If you're planning a destination wedding, especially to Key West or anywhere in the Florida Keys, it helps to have a little insight from a vendor's perspective.  


Here, I'll share my tips and advice for making your wedding day run more smoothly, ensure you look your best, and of course, give pointers on how to best maximize your time spent with your wedding photographer, both before, during, and after the event.  


If, on the other hand, you're looking for inspiration from recent weddings, please check out my Portfolio!  

How Long Will It Take to Receive my Photos

We know you're super excited to see your images! We have 100 steps on our Workflow Checklist that we have to get through first. We want to make sure you are thrilled with your photos when you receive them, which means we take the time to sort through them, narrow down sets of multiple images to just the "best of the best", and optimize them fo...
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Behind the Scenes During a Casa Marina Wedding Setup

It was a beautiful day to have a wedding in Key West, as local wedding planning company, A Modern Romance run by Eric Baker and overseen by his fellow Planner Brittany, set up a stunning display for their clients. I was on scene to capture the setup and details of this small family gathering, with Chip Willis from PSAV getting the beach chandeli...
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What Size Digital Files Do I Need?

When hiring a photographer for your upcoming Key West wedding or beach family portrait session, you will likely be offered the option to receive digital copies of your photos, in addition to the prints, albums, and other products you'll be ordering. In our studio, we have three versions of our digital files, to suit all budgets and needs. DIGITA...
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Why Can't I Just Have The Disc?

"Shoot and Burn" is not Service You wouldn't be happy paying someone to design and build your dream home, but walking away with nothing more than the blueprints, content to figure it out on your own. You wouldn't be happy going to an exclusive restaurant, paying for a premium meal, and having the chef bring out all the ingredients on a plate and l...
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Destination Photographer versus Local Pro

A Photographer for your Destination Wedding: Hire a Local, or Bring One From Home? Finding great vendors for a destination wedding comes with its own unique set of challenges, from being able to verify their professionalism and reliability, to something as simple as communicating over different time zones. Often, hiring local for most vendors is a...
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Hiring an Undercover Photographer to Capture Your Proposal

Feel like someone's watching you? You should! You've invested years into your relationship, learned her preferences and predilections, and decided she's "the one". You shopped around and dropped a substantial sum on the ring of her dreams. You planned the perfect getaway to Key West, using any excuse you could think of to justify the trip, and have...
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The Essential Destination Wedding Photo Must-Haves

Traditional weddings tend to call for more traditional photos, modern weddings have more contemporary photos, and casual weddings have more laid-back, less formal photos. But what if you're getting married in a destination like the Florida Keys, Key West, the Bahamas, or some other island getaway? Just because it's remote doesn't mean you're rough...
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My Mission

I give people the power to recollect. As someone who is very nostalgic, thinks deeply into the meaning of every little moment, and daydreams in great detail about the future, my mission is to create a world that people can draw on in moments of reflection, and be transported back in time to feel the emotions, see the faces, and be reminded of the l...
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Don't Trust One Wedding Vendor to Hire Another

Let me first start off by saying that I am not going to name names here. The point of this post is not to draw negative attention (and thereby any attention) to specific individuals. Instead, I mean only to inform brides planning to get married in Key West that there are a few things to keep an eye on when booking your vendors. First and foremost,...
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How Much Time Should I Book With My Photographer?

You're pretty darn good at telling time... As creatures of habit, we develop very accurate internal clocks for the things we do every day. Whether it's your commute, how long to cook your favorite recipe, or how much extra time to allot when your friend tells you they're “almost ready”. Whether it's... Your daily commute: 20 minutes Your favorite...
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Extra Love: Retouching for Albums and Prints

As I sit here working on the retouching for one of my latest albums, I thought it would be a good opportunity to show some examples of what goes into this "behind the scenes" step of the process. I often get the question "What is the difference between editing and retouching?" Basic editing, which all images receive before you view them, is a fast...
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Venue Feature: Pier House Resort in Key West, FL

Here in Key West, one of the most popular wedding venues is The Pier House Resort and Spa, in the middle of downtown. Combined with a great downtown location, luxury amenities, an onsite spa and salon, a spacious and beautiful beach (rare for Key West), waterfront views, and great staff, it's hard to beat. Enjoy this visual tour of the Pier House,...
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Make Your First Year of Marriage As Beautiful As Your Wedding Day

From the moment he pops the question, you believe that it will be a fairytale wedding and you’ll live happily ever after. But the truth is, you must put in a bit of work to have the story play out the way you intend. Even though you may have had the most beautiful wedding ceremony, the first year of marriage can throw you for a loop if you aren’t p...
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Getting Grooms Going. Using Key West's quirky energy into great groomsmen wedding photos.

Unless you have a groom who is really outgoing, photogenic, and has a big personality, most brides at some point will worry about their fiance's attitude or behavior during the photography session. The top concerns are usually one of the following: He will get impatient He will feel awkward and uncomfortable He'll be hot, hungry, and gru...
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What to Expect During Wedding Day Preparation Photos

What does it mean when the photographer says they will include "preparation photos"? Preparation photos are the images your photographer will capture when they first arrive for your wedding day. Often, these images are used to "set the stage" for the day's events. They give the viewer a sense of introduction, and set the tone for the style, colors...
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