We love, love, LOVE, military weddings. Julie & Brian’s Vinoy garden ceremony was romantic, lush, and on the most beautiful day of the year so far. Our groom, Brian, is a fighter pilot and a Major in the Marine Corps and there were plenty of handsome men in uniform, including one of my favorite moments- the sword arch during the recessional. Julie & Brian’s getaway was in, Nadine, Brian’s Challenger. And while many couples opt for a sparkler exit, we’ve never had anyone drive through one! It was awesome! The reception was something out of a fairytale and we loved capturing every second of it. Julie & Brian are incredible people and we’re so excited to capture their love story.
Venue/Catering/Cake: The Renaissance Vinoy / DJ: Cory with Grant Hemond & Associates Inc. / Florist, Decor & Rentals : La Vie En Rose / Bridal Gown/Shoes/Jewelry: Martina Liana, CC’s Boutique / Hair & Makeup : Beauty Brought Out / Invitations & Paper Products : Karen’s Paperie / Officiant: Rev. Keith Haemmelmann / Videographer: Dylan Melcher
We are so honored to have Kathryn & Ross’ engagement session published today on Floridian Weddings. Only another month until their wedding on Clearwater Beach. See the blog post and read all about their adorable story here.
Today we celebrate 5 years in business! It really has been a crazy 5 years. We’ve shot 100 weddings, worked with over 120 couples total and just yesterday I received notification of our 50th time be published! We just wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of the couples who have trusted us and had faith in us and have helped us succeed in this incredibly fulfilling endeavor. There are a few missing but here are the majority of our amazing brides and grooms. You all rock and we love you!
With our business anniversary approaching next week, we’ve been reflecting a lot on how much we’ve grown (both artistically and professionally), where we are going and how thankful we are for all the amazing couples that have asked us to capture their most important memories. One of the things we are most proud of in our 5 years of business is our rapport with our couples- all of them! We’ve never had anyone less than thrilled with the way their images turned out and we have such a great review history. So for fun, I went through all of those reviews, thank you cards from couples, emails, and even some posts on Facebook and I wrote down all the nice things our brides and grooms have said about working with us. Then I had our designer create this beautiful poster with all of the most popular things our clients had to say. All the words in blue are the things that multiple people said over and over again.
How great is that?! Now we have an amazing marketing piece to include in our consult packets. One of the most meaningful ones to me is “helpful” because we really go above and beyond and it feels amazing to know that you all notice that. I also really love “pioneers” and of course that you all think Evan and I are funny and kind :) Thanks so much to all of our couples that leave us amazing reviews for potential clients to see how great we are and new couples to be at ease and trust us. We just think ya’ll are the best!
In a time when photo sharing on social media and wedding hashtags are popular, unplugged weddings are a growing trend welcomed by photographers like us. What is an unplugged wedding exactly? Well it’s when the bride and groom request that their guests leave their phones and cameras (or any electronic device really) at home or turn them off and “unplug” so that they can be more present during the ceremony and actually enjoy the moments and celebration instead of being distracted by Instagram and photo taking. Mothers of the bride or groom are snapping shots during the ceremony when they could be paying enjoying the experience of the wedding. Often, guests think they are helping or doing you a favor by taking additional shots but in actuality wedding party members or guests who photograph wedding events can often block important shots for us photographers. So unplugged weddings help us a lot because we don’t have to worry about guests peeking out into aisles blocking the kiss or jumping in front of us during an exit.
This ceremony exit photo would have been a whole lot better if the guest on the right hadn’t jumped up into our shot becoming the focus. Really if all of the people with cameras hand’t started snapping. This was a particularly hard ceremony with so many people shooting in front of us. While we didn’t miss anything important, we probably would have been able to deliver more images to our awesome couple if we didn’t have to delete so many with guests leaning in front of us and blocking our view. We obviously can’t control this situation- the best we can do is ask guests with cameras nicely before the ceremony starts to stay out of the aisle and in their seats (which we did on this day). So the best thing couples can do is make guests aware ahead of time that you would prefer they not interfere with the photographers you hired and trust very much to get all the moments of the day. A sign about the wedding being unplugged (like the photo above from Rebbecca & Chase’s ceremony) is a super sweet and classy way to let people know this.
