We specialize in Portrait photography  also available for private parties and event photography.


Contact info: (727) 365-0308 or email VRvisionPhoto@gmail.com 

This section is for FAQ’s that I receive for both wedding AND portrait clients, so scroll down to see all of the information! But even more useful info you can find here http://www.frugalbride.com/vendortips.html 



What should I wear for my portrait session?

I recommend solid colors, no prints. Tops that expose all of the arms tend not to photograph well, so try to go with no less than sleeveless if you must.Çan bring along anything that helps express who they are (guitars, hobby-stuff, etc)


I don’t know where we should go for our shoot?

I have a lot of great places all over TAMPA BAY so don’t worry about that part! We can also work together on a place that fits your family and your style.


What happens if it rains, or the weather is really crummy on our session day?

Have no worries about this. Most often I try to reschedule the session to a better day, so you have the best images . But sometimes cloudy skies make great pictures. We will discuss the option that works best for your session.


Are you film or digital?

I am 100% digital, and use all Canon professional equipment. I also carry a back-up for each piece of equipment that I use. I feel that digital expands the creativity . Let me know what kind of my editing is your favorite, bright coloring ,oldish or black and whites. I'll make sure satisfy your taste.



Should we see one another before the wedding?

If after your wedding there will be no daylight, then YES. There are so many reasons that seeing one another is a great idea.


Should I provide you a list of the pictures I want?

I will take all of the standard combinations (parents, wedding party, etc) so unless there is something very unique about your family, a list is not necessary. These also tend to halt the creative process during your images.



Planning for Great Photography Article by Douglas Foulds Studio

When it comes to planning your big day around great photography, it all comes down to two things: controlling the light and controlling the people. This article provides some practical advice on scheduling your day, selecting locations, dealing with guests with cameras, and ensuring your photographer and videographer work as a team.


Selecting a time of day for photography


Photographers will often talk about the quantity and quality of the light. Generally speaking, the best natural light for taking pictures of people occurs during the "golden hour" just after sunrise and just before sunset. The light of the early morning and late evening is more diffuse, warmer (in terms of colour temperature) and at a lower angle than at midday which means fewer harsh shadows, better exposures and healthier-looking skin tones.


While some people do get married at dawn, most get married later in the day and,When the sun will is high in the sky for most of your wedding day and, assuming it's not overcast, that big, beautiful sun will be casting harsh shadows everywhere: under trees, under canopies, and even under your eyes and chin. These shadows are generally not very flattering.


In reality, most couples schedule group photography after the ceremony and before the reception, typically in the late afternoon. This is fine, but the later in the day the better the images will be from a lighting perspective. If you can move your ceremony from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM , for example, consider doing so for the sake of better pictures.


Ideally, you should plan to have at least some pictures taken outside with your photographer during the golden hour. For example, on June 21 in Toronto the sun sets at 9:03 PM so you should plan to have some pictures taken between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. On September 21, the sun sets at 7:17 PM so you should plan for some shots starting around 6:15 PM. If you want to calculate the sunset times for your location and time of year, visit http://www.largeformatphotography.info/sunmooncalc/


Selecting a location for photography


If you are planning an outdoor ceremony during the summer months, you should definitely talk with your photographer about your plans. If possible, you should arrange for a tent to cover the ceremony area, ideally made of a lightweight, white translucent material that will let most of the light through without creating shadows. In photographic terms this arrangement is known as a "scrim". Rip-stop nylon is perfect for this purpose. The tent can also keep you dry if the weather turns wet - an added bonus and insurance against Mother Nature's whims.


If you are planning an indoor ceremony and you have a choice of venues try to select one that is well-lit. Look for a venue with big windows (ideally west- or south-facing in the afternoon), skylights or lots of artificial lights with flexible controls. Visit the venue at approximately the same time of day as your ceremony to see how it looks. Remember: the sun's position in the sky changes quite dramatically between the winter and summer months, so be sure to think about that when you're visiting the venue. You should also invite your photographer to see the venue and to advise you on its potential from a lighting perspective.


