This year, Palm Springs saw a big boom in wedding photographers.
And in just the last year, photographer Madeline Wi has become one of the hottest, most sought-after florists in the area.
A few years ago, Wi was just a single mom who loved to make flowers and wanted to start a business, but now she’s the most sought after florista in the whole state.
“We’re really excited about this opportunity to expand our portfolio of flowers and to be able to do it with our friends and family,” she says.
She says the wedding industry in Florida is “kind of in the shadow of its former self.”
Wi’s first wedding, in 2015, went down on March 2 at the Palm Center in Palm Springs, but since then, she’s been shooting weddings in Orlando and at other spots around the state.
Wi says her first wedding took place at the Magic Kingdom, where the couple was guests of the wedding host.
She recalls the day well: “The bride’s in a dress and her sister and her husband are in wedding dresses and it was a magical day.”
Wi says she has an impressive collection of wedding photographs, and the wedding photography she’s seen this year was “a bit different.”
She says, “I think the biggest thing I saw was the amount of people that are so passionate about their wedding, and they care about their own lives, and that really resonated with me.”
For Wi, she says the new photography is “so exciting, and to have people come out and support the industry that I love so much, I think that’s what makes this job so exciting.” “
I can’t say that I’m a professional photographer, but I am passionate about my craft, and it just makes sense to me.”
For Wi, she says the new photography is “so exciting, and to have people come out and support the industry that I love so much, I think that’s what makes this job so exciting.”
A little more about Wi’s photography career: Wi says it started in 2008, when she was already a professional photojournalist in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.
She began by working in corporate photo shoots, but in 2014, she moved to Orlando to take photos of weddings and other special events.
Wi began taking wedding photos in March 2015.
She then continued her career as a wedding photographer in Orlando until 2017.
“After I graduated from Florida International University, I moved to the state of Florida to start my own business and have my own clients,” she explains.
She also started a photography business in Orlando, which she called The Wedding Photography Company.
“My husband and I started out with the same passion and that passion has grown to be the business that it is today,” she adds.
Wi is one of many wedding photographers who say the industry is changing as a result of the growing demand for wedding photography.
“For years, people didn’t realize that there were so many different types of photographers,” she recalls.
“People were starting to get married in the same locations, but there wasn’t a lot of choice in the way that they wanted to shoot their wedding.”
In 2016, Wi says, the demand for weddings has really exploded.
“The demand for these weddings has exploded,” she continues.
Wi adds that wedding photographers are not just going through this time of transition and upheaval, they’re also in the midst of a new era in the marriage business. “
In Orlando, we’re going through a transition right now where we’re starting to see people that have been through this transition really become involved in this industry.”
Wi adds that wedding photographers are not just going through this time of transition and upheaval, they’re also in the midst of a new era in the marriage business.
“A lot of people are getting married in their homes,” she notes.
For more information about the wedding photographer industry in South Florida, check out this article from the Orlando Sentinel. “
And so now people are being able to be involved in their wedding and in their weddings, which is exciting for me and I’m so excited about it.”
For more information about the wedding photographer industry in South Florida, check out this article from the Orlando Sentinel.
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