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How To Get Most Romantic Wedding Photos

Tampa Wedding PhotographerWhat could be more romantic than a sunset wedding on the beach? Well, do not forget the main ingredient for this magic – the sun, slowly setting over the ocean! As any experienced Tampa wedding photographer will tell you – capture these moments in your wedding pictures and you will cherish your wedding album for years to come. Guess what? Turns out there aren’t that many places in United States that offer this unique opportunity. In fact, aside from California and Washington state, West Florida is the only place where sunsets take place over the water! As a result, Tampa Bay area beaches have become top choice for romantic wedding ceremonies among local brides as well as a major target for destination weddings nationally. And what else makes Tampa Bay beaches unique? Well, the perfect weather of course! Tampa wedding photographers get to shoot the most beautiful weddings on the beach all year round!

There are many hotels and resorts in the area which are considered prime venues for sunset weddings: TradeWinds, Don Cesar, Grand Plaza, Sirata – just to name a few. Regardless of the venue, your wedding coordinator will help you plan the ceremony and reception so that opportunity for sunset pictures is not missed. On the day of the wedding it will be your wedding photographer’s responsibility to keep an eye on the weather and make adjustments to the time line as needed.

But beware! Due to the curving shore line, even some locations in Tampa Bay area do not provide the view of the setting sun! You have to contact an experienced wedding photographer to make sure that you book the venue in the right spot. Most Tampa wedding photographers know that Clearwater and St. Petersburg beaches, for example, are probably the most sunset-friendly spots. Siesta Key, as beautiful and renowned as it is, on the other hand, would require some extra planning by an experienced photographer, as most of it is facing South and the best place for sunset photos would be a short car ride away.

Sunset Wedding Photography

Of course no one sunset is ever perfect. Sometimes light clouds cover up the entire horizon just minutes before the sun disappears. But don’t feel that you’re missing out. On the contrary, some of the most colorful and dramatic shots I’ve ever taken were made under this kind of conditions – with no direct sun. An experienced Tampa wedding photographer has few tricks up his sleeve to make the most out of each and every sunset! Please see one of my previous posts, where I shared few examples of sunset wedding photography.

After the sun is gone, as other photographers pack their gear and couples leave the beach I always try to keep my bride and groom for another 15-20 minutes or so. I love shooting after the sunset! There is not much light left, but it is absolutely amazing – soft and caressing, it feels as if it comes from everywhere. And, as the hotels on the beach begin to turn on their lights, they create incredible backdrop for very creative twilight photography.

And even if it so happened that your reception venue is not on the beach, or if your wedding day time line doesn’t quite align with the sun’s schedule – you can still manage to shoot some spectacular  sunset pictures!  Ask your wedding photographer for pre-wedding photo shoot, an engagement or day-after (also known as “trash the dress”) session. An experienced Tampa wedding photographer would welcome such idea and be happy offer you few tips on which locations would be the best!

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Sunset Wedding Photography

tampa wedding photographer at workSunset weddings are always fun. Formal part of the day is over, everybody’s finally relaxed, reception is just few minutes away. I must admit, sometimes I get too excited shooting sunsets. The time is limited so everything has to happen fast. I run back and forth posing the couple, demonstrating for the bride and groom how to stand, hold, act, I show them shots on my camera’s screen, I roll around in the sand (love those low angle shots)… – basically, I do everything to get “that shot”. In fact, people often stop to see me work and on few occasions I’ve been asked for a business card:)

One of my brides, Stacey (see a couple of sunset pictures with her below – with the pirate ship and alone), sent me a picture of me working, captured by her sister.. Here is what she wrote: “Vadim, Happy New Years to you! My sister had this picture and it really shows you in action. I love it and wanted you to have it.” As you can see, my back is completely covered in sand:)Stacey’s wedding reception was on one of the Starlight Dinner boats, but right before boarding we spent about 20mins and took some awesome sunset picture of her and Scott.

And now, some of my favorites from the sunset series:

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Sunset Wedding Photography

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Travis - Very cool sunset photos. Great use of fill flash, I know thats not easy to do.

Michelle M - Really stunning backdrops. I can’t see how any couple wouldn’t want one of these on their wall!

N'neka - Great sunset photos. I especially love the 5th one. That sky is amazing. My husband & I just celebrated our 10th anniversary on Madeira Beach this spring. I wish I would have known about you to call you.

Proposed on the “Ellen” show, married at “The Don” – by Tampa Wedding Photographer

Engagement stories are always exciting and the way Kevin proposed Estephania is no exception. It all happened in San Diego, that’s where both of them are from. Kevin wrote to the “Ellen” show looking for a couple of Valentine Day’s tickets. When the show contacted him back and asked if he had any kind of “special talents” he said he could juggle hammers. He also shared with them that he wanted to propose to his girlfriend on the show. Watch this NBC video to find out what happened next.

About a year after that, Kevin and Estefania celebrated their beautiful wedding at the Don Cesar hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Both of them were very easy going and fun to work with. Gorgeous ceremony took place on the steps of the hotel on a late April afternoon. Once we were done with the formal part of the day we rushed to the beach to grab few awesome pictures of the sunset. Reception was a blast, I remember that I absolutely loved their music selection. Congratulations Kevin and Estephania!

Don CeSar - Tampa Wedding Photographer

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Albums by Tampa Wedding Photographer

Variety of albums offered by Tampa wedding photographers nowadays is truly amazing, thanks to the technological advances in photo printing over the last couple of decades. Unlike traditional “slip-in” albums, contemporary photo books are highly customizable and therefore designed to be truly unique. Flush mount albums is probably the most popular type of album among today’s brides. These albums come with variety of covers (glass, acrylic, metal, leather, leatherette, silk, photo paper, wood, etc) and normally have thick, unbending pages which are made by mounting photographic prints on cardboard. Photographs in flush mount albums can extend across both pages, especially in books which don’t have a visible (or have very narrow) gutter. You can also select various types of paper for the pages of your album – plain, photographic, laminated, metallic, textured, etc. Below are few pictures of my current sample albums.

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Sarasota Wedding Photography – Siesta Key Beach Engagement

As any Tampa wedding photographer would, I always welcome an opportunity to shoot outside my “home territory”. New places inspire me, give a chance to travel and also to expand my portfolio. Since I didn’t get a chance to post any engagement sessions in my Galleries section yet, today I would like to blog about one. Please meet Nicky and Wayne! Fun couple with passion for photography, tons of ideas and lots of energy!

We started our session at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota just a couple of hours before the sunset. This was Nicky’s idea and the moment she mentioned it – I knew we absolutely had to do it. Many Sarasota wedding photographers are quite familiar with this place – Cà d’Zan Mansion is probably one of the most recognizable architectural wonders in the area and a very popular venue for wedding ceremonies or receptions. And even though we didn’t get a chance to shoot around the mansion itself, (due to a wedding photo shoot taking place there), we managed to capture quite a few very nice photos in the museum’s gardens.

From there we headed to another popular among Sarasota wedding photographers spots – Siesta Key beach. This place was very special to both of them – it was here, about a year ago, Wayne actually proposed Nicky and she said “Yes!”. We hoped for a clean sunset but the sky was a bit cloudy that evening so we ended up shooting tons of awesome portraits with the help of this incredibly soft light coming from above. Here are some of my favorites from that day:

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