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!


Bryan Morris

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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.

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Bryan Morris

Dec 24

It’s nice to know that you’re pregnant and you have such a great support group looking forward to baby DA to pinch, hold, kiss and cuddle. I know for a fact that he will not lack any love or attention. His support group is so big that they even has to be featured in his growth process.

This is a high fashion pregnant mommy to be.

Huge part of the support group and there is still more to follow that were not featured due to the request for privacy.

Successful supportive sisters.

Another part of the support team, the proud uncle and his wife.

That’s a stylish preggy!


Bryan Morris

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Want Some More?

Nov 26

If you want some more, Naeem’s got it and he’s willing to share it!

Flash, Strobist, Portraits, Model, Photographer, Photography, Aruba

Flash, Strobist, Portraits, Model, Photographer, Photography, Aruba

Flash, Strobist, Portraits, Model, Photographer, Photography, Aruba

Flash, Strobist, Portraits, Model, Photographer, Photography, Aruba

This is just me experimenting with some flash in the “Cunucu” behind our house.


Bryan Morris

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P.P.P.S. “Cunucu” is our version of a forest in our local language Papiamento.

Sep 13

I has been quite a few months ago that Mr Daly and I was back and forth by email trying to set this family portrait session up.  After we’ve had it set up, I was just waiting for the day to show up at our agreed spot in order to head off to a spot and go through the session. Mr Daly entrusted me with the choice of location and as I don’t have a lack of locations here on the island it was easy for me to decide to use a location that I’ve scouted out a few days prior. I prefer not to shoot at the same location over and over and we have a great variety of locations here on the island so I constantly look out for unused locations as I’m out and about. No two photoshoots are supposed to be alike. There might be one or two staple shots but not more than that, I constantly strive to have a different look on every shoot.

So upon meeting the Daly family at their resort one early morning we’ve went out to the Arashi Beach area. Right away I’ve realized that they were an easy going family and the kids were good sports. Rushing to meet Family Daly, I’ve had 2 bloopers. Blooper#1 , I’ve placed everything in the car and thought that my wife put one box with my flashes in it in the car which was not so Mr Daly drove me home to get the flash and then upon getting to Arashi I’ve realized that I left over 40 GB of Flash Cards at my desk so again I had to go home and get them. Thankfully I live pretty close in the area. Mr Daly is so accommodating that he gave me his car to go and get my cards while they explore the Arashi Beach, that’s just how cool he is. Thanks again Mr Daly.

I must say on behalf of myself and my team mate Shayenne we’ve had a blast. I really didn’t feel like stopping although we were bound to a certain time limit but I just love my job and once I get into it I use my subjects merciless. I won’t stop until they have enough of me. Thankfully they allow me to abuse of the situation as it benefits them all the more. They’ll have a greater variety of shots to choose from.

Here you have the entire Family Daly.

Nicole and Sean jsut being casual under a tree while I experiment my strobist technique.

Now this Jen being all cool in Aruba.

The family portrait was the emphasis of the day so I’ve had different takes on it but not one of the regular same old casual way.

Here you have Sean and Jen getting it down in Aruba’s wild life.

Now, to be honest this is my most favorite shot of this shoot. The reason for this I want to believe is the lens used here.

This is a staple of mine, I do it from time to time.

Here you have Jen and Nicole, big sister little sister together.

Another twist on the family portrait.

As we started I was warned by the family but it was  Sean who emphasized that he loves to make goofy faces so we made a deal that if he not make goofy faces during the shoot I will give him a chance to make a goofy face, which I did. It was not that all goofy either to be honest I really liked it.

Here’s another family portait taken at the tree at Arashi Beach.


Bryan Morris

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Imara Thomas

Aug 24

Imara was preparing to come to Aruba for vacation when she contacted me and arranged a photo shoot.  Besides being a great photo shoot, this one came with a lesson attached and I’ve decided to share this with you. I usually go into shoots with an idea more or less of what’s each client’s desire, this was not the case here. My creativity was stretched. One does not know their true potential until they like the eaglet be dropped from a height and notice that in uncertainty they are really  able to soar. I’m very happy how this  turned out. And I challenge you today to go out and do something you’re not perfectly comfortable with and see what the results are. I would say this is one of my best sessions and this is not all because of me but the subject is stunning, the location breathtaking and the willingness and determination of the subject is like no other. If you want beautiful images you have to hang out on a limb a little. The effort is well worth it.  Aruba offers a variety of awesome backdrops but at times it will take a little effort to get to them especially if you want great images in fancy clothing or wedding dresses etc. These were taken at the Gold Mine Ruins after Imara have seen the maternity session I’ve done at this very same location. Enjoy.


