Miami Event Photographer: Newt Gingrich 2012 Fundraiser

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I was asked by a prior client if I was available to work a Newt Gingrich 2012 fundraiser yesterday, and of course I was happy to meet the former Speaker of the House of Representatives. While my own political leanings shouldn’t be inferred either way, it’s always good to hear some perspective from someone who’s been about as deep inside Washington as anyone.

Miami Headshot Photographer: Dance Unlimited Miami

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I went out to Dance Unlimited to take some headshots of their faculty. I’m by no means primarily a headshot photographer, but it’s always good to get some practice in, and I think they turned out great. As could be expected, once all the lights were setup, dancers started walking in looking to get their photo taken. Who am I to disappoint? If anyone needs a dance studio for classes in Miami, I can’t recommend Dance Unlimited enough, check out their site and give them a call!

Miami Small Wedding Photographer: Maria + Joel

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Sometimes weddings are huge affairs with hundreds of guests and top flight catering, decor and venues; a lot of times, they’re small, intimate gatherings of close friends and family. I created my “Family” package specifically for the kind of wedding Maria and Joel put on. Honestly, a lot of people think it’s nuts to spend thousands of dollars on a photographer when the fee would far outstrip the remainder of the wedding budget and end up having their friend or family member with the “nice camera” take the photos. What ends up happening is that person chats with their own friends throughout the night and misses a lot of shots, or doesn’t exactly know how to get great shots outdoors in the middle of the night with no flash. The better solution, obviously, is to find a professional who understands that not everyone can spend royal wedding money on a small, family gathering but will still produce images to be proud of . . . and luckily for you, you’re already on his site!

Miami Beach Engagement Shoot: Alen + Irena at Eden Rock

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I was driving back from the wedding directly below this blog entry when I got a text message – at midnight – asking if I’d be able to come out to do an engagement shoot . . . at dawn. I found out they had another photographer who bailed on them at the last second and they were only in town for one more day. Well, I wasn’t about to let them have such a bad impression of my hometown, so I agreed. I was somewhat worried about waking up in time, but it turned out to be no problem because my daughter woke up at around 2:30 AM ready to start the day, so I had plenty of time to wake up.

Obviously, I love my sleep, but one thing I love even more is being able to work with a fun couple willing to try anything, regardless of whether I encouraged them to make out in an elevator or to recreate famous movie scenes while laying in the ocean – and coming out of it with photos that impress even me.

Homestead Wedding Photographer: Ketty + Julio

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Ketty and I were supposed to meet up at a golf course to take some bridal and couple portraits before her wedding, but the weather had other ideas. I was taking test shots to find the right exposure settings when I almost got struck by lightning . . . Well, maybe not quite, but the sky was definitely lighting up! I agreed to meet her at the ceremony venue instead, and photographed this fun loving couple as they started their lives together in front of an intimate family crowd. I told them I wasn’t leaving until I could steal them away for fifteen minutes to get some portraits, and as a bonus I got to continue perfecting using an umbrella (for light, not to stay dry) in the middle of the night.

It reaffirmed that one of the best qualities I have as a photographer is flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing conditions, and if there’s one thing that defines weddings, it’s ever-changing conditions. Fortunately, DJ Willy Mix and Bartender Lando Lopez kept all the guests dancing, partying and having a great time despite the wet weather. I had a great time and I wish Ketty and Julio a lifetime of happiness!

Miami Men’s Editorial Photographer: Aygemang

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So I met Aygemang at the Baby Shower from a few posts down, and he and I have been working around schedules to get together and do some editorial fashion shots. He’s an up and coming model, and I was looking forward to the challenge of Men’s Fashion shots, something I’m not exactly an expert in. But, as I like to say, at a certain point photography is photography, and off we went.

Somehow, someway he convinced someone to allow us onto the runway at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport to make use of the planes and the cool grungy hangar. The shots below speak for themselves. With the help of his very talented girlfriend / stylist, I think he has a bright future ahead of him. You can get your Aygemang fix at Top of the Line – and as for me? Not too shabby, if I don’t say so myself. I may not have shredded abs, but I definitely know how to light them!

Fort Lauderdale Maternity Photographer: Monique

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Monique was a great model; she was very open and wanted to try all kinds of poses and lighting. Her husband . . . not so much! He was a great sport, though. It’s always interesting to work with people who have never been in a professional photo situation before. I always do everything I can to put people at ease and make them comfortable and bring out their true personalities. I wish Monique the best of luck and am sure she’s going to have a beautiful baby!

Key Largo Bridal Shower Photographer: Bella + Jorge

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OK, it was really Tavernier, but I wanted to sound like a Florida Keys guy. I rekindled my love for the open road with a quick shot down to a lovely oceanfront home where I met up with the laid back couple and their families. I had agreed to combine the Engagement Shoot with her co-ed bridal shower, which had a nice Wine and Cheese theme. I had told Bella earlier in our meeting that she would light up the camera, and it turns out I was right. I’m excited to work with this whole fun-loving group at their wedding in October, I get the feeling they’ll be up for anything! Thanks again for having me and I think I had as much fun as the guests . . . I mean, her dad wouldn’t let me continue taking pictures until I had at least one beer! Those are required conditions I can get used to.

Miami Wedding Photographer at Red Fish Grill Miami: Josy + Ralf

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I had the true honor and pleasure to share a beautiful wedding day with these two wonderful people, their friends and family. I spent the getting ready part of the day running from the groom’s room which was a full on party with drinks, rap and dancing to the bride’s suite which was the picture of serenity with Bob Marley in the background.

The ladies were getting their makeup and hair done by Makeup By Marz and Art of Hair by Claudia, and you can see the stunning results below.

We ran out of time and I gently dragged the bride all over the hotel getting some fantastic bridal portraits done in ten minutes (incredibly). We then arrived at the charming Red Fish Grill at Matheson Hammock where the couple got married by Frank Nunez from Wedding by Frank.

After that, all that was left to do was party, Miami style. Special thanks to Randy Borges who was there taking photos for the wedding coordinator Mia Bella Events and Design and who chatted me up about photography – my favorite subject. He gets credit for spotting the low moon! All my best wishes to the happy couple and thanks again!

Ft. Lauderdale Baby Shower Photographer: Nacarra

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I had the pleasure of shooting Nacarra’s lovely baby shower that was put together by her (dedicated) friend Keena. I arrived a bit early but that gave me plenty of time to capture all the beautiful details and when the Mom to be got there, I even had time for a short impromptu maternity session. Talk about value! They had some awesome, if a little sadistic, games like eating Gerber green beans and drinking lemon juice out of a baby bottle. They had a great time, and honestly, so did I!