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SOUTH FLORIDA CORPORATE AND EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Posted on February 19, 2019

If you are planning a corporate event or company gathering of any sort, South Florida is a great place to host it! With its endless selection of venues – both on the water and off, everyone will appreciate South Florida events in your business. Many people who attend corporate events in South Florida also bring their families and make a whole vacation out of it by extending their trip to enjoy everything there is to enjoy here.

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Aloha Theme Events are very popular here in South Florida. The photo below was taken at a special event in West Palm Beach. Attendees played golf During the day and were treated to an Aloha Theme Event at night.


We offer corporate and event photography and video coverage for all types of events and activities including awards galas, corporate sporting events (such as golf), sales and marketing meetings, team building activities and much more. Having professional photography and/or video coverage of your events is a great way to share the experience with all employees and have a great record of everything that was achieved during the get-togethers.

BELOW: Capturing hand gestures during a conference. This photo was taken at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.


Corporate events in South Florida are unique in the sense that we have many beautiful beach areas here that can be utilized in various ways – beach parties and games and as a wonderful spot for a large group photo. We have often been called upon to shoot an overhead group shot with our drone. The companies usually have a professional company write something in the sand such as their company name or a message and then we position all the employees around that for the shot.

BELOW: Push up booth. This photo was taken during a special event beer bash at PGA National. Sometimes getting down low is the best way to photograph the action. For this photo the camera was sitting on the convention flow and tilted up just enough the capture the attendees face.


As a South Florida event photographer, I have seen all kinds of corporate events and special acts. One popular entertainment act here is to have synchronized swimmers at an event. It’s something we can do here year round, so it has become popular with corporate events and parties to feature this type of entertainment. Some corporate parties have elected to have us shoot portraits of guests usually against a special backdrop they create and then print out the photos that night and give them to the guests in custom frames or folders. This is a really nice souvenir or take-away for the attendees. People seem to love this goodie.

BELOW: Photographing convention speakers is one of the top assignments a special event photographer will be required to handle. To do this well requires skill and timing. The key is to get a photo of the speaker looking good while he or she is lecturing. If the photographers timing is off then the photographer will get the speaker making a funny face. You can't just take one photo of the speaker with his or her tongue hanging out. The photographer has to keep shooting until the perfect image is captured. One word of caution. If the photographer shoots too much then the speaker may become distracted or annoyed. The skill is in getting the right shot with the least amount of distraction


For any sort of corporate gathering, it is a great idea to contact an experienced South Florida event photographer to capture all the moments. Your attendees and your boss will definitely appreciate it. Whether it’s a beach event, a sporting event, or events that are entirely indoors, capturing all the activities is a definite plus. We always photograph lots of groups of people so that the attendees are accounted for, plus the speakers and all of the main event features. Often companies will request that we prepare a selection of photos to be shown the next day in a slideshow. It really gets the people pumped to see themselves on the screen along with other colleagues. We are also always sure to photograph the details – whether it’s the décor, food, prizes, awards – whatever it might be.


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Given that South Florida is an ocean / beach culture, many special events have synchronized swimmers as entertainment. This photo was taken during a special event at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.



BELOW: South Florida offers a huge variation of cultural events as well as many different clubs and activities. This was taken during a karate event in Palm Beach.


As experts in the South Florida event market, we are always happy to help! If your company is thinking about hosting a meeting or event here, feel free to give us a call. If necessary, we will be happy to help you find the perfect location for the type of event you will be hosting. After that, we obviously provide the best photography and video service and also perhaps point you in the direction of other vendors you will need to help make your gathering a huge success!

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Recent Instagram Posts

Posted on December 20, 2018

If don't follow me on Instagram, here are a few photos from my recent Instagram post. If you do happen to follow me on Instagram, this is a opportunity to learn more about my photography.

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This photo was taken during a Jewish wedding ceremony at the Delray Beach Marriott. The Delray Beach Marriott is a very popular wedding venue in South Florida. The beach is directly across the street from the hotel, making it a favorite of brides and grooms. Couples select the Delray Beach Marriott because guests have access to the beach and all the great restaurants and shops around the hotel. This is just one example from the many Jewish weddings that we photograph around South Florida.