Bryan Morris

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Aug 03

My current market is not the local market but I’ve been contemplating breaking into the local market just hadn’t sit down and put the details all together as I already have a business concept for the local market but never worked out the details of execution. A few weeks ago I’ve received a call from one of my brides (Not that she’s married to me but I’ve shot her wedding. Hence, my bride.) informing me that she’s pregnant and she wants us to go out and take a few shots. She has an amazing plan to document her progress over the months. I was very happy for her and wished her all the best. This request also gave me a kick in the seat to start off the local market. I’ll now have enough images to have a gallery specifically dedicated to maternity and babies. I already tentatively have another mom to be in line for a shoot so from here you’ll continue to hear more and more about pregnant moms and babies.

I just love my island, Aruba,  I do enjoy studio work but what a contrast it draws out as you go out around the Island and shoot these images. These images were shot at the Gold Mine Ruins and surrounding area and we have plans of visiting a host of areas in the coming months. Enjoy!

Sexy Momma posing in the ruins.

Her eyes closed, smiling, enjoying every moment of her pregnancy.

I call this one “GOD”, it’s just so spiritual. Shining light, thus showing the way but yet covering in this period of pregnancy.

She was a real trooper going up to get these shots.

Only in Aruba!

Ilaina, congratulations and I wish you all the best with this new baby.


Bryan Morris

Jul 26

I’ve had an appointment with this family to document a piece of their vacation in Paradise that is Aruba.  I’ve met with them at their hotel and we’ ve transitioned to  Eagle Beach  to capture these breathtaking images.

How can one pass up a family portait shoot in paradise, Aruba has some of the best backdrops in the whole world. See it for yourself. Anytime you’re coming to the island feel free to contact me to schedule a family portrait session with us here at Bryan Morris Photography (http://www.bryanmorrisphotography.com/)


Bryan Morris

Jun 30

I’ve had the immeasurable pleasure to finally meet and document a family that I’ve been in contact with for some time already through the World Wide Web.

Jessica contacted me in hopes that I do Family Portraits as they’re a big family and they’ve never taken a family portrait as the family is so ample that coordinating such has its complications and with everyone on island it can be offered to mom as a late Mother’s Day gift.

Upon getting to the Marriot Aruba Surf Club they were heading to the lobby to meet me, so we got to our arranged meeting spot simultaneously. I’ve recognized them instantaneously and introduced myself.

There were a total of eight people. A mom and a dad and their kids and one, self proclaimed adoptee. After talking for a while I’ve quickly noticed that this was about to be easy. A dream family, beautiful inside and out. Picture the TV family Cosby from the Bill Cosby show, only this time in real life. I couldn’t rave enough to my wife upon getting home. Having that many children you would believe that would get a bit chaotic but all was well in line and the parents did not once had to correct any of the six that were present. Mr. & Mrs. Boyd, I salute you on a job well done raising your kids to become respectable members of society.

During our conversation, I asked what they really wanted and if they’ve had any preferred spot around the premises that they wanted to shoot at and they’ve decided to leave it into my well capable hands. So we started walking with no plan in mind as I don’t like to scope out spots I prefer the areas to jump out at me and start to inspire me. I avoid repeating my areas and my poses. I want to do my clients justice by creating something totally unique for them, so enjoy!

Mr and Mrs Boyd.

This was our first family portrait and I must say that I love this one. I see this blown up big in Canvas in the family room.

They really wanted family portraits so we shot mostly that and here is another option.  I really like the relaxed feel of this one.

What is a family portrit without the sunset in Aruba, it just does not work. It goes hand in hand. 

This is all the kids along with the self proclaimed adoptee, Brooke second from the left. 

Sharing some sisterly love, Jamie and Maggie. 

Angie and her little brother Jeremy. 

The queen bee with all her little helper bees. 

 Theguys are really outweighed in this home so should I say, Girls Rule!

Jessica, just lounging on the Palm Beach in Aruba.

I loved this portrait so much that I’ve attempted a different (current) edit to it to see how it would look and I love the final outcome. 

I know that we’ve created friends for life as Mrs Boyd let me in on a secret that this will become their main vacation spot from now on and yes we welcome you Boyd family and thank you for visiting. Contact me whenever you’re back at least for a virgin colada around the pool or even dinner with my family.


Bryan Morris