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It’s not every weekend that we have as much fun as Ron & I had shooting Shimia & Ziaire’s wedding.  Shimia & Ziaire were married a few weeks back on yet another 90+ degree day here in Philly.  Thankfully we had a morning rain shower to cool things off just a bit. Enough talk, enjoy the images!

This is a picture that Shimia had attached to her bouquet in memory of her late mother.

Just after this moment the bridesmaids were all on the other side of the room singing their own rendition of  “She’s Your Queen”, a scene from the movie Coming to America.

Can you tell by the image that each groomsman is trying to hide the girls bouquets that they had to hold just before walking down the aisle.

This next image is at the request of one of the bridesmaids. : )

Thats right Ziaire, whisper sweet nothings into her ear.

Shimia & Ziaire, thanks for giving us the opportunity to share in your special day!

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  • Mrs. Shimia Dawkins "The Bride"August 2, 2010 - 8:42 pm

    We really love the pictures. Thank you for capturing our endless memories. All the shots are on point!!!

  • Diane and Joe Larche'August 3, 2010 - 9:54 am

    Shimia and Ziaire, these photos are fabulous! The wedding was beautiful and I enjoyed traveling from Atlanta to be a part of your big day. Uncle Joe wants you to know the photos are awesome and he wishes he was there! We love you both. Aunt Diane and Uncle Joseph Larche’. The Powells were in full force!

  • Donna-Marie HunterAugust 3, 2010 - 10:15 am

    So so beautiful. Mr and Mrs. Dawkins the two have become “One”. I can’t wait to see all your captured moments in your wedding album. Kudos to the photographer and his staff.

    All my love,
    your sister Donna

  • idellaAugust 3, 2010 - 2:03 pm

    Shima looked so beautiful and elegant-i am so happy that they had a beautiful wedding-The photos are totally perfect-now this is how wedding photos are supposed to look -they truly tell the story and reflect the joy and happiness shared on their wedding day-I wish the bride and groom luck that’s embraced by years of love and happiness.

  • Tia HarrisAugust 3, 2010 - 6:26 pm

    The photography is awesome!!! Everyone looked so beautiful. My favorite photo is of the bride and groom sitting in the church with the bride’s feet up:-) So unique.

  • Darylisha PowellAugust 3, 2010 - 8:29 pm

    The pictures are amazing!! These are some of the most creative poses I’ve seen. The wedding was beautiful and it was so much fun. Congratulations Mia and Zi!!!

  • susan gallagherAugust 3, 2010 - 9:02 pm

    Shimia, Your pictures are just beautiful!! Hope you don’t mind that Megan shared the site with me.You were a lovely bride!!!! Love,Mrs. Gallagher

  • Ron (Photographer)August 4, 2010 - 11:54 pm

    This truly was a beautiful day. We appreciate the encouraging comments from everyone about the photos. Bernard and I were honored to be chosen as the photographers for such a fun and loving couple. Shimia and Ziaire, the bridal party and family and friends were all a joy to be around from the beginning of the day to the end. We sincerely wish Shimia and Ziaire the very best as they embark on their life-long journey together.

  • valerie youngAugust 11, 2010 - 9:09 am

    Mia your pictures are gorgeous as well as you on your special day. This photographer is phenomenal and definitely will have a future customer, if need be. I have looked at all the pictures and the work is excellent. Thanks for letting me and my sister share in this special day. God bless and keep you and your family.

  • […] It’s not everyday that you get to say that you have something in common with Ms. Halle Berry, so for us it is a pretty big deal.  We received the news officially just the other day that a picture from a wedding that Ron and I shot this past summer was selected to be used in this months issue of JET magazine.  Halle Berry is on this months cover so Tiffany had to remind me that we were actually suppose to be turning to the right page and not just looking at the cover.  Be sure to pick up this month’s copy of JET from your local news stand, bookstore, gas station, etc and the image itself can be found in the ‘JET Love’ section on the bottom of page 42.  For the picture itself, we went out on a limb and asked if Shimia & Ziaire would mind sitting on the floor right in the middle of the aisle and they were troopers, so they were happy to oblige.  We guess it paid off handsomely!  If you missed Shimia & Ziaire’s wedding pictures be sure to click here. […]

  • BelyndaJanuary 7, 2011 - 5:01 am

    The picture are gorgeous. Mia you looked stunning and the photographers did a brilliant job. Both of you are such a beautiful couple. I was humbled to share your day with you.

