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My journal highlights my personal and professional adventures as a full-time wedding photojournalist! I absolutely love being a wedding photographer! My "job" is to hang out with awesome couples on the biggest day of their lives! Throughout my career I've photographed city weddings with 300 guests and small intimate Riu Ochos Rios Jamaica destination weddings with about 30 guests! My wedding photography studio is based out of Lewes Delaware, although I've traveled all over the world including Kingston Jamaica and Montego Bay Jamaica to photograph two events with Prince Charles!!!

So if you want to hang out on your wedding day, please drop me a line...even if you don't have a date set, wedding reception site picked or even if there is no fat rock on your finger! ;)

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May 22nd, 2008

Well, last night I returned home after hanging out with Brenda and Jason for their destination wedding at the Riu Ocho Rios in Jamaica! It was nice to head back to Jamaica again for the 3rd time in a year! The trip was wonderful and I had a blast hanging out with Brenda, Jason and all their fam and friends. It was great to be a part of the wedding and to take pictures of the rehearsal and wedding day. We even did a Trash the Dress session afterwards!!! Since the rest of May and all of June are going to be very busy I decided to take a couple extra days to relax. So on Monday and Tuesday after the wedding, I hooked up with Kevin (an awesome private tour guide) and explored “the real” Jamaica!!! There will be many pictures posted later!

Brenda kept asking me what the weather was going to be like!

It rained the Thursday and Friday before the wedding, but turned out to be a great day!

Riu wedding photography

Mom-mom’s wheelchair came in pretty handy when the girls were getting ready.

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Yes…here are more shoe shots!

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Guests started to arrive at the ceremony site.

Riu wedding photography

The guys were ironing and getting ready in a room on the other side of the hotel.

Riu wedding photography

Some showed up a little late.

Riu wedding photography

Mom-mom was ready to go!

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

Riu wedding photography

It’s go time, Jason!!!

Jamaica weddings

Jamaica weddings

Jamaica weddings

The backdrop doesn’t get any better than this!

Jamaica weddings

Someone was a little tired of standing….

Jamaica weddings

Jamaica weddings

Of course we took some family pictures after the ceremony.

Jamaica weddings

Less than 20 minutes…..

Jamaica weddings

Jamaica weddings

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I love this picture because it looks like a fake backdrop at prom!

This is the real deal, though…just some trick exposure and flash work.

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

“Give me the dragon!” lol

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

Some laughs……

ocho rios wedding

Some tears……

ocho rios wedding
ocho rios wedding

Here is Seth, the best man….he turned out to be a pretty nice guy. He also has a pretty cool belt buckle!

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

Mom-mom enjoyed herself, too!

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

ocho rios wedding

Brenda, Jason and me after their wedding day!

ocho rios wedding

Thanks guys for allowing me to be a part of your amazing destination wedding in Jamaica!!

All images will be available around June 20th!

~Rob


May 13th, 2008

Well its back to Jamaica again early tomorrow….for the third time this year! Kim and I spent some time there for our Jamaica honeymoon last June. In March I hung out in Kingston Jamaica and Montego Bay Jamaica photographing some events with Prince Charles! Now it’s time to actually shoot a wedding in Jamaica!!! Brenda and Jason found me online while searching for a photographer to shoot some engagement pictures at the beach in Delaware. We talked about the pros and cons of bringing along a destination wedding photographer with them. One thing lead to another and they decided to bring me down to shoot their Jamaica wedding!

Here is Brenda and Jason!

Rehoboth beach photographer

Flying into Montego Bay airport.

Montego Bay Jamaica

Rastaman in Kingston.

Kingston Jamaica

Check back soon for updates from my adventures in Jamaica! Yeah Mon!!!

~Rob

Humbled Eyes Photography

April 30th, 2008

Destination weddings (DW) have been hugely popular for years. In fact, they’ve grown 400 percent over the last 10 years, according to a 2006 survey by The Conde Nast Bridal Group, publishers of Brides, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride (wpja.com). Not all are having Jamaica beach weddings, though. Destination weddings can be classified as a wedding over 200 or more miles from the couple’s home. For example, I just got back from Tracy and Jason’s Sunny Hill Resort wedding in Upstate New York. They live in Baltimore and decided to head up to the Hudson Valley area to have a DW. Also, in a couple weeks I’ll be heading down to Ocho Rios Jamaica for Brenda and Jason’s Riu Ocho Rios hotel wedding!

Hawaii beach wedding

Hawaii beach wedding

Anyhoo, some couples don’t realize the importance or option of bringing their own wedding photographer for their DWs. Recently I’ve experienced bad vendors and heard of a couple of horror stories about some wedding photographers.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself:

Should I bring some of my vendors (that I know, trust and enjoy to be around) with me to my DW?

Recently at one of my destination weddings I experienced one of the worst vendors ever! The name and vendor’s specialty will remain protected because I’m not that type of guy. Well this person was an online purchase from the bride and groom in the area that the destination wedding was. So there was no way of actually meeting them beforehand. This vendor may have been on some type of mind enhancing “medicine”….and I’m not surprised if they had “will work for food” on their website!!!! It was really really bad.

