaks

Videographer: Space Coast HD Video

Floral: Roses Are Red Florist and Plants

Entertainment: DJ Ralph for DJ Shane

Photo Booth: Snap Yourself Silly

The full wedding image gallery is also online for guests and family and friends here. Please contact either Laura or Kenny for the password!

 

 




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On the day after Christmas, I met up with Amy and William for their engagement session in Oakland. Amy is a referral from one of my previous brides, Kristina. When they were younger, Amy and Kristina did dance together, and Amy is having a late fall/early winter wedding the way Kristina did!

I knew I would love working with Amy right away! She managed to get Heinz Chapel for her ceremony, which is really difficult and an accomplishment in and of itself. When she contacted me, I think it was a matter of only days before I had her down in my books as booked-we just clicked really well.

Amy sent me a photo of her and Will taken over Thanksgiving, and it was in black and white-she really likes the classic clean look of black and white imagery, so we made sure to focus on that during the session.

Although it was a little cold (and I think we were getting over colds too!), Amy and Will came dressed up. I love when a woman wears heels and a dress to her session-it gives a great timeless feel to the images and really elongates the legs too!

Will, an engineer, proposed to Amy with a very unique rose gold ring. Rose gold isn’t something I get to see every day as a wedding photographer, but I love the warmth of it. Will also dressed up in a suit for the session, and it really went well with the classic locations we had selected-the CMU columns and the Pitt Campus.

You two are an awesome couple and I can’t wait to work with you this year–I know this wedding is going to be amazing! Thanks so much for giving me the honor of working with you two!




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It was mid-November, Thanksgiving was just around the corner. I was standing outside a hair salon in Orlando, right next to the restaurant where Krysten and Billy first met. I opened up the invitation to photograph it, and a little slip of paper tumbled out. On it was a typed message from Billy to all of his guests, apologizing for the last minute date change.

They were moving their date up, not back. “I have decided to enlist in the Air Force and would like to be married beforehand,” he wrote. “I trust that it is going to give us the strong foundation to start our lives together.”

I thought about how rare it is for a young man to make such mature decisions. Billy is truly a stand-up guy.

Krysten contacted me just about a month before her wedding, which is short notice in the world of weddings, as I have brides that book over a year out. But there had been a date change, a change of plans, and she was starting at square one. I instantly knew we’d be a good fit, besides the fact that she has an AWESOME name. πŸ˜‰

Krysten is a student in education and is also in the wedding industry as an employee of a catering company, while Billy is also in the service industry and enlisting in the Air Force. A few years ago, Krysten started working her first job at a brand new restaurant in town-Outback Steakhouse. Billy happened to be working there too, and they built their life together from there.

Hair and Makeup Styling: ESBI II
Venue: Lake Mary Events Center
Catering: Arthur’s Catering

We did all of the standard bridal photos, and then Krysten asked if we could do a few more with some attitude. Absolutely! I love doing different looks for all my brides! The couple exchanged wedding day gifts-NY Giants cufflinks for Billy and an hourglass for Krysten.

Krysten and Billy opted for a sunset ceremony, so they did a first look outside Lake Mary Events Center, and the light was just right for it.

After the ceremony in the Rotunda, the reception was held in the Grand Ballroom. The evening was capped off with the last dance and a sparkler exit to a getaway car.

I hope you two had fun on your cruise and had a fabulous Thanksgiving! It was such a pleasure to work with you! πŸ™‚


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corey holmes said: | Dec 9, 2011 - 12:12:24 |

Wow these photos of my sister and brother are amazing!!!



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I first met Stacey on a bride’s forum when we were both planning our weddings a few years ago, and we’ve stayed in touch ever since. But I finally got to meet her and her adorable son, M, a few weeks ago. I think M looks *just* like his mom-they share the same brown eyes.

M is almost a year old already, so Stacey wanted to have a few first birthday photos captured, as well as the traditional Christmas card image.

Stacey told me that she is okay with a few crying images-sometimes they are so cute when they are crying, and who hasn’t felt this way about the holiday stress before?

Stacey found some very adorable outfits for her son, including this sweater with the tie knitted into the design. It also matched the last few fall leaves left on the trees outside.

