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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN

Miami , FL

LOCATION

5851 Sunset Drive Suite B 2nd floor
Miami, FL US 33143 (map)
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ABOUT US

We are a great team of UNIQUE and CREATIVE photographers who LOVE what we DO!! Let our love for our wonderful job SHINE THROUGH to your wedding! We're sure when you come visit us, you'll... Read more
We are a great team of UNIQUE and CREATIVE photographers who LOVE what we DO!! Let our love for our wonderful job SHINE THROUGH to your wedding! We're sure when you come visit us, you'll feel right at home with us! Read less
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INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism
What do your packages include?
Albums, Custom Graphic Design, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Matted Prints, Prints, Proof CD of All Images, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you offer special techniques such as hand-coloring or toning?
anything your heart desires..
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
natural light mostly, but any lighting situation is our expertise!
Is your media preference film or digital?
digital
How many photographers do you work with?
we have a team of 3 lead photographer & 2 assistants
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
A fully trained and employed member of our staff will be documenting your event
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
More than one wedding in a weekend, yes.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
YES! absolutely! approved and worked with by ALINA M.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
NIKON, backup cameras and main cameras, additonal lighting units, and all other neat lenses that help us capture your event perfectly!
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
ABSOLUTELY! no photographer should ever shoot a wedding without BACKUP!!!
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Both hourly and day collections are available.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
consultation only-please call to schedule an appointment
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
(1) break usually when your guests sit down to eat. We don't like to take photos of your guests eating, so we think this is the best time for us to take a break. We break anywhere between 10-20 minutes.
Do you charge for travel?
Yes
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
anywhere between 1-3 months from date of wedding
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
DVD of all images provided and ONLINE VIEWING gallery for 12 weeeks
How long can the client keep the proofs?
forever
Do you retain the copyright for the photos?
Yes
Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
absolutely! we'd love to show you off to the world!!!
Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
Please schedule a consultation
Will images be available for viewing online?
YES! for 12 weeks!
What kind of albums do you offer?
Coffee table albums of all shapes, sizes, textures, styles etc... all kinds! :)
When will the client get the final album?
This depends how quickly the couple approves the book for printing!

REVIEWS

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Irenia
Wedding:
1/12/2014
1.0/5.0
To put it simply I would rather loose my deposit than work with Alina. She was very rude and condesending towards any idea I presented to her for our engagement shoot. She acted like she was doing me a favor not providing a service I was paying for. I am very glad I did not use her because at the end my photographer was fantastic. There is more than enough stress involved in planning a wedding to also have to deal with a diva photographer.

Please read below. I rest my case, like I said she is obnoxious and doesn't stop.
To put it simply I would rather loose my deposit than work with Alina. She was very rude and condesending towards any idea Read more...
To put it simply I would rather loose my deposit than work with Alina. She was very rude and condesending towards any idea I presented to her for our engagement shoot. She acted like she was doing me a favor not providing a service I was paying for. I am very glad I did not use her because at the end my photographer was fantastic. There is more than enough stress involved in planning a wedding to also have to deal with a diva photographer.

Please read below. I rest my case, like I said she is obnoxious and doesn't stop. Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

