Vadim Photo http://www.vadimphoto.com Tampa Wedding Photographer Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:56:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5 Fatima and Salim Engagement http://www.vadimphoto.com/2012/08/fatima-and-salim-engagement/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2012/08/fatima-and-salim-engagement/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2012 04:05:39 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=2240 Most of Tampa Wedding Photographers would agree with me that Spring is probably our busiest time of the year. And first half of this year was no exception, if, in fact, is not my busiest ever! I’ve been privileged to photograph many beautiful weddings as well as fun engagement sessions. Striving to deliver your pictures as fast as possible, sometimes I fall behind on blogging; however, now I am ready to catch up and share with you my most recent work!

Today, I’d like to open with a very unique and fun engagement session which I photographed just few weeks ago. Most of it took place on a beautiful luxury yacht – Leopard 39. Salim had few other ideas for this special occasion, including a hot air baloon ride, but I’m kind of glad he settled on a yacht instead :)

On a sunny weekend afternoon, Fatima, Salim, myself and Rich (a videographer from BluePoem Studios, Miami, FL) departed from St. Petersburg marina and set our sails into the Gulf of Mexico. Unlike most of the engagement sessions I photographed before, shooting on a yacht posed its own set of challenges. Major one was the fact that I could no longer control the light. When shooting in downtown Tampa or in a park of St. Pete, or even on a beach in Sarasota I can always choose where and how to pose my couple in relation to the sun. I love working with shades, around structures, trees, etc. In this case, the choice was pretty much limited to… none :) We were in the open seas under the hot summer Florida sun blasting pretty much at full power. During this period of the day I decided to mostly shoot wide angle, including lots of water and various elements of the yacht. This allowed me to minimize the impact of the rather harsh light we had to work with. Another challenge was limited number of angles I could take, and the very few that were available – Rich and I had to take turns and share! It did work out quite well in the end, because we both had tons of ideas and while one of us was shooting, the other one was preparing for the next setup.

As the sun made its way towards the horizon, the light became a lot softer which finally opened up a lot of opportunities for beautiful and romantic portraits. As we finally docked at the marina, the sun was completely gone. However, we still were not ready to call it a day. Instead, we headed to downtown St. Pete and photographed a couple of series around the museum of fine arts. I especially loved shooting wide angle again, including as much architecture as possible while silhouetting Fatima and Salim.

Rich ended up working with the couple next day as well. They shot incredibly funny clip at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel (Mariott) which, mixed with the footage from the yacht, became the opening video at Fatima and Salim’s reception few days later. My slideshow from this session was playing on the two 10×8 feet screen of the reception room through the entire evening. I will blog Fatima and Salim’s Sangeet party and reception images soon. In the meantime, enjoy some of my favorite picks below and reception introduction clip by the BluePoem Studios at the bottom of this post!

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Lindsey and Ronnie Engagement at the Don Cesar Hotel http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/10/lindsey-and-ronnie-engagement-at-the-don-cesar-hotel/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/10/lindsey-and-ronnie-engagement-at-the-don-cesar-hotel/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 01:38:25 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=1932 Most Tampa wedding photographers would agree with me that Don Cesar Hotel is an incredible wedding venue – gorgeous architecture, stunning interior and of course the beautiful beach with perfect sunsets right behind it. All this makes the Don a true gem and an exciting spot for wedding photography. However, shooting engagement sessions at this resort is even more fun. Unlike weddings, engagements give us, wedding photographers, plenty of time to really explore the venue to its fullest. Add to that a couple who really enjoys picture taking and you have an evening of fun most wedding photographers live for!

Visiting Tampa Bay from Louisville, Ronnie and Lindsey were staying at the Don when one evening Ronnie revealed to his fiancee the real reason there came here – he asked her to marry him! Capturing the couple’s excitement was easy – emotions were strong and everybody around could tell how passionate they were about one another! Our session began inside because the sun was still a bit strong, yet the amount of light we were getting through the large windows of the hotel’s corridors was just perfect. There were not many tourists in the lobby that evening which allowed us get the most use of the Don’s awesome interior. Once the time got closer to the sunset, Lindsey and Ronnie changed and we went out on the beach.

