Lake Como – The Destination Wedding of your Dreams

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Planning a destination wedding, but not sure where to go? I’ve got your answer right here! Lake Como, Italy, is hands down one of the most romantic and picturesque places on the planet for a wedding!  It might seem like a stretch, but just keep reading and I’ll tell you why Lake Como is the perfect for any destination wedding!

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Unmatched Scenery

Due to its location at the the foothill of the Italian Alps, the area is blessed with some simply stunning views. Lush green hillsides, exotic plant life, snow-capped mountains, and of course, the vividly blue water of the lake itself. You’d struggle to think of a more picturesque location for a wedding. Even outlets like the Huffington Post, refer to Lake Como, as one of the world’s most beautiful lakes.

Several Options for your Ceremony

With a wide variety of different towns, and villages scattered along the shoreline of Lake Como, there are quite a few options for you to choose where your ceremony will take place. Smaller, intimate weddings can be held comfortably in one of the many villas/mansions that overlook the lake. If you’d prefer to be outside for your wedding, there are also several beautiful gardens that make incredible venues. As for those of you who are thinking about having a more traditional ceremony in a church, there is a Catholic Church as well as a Protestant Church that can host your wedding.

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Image above by Alain Martinez at Villa Erba in Lake Como

Amazing experience for your guests

One of the best things about a destination wedding, is that it leaves everyone with memories that will last them a lifetime.  Inviting your loved ones to share your special day in a place as beautiful as Lake Como, is something that will stay with them forever. If they chose to come a few days before the wedding, they will have the opportunity to take one of the many ferries that tour the lake, and get to bask in the charm of all the different towns and villages that surround it. Once they’ve finished immersing themselves in the rich culture and history of this magical place, they can start looking forward to the main event. Your beautiful fairy tale wedding!

Romantic Escape

Above all else, Lake Como is simply just one of the most romantic places a couple can pick to get married. There is just something about Lake Como that just emits love and romance. Maybe it’s just something in the water, but there is definitely a reason so many iconic movie scenes have been filmed here, and why so many celebs come here for romantic getaways. Whatever it is, there is no denying that there is something magical about this place and honestly, why wouldn’t you want it to be the venue for the beginning of your happily ever after?

If you still need more convincing, here’s a few more pictures from a wedding I shot in Lake Como recently at Villa Erba.


I hope that you enjoyed this article and that it was helpful to you. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to
get in touch with me and as always I’ll do my best to help you out!

Headshots – Are They Worth It?

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Headshots, for a lot of people can seem like a waste of time and money.  Most people are usually content with using a selfie as a headshot, and don’t really see the need to hire a professional photographer. 

Now I’m sure you’ve already guessed it from the title, but today’s blog is all about headshot photography: what it is, why it’s important, how you can use it, and I’ll also answer a few general questions as well. I really want to get it across to you guys that getting professional headshots aren’t as expensive as you might think, doesn’t take that long and can definitely help you out in the long run. 

Now it is important to note that while we do offer Headshot Photography, when creating this article, I did my best to write it in an unbiased and impartial manner. My aim is to clear up any misconceptions and misunderstandings surrounding this topic, and help you make your own decision.

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What Is a Headshot?

Now when most people think about a headshot, they imagine, a generic portrait of someone in a formal setting, probably hanging up in a boardroom somewhere staring deeply into your soul. Thing is, this doesn’t always have to be the case. A headshot is a specific type of portraiture that focuses on capturing someone’s face, for the purpose of giving an accurate representation of that person’s appearance.

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Why Are They Important?

Like we discussed in the definition, the purpose of a headshot is to take a picture that gives an accurate depiction of who you are. So if at any point you need to advertise yourself to someone else, but you can’t actually do it face to face, you might need to send in a headshot to put in that work for you!  We live in a world where personal appearance is very important and people see our avatar on social media multiple times a day. With that in mind, wouldn’t you want to use the best possible picture to represent yourself? I know I would. Matter of fact, here’s an example of our company casual headshots.  We have some a bit more formal but these are just casual and they are used throughout our social media outlets. 

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Alain Martinez – Chief Photographer / Founder

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Melannie Morfa – Lead Artist

Where Can I Use My Headshots?

A professional headshot goes hand in hand with a variety of different professions. We receive calls on a regular basis of people looking for Real Estate Headshots, doctor’s headshots, lawyer’s headshots and a plethora of other professions. The vast majority of these professionals end up re-purposing it for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, company newsletter, website and even business cards.  Imagine all this use out of just one photo!

I keep my LinkedIn profile updated and all my connections are able to put a name to a face when conducting business with me.  Keeping an updated headshot on your personal social media portals Facebook or Instgram accounts is a great way to help your audience relate to you. By seeing the face behind the content, they can feel a more genuine and personal connection with you.