Appetizer: Lobster and shrimp California rolls, Short ribs, and edamame.

Dinner: Braised beef in a wine sauce with mash potatoes, broccoli rabe and carrots, ahi tuna, butterfish, salmon and wild rice.

Dessert: CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE with vanilla ice cream drizzled in a raspberry sauce!

This is the first thing we thought about this past Sunday morning, in anticipation of the WONDERFUL dinner we were going to have later that day.  However, that meal was never had!  We woke up this past Sunday to some very disturbing news. We began our day attempting to make reservations to our favorite restaurant on earth…ROY’S.  Not like we needed an excuse, but this time we were going for Bern’s parent’s 29th anniversary.  That’s a long time you say? YES it is, and what better way to celebrate than to enjoy a nice meal at one of the best places on earth.  The ambiance, the food and the staff make it an enjoyable experience whenever we visit (which was quite often I must say, LOL!)

We digress, back to the story.  Things took a turn for the worst when we called Roy’s (which we tried for almost half of the day on Saturday) and continually received a busy signal.  We thought something was definitely wrong, but we will try again in the morning.  Now it is Sunday morning, we thought maybe it was too early to call, but we tried anyway hoping to at least get an answering service, right? Well we didn’t!  We then decided to google the restaurant and that’s when it hit us like a ton of bricks.  This is how we found out the one place we could count on for comfort when things got a little rough, to celebrate special occasions or to simply enjoy ourselves, had closed its doors here in Philadelphia for good!!!  HOW COULD THEY…..they didn’t so much as give us a call, shoot us an email, or even send a courier to inform us of this most disturbing news. Devastated we wondered, how will we celebrate special occasions, anniversaries, and basic TGIF moments?  Where will we be able to get such tasty Butterfish, such mouth watering tender slow braised beef, or the greatest chocolate soufflé we have ever tasted???  Our sadness turned to anger, when we realized we didn’t get a chance to have at least one last goodbye meal.  Our morning was crushed as was the rest of the family joining us for dinner, who also knew of the wonderfulness (is that a word?), that is Roy’s.

We immediately looked up the next closest Roy’s location to Philadelphia.  There had previously been one in NY, so we figured that wasn’t too far, we can use that location.  Our hearts sank further when we saw Roy’s NY was also closed and the closest location to us is now in Baltimore, Maryland, near the Harbor.  Coincidentally, we will be shooting a wedding in October in Baltimore, so rain or shine guess where we will be having dinner the very next day???  You better believe it. ROY’S!!!!  There is a rainbow at the end of this storm cloud!

Until then, we are seeking suggestions for a possible replacement. (As if anything can replace Roy’s, smh, but we can try.)  Let us know what your favorite restaurant is.  We will try and do some restaurant hopping over the next few weeks and maybe select our favorite.  Whoever’s restaurant is chosen will get dinner on us.  Let us know!

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  • RomelleJuly 28, 2010 - 10:07 pm

    It’s making me hungry just thinking about it, I am definitely going to be thinking of another restaurant. Roy’s Lobster dim-sum was so good. humhumhum ! !

  • AnyaJuly 29, 2010 - 10:01 am

    WHAT? I can’t believe that they closed Roys up there before I could ever even go. But there is a silver lining on this rain cloud. You get to see ME when you come to Baltimore and eat at Roys. And any other time you come to Baltimore to eat at Roys, I can be your guest. YAY for you and Me. LOL

  • RonJuly 31, 2010 - 6:53 pm

    I can only read this blog entry once because the depression sets in realizing what I have lost…so sad.

  • bernardAugust 1, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    Tell me about it…don’t think we won’t find our way down B-more a couple times in the near future.

You may remember Kisha & Mike and their adorable family from the e-session pictures we took of them a couple of months back.  Their wedding was just a few weeks ago and it was definitely a fun-filled event.  Kisha & Mike were married at Drexelbrook Catering & Banquet Hall in Drexel Hill and it was a gorgeous affair from start to finish.  We must say it was a rather warm hot day but we managed to walk away with some equally hot nice images!

