Tinder Portrait Tampa

So, I’m browsing the web this morning when I come across an article from GQ Magazine about a journalist who decided to have a Tinder Photographer take her picture. There’s no such thing as a Tinder Photographer… it’s just a photographer who takes a headshot for you and you use it on Tinder. It’s not like there’s some special rules that have to be followed for the picture to be used. It’s not a passport or anything, it’s just a headshot. For Tinder.

Anyway, the great thing about the article is that the journalist saw immediate results on Tinder after she switched to the new portrait. In fact, she sees such a change that she uses the photo for all her accounts: Facebook, email, Linkedin… the works. She finally concludes, “Voluntarily having your portrait taken by a stranger is the most earnest thing ever, but I think it’s worth it to have even just one good photo of yourself. Just like in the olden days.”

This just validates what we photographers are always trying to tell people: A good picture of yourself is vital today. Your persona online is as important (or more) than what you are in-person. Having a good Tinder portrait, Linkedin portrait, Facebook portrait… these are all essential.

It’s a great article and well worth the read. Get a good Tinder portrait. Get a good Linkedin portrait. It takes about 15 minutes and it will make your life better. Honestly.

Here’s the whole article:

https://www.gq.com/story/me-smile-pretty-one-day?

Tampa Bar Mitzvah Schaarai Zedek

Schaarai Zedek Bar Mitzvah Photography

I’ve had the privilege of photographing a Bar mitzvah in just about every temple in Tampa Bay and can honestly say I’ve enjoyed every one. The Rabbi’s are always accommodating and friendly to me and I’ve never been unable to get great images for my clients.

But Schaarai Zedek is my favorite. It was the first temple I ever worked in (oh so long ago) and I work there more than any other temple in Tampa. But the best part is the people who I interact with every time I’m there. Mark, the executive director, is always happy to see me and eager to help me if needed (thanks for getting me that step stool I needed that time!) and of course, Rabbi Birnholz.

I’ve photographed a lot of Bar Mitzvahs (and Bat Mitzvahs too, of course) but Rabbi Birnholz has presided over more than you could count in his career. Yet, despite it being his millionth time, I watch him working patiently with the family and friends as he walks them through the rehearsal with grace and humor and it’s an inspiration. Never have I seen him annoyed or in a bad mood and he’s always kind to me even though I’m sure there have been some pushy photographers in his years. I’m told the Rabbi is retiring this year and I’ll miss him dearly. I’m sure he doesn’t know my name but I know his and I’ve truly enjoyed watching him handle “customer relations” all these years. I’m comforted in knowing that his replacement is a great guy too.

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I recently worked with Luke McLaughlin and family at Schaarai Zedek for Luke’s Bar Mitzvah. We ended up with over 400 great images from the portraits session, temple rehearsal and party. Here are a few favorites:

We did a custom photo guest book for Luke’s party with images from a portrait session we shot on location in South Tampa. Luke is a big sports guy so we were sure to get him in a variety of his uniforms:

Tampa Bar Mitzvah Photographer

I’ll be honest, some teenage boys are harder to photograph then others. No surprise that a lot of boys would just as soon not be having their picture taken but not the case with Luke. He was just fantastic to work with… great attitude and having fun.

The temple session went great as always.

schaarai zedek bar mitzvah

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The party was sports themed and the decorations were great. Carin really out-did herself at CZ Design.

Palma Ceia Bar Mitzvah Tampa

Palma Ceia Tampa Bar mitzvah

Coke/Pepsi is always a great game…

This is without a doubt my favorite Bar Mitzvah game. Always great pictures.

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Joe and Cassie’s Wedding at The Wyndham Grand Orlando

I recently photographed the wedding of Joe and Cassie at The Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Resort in Orlando. There are so many great resorts in Orlando for a wedding, maybe more than any other place on earth. The Wynham is a favorite for me for reasons that I’ll explain in a minute.

For the first time in my career, the father of the bride was also the DJ at the wedding. That’s right. Sounds weird but not when you discover that the parents of the bride run a wedding company in Miami. Why hire a wedding company when you have one in the family? So, when we arrived early on the big day, Mom and Dad were busy helping to setup the reception area and light the dance floor.

The Wyndham Grand is a fantastic resort on a lake in Orlando. There are a couple of things that I really like about it (reception hall on the first floor just off the lobby, yea! Friendly and attentive staff and coordinators, yea!) but the best part, at least for a wedding photographer, is the Bridal Suite.

Cassie told me that the Bridal Suite was the thing that really sold them on the resort. It’s huge! How huge? Well, it has a second floor. The place where you get dressed for your wedding may seem like an afterthought but the reality is that you will probably spend more time in that room than any other the whole day. Add to that the fact that there may be 20 people in the room with you and you can see where a big bridal suite can make your day much more relaxing. Seriously, you could play basketball in this thing.

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

One of the cool things about this wedding is that there was a man on the bride’s side and a woman on the man’s side.

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

The groom’s room, like every groom’s room on the planet, was just a hotel room but that’s fine because they don’t need the room that the bride needs.

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

The first look is always a great idea. I totally respect the folks who don’t want to do it but I find that the moment is more intimate and emotional if the groom gets to see the bride alone before the ceremony. It also means you can do couple’s portraits and wedding party portraits before the ceremony which frees up time after for more family pictures.

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

It’s always nice if we can do a “Daddy reveal” as well. Sometimes we can’t because Dad’s not available or he’s just been in and out all day anyway but in this case, Dad hadn’t seen her all day.

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

After the reveals, we did the bridal party shots. I love getting to do these early when possible but it doesn’t always work, it really depends on the location. (You have to be able to do it without arriving guests seeing the bride.) Unfortunately for us, it started raining so we couldn’t go outside (the original plan was to shoot by the lake). Lucky for us, The Wyndham Grand has a lot of cool spaces inside for photography.

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

The ceremony was outside by the pool and the rain passed over with plenty of time to get everything ready. The sun set just before they said, “I do.”

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

The reception room was fabulous. Cassie’s mom did a great job and everything looked wonderful.

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding

Joe and Cassie both work for Disney and Cassie may be the biggest Disney fan I’ve ever met. She just loves everything about it and I could tell because she has a favorite fireworks display. That’s right, she knows the difference in the fireworks at the three parks. Epcot’s display is her favorite so we headed back up to the bridal suite balcony for one last picture.

Wyndham Grand Bonnet Creek Wedding