In the entertainment industry, they play a very important role for actors, models and even musicians. It is almost mandatory for them to include regularly updated headshots with their applications and auditions for various gigs.  In the world of politics is an absolute necessity to show your constituents the real you.

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But I’m Not Photogenic

As a photographer, you would be surprised, how often I get told by clients that they aren’t photogenic, or they don’t like taking pictures because of some mark or scar they’re a bit self-conscious about. The truth is, we all have our flaws here and there. A skilled photographer will be able to position and capture you in such a way that these imperfections will not be noticeable. Just have a conversation with the photographer and let them know how you feel about it and let them guide you. Trust me, the right pose, posture and lighting will always get you flattering results!

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FAQ:

Q: How much does a headshot session cost?
A: Usually around $150-$500 for business headshots. Acting headshots can range from $500 – $1500

Q: How long does a headshot session take?
A: Around 20 minutes for business headshots. An acting headshots can easily take half a day

Q: What to wear for professional headshots?
A: Simple is best.  Dark colors for men, women can accentuate with colors.

Q: Will I need hair and makeup?
A: Women, highly recommended! Men, mild makeup to reduce dark circles and shine.

Q: Does it have to be from the chest up, or can I get a full body shot?
A: The strict definition of a headshot is from the chest up, but you can ask your photographer to take a few full body shots if you need them.

Q: Can my headshot have props?
A: Not typically recommended.  

Q: Does my headshot have to be in a studio?
A: No, but it’s highly recommended so the light can be controlled and not depend on weather.

I really hope that this blog post was helpful for you guys and gave you some good insight into the world of headshots. If you have any other questions about the topic, or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me and I will definitely try to help you out in anyway I can!

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Brittany & Ryan – Gatsby Themed Wedding – The Breakers Palm Beach – Part II

Hello bloggers…

Welcome back for part II, which covers ceremony and portraits.  Take note of these vitals, which are the people involved in making this event happen.

Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach, Gown: Berta Bridal, Planner: Posh Parties, Cinematography: Cabana Pictures, Event and Floral Design: The Breakers Design Studio Beauty: Lotus Hair Studio, Entertainment: Powerhouse, and capturing these images forever: Alain Martinez Photography

This is only part II of III.  There are a large number of images from this wedding and thus we decided to split the post in 3 parts.

Enjoy!

 

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come back at 4 pm for part III.  We want you to experience the whole wedding!

Brittany & Ryan – Gatsby themed wedding at the Breakers Palm Beach – Part I

Hello bloggers,

Today I want to share with you all a beautiful and elegant wedding we recently photographed at the Breakers Palm Beach for Brittany and Ryan.  Such amazing families came together, both sides were an absolute pleasure to work with.  Take note of these vitals, which are the people involved in making this event happen.

Venue: The Breakers Palm Beach, Gown: Berta Bridal, Planner: Posh Parties, Cinematography: Cabana Pictures, Event and Floral Design: The Breakers Design Studio Beauty: Lotus Hair Studio, Entertainment: Powerhouse, and capturing these images forever: Alain Martinez Photography

This is only part I of III.  There are a large number of images from this wedding and thus we decided to split the post in 3 parts.

Enjoy!

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Don’t forget to check out part II and III later today.

 

Ali and Mike get hitched at The Breakers Palm Beach

Hello bloggers…

There are some clients with whom you click right from day one, you leave the consultation knowing you are it for them and they are it for you.  Ali and Mike are definitely one of such cases.  From the beginning I connected big time with Ali, her golden curly hair and her mom, then during the engagement session I met razor-sharp Mike and the connection grew even stronger.  Fast forward a year later and 12 hours felt like no work at all because I was shooting the most down to earth couple have fun, taking Patron shots and most importantly she listened to everything I said which is key to getting the most out of your day.  Ali and Mike I wish you a lifetime of happiness and may you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed hanging with you.

Here are some vitals before you enjoy the goods.

Getting Ready/Reception: The Breakers Palm Beach, Ceremony: St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Gown: Pnina Tornai  Hair and Makeup: Ivette Gil from Pretty Studio, Headpiece by Christie Lauren Headpieces, Shoes: Christian Louboutin, Decor: The Breakers Design Team, entertainment: Power House, Cinematographer: Merge Studios, Photographer: Alain Martinez, and bringing us all together, the amazing team of: Posh Parties,

Enjoy!

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If these photos look fun it’s because they are.  They had an amazing time and so did we being there for them.  We cannot wait to work on their albums.  Keep it locked on our blog for more hotness soon…