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The Ritz Carlton Orlando – Wedding Venue Showcase

April is such a beautiful month; especially, in the heart of Orlando, Florida. There is a buzz of magic in the ether and the scent of citrus gardens lingering on the air. It’s a remarkable time of year in an extraordinary city. What’s even more magical is when you’re invited to participate in Styled Shoots […]

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Formal Family Photos on Your Wedding Day: A Guide

Three tips on preparing for formal family photos on your wedding day along with a done-for-you shot list you can copy and paste!

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Inside Real Destination Weddings: Dreams Natura in Cancun, Mexico

We’re back with another Real Weddings feature, and this week we are talking to Calli, a destination bride who had her wedding at the beautiful Dreams Natura in Cancun, Mexico. She shares real advice from a bride’s perspective on why she picked her venue, as well as whether or not to do a first look […]

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Inside Real Weddings: A blue and white Chicago wedding at the Swissotel

We’re back with another real life look into an actual wedding day and an interview with the bride behind the day! This time, we’re chatting with Michelle, who planned her elegant blue and white wedding at Chicago’s Swissotel. Let’s dive in! How long have you and your spouse been together, and how did you meet? […]

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Tampa fine art engagement photography with a vintage car and adorable dog

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This Tampa Florida photo session holds the recipe for stylish images infused with personality.

A Tampa, Florida portrait session with a vintage car and adorable pup hold the recipe for photo session perfection.

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bride and groom grand exit with bubbles at walt disney world

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Inside Real Weddings: A Walt Disney World EPCOT wedding in Orlando

An interview with a Disney bride who planned an Italian-inspired magenta and blue wedding with lush florals This year, I am so excited to launch into a new way of presenting my real weddings with you all on the blog by interviewing the couples about their wedding days. The interview format is perfect because it […]

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The Ringling Museum Wedding Inspiration | Sarasota, Florida Wedding Photography

This beautiful fine art wedding editorial put together by Melanie Paige Events at The Ringling Museum is full of inspiration for the modern bride who craves a touch of old world romance for her wedding day. With a color palette of pastels and touches of lavender, blue, and blush pink, we simply adore everything about […]

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A lifestyle family session at the beach in Naples, Florida

I have had the honor of documenting engagement, wedding, and now family photos for my good friend Brittany Bekas – and each and every time I get this family in front of my camera, magic happens. For this session, we chose to photograph at sunset on a beach in beautiful Naples, Florida, and we wanted […]

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An Amelia Island Engagement Session at the Omni Resort and Walker’s Landing

Addison & Amelia opted to have their engagement session at the same locations their beautiful wedding day will happen at in 2023 – the Omni Resort and Walker’s Landing on Amelia Island – with the skillful team of Collins Korman Events as their planners. About the photographer: Rachael is a hybrid fine art wedding and […]

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6 Mindful Tips for Choosing What to Wear to Your Next Photo Session

Have a photo session coming up soon and drawing a total blank on what to wear? Here are some seven helpful tips I always tell my own clients to keep in mind when planning their wardrobes, regardless of whether we are planning an engagement session, family session, or even personal branding photos. Whatever the time […]

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