It was pretty chilly outside, but M actually really loved the weather and playing in a little pile of leaves. Grandma provided the classic Radio Flyer wagon.

And there was another adorable hat too! M is starting to stand up, take a few steps, and get around on his own, and he took a few tumbles. I don’t have any children, so I’m always way overprotective. But M is a tough, active little boy-nothing fazes him. I could easily see him playing football some day! And Stacey is such a good mom, letting him have fun, freedom, and the ability to be a kid!

Lastly, having sweets is a really, really rare treat for M. I don’t think he was really sure what to do with the first birthday cake at first. And he’s the first baby I’ve ever photographed that wasn’t super interested in tasting it-but he really loved smearing it on the closest wall, which made us all laugh. πŸ™‚

Thanks for choosing me for M’s photos, S family! It was wonderful to meet you and I hope you enjoy your images!




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Jessica made for a beautiful and fun bride over on Anna Maria Island last weekend. She and Michael both live in Tampa, and had their wedding ceremony and reception close to home at the always popular Beachhouse.

Michael’s family came down from Wisconsin to join in the festivities too!

The day started with the ladies getting ready at Anna Maria Island Inn while the men were getting ready in a rented home just up the road in Bradenton Beach.

I loved working with Jessica and her bridesmaids in the little alleyway behind the inn. Jessica wore her hair long and loose, and she went barefoot for the ceremony on the sand. Her niece served as one of the flower girls.

It was great to be back at the Beachhouse again-I was last there for Jennifer and Bill’s wedding in Spring 2010, and I love the great sunsets that Anna Maria Island gets. Earlier in the day, it looked like rain, but there wasn’t a drop in the sky by the time we started the ceremony and formals afterwards.

The ceremony was set for right before sunset under a draped canopy, with the reception to take place in the adjoining pavilion. And we were able to squeeze in many portraits of the bride and groom together prior to sunset too!

Due to the sun setting, we moved fast through all the portraits (and my leggings got soaked in the ocean by a rogue wave!), but Jessica and Michael are so easy to work with and so fun, we really got to maximize our time.


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provided the evening’s entertainment, and the dance floor was certainly packed. Jessica’s sister gave a heartfelt toast, as did the best man, and there were some tears.

Jessica and Michael, I just loved working with you two on your big day. Thank you so much for having me aboard for your wedding day-it was truly beautiful!


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Amanda Olson said: | Nov 9, 2011 - 08:11:32 |

Love the pictures! Thanks for helping to make my sister's day special!!

Aunt Patty said: | Nov 14, 2011 - 09:11:08 |

What great photos. The difference between a good photographer and a GREAT one. I love it all! Writing to ANGIE'S LIST today and any other consumer's list to make a RECOMMENDATION. Thank you for capturing this event so that I could feel like I was there. Jessie and Mikey look very happy. Jessica you look AMAZING.



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I was awoken at 4am the morning of Elizabeth and Ryan’s wedding by the pounding rain on the roof and the loud slap of tree branches being blown into my window. β€œOh no…” I groaned inwardly. I knew the forecast was supposed to be tropical storm-like conditions. It was calling for 40 to 50 mph winds and all weekend rain. I really jinxed myself after Kristy and Adam’s rainy romantic day, and it was continuing over for Elizabeth and Ryan.

But Elizabeth had dreams of an all outside ceremony and reception. She and Ryan had been together for thirteen years, engaged for six years, and brought a daughter into this world a few years ago. This day was a long time coming for them, and the wedding planning had been in full force for a year. Glassware had been rented, linens steamed, menus created, DIY projects completed, and bouquets crafted.

Wedding and photography blogs, including mine, often focus on these handcrafted details, the picturesque locations, the elegance of the receptionβ€”let’s be honest, the β€œlooks” of the day, the designers, the beauty. But the old saying about people applies to weddings too, deep down. β€œIt isn’t about the looks-it is what is on the inside that counts.”