Hi Irenia,
I'm glad you found a photographer that fit your needs and style.
I gave you several recommendations that would produce amazing results at your engagement session. I advised you of so many things regarding your engagement session that you hadn't even thought of to begin with. You thanked me several times for sharing my knowledge and expertise. You should not blame me for trying to help you in detail. I will be honest if an idea a client has will not work and also be honest when an idea will work. I don't fail. Read my other reviews and you will see. In addition, remember you didn't know where to have your wedding? I gave you the idea of Jungle Island? You were so thankful to me for handing you lists of reliable vendors! I don't deserve this review. It seems something may have gone wrong with your wedding and Im obviously the scapegoat, the only one you want to take out the anger on. Im sorry your inner peace and balance has been altered and lead to feelings of anger. To be clear, you cancelled the engagement shoot and didn't even allow me to create gorgeous imagery as I continue to serve south Florida brides and beyond. Yes, sometimes my extravagant and amazing ideas are not the right fit for some brides, so Im glad you found your right fit! ;) all the best in your marriage and remember, don't stress the little things! Life is too short so enjoy, take deep breathes and smile ;)
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Xenia
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
My wedding was on November 8th, 2013. I used Alina for my photography services. I enjoyed working with Alina and Becky. They are so friendly and they were so patient with all the questions I had. I love their creativity. They were on time on the wedding date and for the engagement session. I would recommend everyone to use Alina and her staff for their photos. I am very pleased with the service, the engagement and wedding pictures I received from them. They are GREAT!
My wedding was on November 8th, 2013. I used Alina for my photography services. I enjoyed working with Alina and Becky. Read more...
My wedding was on November 8th, 2013. I used Alina for my photography services. I enjoyed working with Alina and Becky. They are so friendly and they were so patient with all the questions I had. I love their creativity. They were on time on the wedding date and for the engagement session. I would recommend everyone to use Alina and her staff for their photos. I am very pleased with the service, the engagement and wedding pictures I received from them. They are GREAT! Read less
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Ariana
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
I'm thrilled to death with my photographer who was recommended to me by my best friend. I worked with Alina for my engagement shoot and Freddy for my wedding! They are both extremely professional, easy going and have great attitudes. They enjoy their work tremendously and it shows. A few of my engagement pictures were used to make a 15 X 30 canvas that served as my guestbook! I received so many compliments about how beautiful the canvas was! I can only imagine how gorgeous my wedding pics will be!!!!! SO HAPPY with my photographers! I HIGHLY recommend them :)
I'm thrilled to death with my photographer who was recommended to me by my best friend. I worked with Alina for my Read more...
I'm thrilled to death with my photographer who was recommended to me by my best friend. I worked with Alina for my engagement shoot and Freddy for my wedding! They are both extremely professional, easy going and have great attitudes. They enjoy their work tremendously and it shows. A few of my engagement pictures were used to make a 15 X 30 canvas that served as my guestbook! I received so many compliments about how beautiful the canvas was! I can only imagine how gorgeous my wedding pics will be!!!!! SO HAPPY with my photographers! I HIGHLY recommend them :) Read less
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Silvia O.
Wedding:
1/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Thank you Alina for all the beautiful pictures and ideas that you and your team put together prior to and after the wedding. The Engagement Pictures and Wedding Pictures came out stunningggg, we have been so happy with the outcome of both our engagement & wedding pictures and we know that this will be memories we will definetly cherish and we will be able to take with us for the rest of our lives that have been captured in the most elegant way.... from our unique and beautiful guest book, to our thank you cards, and specially our gorgeous wedding album and our portraits... thank you Alina M. Photography and team.
Thank you Alina for all the beautiful pictures and ideas that you and your team put together prior to and after the Read more...
Thank you Alina for all the beautiful pictures and ideas that you and your team put together prior to and after the wedding. The Engagement Pictures and Wedding Pictures came out stunningggg, we have been so happy with the outcome of both our engagement & wedding pictures and we know that this will be memories we will definetly cherish and we will be able to take with us for the rest of our lives that have been captured in the most elegant way.... from our unique and beautiful guest book, to our thank you cards, and specially our gorgeous wedding album and our portraits... thank you Alina M. Photography and team. Read less
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Beatriz
Wedding:
11/17/2012
5.0/5.0
Alina M. Photography was everything we expected, and more! Alina takes AMAZING pictures and doesn't make you feel awkward while doing so! My main concern as a bride was looking unnatural and Alina made sure I felt comfortable. I have received SO many compliments on my pictures and I can't wait to use Alina M. Photography again. "As good as it gets!"
Alina M. Photography was everything we expected, and more! Alina takes AMAZING pictures and doesn't make you feel awkward Read more...
Alina M. Photography was everything we expected, and more! Alina takes AMAZING pictures and doesn't make you feel awkward while doing so! My main concern as a bride was looking unnatural and Alina made sure I felt comfortable. I have received SO many compliments on my pictures and I can't wait to use Alina M. Photography again. "As good as it gets!" Read less
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Molly
Wedding:
10/20/2012
3.2/5.0
Jen really takes amazing photos
Jen really takes amazing photos
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

