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“50 Shades of Blue” as Marsha Ann Brown so eloquently put it. The water surrounding the Bahamas is turquoise perfection and surely my favorite color for a reason. I’ve been seeing our press trip to The Bahamas pop up on lots of the Aisle Society network blogs so I thought it would be a good time to share our brief behind the scenes. Plus we are leaving for a quick island trip tomorrow so I’m in an umbrella drink and boat mood for sure!
The ladies of Aisle Society and Sandals Royal Bahamian graciously brought us to Nassau in February to help cover the very first press retreat for the Aisle Society bloggers. Brandi of Alexis June Weddings was there as the photographer and Evan and I came along to shoot cinema (fun fact: not something we ever do for weddings but Evan has done freelance film & video editing for 10 years). We had such an epic time meeting editors that we have worked with for years and finally seeing them in person and hanging out and drinking in the jacuzzi with them- that’s how you make solid editorial relationships, y’all! Sandals was so accommodating, we have the most incredible room and view, welcome goodies, and ate the best food of any trip I think we’ve ever taken. Evan and I wrapped our 4 days in paradise up with a sailing lesson and ride along the turquoise water. Oh and still one of the best things about traveling in and out of Nassau is they have a Kahwa coffee (based in St. Pete) right in the airport! So we get a taste of home while we’re away.
Aisle Society is something we really believe in and it was such an honor to be part of this trip with these editors that we respect so much. And it;s 10 times more fun submitting to them now because we have great stories to reminisce about, haha! I sure hope we get to head to another Sandals sometime soon- it’s my dream to stay in an over water bungalow and Sandals Jamaica just opened the first ones in the Caribbean!
These last images are from the soiree the last night on Sandals’ private island- they there us the best party with fire performers and everything. Brandi snagged fantastic portraits of us too! I’m telling ya, friction’ paradise!
Last week we were published again, this time on The Celebration Society blog for Michela & Chris’ turquoise beach wedding at Grand Plaza Resort on St. Pete Beach. We loved this event so much, the color palette of turquoise, rose quartz and serenity looked incredible together. We are getting pretty close to our 100th time being featured- I can;t wait to see what will be #100! We have about two per month coming up the rest f the year so stay tuned to see who publishes our work next- it might be your wedding!
These two! I’m so excited I finally get to blog them- our site was having some trouble last week so I had to push it to today. Samantha & Randy have really become family to us, we loved getting to know them so well over the past year. Randy went to school with my little brother, who officiated their ceremony, and we’ve known Randy for a while. Sammi is beyond perfect for him. Together they are a whole lotta fun- and they care a lot about being each other’s best friend. The wedding day was gorgeous- a bit hot but sunny and very breezy which made for some crazy hair. We shot what can only be described as completely freaking stunning sunset shots and then a full fledged football game broke out on the lawn- that’s the type of group this was, just fun and full of energy. It was wonderful seeing some people we know and meeting lots of new ones, but mostly seeing these two awesome families join forces. And the details! I loved the ring box and centerpieces. There was some pretty fun singing during the reception and a sparkler exit to finish the evening.
That’s my little brother officiating the ceremony!
Venue: Tampa Bay Watch | Planning: Chantilly Chic Celebrations | Florist: Flowers by Edith | Linens: Connie Duglin | Dessert: Wandering Whisk Bakeshop | Bridal gown: Jon’s Bridal | Groom & Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse | DJ: DJ Bright Light | Videographer: Imagery Wedding Films | Officiant : Casey Thomas | Makeup: Jennifer Gaffney | Stationery: Fresh Light Print
So if you have ever worked with Evan and I you know that we get really excited while we shoot and sometimes even a little competitive (seen in our last post here). Then even sometimes we can get a little full of ourselves and a few times “we are so amazing” might slip out. Well this session does not help because our egos are so huge right now because we love this session (and these two awesome humans) so very much. I had a little coffee & cupcake date recently with Brittany to talk about locations and she really wanted some shots with arching trees in addition to sunset shots on the beach. I am so happy to be able to deliver this gallery to them! Here are a few fun facts about the soon-to-be-weds:
♥ They met at Baylor University, Brittany ran track and Clifton played football. They were both pretty darn good at it too.
♥ Brittany just graduated med school and is doing her residency here in St. Petersburg at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. (So she’s gorgeous athletic and brilliant- give the rest of us a chance would ya?)
♥ Clifton just took a coaching job with U of Missouri, which is pretty killer. His Dad actually played for the Dolphins. (ok, I did some Googling but only because I love football so much!)
♥ They are getting married next Summer in Dallas, TX!
These two together are sweet, fun-loving and were so easy to get along with. I have a feeling their families must be really awesome to create such totally driven and dedicated people. Oh and stylish- are your whole families as stylish as you two?
Then we headed to St. Pete Beach for sunset engagement photos, and Florida did not disappoint with the sunset.
Time for champagne on the beach!
