Mindy + Marc’s Wedding at the W Fort Lauderdale

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I had major expectations of myself at Mindy and Marc’s wedding, because I have major expectations of myself at every wedding! But also, I knew the wedding was going to be beautiful and I knew for sure I have a beautiful couple, so there weren’t going to be any excuses.

And then the powers of the universe started trying to give me excuses, from the on again, off again, on again persistent rain to the vicious wind, it was apparent we weren’t going to make it out onto the beach. Bye bye natural light oceanfront portraits!

The problem was, I had already decided that I was going to produce amazing photos, so I had to figure the situation out and right away. The photographer rarely gets credit for the ridiculous amount of sheer seeing that has to be done (well, I give myself plenty of credit, but whatever) – if I don’t see it, it don’t happen.

The W Fort Lauderdale fortunately has tons of interest, if you can light it, which I did. My best moment came when I was frantically trying to figure out where to take bridal party photos and saw out of the corner of my eye that the leasing office for the condos at the property had a huge, backlit photo spanning the wall of the beach and ocean. BINGO BABY! It was a miracle borne of my extensive experience and uncanny ability to make something out of nothing, and I’m proud of the results. Enjoy!

Grisel + Brent in Ft. Myers, FL

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I had been talking too Grisel for some time about her wedding, and it
was an interesting one for sure. They couple had me travel out to Ft.
Myers, which I always appreciate, for their photo-friendly big day
involving a little tour around downtown for one of my favorite
activities – i.e., take a large group of people and show off my
genius! We walked from the hotel to the venue and stopped along the
way whenever something tickled my fancy, and we all know when it comes
to photography I’m very ticklish.

It was also really fun for me because Grisel is the one in charge of
events at the venue itself, so she sees the average level of
photography at the weddings there, and to be sure, it’s a tough venue.
High, black ceilings, psychotic party lights – it’s be tough! For
anyone other than me, probably. So it was with glee that I saw how
beautiful the pictures were turning out. It’s one of my favorite
things about working weddings; unless I feel like bragging and showing
people the back of the camera (a common occurrence), no one knows what
I’m doing, what I’m seeing. Until they visit my blog. Welcome to the
secret, reader 🙂

And a big thank you once again to the beautiful couple. Brent shares
my love for the University of Michigan and they lost, badly, to Ohio
State the morning of the wedding, but you couldn’t tell that his heart
had anything but happiness, and I think it’s because it didn’t. And
Grisel turned out to be one of those brides who is just perfectly in
tune with me, a bride who I was very happy to work for and I am
thrilled to have made such gorgeous photos out of the memories on