Many photo sessions and two years later, I have returned to say hello, once again, on this blog. Thankfully, I remain busy in my photography work, but realize more than ever that blogging is definitely not my strong point, but capturing moments is. So…I am just going to leave that right there and share some VERY random images from the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, of some past weddings. I don’t believe I ever shared any of these on this site, so enjoy! Again–just random images, with many of these candid, and not the more formal type portraits. I will be sharing some images from some more recent weddings and from some of my family work, both of which I love, soon. So, please come back. And, please reach out if you’d like to talk about having your moments captured right here on beautiful Amelia Island. I love other portrait photography work, too – maternity, couples, hs seniors, children… and even tweens!
Hello! I have returned, at least for a moment, to this blog. I’d like to say I am here to stay, but life always seems to say otherwise. I have written in a journal about 3 times in my life. I…
Hello! I have returned, at least for a moment, to this blog. I’d like to say I am here to stay, but life always seems to say otherwise. I have written in a journal about 3 times in my life. It was when my kids were little and each time I started anew. Each time, I made it through one day. Then, several years passed. So, I have always had a special admiration for those who write, who write often, and who write well and quickly. None of those are in my list of strengths, so now you know where I am coming from.
Photos, though…now, that is totally different. I love telling stories with my images. So, I am going to share a few from a couple of weddings from last year. I’ll get to this year in about 3 months. Just kidding (I hope). These two weddings have such wonderful stories. However, without words, I hope you can see the joy and the story in the images, themselves.
I titled this blog, All Around Amelia, since these two weddings were photographed on Amelia Island. I love it here, and it seems many others do too, since we have become such a popular destination for weddings and families alike. My 2nd shooter in both weddings was Jensen of http://www.jensenbellphotography.com. He just happens to be my son and always adds a special dimension to the wedding day.
Enjoy the pics!
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Prep for this awesome wedding was at a gorgeous private home in downtown Fernandina Beach.
Ceremony was at the United Memorial Methodist Church, Fernandina Beach.
After a trolley ride, almost the length of the island, the reception was held at Walker’s Landing at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation.
Prep, Ceremony and Reception for this gorgeous wedding was at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island
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Just wanted to share one image from a wedding on October 3. I will follow-up with this and other weddings in the future. I have been busy, busy this last few months, which is great for business, but not so great for my social media time and sharing what I love to do through this blog.
Ashley and Jay were such a joy to photograph. I had the opportunity of photographing their e-session about 2 months ago, so I knew their wedding would be incredible. And, it did not disappoint. What an elegant and fun time was had by all.
Please come back soon, to see images from this and other weddings. I have photographed 4 in the last 13 days, as well as a family session. Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach is a destination spot and becoming more and more popular. Our pristine beaches continue to call people from all over the world, whether for vacation or an elopement or a full-blown wedding.
I am changing up my blog a tad, today. I am featuring a very special wedding that took place at the Ritz Carlton in June of 2015. I always love photographing at the Ritz. It is one of my favorite venues of all time as everything is always ‘done up right’.
I loved meeting and getting to know Mike and Jennifer and learning how they met. Both, Mike, an architect, and Jennifer, a school teacher, are from the Atlanta area. They chose Amelia Island and the Ritz Carlton for their special weekend. And, they chose perfectly. We had an amazing first meeting and it didn’t take long to see why these two are so perfect for each other. I was thrilled and honored to be chosen to document their day.
This blog begins with the time just after the rehearsal dinner. So, it actually begins with dessert (s’mores), where everything should really begin, right? -And, it ends with an amazing sushi bar closing out the wedding reception. Don’t miss that part. It was awesome and delicious. The groom insisted we have some, so we obliged. Okay-so twist my arm. Yum!!!
I believe the story will tell itself as you peruse the images, but you might not realize details such as the custom made rings and the fact that Jennifer surprised Mike by having a friend fly in to sing at the ceremony, and that Mike sang for Jennifer while she sat in the chair waiting for the garter to be removed. And, please don’t miss that very unique groom’s cake. Wow! So many details and so many to thank for such an incredible weekend.
Kudos and recognition to the following amazing folks:
Venue – Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island
Wedding Coordinator – Christina Saldana – Ritz Carlton, Manager Meetings and Special Events
Cake/Caterer – Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island
Jennifer’s Wedding Gown –Pnina Tornai
Jennifer’s Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Florist – Amazing Wedding Productions
Reception DJ – Jason Brimhall
Officiant – Cathy Henderson
2nd Shooter and Incredible Assistant – www.jensenbellphotography.com
Enjoy the weekend!
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Photography: Capturing life through my lens from my perspective while integrating my own life’s experiences. There. It took me a while to figure out why my photography can never look like anyone else’s and why I shoot the way I do. That is my photography lesson for this day. I continually strive to stay up on today’s photography and offerings, but I have no desire for my photography to look like anyone else’s. I love uniqueness and always have. Striving to capture a unique image for my clients tops the list of motives for what I do. ‘Capturing special moments for a lifetime of memories’ has been my motto since the inception of my business in 2000. I continue to remember these words every time I turn my camera on my subjects. Having said that, I continue.
I cannot believe it has been 3 months since my last post. Where has the time gone? I think I have the answer to that question.
This photographer as well as her associates have been busy, busy documenting weddings, families, high school seniors and children. It has been a quarter of a year of almost constant shooting and we are always honored to be called on by so many.
