Wedding at Omni Amelia Island Plantation | Pam Bell Photography

Hi All,

A wedding on Amelia Island is always a good choice. Located just a short distance from Jacksonville, FL, and Brunswick, GA, we have numerous venues, from small to large, and each has its own uniqueness and beauty. We have the quaint, rustic, oceanside, riverside, marsh front, woodsy, harbor front, oak tree canopied, formal, golf-side, pool-side, pier-side, and many more-so many more. I have had the privilege through the last 15 years of capturing weddings in all of the above-described venues. When I look back on them, I consider myself so blessed to have had the opportunities I have had.

This wedding I am sharing today is from summer 2014, Amelia Island. The ceremony venue was the Amelia Plantation Chapel, at the Omni, and the reception site was Walker’s Landing with its gorgeous moss-draped oak trees, tropical foliage and awesome marsh view. I wanted to share it way before now, but my schedule did not allow the time I needed to share properly. The fall always brings a little slower schedule; as I wind down to enjoy the holidays with my family and friends.

Please take a peek into the awesome wedding day of Jason and Lauren. The love these two have for each other is so very evident and they were a joy to photograph. It is also evident they are Gator fans –and I didn’t even hold that against them–being a Georgia gal at heart. (So glad they didn’t hold that against me and still hired me to photograph their day :). It is also very evident that Jason is quite the fan of Nascar. Just take a peek at the groom’s cake.

Please know you are only viewing a small portion of the images from their day, and some, in the slideshow, are included just for fun. When I photograph a wedding, I do so from the viewpoint of what I would want captured for my day or my daughter’s day. I want every detail, every person – within reason – and all the fun, emotions, formality, informality, romance, and even a little wackiness (if present), documented. I strive to catch all those moments with every wedding I photograph. Weddings are the most joyful, wonderful, full of life celebrations, and I love watching two become husband and wife. It never grows old. I never grow tired. It is always fresh and new.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoy what you see.



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Capturing Family Memories on Amelia Island | Amelia Island Photographer

Hello All,

Today, my blog consists of sharing a recent family session with you by sharing a slideshow of a selection of images from their beach session on Amelia Island in Northeast Florida. I just love capturing moments for clients and their families, whether at a beach session, wedding, newly engaged session, couple session, maternity session, baby session, child session or high school senior session. I love them all. Hope you enjoy what you see.




Capturing Family Memories on Amelia.

Amelia Island Photographer | An Amazing trip to Italy

An amazing trip to Italy to attend an awesome workshop by Yervant yields this Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island Photographer a once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
Along the way, I just ‘happened’ to find a cute family for a family photo adventure in Florence, as well as a cute soon-to-be-parent couple in Rome to document.

Wow! It has been awhile since my last blog. However, I do have a good excuse….I was out of country. You might think I could add to this blog while in Italy, but I was waaaaay to busy taking in all of it, and capturing memories through my lens. No time for writing, there.

In Italy, there seemed to be adventures around every corner. There was the adventure of trying to maneuver myself in and around the train system (and my husband doing the same, while he managed our two big suitcases. My job was handling the two little suitcases). Also, there was the adventure of trying to find a hotel while on a train to the town where the hotel was needed, with no communication, except text messaging, working. Thankfully, the cute Mom in the first set of images, below, was able to find us a possible hotel, text the name to us, and then, our son, stateside, had to make arrangements for us as we traveled across Italy, and as we communicated to him through text.  It was interesting, to say the least. It is always interesting in Italy, it seems –at least for us! But we do love it. This is our 2nd trip there. First was to Southern Italy and Tuscany, this was to middle and Northern part of that beautiful country. Oh—and we stayed in a castle near the Swiss Alps. I guess I should mention that. Hmmmm….I will have to write a blog about that, soon. It was awesome!

Ahhh, the memories, and photos. I always capture photos to help with the memories. I live and remember through my lens. It has been that way for sometime, now – possibly always. Things I take photos of, I remember. I don’t have to look back at the photo, just clicking the shutter plants the image in my head.

I have some awesome images to share and don’t have a clue where to begin—not a clue. However, I thought I’d share, first, a few images from the family session. This couple happens to live about an hour from Florence, where we met up, and happens to be from Amelia Island. Go figure! 🙂  Then, I thought I’d share a few images from the maternity session in Rome. We met this young soon-to-be-dad two years ago, and have conversed with him on Face Book ever since. (Actually he rescued us in the middle of nowhere 2 years ago–we call him our angel). So neat that he has since married and, now, he and his bride are expecting their first child). And, then I am including one icing-on-the-cake image at the end. So please check out all the images. I don’t think you will be disappointed in any of them, but the last one will definitely surprise you. (I think).

You see, the  amazing Yervant workshop I attended was in Venice. That is where George Clooney was married, the day before I arrived; however, little did I know he was still in the area, and was going to be boating down the Grand Canal while I was in my room (which happened to look out upon the Grand Canal), during a lunch break from the first day of the workshop.

My husband casually stood at the window and said. “If you want a photo of George Clooney, you need to come to the window right now”. To which I immediately heard the cheering outside and grabbed my camera with its 70-200 zoom lens, which was handily lying on the bed for return to the workshop. And, I snapped the procession all the way down the Canal and under the Rialto Bridge. It was awesome!

Cool! Enjoy my photo of George and his new bride. (I have about 20 images of the Clooney ‘parade’ down the Grand Canal, but this is my favorite one). They are a gorgeous couple, no doubt!

I have so much more to share…. and don’t know when I will have time, but soon. I also have many family shoots from right here on Amelia Island and some beautiful model shots from the workshop in Venice. Those will be later.