Venue: River Palm Cottages
Catering: Dee-Stefano’s Restaurant
Videography: Verola Studios
Entertainment: Eclipse Entertainment DJ Frank

Inside this wedding, inside the eye of the storm, is love and a partnership. When Ryan forgot his dress shirt, Elizabeth was frantically tracking one down for him. When Elizabeth’s veil blew into the woods during the ceremony, dozens of guests jumped up and ran after it for her. When the reception tables were overturned with a strong guest, I saw Ryan serving as a coordinator to get everything reassembled in a borrowed hotel room before Elizabeth could see the damage.

On a wedding day, everything doesn’t always go as planned, and sometimes, nothing goes as planned. I’ve been honest and upfront on this blog since day one, and I’ll tell you that, due to the craziest weather east coast Florida has seen in years, this wedding probably won’t be featured in a magazine on newsstands near you. But it is featured here because, at the end of the day, Elizabeth and Ryan were married. Happily married. All of the vendors, the family, the friends, the bride and groomβ€”we all came together and pulled it off.


Their daughter was a-okay with the rain!


Elizabeth managed to find a little space in between two groves of trees where the wind was literally not blowing-very cool.

And before we had to move the reception to higher ground, I was still able to get a lot of detail shots!

It was unconventionally beautiful and a day we will all always remember! I hope you two get to relax and go on your minimoon now that the storm has blown over-you deserve it for all your hard work. Thanks for having me aboard–I can honestly say I had a blast and laughed a lot. This was one of the most challenging and fun weddings I’ve ever had the pleasure to photograph!




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You may have noticed that I don’t have photos of myself on my website or my blog-that’s for a few reasons.

One, as a photographer, I’m the one that takes all the photos! So it logistically is hard to find someone to take a photo that will be to your standards. (I’ve tried the whole tripod it and then run thing…but I need help posing myself!)

Two, as a photographer that uses my name as a business name as well, I value my privacy and like a degree of anonymity that comes with not posting my photo. πŸ™‚ I’m an introvert like that, what can I say?

Three, I believe the focus for clients that come to my website and blog should be on my work and the clients’ moments, because the wedding day isn’t about me at all. It’s about you.

But then I ran into a dilemma. I wanted to show what can be done as far as retouching and give a little glimpse into my behind the scenes work, mainly to show how much time goes into an image in post-processing. I previously showed how composites are possible with my friend Jen’s family. This round, I wanted to show how I retouch my client’s skin, eyes, hair, teeth, etc on portrait shoots and select wedding images (blogged, album, favorites, and prints) to let their images reflect their confidence and beauty.

The problem-I would never, ever, ever put an unretouched image of my client out there and then point out how I enhanced their shot, as this would call attention to the “before” areas, whether that be some small smile lines, a slipping bra strap, etc. That makes no one happy, and if retouching is done correctly, the client should never know what has been nipped or tucked or smoothed.

So the only image I could show a before and after of is…*gulp* a photograph of myself. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to put this out here. My own husband *rarely* sees me without makeup. Like most women, I won’t post unflattering images to Facebook. And yet, I’m coming on here and showing all my clients.

My friend Jen (of the fabulous Jen Stevenson Photo) took this image for me in the middle of her family session. Here it is with no retouching, perfectly exposed, posed, and composed, but not fully retouched. As photographers, we sometimes will exchange RAW images and edit ourselves.

The cameras today, and Jen has the top of the line, really show every single pore. We were in the shade, so the light is a little blue-when you shoot RAW images, this has to be manipulated later.

In the after image, I removed the bruise from my left arm and the sand from my face. My guideline is to remove anything that’s not there all the time (so I leave intact birthmarks). I also removed the clasp on my necklace and the bags under my eyes-I guess I wasn’t getting restful sleep! I did my skin smoothing I provide for all clients on select images.

And lastly, I sharpened for web or print, especially the eyes, which is necessary for RAW images to come across nice and crisply.

I’m not professing to be a magazine-caliber retouching expert, and I try not to do it with a heavy hand. I just want my clients to look as amazing as they feel and display their images with confidence. The camera can add ten pounds and show us wrinkles and blemishes that we don’t see with our naked eye, so I like to restore that look in the portraits.

I hope that sheds the light on just a little of what professional retouching is capable of and one of the reasons we spend so much time in editing perfecting the images.




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It truly is a very small world!

