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Mari Darr~Welch: Modern Photojournalist

Santa Rosa Beach , FL
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Santa Rosa Beach, FL US 32459 (map)

PHONE

850-699-3403

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ABOUT US

Destin Wedding Photography, also serving Santa Rosa Beach wedding photography. Also available for worldwide travel.
I'm that girl. You know, the one who loves the light that... Read more
Destin Wedding Photography, also serving Santa Rosa Beach wedding photography. Also available for worldwide travel.
I'm that girl. You know, the one who loves the light that dances, lives to laugh with joy, and documenting with her camera the vibrance and bliss of your love as it sparkles.

My eyes always seek out for the the lavish light, stunning beauty, subtle nuances and heartwarming emotions that encompass your story through each frame.

Creating irresistible heirlooms and building lasting relationships brings a song to my heart and passion to my art….it's Pure Love Documented.

For the last 14 years I have made my home in the Florida Panhandle and been a Destin photographer. I use the experience of my previous life as a full-time newspaper photojournalist and Pulitzer nominee to document each wedding day. Although I love Destin, Alys Beach, Seaside, Rosemary Beach and all of our South Walton communities, I have an irristiable love of travel and adventure and love destination weddings too.

When you are ready for your story to be told in all of it's captivating beauty, call me. 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, Prints
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
I have experience in lighting everything from bright noon sunlight to a darkened movie theater with no available light.
Is your media preference film or digital?
I only shoot digital.
How many photographers do you work with?
I always have a second photographer with me on weekend weddings to insure that none of your moments are lost forever.
Do you guarantee your presence at the actual event?
If you have contracted my company for your wedding, I will be the one there as your main photographer.
Do you sometimes book yourself for more than one event in a day? Weekend?
We sometimes do shoot multiple weddings in a weekend, but our packages are such that we will not photograph more than one wedding in a day.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes, I am a member of several local professional photographer groups and we all work together in case of emergencies.
What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
I myself bring two camera bodies, two flashes, an off-camera set of lights and several lenses.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
Yes, any true professional will do that.
Do you charge hourly or full day?
Your investment is based upon package choices.
Are you available to shoot extra hours? If yes, how much do you charge for extra hours?
I am available to photograph extra hours and my rate is $250 an hour. However, our packages give you plenty of time.
What is your policy on taking breaks? If you require a meal break, do you require that the client provide your meal?
Yes, since our services are 6 hours and above, we do require that we are provided a meal.
Do you charge for travel?
2011 offers a great deal for couples out of town. We are not charging travel fees for weddings in the 48 contiguous United States.
How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
Proofs are available for viewing between four and six weeks after your wedding.
In what format are the initial proofs offered?
I offer online galleries for your viewing and ordering comfort.
What kind of albums do you offer?
I offer flush mount and i-pad albums.
When will the client get the final album?
The client receives the final album within eight weeks of choosing their wedding images and proofing the album.

