Winner 2016 Couple's Choice Award

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Brooke Price Photography  Wins a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award® 2016 Bonita Springs, FL – January 7th, 2016 – WeddingWire, the leading global online wedding marketplace, named Brooke Price Photography as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 for Wedding Photography in Southwest Florida!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding florists, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.

While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Brooke Price Photography. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’® eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature award-winning merchants such as Brooke Price Photography who understands the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

As a Couples’ Choice Awards® winner, Brooke Price Photography is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 400,000 wedding professionals globally.

Brooke Price Photography is proud to be one of the top Wedding Photographers in Southwest Florida in the WeddingWire Network. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® 2016.

To learn more about the Couples’ Choice Awards®, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc. WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 2.5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 14 countries in North America, Latin America and Europe, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 650 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

Of Love and Country, Fort Myers Florida Engagement Photography

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So, I would be lying if I said that I have been secretly jealous of all these other photographers who have had the opportunity to photograph an engagement session with one of the participants being in uniform.   A good friend of mine did a session last year and as I looked through her images, all I could think was, I want my own military session.  Well, I got it!  Engagement photography is one of my favorites and we took advantage of a few local locations in Fort Myers Florida for this one.  Including the use of a horse farm thanks to a very generous family member of mine! ( Thank You again Kelly!) Megan and Tyler have a super sweet story that I just couldn't do justice on my own of retelling, so I'll let Megan do it in her own words.

Tyler and I went to the same high school, Estero High. Tyler was one grade ahead of me. We had mutual friends and knew of each other during our time in high school but never hung out alone. His best friend, Patrick, used to give me rides to school every day and one day when Patrick’s car broke down, Tyler gave us all a ride to school. But, Tyler has no recollection of this morning.

As years passed, we both graduated and went off to college. Tyler decided to join the Marine Corps after finishing his first year of college. He came home from Pensacola on annual leave in February of 2014 before he was moved to his unit, where he would begin his real job in the Marine Corps as a flight equipment technician. My best friend, Emma, was currently and still is, in a relationship with one of Tyler’s good friends, Dylan. Emma had invited me to meet at Tyler’s house before we went out to the bar to have our girl’s night out. From the moment I saw him again in his house, I knew he was going to be mine. I had this feeling that I never felt before. Every woman in my family had told me in previous years that I would know within the first five minutes of talking to a man if I were to marry him or not.

Tyler’s leave ended very quickly and had to go back to base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I was very upset that I only had a few days with him before he had to go back, but that’s part of being with a man in the military. We talked every single day, for almost all of the day until I saw his face again in May of 2014. When he was home, we never left each others sight. We adapted very quickly to him leaving for a few months at a time and coming home for only a short period of time. We also got used to only being able to see each other on Face Time.

Tyler came home again for Thanksgiving of 2014 and I never caught on to any of his plans. He took me shopping on Black Friday at midnight, he took me shopping the next morning, he took me to get my nails done, all which was normal. We went out to dinner to our favorite restaurant, Carabba’s, which again was normal. While we were finishing eating at Carabba’s, our server came to our table to tell us that Matt would like to buy us dessert. Well, my step-brother’s name is Matt so I got up and started looking for him but I couldn’t see him in the restaurant, so I was quite confused who Matt was until the waiter came back around to inform me that it was the manager. I sat there and thought, “What did we deserve to get a free dessert?” Next thing I know Tyler is scooting his way out of the booth and the server gave him a plate, which Tyler then passed to me. The plate had four chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite) and in red icing it read, “Will you marry me?” Tyler got down one knee and of course I said yes!

All the best to these two! It was such a pleasure to meet them both and to get to record this chapter in their love story!

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Merry Christmas!

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christmas tree, tis the season, merry christmas 2014Oh my. What a year.  I had this amazing plan to execute this super great family photo of my crew.  I even had the  Christmas card designed.  One version for the studio for sending to clients, the other for family and friend.   But, guess what?? My poor family has been terribly sick for many many days.  Just now we are starting to feel better, even if a less than terrific cough is hanging around. But, at least it is in time to truly enjoy the next two days spent with family, laughing, enjoying meals and being together.  It was my fear that we would still be quarantined away from everyone.  So, although it is not the images I had planned.  Or the card design for that matter.  I wanted to share how, even in chaos, there is blessings.

