Some couples find me on the internet, send me a deposit, and I meet them at the wedding, where they are polite to me but there’s no real love there. There are also couples like Glenn and Daisy who met me at their friend’s wedding (where they caught the garter and bouquet!) and decide to MOVE THEIR WEDDING DATE BECAUSE I WASN’T AVAILABLE. Yes, that’s right, they changed everything just to accommodate my schedule. That’s the kind of thing I wouldn’t have believed possible two years ago and also the kind of thing that puts a tremendous amount of (good) pressure on me to do the bomb job. I mean, imagine if they shift everything about their big day and the pictures are . . . just ok. No.
Through the portraits, everything went great; at the reception, it started raining. And then it would stop. Then it started again. Then it stopped. Then it started. And stopped. Ad infinitum. Throughout all the start-stop I had to run, grab my lights, get them to shelter, and then bring them out again. And in. And out. Etc.
But their party and their guests just wouldn’t quit no matter what the weather wanted to do, so dance they did. I’m just happy they had such faith in me so I could be part of such a fun and special day. Thanks and congratulations!
. . . and Virginia Key Maggie and Doug are getting married down here but are both from out of state, and we decided to do a session when they came down to take care of some wedding stuff. They both love to travel, so Maggie suggested we try to do photos at the airport. I was instantly excited about the idea; I love new spots and I love atypical spots, so this fit the bill twice. Along with our county appointed chaperone we went all over the new terminal to make use of a very big, very spare and very well lit terminal. It was awesome. It’s not easy to find such a visually interesting space with so many huge windows and that much empty depth. Plus, it makes me feel cool to make an airport look great
Since they gave me the gift of a new location, I gave them the gift of an extended session and we continued on to Virginia Key for some hard core nature – and a glorious sunset. Enjoy!
Kim is a bride I had met only through Skype prior to the wedding, which is always interesting because I walk in to the getting ready room with no real relationship or rapport with the couple, at least not like you can build through an engagement session. We didn’t have a lot of time on the front end of the day so I came in blazing, shooting right from the get go, and I had to keep assuring Kim I would definitely chill out as the day progressed, but hey, the shoes and dress aren’t going to photograph themselves
Once everything settled down a bit, we were off to the ceremony and reception, where the couple tied the knot and then celebrated energetically with their friends and family. I have to say, nothing makes a wedding quite as fun as when the bridesmaids are determined to have an awesome time. Fun bridesmaids always = a fun wedding, so future brides, find your hardest partying friends, get them in matching dresses, and hire Ricky. You do that and your wedding will be pretty sweet!
I shoot at Bill Baggs all the time, and I have used both the tall wheat-type grass and the lighthouse pretty much every time. They’re must use elements! So when we were walking out to the beach, it was no surprise to see a Japanese tourist taking a picture of his wife in the tall wheat grass. As I walked behind him, though, I saw the true depth of his genius – he had his wife in the tall grass WITH THE LIGHTHOUSE BEHIND HER! It was so simple . . . so obvious . . . so GENIUS that I stopped walking, complimented him heavily in a language he didn’t understand, and promised him I was going to not only steal his picture but give him full credit on my blog. So, Japanese tourist, beautiful photo and you get full credit for helping me combine two of my favorite photos at one of my favorite spots. Arigatou Gozaimasu!
The session would never have been a success, of course, without a couple this visually and personally appealing. I like these two, and Kelly is one of those brides that got my sincere promise to get my A+ effort because, well, she complimented me a lot Flattery, when it comes to me, will get you everywhere. So I was happy to be able to get them to the other side of Bill Baggs where you can get the really good sunset photos. I’m very excited for the wedding!
I work a lot of weddings alone. A second photographer, or even an assistant, is a real blessing because it alleviates a lot of running around / stressing and it yields a more complete picture of the day, but the large majority of weddings I’ve worked have been solo. It was that experience that prevented me from collapsing into a weeping ball upon arriving at the Hilton. The property is very large and very long, and the getting ready, ceremony and reception were a refreshing walk apart from each other.