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Katelyn
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Mari is not only an amazing photographer, but has an amazing personality to go with it. She will do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot! Loving my "sneak peek" pictures so far!
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Sandy
Wedding:
2/15/2014
5.0/5.0
We could not have had a better experience with a photographer than Mari. She was responsive to inquiries, cooperative, pleasant, energetic and creative. Her personality allowed everyone to relax and have fun, and seeing her experience handling of all involved makes us confident that the photos will be great. Mari worked hard to scout out photogenic shots and I was impressed with all the work she did before she event made the shots. She also exhibited extreme patience, something necessary when dealing with time crunches and a huge group of people. I was so pleased I found Mari, and I was also relieved to be able to turn everything over to her and trust her wisdom and experience. She was such a bright spot in our wedding experience.
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Harold
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not be more pleased! Mari was able to so expertly capture every essence of our love for each other. And she did it all with just two weeks notice!
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Rona
Wedding:
5/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Mari was a great photographer on our big day! She came to the house and did preparation shots, she had a fantastic kit that saved the day when my dress kept threatening to turn on me, and her sense of humour kept us all laughing! And above all, the photos she took were gorgeous; we couldn't be more pleased.
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Laydeestp
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
This photographer took incredible photos at our wedding. She was professional but really fun. She was receptive to every request we had during the wedding on photos we wanted. She puts her whole heart into her product and it really shows. She was super quick to respond to emails and phone calls, which really eases a bride's stress. She answered every question we had quickly. She worked with us for a custom package, so we got exactly what we wanted. The pictures came out stunning and she was so worth the money. I highly recommend this photographer to any bride.
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levanchyk
Wedding:
12/31/2011
5.0/5.0
Mari did a great job! We had a lot of family group shots and took every shot we wanted. Awesome candids of New Year's Eve balloon drop and sparklers! I will (and have!) recommend her to others.
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Hilary
Wedding:
12/17/2011
5.0/5.0
I had no doubts when hiring Mari to take photos of the most important day of my life. I had seen her work and knew she had a great reputation so I hired her without interviewing any other photographers. She has a great amount of energy and loves her job. She gives 100% to every client and that is evident in everything she does. The only thing I was worried about was getting family pictures with my young nieces and nephew, but she worked her magic and they took perfect pictures and gave her their full attention! Mari will be our family's photographer until she retires!
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Julie
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Great Personality. She proved to be very knowledgable, capable, and creative. Photos are amazing!
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Suesue
Wedding:
10/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Mari is such a great photographer! We love our wedding pictures! I highly recommend
her!
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Amy
Wedding:
10/3/2011
5.0/5.0
Mari was amazing!!! She really captured our day beautifully and was not afraid to get her feet wet, literally. She will do what it takes to get the perfect shot, and with a smile on her face. I recommend her to everyone,I didn't even notice she was there, but she had pictures of every detail!
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Kburkland
Wedding:
9/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Mari was very helpful and gave us several opportunities to laugh, have fun, and enjoy our photography sessions. She is wonderful and i recommend her to any bride & groom
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Meganrenee28
Wedding:
9/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Mari is awesome. No doubt about it. I had a destination wedding in Jamaica and was unsure about using a photographer I couldn't meet prior, so I did my research and found Mari out of FL. Her creativity and knowledge of photography is amazing! She knows the right colors to go with a certain outfit as well as settings to go with your appearance. Now that I am expecting a baby in 6 months, I know we will be traveling to FL to have the lil one's first pictures done by Mari. Aside from her obvious talent, she is a great person. Never an awkward or dull moment. Highly recommend Mari, and I promise you will be satisfied:)
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EMJD
Wedding:
11/13/2010
5.0/5.0
We started working with Mari this summer while planning for a November wedding. Her enthusiasm for photography was evident from the very beginning. We saw examples of her work and knew that she had other weddings that she was working on, yet felt as though we were the only wedding 'on deck.' She was responsive to all of our questions, and our concerns were her concerns. Now about the quality of her work - The wedding pictures are absolutely beautiful. They could have been from any gorgeous magazine spread. Mari, Monika, and Deb had photos of moments I never saw and groups I never organized; they just took care of all the little details. If you look at Mari's website and think your pictures couldn't look that wonderful, they will. A wedding photographer once told me that if you splurge on the food, the venue, the dress, etc. and feel that you have to scrimp on the photographer, you're wrong.......in ten years the pictures are all you'll have. Having said that, Mari's prices are competitive with other photographers in the area, but you get so much more. I can't say enough good things about our experience with Mari, Monika, and Deb. They manage to be down to earth and professional at the same time. Also, they blended so well with the wedding guests, like they knew everyone there; definitely part of the party.
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Samantha
Wedding:
10/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Mari is amazing!!!! I can not say enough good things about her! She will listen to what you want and make it happen and she is so creative at capturing the best pictures! She even set up a slide show at the end of the night of some of the pictures for guests to look at! I love every single one of the pictures that she captured and she really does make your wedding day fun and capture every moment! Thank you, Mari!!! I would reccommend her to everyone who needs a photographer in this area for any reason!
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Brandy
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Choosing a photographer was one of the most important steps in planning our wedding because we wanted the special moments documented for a lifetime of reminders. Mari beyond delivered! She met with us prior to the wedding date to scope out the location and get to know us a little. When we saw her drop to her belly on the ground to “check out a potential shot”, we knew we had found the right photographer. She absolutely LOVES what she does and it shows in her work. Mari is prompt and responsive. She sees special moments almost before they happen and documents them in a way that tells your story. She makes you look great and natural in the photographs. She is far more reasonable than some of the insanely high priced photographers in South Walton (some quoted $10,000+), but her work is top notch. There is truly “Something About Mari” that made our day special!
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kellyk
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Mari was fantastic! She brought a lot of creativity to our wedding photos and we couldn't be happier with the photos. Mari was fun to have around too, while also making good use of the limited time we had between the ceremony and reception. We liked her so much we scheduled a "trash the dress" photo session with her for a couple days after our wedding. The pictures turned out phenomenal. We have gotten so many compliments on these photos and it was a really fun session to do. I highly recommend it (plus my dress cleaned right up - you'd never know it was in the ocean for a couple hours!).
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DReyna
Wedding:
9/21/2008
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved Mari and loved how she was able to capture our wedding exactly how we imagined!! We will be coming back to her when we need professional pictures. Thank you so much Mari we couldn't have asked for anyone better. You were awesome!! And you will always be in our thoughts. Thank you --Emmanuel and Desiree Reyna
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rachel
Wedding:
6/7/2008
5.0/5.0
wonderful work! very creative! fun, unique photographer! many years experience! answers every phone call or calls back as soon as she gets message!! very very reliable and excellent work! i found her over the internet and thank god she was amazing, reliable, & awesome work!!!!!!!!!!!! my pictures are GORGEOUS!!!!
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Aaron
Wedding:
4/14/2008
5.0/5.0
Have you heard of the movie titled "There's Something About Mary?" Well, let us tell you, that there is "Something" about our Mari, "Something Incredibly Special." Our wedding day celebration would have been good, but thanks to Mari, our wedding day celebration was beyond great, in fact, beyond our wildest imaginations. Mari not only provided exceptional photography services, but was instrumental in helping us with choosing the right beach location for the most special day of our lives. Mari worked extremely well with the other professionals involved in our wedding, the videographer and wedding planner. We knew immediately upon meeting Mari that we had made the "Right" decision. Mari's passion for photography is evident and her enthusiasm is infectious. We cannot thank Mari Darr Welch enough for being able to capture the right moments in time, every time the shudder on her camera clicks. Everyone who has seen the photos of our wedding has commented how extraordinary they are, in fact, many of our friends have stated that they wish their wedding photos could have been as outstanding as ours. We had such a great time with Mari on our wedding day, that we hired her again a few days later to take some additional "just for fun" photos. We are a discriminating couple when it comes to getting great service, and when it comes to photography, you'll find none better than Mari's Paradise Images.

