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.

 

Dec 04

Summer 2006 was when Eran was determined to make Kristen his wife.

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Kristen went along with his wish!

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They took the plunge…..

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…. sealed it with a kiss!

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and started on their journey of life together, hand in hand!

Starting the journey of life

Out of this union came this little princess Julianna…

Julianna on the beach in Aruba

I was contacted by mommy a few weeks before their arrival and was informed that they were coming to Aruba and they wanted me to take a few pictures of their little bundle of joy at the beach of the Westin Aruba Resort on Palm Beach. What a bundle of joy she is, a sweet little girl loved by Mommy and Daddy. She’s no doubt Daddy’s little girl. Julianna is a little ham that loves the ocean, if you’re distracted for 1 second too long she’s no longer by your side but heading for the ocean.

Here she is showing Daddy some affection!

Julianna posing with daddy for a portrait at the Westin Resort Aruba

I’m taking the world by storm, join me on the slide!

Preparing to go down the slide at the Westin Aruba Resort.

Swoosh…..here we go!

Enjoying the slide at the Westin Aruba Resort

I love mommy too!

Giving Mom some love in the playground of the Aruba Westin.

Am I not the cutest little thing ever?

Julianna just relaxing a little during the shoot in Aruba

I might just be a little gymnast, I just love to swing as well in the playground at the Aruba Westin Resort on the Palm Beach in Aruba

Julianna stretching before going down the slide at Aruba Westin Resort.

This white sand fascinates me so, I wish I can take some home.

Julianna playing on Palm Beach Aruba

This is the little diva outfit that I wore to the beach to play in the sand.

Palm Beach Aruba, get ready I'm ready to play!

And ofcourse, what do we do when were through playing in the sand, wash ourself off, right?

Clean Up!

May God bless her and keep her.

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

Jul 27

Do you remember last year I’ve mentioned that I’ve had a blog stalker? See THIS post!

Mike & Janyne met in January 2006 while he was working at a Nissan dealership in Staten Island. Janyne was was shopping for a new car with her parents when Mike approached them to offer assistance. Immediately, Mike knew he had to have her! She was scheduled to pick up the car in a few days and since Mike already had her number (which was to be used for business purposes) he called Janyne on the premise of confirming the details to pick up the vehicle. After a few minutes of casual chit-chat, he asked Janyne out for coffee to “thank her for buying the car”. Startled that the car salesman had just asked her out, she didn’t know what to say. She thought for a moment of the obvious age difference (Mike has 17 years on her) then agreed, thinking “what harm could coffee do?” and “it’s not like he’s asking me to marry him!”.

The next day, when she was about to leave her new car, Mike asked Janyne when they could go out for coffee. They decided on the following night after work and as he gave her his phone number, he said “You’re gorgeous! You have the most beautiful eyes I’ve ever seen!”.

On the night they went out for coffee, Janyne was surprised at how much they had in common, despite their age difference. They talked for so long, they didn’t realize the coffee shop was about to close. That weekend, Mike took Janyne to a romantic restaurant in Brooklyn for their ‘first date”. Afraid of starting a relationship with someone nearly twice her age, who was previously married with children close to her age, Janyne was uncertain if they wanted the same things. She set a “cut-off” of 6 months – if by then, they’re not on the same page she would walk away. She never got the chance as Mike revealed that if he were to ever marry again, it had to be her!
On December 15, 2007 at that same Brooklyn restaurant, Mike popped the big question, to Janyne “you’re gonna marry me, right?”

Since then I’ve been in contact with Janyne and we’ve built a very great relationship, I consider Mike and Janyne almost family.

Her wedding finally rolled around so after being a blogstalker for so long now it’s her time to shine.