These little guys were pretty funny, with any picture we took of them they wanted to see it immediately.

One last review of the vows that they wrote out themselves.

Did we mention it was a little warm hot that day?

….and the ever classic gazebo shot.

As we were stepping back into the car from the outside photo location I noticed Kisha & her mom standing outside the limo talking with bright smiles on their faces, so I quickly grabbed a camera from off of the seat in the back of the car and got close enough to get this shot….I’m glad I did.

Kisha & Mike, thanks for allowing us to share in your most special day!

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  • RomelleJuly 16, 2010 - 10:42 pm

    Hey Bern, those pictures were fabulous. I’m sure the wedding party liked them too.

  • MonicaJuly 17, 2010 - 8:42 am

    These’s are Beautiful memories, somthing to cherrish forever love love love.

  • Nikki & LittleJuly 17, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    These captured moments are a beautiful reflection of a beautiful day! Look at these often to remember how you felt – and what you said on this day; those memories will make your marriage journey sweeter. Take care & God bless, Mr.& Mrs. Williams!

  • KellieJuly 17, 2010 - 10:04 pm

    This is my second time looking at the pictures and it was like the first time all over again…thank you for allowing me to be a part of such a sacred occassion. May your marriage be all that you had dreamed of and more! Let’s do it again for the 20 year anniversary 🙂

  • Lakisha & MichaelJuly 18, 2010 - 1:43 pm

    Thank You so much guys! We are so happy that all of you were able to be apart of our special day!

    Mr.&Mrs. Williams

  • KatieJuly 20, 2010 - 1:51 pm

    These are beautiful, very impressive. Love the last pictures of the bride and groom together. So elegant looking.

  • bernardJuly 20, 2010 - 11:04 pm

    Thanks Katie, glad you like them….we aim to please!

  • […] their closest friends and family!    Tahara & Rickey were referred to us by our past clients Kisha & Mike, and it was great running into Kisha at the wedding.  Sit back and relax while enjoying a few of […]

It is truly amazing how quickly babies grow in just a short period of time.  You may remember this cute little guy from his first pictures we took the end of 2009, when he was just a few weeks old.  A couple weeks before we were set to meet in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square, Migna (the proud mommy), sent us a picture she had taken of Elijah with her cell phone, and we almost could not believe how fast he had grown.  I don’t know about you but we would feel some type of way if we as adults grew that much in such a short period of time.  Anywho, Elijah had a full belly and was fresh off a good nap so he was a joy to shoot.  Enjoy!

If you are asking yourself after looking at the picture below on the left, “Are those books in a different language?.”  You would be correct, Elijah is growing up in a bilingual household and we’re hating.  He is already gonna have a nice resume!

Doesn’t this picture just scream “I don’t have a care in the world.”

See, didn’t we already tell you this little man is going to be smart, look at that, reading at 6 1/2 months….lol.


We neglected to mention that he is already teething, hence……

Already a Philadelphia sports fan.

Is it me or does it look like he is waiting on the bus and is about to look down at his watch???

Ok at this point Elijah had just about enough of me pointing the camera at him and he decided that it was time to end the shoot so this is the last shot I took.  We have a feeling that about 20 years from now he is going to come after us for posting this.

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  • Barbara BarnerJuly 2, 2010 - 12:39 am

    Please don’t let my grandson stay on that bench much longer he just looks so sad!! Bern the pics are really very good. maybe in the future you can take some shots of the whole family when dave gets back. Please let us now if that is possible, Ma Barner

  • Migna BarnerJuly 11, 2010 - 8:14 pm

    Thanks again for a wonderful session!!! We loved the pictures! You truly captured Elijah’s happy, playful, graceful and handsome little self. Thanks again for helping us capture these tender, memorable months. ’til next time! 🙂

  • bernardJuly 12, 2010 - 8:45 pm

    You are so very welcome. He was breeze, and it doesn’t hurt that he is already such a smiling happy baby. Can’t imagine how much he will have grown even more by next time.