Week 4 – #4 Wild Card


This photo was taken in studio for aspiring PGA golfer Domeinco Geminiani. Ironically the term wild card could imply as Domenico is working to obtain his card to be able to play on the PGA Tour. He currently has been playing in local tournaments in the Sarasota area but has now left to go to Italy his home country to play in some of the European tour events. The photo was taken on a white background so at some point we could easily remove him from the background and place him anywhere in the world.  The photo was taken with a Nikon D750, 44 mm, ISO 100. Two White Lightning strobes with umbrellas set at F11 were used to light the subject while two overhead White Lightning str Continue reading


Week 3 – #3 Fill The Frame


This photo was taken at Ashley & Matt’s beautiful wedding at the Westin Hotel in downtown Sarasota. I set the brides shoes on the ledge outside her room with the city of Sarasota as the background so it would match other photos I took of the bride in the similar background. Photo was shot on Nikon D750, F7.1, 28-300 lens at 145mm, ISO 400. I used fill flash from Nikon D800 flash. White balance on auto then processed the Raw file in ACR and then Photoshop CC.

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Week 2 -#2 Quiet Moment

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This quiet moment happened at Ashley & Matt’s wedding at the new Westin Sarasota when Ashley had a moment to read a special love note from Matt prior to the ceremony. She said it made her calm in preparation to seeing him at the ceremony. The photo was taken on my Nikon D750, at F7.1, ISO 400, 1/60 flash Nikon SB800 directed at a side white wall for bounce. The soft dreamy look was created in Adobe Camera Raw using Effects: Vin. +100, Midpoint -25, Feather +72. A white border was added in Photoshop to give it the finished look.

Week 1 -#1 Zoom Burst

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Have not participated in the 52 Week Challenge for a few years. Here is my 1st post -“Zoom Burst”since returning. This photo was taken at Ashley & Matt’s beautiful wedding at the new Westin in downtown Sarasota. Capturing details of the wedding is important especially flowers as they pay a lot for them. I took the flowers outside of the bride’s room at the Westin with some of the city buildings in the background. Photo was shot with my Nikon D750, F7.1, 1/200, ISO 400 with Nikon SB800 flash. To give it the zoom burst focus effect, I used Nik software filter pastel then added two additional filters. More Photos

Ashley & Matt’s Wedding

The new Westin Sarasota provided a super venue for Ashley & Matt’s Wedding. The wedding ceremony was on the rooftop with a panoramic view of downtown Sarasota. The reception was held in the Triton Ballroom on the 6th floor of the Westin. The theme for the wedding was “Wine” with all adults receiving a specially engraved bottle. Bill Mills did a super job as 2nd photographer. Together we provided the bride & groom with a romantic video slideshow set to music.

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Fantastic Sams 2018 ASA Competition

Each year Fantastic Sams locations from around the country have their stylists who choose to compete enter the ASA competition. Categories include: Commercial Cut Male & Female, Commercial Color, Commercial Glamour, Child Cut & Style, Commercial Texture, Artistic Cut, Artistic Color, Artistic Avant Garge. Each year for the past 4 years I have had National winners. Here are some of the entries from the Parrish/ Lakewood Ranch locations.



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Anneliese & Fredrik’s Engagement

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Take a look at Anneliese & Fredrik’s engagement photos taken at Longboat Key Club on Longboat Key, Florida. The weather was perfect with only sunsets that can be seen on the West Coast of Florida. See more wedding photos.