When couples suggest the beach as an engagement spot I always try to incorporate at least one more place which would differ in feel and style from the beach. Beach is fun, don’t get me wrong, but there is only so much you can do with the sun, water and sand. And that’s one of the things I like about engagement locations such as Don Cesar – it offers such a variety of scenery without the need to travel to different places. In and around the Don you get to photograph with beautiful architecture in the background, while few steps away on the beach it’s a completely different feel.

Additionally, I often try to alternate the approach I’m using from one location to another. While inside the hotel I mostly directed and posted the couple, the moment we stepped on the beach I completely switched gears. It all became about interaction between Lindsey and Ronnie – they walked, talked, ran, goofed around and simply had lots of fun. By this time they felt a lot more comfortable in front of the camera and the shooting as well as their interaction was flowing very naturally. Half an hour later, as the sun touched the horizon we finished our session with a series of awesome sunset shots and wrapped it up with few pictures featuring Don Cesar in the background.

Here are few of my favorites from that day, hope you enjoy them!

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University of Tampa Engagement Session – Beemal and Sonal http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/08/university-of-tampa-engagement-session-beemal-and-sonal/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/08/university-of-tampa-engagement-session-beemal-and-sonal/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2011 01:43:56 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=1845 Tampa wedding photography is an exciting field in itself, but what makes it even more fun are all the engagement sessions we, Tampa wedding photographers, get to shoot in between the weddings. These photo shoots give couples a chance to get more comfortable in front of the camera and learn the photographer’s style of shooting, directing and posing. At the same time we, wedding photographers, use this opportunity to learn more about the couple – what works and what doesn’t in terms of angles, posing, prompting and directions for each and every person we work with.

I love it when brides get creative about their photo sessions too. I always welcome ideas about possible locations, poses, looks, etc. Sometimes couples would email me pictures they find online and ask if we could try to shoot something similar. Almost always these are very cool ideas which I often end up incorporating in my future shoots. And of course I love it even more, when some of those pictures they dig up are actually shots from my previous engagement sessions!

In fact, one day I got a call from a couple who fell in love with Maria and Alex’s engagement session I had shot just few months before. They loved it so much that they wanted to shoot exact same session. Since downtown Tampa and University of Tampa are two of my favorite spots for wedding as well as engagement pictures, I was very happy to do the shoot. I was a bit nervous, of course, because what works for one couple may not necessarily be a good fit for another. But in fact, Beemal and Sonal ended up being just as easy going and fun as Maria and Alex and we had blast.

We began shooting at the Curtis Hixon park in downtown Tampa, a favorite location of mine and probably every other Tampa wedding photographer’s. Unfortunately, the main fountains were off that day, but we still managed to get few awesome pictures with the smaller ones in the back of the park. We took a few photos on the grass by the museum and we headed off to the University of Tampa campus. When we got there, Beemal and Sonal changed their outfits and we continued the shoot. As the sun was getting closer and closer to the horizon we made our way to the Hillsborough river where we concluded our photo shoot with few spectacular pictures by the water and downtown in the background.

Here are few of my favorites, hope you’ll enjoy them!

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Tampa Sacred Heart Church Wedding – Maria and Alex http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/03/tampa-sacred-heart-church-wedding-maria-and-alex/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/03/tampa-sacred-heart-church-wedding-maria-and-alex/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2011 04:50:57 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=1755 Last Fall I photographed Alex and Maria’s engagement session in downtown Tampa and today I would like to share with you few of my favorite pictures from their wedding, which took place just a couple of months ago. Downtown Tampa is an incredible place for wedding photography – contemporary architecture sprinkled with dozens of tiny parks and surrounded by such distinct places as Ybor City, Channelside and University of Tampa, makes it absolutely amazing playground for us, wedding photographers.

