I was so glad that Shinetta contacted me needing an engagement photographer. After talking about the style of her session, I asked her if she also needed a wedding photographer… Her response, “well, we’re getting married in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic”…. my response was,  “I’m IN!” Shinetta had a great response.  She said, “Let’s do the engagement shoot first and make sure we’re a good fit.”  I couldn’t agree more. Many couples only focus on the style of photography, which I agree is VERY important, but ensuring that you mesh with your photographer’s personality is just as important!  Even talking to Shi on the phone before the shoot, I knew we’d get along….and of course they show up and are gorgeous! Let’s just say Jaron wasn’t too excited about the shoot… 🙂 game on.  It took me about 15 minutes to get him loosened up and laughing. We used the gorgeous Jacksonville downtown skyline. As we were walking toward Friendship Fountain, we heard a violin being played. Turns out a random professional violinist was wandering around playing and shooting a video. We were all like,  “Come take pictures with us!” Of course I used the opportunity to act like I planned it, and that it was part of my “platinum package” and to expect an increase to their bill. 😉  It was just another perfect addition to this perfect shoot. About halfway through the shoot I looked at them both and said, “OK, I agree to be your destination wedding photographer”.  Shi said, “YAY!” … perfect reaction 🙂

I’m honored to be the chosen photographer for Shinetta and Jaron, and I cannot wait to join them at the Hard Rock Punta Cana in September ….Maybe I’ll bring the violinist… 🙂







See you soon Shi and Jaron! 🙂 Thanks again for choosing me!



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