Lisa and I grew up about five minutes apart from each other in White Oak, Pennsylvania, outside of Pittsburgh. I think we rode the same bus in middle school, and I know we went on more than a few Girl Scout camping trips together. Fast forward about fifteen years from our middle school days, and we now both live a thousand miles from Pittsburgh here in Florida.

Like I said, it is a small world, and I was thrilled to reconnect with Lisa and be asked to photograph her wedding in Ruskin! As a matter of fact, Lisa was one of the first ever clients to book me when I opened almost two years ago-thanks so much for taking a chance on me. I truly appreciate it.

Lisa is the youngest of three girls. She always had great grades in high school, so it was no surprise to me that she passed the bar exam on her very first shot!

The reception took place at Imperial Lakewoods Country Club following a ceremony at their home church.

Lisa is a lawyer, and Nate is in sales and advertising-his promotion brought them here to Florida in the first place. They originally met about seven years ago when Lisa was studying at Bethany College in West Virginia.

The theme of their wedding was “today I marry my best friend” and was carried out on the invitations, personalized cocktail napkins, and champagne flutes.

One thing I love about Lisa is how well she planned out her life. During one of our pre-wedding planning sessions, she said “I always knew I wouldn’t get married until I was done with law school and bought a house.” And she and Nate had long since picked out the popular 9/10/11 date as the right one for their nuptials, so the timing was right!

To go between the ceremony and reception, Nate rented a fancy convertible, and it made for some fun images. As they drove along the highway, he really gunned the engine, and I thought for sure Lisa’s veil would fly right off into traffic! (Luckily, it stayed right where it was supposed to!)

I love a little playful cake smash; it always makes for a great photo!

Lisa and Nate were such a wonderful couple to work with and really care about their guests. Although they don’t really love to dance, they still had dancing for their guests-I thought that was so thoughtful and really putting your family and friends first.

We went out around sunset again to get a few more portraits together and I’m so glad we did, because those are some of my favorite images. I also wanted to say thanks to Lisa’s sister and her husband for all their help throughout the day. Luckily, the gator that was in the lake stayed away during our photo shoot. πŸ˜‰

I hope St. Lucia was fabulous, you two! I was so delighted to work with you and I wish you so much happiness and a wonderful marriage!


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Jeremy and Mindy said: | Sep 30, 2011 - 06:09:13 |

These are great kristen πŸ™‚ bride should be thrilled πŸ™‚ love love them!!!!!

Jeremy and Mindy said: | Sep 30, 2011 - 06:09:53 |

These are great!!!! I bet the bride is thrilled with them πŸ™‚



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Do you have a young child? Or maybe you are one of my brides and plan on having a few children involved in your wedding as a flowergirl or ringbearer? Then this blog entry is for you! πŸ™‚

When I am providing images from a wedding or portrait session, I don’t provide images where the eyes are closed or people are not looking at the camera. Of course, I take a lot of images to insure this doesn’t happen and we have one where everyone is looking at my lens.

But during the wedding day, guests are often using their point and shoot cameras to try to capture the shot, causing people to look away, especially after a few drinks! πŸ™‚

At a family session, your child may be distracted by something. You know how tough it can be to get a good shot of your child at home too. And then there’s always the tough choice…

Say Sally looks best in Image A, while Bobby has the best expression in Image B, and mom and dad, you think you look your best in Image C. In the pre-digital age, you often had to just pick a mediocre shot where everyone was facing the camera, regardless of expression or hand position, and settle for that shot you didn’t love.

Now, with the editing services of a professional photographer, you can have the best of both worlds, and one or more images can be combined to create the best shot. If you have one or more little ones, it is VERY helpful!

You’ll see from this before and after, I try not to do a ton of editing, preferring instead to capture the shot correctly right out of the camera through proper posing and exposure. But, sometimes, a little Photoshop lets us capture the best of Miss L AND Miss A’s expressions from two different images, plus a third image was combined to fill the now new space between the little ones πŸ™‚

So here’s a little behind the scenes to show you the transformation!

Now, if I get *really* brave, I will show you a before and after of my headshot to show you just what can be done, but I’m almost afraid to put my unedited image out there for all of you on the Interwebz to see, yikes!




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