Hey, there bride-to-be and groom-to-be! I want to take a few minutes to share with you some of my accomplishments as a wedding photographer here in South Florida.
First off, I have been capturing weddings here in Miami for the past four years. Before that, I ran a wedding photography business in the Greater Los Angeles area in California for a little over four years. My previous company name was Antonio & Paula Crutchley Photography.
So why do I think it is important to share my accomplishment with you? You need to know a photographer’s accomplishments before hiring him or her because a wedding photographer’s achievements can give you some insight into the photographer’s experience. It can also give you an insight into how others have seen the photographer’s work.
I will try and list some of my accomplishments in chronological order and give you a bit of context on each of my accomplishments.
So without further delay, let’s jump in!
When I just started photographing weddings back in 2012, I had no wedding portfolio. I offered steep discounts on my wedding photography services to build my portfolio, and I submitted my weddings to various publishers to get featured. After a while and a lot of hard work, my wedding photos started getting published in wedding blogs. One such wedding Shirley and Patrick, was picked up by The Knot.
Photographing Shirly and Patrick’s wedding was really a challenge for a new wedding photographer who was just getting his feet wet. It was a four hundred guests catholic wedding, in three different locations. I hired two other photographers to assist me with the photo coverage. It was also my first catholic wedding. Check it out here – A Classic, Eclectic Wedding at Tropical Paradise in Camarillo, California.
My next feature came when Borrowed and Blue published a real wedding I shot in Santa Barbara, CA. Borrowed and Blue is no longer around, but the featured (A Fun-Filled Santa Barbara Bash) is now on Zola.
Tiffany and David’s wedding at the DoubleTree Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara was indeed a fun-filled bash of a wedding.
The wedding planner was great. She worked closely with me to make sure that I got all the shots I wanted. The DJ was also very cooperative and would make sure that I was ready to capture the event before he announced the event. Talk about a good working experience with all the vendors and a fabulous client I adore to this day! You can check out Tiffany and David Fun Fill Santa Barbara Bash here.
If you are planning a wedding right now or if you have already planned your wedding, you will have no doubt heard of Style Me Pretty. Style Me Pretty is one of the world’s biggest and well-known wedding blogs. They have a very unique wedding photography style in all their publications.
The Style Me Pretty Wedding Blog is to wedding photographers what Vogue magazine is to fashion photographers. To be featured in Style Me Pretty is to say you have arrived as a wedding photographer. Getting my styled shoot featured in Style Me Pretty was one of my earliest accomplishments. Click here to see my feature.
Getting the call to photograph the reality tv stars Brendan’s proposal to Morgan’s onset of the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills wasn’t a dream but a realization of how far I had come. My wife Paula got the call from the Manager at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California. We give them a price quote, and after a few negotiations on image usage and deliverables, they commissioned me to do a live shoot, as Brendan proposes to Morgan.
On the day of the shoot, my wife and I showed up extra early and met the crew onset. They mic’d us up and gave us a few simple instructions. The plan was that we were to pretend to be photographers for OK magazine and that we were doing a cover and spread of Morgan for the magazine.
Once we were into the shoot, the director would give us a cue to disappear, leaving Morgan standing there by herself. Then, unbeknownst to Morgan, Brendon would walk out and get on his knees to ask her to marry him. You can see a sneak peek of the episode here!
Shortly after the Rich Kids of Beverly Hills commission, my wife and I move to Miami, Florida, to be closer to our extended family.
Upon moving to Miami, I decided to rename the company to White House Wedding Photography. When we decided to move to Miami, I also decided to rename and rebrand Antonio & Paula Crutchley Photography to White House Wedding Photography. The move, renaming, and rebranding was literally starting over from ground zero. I had to learn the Miami market and build a brand new portfolio that highlights weddings shot in Miami.
While I was still living in California, I started setting up White House Wedding Photography in Miami. However, getting the word out to the public that I was available in Miami and South Florida was a huge challenge. To overcome this challenge, I dive into Search Engine Optimization (SEO) for my website. Before long, I was ranking for my top keywords, and my phone began to ring.
By establishing myself as a professional Miami wedding photographer, other organizations began to take notice and reward me. In 2018 I was awarded Best Miami Wedding Photographer by the Miami City Award Program. See photo of my plaque below!
Next, I was contacted by Voyage Miami, an organization specializing in recognizing and featuring unknown artists in Miami for a written interview. Voyage Miami did a virtual interview with me on their website – check it out at Meet Antonio Crutchley!
This year 2020, has been gratifying. First, I was notified by the Black & White Spider Awards that they have conferred on me the title of Honorary Spider Fellow for Nominee in People. The Awarded is in Recognition of Exceptional Achievement in Photography. Say waaaht? What exactly is the Black & White Spider Award? The Black & White Spider Awards is the prominent international award honoring distinction in black and white photography. This distinguished event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest black and white photography achievements. Check out my certificate below!
Next up, I was delighted to learn that Expertise has featured White House Wedding Photography in its 23 Best Miami Wedding Photographers. Ever since I moved to Miami, I have been trying to get on their top photographers for Miami. It takes me almost four years of emailing and presenting myself to Expertise. My patients and hard work paid off!
Have you ever heard of Shoutout Miami? No! Well, Shoutout Miami is part of the Los Angeles-based Voyage Group of Magazines. Their mission is to help change the way people spend money. They want people to spend more of their cash with mom-and-pops, small businesses, independent artists, and creatives. Shoutout Miami thinks one of the most potent ways to do that is by putting small business owners and creatives at the center of discussions designed to spark conversation within the community. Check out my conversation with Shoutout!
Last week Emma from Wedding Rule emailed me to tell me that I was featured in their Top 10 Wedding Photographers in Miami (2020) article. Wedding Rule is an independent wedding editorial based in West Palm Beach, and I am so grateful to them for recognizing me during this pandemic. You can check it out here!
Over the past few months, I have given my website a freshen-up. If you have not been to my website in a while, you may want to go take a good peek at it. As part of the process of refreshing my website, I committed to giving more through blogging. I want to create and deliver content that engaged couples will love and use to plan one of the most important days in their lives.
With that said, you can imagine how stoked I was when I received an email notifying me that my wedding photography blog has been mentioned in Feedspot Top 100 Wedding Photography Blogs To Follow in 2020. And you know what is so sweet about it? I’m listed as number 18 out of the list of 100 blogs!
With all my accomplishments, the ones mention here and others not mentioned, I am genuinely grateful to the countless people who have made everything possible. I could not have done this, and I can’t do it without the love and support of some of the kindest and most giving people I know. I hope this little insight into my accomplishments will nudge you to take a closer look and perhaps become part of the White House Wedding Photography Family.
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