Jul 31

The explosion of digital photography, online sharing, home printing, and social media over the last decade makes it easier than ever to capture those everyday (and special) moments. We are thrilled that the art of photography has become more accessible to the hobbyist. Often times our clients have top of the line gear, similar to ours, and are well versed in how to use it.  But even with all of the tools and resources so widely available, and the ability to capture the every day, nothing beats the work of an accomplished professional photographer to document your family, in its entirety.  Yes, we know you’ll be in some of the images at your cousin’s wedding… and  of course there are all your own family milestones… but the return on the investment of capturing who you are, today, is enormous.  There is so much to gain from a custom, professional photography session, one that is created specifically for you, solely for that purpose.

Yeah, I know… but really, why… why do I need to hire a professional to do that?

Some portion of the answer is intangible (and emotional).  Never have we heard from client “I wish I didn’t professionally photograph my family.” Rather, many times we have heard “I didn’t realize how important it was until after I saw the images.“ And occasionally we’ve even heard “I didn’t want to do it until I saw a friend’s images, then I realized I wanted the same for my family!

The remainder of the answer is related to quality and end result:

•    Having a professional document what they see creates a story that is extremely different than one created by handing over your camera to your uncle or an aspiring photographer friend

•    Being able to relax and unwind, and pose yourself naturally, with a bit of professional guidance is far superior to striking your one go-to pose with your “camera ready smile” and hoping it works

•    Having an entire series of images, rather than just one good one, allows you to create wall galleries, or even albums, that pause and capture an exact point in time with your family

•    Having an entire series of technically correct images, rather than ones that are too bright or too dark, unfocused or incorrectly lit, will enable you to proudly share and display the end result without needing to rely on those infamous disclaimers (“I know it’s not in focus, but I love it anyway!”)

That said, high quality professional photography can be expensive – and that is because custom art commands value. Unless you have a bit of disposable income, you need to consider it as an investment the same way you would consider any other purchase for your home. You certainly don’t want to have to do it over (and pay twice!), or get less than what you expected. You should select your photographer based on their style, area of expertise, quality, reputation, brand, and your expectations for an end result.

Here are some points that we think are worth extra consideration as you plan your session:

•    Experience: It is great to get a bargain with someone who is just building their portfolio. However for guaranteed results, you should be able to view an entire portfolio of images that demonstrate a consistency in style and output so that you can be confident in the end result you will receive. If you have doubts, ask to view a few complete sessions.

•    Style: Consider whether you are looking for a classic portrait, timeless black and whites, ethereal storybook art or a photojournalistic “day in the life.” Spend time reviewing multiple photographer’s online portfolios to really understand their style and find one that resonates with you. Make sure you select a style because the end result is what YOU desire, not just what’s trendy on Facebook this week! Will that style stand the test of time and in 10 years, and will it still make sense for you?

•    Product portfolio: Think about what you want to DO with your images. It’s best to have a goal, whether it be a specific family image for over your formal fireplace, canvases for a playroom wall, a classic framed display for a stairway wall or lovely coffee table keepsake albums. Once you select a photographer based on experience and style, make sure you review what products they offer, and have a conversation about your end goals to ensure they can deliver quality products that will meet your expectations. At the end of the experience, the art you purchase will be the final product and you need to love it.

•    Stance on “Getting the Disk”: Do not assume that getting it “all” from a digital package is the best route to go.  Deciding that you need everything in a digital format is a hasty decision to make if you haven’t even shot your session. Once you view your gallery, you may instantly decide which images you must have on your walls, and which in an album, and those that you want as digital files. Don’t rule out a photographer based on their willingness (or price point) to sell a session in a digital format… trust that they have experience in pulling together collections for clients that will meet their needs. You will want to enjoy your images everyday in your home…not left on a disk in a drawer.

•    Overall Relationship & Style of Communication: You have to be able to connect with your photographer. If you enjoy a hands-on style, that is casual, in touch and friendly, you are going to need to find one that also works in that style. If the “feel good” aspect isn’t as important, but the end result is, that’s another consideration. There are many wonderful clients and many wonderful photographers, but like picking the perfect spouse, nanny or even best friend, not everyone is a fit, but there is someone for everyone. If you have doubts, pick up the phone and chat about how you connect best, and talk about your overall style and goals.

Typical client feedback from those who have invested in quality custom photography: “A professional photographer has the patience and experience to capture amazing portraits. As a hobbyist shooter and their mom, my kids know most of my tricks, so getting them to cooperate is a challenge. Custom photography allows me leave the work and worry up to someone else, who I trust to capture images that will grace our walls for a lifetime.”

“I wanted two things… a healthy baby and newborn photos. What I got was a moment in time captured in the most beautiful photographs. Every time I look at them, I am reminded of those first few weeks with my son, when everything was new (and a little scary), and he smiled for the camera, before he even knew he could.  I never could have captured that on my own.”

