Key West Photographer - Karrie Porter | Blog

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!  

Danny and Amelia Find Love at Fort Zachary

We were excited to recently be invited to take part in Danny's proposal to his girlfriend Amelia. It took place at Fort Zachary Taylor Beach, with the beautiful Key West Sunset in the background and the ocean waves splashing up onto the beach! After arriving to the park, Danny led Amelia around to see the sights. They passed the concession stand...
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Jesse and David "Climb" Their Way into Each Others' Arms

While their first interactions actually happened online, the first time Jesse and David met in person was a random alignment of the universe, proving even further that there was definitely something more to their then-budding relationship. They had discovered that they both were rock climbers, and climbed somewhat regularly at the same gym, Metro...
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Mike and Sarah's Sunset Engagement

So happy to share the news that Mike and Sarah are getting married! Mike contacted me about helping him plan and document his proposal to his girlfriend (now fiance!). We talked several times, planned the perfect setup, and when the day came, she said yes! The big moment happened on the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. The park had recentl...
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Hunter and Tori Get Engaged in Key West!

Hunter wanted to plan a special day with his girlfriend, one complete with sparkly diamonds and stunning sunsets! He asked Tori to marry him amid the sandy shores and soft sounds of the ocean at Fort Zachary Taylor Beach in Key West, Florida. We enjoyed several weeks of planning beforehand, he using a family member's email and phone to communicate...
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Nick and Alyssa - A Proposal in Paradise

As far as Alyssa was aware, it was to be only a beautiful trip to Key West, Florida. But what she didn't know was that her boyfriend Nick had been secretly planning a very big day. The couple started dating many years ago, having met through mutual friends and often wondering how their paths had not crossed before. But now, under the blue skies...
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Jennifer & Justin - Destination Wedding Done Florida Girl Style

As soon as I talked to Jennifer on the phone the first time, I knew it was going to be a great day with her and Justin. They are from Sarasota, and being from central Florida myself, it meant kicking off conversations about Gasparilla pirate fests, Ybor City, bike rides along Bayshore Boulevard, scalloping off Homosassa (which I have yet to do,...
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Couple Kicks Off Custom "Happy Ever After" in Key West Engagement Session

Dionicia and Derrick celebrated their recent engagement with a trip to Key West. Arriving with custom shirts expressing their "Happily Ever Moite" (Derrick's last name) hashtag, and Dionicia's awesome #Feyonce shirt (a play on her newly engaged status while channeling that inner-Beyonce all powerful women have inside them!):D. We started the ses...
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Magaly and Ryan - Big Day Brought to the Beach

Ryan and Magaly met while he was working as a bartender at Jays Elbow Room. He was serving drinks all night and before you know it, they were making conversation about how to properly pronounce Magaly's name ("muh-gal-ee").:) At the end of the night, he walked her to her car, they exchanged numbers and kissed good night. After that, they never stop...
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Erika and Romel - Bringing Family from Near and Far for a Key West Wedding

When Erik and Romel met through a mutual friend in New York City, they were surprised to find they were also neighbors AND they worked for the same company. It was obviously meant to be that they would find one another! As their relationship grew, they spent their time together exploring Miami, going boating, and hanging out with friends. One of...
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Does it Make Sense to Print My Own Photos?

If you're hiring a professional photographer to capture your wedding or family portraits, you've likely considered the notion of "I'll just get all the digitals and print them myself". Sometimes this comes from a desire for convenience - being able to hop onto SnapFish at 2am and have the prints show up a week later has it's appeals - but some...
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Key West Photographer's Best Tips for a Beautiful Bridal Portrait

After getting every hair into place, slipping on the dress that was truly "the one", and matching it with the perfect shoes, you want to take a few minutes on your wedding day to let your photographer capture some stunning bridal portraits of you. Gone are the days of stuffy poses and dead stares. Today's bridal portraits are fresh, romantic, and...
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Putting A Face With A Name: Virginia Panico, Key West Chamber of Commerce Director

If you own or work at a business, or are in any way involved with city, tourism, or other issues on the island of Key West, there is likely one name that you have heard: Virginia Panico. However, unless you are an active participant in those arenas, you might not necessarily know her if you ran into her in the grocery store. As the long time...
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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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