Ah, so epic right? I was so happy we had a beautiful sunset, it was actually rainy all afternoon and we almost canceled the session- can you believe that? Congrats again guys- you made the 105 degree heat and 100% humidity 200% worth it ♥
I want to start a new series called “He Said/ She Said.” This first post focuses on just one advantage of having two strong primary photographers- getting two perspectives on the same moment. This first installment is a visual comparison but I think the series will also include occasional opinions and perspectives about wedding photography and situations we come across. This could get interesting! Being married and working together sure is fun.
These two images are from a totally epic engagement session we shot on St. Pete Beach 2 weeks ago for Brittany & Clifton. We’ll have the whole session on the blog tomorrow so check back for even more gorgeous sunset images, but right now- here are two images from within moments of each other. The exact same location and light. First is Evan’s image which we lit at a low power with a single speed light. The second image is mine after grabbing the camera, changing the settings and shooting a silhouette of nearly the same pose from a slightly different angle.
So what do you think of the result? Both are definitely within our style but still very different from one another. It’s SO much fun shooting together as a team and this is one of the reasons.
Yesterday was so awesome. Sammy & Randy got their picture perfect wedding and sunset and we got to see lots of friends last night. These two really have become family. Congrats you two!
These two! How cute are they, seriously? I love the way they look at each other and smile and laugh just from watching one another. Diogo & Nastassia are tying the knot at Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach in October, and after meeting them here we knew they were going to be a perfect match for us and totally awesome to hang out with. We explored the PCI property and beach during their engagement session last weekend, on what happened to fall on Brazilian Valentines Day and also Diogo’s birthday. What a great day! These two are seriously so sweet, Diogo was picking flowers for her and dipping her, which reminded me a lot of how Evan likes to do little things like that which usually makes me embarrassed in public. But how lucky to have a man that loves you so proudly, right? That’s exactly what this was- they just want to yell from rooftops that they love each other and their wedding will be such a celebration. We are looking forward to it so much!
To see our quick behind the scenes post, head here.
Happy father’s day, everyone! As I make my rare appearance on our blog on a day like today it might be safe to assume that I would talk about my experiences as a father, which have somehow managed to replace art as the most important part of my life. If not that I might at the very least be expected to tell you about my father who’s influences can be seen in my daily life. Actually, I’m going to talk about my grandfather today, my father’s father.
Norman Smith was a military man and remained that way until the day he died. As I look back there was never a time that I didn’t revere him as a soldier. We didn’t have a warm relationship, I’m not sure that anyone aside from my grandmother did. When I visited Grandma and Grandpa’s house it was always Grandma who got the attention from skinny little Evan. Grandpa was quiet, strict and seemed to be all about business. The most I ever really knew about my grandfather’s interests was that well into his twilight years he would wake up in the wee hours of the morning to turn on his two-way radio and communicate with people around the world (something that blew my mind before the internet existed). I knew that he fought in World War II and I knew that he raised my father, there was very little else about him that I personally could ever say described Norman Smith.
Last Christmas, my father shared something with Caroline and I that astounded me. He had found a collection of slides, the negatives to a portfolio of photography work captured by my grandfather. My grandfather was a photographer. Imagine my surprise to learn that I had this in common with a man who couldn’t have seemed more different than me. Not only did Grandpa have an active interest in photography he was talented and had a significant appreciation for the art. Suddenly seeing my grandfather as an artist completely changed my view of who he was as a person and I am proud to share his work with you today.
The images you see below were taken during the Korean War. There are two things about these images that stand out as remarkable to me. The first is that this was not his job; as a high ranking Army officer, my grandfather had more important things to do than document the world around him but it is clear that something drove him as a photographer to capture what was happening. The second is that without any formal training of any kind he is capturing moments that speak to me on a profound level.
Before this I would have told you without question that my grandfather was the most down to business, straight forward guy of our family and I was by far the most emotional, artistic and unusual in the Smith clan. Two opposites that would never cross paths had we never had the fortune of being related. Learning that I may actually have more in common with him than most members of my family means a great deal to me. I am so grateful to my grandfather for raising my father who in turned raised me, but I also now appreciate the knowledge that the photographer bug in me came from him- a most unlikely of sources.
And hey, as long as I have access to this epic stash of throwback photography, let’s go ahead and give a shout out to my old man. Thank you, dad, for your influences both as a father and as a man. It truly is every day that I make an effort to be a better man and refer to your example to know what to do. Also, I have to say considering the era in which you were married, you didn’t do too bad on the wedding suit. (Photography credit still belongs to Norman Smith)
So excited because today, Brittney & Mike’s Postcard Inn wedding on St. Pete Beach is published on our favorite wedding blog, Every Last Detail! Check out the feature and leave some love. This is one of our favorite PCI weddings for sure, the turquoise details and Brittney’s amazing floral gown were incredible, plus they’re an awesome couple!
Evan snagged this shot of me climbing for a different perspective during Diogo & Nastassia’s engagement session Sunday morning, I think I look pretty B-A (which is how parents of an almost three year old say bad-ass). One of the most fun parts of being a husband and wife team is we get shots of us working as much as we want and then have a loving partner to make fun of our workout leggings. So much fun to shoot a beautiful couple at one of our favorite locations.
See their full engagement session here.
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