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Shannon & Matty

Posted on September 26, 2016

I recently had the pleasure of photographing Shannon and Matty's South Florida engagement shoot at the Morikami Japanese Gardens. This enthusiastic couple was great to work with and we got some fabulous shots that day. Below is their story.


This particular location is one of my favorite spots in all of South Florida. It is truly picturesque and unique, between all the various gardens and the lake  this site is always a wonderful place to schedule a shoot or have a wedding.


Matty and Shannon are from the same area and were acquaintances for a while but didn't become get close until they moved to Tallahassee to attend The Florida State University where they were brought together by mutual friends (their roommates at the time). They just spent time together as friends until one day a friend of Shannons was flirting (at least what she perceived to be flirting at the time) with Matty and she got jealous and walked off - which was super confusing to Shannon at the time. Matty thought this was hysterical, in typical Matty fashion, and she was SO embarrassed. Then one night Shannon went out to a local club with a group of friends and she managed to stray away from the herd and for some reason she sent him a text that said "help! I'm lost!" and he came to her rescue! And the rest is history!


Shannon and Matty chose the Morikami for their engagement shoot site because they wanted to be outside, surrounded by water, bridges, and beautiful trees. When we suggested Morikami and they checked out the pictures online, they both loved the grounds and the many different places to take pictures. It's a beautiful place and they can't wait to go back again!


Their wedding will be held in March of next year at Stonebridge Country Club in Boca Raton. They are planning a traditional, elegant wedding full of family, friends, and love! They said that they are very excited and so glad they found me to capture these memories for them as they will cherish them for a lifetime!


Stonebridge Country Club is one of the premiere country clubs in South Florida and is a popular spot for Boca Raton weddings. Easy to reach, just off of state road 441, Stonebridge Country Club offers everything anyone would want for a classy and scenic wedding venue. The main country club ballroom is elegant and quite large and the entire complex is surrounded by a lush golf course with beautifully manicured grounds and endless opportunities for photos. Securing a golf cart to go around in helps cover more ground and allows for a wide variety of photos to be taken.


I hope you enjoy Shannon and Mattys engagement photos and we know that their wedding photos will be just a gorgeous!

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Why Consider and Engagement shoot? Featuring Jen and Ryan's Engagement Photo Shoot.

Posted on September 21, 2016


In those first few weeks after your engagement, life becomes a whirlwind of activity. Usually, booking a session for your engagement photos isnt the first item on your wedding to do list. After meeting with family, choosing a date and a location, the next step is choosing a photographer. Depending on your budget, you might think you and your partner can forgo an engagement session all together. Or even if it is in your budget, you might consider the session to be a waste of money.


I could write a book on all the reasons why you need to plan an engagement session. If you and your partner have never worked with a professional photographer, this is your opportunity for a trial run. Figure out your favorite pose and smile. For some people, posing in front of the camera can cause some jitters. Can you imagine those jitters showing up in your wedding photos? Any session with a photographer should come with ease. Also, many brides book trial runs for their hair stylists and makeup artists. With just one photography session, you can knock out several items on your wedding to do list. Once you complete your engagement session, you can use the photos for Save the Dates, decor or even for decoration in your wedding.


I recently photographed Ryan and Jens beautiful and exotic engagement session. The couple selected the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens as a backdrop for their photos. Since the Bride wanted a unique location for their session, the beautiful grounds was an excellent choice. While the couple doesnt currently reside in the state, they decided on a Florida Destination Wedding. The Sunshine State holds a special place in their hearts. Both have family in the state, and they visit annually.


With Jen living in Chicago and Ryan in Maryland, the two carried a long distance relationship for quite some time. After monthly visits and constant chatting, the pair knew that they had something special. This March, Jen flew to Maryland for a visit with Ryan. While on a date at their favorite wine and beer bar, Ryan arranged for a pair of glasses to be brought out to the table. Etched in one was, got down on one knee with the date. The other, will you marry me? Not only did Ryan pull off the proposal, but he had planned for Jens family to fly in to celebrate for the rest of the weekend. And the rest was a beautiful, romantic history.