Janyne and her family visits Aruba regularly and introduced Mike to Aruba, so when Mike proposed to Janyne it was easy to choose a spot for their Destination Wedding. Janyne didn’t just want to have her wedding on the beach so she opted for Tierra del Sol and had Ventanas del Mar cater for them. The evening started off with the cermony being officiated by Father Jacob as they wanted a more religious touch to their wedding, they’ve had a coctail hour that was entertained by Nico Conner with his Magical Steelpan. After the coctail hour there was a sitdown dinner. After dinner DJ Tino from Cyclone Promotions had the entire party family on the dance floor all night. The young and the younger were bouncing to the tunes kicking out of his speakers.

Janyne and Mike I wish you two the happiest life together.

Mrs Theresa McGann, Janyne’s mom, pinning up her dress!

Mom buttoning Wedding Gown

Last minute touch ups before hitting the stage! 

Final Touches Before Wedding

A detail shot of the shoes. 

Shoes Detail

Mom securing the garter in place! 

Garter On

Jennifer and Anthony, Bridesmaid and Groomsman walking down the aisle. 

Processional

Bestman Dominic and Maid Of Honor Kathleen making there way down the aisle. 

Bestman and Maid Of Honor

Charles and Janyne McGann on their way to give Janyne away. 

Janyne & Charles Mc Gann

Mike receiving Janyne from her dad. 

Giving Daugther Away

 Minister Jacob conducting the wedding ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony At Tierra del Sol Aruba

Portrait of the couple during the wedding ceremony. 

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Mike saying his vows. 

Wedding Vows

Bestman Dominic, can’t seem to be getting the rings out of his pocket. 

Best Man

Mike placing the ring on Janyne’s finger. 

Exchange Of Rings

 Janyne returning the favor.

Ring Exchange

The female part of the bridal party. 

Brides Maids

The Kiss! 

The Kiss

 Janyne signing the marriage documents.

Signing Of Declaration

Mike’s turn. 

Signing Of Declaration

A portrait of the couple and wedding party. 

Wedding Party

A detail shot of the rings.

Wedding Bands

Only in paradise would you be able to get a sweet portrait like this. 

Bride & Groom

A kiss during the portraits.

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Janyne can’t seem to have enough of Mike so another….. 

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And another…..

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Mike showing Janyne his mad golf skillz. 

Golfing at Tierra Del Sol

Another portrait of the wedding party. 

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The cake! 

Wedding Cake

First Dance! 

First Dance

Father/Daughter Dance 

Father And Daughter Dance

This was a wild (in a good way) crowd, they can get a party started. 

Party People

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

Jul 07

It is so complex to the human mind at times how destiny is decided.

Steven met Fayth (both Americans) in Bonn, Germany in 2002. Steven was then attending Texas A&M University and Fayth Lehigh University at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. A strong friendship was born. They remained in contact for the next several years visiting each other in Texas and Pennsylvania. It wasn’t until a visit down to Texas in 2005 Fayth and Steven started dating, a few years later Steven decided that he wanted to kick up the relationship a notch so he decided no more long distance dating and moved to Pennsylvania to be of support to Fayth while she attended Dental school.

Steven proposed in August 2008 while touring vineyards in the Brandywine Area of Pennsylvania.

These guys are awesome, our first in person meeting left me knowing that this one was going to rock. I’ve approached the wedding with such a confidence that I was going to blow it out of the park, not by my efforts really, but by the flexibility and open personality of the Bride and Groom.

After a couple of shots I gave them a peak at what I was getting and Steven goes, “Man, you’re good!”. Steven, believe me it’s not totally me but the vibe that you two transcend just makes it happen. Thanks for having me and may God bless your marriage.

When things get tough (notice I said “when” ,because they will. It’s inevitable) go back to your sign in book and read what I wrote there for you.

This wedding was at the Bucuti Beach Resort with the illustrious Nashette Wouters as the wedding planner. Words fail to express the awesomeness of this lady. She really makes you feel at ease even though you’re planning a wedding from thousands of miles away. It’s always a pleasure for me to work with her.

Groom getting ready

Groom Getting Ready

Bride and Bridesmaid making the last minute touches. 

