Today we’d like to introduce you to Alfredo Valentine.
Alfredo, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was introduced to the world of photography at the age of 16. My father brought home a Canon Rebel G film camera and my fascination took off. I was a hardcore enthusiast and spent every penny on photography gear. I bought the best lenses, books, flash units and this continued through high school and college where I would minor in photography.
I made the switch to digital in the early 2000’s and continued photographing family, friends and my own children and continued to study new techniques without any idea where my hobby would take me.
In 2006, I was a police offers for several years when a colleague learned I was an avid photographer. He had seen some of my images on a laptop and there began months of harassing to photograph his wedding. I eventually relented and for $500.00 I photographed his $60,000.00 wedding at the Diplomat Beach resort in Hollywood, Florida. I was scared, and nervous but confident I could pull it off.
Later that year I began receiving requests from friends and family that had attended my friend’s wedding to photograph their weddings. I then discovered a love and passion for wedding photography. The only genre of photography that incorporates photojournalism, fashion, editorial, illustrative, glamour and traditional posed wedding photography. During this time I discovered the European style of wedding photography being produced by Yervant, Jerry Ghionis, Cliff Moutner, Joe Buissink and I began to study then and attend their seminar here in South Florida or around the country.
I soon developed my own unique style that is a mix of different photography styles and launched Couture Bridal Photography. Since 2006, I have photographed over 400 weddings throughout Florida, Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, Charleston, Puerto Rico and New York City. I am now currently being requested to photograph weddings in South America, Europe and many more states throughout the Country.
Since starting my business I have earned the 2016 & 2017 Weddingwire.com Couples Choice Awards, 2017 Knot.com Best of Weddings, Named among the top 20 Wedding Photographers in South Florida by Expertise, and Best 3 Wedding Photographers in Coral Springs by Threebest.com
My biggest achievement so far is being invited to join FearlessPhotographers.com a listing of the world’s best wedding photographers. This is a unique listing in that a specific standard of wedding photography excellence has to be achieved to be accepted and there in no “PAY TO PLAY” to join. I am also a Graphistudio album dealer based in Arba, Italy who have extremely high standards in order to market, design and sell their products.
As of right now, I employ one other lead Photographer, Giovanni Gutierrez, and a few assistants and 2nd photographers with my main assistants being AJ Knapp, a professional model based in South Florida and Sandra Balzola, who is predominantly a high end portrait and boudoir Photographer based out of the New York Tri-state area and Miami.
This small team of photographers allows me to offer my brides and grooms, the most personalized wedding photography “experience”. I offer my clients something special and personal tailored to their specific needs and budgets to fulfill of variety of budgets from middle of the road to super extravagant “Breakers Palm Beach Weddings”.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I have had quite a few struggle climbing my way up from obscurity to where I am now found easily on the internet and known throughout South Florida. South Florida is also a highly competitive market place because of well-established and known wedding photography studios that are trusted, but don’t necessarily offer the best they can or are so expensive only super wealthy can afford.
Another challenge I still deal with is venues being married to Wedding Photographers and Studios that stifle couples from something fresh and new for various reasons, but I have mostly overcome this by offering a unique and distinct photography and editing style along with a very personalized wedding photography experience from day 1 to when they receive their GraphiStudio Photo books.
Please tell us about Couture Bridal Photography.
Couture Bridal Photography is a south Florida based Boutique Luxury Wedding Photography studio specializing in artistic documentary Wedding Photography with a fashion, glamour illustrative photography approach. We offer destination Wedding Photography worldwide and are Puerto Rico Destination Wedding specialists.
I am the Principal Photographer and owner of Couture Bridal Photography.
I am proud to offer some of the finest wedding photography in the country and being published by Borrowed & Blue and being listed among the world’s best wedding photographers on FearlessPhotographers.com
What sets Couture Bridal Photography apart from all other studios is our personalized services, flexible pricing, wedding photography payment plans and a very organic and natural style of Wedding Photography that tells a compelling story with Elegant, Romantic and Timeless images.
I also limit my lens selection to prime lenses for esthetics with the exception of one lens, my Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS. Every other lens is non-zooming so my legs become the zoom!
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have started in Wedding Photography 20 years ago!
- Engagement Photography sessions start at $400 for 90 min /$150 credit if you book us for your wedding
- Wedding Photography starts at $3,400.00 for 8 hours with 2nd photographer and all images on Flash drive and personalized password secured online Gallery
- I have a 4 hour minimum and offer deals and discounts for Destination Weddings in the US, Caribbean, South America and Europe. We have passports and love to travel.
- Website: www.CoutureBridalPhotography.com
- Phone: 954-399-0741
- Email: CoutureBridalPhoto@gmail.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/CoutureBridalPhotography
- Facebook: www.Facebook.com/CoutureBridalPhotography
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ValentinePhotoP
- Other: https://www.fearlessphotographers.com/photographers.cfm?photogID=7761&alfredo-valentine
All images by Alfredo Valentine – Couture Bridal Photography