Robyn and Andrew Wedding Photography | Orlando Science Center Weddings

There are so many different types of wedding venues out there, it’s hard to know which one is right for you. Some people love classic weddings, many people now like the outdoor barn/shabby chic look, and others… well they just want to do their cake cutting in front of a massive T-Rex!

The Orlando Science Center has an outdoor ceremony or reception site on their 4th floor terrace overlooking Orlando. You can choose to do everything inside and use their Our Planet room or another exhibit on property. There are so many options.  They even have a killer spot for your exit as you get into your get-away car! It’s a stunning glass bridge over part of Downtown Orlando. It’s perfect for a bubble or glowstick exit. As a wedding photographer around Orlando there isn’t another place like this to get some fun and hilarious wedding images. Robyn + Andrew an awesome couple that had a super fun wedding, thanks for inviting us to be your wedding photographers! It was a blast!

Special thanks to all the vendors who made it possible: 4Rivers, Junction 88, The Flower Studio, Uptown Selfies, Orlando Science Center Meetings and Events, and Gezellig Cookies

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Putting the FUN into your Wedding Photography!

Your wedding is a pretty big deal, there is a bunch to organize, so many decisions to be made, and months of planning every little detail.  When it gets to the big day its time to chill out and let it all happen, remember you have put together your perfect team of vendors to be there for you every step of the way.  Wedding photography is a big part of the day and we know you want to look good, trust me when I say you will… especially if you're having fun!  We like to have fun with all of our clients, your wedding should be the happiest day ever, not the most stressful.  So here's some tips from us to make your wedding day more fun, and your images filled with smiles and laughs.

 

1.  Be yourself:  People look their best when they are relaxed, so don't over think the photographer!  Do what you normally do and have fun doing it (just pretend we are not there - it's pretty easy with us as Kellie is only 5ft tall so she's easy to miss).  We'll be there to get all the amazing moments without you worrying about "faking it".  The best smiles are the real ones, a "cheese" smile only uses the muscles in your lower face, a real smile (one that lights up a room) comes from the eyes.  You can't fake a real smile, so instead of worrying about how you look or if your arm is in the right place, just have fun.

2.  Don't worry about time:  Stressing about timing isn't going to make your day any more fun, plus it means you're going to look stressed in all of your pictures!  Let the people you have hired do their thing and don't worry about time.  Most couple we work with seem to think they are late when they are not.  Slow down and enjoy the day.  As photographers we know we have a set amount of time for portraits and that’s why we move quickly.   If your ceremony is running a few minutes behind, don't worry, we'll work on fast forward and make sure you get to dinner on time :)  It's our aim to get all of your images done asap so you can relax or even join your cocktail hour.

3. Ridiculous portraits:  OK, so we need the traditional family portraits, we'll make sure we get those done first, then its time to have some fun.  There's always one person in a wedding party that’s up for anything, we like this person, and I usually ask who it is - all fingers usually point in the same direction :)  Remember that not all images have to be pretty and perfect, why not have one where you are striking a pose, being chased by a T Rex,  or pointing in different directions for no reason at all.  Not only do these moment create fun images, they also create a moment for us right after that portrait to capture candid moments of you all laughing at how silly you just were.

4.  Don't sweat the small stuff:  There are a million little details that you pull together for a wedding, if one tiny thing didn't work out don't worry!  So many couple are concerned that something isn't right for the guests.  The likelihood is that people didn't notice the different type of flower in your bouquet or that the place setting was the wrong color!  It will look amazing and your guests will love it, and we'll be there to make sure every little detail is captured.

5.  Don't be afraid to show off your sweet dance moves:  We love all the special moments that a wedding brings, but some of the most outrageous are the ones from the reception.  If you're on the dance floor then everyone will be on the dance floor, and that makes for some pretty cool pictures, especially when your 92 year old granny who never dances decides to jump on the dance floor and grind it up (yes, that happened).  Drag them all on the dance floor and make them show you their moves.... even if they don't have any it will make for great pictures.

Your wedding day really will be one of the most memorable in your life.  Focus on the fun and all the amazing things that happen, and that’s what you'll remember for a lifetime.  

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Christmas Day Engagement Photography | Engagement Season has Begun! Disney Boardwalk in Orlando

It seems like everyone is happier around the holidays, and maybe that’s why the holidays mark the start of engagement season! In the USA there is a spike in the number of engagements starting from Thanksgiving and continuing to Valentines day. The number one day to get engaged is Christmas day!!! An almost guaranteed day off work to spend with loved ones, and a day that gifts are already on the mind so why not make that gift a ring. Plus its a great time to throw a surprise engagement party seeing as all of the family are already in town.

In our area 17% of proposals happen on the same 10 days of the year, and 40% of proposals are during engagement season. If you just got engaged, or know someone else that did, check out our new special offer on all wedding photography packages!