Bride Getting Ready In Mirror

Bridesmaid attaching the veil to bride, for Aruba this is more like securing the veil, it is windy but the veil is cool especially for pictures. 

Bride Putting On Veil

Admiring herself in the mirror before heading out. 

Bride Making Last Minute CHecks In Mirror

Detail shot of the Calla Lilly bouquet and the fans that were given out to the guests. 

Calla Lillie Bouquet and Fan

Mirror mirror on the wall………. 

Bridals Before The Ceremony

Steven getting his first glimpse of Fayth, look at the smile on his face.

Grooms First View Of Bride

Groom’s mother attaching his boutonierre, a special moment. 

Mother Pinning Boutonniere On Groom

Mom giving groom a kiss before heading to the ceremony.

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The urban dictionary has a different definition to this word but I have a total different definition and it will be added to the dictionary in the next print. The word I’m referring to is “Sexceptional”, exceptionally sexy! 

Portrait At The Bucuti Beach Resort

This is what you get if you don’t be shy and really enjoy each other on your wedding day. There’s very little left for me to be introduced to and if you’re so daring I’ll go for it, no problem, I’ll just chalk it up as a new experience. 

Tropical Destination Wedding Portrait

Schweet, golden hour sun! Using flash here would just ruin this shot. Did I really need any flash? I don’t think so. Available light is the way to go.

Romance On The Beach In Aruba

Upon shooting Fayth for a while in the room, I was stunned by her teeth but never said anything. Afew days after the wedding we met and she said that she was a dentist, then all fell in place. She really has beautiful teeth. 

Bridal On Beach In Aruba

 A shot of the setup of the ceremony area, Nashette and her crew did a great job!

Wedding Setup Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba

 The bridesmaid heading to the arch.

Bridesmaid Walking Down The Sand Aisle

 Here comes the bride……

Bride Walking Down Sand Aisle On The Beach In Aruba

 The bride focused on her prize……

Bride Getting To Altar

This guy have seen his then bride to be before the ceremony but he’s still amazed at how she looks, look at his expression.

Groom Looking At Bride At The Arch

The Vows! 

Exchange Of Vows

 The Ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony At The Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba

The Kiss!

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Look at this guy, euphoric. It’s like he’s saying “Yes, I’ve scored a touchdown” 

The Recessional On The Beach At Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba

 A detail shot of the rings.

Wedding Bands

A classic portait on the beach.

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Newly weds on the Eagle Beach! 

Taking A Stroll On The Eagle Beach

I call this “Ecstatic” 

Ecstatic!

Just schweet!

The Dip

Steven told Fayth that he’ll take her to the end of the world. 

Piggy Backing On The Eagle Beach Aruba

Romance in the tropics! 

Tropically Romantic!

Bride and Groom and the wedding party. 

Bridal Party

……….take my breath away!

Romantic Portrait On Aruba

The reception area with your toes in the sand. Can you ask for anything better. 

The Wedding Reception On The Beach At The Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba

The bride and groom opening the buffet line. 

Bride And Groom Opening Buffet Line

A caribbean first dance! 

The First Dance

The cake.

The Cake

Cake cutting! 

Cake Cutting Ceremony At The Bucuti Beach Resort Aruba

You feed me and I’ll feed you. 

Romantic Cake Feeding

Groom and Groomsman lighting up a Cohiba. This was a funny moment, a little secret between the two and me who documented it. 

Cigar Smoking.

 Blessings,

Bryan Morris

Jul 03

As promised, here is the part 2 for Ikna & Eric Wedding. 

One portrait before heading into the reception!

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Bridesmaids just chillin’ in a hammock! 

Brides Maids on Renaissance Island Aruba

First Dance, I just love the expression of the onlookers in the background. 

First Dance on Renaissance Island

Some art of the first dance. 

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Daughter and father dance. 

Father Daughter Dance

Son & Mother Dance 

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 Bride & Groom during the toast.

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Bestman with the toast. 

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Mother of the groom with a toast. 