Hello Molly
Thank you for taking time to review us!
We have a sample of your engagement session in
Our studio too that everyone enjoys and loves! Would you mind also
Reviewing your engagement photography as well? Jen shot your wedding and
I know you were very pleased! Lets make your review a full 5 stars for all our hard work;)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
From the moment I got to Alina's office the day of our appointment, I knew we had found our photographer. She has the most adorable office in the heart of south miami (sunset place-ish) and you feel like you are in her home. When she interviews us as a couple I knew she was getting to know us to figure out where we would shoot our engagement session, and what our dynamic was. Working with her has been a joy and we could not be more happy with her work. Becky and Kayla are awesome too, we love them!
From the moment I got to Alina's office the day of our appointment, I knew we had found our photographer. She has the most Read more...
From the moment I got to Alina's office the day of our appointment, I knew we had found our photographer. She has the most adorable office in the heart of south miami (sunset place-ish) and you feel like you are in her home. When she interviews us as a couple I knew she was getting to know us to figure out where we would shoot our engagement session, and what our dynamic was. Working with her has been a joy and we could not be more happy with her work. Becky and Kayla are awesome too, we love them! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Alina is the most amazing photographer. She is extremely professional and really was so easy to work with. She helped execute the vision I had for my engagement and boudoir session. She was very creative and really helped walk me through the whole process. I had never taken professional pictures before and was a little nervous about what positions and poses I should do. I also didn't know which outfits I should pick to go with the theme I selected. Her and her assistant Becky, helped walk me through the different outfit selections I should bring. They helped me put all my outfits together, from hair to jewelry to shoes. On the day of the shoot, they would show me all the poses all should do. This helped ease my nerves and made the process so easy and care free. The pictures came out AMAZING! I received so many compliments on the pictures. The guest book and boudoir album Alina and her staff put together were flawless. They were so well put together and excellent quality. For my wedding, Alina went above and beyond. She even helped get me dressed, because my mom was to nervous to remember how to do the corset of my dress. Alina was also able to give me so many ideas and suggestions for the wedding, from vendors I could use, to things to incorporate in the wedding. I am extremely pleased with her and her work. I can’t wait for my wedding album to arrive. I could go on and on about how amazing she is…her work is phenomenal. She is very patient, flexible and her work is like no other.
Alina is the most amazing photographer. She is extremely professional and really was so easy to work with. She helped Read more...
Alina is the most amazing photographer. She is extremely professional and really was so easy to work with. She helped execute the vision I had for my engagement and boudoir session. She was very creative and really helped walk me through the whole process. I had never taken professional pictures before and was a little nervous about what positions and poses I should do. I also didn't know which outfits I should pick to go with the theme I selected. Her and her assistant Becky, helped walk me through the different outfit selections I should bring. They helped me put all my outfits together, from hair to jewelry to shoes. On the day of the shoot, they would show me all the poses all should do. This helped ease my nerves and made the process so easy and care free. The pictures came out AMAZING! I received so many compliments on the pictures. The guest book and boudoir album Alina and her staff put together were flawless. They were so well put together and excellent quality. For my wedding, Alina went above and beyond. She even helped get me dressed, because my mom was to nervous to remember how to do the corset of my dress. Alina was also able to give me so many ideas and suggestions for the wedding, from vendors I could use, to things to incorporate in the wedding. I am extremely pleased with her and her work. I can’t wait for my wedding album to arrive. I could go on and on about how amazing she is…her work is phenomenal. She is very patient, flexible and her work is like no other. Read less
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Maryann
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
There are no words to really describe how the team at Alina M. Photography has made us feel. Picking wedding vendors is sometimes a scary feat, you meet with strangers and you give deposits upfront for services to be rendered at a later date. The team at Alina M. Photography made this "Scary Moment" for my (then) fiancé & I one of the most fun moments of our lives. We met with Alina about a year before our wedding, she was ready for our meeting as soon as we arrived and we instantly felt at home. Her studio is absolutely beautiful, adorned with pictures she herself has taken, soft music playing in the background, and an absolutely delicious Yankee Candle smell. The first step in our meeting was an interview process, she finds out what we like, who we are, what kinds of things we do for fun. We set up our Engagement Session date and were able to coincide dates with a trip we had planned to Oklahoma to visit my Fiancé’s parents. The days leading up to the E-Session, Alina was readily available through E-mail, or by calling the studio. We needed so much advice, and she was there ready to help us along the way. Needless to say, the pictures came out beautiful. She was absolutely wonderful to work with- she even stayed with us in my Fiancé’s parents’ home. We were able to see our online gallery within the contracted time frame, and we fell in love with all the pictures! Our engagement album was delivered shortly after, and it is ART! It is so stunning to have these memories put together in a book like the one Alina made for us. On our wedding