tia+walter: the ceremony

The forecast was rain, however, we all held our breath, hoping  the weather person was wrong. Twenty minutes before the ceremony was to begin, the sky opened up and released a week’s full of rain. Ms. Jesse, being the professional coordinator that she is, didn’t miss a beat. Plan B was in full effect! The staff at The Emerald Grande,  as well as the rest of us made the necessary adjustments, and God made His entrance…a magical blessing ensued. This was one of the loveliest occasions that I have ever attended! Congratulations  Walter and Tia! You two are definitely special. I knew it  from the first day we met and it was reinforced during the engagement session..thank you for allowing me to be a part of this day and the entire process..Special thanks to the entire staff at The Emerald Grande #EGWeddings
Here are a few previews of a glorious day

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felix + carmen + kameron

When Felix and Carmen contacted me  about photographing their maternity session, I was honored. To capture something so special as their first pregnancy was truly a privilege. Good thing we didn’t’ wait too long. Kameron was born the next morning after the last photo was taken. Thanks for letting me be a part of this magical time.
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Stephanie and Tracy

When Stephanie contacted me about photographing their wedding, I knew this was going to be something special. When I met Stephanie and Tracy, I was completely honored that they asked me to photograph their ceremony.
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When one meets them, it is immediately evident that they are madly in love! And they are so cute together!
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These two overnight celebrities have made appearances on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Cosmopolitan, and a host of other local and national media outlets! Once you have been in their presence, you immediately understand why the world is excited about them!

Here are a few images from their engagement session
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Val’s Fitness Star

With Spring in full bloom and Summer just around the corner, many of us are focusing much of our time and energy in getting our physiques together.  Valarie is owner of Val’s Fitness Star.

Val’s Star Fitness is a program that teaches fitness in a fun way! A new fitness program offered is called Theater Fitness. It is a combination of acting with exercise.

Val’s Star Fitness is a fitness program that offers fitness classes as well as acting classes to people in the Okaloosa County Florida area. She also provide tips on how to eat right and stay healthy. Val will work with you one on one to help you live a more healthy lifestyle.

 

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Val is a AFAA Certified Fitness Instructor and Certified Turbo Kick Instructor. She teaches different types of fitness classes to all different ages and body types.

 

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15 Mins With My Fisheye

Today I did something I haven’t done in a while. I put off getting ready for my shoot tomorrow until later to do this. I shot just for me. I gave myself an assignment. I had 15 mins to go 1.5 miles from my home and capture anything I could. I don’t have a 15mm prime lens, so I used my 16mm fisheye. I call this “15 mins with my fisheye.”   I met some great folks and had a great 15 mins! I hadn’t shot with my fisheye for  sometime now. We got reacquainted.

 

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Welcome!!

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Welcome to my blog! I must say, after much resistance, I’ve finally  decided that this is a great addition to the Danny Dillard Photography brand! First, Big SHOUT OUT to JR customization for helping with the “New Look”! Loving it!!

Blogging is new for me and I hope to become better and better at it  as time goes on. In the meantime, please excuse my mistakes as I make the journey through the blogosphere.

For those who don’t know me, I’m Danny. I’m a Lifestyle, Wedding, Portrait and Event photographer in N.W. Florida. I have a beautiful wife, (who I’m sure will appear on this blog many times), three fantastic children, who range in age from 18 to 25, and four grand-children,  who live int the great North-Western, USA. I spent 20 years serving this nation in the United States Air Force, and I am now a proud military retiree!

I began my photography journey at the age of 10 years old, when my Uncle Dale took photos of me, a baseball card, and one of my sneakers, and developed a multiple exposure of the three images. I was hooked! I knew that was something I wanted to do!  A few years later my mother purchased a camera for me. Off I went! It was a Vivitar 110 film camera. Later I purchased a Canon rangefinder, then eventually I began using SLRs. I built a darkroom in a closet in my bedroom and spent many, many, many hours there honing my skills! I come from a long line of artist: my mother, father, uncles, aunts, and sons.  Our family is very much into the arts,  on every platform. From acting to music, sketching, to producing full length films and music videos, they cover it all.

As you can see, I have a TREMENDOUS PASSION for photography! I have a business partner in my wedding photography venture, Sharondipity Photography. Check out her work! She’s a fabulous artist! www.sharondipityphotography.com  Sharon is also a Getty Artist. Our styles are very similar insomuch, that, at times, we have a difficulty distinguishing which photos were shot by who!

Please enjoy this blog. Visit often and if you’re ever in the Fort Walton Beach / Destin, Florida area,  look me up!