The beautiful Waldorf Astoria Naples was the setting for Bob and Jiachen Lessack’s Naples FL wedding. Their family and friends enjoyed the sunny evening breeze that carried the couple’s vows across the private deck, which was beautifully decorated in true Naples destination wedding style. After their vows we whisked the couple down the mangrove lined boardwalk to the beach to enjoy the incredible sunset, and beach photos.
Congratulation Jiachen and Bob, and thank you for selecting me as your Naples wedding photographer. -mark
Kim and Grant had a perfect sunset beach wedding at the Bay Colony Beach Club. Their simple wedding truly made their love center stage. The couple was surrounded by close friends and family as the father of the bride, Lee, performed the heart-felt ceremony. We loved being a part of their special day! A big thank you to the lovely bride and groom!
In addition to weddings and portraits, which for the most part are outdoors, I occasionally get to shoot something different in the the studio as well. This time of year, working in the a/c certainly has its appeal. As if that wasn’t enough, today I met a very talented, and equally personable model that is building her portfolio. The concept of the photo-shoot was to show Kylee’s versatility, and her ability to go from teen, to glamor, to pinup, which she did with confidence and poise that clearly demonstrated her talent. It was a fun photo-shoot, and I look forward to working with Kylee again. Little doubt we’ll be seeing more of her in print!
We’ve had more rain than usual this past week, which is not what most visitors to Naples were hoping for. One exception was Joshua, who was delighted to have had his first trip to the beach with his parents. The soft light from the early morning overcast can really be a beautiful and even light to take beach portraits.
I photographed Melissa and Mike’s beautiful beach wedding ceremony performed by Weddings by Phyllis, an officiant that performs weddings in Naples and Marco Island. I was subsequently contacted by Marco Island Magazine, inquiring about a few of my images from the wedding, which I gladly furnished to them. I found out today that one of my images was featured on the magazine cover cover.
You just gotta love a guy that knows how to do things right… I received an email from Sean saying he was bringing his finance to The LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort in Naples for the weekend, during which time he intended to propose. He asked if it would be possible for me to be nearby and to capture the moment. I’ll let the images tell the rest of the story…
Working with Bobbi, and The LaPlaya staff, Sean setup a storybook dinner on the beach.
With Sean and Julie watching, I walked by and asked to take a photo of another couple that was walking down the beach. Julie had no idea what was about to take place, when I asked to take a photo of them. I took one image, thanked them, and walked away. I shot these images a few seconds later with a telephoto lens.
Congratulations once again Sean and Julie !
When I photograph a wedding, part of recording the day is to get some detail shots of the venue, cake, food, etc.. I’ve worked many times at weddings, and other events, that were catered by CaterMasters, Naples, FL, so I already knew of the beckoning food, and alluring table setups they are well known for. So, when I got a call from Valerie, their marketing director, asking if I’d be willing to take some photos of their specialties, I was excited to participate. I did warn Valerie that I’m a “people” photographer, and don’t really do food photography. However, she had seen some of the detail photos I had shot at several Naples weddings, and assured me that is exactly what they were looking for. So my lighting assistants, Molly and Houston, and I headed over to CaterMasters’ Naples kitchen to “dig-in”. Yes, literally “dig-in”, as about half-way through the shoot I looked over and saw that Molly was eating the incredible dishes as soon as we finished each shot!
It is amazing to watch Jon Phillips, the owner, expertly guide his staff, and orchestrate the savory preparation of their specialty dishes. I felt a little like I was on the Food Network, working on one of their programs. Really, when you actually get to see the “behind the scenes” expertise that Jon has, it makes you realize just how unique and special CaterMasters services are.
If you are looking for a caterer for your wedding, or other event, I’m impressed and highly recommend CaterMasters. You may contact Jon Phillips at (239)775-0040, or check out their website.
Here are a couple of my photographs:
Lily and I met a few weeks ago to discuss the possibility of me being the photographer for her Naples FL wedding in September. About five minutes into the conversation, and hearing what she was looking for, we both knew that we wanted to work together. A few weeks later I was able to meet Peter, her fiance, and we headed out to 5th Ave and the beach to make a few photos for their wedding guest book.
With the popularity of Facebook, I’ve just started creating banner images, like this one, as a courtesy for my clients.
Congratulations Lily and Peter.. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding this September !
This just came in today’s mail…
Sara and Scott’s beach wedding was held on the beach at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. One of the things I enjoy most about being a photographer is the beautiful people I meet along their journey.
Thanks Sarah and Scott. I enjoyed meeting you, as well as all of your family and friends. I hope our paths cross again soon.