It might be worth the extra money to bring a wedding photographer, videographer, make-up artist and/or hair stylist with you. You don’t want any unexpected surprises on your wedding day! My main mission with any of my couples is to build a relationship with them before the big day. The wedding day is not the day you should be meeting your photographer for the first time. If you’re completely comfortable with me then you will act completely natural. This equates to the most candid and natural looking pictures. This is also true about your family and guests. When I shoot destination weddings I always like to show up to the rehearsal to meet everyone. Then everyone thinks of me as a part of the wedding…not just one of the vendors.

It’s great to hang out with my couples and their guests on the days leading up to the wedding!

Hawaii wedding photographer

Think of me as your personal photographer for your whole destination wedding adventure.

Hawaii wedding photographer

Great wedding pictures and some fine art, too!

Barbados wedding photographer

Hawaii beach wedding

Can’t I use the resort wedding photographer?

You can, but I’ve heard a lot of very bad things happen. You don’t even know who your wedding photographer is until the big day. Whoever is not busy that day will be your guy!!! Most show up and shoot 24, 36 or 48 pictures. They give you an album with those selected number of pictures soon after. Recently, one of my destination wedding brides forwarded me this email (from a DW bride…to her destination wedding planner…to my bride) and said, “all i can say is thank god you are coming!”

“On the other hand, I was very displeased with the photographers. Before we could even do our recessional they were in our face, and had our bridal party do a receiving line – mind you – before we even got to walk down the aisle. They had to play our recessional song twice!!!! I was kind of upset about that. Then during the sand ceremony, they kept telling us to kiss- DURING THE CEREMONY!!!! I can understand them telling you to pose etc after the ceremony, but that is our special time – we’re not actors – it should be real not scripted. Then at the reception, they had us cut the cake 3 TIMES because they kept missing it. This was a cake the hotel threw in – i didn’t want a cake anyways, as i was doing that at our at-home reception. But it was nice of the hotel to do that for us. Not so nice to have the photographer make us re-do the cutting 3 times. The last straw with the photographers was during the garter toss. Pete threw it and my cousin caught it and dropped it after he caught it. The photographers called for a “REDO”. That was it – my maid of honor had to go talk to them and tell them to stop with the acting. If they miss the shot they miss it – too bad. This day is not a play.”

Destination beach weddings

Destination beach weddings

Hawaii beach wedding

How does this work and what are my options?

Bringing along a wedding photographer to document your whole wedding adventure is pretty simple actually. Everything is basically the same except some travel fees will apply. Some couples want a photographer to document all the days leading up to the wedding, their rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding day/night, day after brunch and do a day after photoshoot!

Trash the Dress sessions are another option.

Trash the Dress Hawaii

Trash the Dress Hawaii

Trash the Dress Hawaii

Trash the Dress San Diego

Some wedding photographers would rather stay local and not travel for DWs. They don’t like leaving their families and some don’t like the stresses of traveling. I love to travel! In the U.S. Navy, I became an experienced world traveler with my camera in tow. Recently I had the honor to photograph two events in Jamaica with Prince Charles. My approach is very laid back and casual as I blend into the party, which results in the most candid moments. I like for my couples to think of me as a friend/guest who happens to be shooting pictures. It’s great to be able to be a part of my couples’ adventures! Also, don’t be surprised if your family “adopts” me. It’s happened many times before.

Some Caribbean Islands have set up websites specifically for DW.

For example:

Barbados destination weddings

St. Lucia destination weddings

~Rob

Destination wedding photographers


April 28th, 2008

Whelp yesterday we got back from shooting Tracy and Jason’s Sunny Hill wedding in Greenville New York! We headed up Thursday to scope out the area and acclimate ourselves. Friday we drove around on a golf cart for a couple hours to see what the resort had to offer. We even whacked a couple of golf balls on the driving range. Then, it was off to rehearsal dinner with the family and wedding party. Soon we realized that almost everyone had their own cameras…..even the bride!!! On Saturday the wedding day started pretty early with hair and make-up. The weather was beautiful and everyone was very relaxed.

Tracy’s mom was hanging out on the couch….watching her youngest daughter get ready on her wedding day!

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Tracy has an infectious smile.

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

She was so far from a bridezilla…..she was great!

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Hey….if this was the biggest “snag” of the day….I can’t complain.

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

She wanted to talk to everyone that walked by.

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Goofy….

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Over the shoulder shot…with this one!

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

“We are actually doing it!!!”

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

LOL….Tracy’s parents were excited, too!

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

I love tears!

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Jason was “trying” to break dance.

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Karaoke started early…..

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

….and ended late!

Sunny Hill Resort wedding

Jamaica is my next stop to shoot Brenda and Jason’s Riu Ocho Rios hotel wedding!

~Rob


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