Something About Mari!

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I’m so glad you came to visit my site. I am Mari Darr~Welch, a multi-award winning photojournalist. My work has been in publications all over the world. By using my vast experience and attention to detail, I provide my clients the product they have come to expect from one of the most experienced wedding photojournalists on the Emerald Coast.
How do I accomplish this? Easy, my art is my passion. I specialize in weddings and lifestyle photography. The real art of life. If you are looking for a strictly pose and grin very traditional photographer, I am not that person. If however you are looking for that artist who will find those special moments, dramatic fashion style bridals and then throw in a couple of traditional formals along with some great fun groupings all laced together to tell a story of your day all with ease and laughter? Then I am the one.
New Studio:
I am pleased to announce the opening of Red Dog Studio. It is a full service multi-functional natural /studio light photo studio built for lifestyle and relationship portraiture. At the Red Dog you’ll find an energy which will relax you and make you feel at home. You can utilize some of my many outdoor urban, country or beach scenes and then come inside to have a blast with the many different looks generated by the state of the art aesthetics.
The studio is located at 252 Beachview Drive Fort Walton Beach.
Education:
I have a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Kent State University. After graduating from the university, I worked for newspapers in Ohio, Louisiana, Alabama and here in Fort Walton Beach. While working as a staff photographer at these publications, I began photographing weddings on the side.
You see, my love for my craft was so strong that only working five days a week was not enough for me. Weddings were like the best of a day at work. You had documentary work, a fashion shoot, environmental portraiture, some feature art and on occasion a sporting event during the bouquet toss!! Thus, Mari’s Paradise Images was created.
Four-years-ago I switched my roles. I now am a full-time wedding and portraiture photographer who works for the Associated Press and other publications on the side. I love it!!
So, perhaps you are thinking, how do you keep your energy level so high wedding after wedding? Plenty of good coffee and I belong to some great professional affiliations.
WPJA (Wedding Photojournalists Association) Only a small handful of photographers are selected for membership to this organization.
PPA (Professional Photographer’s of America)
WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographer’s International)
NWSFPP (Northwest Section of the Florida Professional Photographers)
I regularly attend workshops and classes sponsored by these groups, given by some of the premier wedding photographers in the country. I maintain my edgy and fresh approach to photography by attending these events.
When you use me, you are assured of an experienced professional with friendly service. I am a local with access to secluded area beaches for your session. Color, black and white, hand tinted images and photo CD’s are all available. For memories that you will treasure for a lifetime. There is nothing like capturing the elegance, romance and just plain fun of a beautiful sunset on the Destin beaches. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Reserve your special day today!
Mari Darr~Welch
My love affair with photojournalism began almost 20 years ago and still makes my heart flutter with joy. It is my passion and true love. The ability to capture images that are real, honest and rare is my forte. As an award-winning editorial photographer, my work has been published world-wide. The relationship I cultivate with my wedding couples is crucial in creating beautiful and honest images. With my calming personality, I am a master at evoking emotion, hope and joy in every photograph. My images combine together to weave a story that brings you back to your day time and time again. Your sweet memories will forever dance within the images I’ve captured.
Kelly inoue - July 12, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Hi, I know this is short notice, but do you happen to have any availability for family beach portraits on 7/15 or 7/16?

Thanks so much!
Kelly

Brady Jo - June 18, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Hi Mari, I love your photos. I am planning a small wedding in Destin on the beach Labor Day weekend 2014. I was wondering what kind of rates you had? I was hoping for some pre-ceremony, ceremony and wedding party photos. Thanks!

Mari Darr~Welch - June 4, 2013 - 7:25 pm

Hi, Our trash the dress session fees range in price from $250- $500.

Megan Lents - May 27, 2013 - 4:30 pm

Hello,
I am from indiana but I am having my wedding on the beach in Destin, Florida. I really would like to do a trash the dress session..how much would that be? Thanks

Mari Darr~Welch - April 12, 2013 - 7:50 am

Yes Cindy I am the one!

Cindy Lowrey - April 12, 2013 - 5:12 am

I’m not sure if this is you or not. I had a roommate in college named Mari Darr and your photo looks like it could be you. Did you go to Kent State?

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