Maria and Alex have been living in downtown Tampa for the last few years and they adore everything about it. So it was no surprise that their entire wedding, even though involving five different locations, was planned entirely around downtown Tampa. All locations (home, hotel, ceremony, photoshoot, receptions) were just a few blocks away from one another.
It was an early morning wedding and as I showed up at Alex’s room in Hyatt Regency it was still dark outside. Everybody was quite awake nevertheless and preparations were in full swing. I armed myself with my trusted zoom lens and began to capture the magic of the day. As the groomsman started to arrive we headed downstairs for few shots of Alex with the guys after which I headed to Skypoint, where Maria and the girls were just getting started.

Shooting in a condo with floor to ceiling windows and the entire downtown skyline in the background  can be a lot of fun. That morning, however, the weather wasn’t cooperating and we couldn’t see much from the balcony due to the heavy mix or rain and fog. Luckily this also meant that I had amazing light to work with while inside the rooms. Every wedding photographer appreciates natural light source the size of the wall of the entire room, so we used it to our full advantage.

Fifteen minutes before the ceremony a very stylish,  antique-looking Rolls Royce pulled into Skypoint’s garage. The girls helped Maria in the back while I hopped on the front seat next to the driver. It was a short (two blocks) ride to the Sacred Heart Church, yet on our way I managed to steal a couple of awesome shots of Maria.

Any Tampa wedding photographer would probably agree with me that Sacred Heart Church wedding photos are always easily recognizable – the place is a true architectural gem. I love everything about it – amazing facade, magnificent interior and of course how nicely lit it is inside, mostly with beautiful natural light.

The ceremony was about an hour long which gave me plenty of opportunities to explore all possible angles. Once we were done with the formals, Maria and Alex decided to dedicate about half hour for pictures of just the two of them. For that we all headed to University of Tampa campus where we had a lot of fun with the Rolls. By two o’clock we finally made it to their reception site – Jackson’s bistro on Harbor island. The guests were waiting patiently, but as soon as the newlyweds showed up – the party has begun.

Below are few of my favorite picks from that awesome day, hope you enjoy them!

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Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club Wedding – Lindsey and Andrew http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/lakewood-ranch-golf-and-country-club-wedding-lindsey-and-andrew/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/lakewood-ranch-golf-and-country-club-wedding-lindsey-and-andrew/#comments Mon, 31 Jan 2011 05:09:21 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=1699 Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club is well known among Sarasota and Tampa wedding photographers as a premier wedding and event venue. From outdoor ceremonies to rehearsal dinners, it is indeed a perfect spot for a celebration of any kind. Today I’d like to blog about Lindsey and Andrew’s wedding which I’ve had the pleasure of photographing at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club not so long ago.

It’s not unusual for Tampa wedding photographers to travel outside the city limits. I, personally, always enjoy road trips and this time was no exception. The drive from Tampa to Sarasota was smooth and I arrived at the clubhouse just as Lindsey and her bridesmaids were settling in the bridal suite. It was unseasonably hot outside, so as I walked into the lobby I was excited to see that it was very spacious and had lots of natural light, which meant we could shoot most of the bridal party and family portraits indoors.

I took few pictures of the girls helping Lindsey with the final touches and then stepped outside to find a place with more room for the group shot. Exploring the hallway next to the reception room I noticed the gorgeous bridal suite’s balcony overlooking the grand lobby. It was perfectly lit with natural window light and just happened to be exactly what I was looking for. I also decided to take pictures of Lindsey’s dress in the hallway instead of the bridal suite and I think those turned out quite nicely.

I caught up with Andrew and the guys at the church. We didn’t have much time for fun shots, so I used the 15 minutes we had left to take few portraits of Andrew before ceremony began. The church itself was very beautiful and I loved how much light I had to work with. I ended up shooting mostly without flash and enjoyed the fact that I could move around freely, which allowed me to take lots of shots from different angles.