For formal and group photography, virtually any location will do: a park, a hotel rooftop, a backyard, beach, urban street, or remote windswept hillside. The most important elements are, not surprisingly, the quality and quantity of light. Solid shade or indirect (reflected) light are usually ideal, particularly if the images are being taken in full daylight. If they aren't available, your photographer may use light modifiers to create the effects they need. You should ask your photographer for recommendations on where to create your group and formal photography.


Scheduling group photography


The larger the group, the longer it will take to position everyone. When trying to figure out how much time to set aside for group photography, budget one minute for each person in each group shot. If you have two four-person group shots, set aside eight minutes. If you have one big 30-person group shot, set aside a half-hour. Your photographer may not need all of that time, but there are a number of factors that can slow down group photography:


- Missing group members. Someone is always taking a restroom break, or talking on a cell phone, or rounding up an uncooperative child just when the group shot is being set up.


- Bad lighting or bad location. Sometimes, that set of stairs that appeared perfect for a group shot turns out to be less than ideal and everyone has to move to another location. Or, your photographer may want to set up light modifiers such as scrims, reflectors or flashes to ensure a properly-exposed image and this will take time.


A typical group of bride and groom, two sets of parents, six wedding party members and another ten family members should take around 90 minutes to shoot, not including travel to and from the location. Your photographer can advise you on how much time they will need for your group.


The mixed blessings of guests with cameras


Weddings are among the most important events in our lives. It's only natural that family and friends will want to capture their own images using their own cameras. Most photographers don't mind guests with cameras, but you should keep in mind that you've hired a professional to do a very important job.


Guests with cameras can unintentionally make your photographer's job more challenging in a number of ways:


- Guests with cameras may step into the aisle as you're making your big walk, blocking the shot for your photographer.


- Guests with cameras may distract one or more people while a group shot is being taken, resulting in ten people looking at the photographer's camera and one person looking at Uncle Bob's camera off to the side. Incidentally, this is one of the reasons your photographer will take several shots of the same group.


- Guests who want their own group shots will typically wait for the photographer to finish, then shout, "Hold it, everyone!" while they take their shots. This tends to slow down the formal photography session and leaves less time for your photographer to work.


- Guests with consumer-grade, point-and-shoot equipment may have "focus assist" lamps that cast a red light on the subject just prior to the shutter firing. If your photographer is trying to get the same spontaneous shot - perhaps the two of you kissing for the first time - these focus assist lamps can create very ugly effects on your faces.


- Guests with advanced camera equipment, particularly external flashes with wireless capabilities, may interfere with the functionality of your photographer's equipment.


You can make your photographer's job easier (and get better images in the process) if you give the following advice to your guests in advance of the wedding:


- Tell them to enjoy the day and leave photography to your photographers. This won't keep all of the cameras away, but it will cut down on them. Most photographers have a way for guests to order pictures online after an event, and chances are the professionally-created images will be the ones people want on their walls, desks and in their wallets. You may consider adding this to your invitations: "Our wedding will be photographed by [studio name]. Images will be available later for all to see. We invite you to leave your camera at home and enjoy our special day."


- Hold your group photography at a separate location instead of at the ceremony location and invite only those who will be in the shots: immediate family, wedding party, and perhaps close friends. The fewer the people, the faster and smoother the group photography will go.


Videography, photography and teamwork


If you are hiring a videographer, you should make a decision about which one is more important to you: wedding video or wedding photography. If video is more important, let the photographer know and vice-versa. Why? Videographers and photographers often want to capture similar images and scenes, and they want to do so without getting the other person in the frame. A videographer at your elbow while you are exchanging vows will make for dramatic footage, but it will not lend itself to a compelling photograph unless you're really fond of your videographer.


Generally, and with apologies and due respect to videographers everywhere, most couples decide that photography is more important on their big day. This doesn't mean that they won't get great video, but it does mean that the photographer should have the freedom and authority to provide direction to the videographer if necessary. For example, some videographers use on-camera lights that are perfect for videotaping but often less than ideal for photography (although that's not always the case - some photographers love the look of video lights).


If you've decided that photography is more important, let your videographer know that fact in a plain and direct manner. Your videographer will appreciate your candor and it will help ensure that there is no confusion on your wedding day if your photographer asks your videographer to stop filming or move out of the way.


That said, professional photographers and videographers are generally very aware of each others' presence and will work together to ensure both get the shots they were paid to capture.



