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So being that it’s Christmas day and all, my daughter decided to get dressed up in her Elsa dress and had her big sister do her makeup.  Next thing you know she came running over to me and asked if I would do a photo shoot with her.  Wait….did I just hear that right?  She has zero patience for me and my camera lately and usually limits me to maybe 4 or 5 shots at most.  “Well, let’s go up to the field at the top of the street” I replied.  I quickly grabbed my gear and a few off camera lights and my Apollo Orb softbox and we headed for the field.  Once I got everything set up she held true to form and after about 10 shots she was pretty much done and wanted to return home.Blog

After getting home and dumping the few shots we got in the field onto the computer I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I could turn her surroundings into a winter wonderland.  We live in Florida where it never snows and with her infatuation of all things Frozen it would just make her day if I could change her surroundings to better align with Elsa.  Roughly an hour later in Photoshop I had the image above and she absolutely loved it.  The image below is the original shot we got in the field.  I got extra points in the Daddy department today!  Merry Christmas everyone.

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_MG_4859As with any wedding, there are always memorable moments and milestones throughout the day, and Steph and Jon’s wedding was no different.  However, their wedding is and always will be special to me for many reasons.  Not only are they just a fantastic and adorable couple, but Jon has been a friend and photography mentor to me since the first day I picked up a DSLR camera.  He is an amazing photographer and lighting artist.  If you will, picture me pestering Jon for his opinion on pictures I took my first year of photography.  Picture me pestering Jon about flash photography, using strobes, different camera settings, and anything else in between.  Then picture a mentor eager to share knowledge, eager to listen, encouraging, and always willing to offer advice with a smile.  That is the type of person Jon is.  Steph is equally just as nice and a pleasure to be around.  It’s quite easy to see why these two are madly in love.

Steph and Jon’s wedding was my 20th wedding.  Two years ago that number seemed very distant to me and to have my 20th wedding milestone be for a friend and mentor made it even more special.  Jon and Steph originally planned for a golf coast sunset beach side wedding.  Jon and I collaborated often about the photography aspect of their wedding quite often.  We talked about sun angles, sunset timetables, timing of the day that would allow for the best scenario in photography.  Instead, a storm blew in that produced 47 MPH wind gusts on the beach that seriously chilled the air and lasted the entire day.  Jon, hoping that the winds would settle down and become tolerable, waited until the last possible second to make the call that ultimately would send the wedding indoors into a ballroom.  The Sheraton hotel staff handled the situation like pro’s and  transformed a ordinary ballroom into a wedding ready ceremony location complete with an isle filled with rose pedals and lit by candle lanterns.

Jon and Steph braved the cold strong winds for a few pictures outside with family and a few portraits of just them while the sun was setting, then finished the night with a lot of dancing surrounded with loving family and friends.  Congrats Jon and Steph.  Your wedding day will always be special to me.

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For the past year I’ve been toying with the idea of documenting my journey into the world of photography.  I am at the point that I can no longer keep thinking about it.  Time to move!  Time to stop thinking about it and just start doing it.  So here it is, the start of “Inside my head”.  Currently I imagine it will be about the journey, my thoughts on matters of photography, some praise that I certainly owe to those that pushed me, helped me focus and those who inspired me.  I also expect to rant a little and get some things off my chest that I see along my journey.  Hopefully the series will be entertaining to read along.  I hope it will possibly help others who are starting their own photography business in some way or in the least provide them a little comfort in knowing they are not alone at the start.0736_Blog

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Many years ago Cassie and I both worked as performers in the Tarzan Rocks stage show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Years have passed since we’ve seen each other, but like most folks from the show, we remained friends and kept in touch through social media.  As fate would have it Cassie and Nick choose me as their wedding photographer.  They married at the Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club in St. Petersburg FL.  Before the ceremony, Cassie and her father shared the sweetest first look ceremony that I was honored to capture for her.  Cassie and Nick had an intimate handfasting beach ceremony complete with friends and family overlooking the calm marina.  Cassie wore a beautiful Daxa wedding dress by designer Sarah Janks.  The moment I started photographing her wedding dress I knew it was special.   A week later dress designer Sarah Janks team reached out to me for images of Cassie and Nicks wedding and with Cassie’s approval their wedding was featured over on the Sarah Janks Blog.  Be sure to click on the title of this post to view more images from their wedding.  Special thanks to Wesley Finch of Finch Photography for second shooting and capturing some amazing shots.

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  • Keyana - Hello, I’m interested in contacting Cassie about her dress. Could you put me in contact with her? Thank you.ReplyCancel

    • admin - Hi Keyana.
      Respecting my clients privacy I do not hand out there information to visitors. But I can tell you that the dress designer is Sarah Janks and Cassie purchased her dress from Isabella’s Bridal Co. found HereReplyCancel