a day at chautauqua

We took trip up to the Chautauqua winery in Defuniak Springs, FL for a day trip and wine tasting. It’s a small, quaint place off of interstate 10. they specialize in muscadine wine. The staff is friendly and the shop has many souvenirs. If you ever find yourself traveling on I-10 westbound, stop in and say hello.
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Rutorrestt and Jill

13 years. They celebrate 13 years today. 13 years of matrimony. Rutorrestt (pronounced “rue-tore-rest”) and Jill have been happily married for over a decade.  13 years. They were married at the Justice of the Peace. Many do that.  She loves him and he loves her. 13 years. They have a beautiful family. Three beautiful children. Been through the ups and downs that families go through. The one thing  Jill wanted was for her father to walk her down the aisle. A daughter wanting her father to take her to the man God has set a side for her, giving his blessing on the man that would replace him as her covering. 13 years. Jill got her prayers answered. Her husband,who loves her so dearly, planned this ceremony on their 13th wedding anniversary, and surprised Jill. Her daddy would walk her to him, give his blessing, and they would complete the cycle. Giving his daughter in Holy matrimony, in a renewing of wedding vows. She had no idea it was planned to this extent. We men can learn a lot from Rutorrestt. I did. Talk is cheap. It’s never too late.  13 years. 13 is not so unlucky after all…

 

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Clarence Bell and The Fellas

While having brunch  in downtown Pensacola, I was mesmerized  by the sultry sound of  Clarence Bell and The Fellasperforming at Five Sisters Blues Cafe. This was my first opportunity to see them perform live. They performed cover tunes by artist such as, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, and Ray Charles, just to name a few. Clarence Bell once played back-up for Stevie Wonder. This group is a staple in the local jazz scene. The group consists of Clarence Bell, Tom Latenser, and Steve Ferry. Five Sisters is located at 421 W. Belmont St. Pensacola, FL.  Here are a few images  I captured of this great trio.

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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!