A husband and wife team with well over 40 years of experience. We love shooting weddings and take a personal approach with our clients. About 99% of our business is Weddings and Engagements! We don’t have “associate photographers”, it’s always Brian and Derica, so you know what you’re in for, every time. These days, everyone has a camera handy, but being a Professional Wedding Photographer isn’t about taking great photographs… that’s a given. It’s about the connection, and working with people in a way that makes them love having their photos taken, creating trust and respect and a comfort level. That’s what it means to be a Wedding Photographer.
Our wedding photography style is:
I like to call it “Vintage Modern”. We use modern equipment, we work within today’s confines and timelines, yet we produce images that are timeless, sometimes even something that could be from 20, 30 even 50 years ago. For me, it’s about the relationship with our brides and grooms and their friends and families. Without that connection, what we do isn’t possible. With about 3,000 weddings under our belts, we’ve seen a lot. The defining aspects of our style are: Connection, Intimacy, Inner Beauty, The people, not just the scenery, the closeness of our clients to each other, and bringing all of this together in a photograph.
We love photographing weddings because:
There is just not enough space here to answer this one! I’ll try.
We love photographing weddings because of the emotions, because of the interactions with people on a day that everything is just a little “more”. Happiness is more, tension is more, and… love is more. You just can’t get that feeling any other way. I’ve tried other kinds of photography and well, to be honest, I got bored. Creating that moment, freezing for eternity that one special second that makes a tear run down your face… THAT, that is why I love photographing weddings.
Our personality is:
Hmm… Brian should come with a warning label (in a good way). He is high energy, personable, thinks he’s funny, quick with a joke, but also devoted to our brides, grooms, and their friends and families. Derica is quieter, but, she’s the one over there crying during your vows, yeah, we’re like that. So… our personalities are… Real. What you see is what you get, from our website, to this questionnaire to a phone call, consultation, what have you…. just real people who want to connect with you.
What makes our business standout from other photographers is:
Longevity and experience, as well as the personal touch. I’ve been a Professional Wedding Photographer since age 14. I’ve watched film cameras come and go, I helped usher in the Digital Camera Revolution, and have taught many photographers over the years. I’ve given lectures and classes on everything from Posing and Lighting, to Photoshop, Lightroom and other software, as well as basic, simple photographic technique.
I’ve had the big company with lots of photographers on staff, but now we keep it small, just myself and Derica. We do it all, we answer the phones, return emails, sweep the floors, bustle your dress, process your photos, design your album. The list goes on.
We keep pricing pretty simple, and we really want you to do an Engagement Session, so they are included at no charge in ALL our packages. Coverage starts at just $1,099, and goes to $1,699 for a full 8 hour day. We offer albums too, starting at $499, and of course, canvasses, prints, basically anything you could ask for, we offer it. Most of our brides probably pay about $1,500-$2,500 for “full service” packages.
Kodak Gallery Award for Photographic Excellence
Professional Photographers of America, “Photographer of The Year”, TWO times.
Professional Photographers of America “Craftsman Photographer”, a lifetime title.
Professional Photographers of America “Certified Professional Photographer”
Professional Photographers of America- I have a photo in the prestigious Permanent Loan Collection.
Keynote speaker for Ohio Professional Photographers Annual Convention.
Florida Professional Photographers “Top Ten Photographers”, THREE years in a row.
Florida Professional Photographers “Degree of Photographic Excellence”, a lifetime award.
Florida Professional Photographers- Chosen as a mentor TWICE to offer training to other Professional Photographers.
Florida Professional Photographers- Instructor at “The Florida School” for Professional Photographers
Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year” THREE years in a row.
Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association “Wedding Photographer of the Year” THREE years in a row.
Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association “Portrait Photographer of the Year” TWICE.
Bay Professional Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year” TWICE.
Battle of the Bays (TAPPA and BPPA combined) “Best in Show Image”
Rochester Institute of Technology “Master of Fine Arts, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences”
Rochester Institute of Technology “Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design”
Professional Photographers of America- Derica ALSO has an image in the Permanent Loan Collection!
Florida Professional Photographers “Best in Show, Electronic Imaging”
Florida Professional Photographers “Florida Education Degree”
Atlantic Professional Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year” TWO years in a row.
Atlantic Professional Photographers Association “Rising Star of the Year”
Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association “Electronic Imaging Artist of the Year”
“As a Company” Awards:
Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award for 2015 and 2016.
Published numerous times in various wedding blogs and magazines including Marry Me Tampa Bay.
Our photographs have won literally HUNDREDS of awards, through Professional Print Competitions.
Over the years, we’ve been members of:
Professional Photographers of America
Southeast Professional Photographers
Association of Bridal Consultants
Florida Professional Photographers
Tampa Area Professional Photographers Association
Atlantic Professional Photographers Association
Bay Professional Photographers Association
Professional Photographers Guild of Mid-Florida
Bay Area Bridal Association