Snow Portraits Session

Fall Snow Portrait

It’s Fall again when thoughts go to school starting, leaves falling, Christmas Card photos and snow portraits for those of us here in the South. Samantha came to our studio with her Grandma Tammy to check out some Florida “snow” at the Red Dog Studio in Fort Walton Beach.

We began the session by enjoying some Florida foliage which offered perfect look and mood with the recent cold spell that evening. We love it when people ask if we photograph in exotic locations because our images are so unique. It is Mari’s ability to fully use her camera that gives the ethereal  illusion to her images. In short, our beautiful photographs are quite simple and done in spot-on in camera and then fully-perfected in our photo editing software.

This brings us to our very exciting news! We are offering the 2017 photography classes!!

The Beginner Class

Did you just get a new camera? There are so many different settings. How do you set your camera to capture your precious images? We are here to help! In this class we will go over how to set your settings for your best images as well as composition and lighting.

We will do classroom work setting your camera settings and then move onto actually photographing both inside and outside. Bring your flash and manual and learn how to make amazing photographs on your own!

With over 10 years of classroom instruction experience, Mari will help you understand your camera.

We are offering one pre-Christmas class and one in January that would make the perfect Christmas present! Space is limited so register now!

Classes are being offered:

Saturday November 11th

Saturday January 6th

The Aspiring Professional Class

Is that fancy digital camera still on automatic, just like when you took it out of the box? Sometimes the ole “A” mode works beautifully, but more often than not, you just end up frustrated with inconsistent results. Of course professionals have awesome equipment, but that alone is not going to create beautiful photographs. You might have figured this out on your own if you purchased a nice dslr camera but the photos are not quite turning out.

We will go over professional settings, composition, lighting and business advice.

I’ve spent the last 10 years teaching hundreds of beginner photographers how to take control of their cameras and think like a pro photographer. My students are finding all kinds of success. From parents capturing real family moments that they are proud to hang on the wall, to business owners increasing sales and strengthening their brand to students starting new careers as professional photographers. You get to a point where your growth skyrockets.

Classes are:

Sunday November 12th

Sunday January 7th

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Atlanta Wedding Photography- Lake Lanier Islands

Lake Lanier Islands WeddingWhat a great wedding!! Atlanta is a fun place and we love doing Atlanta Wedding Photography. Sarah and Jason were originally going to get married in Destin, Fl but changed their venue to Lake Lanier Islands Weddings. What an awesome change! Both the wedding venue staff and the wedding planner Rebecca Dey of Rebecca Niccole Weddings really went above and beyond with talent and professionalism. I cannot stress how much professional venue staff and a great planner make a wedding a breeze for all vendors and the couple. It’s a win win situation for all!

Most weddings in the greater Atlanta area offer a wonderful topography. I do love the white sands and beautiful waters of The Emerald Coast and 30A coastlines, the allure of crisp mountain air, old growth forests and foothills of the Appalachian mountains. There were so many areas to photograph, it was hard to choose. atlanta wedding photography_0002atlanta wedding photography_0003atlanta wedding photography_0004atlanta wedding photography_0005atlanta wedding photography_0006atlanta wedding photography_0007atlanta wedding photography_0008atlanta wedding photography_0009atlanta wedding photography_0010atlanta wedding photography_0011atlanta wedding photography_0012atlanta wedding photography_0013atlanta wedding photography_0014atlanta wedding photography_0015atlanta wedding photography_0016atlanta wedding photography_0017atlanta wedding photography_0018atlanta wedding photography_0019atlanta wedding photography_0020atlanta wedding photography_0021atlanta wedding photography_0022atlanta wedding photography_0023atlanta wedding photography_0024atlanta wedding photography_0025atlanta wedding photography_0026atlanta wedding photography_0027atlanta wedding photography_0028atlanta wedding photography_0029atlanta wedding photography_0030atlanta wedding photography_0031atlanta wedding photography_0032atlanta wedding photography_0033atlanta wedding photography_0034atlanta wedding photography_0035atlanta wedding photography_0036atlanta wedding photography_0037atlanta wedding photography_0038atlanta wedding photography_0039atlanta wedding photography_0040atlanta wedding photography_0041atlanta wedding photography_0042atlanta wedding photography_0043atlanta wedding photography_0044atlanta wedding photography_0045atlanta wedding photography_0046atlanta wedding photography_0047atlanta wedding photography_0048atlanta wedding photography_0049atlanta wedding photography_0050atlanta wedding photography_0051atlanta wedding photography_0052atlanta wedding photography_0053atlanta wedding photography_0054atlanta wedding photography_0055atlanta wedding photography_0057atlanta wedding photography_0058atlanta wedding photography_0059atlanta wedding photography_0060atlanta wedding photography_0061atlanta wedding photography_0062atlanta wedding photography_0063atlanta wedding photography_0064atlanta wedding photography_0065atlanta wedding photography_0066