day, she showed up right on time and got to work right away. She made me feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable. She was not intrusive, and she didn’t have me pose in awkward positions. It was all so natural and relaxed. She was extremely professional at the church, respectful of guests, and was very diligent when it came time to take the dreaded family pictures (everyone wants one, and they usually take so long!), with Alina, we were able to do them quickly and naturally, and without a hitch! Since our engagement we had moved to Oklahoma, my husband & I wanted to bring some “Cuban” culture back home. We had the idea of taking pictures at Sergio’s, and Alina loved it. She followed us to Sergio’s and took amazing pictures, never complained once about our whim! At the reception she was wonderful, taking pictures of our families, friends, and of course, us. Every guest at the wedding was photographed, and even though she had a long day, she didn’t complain once. She made all the kids feel comfortable (they all LOVED her!), and all the adults feel relaxed. Her style is so wonderful, so natural. Every single picture looks un-rehearsed, but absolutely stunning. Even from Oklahoma, I can't wait to use Alina M. Photography for all of life's major events, we will CERTAINLY use her again, and have already recommended her to many people!!! Thank you ALINA!!!
There are no words to really describe how the team at Alina M. Photography has made us feel. Picking wedding vendors is Read more...
There are no words to really describe how the team at Alina M. Photography has made us feel. Picking wedding vendors is sometimes a scary feat, you meet with strangers and you give deposits upfront for services to be rendered at a later date. The team at Alina M. Photography made this "Scary Moment" for my (then) fiancé & I one of the most fun moments of our lives. We met with Alina about a year before our wedding, she was ready for our meeting as soon as we arrived and we instantly felt at home. Her studio is absolutely beautiful, adorned with pictures she herself has taken, soft music playing in the background, and an absolutely delicious Yankee Candle smell. The first step in our meeting was an interview process, she finds out what we like, who we are, what kinds of things we do for fun. We set up our Engagement Session date and were able to coincide dates with a trip we had planned to Oklahoma to visit my Fiancé’s parents. The days leading up to the E-Session, Alina was readily available through E-mail, or by calling the studio. We needed so much advice, and she was there ready to help us along the way. Needless to say, the pictures came out beautiful. She was absolutely wonderful to work with- she even stayed with us in my Fiancé’s parents’ home. We were able to see our online gallery within the contracted time frame, and we fell in love with all the pictures! Our engagement album was delivered shortly after, and it is ART! It is so stunning to have these memories put together in a book like the one Alina made for us. On our wedding day, she showed up right on time and got to work right away. She made me feel calm, relaxed, and comfortable. She was not intrusive, and she didn’t have me pose in awkward positions. It was all so natural and relaxed. She was extremely professional at the church, respectful of guests, and was very diligent when it came time to take the dreaded family pictures (everyone wants one, and they usually take so long!), with Alina, we were able to do them quickly and naturally, and without a hitch! Since our engagement we had moved to Oklahoma, my husband & I wanted to bring some “Cuban” culture back home. We had the idea of taking pictures at Sergio’s, and Alina loved it. She followed us to Sergio’s and took amazing pictures, never complained once about our whim! At the reception she was wonderful, taking pictures of our families, friends, and of course, us. Every guest at the wedding was photographed, and even though she had a long day, she didn’t complain once. She made all the kids feel comfortable (they all LOVED her!), and all the adults feel relaxed. Her style is so wonderful, so natural. Every single picture looks un-rehearsed, but absolutely stunning. Even from Oklahoma, I can't wait to use Alina M. Photography for all of life's major events, we will CERTAINLY use her again, and have already recommended her to many people!!! Thank you ALINA!!! Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
3/10/2012
5.0/5.0
Alina is an amazing photographer and did a beautiful job at our wedding! Her and her staff are very professional and always there to help. I just received my wedding album and it is just perfect! Everyone is impressed with the quality of the album and the pictures. I love how candid and natural all the shots were. She truly captured how my husband and I were feeling and our personalities. I also booked a Christmas photo shoot with her and I will definitely use her for any and all of my important life events. Thank you Alina!
Alina is an amazing photographer and did a beautiful job at our wedding! Her and her staff are very professional and Read more...
Alina is an amazing photographer and did a beautiful job at our wedding! Her and her staff are very professional and always there to help. I just received my wedding album and it is just perfect! Everyone is impressed with the quality of the album and the pictures. I love how candid and natural all the shots were. She truly captured how my husband and I were feeling and our personalities. I also booked a Christmas photo shoot with her and I will definitely use her for any and all of my important life events. Thank you Alina! Read less
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Alyrich
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Amazing! That's all I gotta say. Our pictures were breathtaking! Our friends and family said they were the best wedding pictures they had ever seen. Thank you Alina! You are just so talented.
Amazing! That's all I gotta say. Our pictures were breathtaking! Our friends and family said they were the best wedding Read more...
Amazing! That's all I gotta say. Our pictures were breathtaking! Our friends and family said they were the best wedding pictures they had ever seen. Thank you Alina! You are just so talented. Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

