Flashes of Hope {Tampa Charity Photographer}

 

I am privileged to be a part of a fantastic group of people, Flashes of Hope, who photograph cancer patients and their families. In December I was honored to meet so many special families at their Holiday Party. Despite their hurdles, these children and their families were full of smiles and reminded me to be grateful for every moment. 

 

Tanya and Kevin's Sandpearl Destination Wedding {Clearwater Beach Wedding Photographer}

 

I can finally share these photos with the world. Tanya and Kevin flew down to the beautiful Sandpearl Resort in  Clearwater Beach in November where they met to say "I do," but didn't make it official to friends and family till this month!  Such a super sweet couple! Tanya was so elegant and beautiful and I don't think I ever saw Kevin without a smile on his face. Thank you both for allowing me to be a part of your special day and I wish you many happy years together!

 

Now Booking weddings for 2014-15 both destination and Florida Weddings! Give me a call!

Addis Family {Apollo Beach Family Photographer}

 

What can I say? There are a few families that I photograph that really hold a part of my heart. This family is one of them.  I was blessed with the opportunity to be a part of the littlest Addis' beautiful home birth and will forever feel like I'm part of their family.  When their extended family came to town, I was so happy they asked me to capture a small taste of the love they all share!! You'd be hard pressed to find a happier bunch! I look forward to the years ahead watching these lovelies grow! 

 

*If your looking for a photographer in the Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Wesley Chapel or surrounding areas, I'd love to photograph your family!

 

She said "YES" {St. Pete Proposal Photographer}

 

When Adriano called me and asked me to capture his surprise proposal for his soon to be bride Julianne at the gorgeous Don Cesar on St. Peter beach, I was thrilled!! On top of the fact that they are an adorable couple, it was so special to be allowed to witness such a beautiful moment in their love story. What a special guy Adriano is that he had the foresight to capture this moment eternally through film for them to relive for years to come! I wish them every blessing and lifelong happiness in their upcoming marriage!  

 

Abeda and Michael {Orlando Indian Wedding Photographer)

 

I was thrilled when Jennifer of Soltren Photography asked me to shoot this gorgeous wedding with her in Orlando, Florida. Abeda was not only a gorgeous bride on the outside, but spending the day watching how much she loves her friends and family really touched me.

The wedding and reception were both  beautifully designed by her friend Farah and she truly put her heart and soul into making every detail gorgeous!  

Although many of the customs and traditions of the day were new to me, the love was so familiar. I am so grateful to Abeda and Michael for allowing me to be a part of their wedding day. 

 

 

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8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them

 

8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them


Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be quite stressful.


How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know who to trust?  Where do you go for advice?


First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused.  

It’s not like you plan a wedding every day!  This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.


A few tips to finding the right ones for you…


Do Your Homework.  You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first.  


Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married.  Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available.  Get an idea of what you like and don’t like.  Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource.  This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.


Meet With Them.  An in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding vendor.  It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism.  If that’s not possible, have a phone conversation.    


Ask Questions.  There are no stupid questions!  Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren't sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand.

  

If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you.  The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.


Listen.  Don’t just hear the words they say, really listen.  Watch the vendor’s body language.  Are they confident and comfortable with their response?  Do they look and sound nervous?  Do you get a “funny feeling” about them?  Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.

Check References.  Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the “average” wedding performance.  Videos are edited for the optimum presentation.  But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake.


Call up both client and professional references.  Ask questions and use those listening skills.  Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems.


Ask around and search the internet for reviews.  Check the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints against the business.  Weigh all of this information into your choices.       


Here are 8 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before booking:

How many weddings do you do per year?  How much experience do you have?

This is an extremely important question.  Ideally, your wedding professional should have ample experience specifically with weddings.  Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this also makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.

How much do you cost?

Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill.  Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it. 

How much is the deposit?

What specifically is included in that cost?

Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor exactly to the next without doing a little figuring.  The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages.  Make sure you take this into account.  

What happens if I cancel?  What happens if you cancel?

Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions.  Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?

Do you use a contract?

If the answer is No, RUN!  A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional.  Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.

Are there any additional fees?

Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly.  Make sure you understand exactly what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay.  This should be clearly defined in your contract.

Do you carry liability insurance?

The answer you’re looking for here is Yes.  This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day.  It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business, since most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance.

If chosen wisely, with the right wedding vendors you get expert help and advice…for free!

 
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Caleigh Sweet 16 {Tampa Teen Photographer}

 

For Caleigh's 16th birthday her mom hired a fabulous makeup artist Sherry Restifo  to teach the girls how to apply their own makeup. She also invited me over to capture the girls in all their beauty! I had so much fun with these girls! (and their mama's aren't bad either) :)

 

Sneak Peek Miss C {Tampa Child Photographer}

Sneak Peek of my new favorite location tonight.. sigh.. who wants to go there and play?


