2014 Holiday Mini Sessions

 
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Believe it or not, its time to book your Holiday Sessions! 

 

…details…

mini sessions will be held at your choice of these locations:

Apollo Beach Preserve

Redington Beach Pier

Florida Southern College Lakeland

University of Tampa

The Grotto San Antonio

USF Campus

(availability of locations may vary based on date selected. first person to book on each date will get to pick the location of BOTH sessions on that day!)

Each session will result in 20-30  images for you to proof to select your favorites.

All sessions also include a 30 minute shooting session, 10 edited digital files via download, one 11x14 fine art print and an online gallery to choose your favorites for your ten files and 11×14 print, and also to order any other prints/products you’d like to order as gifts or for yourself. 

Mini sessions are great for a quick shoot to grab a few options for holiday cards and gifts.

These are not full, custom sessions (which are still available throughout the holiday season).

Full sessions result in more options, more time, and more control over your scheduling and location. Mini sessions may not be the right fit for children or babies that are shy and may need more time to warm up and get comfortable in front of the camera.

… not sure what is right for you?

if you have any questions about the differences between full and mini sessions, please ask!

availability

SEPTEMBER 21st  (Sunday) | TBD by first person booked
6:15pm | 
6:45pm | 

SEPTEMBER 26th (Friday) | Redington Beach Pier
6:15pm | BOOKED
6:45pm | 

SEPTEMBER 28th (Sunday) | USF
6:15pm | 
6:45pm | 

OCTOBER 3rd (Friday) | TBD by first person booked
6:00pm| 
6:30pm| BOOKED

OCTOBER 11th (Saturday) |  Apollo Beach Preserve
5:45pm |
6:15pm | BOOKED

OCTOBER 12th (Sunday) | Grotto San Antonio
5:45pm | 
6:15pm | BOOKED 

NOVEMBER 16th (Sunday) | University of Tampa
4:30pm | BOOKED
5:00pm | BOOKED

NOVEMBER 21st (Friday) | TBD by first person booked 
4:30pm | BOOKED
5:00pm | 

 

*Images from location choices below

USF Campus

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Redington Beach Pier 

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University of Tampa  

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The Grotto in San Antonio 

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Apollo Beach Preserve 

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Florida Southern College Lakeland 

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And if you have a special spot you want your family photographed, grab another family and we can set up a shoot for your day and secret location! 

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Why a first look? {Davis Island Wedding Photographer}

Some of you are asking "What's a first look?" Basically it's exactly what it sounds like.. Its the first "look" between a bride and groom.  Quite often these days, couples opt for a first look, before their actual ceremony begins.

"Why a first look?" One of the biggest pros to a first look is it takes the pressure off the timeline for the day. Once those first quiet private moments (captured on film from far, far away) are over,  there is time to photograph you as a couple without starring eyes, and impatient guests who are waiting to party with you at your reception!  This also allows for plenty of time for family and bridal party portraits afterwards! Some couples say a first look also helps take away the nervousness and helps them to focus on what's truly important as they walk down that aisle.. their love.  Its also a great idea to have a first look if your ceremony is at sunset, so that your couple portraits (which more often than not are your favorites and most important from the  day) won't be in the dark. A night portrait can be gorgeous and romantic, but you don't want every photo to be taken in the dark. 

So how do I feel about first looks?  A first look isn't for everyone. To some couples, tradition is super important, to others, they can't imagine that first moment of seeing each other to be anywhere but on the aisle in front of family and friends. As your wedding photographer, I believe your day is about YOU and not me, so whatever you choose, I am here to capture your day the way you've always imagined it! Give me a call and lets grab a drink and chat! 

Clearwater Beach Wedding {Clearwater Beach Wedding Photographer}

Here are just a few from a gorgeous destination wedding at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach.  Wedding planner who saw to the gorgeous details was Thai Terakulsatit and she did an amazing job.  More of this beautiful wedding to come! 

Christina and Brandon Engaged {St. Petersburg Engagement Photographer}

 

This couple was so sweet and fun! We had a great time exploring downtown St. Petersburg! There love is so evident and I am sure they will have many happy years together! 


If your looking for a St. Pete Engagement or Wedding photographer, give me a call! 

 

An Outdoor Boudoir {Tampa Boudoir Photographer}

 

If your looking for a Tampa Boudoir Photographer, look no further than Contemporary Captures "Unbuttoned" division. Below is a snippet of a gorgeous styled outdoor boudoir session. 

 

University of Tampa Family (Tampa Family Photographer)

 

I met this cute little family at University of Tampa for their family photos. Super sweet and super stylish, we had a great time exploring all the beauty the campus had to offer. 

If your looking for a Tampa Bay area photographer, give me a call! 

 

A Special Family {Tampa Family Photographer}

 

This family was so special and I was honored to capture their family photos. They have an amazing story of cancer survival and adoption. What beautiful souls that I am grateful to have met. 

If you need a Tampa Family Photographer, give me a call! 

 

Amanda {Apollo Beach Tampa Senior Photographer}

 

This is one of my favorite locations and it was only made better by the gorgeous Amanda. Beautiful girl, beautiful light, it was an amazing shoot. 

If your looking for a Tampa Senior Photographer, give me a call! 

 

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. 

 

 

Did you say "YES"?

Did you say "YES"? This offer is for you!

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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.