It’s hard to imagine that we’re just hours away from starting a whole new year! On our way back from the last wedding of 2015, my associate photographer and I started reminiscing about the places we’ve been to and the people we’ve met over the past twelve months. We decided a blog post was in called for to remind us of all that's happened and the goals we've yet to accomplish. So here’s a look back before we leap into 2016!
The past year marked a shift as I devoted the studio exclusively to engagement and wedding photography. As result of that decision we connected with wonderful couples and fell in love with photographing weddings at private estates and historical venues. We noticed a certain beauty and intimacy in weddings that took place in those settings and what a wonderful experience it was for our couples and their guests. And so a specialty, a niche if you will, was born: a focus on photographing couples at private estates, historical venues and incorporating scenic,natural landscapes into our work.
We started the spring 2015 wedding season by sneaking off with Morgan and Greg to Hollis Gardens for some photos before their reception.
In 2015 we took mini road trips across central Florida and chased natural light on behalf of our clients. Memories were created during our beloved Golden Hour. We flew to New York for a destination wedding, enjoyed downtown Albany's historical architecture and had our only taste of fall weather. (It’s December and Tampa has yet to let go of summer!)
Cailen and Kevin's anniversary vow renewal took us to New York but the architecture around us made it feel like we'd traveled to Europe!
Isaidys and Billy brought the glamour for their Ybor City engagement session.
A picnic in the park equals engagement session goodness.
We were blessed to team up with an incredible group of vendors and artisans for the Woodland Fairy shoot at Casa Lantana. They poured their hearts and talent into the flowers, food, linens and paper goods and styling, and thanks to their efforts the shoot was published by Ruffled Blog!
There were challenges along the way, late nights at the computer editing, new things we learned as we strive to improve our craft and the services we offer. But driving force behind everything we do has been our clients and capturing their stories in a way that conveys the emotion, beauty and romance of their wedding celebration. In a way, this blog post is a love letter them.
We surprised clients with dessert and champagne...and learned the importance of having a bottle opener on hand. Oops!
Every couple we worked with had a unique path they traveled to find each other. We met couples who found each other early in life and grew together despite being told they were too young to fall in love. Some of our couples endured distance and overcame obstacles to be together. And there were couples who'd carried each other through heartache and loss. We saw kindness, compassion and joy in the faces of their loved ones at every wedding. We heard speeches that made us laugh and others that left us teary eyed. We were reminded of the goodness of people and the importance of friendship. We saw indescribable expressions of love and pride and wistfulness on the faces of parents during every first dance. And we can't forget all the receptions where guests danced (or tried to) to the Waddle and got down to the Whip and Nae Nae.
Little moments, like this one of Mindi before her wedding, can be packed with anticipating and hope, transforming them into treasured memories.
There's something extraordinary about the new family bonds that a marriage creates.
A heartfelt thank you goes to all of my clients who entrusted me and my team with the honor of photographing the start of their marriage and the memories they created with their loved ones. We wish you love and laughter always..and of course, blue skies. Happy New Year!