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ABOUT COUTURE BRIDAL PHOTOGRAPHY (ALFREDO VALENTINE)

Couture Bridal Photography

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Alfredo Valentine

We are a Fort Lauderdale based Wedding Photography studio serving Miami,
Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Naples and Destination Weddings Worldwide.



Thank you for stopping in to learn a little about me and my photography. I am best known for capturing and creating fun, unique, engaging beautiful images that tell a wedding day story with my distinctly style of art documentary wedding photography with a fashion glamour forward approach.

Many have described my wedding photography approach as elegant, romantic and timeless. My focus is to capture the most captivating images throughout the course of your wedding day to tell your unique love story from getting ready to the last dance of your wedding reception.

As your wedding photographer, I will work with you to take the best photos you have ever had taken or ever will have taken. I work to be unobtrusive throughout your wedding day, but will direct and guide you when necessary for remarkable and memorable photos.

Throughout your wedding photography experience, my goal is to keep the stress low, excitement high and smiles big.

You may have found me in a Google search, a friends recommendation or directed to call me by many of south Florida's top as well as popular wedding venues because of my specialization in wedding photography with my own unique style. Although I am capable of all kinds and types of photography, I have chosen to specialize in wedding photography. Unlike many south Florida wedding photographers, 98% of my photography is dedicated to photographing engagements and weddings throughout Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach, Naples and Orlando. I also provide wedding photography throughout the United States and Caribbean on destination weddings with South America and Europe destination weddings on the horizon.


When hired to photograph a wedding in south Florida or anywhere, my focus is to capture emotional connections between the bride, groom, family, friends and guests to create images that stir emotion while capturing every detail throughout your wedding day.


PROFESSIONAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS


My journey into photography started at the age of 16 when my father brought home a Canon Rebel film camera. This started a lifetime of study in photography. I became an avid hobbyist for many years until 2008 when a colleague asked me to photograph his wedding. I refused and he relented.

My first wedding a $60,000 affair hosted at the Diplomat Beach Resort In Hollywood, Florida would forever change my life. Not only did I discover a passion for telling a wedding day story, I would evolve into one of the top 3 professional wedding photographers in Fort Lauderdale and among the top 20 professional wedding photographers in South Florida.

Since 2008, I have created a unique and distinct style of wedding photography that has made me among the best professional wedding photographers in the United States and Puerto Rico. I am one of the most sought out professional wedding photographers for destination wedding photography assignments in Charleston, Denver, New York City, Long Island, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and San Juan.


MY PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE


During any wedding photography assignment I work to create clean and clear compositions where my subjects standout from distracting backgrounds. I also provide guidance and easy direction when necessary to make each and every couple look their absolute best. As a result, the couples who have hired me for their wedding photography rave about their wedding photo collections as elegant, romantic and timeless. Many have commented on my wedding photography style as clean, contemporary and organic.


It is through my photography, where I can document my interpretation of anticipated fleeting moments throughout a couples most exciting chapter of their love story. I am happiest when I am behind the camera capturing details and emotions, as I tell a love story throughout the course of a wedding day.


MY PERSONAL LIFE


I grew up in Forest Hills Queens, NYC and attended Forest Hills High school. I then attended college in Colorado Springs to become a pilot before running out of money and returned to NYC, where I found myself attending college on a nursing track.


While attending college, I worked for Ducati Motorcycles building, racing and trouble shooting motorcycle issues. I then left to a motorcycle dealership when Ducati moved it's headquarters to Washington State from Pompton Plains, New Jersey.


My life took a curious turn when visiting Florida for the first time in 1998. I fell in love with ability to ride motorcycles year round and scuba dive. I moved to Florida in 2000, when I became a Police Officer for a municipality in Palm Beach County. It was here where my life changed when a colleague discovered my photography hobby and begged me for months to photograph his wedding.


As Police Officer working the night shift, I befriended a Fire Dept. Captain, who would introduce and guide me toward my current profession, as a Firefighter/Paramedic. In 2009, after 2 years of EMT school, Paramedic School and Fire Academy, I would leave law enforcement to become a Firefighter/Paramedic in Broward County. This move to fire rescue was the blessing I needed to pursue my wedding photography with a 9 day a month work week.


I truly believe God had already laid out my path in life, I just needed to have faith and follow my heart.


HOW I'M THOUGHT OF?


If you ever speak to my family and friends, please don't believe anything they say! Being the 2nd oldest of 7 brothers, who I didn't meet until adulthood (Long Story, I will tell you if you ask) it is fun to think how much we have in common.


My older brother Harold is a commander for the Cleveland, Ohio Police Dept. and 2 of my young brothers are accomplished artists. My brother Juan, is a Director of the oldest art gallery in the United States on Worth Ave. Palm Beach and my other little brother Francisco is a painter and manager for a fine art & antiques vendor in West Palm Beach. My other brother Mauricio is all about the Restaurant business on Palm Beach Island.


Now there is a sister Michelle, but only because we were neighbors in NYC since we were in diapers and still to this day, spend most weekends, holidays and special occasions together. I'm uncle Freddy to her 3 beautiful daughters and she's titi Michelle to my boys and little goblin (My Daughter).


My family and friends would tell you, I wear my heart on my sleeve, passionate, intelligent, loyal, honest, dedicated, responsible, and silly. My kids think I am the best wedding photographer in the world and my daughter, also an artist is learning photography at age 13. She is the one that says, wants to be just like me. Except I prefer she become a doctor.


ACHIEVEMENTS AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER


I am a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Wedding and Photographers International (WPPI) and Fearless Photographers. I am listed in Weddingwire, The Knot, Bridestory.com, Weddinglovely, Zola and MyWedding.com.


I have been independently rated among the top 20 Wedding Photographers in Fort Lauderdale (I would argue south Florida since those that made the list range from Miami to Palm Beach) by Expertise.com 2 years in a row.


Three Best Rated independently rated me among the Best 3 wedding photographers in Fort Lauderdale and Coral Springs 3 years in a row.


I have received the Couples Choice Awards from Weddingwire.com for 2016, 2017 and 2018. TheKnot.com has awarded me "Best of Weddings" for 2017 and 2018.


How to book me to be your Engagement and Wedding Photographer


The ability to tell stories with my wedding photography that will provide reflection and joy is what drives me to make each couples wedding photography experience special and unique. I approach each wedding photography assignment, as completely new experience so that no two weddings even in the same venue ever appear the same.


I hope to be your wedding photographer and I welcome you to contact me for my availability and any questions you might have.