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We got Jillian’s wedding film rolls back this week! This is the first 35mm film we’ve shot at a wedding. When Jillian & Kyle first told us their vision for their Old Hollywood inspired details, and that they wanted their portraits to look like they were out of an editorial, we knew we had to capture their Vinoy Wedding on film! Now the story of this camera; Evan and I both learned photography on 35mm and now after shooting weddings for 5 years we’ve been longing for a new 35mm film camera. We are always on the hunt in vintage shops and estate sales, we happened upon a church sale last month and we saw a nice little camera that looked to be in pretty good shape for $10. And it was a newer Nikon model so it fit all our lenses. SOLD. Then there was seeing if it worked. Well I have this box of film stuff from high school- which included a lot of expired film. I thought “why not?” and loaded a roll, shot it and dropped it at our lab for processing. It worked! Not only did the camera work but the film that was over 12 years old worked. Now back to Jillian & Kyle’s wedding day. We shot a roll of B&W expired film for some getting ready shots and portraits- I wanted the super grainy look on these. Then we shot a roll of new color film during the ceremony and portraits and details and then a third roll of new B&W film for remaining details and the first dance. I am in love with the black and whites, not a huge fan of this particular color roll, we’ll need to experiment with some different types of film to see what we love. These are straight out of camera, no editing whatsoever. Enjoy! To see their full wedding and vendor list, check out the full blog post here.
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Well we had an amazing time in Key Largo this past weekend! The trip was a combination of business and pleasure; we joined my in-laws at The Ocean Reef Club during a conference Evan’s Dad was attending for a mini vacation, but we also had the chance to scout some locations for our upcoming Key Largo wedding next year at The Hilton Key Largo Resort. While we were at Ocean Reef Club, we went ahead and explored there too in case we ever have the opportunity to shoot a wedding there. Ocean Reef was fantastic and there were so many incredible portrait locations. There is even have a cute little chapel on the property. I hope we get to shoot here some day with one of our couples, we’d love to be more frequent Florida Keys wedding photographers.
The day before we left we took a fun day to go kayaking, snorkeling and most importantly find a dive of a restaurant to eat seafood at. Then we took off to explore the Hilton Key Largo Resort where we will be shooting Amanda & Robin’s wedding next March! This venue is absolutely gorgeous. There are endless portrait locations and some incredible architecture, so we will have a lot to work with next season. Along the walkway to the wedding beach there was a series of trees with tons of hearts carved with couple’s initials. I’m already thinking about how I can incorporate this into the detail shots!
We are heading to Key Largo, to be exact, for a quick mini vacation with Superbaby and the In-laws. While we’re there we’ll be scouting for an awesome wedding we have next March and also catching some rays, snorkeling and hopefully having some adventures. This time tomorrow, we’ll be on a beach, or maybe even a boat… and have Pina Coladas in hand. We’ll still have access to email if you really need us, otherwise we’ll be returning calls, emails and inquiries on Monday. Cheers!
We’ve been designing some fabulous albums here so far this summer and I wanted to share a few that went to some of our brides this past month. One was for Julie & Brian who just got married in April and the other was in time for Carly & Chip’s first wedding anniversary. Both of these weddings took place at The Vinoy funny enough, but the albums are customized to each couple so they are very different.
First up, Julie & Brian got a 12″ x 12″ 4o page linen album in “Chai”, I absolutely love this color so much. We did a title page instead of engraving, this is one of my favorite albums I’ve ever designed.
For Carly & Chip, they also got a 12″ x 12″ and 40 pages, but went with a Navy linen cover and got engraving with their names and date. You could even do an exerpt from your vows if you wanted to.
They also included a spread of engagement photos at the front of the album which I loved.
And this spread might be my favorite two album pages ever. It shows how fabulous the details were and how amazing MMD Events executed everything!
As always, we got these from KISS Wedding Books which is our amazing album company that only caters to professional photographers. The quality of these albums is like nothing else and they have a lifetime guarantee!
We are so excited that Emily & Dan’s fun Postcard Inn beach wedding is published on one of our favorite blogs today- Floridian Weddings! We are just dying ver here at how beautiful this layout is and how adorable Emily & Dan’s interview is! One of my favorite things about getting published is I often learn a new detail or story about our bride and groom through reading the interview. These two were as sweet as can be and we loved celebrating their wedding day with them! Check out their beautiful feature and story here! and See Emily & Dan’s full wedding here!
Kelly & Josh are getting married! Josh is Evan’s cousin and we already consider Kelly family, but we’re super excited to officially add her to our clan in September when they have their wedding in Lakeland and we are thrilled that we’ll be there to capture the whole thing! We know it’ll be fun because they’re engagement session was so much fun, how could it not be with these outfits? I really want that Spiderman shirt. And that puppy. They brought their new dog, Navi, to include in the session, and well we love puppies obviously. Navi was so sweet and her and Remy got a little baby-puppy play time which was a cute overload. Anyway, check out how adorable these
two three are… and we cannot wait until September!!!
The above ring shot was actually taken on my 50mm, unmounted and turned around, and I’m pretty happy with it. Evan had never heard of that trick and thought I went insane when he saw me take these shots.
