Gabe’s Bar-Mitzvah

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I recently signed up a handful of Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, and it’s about time because I can’t think of a photographer better suited for them. I produce BEAUTIFUL family formals, which are actually more important at a Mitzvah than at a wedding. My personality matches thirteen year olds no problemo. And the parties are fun! I mean, really fun!

I was actually a little surprised at how hard the kids party, it was really great and refreshing for me. My weddings have been skewing a little older and a little smaller for the most part, which is obviously totally fine, but there are tradeoffs. A room full of twenty-somethings typically rages to a level that I’m happy with, but once you cross thirty, you don’t get quite as buck.

So these kids tear it up, and it makes me happy. Being old is lame. Old people need to drink pretty heavily to allow themselves the level of fun these kids had dead sober. Mitzvah for life!

Vicky + Ivan’s Wedding at the Curtiss Mansion

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Vicky and Ivan came through for me (and by extension, themselves) by providing a truly lovely wedding at the Curtiss Mansion. I didn’t walk in with any pre-set expectations, so I was honestly kind of blown away at the level of detail and sheer loveliness that was on display for my camera. And that’s not even mentioning how sweet and beautiful the bride and groom are!

I also deeply appreciated Vicky’s willingness to dedicate time to photos, like really great photos. A lot of people don’t understand that the more time I have to think and see and perfect, the better the photo that will be on your wall for the rest of your life will be. I’m incredibly fast and can produce an 80% photo anytime I want within seconds, but holy cow does it feel good to be able to study it a little bit and make it transcendent. So thank you Vicky! I never have a better time than when I am at a wedding that is already gorgeous and it’s on me to make it ultra-gorgeous. And I do 🙂

Fio + Andy

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Fio and Andy are a great couple who had an interesting setup for their wedding day; after the ceremonial they took a few hours to hang out with their bridal party taking photos and drinking at a nearby bar. I loved the idea. Typically on a wedding day the couple is mostly herded around by a panoply of vendors / family / planners and don’t get a lot of time to just chill, reflect and hang out with their friends. So I was totally onboard.

Plus, Fio was kind enough to provide me with a vintage pickup AND a school bus for photos, which is a great surprise anytime! I had a wonderful day and it was amazing as always to work with the very talented Stephanie-Meyer Senior . Congrats guys!

Anisbel & Ivan’s Engagement Session at The Old Grove in Homestead

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Anisbel and Ivan came to me via Anisbel’s bridesmaiding duties at Stephanie’s wedding, and I was very happy to hear I was the choice to be their photographer. I mean, after all, how many times do you get full fledged models as your subjects? And nice, funny ones at that

Anisbel had a very specific look / feel in mind for her photos, and when she described it I knew we were in business. We went for natural, light drenched and beautiful and hit it pretty hard if I don’t say so myself. This wedding is sure to be amazing!

Pia & Tico’s Engagement Session at a Condo Building in Aventura

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Funny how a mundane title including “A condo Building” as the venue fails to prepare you, my dear reader, for the super cool photos we managed during our session. Pia and Tico are really wonderful and are a ton of fun to spend a couple hours with, and the constant input of new and visually interesting space was like catnip for me. Tons of opportunities to use light creatively here, and a beautiful couple certainly doesn’t hurt either!

Sommer + David’s Wedding at The Armory in Portland, OR

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As I teased in the last blog entry, I got flown out to Portland by a just spectacularly awesome couple to shoot their wedding; it was just as exciting as you might imagine (very) and I was ultra fired up to do my best for them. Sommer was a bridesmaid at a prior wedding and we got along great, and once she checked out the pictures decided to reach out and see if I’d be into coming across country for her special day. Well, a compliment like that . . . imagine, not only could she have hired anyone in her city, she could have hired anyone in her state. Or in the Western half of the USA, or heck, anyone in-between Miami and Portland, which is the entire roster of wedding photographers in the country. And she asked me!

So I was absolutely pumped up to kill it for Sommer and David, and they provided me with a super interesting venue, with natural Portland beauty and plenty of time to boot. It was the kind of wedding where two years ago I would have been in a panic and probably screwed it up somehow, but these days, it’s all good baby. It’s all GREAT, baby!

So a huge thank you to the couple for putting such immense faith in me, it didn’t go unappreciated and I hope the photos show just how much it meant to be able to do the wedding for you.

Trista & Dale’s Portraits All Over Portland, OR

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I’ll give you the full Portland wedding story in my next post, but the shirt version is a wonderful couple hired me to fly across country to shoot their wedding and I offered a free shoot to any of their friends if someone wanted one.

The lucky friends in question turned out to be Trista and Dale, who had gotten married in Hawaii a year prior and weren’t thrilled with how their wedding photos turned out. Enter RICKY!

It was a ton of fun traipsing all over a new city with a great couple making photo magic happen. It’s the kind of thing that makes me happy as a photographer, giving people something beautiful and having a great time doing it. Thanks for spending the afternoon with me guys!

Tatiana & Michael’s Incredible Wedding at the Westin Colonnade

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At their engagement session I knew I had a special couple on my hands. They are obviously super attractive but they’re also sweet, caring and in love, all major positives in photography. So I went into the wedding knowing at a minimum I’d have fun and get some pretty pictures out of the day.

Little did I know what Jessica’s Events had cooking, namely an over the top, luxury wedding experience complete with massive amounts of fog, lasers, human sized light up “LOVE” signs and 10 foot tall robots! Oh my!

But for me, the absolute highlight was this insane confetti blast brought to you by Liquid Sky. Basically it’s a sustained heavy blizzard of confetti and if you know anything about me as a photographer, I got very animated very quickly and managed to peel off like ten incredible confetti photos in a row. I’ve been to weddings where there’s a “confetti blast” and it’s like one tiny little tube cannon that spurts out twenty little flakes. I’ve never seen anything like this. It was perfect.

Cindy & Ryan’s Wedding at the First Presbyterian Church of Miami)

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Ryan works at the church where the wedding was held and I know that the church plays a big part in their new family’s life, so I made it a special goal to incorporate the church itself as much as I could in their photos. The other major goal was to show just how much music helps define who they are and how they express their love for one another through it.

They made that last party pretty easy, admittedly. The wedding featured performances by both the bride and groom as well as their daughter, and they enthralled the audience. I even went around the church during the reception with a small pack of flower girls, acting as their personal photographer and documentarian.

The really nice part about slightly more intimate weddings is you have a chance to breathe, walk around and find interesting moments to capture. It doesn’t all have to be scripted toasts and dances. Honestly, if anyone listened to me, it would be very little of that sort of thing. But what do I know, I just go to two weddings every weekend. For years.

Enjoy the love at this beautiful wedding!

Shandra + Will at the Long Key Nature Center

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Shandra and Will are a couple I met back at Elicia and Uri‘s wedding, and I knew if they were anything like Elicia and Uri, we’d get along famously.

And, unsurprisingly, we did! We hit it off right away when we confirmed we’re all just really friendly mega dorks who like having fun and laughing. It got even better at their engagement session when I met their great son and I was truly fired up for the wedding.

So I expected great fun and warm personalities but I completely underestimated how lovely the venue was and what a fantastic job Shandra did setting up her wedding. I’m always happy for couples but I have special admiration for the ones who are primarily responsible for setting everything up, no planner. It’s a big job on top of the whole “getting married” bit, and I think their wedding was awesome. Congratulations!