Payton and her fiance flew down to Florida on vacation with some friends to hang out at one of their favorite places…. Disney. We met them at the Disney Boardwalk to get some engagement photography of them during the holiday season. Disney’s Boardwalk is a great place to walk around and get multiple locations all in one shoot. We took an hour to explore the area, and got a bunch of great shots, here is just a small selection.

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So You Want to Do a Destination Wedding? Nicole and Ignacio | Orlando Wedding Photography | St. Augustine, FL

Who wouldn't want a vacation and a beautiful wedding all at the same time? It's a great idea, getting married away from home has it's advantages! You're already on vacation when you arrive! YAAAS!

Living in Orlando you have your choice of great wedding spots but what about going out of town? One of our number one favorite spots to visit is St. Augustine! It has that small town European feel to it. That’s exactly what Nicole and Ignacio decided to get hitched here!

We compiled a list of all the top advantages of doing a destination wedding for you:

  • Start your marriage off right! Go someplace new, the world is huge!

  • It’s pretty affordable. Contrary to what you would think, lots of top destinations around the world have special low cost packages that you can customize. The bride and groom pay for their own resort stay and the wedding package through the venue and the guests pay their own way to the location and their accommodations. Couples can have a large or small wedding and control the budget. You also may get some discounts and the resorts when book a certain number of rooms or book your honeymoon there too!

  • Shrink that guest list! Sometimes when you’re having a wedding in your home town, you tend to invite way more people then you would if you were traveling abroad, just because you feel obligated. Also, people won’t feel slighted if you don’t invite them because you’re having a smaller wedding and will understand you’re keeping it to just close friends and family.

  • Quality time is another great perk. Since you have a smaller guest list, you’ll get to actually speak with all of your guests instead of running around and trying to speak with all 150 guests you invited. Think about how much more quality time you’ll get with each guest if you only had 50 people.

  • Relaxing is high up on everyone’s priority list when they travel, so everyone is going to be less stressed out. Bring your bathing suits and lets the drinks flow. It’s time to party!

Want to see more destination weddings? Check out our gallery here.

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Why do I need an engagment session? | Cocoa Beach Engagement Session | Alan Shepard Park | Orlando Area

Engagement season is coming up really soon! Which for you means you’ve just gotten engaged and you can’t wait to share it with the world! That’s where we come in. Let’s make it official with some awesome pictures of you and your future spouse! So why exactly do you need an engagement session? There are a couple of reasons it makes sense to have a few pictures taken before the big day.

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Get to know your photographer.

This is a great chance to get to connect with your photographer. Not only do you get to know us better, we get to know you too! We like to find out what makes you guys laugh together. Tell us your story, we can’t wait to hear it!

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Save-the-Dates, Announcements and Invitations.

There are so many great things to use your engagement photography on once you have them taken. Sometimes people haven’t seen you two together, so give them a snapshot of your fireworks! Plus, you’ve got to blow that up all over social media, right?

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Remember where it all started.

Every couple’s story started somewhere. You could have your engagement session taken in that place. It could have been a local coffee shop or maybe you bumped into each other while you were in line for a coke at the movie theater. Your engagement session can be a great time to relive that first meeting excitement.

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It’s just fun.

I know, but really, it’s just fun. Pick something you really enjoy doing together so you can get real smiles doing something you enjoy. Or maybe it shows off your personality together as a couple.

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Best way to include your dog in your family session | Orlando Family Photography | Downtown Winter Garden, FL

“Can we bring our puppies to our portrait or engagement session?” That’s one of the questions we love to answer with a excited YES! We love puppies. There are a lot of great tips and tricks to get the best out of your furry family members.

When there are puppies involved, usually there are lots of smiles. As you prepare for your engagement session or family photography session, think about how to make your pet comfortable. Dogs are unpredictable, which makes for some fun photos!

Here are a few ideas on how to get your puppy ready for their close up.

  1. Got treats or a favorite toy? Bring them along. It’s a great way to keep your dog interested as well as entertained while we photograph you together. It’s even better if your pet loves a squeak toy because that high pitched noise will most likely make them make that adorable cute head tilt. Awww!

  2. Go for a run or a walk before heading out to your session. Most dogs are a lot calmer after they’ve been on an energetic walk right before they take pictures. It gets all the jitters out.

  3. Pick a location for the portrait session that includes some fun for your pet too. Sometimes, if you’re feeling adventurous, we suggest taking them to the dog park and let them run around and just be a dog. If they love to swim, take them to a dog beach, it always makes for some fun action shots with the water too. Plus, all the sniffs are free.

  4. Bring a good friend your dog knows with you to hold on to your puppy while you and your partner get some portrait pictures together as well.

    We can’t wait to work with you and your furry friends!

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Should We Do a First Look? Orlando Wedding Photography | Winter Park Farmer's Market

There is always something nice to be said about traditions that span thousands of years. However, in the same breath we're big fans of breaking the rules too. It's 2019 after all. Doing an untraditional “first look” comes with some advantages if you're feeling a little less traditional and want to mix it up on your wedding day:

No Jitters
Instead of waiting all the way until the ceremony to see each other for the first time in your fancy clothes, you get to see each other beforehand so you don't have to be nervous!

