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WeddingWire 2011 Bride’s Choice Award!

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

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.

Tampa Canvas Prints

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 !!!

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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Napa Valley Wedding Photographer - You do a great job with the lighting for the cake photos. I think my favorite was the cake with the two beach chairs on top.

St Petersburg Hilton Wedding – Alma and DJ – (St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church)

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!

St Petersburg Wedding Photographer Alma DJ 1
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Timothy Kaldas - Very nice clean images Vadim. The lighting on the altar was beautiful.

Paul Rowland - Lovely images. I agree with Tim, the lighting on the altar was gorgeous.

Albert Palmer - Beautiful bride – you made her look stunning on her wedding day.

Natalie - Elegant, beautiful, and simply magical! The bride is absolutely beautiful and I love the way you’ve captured the light in these images.. well done!

Amanda Basteen - Very pretty wedding! Great set!

Kellee - Beautiful work. What a gorgeous bride!

Brian Kraft - Very nice! Many very intimate moments captured with great style.

Heather - Such an amazing cake, wow!! Great work here!

Becca Dilley - Love the photos in the church – the lighting and reflection really highlight how awesome the church is!

Eli Powell - Beautiful set. Love the details.

University of Tampa Wedding – Victoria and Michael – by Wedding Photographers in Tampa

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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Rae - What a gorgeous couple! Love the images by the river with the city in the background!

Cindy - I really like the portraits that you took with the skyline in the back.

And thanks for the advice of keeping a change of clothes in the car! I should do it too!

James - great photos, i love the colours in the first few and she is a stunning bride

Ashley Gillett - I’ve never seen a Russian Orthodox ceremony before. Looks to have been a beautiful ceremony. Love all of your outdoor photos. The bride has such pretty blue eyes!

Joseph - Wow, sweet couple! great work!

Jean Mazac - Whoah, is the bride ever stunning! Your colors are fantastic. Such wonderful photos!

Heather - Love that “kiss by the fountain” shot. Wonderful job!

Vida Carson - Whoa those first couple of detail shots are AWESOME!

Shyann - Great work.. I like the ones of them with the skyline in the background!

Marianne Wilson - those details shots are awesome. I am also diggin the portraits by the water! Lovely.

Miami Wedding Photographer - Beautiful location. I just love the fountain and the city shot!

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