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This lovely portrait of bride with her gown amongst a sea of bridesmaid’s gowns was taken at the Sailfish Marina Resort in Palm Beach Shores, Florida. I’m always looking to create interesting and unique photos, so at this wedding I decided to make a background out of the bride’s gown and bridesmaids dresses. Since each bridesmaids dress was different but the same color, I thought that these bridesmaids’ dresses would make an unusual pastel colored background.
The Sailfish Marina Resort is a fantastic place for a wedding. The resort has a golf course and a marina so if your out of town wedding guests want to play a round of golf or take a boat trip while visiting for your South Florida wedding, they may do so.


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What a really cool spot for photos! This photo was taken at the Monkey Bar inside Boca Raton Resort and Club. As a preferred wedding photographer at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, I find myself photographing there quite often. Working at the same wedding venue over and over has its advantages because you can become extremely familiar with the layout of the venue and find all the great shooting locations. For example, I know every inch of Boca Resort which allows me to go directly to the areas I know are the best for photos – spots with the most interesting architecture, best lighting and overall ambiance. Boca Resort is a superb choice to host your South Florida wedding. Brides and grooms have the option of spending time at the main hotel and also the yacht club. We have photographed at both locations. However, working in the same venue time after time a photographer can fall into the trap of taking the wedding shots that are the most popular and deemed run of the mill. Nobody wants to fall into that rut. While there are popular photographic locations around the resort that many photographers utilize, often I find that it’s fun to create images in spots that one wouldn’t necessarily think of right away as being good for photos. I love to think out of the box and try to see places in a different way, visualizing how I can make an amazing photograph in an unusual or new location.
For this particular photo, I used the front gate of Boca Raton Resort and Club’s Monkey Bar. However, rather than simply putting the bride in front of the gate, I decided to use a spot light to cast a shadow onto the wall next to the gate. Hope you like the results!


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Engagement Photo at St Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida
If you are planning a South Florida wedding, then you should also thing about doing a South Florida engagement shoot. By booking an engagement shoot, you not only get beautiful photos, you also have the opportunity to work with your photographer in advance of you wedding day. When shopping for a wedding photographer, a bridal couple will view thousands and thousands of beautiful photographs in all different styles. Some of these styles include traditional portraits, wedding photojournalism, casually posed and fun action shots. For this photo, I had the engaged couple hold hands and walk around a few steps. By having the bride and groom walk, the movement creates a more exciting and spontaneous looking shot.


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This photo represents a beautiful family tradition. I thought this was very cool. This bottle of whisky was purchased and drank from when the groom was born. It was then re-opened and used for a toast at his wedding. Not every South Florida wedding has details such as this one to photograph. This one was truly very special for the families involved. You can’t tell from the photo, but this photo was captured at Diplomat Country Club - another very popular South Florida wedding venue.
Like the Boca Raton Resort and Club, the Diplomat Country Club also has a beach hotel. Wedding guests can play a round of golf and them spend the day at the Diplomat’s Beach Resort.

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8 Tips For Planning a Destination Wedding

Posted on October 29, 2018

According to the Destination Weddings Report 2017 Destination Weddings Report 2017, destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular. One cannot deny there is a certain allure about getting married in a far-flung location. Whether a tropical beach or the base of a snow covered mountain, there is something magical about tying the knot away from home. However, there are challenges involved when planning a large scale on foreign shores. Here are 8 quick tips to help you plan your destination wedding, and make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.


Tip #1 - Visualize the setting and scale of your wedding

The first thing to do when planning your wedding is to visualize its setting and scale. Do you want to be married in a forest? On a pristine beach by the sea? Or in the snow on a mountain resort? Do you want it to be quaint with a few guests? Or are you planning on bringing a large number of people? Before researching your location, know what setting and scale you want for your wedding.