On our way back to the Lakewood Ranch I managed to beat the limo by about 10mins. First thing I did was raced into the reception room – it was all set, beautifully decorated, waiting to welcome Lindsey’s guests. I took few pictures of the setup and hurried downstairs to meet Lindsey and Andrew just as they were walking into the lobby. We managed to get the formals out of the way relatively quickly and then all the family and friends proceeded to enjoy the cocktail hour. Lindsey, Andrew and I spent about 20 minutes shooting portraits of just the two of them on the magnificent stairwell, upper level hallway as well as in the grand lobby downstairs. They loved those pictures so much that we ended up dedicating three full album spreads to them.

Reception started with the introductions, followed by the first dance and then gradually transformed into a full blown party. As the heat started to subside, many guests walked out onto the outdoor veranda. At some point I grabbed one of my tele zooms and stepped outside as well for some cool candid pictures. Overall, the entire day was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed being there! Below are few of my favorite spreads from Lindsey and Andrew’s album. Enjoy!

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WeddingWire 2011 Bride’s Choice Award! http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/weddingwire-2011-brides-choice-award/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/weddingwire-2011-brides-choice-award/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 04:33:26 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=1674 Today I’m proud to announce that for the second year in a row Vadim Photo is receiving Bride’s Choice Award by WeddingWire! Thanks to all my couples for the wonderful feedback, awesome testimonials and all the high grades you gave me! Your voices have been heard! :) And those who haven’t had a chance to speak up yet – it’s never too late, do it today and your votes will count towards next year’s nomination! *wink-wink*

2010 was a terrific year: all the weddings I photographed were absolutely awesome! I networked with many talented photographers from all over the world (thanks to WPPI and DWF), my work was recognized by local venues, wedding coordinators and one of my albums was featured at the Photographer’s convention in Las Vegas early last year. I hope 2011 will be just as exciting and can’t wait to shoot my first wedding of this year!

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Emily and Cory Canvas Print http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/emily-and-cory-canvas-print/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/emily-and-cory-canvas-print/#comments Wed, 19 Jan 2011 04:53:25 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=1662 A couple of week ago I blogged Emily and Cory’s holiday portrait session. Today their canvas print arrived and it looks awesome! We shot quite a few keepers that day and Emily had hard time choosing which one to go with, but finally decided on this one.

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Previously I also posted Jen and Ian’s canvas print and in next few days I’ll share a couple of more canvas, but with so-called “floating frames”, stay tuned!

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Cakes, Cakes, Cakes !!! http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/cakes-cakes-cakes/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/cakes-cakes-cakes/#comments Thu, 13 Jan 2011 05:26:59 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=1615 I love cakes, I mean, what wedding photographer doesn’t? And I don’t just mean eating – occasionally I enjoy photographing them as well :)

Wedding party has been introduced, bride and groom danced their first dance, toasts have been toasted and guests are sitting down for dinner. And before we, wedding photographers, get our first break of the day, there is one last task to accomplish – cake shots. Those are always fun, but sometimes can be a bit of a challenge. Not always well lit, often tucked into reception room corners, sometimes with less than perfect backgrounds, squeezed in between guest tables or hidden behind columns – yet we have to make them look the way they were meant to look – awesome! Exploring different angles, trying out different lenses, and playing with different lighting makes it a fun project of its own, and the results are usually well worth the effort.

I went back and pulled cake shots form the last dozen or so weddings in no particular order. Here they come, enjoy :)




















