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What is the purpose of wearing all black to a wedding? Couples, guests, other photographers and even my parents have all asked why I, along with so many other photographers and videographers, wear all black to weddings. Curious? Here’s a few reasons why I do it.

  1. This is a simple trick I picked up from an incredible wedding photographer in NY named Susan Stripling. During her workshop, she brought up something so obvious once stated that I wondered how I never thought about it before; wearing black clothing can provide a clean backdrop when necessary. Doing a detail shot in a crowded room with no where else to go? Have your black clad assistant stand behind your jewelry/shoes/flowers for an instant, non distracting backdrop. Voila!
  2. No color casts on your subject. I love to shoot anything with backlight or angled light. Therefore, because the light is usually shining on me and being bounced in the direction of my subject, so is any color I’m wearing. White usually isn’t a problem as it will act as a reflector but uhm, no white to weddings, that’s the bride’s color. Red is the worst for color transfer! A photographer posted a bridal portrait she’d done where in a few of the close up images, the bride had a strange red hue. The comment string was endless, “Is it a failing card?” “Is the white balance on auto or messing up?” “Did you use a gel on the flash?” and she kept giving a no to each question. Finally, I asked what color outfit she was wearing and yep, you guessed it, red. Her red dress simply cast that color onto the bride’s skin and white gown. Green can be just as bad as casts can make the poor subject look sickly.
  3. We want to be “invisible”. It’s the same reason stage hands wear black, they’re not to be seen. We want you to dismiss us as soon as you notice us so you can focus on the event at hand. Not being a distraction is part of our job during a wedding ceremony and that’s one way we manage. After all, when Aunt Mildred wanders around up front in her fuchsia dress to catch her iPhone images, we’ll let her take the spotlight.
  4. I sweat. I’m human. Even though I have tried every antiperspirant/deodorant under the sun looking for the magic bullet, I haven’t found one (there may be a future blog post there, lol). Plus, I live in Florida, on the west coast, a popular place for beach weddings. Even in January, with all the running around and gear I carry, I’ll probably sweat. Black doesn’t show it. Any other color will show that wet line across my torso from my bag strap against my body and that is the last thing I want you to see. It’s really unattractive. Some photographers don’t wear black and that’s fine. I’m not knocking the colorful, personality driven choices of my colleagues. What they wear works for them and that’s awesome. This is simply my reasoning for why I wear what I do. No worries, I’m not planning to rob a convenient store after your wedding.

Now, because this is a photo blog, an obligatory photo of me, shooting a wedding with the amazingly talented Carolina Araujo of Blue Lane Studios.

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So I know I am a little behind but I just couldn’t wait to share this very special little guy’s debut! Harrison (I call him Indy- bonus points if you know why) was born on a beautiful, sunny afternoon in St. Petersburg at Bayfront Baby Place on July 5th. His mommy, Marci, has been a dear friend of mine for over 20 years. She actually met her husband and Harrison’s dad, Chris, at my and my husband’s engagement party. Three years later, my best friend married his best friend in one of those situations that only seems to happen in sappy rom-coms. Now, 3 children later, Harrison is their bonus baby and we are absolutely over the moon for them.

Marci made the whole process look easy and almost effortless. Only when she hit transition and active labor did the day get a little intense. Chris was there every second to attend to everything for Marci from ice chips to hand holding. When it came time for their daughter Faye to join them, he helped prepare her for her part- which was to actually help deliver the baby and cut the cord. The midwife in the delivery actually caught Faye as well so for her this moment was extra special. I am so proud of Faye and her total commitment to being the best delivery aid in the room. She asked brilliant questions, did not get the least bit squeamish and was right there, ready for anything. She was the first to touch his head full of curly brown hair as he crowned. It was such an incredible moment for everyone involved.