“I have multiple single images of my family that I treasure. They are beautiful and meaningful to me, for so many reasons. They are on Facebook, and printed in 5X7 frames next to my bed.  But once a year I select a professional to photograph my family and from those sessions, I have full albums of images, each one technical perfection combined with artistry, and those are the ones that are displayed on my walls, are given as gifts to family members, and are showcased in beautiful albums.”

So do your research, find a pro who you click (no pun intended) with, and work together to create something that you and future generations will treasure forever.

As posted by www.designaglow.com on their blog. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

 

Aug 13

Being the wedding and portrait photographer that I am I don’t fancy conducting sessions at the same location over and over. Aruba portrays an abundance of options in locations for photography hence my attempt at constantly exploring locations. This session was in the Wilhelmina Park in downtown Oranjestad, close to Aruba Renaissance Ocean Suites.

This is my cousin’s daughter that I agreed to photograph. At first it seemed like it would’ve of been a treacherous task but once we got into it she cooperated nicely.

This is the mom striking a pose during the session as well.

Mother and daughter expressing some love always makes for a beautiful portrait especially with one of the many backdrops that are available here on the beautiful island of Aruba.

Nothing is better than a little finger after a long photo session!

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

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Family Moseley

Jul 27

The visitors who come to the island of Aruba knows that Aruba is a picture paradise. As you step outside you step into picture greatness.

I was requested by Family Moseley to document them in Paradise. I accepted the offer and we’ve had fun with this photo session. I took them out on the Palm Beach pass the Marriott Resort and Casino close to The Fisherman’s Hut on the beach to create beautiful family portraits.

My job was easy. It’s very difficult to mess up with a beautiful family. See the results of the session for yourself.

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

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Best Friends Forever a.k.a BFF

Jul 12

This group has been together since playschool. They are now being separated after being best friends for the greater part of their lives. They’re already expressing how difficult the separation would be. Destiny has just made it that way that they have to part but I’m convinced that the alienation will only enforce the bond that currently exist. They’ve decided to shoot a few pics together before the separation and it was my turn to document this moment. It was really an honor for me to be able to capture such a strong friendship.

We’ve searched out an awesome location for portraits and found this abandoned school. One man’s garbage is another’s treasure. This location is so cool for photography I would say don’t tear down all abandoned buildings as they serve a calming purpose.

Aruba is a photographer’s heaven for locations. We don’t suffer an insufficiency in color. Therefore having a studio tends to get boring. Don’t get me wrong a studio has it’s time and place but outdoors on Aruba has so much to offer. It’s just awe-inspiring!

Here you have the 3 friends; Christina, Francine and Talitha.

Striking a pose.

I love this shot of Christina and Talitha. They’ve even had their own props. Awesome!

As they are three friends I tag this one as “I’ve got your back”

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

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Jul 09

When I say Aruba is a Paradise all in itself and that we don’t need a studio for portraits, this is proof of my statement. I was recently requested by my photographer friend Christina Fazari to take a few shots of her and her boyfriend. We went out and we’ve had a day of fun. I have so many great shots that I’m considering creating a slideshow to portray all. Here are just a few of these images.

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

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Jul 05

Mr & Mrs Miller tied the knot 20 years ago and decided to come to Aruba for the first time with their two beautiful daughters Amanda and Alyssa to celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary. I love meeting people who’s been here for the first time and question them on the island. One of my first questions to them was how they find the island. and the response was, It’s so much better than many of the other island’s they’ve visited. On behalf of the entire island of Aruba and it’s inhabitants I would like to thank you for choosing Aruba as your celebration destination. Many more wedding anniversaries. Know that now you’ve officially found friends on this side of the world.

Of course they wanted to be documented in Paradise so I took them out on the Palm Beach area and partly around the Fisherman’s Huts on Aruba for some family portraits.

The entire Family Miller just casually posing for a portrait on Palm Beach, Aruba.

Alyssa and Amanda showing some sisterly love.

It’s been 20 years but I still love you like it’s day one!

Daddy’s girl, all proud of how you’ve grown.

Mommy’s Baby is always there under her wings.

Amanda’s showing that she has all elements in place to be a model.

Alyssa’s won’t stay behind in the world of fashion either, what a better team than 2 sisters.

This should give Dina, butterflies all over again. Eric is a good thing I don’t follow my clients. You look all studly here.

Here’s to another 20 years! This was a shot specifically requested by the kids.

On to many more 20 years as one happy family.

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

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I’m finally Back

Jul 04

I will like to start off by apologizing for the utter neglect towards my clients and/or potential clients. The last 2 years had been a very agonizing era in my life. This had been a season I dread and would not aspire repeating ever. This is the very course I urge my brides and grooms to stay away from as my last advice on their wedding night right before I say farewell and wish them success on their new journey as a couple.