Exceptionally satisfied customers, Aaron and Rita Leopold
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Sheena
Wedding:
1/12/2008
5.0/5.0
Mari was great! Fun to work with and the results were awesome. Its so true that after everything is over and your special day has passed, pictures are the most precious keepsake. The pictures we got were wonderful and everyone we showed them to were amazed.
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mylai
Wedding:
6/1/2007
5.0/5.0
I absolutely love Mari. She is a fantastic photographer! She listened to what i wanted for my wedding photos and came through 100%. Mari has wonderful ideas that make wonderful memories that last a lifetime. I loved Mari so much that when i got pregnant i went to her for my maternity photos which came out beautiful just like my wedding photos! I definately recommend Mari for anyones photography needs.
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Mandi
Wedding:
5/17/2008
4.8/5.0
Mari, of Mari's Paradise Images, was such an important part of our wedding. Having a destination wedding was difficult, and she went out of her way to help us with anything we asked. She was also laid-back, and very easy to communicate with, always responding to my emails promptly and kindly. Out of all of the vendors we hired for the wedding, I would recommend her the most. Not to mention her quality of work was impeccable- her skill and selection were beyond my expectations. Our wedding pictures include some formal moments, but her technique of capturing candid moments was brilliant!
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Ashley
Wedding:
12/10/2011
4.7/5.0
I really enjoyed having Mari as a photographer. She photographed my wedding and trash the dress. The photographs are amazing and I am so happy with them.
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Dcraigie
Wedding:
10/22/2011
4.7/5.0
Best, most creative photographer I have ever met
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