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Modern Tropical JW Marriott Wedding | Marco Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Modern Tropical JW Marriott Wedding | Marco Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

This is definitely one I'm excited to share with you. This was one of those weddings where you can physically feel the love surrounding everyone in attendance. Marco Island is home to some of the most gorgeous sunsets you will ever see. The skies look like cotton candy as the sun goes down. Christina and John had all of their events at the JW Marriott, but they wanted to bring the outside in. Florida is so hot this time of year, and while they wanted their guests to be comfortable and in air conditioning, they didn't want it to feel like a ballroom. That's where hiring an incredible stylist and florist comes into play. Tom Trovato and Courtney worked together to create a tropical and lush landscape inside of a hotel ballroom. It was pure magic. It was exactly what the couple had been envisioning and beyond. Beyond that, my mid-century modern heart was so happy with the decor of the actual resort.

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Modern JW Marriott Resort Engagement Session | Marco Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Modern JW Marriott Resort Engagement Session | Marco Island Wedding Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

I don’t normally encourage my couples to do their session inside of a hotel, but this resort was so beautifully curated. The furniture was modern and the light pouring in created this moody glow. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone with film and metering, and I’m so glad that I did. I wanted to show off the light coming through Christina’s jumpsuit, as well as the overall connection between the two of them. We finished the session on the beach, right around sunset. These are some of my favorite engagement photos I’ve ever taken. This is what can happen when you hire a photographer you trust. They gave me total freedom and trusted in the process.

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40th Wedding Anniversary and Extended Family Session | Rosemary Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

40th Wedding Anniversary and Extended Family Session | Rosemary Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Alison reached out to me because there were so many recent events to celebrate and she wanted it all captured on film. Being an extremely talented wedding and event florist in Oklahoma City, she knows the value of photography and capturing those key moments. Alison’s immediate family was traveling to Alys Beach to celebrate her parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. It was a time that everyone was going to be in one place together, celebrating an important milestone. What made this trip even more special is that a recent health scare had them thinking that their dad might not be making this trip. Luckily he was okay, but this was a big reason behind the need for making sure they had tangible memories from their trip. During the session Alison and I talked about how scared they had all been. How her dad was such a key part of their family and how much these photographs were going to mean to all of them. Not only for the kids, but as the grandchildren got older.

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Stop Missing Out On Your Family Memories | South Florida Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Stop Missing Out On Your Family Memories | South Florida Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin Photography

Be in the photographs.

Think about the message your passing down to your own children that are looking up to you. If you constantly complain about your looks or not wanting to be in family photographs, what do you think that says to your children, especially your daughters. It’s going to make them question how they see themselves. It will put these ideas in their heads that women shouldn’t age. That women should feel guilt or shame in living their lives naturally and beautifully. If you’re at the place where you don’t want to be in photographs because you feel you have a few pounds to lose, you don’t like your haircut, you think you look to old, or whatever the case, I encourage you to put that all aside and get in those photos. You’ll be so glad that you did.

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Is A Mini Session Right For Your Family | Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

Is A Mini Session Right For Your Family | Palm Beach Family Photographer | Shannon Griffin

While I only offer mini sessions once a year, I think this is still an important topic to discuss. Throughout the year I get requests for mini sessions, but I feel that they aren’t always appropriate for most families. While it seems like it’s convenient, or it will save you money, in the long run I don’t believe that’s true. I’m going to make this in a list form so that it’s easy to read and simple to understand. Not that I don’t think my readers are incapable, but parents need things as quick and easy as possible these days.

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