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24 Oct The Dominican Republic Blogger Tour 2011 Slideshow & Video

For those that don't know I'm not just a commercial and wedding photographer but also a video cigar reviewer, running CigarObsession.com Last week I was invited down to Santiago, Dominican Republic as a guest of General Cigar, the world's largest cigar manufacturer to tour the Dominican operations as both a blogger and photographer. I had an absolute blast, but it was a LOT of work. If they say a picture is worth a thousand words, here's 1/2 a million words for ya ;) My fellow bloggers are much more gifted at the text of our trip than I so I'll just stick to what I'm good at!
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14 Oct Why You Need To Check Your Vendors

This has become an all too common occurrence in the last few years. I think some vendor categories are more susceptible to it than others, such as Photography due to the relatively low out of pocket expense needed to fake it. What am I talking about? Fake businesses! I have warned many people in the past and will continue to do so in the future. There are several huge pitfalls that can all be avoided by doing a small amount of research in to your vendors before even meeting with them. What do I mean by fake? I mean people that are pretending to have a business, or people that are simply lying about their work. Both are easy to do and BOY is it done!
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02 Oct A Sunset Beach Wedding – Lourdes & Bobby Alers

Here are some highlights from this awesome beach wedding coordinated by Special Moments, held on Sunset Beach, FL appropriately at sunset, officiated by Loving Unity!  Lourdes looked exquisite in her flowing white dress complete with gorgeous bouquet by Iza's Flowers.  Bobby was handsome and very suave,...

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28 Sep Trash The Bouquet Session

You've all heard of a Trash The Dress session - but I invented a Trash The Bouquet session!  It's a very unique way I give my wedding clients a beautiful addition to the wedding day photography!  It started with one of my awesome couples, Mike & Madlyn...

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10 Sep A Sheraton Sand Key Wedding – Santiago Carrillo

Lorna Santiago and Paul Carrillo were married at the beautiful Sheraton Resort on the sands of Sand Key Beach near Clearwater, FL on Sep. 3rd!  The day went perfectly with gorgeous weather, a stunning bride & dress, and fun had by all!  The Sheraton provided...

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07 Sep A Good Band Is Hard To Find

As a wedding photographer I have been to a huge variety of events with reception entertainment!  I've seen everything from an iPod (DON'T DO IT) to a club/DJ setup, a solo musician to a full live band.  What you choose for your wedding is certainly dependent on...

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30 Aug Why You NEED A Professional Photographer

As strange as it may be to some to hear, I wasn't born with a camera in my hand.  No, in a past life I was actually a variety of other things from aviation student to food worker,automotive engineer to IT manager, commercial truck driver to engine mechanic.  Photography in general has always been in my life - my first girlfriend was the neighbor two doors down growing up and we had a lot of fun in the darkroom her father built for her in the basement.  No, not that kind of fun!  OK maybe a little.  I have always had cameras and of course enjoyed all sorts of projects with them - what photographer HASN'T said that on their website?  My point is when in 2007 I decided to go 'Pro' and become a 100% full time photographer, it wasn't a decision to take lightly.  Every entrepreneur knows the huge risks associated with starting a new business - never mind one just before the worst economic time in most people's living history.  But we also know something else - the huge benefits.  For those of us willing to risk it all, it's worth it every single day, good or bad.
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19 Aug Camera & Monitor Calibration & DSLR Sensor Cleaning

Photographers!  Cinematographers!  You provide your clients the best service possible right?  Of course you do!  Don't forget to take care of yourselves AND your equipment too! It really does pay - in time & money - to take care of the little things ahead of time.  Using clean and properly adjusted equipment can mean many hours and thousands of dollars back in YOUR pocket!  How many of us have gone through a shoot only to find they we now had 1000 frames with dust in them?  Spots that had to be individually cloned out, taking many hours of precise repetitive work at our computers?  How many of us have shot with multiple bodies and/or shooters, and then had to spend even more time, matching white balance and color between them?  Have you ever received prints back and not been happy with how they look compared to how they did when you were editing?  Were the colors off, were they too bright or too dark?
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15 Aug Jessica & Tyler Davis Bridal Highlights

Jessica & Tyler Davis were married in Ohio and chose BG Pictures Photography to do a special bridal session on the beautiful shores of St. Petersburg, FL at the Beachcomber Resort! After enjoying a long weekend relaxing in the tropical sun here, they were off...

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13 Jun Hilary & Ryan Hitte Wedding Highlights

Hilary & Ryan Hitte Wedding Highlights Hilary & Ryan were married Friday, May 13th 2011 at the beautiful Beacon Hill Golf & Country Club in Commerce, MI. The weather was absolutely perfect, with a blue sunny sky for their outdoor ceremony overlooking a gorgeous lake scene...

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10 Jun How Extra Time With Your Photographer Benefits You

How Extra Time With Your Photographer Benefits You As a photographer I not only am presented with the challenge to create beautiful work, but to create original, artistic work! That's something that I always strive for, something that I use to push myself, which ultimately pays huge dividends to my clients. Think about it for a second. You are getting married, and of course want tons of great shots on your big day! Do you want the same old cookie cutter shots that have been getting produced for the last 30 years, or do you want some stunning creative works that move up from being in a shoebox to above your couch on a huge canvas print?
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18 May Tyler’s Senior Portraits

Tyler is a mixture of a rugged outdoorsman and a lead singer of a local metal band! I wanted to bring out both these qualities so the shoot was done at both a nature preserve and at one of his favorite venues in Tarpon...

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06 May Architectural Shoot for SHCS Inc.

This was for promotional and sales material to be used on the website and brochure for Sisters Home Care Services, a Tampa based company that runs group homes for the developmentally disabled.  These homes are newly renovated and ready to be lived in by many...

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16 Apr Various Cigar Art

I've been busy with cigar art, both for personal use and for corporate clients!  This is some of it, ranging from images for website usage, to contest promotion to just plain fun!  Featured are special selections from CheapHumidors.com, Limited edition cigars from SmokeInn.com and Padron...

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10 Apr Wooloot Headphones Product Shoot

Wooloot Headphones Product Shoot Today I finished a project shooting some new product for Wooloot! They came out with a cool new line of stylish headphones in four colors. This shoot was for the new website and store pages, and also featured short video...

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29 Mar Lunch With The La Gloria Crew

I had the pleasure Monday of having a nice little lunch and couple hours discussion with some of the folks from Team La Gloria Cubana including Michael Giannini, Yuri Guillen and The fabulous Victoria McKee! Conversation drifted quickly off cigars and the industry to everything from...

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19 Mar Full Perigee Moon Over Tampa Skyline

This gorgeous moon will not be around next until 2029 so I wanted to be sure and catch it this time around! I located it's projected position and then found myself the perfect spot to grab it over the Tampa skyline, 10 minutes after...

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13 Mar Cigar Art For Di Fazio Cigars

I received three beautiful and aromatic boxes of all the Di Fazio Cigar blends: Connecticut, Picoso and Maduro, in robusto, torpedo and churchill. These have gorgeous wrappers with oily, textured hues and rich creamy scents! [gallery columns="4"] ...

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