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Destin Beach Portrait

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It cracks me up when our outages of a Destin beach portrait is so funny! Boys make the most humorous images! You cannot imagine what they may say. LOL I simply told the boys to kiss their mom. Let me tell you…they did the best they could and made their Destin Beach Portrait the most crazy thing they could do! In this case, I asked the boys to kiss and hug mom on the count of three.

So you ask where to stay while in Destin or Fort Walton Beach…Let me tell you it’s either airbndb or VRBO in the area. It doesn’t matter if you stay in Destin, Fl, Okaloosa Island, Crystal Beach, 30A or anywhere else on The Emerald Coast in general. Take the time to surf or Stand Up Paddle while in the area. We were paddling recently on the tidal lakes and found ourselves surrounded by otters as we tooled along.

The tidal lakes of South Walton are some amazing places to stand up paddle. We have what they call Barnacles, which are small blue-tooth speakers that attach to your board. We also had a beaver stalk us while playing the music from the speakers. It was crazy to be paddling in the lilly pads of Watercolor when the otters decided to check us out! Evidently the otters and beavers love the Ka’au Crater Boys songs. Makaha is one of my favorite songs by them!

Give me a ring or an email if you would like the most awesome beach images of your life! My office number is 850-699-3403 and my email is mari@maridarrwelch.com.  Contact me now for beach sessions this year since we are completley almost booked up.
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Panama City Beach Photography

Beach Portrait

The beaches of 30A are perfect for Panama City Beach Photography. And I love beach portrait families that are fun like the “A” family. Whether it be the sweet kisses of siblings or allowing the adults to live a kid moment and laugh, I love having fun with my clients.

It is so cool to know that the images I create, and the moments they share will concrete cherished Emerald Coast memories for the children I photograph. They will remember the wonderful green waters and the white sand along with the laughter and joy they shared with their parents and family and come back to share it with their own children.

The 30A corridor of South Walton County offers an eclectic beach style lifestyle. You can prepare for your visit here through 30A Radio. It’s one of my favorite radio stations available on the internet.  You can have a great beach mix to listen to as well as hearing the lineup of awesome musical artists including locals like the Forrest Williams Band, Reed Waddle and the Dread Clampitt’s. All of which are often playing the entertainment scenes at Seaside, Santa Rosa Beach, Panama City Beach, Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach or any of the other little communities along 30A. Check out the radio station to get to know some of the great places you can visit, the festivals in the area and even get to know some local artists.Panama City Beach PhotographyReal EmotionsPanama City Beach PhotographyChild Beach Photography

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Destin Family Beach Photography: Don’t you want this to be you this Summer?

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When we do our Destin Family Beach Photography, we maintain a relationship with our clients.Watching our client’s children grow up through the years and become their own people is really an honor to witness. The last time I saw Wendy and her children, the youngest was a mere 2 years old. He is now so much fun and has a spark of impishness that is a ton of fun!

Our Florida State Parks have so much to offer when it comes to our beach portraits. They maintain their beaches and often times there are many less people lingering during our golden hour at the parks. This allows us to make intimate and special images for our couples and families. I have discovered that once a child sees an image, it then becomes a memory. For instance, when I have my families play Ring Around the Rosie on the beach, it no longer is something their photographer has asked them to do. When the big wall print is hanging in their home for years, it becomes a fond family memory of what they did during their vacation in Destin, Fl.

I am always on the lookout for real actual moments. For instance when the young girl caught a sand flea, that was some pretty big stuff. You see they are actually kind of hard to catch without the proper equipment. So her acquisition of the crustacean was a pretty big deal.
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