I have never been one of those photographers who could limit myself to a certain genre of photography. I have been told I should, but what would I leave out? In every instance, and in whatever/whoever I am shooting, I find myself in my ‘element’. I think to myself, ‘now this is what I want to do’. That is, until the next shoot of a totally different type. Then, again, I think to myself, ‘now this is what I want to do’, etc. I think you understand where I am going. So…I thought it best to just share some of the images I have captured over the last few months. I have many more to share and will do so when I get back to this blog.
I hope you enjoy this mix of images–and I’d be remiss not to include a couple of my Nashville, TN wedding images, so they are here, too. ust a few I grabbed in a hurry off my desktop.
And, if you follow us along on our facebook page, you will notice we also love shooting scenics around our gorgeous island and area. You can check out a few of those at: https://www.facebook.com/ameliaislandscenes.
Here’s one to enjoy.
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I thought I’d do something a little different today. I am going to share a few images and how they came about.
The first is this awesome couple right after they spoke their vows and were on the way to their reception.
When the bride and I planned out her day, she wanted to make sure one of us (either me or my assistant, Jensen) was on the trolley with them. No problem, I thought–I will gladly take that role, and send Jensen on ahead to take the early reception images. So…we boarded the trolley—IN THE RAIN. Oh–their are cute images preceding this one–umbrella, kiss and all, but this is the one I want to focus on (forgive the pun). I was sitting up front on the ice chest (sure that isn’t supposed to happen), but I needed one shot of the trolley full of bridal party. Anyway…I was just observing, just looking for opportunities, and fell upon this when viewing through my lens. The newlyweds were so into themselves, they never even knew. It was shot less than a week ago, and has quickly become one of my all-time favorites (and that is saying a lot, since I have photographed weddings for 15 years). For those who are camera techy–my Nikon D4 settings, on this gray day, inside the trolley, with natural light, were as follows: ISO 1250, f3.5, 1/200, at 24mm with 24-70 2.8 lens.
The next image to share is this one on the beach, just a couple of nights ago, when I had a family of three in front of my lens.
I had had just a short opportunity to speak with the Mom of this little one before this beach session that was booked only 2 days out. This family was visiting our beautiful island, and were only here for a short period of time. With all my beach sessions, I always like to take a little something along, for the youngsters, especially, to give them something to look at besides me. I don’t like for all the images to be of the subject looking at me. That is true for little ones as well as bigger ones. 🙂 Anyway…I asked the Mom what they would be wearing and she told me. Then she texted me, a few minutes later, the day of the shoot, and told me she had a little red with floral top outfit she could bring along, and I said, please do. As I was gathering my starfish, shells, little white chair and white balloon, I looked around at my eclectic collection of props and spotted the little wagon. Then, I went into my balloons and found a cool red and white polka-dot one. So…I added these to my little arsenal for this particular beach session and went to the beach. The little red bucket was already in the ‘arsenal’. (sometimes little ones need something to sit down with at the beach, even if for just a nano-second). We had come close to the end of the session, and, after changing her first outfit (little white dress) into this one, what you are seeing here, came to my head. This is exactly what I had in mind at that moment and not a moment before. I did not know how it would pan out. I didn’t know if she would be sitting by the wagon, holding the wagon, or pulling the wagon. I didn’t know if it would be in the foreground, background, or right beside her. That is how my mind works. Any of those scenarios would have worked, but this is the one that actually came about based on her awesome energy and her ability (at 2!) to hold the balloon in her left had, pull the wagon with her right and take off running across the beach. I just happened to catch her looking back at the wagon. Totally non-posed, and pretty much totally unplanned. That is how most of my photography is. I do have things in mind, but I go with whatever the mood is at the time to capture memories. Again, for those who are techy, using my Nikon D4, the settings, in natural dusk light, were as follows: ISO 1000, f3.5, 1/500 at 160mm with 70-200 2.8 lens. And, a special thanks to Jensen, who had just finished showing this little gal what to do.
The last image to share this day is from a recent family session. The star of this image is Dorie, the yellow lab.
She is a beauty, and I am pretty sure she knows it. She stood right there, in front of me, with her family behind, as if to say–‘see them, they are my pack’. This image is pretty self-explanatory. I was referred by another of my clients to this family and loved being with them. It is not all the time I get a family of six, with 4 grown up children. The Mom had asked if the dog could be in some of the images, and I said of course (we are dog lovers around here–ours are beagles and Beagle/Bassett mixes). So, Dorie was in her fair share of images. I always look for and take an opportunity–and did not want to miss this one. When she sat down right in front of me, and I saw the family was in the background, I repositioned myself for best composition, and quickly yelled (yes, with ocean waves, I had to use my outside voice) for them to hurry and stand close to each other and look at Dorie. It worked and I have a series of these, with this being the middle shot. Techies, here you go: Nikon D4s, ISO 640, f3.2, 1/1600 at 70mm with 24-70 2.8 lens. These settings because I know how to shoot beach shots to get the family in the background on a semi shady/sunny early evening on Amelia. 🙂 And, again, a special thanks to Jensen who was watching this one between shots and also making his famous ‘doggie attention getting noises’.
So, there you go. Three images, all taken within the last 2 weeks. All totally different scenarios, but all very spontaneous, because that is how I shoot. Yes, I shoot traditional shots with faces forward, looking at me, because there is definitely a place for those. But, I also shoot these, because they have a very special place in my heart. And…they seem to win over my clients, too.
And, now, I will just share a couple more with no explanation about how they took place. But, they were spontaneous, too. Capturing special moments for a lifetime of memories is something to achieve. It is something to chase after, to work toward, and that is what I strive to do with everyone who graces the front of my lens.
Have a great day!
PS…In honor of Mother’s Day that is just around the corner…a few extra special moments…