Fighting tears as I saw him emerge, we caught the first seconds of his time in this world and that is a privilege for which I am eternally grateful. Faye cut the cord while Chris focused on Marci and Harrison, watching as these two instantaneously bonded. Marci is a scientist, very logical and practical in every sense. I say this because on this day, even more so than any other before, she was an emotional wreck and it was awesome to see. All the tears that flowed, knowing this was their last baby, their last first look, their last labor and delivery, last first diaper change and latch. Everything they do for the first time will be their last first with a new baby. This perspective made every little detail of this birth that much more important.

I am honored to have captured this amazing day and to be able to share it with you. I loved photographing a new life enter this world, it is nothing short of magical. (Every image is shared with the expressed permission of the family).

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What better to do on a warm summer evening in the place most infested with biting insects than a romantic engagement session? Anna & Ray were troopers and even though we were swatting mosquitos and noseeums for the majority of our time, they remained silly, sweet and totally into each other. If this were a test of their relationship with each other (or with me for dragging them out there) they passed with flying colors.

Although, 2016 seems to be their year for tests! They are not only getting married, they are moving across the state and selling their home. So many changes in such a short time but after spending some time with these two, they can obviously handle anything.

We had so much fun and in true Florida fashion, the best sunsets come after the storms. It was a beautiful evening and we took full advantage. I love Ft. Desoto for the diverse backgrounds and gorgeous views! Anna & Ray just made it that much brighter.

Thank you both for a wonderful evening (even if it ended with Benadryl and an oatmeal bath)! I hope you enjoy these and I can’t wait for your wedding in August!

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Venue: Tradewinds Island Grand St. Pete Beach, FL

Entertainment: RythmTrail Steel Drum Band (ceremony) Grant Hemond DJ’s and Jimmy Moore on ukulele (reception)

Gown: David’s Bridal

Caterer: Tradewinds Island

Floral Design: 2Birds Events

Cake: Publix

Officiant: Jim Earle

 

So, I’m a little behind on blogging, it’s true. However, with the fresh new site comes fresh content and I’m starting where I left off.

First up, Molly & Mike! Their wedding was a laid back, sweet, love filled kind of day! As mother of the brides go, Julie became a quick favorite of mine and the ladies in Molly’s family kept the laughs coming all day. Feisty and jubilant, every last one. Mike, whom I met in high school, has married into a great family and vice versa. Can I just say how adorable Mike’s nice and nephew are! As the flower girl and ring bearer, they were perfect!

The day went off without a single worry because the team chosen was a dream! Those who provided the decor, flowers, entertainment, food and officiant are all top notch professionals. I always love hearing I’ll be working with them on a wedding day.

From the beginning, the bride’s room was filled with laughter and I knew exactly which one was hers before I even saw the room number. Everyone was on top of the world and ecstatic to celebrate Molly & Mike’s union. Mike’s room was just the same, with all the guys in high spirits (while enjoying spirits as well)! After every last one was looking dapper, Mike & Molly opted for a first look- which I love. It gives the couple time to just enjoy each other before the craziness of the rest of the day. Mike was rendered speechless upon seeing Molly for the first time as his bride and it was adorable!

The ceremony was short and sweet and focused on the meaning of the day. Then, it was time to party! Every guest enjoyed the delicious dinner, danced the night away and made some super silly pictures in the photo booth. It was the perfect day to celebrate these two and I’m honored I was there to capture it.

Today, Molly & Mike are happy in a new home (congratulations) and have a brand new puppy! I wish all the best for you in your bright future together!!

 

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Amanda & David held a beautiful wedding on the Tampa waterfront with their closest family and friends. Designed by the über talented Chrissy Craft, the Garden Club was transformed into a pink and gold wonderland. Every detail was simply perfect and I am honored to have captured them! Talk about a dream team, Phil Pasek knows how to throw a party!

Venue: Davis Island Garden Club | Tampa, FL

Entertainment: Phil Pasek | Fast Breaks Entertainment

Event Coordinator: Christina Craft | Ideal Design Events

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