Tip #2 - Decide on the location

Once you have decided on the scale and setting you want it’s time to start researching locations in relation to your budget. For example, if you want a sandy beach wedding, there are numerous locations to choose from. When comparing possible locations you should take a number of factors into account including:
• The distance of the potential location. The distance of the location is important, as this will affect both the cost of travel and accessibility. For example, picking a location in a different time zone will likely be expensive to get to. It also may take you a couple days to get over jet lag. The last thing you want to be on the day of your wedding is tired. Also, make sure to contemplate the location in terms of accessibility for all your guests. If you have guests coming from different corners of the world, finding a central location can make it easier for guests to travel. Also keep in mind that if the trip is expensive, some guests may not be able to go.
• Cost of the potential venue. It is no secret that wedding venues and all the frills that go along with them are expensive. Therefore compare a number of similar venues but in different countries/areas. This will help you find out which country/area will give you the best bang for your buck. When finally agreeing on a venue, make sure to get everything in writing also.


Tip #3 - Consider the Exchange Rate

Regardless of the location, it is more than likely your wedding is going to be costly. Therefore, something important to consider when contemplating a location is the exchange rate. If you choose a destination with a favorable exchange rate, this can save you a huge amount. If the exchange rate is not in your favor, consider making your weddings purchases at home and having them shipped to your destination.


Tip #4 - Book Your Flights On Time

With so much going on, it can be easy to forget to book your flights early for better value. To save money it is recommended to book your flights on a Sunday at least 3 weeks before your trip. If you are booking multiple flights back and forth, a travel rewards credit card can put money back in your pocket. Using a travel rewards card travel rewards card for your travel and accommodation expenses will net you a significant amount of rewards points. Points can be redeemed for various things such as future flights and hotel bookings. If you use a travel card for all your wedding planning flights, this could easily give you enough points for your honeymoon flights.


Tip #5 - Do multiple research trips

You should aim to travel to and research your potential venue at a number of times prior to the wedding. Ideally, you should visit your venue before booking it and then visit it a number of times after to set up details. It's advisable to meet your potential wedding vendors face-to-face also. Prior to your first visit, make a list of the better-known vendors in the area (for example, florists and caterers) and then meet them and compare them. It is also worth asking around about potential vendors when you land.


Tip #6 - Choose a date, and time it right

If you’re planning a destination wedding, consider doing it in the off-season as opposed to peak time. Peak time in most destinations will drive up travel and accommodation costs. The destination will likely be far busier with tourists also. However, another factor you must consider is the weather. Generally, peak season coincides with the best weather. It is always worth checking if you can book your wedding for just before or after the busy season. Just make sure not to book your wedding in the middle of a hurricane, monsoon, or blizzard.


Tip #7 - Give plenty of notice to potential guests

If you are planning a wedding far from home, make sure to tell your guests as early as possible. It’s a good idea to send save-the-date cards and wedding information six months or more in advance. This will allow them to book flights and source any potential visas they need prior to your big day. It is also recommended to inform them about the destination, how to get there for as cheap as possible, and any items they should pack.


Tip #8 - Research the destination’s legal requirements for marriage

Prior to tying the knot on foreign shores, it is highly important to investigate your destination’s laws regarding weddings. Some countries have a residency requirement, which means you must be in the country for a certain period of time before you can get married there. For example, France will require you to be in the country for a full 40 days prior to your wedding date.

When planning a destination wedding always remember that planning and preparation are key. Make sure to do all the research you can into your destination and follow these tips to help your big day go all that bit smoother. And on a final note, congratulations and enjoy your big day!


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Boca Raton Resort and Club an Awesome place for a South Florida Wedding.

Posted on June 13, 2018

BELOW: This photo was taken on the croquet course at Boca Raton Resort and Club. This part of the property is located on a lawn furthest from the water. It is much less windy at this location. However with a few light tugs of the veil it flew up to help create this beautiful veil flying photo.


As an experienced wedding photographer, I have had the opportunity to shoot a wide variety of people at venues all over Florida and the Caribbean. South Florida offers some amazing wedding venues. It doesn’t matter if you are in Palm Beach, Broward or Dade counties, if it’s in South Florida I’m sure there is an awesome wedding venue close by. Having all these great locations gives me the ability to not only experiment with my art but also push the envelope of creativity as well. Some of my favorite wedding venues are: The Breakers, The Eau Palm Beach, Vizcaya in Miami, and The Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale. There are also a ton of Country Clubs and Golf Clubs as well.