Ryan and Jen will say I do iat the Delray Beach Marriott in April, 2017.

Written by, Shelby Chiasson for Jeff Kolodny Photography.

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Elana & Dave’'s Engagement Shoot

Posted on April 24, 2016


I recently had the pleasure of shooting Elana and Dave’s engagement photos in the Boynton Beach/Delray Beach area. We had a great time roaming around finding different neat and interesting areas to shoot at.



As a South Florida wedding photographer, I always look forward to shoots that take me to a variety of different locations. The great thing about shooting in this area, is that there really is a wide variety of backgrounds that allow for fabulous shots. Elana and Dave were terrific to worth with, and had some fun ideas of their own that we worked together to execute – including the sort of cartoony shot with the balloons.


I’m really looking forward to Elana and Dave’s upcoming wedding at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. They selected this location because Elana’s parents live there and they loved it from the moment they saw it. Their wedding colors will be hunter green and gold, Elana’s favorites. Weddings at Woodfield Country Club are always a pleasure to photograph. It is one of South Florida’s most beautiful country clubs and definitely a gem in Boca Raton. There are many Boca Raton weddings, but Woodfield Country Club stands out as one the premiere venues in South Florida.


It is a really great idea to do an engagement shoot when you hire a South Florida wedding photographer. What better way to get used to working together? You’ll be spending a lot of time with your wedding photographer on your big day, so you want to be as comfortable and relaxed as possible. Doing a South Florida engagement shoot is definitely a great way to get a feel for taking photos with a professional photographer who is providing some direction.


I hope you enjoy this glimpse of Elana and Dave’s South Florida engagement shoot!


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Andrea & Jesse's Boynton Beach Engagement Shoot

Posted on July 17, 2015

Sometimes couples need a fast and easy engagement photo session. For Andrea & Jesse's engagement shoot they met me at my home in Boynton Beach.
I grabbed my camera and shot theses photos right around the corner from my house. Having some farmland and some really cool fountains close to home makes it east to grab a camera and make some fantastic photos.













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Brett & Troy’'s South Florida Engagement Shoot

Posted on May 21, 2015


South Florida engagement shoots are always a pleasure for me to shoot – especially when shooting at a place I haven’t been to before. At Brett and Troy’s suggestion, we planned their engagement shoot at Birch State Park in Fort Lauderdale. What a gem! This park offered so many great places to take amazing photos that it was absolutely wonderful to work there. Not to mention, I had attractive and enthusiastic subjects as well!


As a South Florida wedding photographer, I am often called upon to shoot in new and unusual spots. This always is something to look forward to. I just never know what I will find that will inspire me in a new setting. As far as photographing South Florida engagement shoots, Birch State Park was truly one of the more interesting new places I’ve visited. Not only did it offer fabulous and lush greenery, but also a lake where the bride and groom could take out a canoe. This allowed for some really fun photos.


I hope you will enjoy this glimpse at Brett and Troy’s recent South Florida engagement shoot. I am also looking forward to photographing their South Florida wedding later this year at Temple Kol-Ami Emanuel in Plantation. They have been a pleasure to work with so far and I know that their enthusiasm and excitement will continue right through their wedding day and beyond! Working with couples who are really interested in working with me to get great, spontaneous and fun photos is ideal and I always try my best to insure that the picture taking process is enjoyable and not an arduous task.


Here is the sweet story of Brett and Troy’s romance!
Brett and Troy met four years ago through a mutual friend while they were both in relationships. When Troy found out Brett was single, he strategically contacted a mutual friend to "set them up". They are getting married at Temple Kol-Ami Emanuel in Plantation on December 12th. Brett was named there and her father is extremely involved in the Temple. Troy proposed to her only 10 months after dating her because she was exactly what he was looking for throughout his entire life. They both feel they are living a modern day fairy tale and when Troy proposed, he asked her if she would like to live happily ever after together.



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