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St Petersburg Hilton Wedding – Alma and DJ – (St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church) http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/st-petersburg-hilton-wedding-alma-and-dj-st-mary-our-lady-of-grace-church/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2011/01/st-petersburg-hilton-wedding-alma-and-dj-st-mary-our-lady-of-grace-church/#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 04:27:56 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=1491 Our day began at the Hilton Bayside hotel in downtown St. Petersburg. Since the entire bridal party was getting ready at the hotel (guys and girls), I had plenty of time to cover preparations in great details. Alma’s room was quite spacious and large windows provided lots of soft afternoon light which helped tremendously with the detail shots. Later on I caught up with the guys in DJ’s room and after few prep shots we all headed downstairs for group and family pictures. Once the guys departed, I went back upstairs to finish with the girls. Alma’s mom and dad were there helping her with the final touches. I was making sure to stay out of everybody’s way, mostly “working” room corners and using my trusty zoom lens to capture as many candid shots as I could of these final very emotion family moments. At the same time, downstairs, the hotel staff were setting up Alma and DJ’s reception room. As we were about to leave for the church, I managed to sneak in and take few shots of the setup – it looked absolutely stunning.

The ceremony took place at the magnificent St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church. With no flash photography allowed during the mass and very dim available light I was glad that digital cameras have evolved to the point where now we are capable of capturing such events without any problems. Just a few years ago we were a lot more limited at what we could do in dark churches. Nowadays we can shoot not only what’s happening near relatively well lit altar, but also capture some awesome candids of the guests in the audience.

After the mass we took few family portraits by the altar and headed back to the Hilton where all the guests were very excited to great the newlyweds. Reception began with the introduction of the entire bridal party, followed by the toasts and a nice dinner. Then Alma and DJ danced their first dance as a husband and wife. Their parents joined them on the dance floor first and the rest of the guests followed shortly later.

I had wonderful time shooting Alma and DJ’s wedding and hope my pictures show that! :) Congratulations again to both of you guys!

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University of Tampa Wedding – Victoria and Michael – by Wedding Photographers in Tampa http://www.vadimphoto.com/2010/12/university-of-tampa-wedding-victoria-and-michael-by-wedding-photographers-in-tampa/ http://www.vadimphoto.com/2010/12/university-of-tampa-wedding-victoria-and-michael-by-wedding-photographers-in-tampa/#comments Fri, 24 Dec 2010 20:41:39 +0000 admin http://www.vadimphoto.com/?p=1404 Most wedding photographers in Tampa enjoy shooting weddings on University of Tampa campus and I must admit, I’m no exception. I think the variety of scenery around Plantation Hall is simply amazing – stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, Hillsborough river and of course the awesome downtown skyline as a backdrop – what more can we, wedding photographers, ask for? Earlier this year I’ve shot BW and Regina’s wedding at UT and just few weeks ago we had a great engagement session with Maria and Alex on University of Tampa’s campus.

Victoria and Michael’s ceremony took place at the St. Andrew’s Russian Orthodox Church in St. Petersbug, FL on a Thanksgiving Friday. The day was shaping up to be warm and sunny, and both Michael and Victoria were excited about the photo session we had planned for later. However, by the time the ceremony was over and we were done with the formals, dark clouds moved in and the sky looked very threatening. As we stepped outside the church, it started raining.

Wedding photographers are always prepared to shoot in any weather conditions. My gear is weather sealed and I usually have a change of clothes in the car. Of course I realize that changing is not an option for the bride and groom, and therefore having a backup plan always helps. In this case, however, I felt confident that we could still shoot in UT even while it rained – Plantation Hall’s terrace offers many photo opportunities and we could also shoot indoors there if we had to. Luckily, by the time we arrived to Tampa the rain has stopped, leaving us with an awesome afternoon overcast – I couldn’t have asked for a better light!

Not wasting any time, we started shooting on the terrace, then moved into the gardens and finally ended up by the river, taking portraits with gorgeous dramatic sky and downtown in the background. I think we were also lucky in a sense that due to the rainy weather there weren’t a lot of people on campus, so we pretty much had it all to ourselves. Because pictures were very important to both Victoria and Michael, we spent almost an hour at UT, but walked away with dozens of amazing photos for their album.

The reception was held at Maggianos, just a short ride away. Dinner followed by lots of dancing, toasts by close friends and family and more dancing. Everybody had really good time and the cake was the best I’ve ever had! :)

Below are some of my favorite pictures from their wedding, enjoy!!

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