Cocktail Hour? Yes!
If you are a couple who wants to mingle with their guests at cocktail hour a first look is a great idea. You can quite easily do all of your portraits before the ceremony giving you the time afterwards to attend cocktail hour with your friends and family.

Emotional Images
When you see each other for the first time, it sometimes brings up some emotion. This makes for some great documentary wedding images of your partners reaction to seeing you for the first time. 

If you want to switch it up a little bit from traditions on your wedding day and get in a little extra cocktail hour, our suggestion is to go for the first look.

Check out Kate and Nate's wedding photography below

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Client Love | Wedding Photography Review from Chelsea!

We always have fun with our clients, and it’s great to know they have fun with us too. There are so many super fun wedding venues in Orlando to have a bunch of fun at, and this was one of them. A big thanks to Chelsea for the recent review, your words were so kind that we thought we would share them!

“We used Kellie and Lindsay for our engagement photos, and also photo and video for our wedding!! We do not have enough good things to say about them. We loved Kellie from the first meeting, and she always made us feel so comfortable. They are very responsive and easy to work with. On the wedding day, you barely knew they were there (in a good way)! They have a great energy and we were lucky to have them on our wedding day! We would definitely recommend them! We got so many great pictures and loved every minute!”


Click here to see some more reviews from happy couples!

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Family Portraits on Vacation! | Ritz-Carlton Grand Lakes | Orlando, FL

Are you coming to Orlando on a vacation? If you are, look us up! There are so many benefits of doing a family photography session while on vacation. First of all, you look relaxed and rested, you're already having fun, and you're in Orlando with all our great weather! The Roy family contacted us because her mother and father were celebrating their 50th anniversary. Congratulations! A lot happens in 50 years.

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A couple quick tips when you're getting ready for your family photography session:

  1. Color Match Your Outfits. When I say color match, I mean pick patterns and colors that are similar but you all aren't wearing the same exact outfits. Maybe mom wears a solid blue shirt while dad wears a lighter blue patterned shirt. Maybe the kids have a mixture of solids, patterns and stripes in a variety of shades of blue. Also feel free to add another color if you'd like to mix it up but use it sparingly.

  2. Eat Before Your Session. No one feels their best if their stomachs are empty. Hangry isn't a good look. If you have kids with you, they will probably be hungry during the shoot, so maybe bring a few snacks with you too. Plus, helps keep them happy when they are waiting for their turn.

  3. Have Fun. This is an important one! If you'd like, you can do an activity with your family that will be laughter inducing such as maybe Twister, Jenga, card games, or maybe it's water balloons! Whatever it is, bring it along. Photographs of families always look better when everyone is engaged and enjoying themselves. Maybe you have a pet, bring him or her along too! They are part of the family.

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Wanna Have the Best Day Ever? Morgan + Ray's Wedding Photography | Club Lake Plantation | Apopka, FL

Don't worry, follow these simple tips and tricks and you're going to have the best wedding day ever. We've been in the wedding industry for over 10 years now and have done thousands of weddings in that time. We've seen what works, what doesn't and what you should focus on when the day finally arrives.

1. It's you and your partner's big day, no one else.

You've spent probably the last year trying to make everyone happy and get every last detail right. If things come up, tell people what you want done and let them take care of it. You're past the point of having to manage every detail.

2. Don't sweat the small stuff, focus on being present. 

Weddings go fast, I mean, really fast. You don't want to miss the big day. I hear it all the time from so many brides and grooms. Sometimes people forget to even eat because they are too busy talking to all their friends and family members. You painstakingly picked out all the food, don't miss out! Just sit back and try to take it all in. Even better, if you are missing cocktail hour, have the catering staff bring the Hors d'oeuvre's and specialty cocktails to you and your wedding party at portrait time after the ceremony so you don't miss out on those.

3. Sleep, eat, and water.

Don't forget to take care of yourself. Sleep is important for sure. You'll be celebrating through the night - probably several nights in a row leading up to the wedding but make sure to sleep in and be fully rested. If it helps to wind down from the stress of wedding planning, try some yoga or going out for a run - it might help clear your head. Also, you need to eat, and drink plenty of water. I've seen so many brides and grooms be extremely dehydrated on their wedding day due to the excessive heat here in Orlando in addition to enjoying several adult beverages. 

4. Pass Your Phone Off to Someone Else.

This kind of goes along with number 2. You've already planned every detail, you don't need to continue to manage every vendor and every question on the big day. You want to enjoy what you've planned, so pass your phone off to someone else you trust to take calls on your behalf and organize any last details.

5. Comfy Shoes

This is a big one! You're probably getting married in some killer heels or fancy wingtips, but that doesn't always work out the rest of the night if you're going to bust a move on the dance floor. There are so many popular options for a second pair of shoes. We've seen custom converse, brightly colored Tom's and even flip flops. Chances are we can't see your feet under the dress anyway. And guys, a snazzy pair of sneakers go great with suits or tuxes, plus adds a little personality.

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