Before this hiatus I lived a pretty open life which was displayed right on this medium. Those of you that followed me a little know that I’m all for family and preserving the family nucleus. My family meant the world to me and yes, you’ve guessed it right. I no longer have that family. While all relationships that I hear of grow apart as the years go by, mine was knitting nicely together until one day while I least expected I was informed of the distressing declaration of permanent separation, known to man as “Divorce”. Know this: I was hit by a ton of bricks and survived it. I then rather I had died at that very instant but I guess it was not the creators time for me yet. The experience was inapprehensible. My intention for emphasizing on my survival is not only to demonstrate that I am now a much stronger person but to affirm the hardships that I’ve had to endure. To protect the identity of those involved I will not go into detail of these hardships but note that it was definitely not an easy episode in my life.

Picture, the people you love, live for and would give your life for plotting and scheming against you in all areas. It is mind-boggling. You just feel lost, useless on the brink of suicide. Had it not been for my strong faith, I believe I would have at least lost my mind. Many were the days I’ve had to pray and try to calm myself as I literally felt that I was very close to crossing over to insanity but thanks be to God I got over it. What does not kill you will make you stronger and stronger I am.

I’m back and ready to serve you.

Enjoy!


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Jun 10

It’s been quite some time that I’ve come to document the pregnancy of Ilaina and this is the last session that she requested to be in black and white and I’ve chosen to make her wish come through but with a twist. I’ve treated the images with a variety of B&W treatments instead of just one. I’ve just had to mix it up ala Bryan Morris Photography. You know it,  Variety is the spice of life!

Me, yours truly, Bryan Morris is not only Aruba’s premier wedding photographer. Maternity photography is another area that I’m busy in and will get even busier come 2011.

This session was shot in a studio setting as the other two were done on location. I love the results of this one and I know that Ilaina will love it too as it’s totally different and totally natural. I couldn’t wait for DA (This is my name to him) to pop himself out of the “oven” to shoot him as well. That would be fun even though he’s almost 5 months and I still didn’t get a shot at him but that is due to me being out for some time and busy on other projects.

Daniel Alejandro was born on December 28, one bouncing baby boy. He couldn’t be surrounded by more love.

Stay tuned for more maternity photography as I tend to get really busy in this area in the near future.

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

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Mar 27

I was contacted to shoot Senior Portraits of Shannon while she visits the island of Aruba with her family for the first time. In an effort to spread my wings and transform this family into Aruba lovers and have them visit our island year after year, I’ve decided to take on this challenge to shoot Shannon’s Senior Portraits in Aruba eventhough I’m Aruba’s Premier  Wedding Photographer. The results I personally believe were exceptional as Shannon is a natural model. She never modeled before but after the shoot I did tell her that she should take up modeling as it’s a natural talent that she has, all she needs to do is develop it and who knows we will see her on the international catwalk within a few years.

The shoot was done for the most part with off camera lighting ala Strobist and I did not have my regular assistant but I must say that Mark, Shannon’s dad did a great job assisting me as my lighting guy. He was my voice activated lightstand and lighting operator. Mark, once again, thank you and you’ve done a great job. We shot at various locations of Aruba. Eagle Beach, Arashi Beach and Downtown Oranjestad in Aruba were a few of the locations that were used for this Senior Portrait Photoshoot.

Look at that smile and her crystal blue eyes, a natural model indeed.

Shannon is practicing walking the catwalk on the beaches of Aruba.

Enjoying Aruba’s nature.

Here you have Shannon strutting her stuff. Showing that she’s ready for the great world of modeling.

Here is a different look of Shannon. This is her with some attitude. She did not liked this one when she saw it in the the camera’s screen. She finds that she looks upset but that is just a different look and I say it’s more attitude than upset.

Loved the hat as a prop in this shoot, it really brought some flavor to the shoot.

Look at that smile and look at the eyes. She was surely enjoying herself in downtown Oranjestad as a model.

Why are you staring, are you not going to join me?

Just lounging downtown Oranjestad.

Aruba’s Sunset + a great model = Awesomeness

Some of you might remember this location that I used in this shoot for a trash the dress session with Shayenne.

Taking a sunset stroll on Aruba’s Eagle Beach.

Pondering in the window in Aruba.

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

Welcome Back!

Mar 26

I have to say “Welcome Back” to myself as I’ve been absent for some time on the blog but I’ve been shooting a little, not with the regular frequency as I’ve trying to decide on some very important crossroads in my personal and business life. I’ve however decided that the show will go on and I will be even more active than before introducing some new services for the island. So stay tuned for all the great things going on. Keep coming back often as I have a great deal of images to display.

If you’re not a fan of my Facebook page, hurry on over and become a fan as you will be informed of great things happening around here. Twitter is also another option to keep in touch with me. Here you will be revealed to spur of the moment thoughts, announcements, quotes and much more. I’ll be found at #hotphotography

I’ve also launched a newsletter, you’ll receive a monthly email from me with great offers but also landscape background of the island of Aruba to be used as a screensaver or background for your computer. So go ahead and sign up for this as well.

Blessings,

Bryan Morris