We are together.  Our health, it is on the mend and we will have our time spent cherishing the memories made over the next couple of days.

A family photo can happen another day.  And trust me, it will. :)

So here is my "stand in" Holiday greeting, with the back of the card design for the clients.   Thank you all so very much for continuing to support BPP! It means more than you will ever know!


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Koreshan State Park Engagement

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I love shooting in Koreshan State Park and Historic Site.  Located in Estero, FL, Koreshan offers clients a rustic style setting with multiple backdrop textures without ever hinting to the famous Florida beaches.   For some clients, toes in the sand is not the look they are going for.  For that reason, Koreshan becomes a fantastic alternate option. For Cassie and Jason, they wanted an area that would compliment their northern wedding next year, so they chose to shoot at Koreshan State Park and Historic Site.

These two!  We met up with their sweet pups for an engagement session that was relaxed and casual.  Nothing forced or strained, just the two of them and their sweet fur boys.   I had such a great time amid all the laughs with these two.  I wish them nothing but joy and happiness in their life together!  Their September wedding is going to be filled with so much love. You can see it in every glance they make toward one another.

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Rustic Engagment discussing a Zombie Apocoplypse

2 minutes.  2 minutes was all it took during the very first phone call I answered from Rene to know we were kindred spirits.  That first call lasted nearly  two hours.  The last 10 minutes was discussing wedding details.   So, from a Hi how are you to zombies, to rustic charm and feel good atmosphere, I KNEW I really, really wanted to work with her and the awesome guy who stole her heart! In the couple of months from booking to setting up engagement pictures, Rene and I have become full on social media stalkers  friends.   We're FB friends, and Pinterest buddies, oh, and Walking Dead Fanatics.    Zombies, people.  We are seriously talking about zombies!  Oh yes, it will be epic!

My heart goes out to Brian, Rene's other half. Rene and I joke that we feed off one another's flavor of crazy. He was a trooper for the engagement pics, even if he confessed, he was there for her to make her happy.   I have never laughed so much with one couple.  These two.  *sigh*     They compliment each other perfectly.  Her boisterous laugh,  his quiet strength.   For all the differences one common thread that ties them all together,  their own brand of quirky love and how smitten they truly are with one another.

So, on the Saturday after Valentine's Day, these lovebirds flew the coop to tromp around Koreshan State Park with me, and I'm so very glad they did!    I can not wait for the wedding in October!!!

Sun filled Engagement in Naples Florida

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Rikki Lee + Ross rounded out the end of the Brooke Price Photography 2013 session calendar with their sun filled engagement session in Naples Florida.   Their engagement session began at the Naples City Dock where we were joined by their fur baby, Tober.   I don't get to work with a lot of animals for sessions, but I have to say, Tober was exceptionally behaved!

The weather for the session was BEAUTIFUL!  Perfectly clear with gorgeous light all around.  By only giving some gentle direction during the session, I was able to capture moments unique to Rikki Lee + Ross.  Their true emotions and love for one another.   After spending some time at the docks with Tober, it was time for just the couple and I to continue to our next location.

We rejoined at the Naples Pier, however, in December especially around the holidays it becomes a very crowded location.  We opted to drive to a near by public access that ended up being a diamond in the rough as we were able to take advantage of a local residences gorgeous curb appeal!!

Engagement sessions are so rewarding because they offer up a less stressful schedule than the wedding day. Also, they give me a chance to work with a couple and get to know them more before the big day.  It makes getting those "cozy" shots on the wedding day even easier as we have already worked together once and are more comfortable with one another.

An added bonus to an engagement session is the images mark the start of YOU.  They are perfect to adorn the walls of your new home together, as well, you can create great keepsakes for your wedding too like Thank You cards and Reception Albums!  When looking to invite guests and announce your upcoming wedding, these sweet moments make gorgeous Save The Dates!

Why not take a look at Rikki Lee + Ross'  Save the Date Video created for the couples Destination Wedding Website by BPP!

Please enjoy some of my favorite images as well!  Congratulations again Rikki Lee + Ross!

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