Clothing and Posing for Engagement Portraits 

Submitted by Neil Speers - www.SpeersPhoto.com

While your photographer is responsible for your posing and creating the energy to make an engagement portrait session a success, here are a few tricks that help to make an image you'll be proud to hand down to your grandchildren. 




You want the emphasis on you - meaning your face, your expression, your love for one another. The photo session is about you, not today's fashions. But certain clothes do take the viewer's attention away from where it should be. 


While choosing formal or casual clothing is certainly up to you, don't try to be something you're not. If you normally wear jeans and T-shirts, you should probably wear jeans and maybe slightly better shirts. If you normally wear slightly more formal, then keep wearing that. The portrait is about who you are, how you live, your personalities and passions. 


A simple outfit in a solid colour is by far the best. And, having both of you (or, in case of a family portrait, all of you) wearing a similar colour adds a cohesiveness that doesn't detract from the image. While a mid-tone such as medium blue, red, green (or other favourite colour) is ideal, an experienced wedding photographer should be able to deal with white or black outfits. After all, the photographer will have to deal with black tuxedos and a white wedding dress on your wedding day. While wearing coordinated colours may seem odd - and going against the advice in the previous paragraph, it does make a "unified" couple or family look that plays up the most important feature, your faces. 


In the case of a large group - say a blended family - you can use specific colours to show smaller family groupings within the large group. Just make sure someone coordinates the colours so they don't clash. 


As an aside, tanning a lot before your portrait or wedding is not recommended as a deep tan almost always looks muddy on film. 


Posing (cool tricks how to get best results)


Yes, i will direct you to get specific poses - but here are a couple of simple things can make for a more dynamic and relaxed session. 


The oddest sounding one is to push your face towards the camera. It kind of feels like you're pretending to be a turtle, sticking its head out of its shell. This tightens up the skin under your chin, reducing double chins and making you look years younger. Don't worry that it will look odd on film, cameras only see in two dimensions and so your face being closer than your chest won't be noticeable in your finished portrait. Try this in front of the mirror and see the effect for yourself. In fact, practice in front of the mirror to get comfortable with "posing." 


Hands are always a concern for people, but don't sweat it. Put your concentration into presenting your face. Simple things to do with your hands include just hanging them at your sides, fingers slightly curled rather than stiffly straight. Rotate your hands so your thumb is towards the camera instead of the backs of your hands. A slightly more relaxed look is to hook your thumbs into your pockets or into your belt. You can also put your hand in your pocket, but leave the thumb out and pointing down instead of across your waist. 


In my opinion, the worst thing to do with hands is hold them together in front of your crotch - to me it looks like you have to go to the bathroom. Perhaps it is comfortable because it is "defensive", but it's not that attractive. 


Try to have your hands on two different levels, such as one hanging loosely at your side and the other hooked in your belt. Or, one hand up on a shelf, partner's shoulder, or against a wall. Don't worry too much as your photographer should direct you for the best placement of your hands. 


Put on a smile - with your eyes. That is the most important place to smile. A plastered on grin with sad or tight eyes only looks like a plastered on grin. Even if your mouth doesn't smile, putting a twinkle in your eyes brings a lot of personality to a portrait. How do you do that? Try it in the mirror a few times. Try to look blankly at your self, then add the twinkle. Then, do the same for the camera. 


Martha Stewart once explained how to do a great "camera" smile She raised her eyebrows a touch and smiled with her lips apart bringing her cheeks up. Made her look slightly surprised and very happy. Another one to practice in the mirror. 


For the totally camera intimidated, the best thing you can do is get a friend or family member to take lots of pictures of you . Take lots and lots of shots that way. Hundreds of shots. Do so many that you get really bored of having the camera in your face. Do this a few times if you have to. That way, when you're actually getting your picture shot - the camera won't be a "monster waiting to capture your soul." I read years ago about a fashion photographer who did that with professional models. He wanted them to get past their initial reactions to the camera and just "be", so the first "two rolls" were not in the camera. If it works for models, it'll work for you. 

So, the "cramming for a test" version; wear similar coloured clothes in the style you're used to, push your face slightly towards the camera, relax your hands at whatever position they're at, smile with your eyes first, practice in front of the mirror, practice with camera if needed, and have fun.