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Maid Of Honour with her toast. 

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Father of bride with a toast. 

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Bride & Groom being romantic during dinner 

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Father of bride was just having a blast. 

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I just love this shot! 

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A cake shot 

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Cake cutting! 

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Cake smearing! 

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And the best part, cake cleaning! 

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This is the bouquet toss. 

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Mission: Find The Garter 

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These single guys were having fun with the garter toss. 

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The departure……. 

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This is not the most technically sound shot but it tells the story of the evening. 

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Blessings,

Bryan Morris

Jun 30

Yes, they are. I’ve seen it for myself with my own eyes, I didn’t hear about it from anyone, no it’s not gossip it’s a done deal.

Eric and Ikna met online and decided to go on their first date to Carnivale a Latin American Fusion restaurant. Eric being the nice easygoing guy that he is waited for Ikna at the restaurant even though Ikna was late. She showed up one hour later with a valid excuse, she was lost. It was then that Eric decided that she will never be lost again because she’ll always be by his side.

They both enjoy going to the movies, dining and opera presentations.

My observation of these two are that they are a very fun loving couple, the thing I like most about Eric is that he’s a gentleman around Ikna or should I say around anyone for that matter. Being a gentleman works so much to his benefit. I’m sure this is what swept Ikna off her feet. This guy opens every door for Ikna including the car door, he so loves to serve Ikna and make sure that she’s OK.

To the world today that is not the “Macho” thing to do but Eric knows where it has gotten him, “brother never stop serving your wife”. It will be reciprocated and you’ll have a happy marriage many will wish they’ve had. Don’t look at what you do for her and measure it against what she does for you. All you have to do is your part and the rest will follow. If you seek to always be of service to her it leaves you no time to see if she’s being of service to you or not and she’ll have no other choice then but to be the same and you’ll live happily ever after.

Guys, know that you have a friend here in Aruba always and I’m looking forward to many family portraits of you guys in the future.

This wedding was on the Renaissance Island, there were a little less than 100 family and close friends. It was a great ceremony and  an awesome evening. Two cultures intermingling together and being bonded by love. Ikna’s descendants are from Colombia, so we’ve had a large amount of Latinos or should I say Rumberos and Eric’s descendants are from Lithuania, while it was yet part of the Soviet Union so one big party.

The guest were so in a party mode that all they really wanted was for the DJ to play music and the bar to remain open. They didn’t want to stop dancing for dinner. Dj Tino from Cyclone Promotion kept the guests on their feet the entire night.

Rafael “Juni” Jones from Aruba Renaissance was the wedding planner and he did a superb job with the decoration and setup of the island. The food was…..that’s a whole other post. I’ll just hint, yummy!

 

Here you have a detail shot of the dress!

Wedding Dress

The bridesmaids assisting Ikna with her dress.

Putting on wedding dress

Everything beautiful takes time. 

Wedding Dress Preparation

A shot of the back of the dress! 

Details at the back of the wedding dress

Best man assisting groom. 

Groomsman assisting groom with tie.

Groom and his groomsmen striking a pose! 

Groom and Groomsmen

Men on a mission. Mission: Get Married!

Men in Black

Awaiting transportation to the island! 

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Ikna hanging out with her bridesmaids in the room. 

Ikna striking a pose in her wedding dress

All the ladies! 

Brides Maids hanging out in room with the bride before the ceremony

Ikna’s dad just awaiting the big moment.

Ikna's Father

 Another portrait of Ikna in the room.

Portrait Of The Bride

Ikna and her dad walking down the sand aisle at the Renaissance Island, Aruba. 

Father and Brid Walking Down Aisle

Ikna’s being given away by her dad to her groom. 

Father Giving Bride Away

Ikna’s dad giving her a hug before he gives her away. I just love the flare in this one. 

Father Kissing Bride Before Giving Her Away

A detail shot of the bouquet. 

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Ikna giving Eric’s mom a kiss during the rose ceremony. 