Thank you for the honest and beautiful review!
It was so wonderful to be a part of your wedding day!
Come pick up your album next week!!
It arrived while we were out in NYC this week!!;))
Hugs!
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Nina
Wedding:
1/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Alina and her team are wonderful. Alina is such a sweetheart and you can tell she really loves her work. During our engagement shoot in Gainesville she spent about 7 hours with us and then we all went out to dinner! The engagement pictures and the guestbook both turned out great! We cant wait to see the pictures of our wedding! Her prices are reasonable and she has sales which are great!
Alina and her team are wonderful. Alina is such a sweetheart and you can tell she really loves her work. During our Read more...
Alina and her team are wonderful. Alina is such a sweetheart and you can tell she really loves her work. During our engagement shoot in Gainesville she spent about 7 hours with us and then we all went out to dinner! The engagement pictures and the guestbook both turned out great! We cant wait to see the pictures of our wedding! Her prices are reasonable and she has sales which are great! Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

Hi Nina! Thank you for your review!! I'm sorry I wasnt in the studio when you went to pick up the parent albums!! Becky told me you were very happy;)
Hope to see you soon! We still need to watch a hockey game together!
Maybe for your 1 year anniversary!!! Hugs;)
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Xxgerixx8
Wedding:
10/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Amazing job!!!!! Loved everything Alina did for us!!
Amazing job!!!!! Loved everything Alina did for us!!
Amazing job!!!!! Loved everything Alina did for us!! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
7/9/2011
4.8/5.0
When you meet Alina she is full of energy and easy to talk to! She really tries to get a feel of the bride and groom as a couple. She did a great job with our engagement pictures even including Franki, our dog in the pictures! On the wedding day she was early and was professional and our guest book was amazing as well as our canvas that was part of our package! We cannot wait to see our wedding photos!!
When you meet Alina she is full of energy and easy to talk to! She really tries to get a feel of the bride and groom as a Read more...
When you meet Alina she is full of energy and easy to talk to! She really tries to get a feel of the bride and groom as a couple. She did a great job with our engagement pictures even including Franki, our dog in the pictures! On the wedding day she was early and was professional and our guest book was amazing as well as our canvas that was part of our package! We cannot wait to see our wedding photos!! Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

I'm happy to have shared in all the Barea sister weddings!!!!
It was truly my pleasure to serve you ;)
I forgive Frankie for biting me lol!!!
I ❤❤❤ doggies!!!
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gegues
Wedding:
3/26/2011
5.0/5.0
All I have to say is that my husband and I can't wait to see the pictures!! We just got married 2 weeks ago, but I'm itching....Alina stayed longer than the contract stated so she was able to take way more pictures!
All I have to say is that my husband and I can't wait to see the pictures!! We just got married 2 weeks ago, but I'm Read more...
All I have to say is that my husband and I can't wait to see the pictures!! We just got married 2 weeks ago, but I'm itching....Alina stayed longer than the contract stated so she was able to take way more pictures! Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

Everyone who walks into my studio has something beautiful to say about your picture during the ceremony on my wall at St Hugh! I'm so happy you love your pictures and we are very grateful for continued support of our business as well as sending us your friends who are getting married!! Xoxo
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Eric
Wedding:
2/4/2011
0.5/5.0
It’s difficult to know where to start with this review but I will try to keep opinions out and stay rational. That being sad, the undertones here are NOT cheerful whatsoever and actually reflect a lot of frustration and feelings of betrayal on our part.

