Saturday, December 14, 2019

2019 Weddings | Fort Myers Professional Photographer


Fort Myers Based Photogrpaher Black and White Image


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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Tent Wedding At Casa Ybel Resort - Sanibel, Island Photographer

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Fort Myers Beach Portraits | Florida Professional Photographer

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Behind the Scenes at Impressions Photography

Sout seas resort palm trees beach

Got a great question this morning from a bride:

"We are more traditional, do we have to to a first look?"

I get this question a lot. I also talk to a lot of couples who are unsure if they want to do a first look and see each other before the ceremony. There are pro's and con's to each, but I believe planned well either way can work out just fine for pictures. Ultimately it's a personal choice that each couple can make based on what fits them better.

If you opt not to see each other before the ceremony typically most pictures that include the bride and groom together are all done during the cocktail hour. This would be the couple photographs as well as all wedding party and family. Benefits of this are that it moves along quickly, all of the must have combinations of family groups and organized pictures are checked off the list one after another. It's also nice that it's typically later in the day at this point and the lighting is usually better than before the ceremony. Because the time is a little more limited, going to multiple locations for pictures usually isn't an option, however most venues can offer a vast variety of backdrops all in one general area.

Some photographers do require that you see each other before. The main reason is that it is a much more relaxed schedule. It does allow for taking breaks, have a seat, grab a snack. Depending on how early you opt to see each other you do have the option to go to multiple locations for pictures too. The other benefit is that you have the option to join your own cocktail hour. I've found some couples, especially those with guests traveling from different places, don't want to miss any time with their friends and family.

I have photographed just as many weddings with first looks as without and have found either way can work well. As long as a good plan is in place before the wedding day and a realistic photo list is made either option can work well.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you want to talk in more detail about your wedding day plan. I'm always happy to help couples make a plan for their day that works well and includes plenty of time for all of the best pictures.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Fort Myers Family Portraits | SWFL Professional Photographer

fort myers beach family in the water


Any trip that brings you all the way from Indiana to sunny Southwest Florida deserves a family portrait! A stunning sunset and beautiful night on Fort Myers Beach was the backdrop and this beautiful family was the most fun subject any professional photographer could ask for! We met about an hour before sunset and got a variety of posed and candid pictures of them enjoying a beautiful night on Fort Myers Beach. I'm sure this Florida vacation was lot of fun for them (especially since we had some amazing beach weather during their trip!) and there are so many great photographs now to remember it by too!

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family in the water at the beach

professional family portrait on fort myers beach

professional family portrait on fort myers beach

professional family portrait on fort myers beach


professional family portrait on fort myers beach

professional family portrait on fort myers beach

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

New York Wedding | Destination Wedding Photographer


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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Behind the Scenes at Impressions Photography

Sunset palm trees


Greetings! And greeting cards. Yes, Impressions Photography offers those too. We have a small collection that we offer directly from us. We also have teamed up with Minted. After your photo shoot we can upload your highlight images to a Minted gallery and you can order from any of the thousands of card options that they offer. We've also selected a few favorites so you can see our suggested cards too.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Fort Myers Beach Elopement | SWFL Photographer

Fort Myers Beach Intimate Wedding Photography

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Four Best Seasons to Visit Southwest Florida | Sanibel Island Photographer

Sanibel and Captiva Beach family pictures

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Tarpon Lodge Wedding | Florida Photographer


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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Behind the Scenes at Impressions Photography

South Seas Resort Palm Trees

It's another beautiful Southwest Florida afternoon and we are working away on print orders today. A little something that Impressions Photography does is offer digital files and printing rights with many of our wedding and portrait packages. I personally love that our clients have the ability to make their own prints. I think this is a great option for making smaller size pictures, however when it comes to canvas prints and gallery walls, the extra care and quality printing offed by our professional printing lab is worth the investment. The big online canvas stores offer enticing sales, however I have heard more than one story of prints fading and becoming discolored, some in just a few months. When you are looking to add an heirloom to your home and have a print from your wedding day that you will keep forever or a photo of your children that someday the next generation will come to your home and admire, it's important to have quality printing that will last.
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Monday, September 2, 2019

