These are the kind of photographs that drive me to do what I do. When I’m able to connect to my clients, and they can let their love shine in front of my lens, magic happens.

April 11, 2016 · No comments

The Engagement Ring – Miami Wedding Photographer

Engagement season is right around the corner! There’s something in the Fall air that makes couples come closer, and men pop the question. Maybe it’s the spirit of a season of giving, or the aura of celebration with family and friends as the holidays get closer. A token of love and commitment appeals to my hopelessly romantic side.

In my years photographing weddings I have seen countless of beautiful rings of all styles, and I wanted to share my favorites with you. I like them all, each one has its own beautiful personality and suited the bride perfectly, and that’s what makes them special and unique. Here are my favorite rings:

I love the clean, simple lines of this radiant cut solitaire engagement ring:

radiant cut diamond engagement ring

Then there’s this delicate asscher cut surrounded by a halo of pink diamonds:

This gorgeous vintage marquise ring in a halo belonged to the groom’s grandmother:

antique marquise ring

I have a soft spot for old cut stones, they usually have a large culet, which is a blunt cut in what’s the bottom point of a diamond. This cut exhibits the most beautiful flowery patterns, reflecting the circular culet pattern in all the facets of the diamond:

old cut vintage diamond engagement ring

And I adore this delicate wedding band. It’s so very intricate and light, looking like a dainty crown of lace:

delicate vintage engagement ring

Which one is  your favorite?

September 22, 2015 · No comments

Wedding Photos with Dogs

miami wedding dog photo

I’ve had the pleasure of photographing several weddings of proud pet owners who could not go through such an important day without having their mascots present. Yet, when planning your wedding day, knowing how to incorporate them smoothly into the wedding day can be tricky. Photographing these special family members always brings a smile to my face, especially when they are elegantly decked in formal attire, such as Oglethorpe’s gray bow tie in this photo, to match the groom’s suit. A quick search on the internet for wedding photos with dogs delivers a myriad of ways these beloved members of the family can be decked out for such a special occasion.

Oglethorpe was an extremely well behaved member of the wedding party at this Southern garden wedding, and he didn’t mind posing for a few glamour shots with the bride and groom.

Please hop on over to Southern Living’s blog today for an interview with my dear friend and wedding planner extraordinare Sarah Chancey, who gives us insight on how to incorporate our furry babies into a perfect wedding day.

September 9, 2015 · No comments

miami engagement session photographer

This photo holds special significance to me. When I first met Carolina and Zach, they were searching for a wedding photographer that would create something special that they would treasure for many years to come. Carolina is a multi-cultural woman, and her heritage is reflected in her personality. She has a sparking demeanor that envelops everyone around her with the most positive aura. Zach is the quiet type, not a man of many words, but pleasant, and his love for her is evident in their body language and those knowing looks they share even when they are in the midst of a crowd of people.

This photo is perfectly who they are. Carolina, leading the way, living life to its fullest in her vibrant red dress, while Zach holds on for the adventure. Their happiness as they tale the next steps together into their new lives, is just shining on their expressions.

This is a photo that captures them perfectly, as they are.

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August 12, 2015 · No comments