We love the amazing vendor relationships we have and being hired by fellow industry professionals is such a compliment and we got to work with an all star cast of some of the best vendors in Tampa Bay. Jillian & Kyle’s fabulous Vinoy wedding in St. Petersburg two weeks ago had sweet, preppy details, along with some glitz and glamour. I just could not get over Jillian’s gorgeous gown from Malindy Elene and her sparkly Jimmy Choos. She seriously looked like a princess. Kyle looked pretty dapper himself, just check out the groomals Evan shot inside Fred’s at The Vinoy. Since Jillian is a dear friend, we really felt like part of the celebration and we got to see lots of friends, old and new, during the reception, which MMD Events made sure looked completely magical. It definitely had the Old Hollywood feel the couple was aiming for.
Congrats again Jillian & Kyle, thank you so much for choosing us out of all the amazing photographers you know!
Wedding Planner: Brooke Palmer, RSBP Events | Venue: Renaissance Vinoy | Dress: Malindy Elene | Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids | Cake: Cakes by Nomeda | Florals, Decor & Lounge Furniture : MMD Events | Chivari Chairs: Signature Event Rentals | Linens: Over The Top | Hair: Alyssa’s Salon | Makeup: Femme Akoi | Officiants: Dick Greco & Father Chuck | DJ: Grant Hemond & Associates | Favors: JDV Cigars | Paper Products: Urban Coast | Videography: Tampaniac | Photo Booth: Fotobox Live | Dress Hanger: Whiskey Weddings Bells
Well we just launched the intro version of our magazine, and now we are also ready to announce our new client version, just for Caroline & Evan Photography couples! I think deciding to split the wedding photography magazine into two issues was a brilliant idea (I’ll pat myself on the back now) because we can customize the information so much better now for people considering us, vs. the couples that have already booked us. We have a few revamped articles in this issue, like engagement session ideas, and a sample wedding day timeline. We’ve also added info about albums, our referral program, our vendor list, and a wedding photography checklist to get you through the next year! I just mailed out packages to every one of our current couples and we hope you all love it as much as we do. I am so happy to be able to send this out to all new couples as a welcome package. Here’s a sneak peek, and I need to post some actual photos of the hard copies because they are so beautiful. Seeing our work printed will never get old.
Once you have scheduled your engagement session, it’s time to think about your outfits! This can be fun but also, if you’re like me, stressful. Choosing clothes for myself and accomplishing being comfortable and looking good is hard enough; then you throw in a second party and all of a sudden you have to think about coordinating. Here are some tips of what to wear for your engagement photos as well as some examples of our incredibly stylish couples.
“Should we match or stay away from certain patterns or colors?”
You don’t want to match but coordinate. What’s the difference? Well, you know those family photos where everyone is in jeans and white shirts? That’s matching, and you don’t want to be those people. Instead you want to pick a color family and both coordinate to that. If you want to be more subtle, choose one color palette, for instance neutrals, or warm colors and try to each find a piece in that family.
“Should we avoid bright colors?”
Absolutely not. We love color! And we love when people mix and match patterns too. We want you to dress for your personalities first, and then for the scene we are shooting in.
“Should we dress up?”
If you want to! Again, does that fit your personality? If you’re a jeans and tank top kind of person, don’t feel pressured to be dressy just because this is a special session. You can totally still get your hair and makeup done and throw on a pair of jeans and flip flops. Just as I like to ask couples what they would do on a date, think about what you would wear on a date. If you’d get decked out and then go to a fancy dinner than definitely embrace that. We often have time for an outfit change during the session, so feel free to bring both a dressier and more relaxed option.
“Any colors or styles I should avoid altogether?”
You know best what you look good in. Dress to your comfort level. Wear something that you know fits you perfectly. Now is the time to break out an old favorite, or even something that has meaning- like what you wore on your first date. That doesn’t mean you can’t go shopping just for your session, but wear your outfit at least once before being photographed in it. That way you’ll know if it’s too tight or itchy or you don’t like the way you look in it. Everyone is different. The only thing I would avoid is matching your surroundings too well. For instance, if we are shooting in a park you shouldn’t wear a ton of green to the point that you would blend in too well.
“Any other tips?”
Accessorize! Layers and accessories look great and are easy ways to add more color or texture.
Have your hair and makeup done for the extra confidence. It’s a great time to do your trial run before the wedding!
Make sure your undergarments are appropriate for your outfit. So if you are rocking a tank top, make sure you wear a bra that we can’t see the straps.
Don’t overthink it. In the end this is all about having fun together, and it doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. All you have to do is be in love and Evan and I will do the rest :)
Kathryn and Ross got married in May at The Hyatt Clearwater Beach and I blogged their full wedding a few weeks ago, but I just got back the medium format film I shot on my Rolleicord. I love that camera. The little bits of light that poke through, the focus that isn’t quite perfect. It has so much charm. Since we’ve started shooting film again for fun, we’d been in search of a 35mm camera since it’s what both Evan and I learned our craft on. Well we picked up an amazing little camera at a garage sale two weeks ago and shot 3 rolls at Jillian and Kyle’s wedding June 28th. Our test roll before the wedding came out great so we are excited to see how they turn out. The anticipation of waiting to see our images is so much fun. It brings back such fond memories and also anxiety (haha) of processing rolls of film in the darkroom in high school. I’ll be posting those as soon as they are processed!
I rarely get to shoot groomals so meeting up for a few minutes with Evan and the boys that day was a treat.
And lastly, I really wanted Ross to take a few shots of his new bride since he is a photographer. I set the camera for him and showed him how to focus it and these are the two frames he captured. I love them. What great teamwork, eh?
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