Behind the Scenes at Impressions Photography

mexico wedding day


Stuck at my desk, but destination wedding dreaming today. Impressions Photography is no stranger to destination weddings. Most of the couples that we work with in Southwest Florida are actually coming from other parts of the country (even the world) to get married on our sunshine filled beaches. This year Indiana and Illinois couples seem to be calling for information a lot, but I get calls from everywhere. And then there are some weddings where not only the bride and groom are traveling, but I am too! This event was in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Literally one of my favorite spots on the planet. I absolutely loved the wedding I photographed in this sweet little corner of the world. Most of my travel weddings have me in the Caribbean though. Next up I'm heading back to the island of Nevis for a very special tropical wedding celebration. I'm hoping to fill my calendar with a few more flights this year yet. If you are planning for Barbados or the Bahamas or any beach loving location, I'm happy to photograph there too. There can never be too much Caribbean on the calendar!
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Monday, July 22, 2019

Casa Ybel Family Photographs | Sanibel Photographer

baby crying sitting on the beach


I am feeling an entire Impressions Photography marketing campaign could be focused on this image. I've met so many grooms that I am sure can relate to this poor girl. I know pictures aren't always fun for everyone, but I definitely try to make the experience as fun and easy as possible. If it's a wedding party that is more interested in getting to cocktail hour or a baby that is fighting nap time, I definitely know that pictures can be a drag for some, so keeping things moving along and making the experience entertaining is so important. 

Luckily for us this was the last picture of the evening at this Casa Ybel family portrait. We were able to get some stunning Sanibel sunset pictures and great candid moments of the entire family on the beach before the inevitable happened. Most of my family portraits last between 45 minutes and an hour and with small children that time frame is usually just perfect. We always begin with more posed pictures and then transition to relaxed and casual candid style beach pictures. Sometimes that even includes a few tears! It was the ending to a fabulous Sanibel photo shoot... and with so many wonderful moments leading up to it, I think that is the perfect ending!


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family walking in the water on sanibel
family picking shells on sanibel
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boy and girl look at a shell on the beach
sanibel island professional family photograph
sanibel island professional family photograph
sanibel island family beach pictures in coral in blue
sanibel island family beach pictures in coral in blue
sanibel island family beach pictures in coral in blue

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Ti & Joe's Boca Grande Wedding

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Our List of the Best of Sanibel and Captiva Islands | Activities, Adventures and Travel Inspiration

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

South Seas Resort Wedding | Captiva Island Photographer

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Selecting the Best "Getting Ready" Location on a Wedding Day

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

6 Things to Know When Having a Family Portrait on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

family standing on the beach on Sanibel at Sunset
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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Brooke & Will's Stunning Castle Wedding

From perfectly planned details to the ideal weather, Brooke and Will's destination wedding was something out of a fairy tail. Throw in a real castle, some adorable children and a couple that is charming and a blast to be around and you have the making for a wedding that everyone would want to be witness to. I happened to be the very fortunate wedding photographer who got to do just that. The Impressions Photography team was there to witness this great love story as well as capture all of the moments as they unfolded. The couple opt to be traditional and not see each other before the ceremony. I love that in just a little time taken away from the party we were able to get such a variety of images of the couple. When I work with couples to make their wedding day timeline I always have flexibility and know that things may change. With Brooke and Will our well thought out plan came together just as we had hoped. Each image we discussed was captured and done so without interrupting the celebration. For many couples opting to do pictures before the ceremony is a nice way to alleviate that concern, but for my more traditional brides and grooms, Brooke and Will's wedding day is a fabulous example of how we can capture thoughtful wedding images after the ceremony without taking away from the true meaning of the day. 

Hope you enjoy a glimpse of this wonderful couples day. If you are planning a wedding let's talk about what we can do to make your wedding day extra special too!

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Barbados Wedding


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Monday, May 6, 2019

Sanibel Island Photographer | Casa Ybel Wedding




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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

South Seas Resort Wedding | Captiva Island Photographer

South Seas Resort Wedding
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Sundial Wedding | Sanibel Island Photographer



Sundial Wedding Photographer Sanibel Island

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