But, Ricky never dogs it. EVER. Especially when I have a couple as downright sweet as this one. These two made me a total believer during their engagement session when, tired and having already endured two hours of me posing them all over Coconut Grove, they STILL were ready for more. It was much the same at the wedding; after some delays outside our control, they had a beautiful ceremony but we lost the majority of our portrait time as the sun was setting. They followed me into the twilight, never questioning or stopping as we went into full on rapid fire photo mode, and the bridal party / couples’ shots you see below are just a small sample of what we got. I’m grateful to them for letting me just take over for twenty minutes because I would have been crestfallen if I hadn’t been able to take advantage of the beautiful property for them.
Plus, twinkly reception ceiling! Love it.
I’ve gotten three or four calls in my career from brides who had someone else photograph their wedding and they’re just not thrilled. I hate calls like that because wedding photos are really important to me and I don’t ever want to hear a bride dissatisfied, it’s heart breaking.
Kristyn was just such a bride who had a gorgeous wedding at the Biltmore and didn’t feel the photography matched the elegance of the event and really wanted nice photos in her dress and her husband in a tux. So we went and did a post-wedding bridal portrait session, something that I’m really learning is so valuable. You can take all the pictures you wouldn’t dare to on your wedding day because your dress might get dirty
Bridgette and Mike are such a nice couple, and nice looking to boot! I had the opportunity to also do some professional headshots for Mike, so it was a pleasure to have the chance to spend some time with Bridgette as she got ready. I really like mixing it up sometimes and shooting brides at their parent’s house instead of a hotel because the furniture gives you new ways to display the details. Hotel furniture rarely has that much personality. Plus, their house is beautiful!
Alaina of Jordan and Alaina took charge of the groom and groomsmen, and we all met up at the Church of the Little Flower, aka The Church That Dislikes Photographers and Forces Them to Stand in One Spot. Luckily for the couple, I don’t mind crawling on my face across a huge cathedral out of sight of the priests to get some shots of, oh, you know, THE COUPLE’S FACES AS THEY GET MARRIED. Sort of important. I will give the church one thing, it does create a good opportunity for a wide angle first kiss shot with all the guests leaning in to see. And no one holding an IPad!
The party was a rager. The dancing was . . . energetic, to put it mildly, and the dance floor didn’t have an inch to spare all night. Which meant that your favorite photographer was left to ram his way to the center of the floor to get those close up and personal photos I know my blog reading public demands. I love this wedding!
My sister Jossie got married this past weekend – no, I wasn’t the photographer. The immensely talented Ryan Brenizer had that honor. To make it all the more incredible, he surprised us by having the incomparable Ben Chrisman along for the ride, which meant my sister had two of the top ten wedding photographers in the country at her wedding.
We had planned to do a portrait session the Monday after the wedding for months and I intended to do the normal, pretty session, but when I really realized who was shooting her wedding and how beyond belief the photos would be, I knew I had to push my own comfort levels and go for something new and special. For me, anyway. So we reserved the Cruz Building, one of Miami’s most ornate and interesting spots, and I worked on my interior portrait lighting, and you can see the results below. Fortunately I had a beautiful bride to model for me!
Laura and Joe, and their entire guest list for that matter, showed up that day ready to have fun. Their wedding was all about having a really, really good time, and as such, they definitely hired the right photographer. From moment one we were all joking, laughing, and of course grabbing some really wonderful pictures along the way.
Joe and built the arch for their ceremony himself with the help of one of my former grooms (always love seeing past couples!) and it was a remarkable achievement. I can’t even put together a lego set with instructions. The hotel itself is beautiful; I had seen photos from prior weddings there and I was really excited to shoot in the new location, and the ceremony site didn’t disappoint.
A really fun wedding and my best to the newlyweds!
I had the extreme pleasure of shooting Charrie and Andy for their engagement session and then their wedding, so I was very excited to continue down their milestone path with them once they got pregnant. Charrie and her mother if anyone is that close a study of my blog, are Pinterest crazy, but in a good way. Their ideas are generally very cute and manageable so I’ve learned to no longer fight them on it. Besides, there is no point in fighting them on it as long as I get at least equal time with my own stuff Such a pleasure to catch up with a beautiful and sweet couple, and I can’t wait to meet Brandon!