For now, enjoy!

Blessings…and thanks, for stopping by. Please feel free to share this blog with others you think might enjoy my little attempt at writing and my images.


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It’s A Busy Time on Amelia Island | Fine Art Portraiture

Hi All,
I have been remiss in my blog, but wanted to let you know I am still here. I am just coming off the busiest summer ever, since beginning my business almost 15 years ago. I am blessed to live near the Ritz Carlton and the Omni on the island, and both of those resorts have been hopping this year. When they are busy, I am busy. They are top notch resorts and I love shooting at both. They each have different offerings, but amazing backdrops for photography sessions. And, then, of course, the island itself is loaded with many other awesome locations for shooting, including the quaint little town of Fernandina Beach.

One of my favorite spots to shoot, located just near Amelia –just an island away, and across the south end bridge–is Big Talbot Island State Park, with its many old tree trunks that grace its shoreline. It is an awesome place to shoot and many families and couples choose that location.

Most of the summer has been consumed by family beach sessions. I do specialize in them, it seems. That is what happens when a photographer lives at the beach. 🙂 Not a bad thing, at all. I love photographing families of all ages, but those little ones on the beach–there is just nothing like it. I have photographed so many that it is normal for me to get the traditional beach portraits, of course, but I love looking for unique and creative images to capture in each and every session, so each family will have that unique piece that is just for them.

Amelia continues to be an ideal location for destination weddings, too. And, I photograph many of those and am thrilled to do so. I love all the beauty of weddings and love documenting the day as it unfolds. It is such a joyful time and there is never a dull moment. Creativity at its best happens on wedding days. And, I am always looking for something new I have not captured before. I had two very large weddings in August, and will share some images soon. They were both gorgeous!

Meanwhile, I thought I’d share a few images from a few recent sessions on the beach.

Thanks, for dropping by. Please share as you like.







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Weddings, Families, Children, High School Seniors on Amelia Island | Amelia Island Photographer

Hi All,

It has been a long time since I last updated this blog. The lack of writing in this blog reflects the massive time my photography business consumes this time of year. With weddings, and family beach sessions, new babies, and seniors all coming in at once, time has a way of flying by way too quickly. And, since I am not a writer whose thoughts just flow, writing the blog takes a little more time for me than those gifted in writing. Thus, my blogging is almost nil this time of year.

However, I have so much I want to share with you that I don’t even know where to start. I think I’ll just throw a few images from several sessions on here, today. I will begin with the gorgeous wedding of Courtney and Kiley. I am purposely posting some images they haven’t yet seen since I am working on the finishing up of the editing of their day. Then, I will add a few of my favorite shots from some recent family sessions and a senior session. I have way more to share and will do so down the line, but enjoy perusing these. If you have questions about where an image or session was photographed, or how a session works with me, or any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

We always have a great time, no matter what the occasion. Because…. best smiles come from having a great time! 🙂

Thanks for dropping by, and if you have a moment to share this with others, please do. And, if you would like to stay updated with my current sessions, please like my facebook page. I do post there quite often and on a more current basis. Address below.



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Dancing on the beach…:)

Dancing on the beach…:)



High in the air

High in the air

A boy and his boat

A boy and his boat




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Dancing through the storm

Dancing through the storm


Family Beach Sessions, Weddings and Fun Photos On Amelia Island | Amelia Island Photographer

Hi All,

It has been awhile. In fact, it has been one month and two days since I added to my blog. It is a good thing I don’t do this for my living. Nope, I do photography for that. And, that is EXACTLY what I am doing this time of year, which is why this blog is lagging. I have, thankfully, been very busy with my work, meeting new clients, seeing old ones and capturing memories for both.

Amelia Island is hopping with folks here on vacation. And, what a gorgeous spot for such! The island has two major resorts. The Ritz Carlton, and the Omni. Both are VERY family and kid friendly and both have the most gracious staff. In fact, both are able to work together and, just recently, hosted the Texas Roadhouse Grill Convention. It took both resorts to accommodate such a large group and I was amazed at how well they coordinated events and worked together for such a large gathering.

I am saying this as a very thankful person. Both these resorts, and the island, itself draws folks from all over. Thus, I get to meet the neatest folks from, literally, all over the world, at times, and that keeps me pretty busy, this time of year with photography. I have had my son, Jensen Bell Photography, join me. He does a super job and has been working with me for almost 2 years now. He is especially helpful with the larger family reunion type groups. It just takes two, sometimes, to get those little ones to look toward the camera. Now, I am not a ‘look toward the camera’ type photographer, all the time, but I know most folks want at least one of those during their session and I aim to oblige. Nope, my favorite shots are those with families and children interacting and just being themselves. And, I just LOVE to observe kids with my camera as they explore the seashore, shells, sea oats and all those things that make up Amelia Island and the seashore.

Another thing that keeps me pretty busy –is wedding season. It is June, you know, and a beautiful month for a wedding on Amelia. By the time the month ends, I will have photographed five weddings—three smaller elopement types and two larger weddings.

So, the images you are about to see are a mishmash of what is going on at Pam Bell Photography. Enjoy viewing a snippet of what I am privileged to do and enjoy some of my recent favorite images.

I’ll see you next time. Thanks, for dropping by. Please share my blog with those you thing would enjoy it. And, please give me a call if you are going to be on Amelia. I would love to capture some memories for you and yours. I travel, also, and, in fact, will be going to the Boulder, Colorado area in July. I will be taking my cameras, so give me a call and maybe we can meet up for some photos for your family!


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