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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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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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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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!