Nick & Nikki were amazing subjects this past weekend for their engagement session! We met them through one of our other fabulous couples (Carri & Craig) and they are getting married next January at The Rusty Pelican. We went back and forth a lot about where to do their session because they have so many interests- movies, nightlife, museums and music of course (Nikki works for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra) and after we posted Lindsey & Jonny’s artsy session last week, these guys loved the colorful murals! So Evan and I went out and scouted a few among the alleys of Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Nikki & Nick were also amazing and brave enough to participate in our new promo video- we interviewed them before, during and after their session about their experience, which I know was nerve-wracking, but they totally rocked it! What really made their session was they had so many great and fun moments together, couples like this make our job so easy!
I LOVE Encore sessions. We get to see awesome couples again, it’s a chance for the couple to get photos with a different look or location than the wedding venue, and it’s much more easy going and relaxed- there’s no timeline to stick to or family members interrupting. Just another chance to get dressed up again and be yourselves for fabulous portraits. We got together with Ashley and Mike this weekend, they are also going to be in a new promo video we are making, which hopefully we will have finished by our 5 year business anniversary next month! We always have a good time with these two and Saturday was no exception, plus the weather was fantastic! And we got to shoot at one of our favorite venues in Tampa Bay, The Postcard Inn on St. Pete Beach.
And I love this one, because it reminds me of one of my favorites from their weddings day. They both have such great smiles!
I can’t get enough of these guys, so I assume you can’t either. Here are a few shots from Lindsey & Jonny’s mini session in the sun!
Lindsey & Jonny are our super cute NYC couple that are getting married at The Museum of Fine Arts in Saint Petersburg this April. When trying to decide an engagement session spot I always ask “where would you go on a date?” and Lindsey’s answer was to a museum or something artsy. Perfect. I’ve been wanting to shoot at some of the new murals in downtown St. Pete. When Friday came around however the weather didn’t want to cooperate and it was supposed to rain the entire session. So our backup plan was to start at the museum where it would be indoors and then see what happened. Well thank you, Florida, for your fickle nature because the worst rain stayed away! So we were able to shoot around the museum and then head along Central Avenue searching for bright colors.
Love it when a couple is happy kissing as much as possible. Because the weather was so gloomy during our session and because they came all the way down from New York, I offered to shoot a little mini session for them out on St. Pete Beach Sunday morning while we were prepping for our bridal show at Postcard Inn. In just 10 short minutes we got some awesome shots and the beach was gorgeous! I will share some of those on the blog tomorrow :)
Kathryn & Ross are getting married this May at the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach and we got to set up with them last weekend while they were visiting from Maryland for their engagement session. We actually got to shoot with them on Valentine’s Day- pretty appropriate for a session full of love right? These two are so sweet and fun. We had a blast checking out their ceremony location and walking around Pier 60. I commented on how stylish they were and how much I liked their second outfit choice in particular- then I made a joke about how Ross probably wasn’t the one who picked them out. Then he reminded us that he was in charge of picking the photographers! Well Ross is about to get so many bonus points, because their session came out amazing :) We love these so much that we actually just had two prints made for our bridal show this Sunday. I cannot wait to see these guys again in just a few short months. It almost makes us sad sometimes when our couples live far away that we don’t get to hang out with them all the time, because we want to be friends with all of our couples.
Valentine’s is special to us because we used it to announce our pregnancy last year, and today Remy Lou is 6 months old! I thought this session would be perfect to share today. We shot with Karina & VJ back in September (it was actually our very first session back after Remy was born) and they used this session to announce their pregnancy which is always happy and exciting! Karina’s due date was today but they actually welcomed their little girl into the world two weeks ago.
Congratulations to Karina & VJ on welcoming their little bundle into the world!
I shot a roll of medium format film at this session (see the sneak peek here). We don’t include film in our packages currently, we just shoot a roll here and there as we feel inspired and I had a feeling that I would definitely want to shoot some at this session. I keep reading that I should be trying to post fewer photos and writing more in blog posts but then I’ve found it nearly impossible because Katy and Geoff’s session was outstanding! These guys live outside of the Tampa Bay area so this was the first time we got to meet them face to face but we immediately clicked. They are really easy going and both work in really cool fields- Katy for the state attorney’s office and Geoff has a degree in forestry. We started shooting around the Anna Maria Island City Pier- they used to have a lot of dates down in this area so it is very special to them. After shooting around the pier we adventured to a really discreet spot- an almost hidden entry of sea grapes that led to an amazing beach access boardwalk. By the time we got out to the beach the sea fog was rolling in like crazy- it looked so cool after the sun set and made a perfect finish to our evening. These guys are getting married in October and we can’t wait! We have such cool couples, I wish we got to hang out with all of them way more than we do.
And here are a few more of the film shots that we grabbed. I’m excited to shoot some more this month and next as we have a ton of engagement sessions scheduled before wedding season starts!
Just a quick peek of the sweet couple I’ll be featuring in a few days here on the blog! Taken on Fuji Pro 160 medium format film with my vintage Rolleicord.
Printing photos is something that Evan and I value a lot. When you walk into our house, you can see 7 huge canvases just from the front door. When we invest in photography we want to show off our images in our home and enjoy them everyday. We don’t want our memories to just live on our hard drives. For wedding photography, the best way to do that is with a wedding album. Our gorgeous, heirloom wedding books are unique and timeless and we custom design them for our couples. There are so many options; Linen or Leather / 8″ x 8″, 10″ x 10″ or 12″ x 12″ / cover engraving or custom title page / and 30 bright or natural colors to choose from. The first album I’d like to show you is Sam & Jenny’s 30 page, 10″ x 10″ Linen album in “Hammock” with engraving.
I absolutely love the new engraving options that we have now on all our books. Below are a few spreads from Rebbecca & Chase’s stunning 64 page, 12″ x 12″ Linen album in “Pebble” with engraving.
Here is the visual difference between a 10″ x 10″ linen album and a 12″ x 12″ linen album.
And here is our giant Leather sample from Morgan & Morgan’s Ca D’Zan Mansion wedding. The Leather books are so sturdy and the 100% full grain leather is easy to clean and very durable. The pages in the Leather books are thicker, but still have a lay-flat style like the Linen books. You can also get engraving on the Leather books, but this album has a custom title page.
And here you can see the difference in binding and thickness of pages between the linen and leather books.
And lastly, here are all the gorgeous colors our books come in.
You can probably guess what our favorite colors are, what are yours?
I am so excited to share this wedding today! We have had so much fun working with Rebbecca & Chase over the past year. Not only was their wedding at The Sirata Beach Resort where Evan and I got married, but because photography was such a priority they incorporated a new trend into their ceremony -an unplugged wedding. I’m going to do a whole separate post about what an Unplugged wedding is and if it could be for you but for Rebbecca & Chase, it made their guests able to be more present during the ceremony and it made Evan and I able to do our job without interference from guests. The couple also did a first look before the ketubah signing and their custom designed ketubah was so gorgeous. Enough talk- I’ll let the images speak for themselves now.
Here’s the amazing vendor team that made it all come together:
Venue: Sirata Beach Resort / Coordination: Confetti Events / DJ & Lighting: Impulse Entertainment / Cupcakes : Gigi’s / Florist : For Better or For Less / Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal / Hair : Janet Mittendorf’s Salon / Makeup: Jess Waldrop / Rentals: A Tailored Event / Invitations : Invitation Galleria / Favors: Milagros Soap / Photobooth: Shutterbooth
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