My Fiancee and I contracted Alina for our wedding photography. We paid a deposit for her services and signed a contract for both the engagement photos and wedding photos. Initially, Alina was very helpful and excited about working with us but that changed very soon after. The phone number listed for her office on her website and marketing material was disconnected just one week after signing the contract. After this we tried passing by her office to no avail and finally wrote her an email. The email was responded to in a very rude fashion and basically stating that she cannot be reached by phone when she is away from her office and that she only sees customers by appointment. The same issue happened when we were trying to make plans, confirm the engagement session, and even to MAKE PAYMENTS. One week prior to the engagement session, we attempted contacting her by phone and email with no success and we began to worry. We dropped off a payment at her office and were met with only negative emails about how she only works by appointment. She never confirmed the engagement session and said she was out of town. My Fiancee and I both work and attend school so setting aside an entire day can be very difficult so when we did not here back we went on the assumption it was not going to happen. Alina then contacted me stating that I was in breach of contract and that she did not need to confirm anything as the date was set. I explained to her that we were dissatisfied with her level of customer service and tried to reason with her since no services had rendered. She had a large some of our money and I was willing to pay her a fee for the day which had been booked in return for a refund for the rest. I am not totally unreasonable and can understand how that cancellation could have cost her money. Despite my approach, she immediately became hostile and began screaming at the top of her lungs and stated that that is not how she works and her contract protects her at the end of the day. Her irrational and hostile attitude was not limited to just myself, as she did the same with our Wedding Planner and my fiancée by email.

Folks we are now months away from when this all happened, my fiancée and I lost the battle with the BBB and this business owner has not returned one dime of our hard earned money. Aside from treating us terribly, the point I want to drive is that no services were rendered WHATSOEVER and she decided to hide behind a contract and not do the right thing. I can’t sit here and tell you whether her work is good or not, because she never did anything for us. Please be careful and have an attorney look over the contract you are signing, because it is completely one sided and protects her in ways you cannot imagine. Even if we cannot recover our money, we only want to educate others before they find themselves in this situation.
It’s difficult to know where to start with this review but I will try to keep opinions out and stay rational. That being Read more...
It’s difficult to know where to start with this review but I will try to keep opinions out and stay rational. That being sad, the undertones here are NOT cheerful whatsoever and actually reflect a lot of frustration and feelings of betrayal on our part.

My Fiancee and I contracted Alina for our wedding photography. We paid a deposit for her services and signed a contract for both the engagement photos and wedding photos. Initially, Alina was very helpful and excited about working with us but that changed very soon after. The phone number listed for her office on her website and marketing material was disconnected just one week after signing the contract. After this we tried passing by her office to no avail and finally wrote her an email. The email was responded to in a very rude fashion and basically stating that she cannot be reached by phone when she is away from her office and that she only sees customers by appointment. The same issue happened when we were trying to make plans, confirm the engagement session, and even to MAKE PAYMENTS. One week prior to the engagement session, we attempted contacting her by phone and email with no success and we began to worry. We dropped off a payment at her office and were met with only negative emails about how she only works by appointment. She never confirmed the engagement session and said she was out of town. My Fiancee and I both work and attend school so setting aside an entire day can be very difficult so when we did not here back we went on the assumption it was not going to happen. Alina then contacted me stating that I was in breach of contract and that she did not need to confirm anything as the date was set. I explained to her that we were dissatisfied with her level of customer service and tried to reason with her since no services had rendered. She had a large some of our money and I was willing to pay her a fee for the day which had been booked in return for a refund for the rest. I am not totally unreasonable and can understand how that cancellation could have cost her money. Despite my approach, she immediately became hostile and began screaming at the top of her lungs and stated that that is not how she works and her contract protects her at the end of the day. Her irrational and hostile attitude was not limited to just myself, as she did the same with our Wedding Planner and my fiancée by email.

Folks we are now months away from when this all happened, my fiancée and I lost the battle with the BBB and this business owner has not returned one dime of our hard earned money. Aside from treating us terribly, the point I want to drive is that no services were rendered WHATSOEVER and she decided to hide behind a contract and not do the right thing. I can’t sit here and tell you whether her work is good or not, because she never did anything for us. Please be careful and have an attorney look over the contract you are signing, because it is completely one sided and protects her in ways you cannot imagine. Even if we cannot recover our money, we only want to educate others before they find themselves in this situation. Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