BELOW: One of the things I love most about Boca Resort is the huge property with many buildings. Every structure at Boca Raton Resort and Club is unique and has an interesting design. Normally clients ask for photos in the most popular locations. The Grand Staircase, The Fountain in the front of the hotel and the Yacht Club are all beautiful locations. However, with a little bit of exploring you can find hidden gems of architecture that are unique.
This location is at the back of the special event conference building. Most wedding couples never visit this part of the venue. However, if time allows there are several beautiful structures that make great backgrounds.


Recently I had a super crazy wedding weekend. My Friday evening started with a luxury event in Miami, Saturday I was in Broward County covering another commercial event and on Sunday I was at one of my favorite locations in Palm Beach County at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. I have been working at Boca Resort for years and know virtually every inch of the property.
Boca Resort offers a multitude of amenities including 11 award-winning restaurants, a luxurious spa experience, access to fun activities like boating, surfing, and golfing, not to mention Boca by Design, the resort’s wedding and design team.

BELOW: Another fantastic place for photos at Boca Raton Resort and Club is located along side of the Mizner Center. This part of the resort has humongous ballrooms inside. If you walk from the Mizner Center to the main hotel you would most likely walk down this hall. What is most unique about this location is the ceiling made of wood. The hotel pink color is really apparent in this part of the hotel.




BELOW: This very tall wedding cake was created by the pastry chef at Boca Resort and the floral decor was provided by Boca by Design, which is Boca Resort's in house florist and design company.


However, the real draw of this South Florida luxury hotel is the hotel itself. Sitting right along the Atlantic coast it’s nestled right in the heart of South Florida’s Mediterranean inspired historic village. The main hotel sits on a golf course and a separate hotel sits right on the beach. With its elegant features and unique look, you can truly have an international experience without the international travel at this luxury Waldorf Astoria Resort. The architecture is simply stunning. The rounded archways are the perfect place to steal a kiss with your new spouse. The beautiful columns are ideal for framing your bridal party as they stand by you on your big day and the gorgeous tile work provides a nice pop of color to any image.

BELOW: Jessica and Steven taking a walk through Boca Raton Resort and Clubs Lobby.


Speaking of color, the Boca Raton Resort & Club is famous for its pink hues, providing the perfect contrast to any wedding photo. Towering over 20 stories high it’s the perfect place to get ready for the big day

BELOW: At the end of a wedding ceremony all the ring bearers and the flower girl walked back down the aisle together. This gave me the perfect opportunity to gather them all together for this, Hands Up! photo.


Not quite convinced yet? Let me paint you a picture.
It’s your big day, you step off the balcony and toast with your friends as anticipation for the ceremony builds. You say “I do” in the courtyard surrounded by your friends and family, the warm South Florida air, and the lush greenery. You eat dinner in the most elegant setting you can imagine. You experience your first dance with your loved one in a large ballroom with high ceilings and crystal chandeliers


BELOW: In addition to weddings Boca Raton Resort and Club also does a huge amount of corporate and special events. Imagine having your corporate event on a beautiful beach in sunny warm South Florida while most the rest of the country is in a deep freeze. This ice sculpture was created by the event design team at Boca Resort.


Then, as the night draws to a close, you sneak down to the beach kick off your shoes and spend some one-on-one time with your new spouse before the night comes to an end. If that doesn’t quite match your dreams of a Florida destination wedding, the Boca Raton Resort & Club has a ton of options that fit any bride whether you’re looking for something more adventurous, say on a yacht at the marina, or more traditional in their immaculate “Cathedral Room”. No matter what your style, this luxury resort is sure to wow your guests and make your Boca Resort Wedding one to remember.

BELOW: I received a call from Bill Summerlin, The Special Events Designer/ Social manager /Boca Raton Resort ,Waldorf Astoria, Boca By Design at Boca By Design. He told me that a guy was going to propose to his girlfriend just before they have dinner at the resort. I arrived early and acted like I was photographing boats or birds or something with a long telephoto lens. When the marriage proposal happened I was able to photograph the entire thing.
Afterwards I took the couple around for a short engagement photo-shoot.


As one of their preferred photographers, I know first-hand that saying your vows in front of this towering pink hotel is truly a unique experience and will provide you with gorgeous photos that will last a lifetime.

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