I feel like this moment below of Rebbecca & Chase’s unplugged wedding ceremony is so much better because all the guests are present and looking at the bride and groom and enjoying the moment. I hope this was helpful! We come across this issue a lot, especially recently, and get asked frequently how we deal with guests shooting and getting in our way. While we are always super polite with guests and work around them as much as possible, we also can’t ask guests to move out of our way in the middle of a ceremony. So it is always better for us, and any photographer, when we can focus on what’s happening with the couple and not worry about guests blocking our view as well.
Happy Monday! We kicked off wedding season this weekend shooting for a photographer friend of ours and we are so excited that we have so many amazing weddings this spring. Our next wedding will be Julie & Brian at The Vinoy this Sunday AND it will be our 100th Caroline & Evan Photography Wedding! What a fantastic milestone just 3 days before the 5th anniversary of our business. And with a couple that we adore so much. Julie & Brian are super sweet and this was such an awesome session. Julie & Brian wanted to include their dogs and we are so glad we did because shooting the 6 of them was quite entertaining to say the least. And one of their pups, Nubs, is actually a bit famous. You can read about Nubs’ story here. It’s pretty incredible, but Brian & Julie are pretty incredible people and we can’t wait to capture them tying the knot!
We are so excited to reveal this video of Evan and I today! This is something that has been an idea for several years now and we are so thrilled that we could make it happen in time for the business’ 5th anniversary next month. We wanted a way for people to really see what we are all about before meeting us and to be able to have a visual of how we work together. Here’s our video!
Hope you all love it! We would love to know what you think. Whether you are a current couple, someone who has never net us before or a longtime friend, comment below and let us know if we represented ourselves well! A very special thanks to Dave for spending a Saturday shooting all the beautiful footage for us. Also to our two wonderful couples, Ashley & Mike and Nikki & Nick, for letting us interview you and letting your shoots be part of our video. I don’t know if it came across but when we shot the video we had only met Nikki & Nick at our consult and hand’t shot with them before! Nothing was staged and it was a real deal engagement session. You can see the photos from these entire sessions here: Ashley & Mike Encore and Nikki & Nick Engagement.
And stay tuned for a few more videos over the next few months! We shot a ton of footage so Evan, is going to put together several versions including one just about the engagement session process and a fun interview where Evan and I ask each other to answer a bunch of really fun questions!
Hello! I wanted to post some of our fabulous new(ish) head shots that my dear friend Jessica Charles took for us a few months ago. Evan and I try to get in front of the camera at least once a year with another professional photographer so we can remember what our fabulous clients feel when they have their photos taken by us. While we are pretty comfortable in front of the camera leading up to the shoot is still very nerve wracking, so I love that we do this as a sort of exercise. It’s great to get some updated shots on the website of us actually together (we take each other’s photo all the time for lighting tests). We also work with lots of couples from out of state and it’s nice to get a glimpse of what we are like- or at least what we look like :)
Our awesome ampersand sign is from Paper Street Market in downtown St. Pete. We were on a waiting list for almost a year if they ever came across one, and they did! It used to be in our studio, and since we’ve transitioned to our fantastic home office now it hangs in our home.
I don’t even know where to start, this session was so amazing. We picked Ballast Point Park along Bayshore in Tampa so we could also shoot a few spots outside the Tampa Yacht Club. A lot of times couples will bring an outfit change if time allows. Lucky for Amanda & Matt, they are incredibly cool and we also already had a rapport with them because we shot Matt’s sister Megan’s wedding in October 2012. This translated into a bit of a long session- we just didn’t want to stop hanging out with these guys! So we did three outfits. Couples also tend to do a casual outfit and then a dresser one, since we started in the morning these guys just ended up taking more and more clothes off throughout the session. But I mean, what else are two sexy people to do? Seriously though, my cheeks hurt after hanging out with them and we cannot wait for their wedding this November at The Tampa Garden Club! Plus we will get to see Megan & Andrew again and of course, the whole Winn family ;)
We participated in The Postcard Inn’s Bridal Extravaganza a couple weeks ago. We had so much fun meeting tons of awesome couples and hanging out with vendor friends, plus we got to try a few delicious PCI specialties like their chicken & waffles- which were amazing. The courtyard was set up so spectacularly by MMD events and we got a few shots of some of the vendor tables including our own :)
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