Unfortunately this review is not valid and untrue. Alina m photography made all
Legal contractual arrangements with Jeannette (Eric's fiancé) who never showed up to a single meeting in my studio with his fiancé! You can ask any of my past customers that I personally sit and review the contract carefully with each person before they sign. I also invite them to take the contract home and review it with other parties involved in the wedding. Jeanette had been referred by several other clients of mine whom already had their weddings shot by us and loved the outcome of everything we provided. Jeanette chose a package that did not include the original high resolution images. She didn't think it was an imperative need at the moment... When she went home and told her volatile fiancée eric, he apparently went into a rage (as reported to me) and was furious that Jeanette had made a wedding decision without him. (sounds like a personal issue to me) eric then came to our studio, unannounced to make a "payment" on a Monday. Everyone knows that our studio is Closed Mondays and it's listed on every email signature, every website, etc. (we were actually out of town shooting a NYC engagement session which is very common for us since we are traveling photographers. Since he came unannounced, and no one opened the door for him, he was so furious that he knocked on the door so hard he set off the alarm inside our studio! (the next door business reported this to me shortly after it happened) I as well as my assistant were called during our session in NYC and you can only imagine the stress we were under! Thank goodness a staff member who stayed in miami had the keys, password to the alarm and quickly went when police notified them of the "false" alarm. When eric went to the better business bureau, we provided the BBB with all the threatening emails, and written proof to protect us. The BBB closed the case in our favor.
This only enfuriated an already volatile and unstable person even more. So Eric figured he post lies on WeddingWire about us. Surely the other reviews about us will overcast his untrue statements. We invite you to visit our Facebook fan page and see
The thousands of fans and happy customers we have! Obviously, serving the public, we expect there to be bad seeds out there who try to tear us down...unsuccessfully!
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Alina is amazing!!!! I have had the best time with her from our engagement pictures to my wedding day!!!! She has managed to capture my husband and I in ways that were so personal (I couldn't believe it) She is very perfessional and is felxible when it comes to packages! She did did my wedding on 10/23/10 and we had the best time having her as a photographer! I recommend her with my eyes closed! She is amazing and I am so happy with her business!!!!!!
Alina is amazing!!!! I have had the best time with her from our engagement pictures to my wedding day!!!! She has managed Read more...
Alina is amazing!!!! I have had the best time with her from our engagement pictures to my wedding day!!!! She has managed to capture my husband and I in ways that were so personal (I couldn't believe it) She is very perfessional and is felxible when it comes to packages! She did did my wedding on 10/23/10 and we had the best time having her as a photographer! I recommend her with my eyes closed! She is amazing and I am so happy with her business!!!!!! Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

This is what we are all about!!! Making your experience with us personally
And creatively intimate!!! We LOVED working for you and your family!
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Fritoz001
Wedding:
10/10/2010
4.0/5.0
Alina Rocks! Her photography is beautiful, and she is so much fun to work with, but I have not seen any wedding pictures yet (almost 4 months), so I will say turn around time is slow, but hopefully it will be worth the wait :)
Alina Rocks! Her photography is beautiful, and she is so much fun to work with, but I have not seen any wedding pictures Read more...
Alina Rocks! Her photography is beautiful, and she is so much fun to work with, but I have not seen any wedding pictures yet (almost 4 months), so I will say turn around time is slow, but hopefully it will be worth the wait :) Read less
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KelFung20
Wedding:
8/22/2009
5.0/5.0
I love her work and love her as a person! She did a AWESOME a job and I cant wait to see the rest of my pictures!
I love her work and love her as a person! She did a AWESOME a job and I cant wait to see the rest of my pictures!
I love her work and love her as a person! She did a AWESOME a job and I cant wait to see the rest of my pictures! Read less
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Randi
Wedding:
4/18/2009
4.6/5.0
I didn't get to meet Alina until our wedding day, but as soon as she walked into the hotel room I knew we had the right vendor. She took beautiful photos and was able to fit into our budget. Both her and her assistance we wonderful.
I didn't get to meet Alina until our wedding day, but as soon as she walked into the hotel room I knew we had the right Read more...
I didn't get to meet Alina until our wedding day, but as soon as she walked into the hotel room I knew we had the right vendor. She took beautiful photos and was able to fit into our budget. Both her and her assistance we wonderful. Read less
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Raymond
Wedding:
11/8/2008
4.9/5.0
Alina is Great, Fun, willing to work on price with you, and she takes Amazing Photos. Just make sure to tell your guests that She is the photographer and they shouldn't crowd around her. Her only downside is that she owns the pictures so you have to buy additional photos if you want them.
Alina is Great, Fun, willing to work on price with you, and she takes Amazing Photos. Just make sure to tell your guests Read more...
Alina is Great, Fun, willing to work on price with you, and she takes Amazing Photos. Just make sure to tell your guests that She is the photographer and they shouldn't crowd around her. Her only downside is that she owns the pictures so you have to buy additional photos if you want them. Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