Time for family photos? Give me a call! Serving the Tampa, Lakeland, Wesley Chapel, Apollo Beach and surrounding areas. 

 

Abeda & Michael {Orlando Indian Wedding Photographer}

A sneak peek of a wedding I had the privilege of second shooting this weekend with  Soltren Photography. More gorgeous photos to come.  

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Win a Holiday Photo Session! {Tampa Holiday Photography}

Here’s how to win!! 

All 3 steps must be followed to be eligible to win!!  

1. Be a fan on my Facebook page – click HERE  and make sure the “LIKE” button is checked. Then, click on the “LIKE” button and change the “settings” to “all updates” that way you won’t miss any of my posts.

2. Click HERE to go to my Facebook page and then click "share" to share that picture on your Facebook timeline.  

3. Leave me a comment on this blog post with your name and email address so that I can contact you when you win! One name will be randomly chosen on Thursday, October 31st! If you have already purchased a spot or plan to purchase one and win, then your session fee will be refunded. 

To be eligible to win, you must complete all 3 steps above. Get 2 extra entries for each client you refer who books a session. 

Winner can be anyone, a new or current client and includes one family and any of its immediate members.  $300 value. Session to be held in the Tampa Bay Area or travel fee may apply. Session cannot be traded or transferred to another person. Newborn sessions and weddings not aplicable. 

Fearless Bridals {Tampa Bridal Photographer}

You spent a ton of money on that gorgeous dress for your special day. Now what? Don't box it in the attic and let it get all dusty!! Instead why not book a "Fearless Bridal" session!!  Get out there and frolic in that dress the way you were afraid to on your wedding day for fear of getting it dirty! Never fear, we won't do anything permanently damaging to your dress unless you want to.

I met Sarah for a short Fearless Bridal session tonight in Wesley Chapel and were fortunate to have some amazing clouds as our background! She shows you just how fabulous a "Fearless Bridal" session can be! 

Email me today and lets rock that dress!! 


 

If you are searching for your wedding photographer, destination or local, let's chat!  Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Lakeland, Orlando and beyond we would love to be a part of your big day! 

 

Sneak Peek Pam & Matt {Cypress Grove Estates Wedding Photographer}

If you are searching for your wedding photographer, destination or local, let's chat!  Tampa, St. Pete, Clearwater, Lakeland, Orlando and beyond we would love to be a part of your big day! 

 

"As You Wish" Princess Bride Shoot {b. retreat photographer}

 

Here is a peek at some of the GORGEOUS styling  Diane Marie Events  put together for our Princess Bride shoot at Fiddlers Green Ranch.  Our Princess Buttercup and Prince Wesley Models were the stunning Taylor Hill and the handsome Cameron Bigelow.  The MAGNIFICENT hair and makeup for the bride were done by Michelle Renee The Studio. This was the finale shoot after an amazing weekend of shooting, teaching, and networking with the talented ladies who attended our first annual b. photography retreats

Feel like you missed out? "Like" b. retreats facebook page to hear us announce details  of our next retreat in January! 

HERE is a link to another TDF shoot from that day!  

Seniors! {Tampa Senior Photographer}

Did you think you were going to see a 17 year old high school student?  I got you! I mean an entirely different kind of senior!!  These cuties are the best kind of seniors! They are still in love after all these years and are beautiful to boot!  

The H girls {Tampa Child Photographer}

Aren't these girls beautiful? We met early one morning right as the sun was rising and played in the morning's beautiful golden light!  There mother is a local school teacher and she is one of the "good ones!" She is an AMAZING teacher, mother, and role model and I am proud to know her and priviledged to have been allowed to photograph them! 

A shoot with the B Family {Odessa Family Photographer}

I met the B family in Odessa at Pickin' Time Produce, one of my favorite places to shoot. Tons of props, beautiful light and as I've mentioned before, AMAZING boiled peanuts.  This family was super sweet and watching the kiddos interact was priceless! I hope to watch them grow while capturing them as they are for years to come. 

 

The P Family {Tampa Palms Family Photographer}

I'm going to be spending this week blogging some of the sessions I was too busy to blog this past season. I'm starting with this delightful family. I was thrilled to photograph this family in their own amazing backyard in Tampa Palms! Such beautiful surroundings! We even got the dogs in a few shots. I love how in the family portrait they are looking straight at the camera! Sometimes I can"t get people to do that! I am so glad that I had the chance to get to know this family as we had so much in common and I now consider them my friends!