Rose Ceremony

I’ve called this one “Together”  

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I’ve just had to make use of the sun to get a shot with some flare. Here is Eric reading out his vows to Ikna………. 

Groom Reading Vows

………Which eventually caused her to get teary eyed. 

Bride Shedding A Tear During Vows

A detail shot of the bridal bouquets. 

Bridesmaids Bouquet

Eric getting ready to place that ring on Ikna’s hand. 

Groom During The Rings Ceremony

Ikna’s just enjoying the moment. 

Bride Laughing

The ring ceremony… 

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The Kiss! 

The Kiss

Man and wife walking back down the aisle. 

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I’ll have to break this up in two posts, I have too many great shots and I’ve gotten only through preparation and ceremony so I’ll continue in part II with after ceremony and reception. Stay tuned!

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

Jun 23

Ikna and Eric really wanted every aspect of their wedding on the island to be documented, so documented we did. A few days before the wedding they wanted to go out and shoot some pictures. We’ve had a town and country as the wedding was going to be on the beach. This is always nice as it assist the couple in loosening up infront of the camera come wedding day.

Here are a few of the many shots that I’ve made on this day.

Ikna & Eric in the countryside of Aruba

 

Just Ikna in Aruba

 

Eric Krysiac in Aruba

 

Survivor Portrait in Aruba

 

Aruba Is For Lovers

 

Love is in the air in Aruba

 

Flirting in Aruba's country side

 

Angel in Aruba's country side

 

Hunk in Aruba's country side

 

Alto Vista Chapel Aruba

 

Ikna Espinoza posing in Aruba's Wildlife

 

Flirting at Bushiribana Goldmine Ruins

 

Bushiribana Goldmine Ruins Aruba

 

Romantic in Down Town Oranjestad Aruba

 

Romantic Stroll Through Downtown Oranjestad Aruba

 

Showing off the Willem III Tower

 

Being Romantic In Downtown Oranjestad

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

Stay Tuned, Coming Soon

Sep 18

A great moment I’ve had with this awesome couple, Kristi Kimberley and Bill Godfrey.
As soon as I’m through editing I’ll post a few more shots of the wedding.

Blessings,

Bryan Morris

What?

Jul 21

Lots of information about weddings is accessible to couples getting married.

However very little information is given about what wedding photography entails.

Many brides contact me concerning wedding photography and when they receive a pricelist, it would appear that the rapture has taken place. No more communication. The cause of this behavior is simple; they don’t have a clue what wedding photography entails. This information is not readily accessible to them or to anyone for that matter, therefore, my attempt to educate the general public on this subject.

“A professional makes his work look “easy” Continue reading What? »

Running Of The Brides

Jul 08

Filene’s basement is synonymous to bargains. They have bargains on everything from fashions to home goods. The store is most famous for it’s annual Running Of The Bride event. This is where brides to be line up hours before the stores opening time with their team to get designer bride gowns at a bargain, saving hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars.

Filene’s basement had been occasionally selling wedding gowns since 1908. This annual one day wedding gown sale dates back to 1947. Back then the event used to be much tamer than today.

On any particular event there will be anywhere between 1300 to 2500 gowns depending on the store. Discounted prices of these gowns are from $249 to $699 while original prices range from $900 to $9000 and sometimes even more. The original price are always present on the dress so clients can see the bargain instantly.

Filene’s basement get these gowns from the manufacturers of most famous labels. They’ve developed great contacts in the wedding gown industry. The dresses become available for a variety of reasons e.g. Canceled Orders, Canceled Wedding, A small shop needing space for new gowns etc…….

Upcoming Events

Baltimore (Towson) July 11, 2008
Chicago, (State, St. Store) July 25, 2008
Washington DC, (Mazza Gallerie Store) August 1, 2008
Boston, (Hynes Convention Center) August 22, 2008
Cleveland, Warrensville Heights October 17, 2008

Don’t loose out on this great event!

Blessings,

Bryan Morris