We guarantee the highest quality print possible for your wedding images. We believe that professional photographers SHOULD provide PROFESSIONAL printing services. We're sure you'll LOVE the way your images look on our printing! :) It was a pleasure to serve you both on your wedding day! :) I'm glad you love your images!
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vvillanueva
Wedding:
9/12/2008
5.0/5.0
Just Amazing!!
Just Amazing!!
Just Amazing!! Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

now comes the FUN part of designing your album! :) it was such an extraordinary wedding.. truly a pleasure for us to work it!
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Michelle
Wedding:
7/5/2008
5.0/5.0
Extremely competitive prices. Natural pictures that capture the emotion of the moment. She definitely makes you feel very comfortable. Would highly recommend.
Extremely competitive prices. Natural pictures that capture the emotion of the moment. She definitely makes you feel very Read more...
Extremely competitive prices. Natural pictures that capture the emotion of the moment. She definitely makes you feel very comfortable. Would highly recommend. Read less
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ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

Michelle & Anthony, it's been a pleasure to be a part of your special day! doesn't your album look amazing so far???? the beauty of your wedding was unsurpassed.. :) xoxo
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boop009
Wedding:
5/10/2008
0.6/5.0
Alina pretends to be real sweet at first, she acts like she's very passionate about her work and like she will do anything to help you. Well this was the Alina we first met, when she was just doing this as a side business. Once she made this her full time job, everything went to her head. She thinks she's better than everyone else. Her favorite saying is "not everybody fits the mold of my clients". It's been almost a yr and I still don't have my pictures. Her contract said I would get my album within 6-12 weeks. Once confronted about the contract, she got extremely nasty, said things like "you people" referring to us as not being RICH people. All she cares about is money. She also threw in our faces every single nice thing she ever did for us. So if you are going to book with her, my suggestion: read the contract really well, stay on top of her at every moment, and don't let her do you any favors, b/c she will use it against you at her convenience. Out of all my wedding vendors, this is the only one I had trouble with. STAY AWAY! you will regret it. There are a lot better photographers in Miami. She is not the best one.
Alina pretends to be real sweet at first, she acts like she's very passionate about her work and like she will do anything Read more...
Alina pretends to be real sweet at first, she acts like she's very passionate about her work and like she will do anything to help you. Well this was the Alina we first met, when she was just doing this as a side business. Once she made this her full time job, everything went to her head. She thinks she's better than everyone else. Her favorite saying is "not everybody fits the mold of my clients". It's been almost a yr and I still don't have my pictures. Her contract said I would get my album within 6-12 weeks. Once confronted about the contract, she got extremely nasty, said things like "you people" referring to us as not being RICH people. All she cares about is money. She also threw in our faces every single nice thing she ever did for us. So if you are going to book with her, my suggestion: read the contract really well, stay on top of her at every moment, and don't let her do you any favors, b/c she will use it against you at her convenience. Out of all my wedding vendors, this is the only one I had trouble with. STAY AWAY! you will regret it. There are a lot better photographers in Miami. She is not the best one. Read less
Services Used: Photography
ALINA M PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN responded with the following comments:

Unfortunately this is a very immature girl who unfortunately never chose her wedding photos on time. She took almost TWO years in choosing them and then later tried to blame me for not having the album ready for her immediately.Album design at the time she signed contract, takes 6-12 weeks for design ONCE IMAGES ARE CHOSEN BY THE BRIDE AND GROOM. Unfortunately, since SHE did not choose her images on time, we will not be waiting around for her and refuse other business. She would have to wait for her turn, and she did not know how to wait her turn. All brides are given 12 weeks to choose their wedding images. Once the alloted time expires, all customers are expected to pay the remaining balance of their package to receive a dvd of their images. IF they need more time to choose images, so be it! We just require you to pay your balance as you agreed when you signed contract with us. She also blames us for providing favors? We only offered her a free 2nd engagement session because she and her fiancee arrived 1 and a half hours late to her first engagement session! As a past bride myself, I felt terrible knowing this couple would not have a complete set of photos with me because they were late, so I offered them a 2nd shoot. This customer was fully aware of our policies but pretended that she didn't know about them after two years since the wedding. She also seemed to express some anger towards the fact that she became pregnant so quickly after the wedding, venting with me that she did not have the money to pay for her wedding album, or additional wedding photos. There seems to be several underlying issues with this person. Her comments are very immature and unreliable.

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