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Yep...that's me!

Welcome to the blog!!

I’m Lisa…lover of Slurpees and photographer of couples in love, high school seniors and pets!

Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, a beer (?) and take a look around!  I can’t wait to work with you!

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Jenn & Lindsay | St. Petersburg Couples Session

July 6th, 2015

About two weeks ago, I got contacted by Margey, the editor for the Tampa Bay Business Journal on how being an LGBT friendly business in Tampa has effected me.  During our emails back and forth, Margey asked me if I had a couple coming up so that they could get some behind the scenes of […]

 

About two weeks ago, I got contacted by Margey, the editor for the Tampa Bay Business Journal on how being an LGBT friendly business in Tampa has effected me.  During our emails back and forth, Margey asked me if I had a couple coming up so that they could get some behind the scenes of me working with an LGBT couple.  When I say coming up, I mean like within the next couple of days.  Most of my couples aren’t having their engagement sessions until closer to the fall so I called upon Jenn & Lindsay to see if they would be my models for the article.  I’ve known Jenn & Lindsay for a while so I was hoping the would say yes lol  We headed down to St. Pete for a quick session and met Margey and the TBBJ photographer.  It was weird for me to be the one in front of the camera.

 

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For me, being an LGBT friendly business was a no brainer.  It didn’t have anything to do with “cashing in” on the gay wedding industry and more with the fact that everyone deserves to have amazing wedding photos without judgement or working with someone who may not “agree” with their lifestyle.  Pssh…

Margey made me do a “One Minute with Lisa Otto” video on why I agree with same sex marriage and “why not” didn’t really fill in the whole minute but if you want to hear what I had to say, you can watch it here

Over the last 6-7 months, I’ve been interviewed by BayNews9 on Jan. 5th, the eve of same sex marriage being legal in Florida, by Freedom to Marry on being a straight ally for the LGBT community and now the article with Tampa Bay Business Journal.  I also advertise on numerous LGBT wedding blogs so this wasn’t something that was new to me, it’s something that I’ve always believed in.  But really, enough about me and all that schmooze, let’s see some pictures!

Thanks to the Green Bench Brewing Co. for letting us sneak in the back for some brewery photos.  That was pretty kick ass!  If you like craft beer, be sure to head down there.  Pretty amazing place.

 

Looking for a wedding photographer?  Only a few spots left for 2015 and 2016 is already booking!  Head over to the website for more!  Don’t forget I travel!
For the month of July (2015) if you book your wedding, you’ll receive 10% off any collection (not a la carte’ options)
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Lisa Otto Photography - St Pete LGBT Photographer

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This place!  If I had the money and could figure out how to turn a former bar into a studio?  I’d be on it in a heart beat!  Ohhh the ideas that ran through my head.

Lisa Otto Photography - St Pete LGBT Photographer

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Danie & Frank | Safety Harbor Spa Wedding with a Star Wars theme

June 18th, 2015

Themed weddings.  Sometimes you love them and sometimes not.  But I’m going to say that this one?  I totally loved!! Danie & Frank are HUGE Star Wars fans.  So when it came to planning her wedding, of course she wanted it themed.  Then mom came into the picture so they compromised. Danie said they would […]

 

Themed weddings.  Sometimes you love them and sometimes not.  But I’m going to say that this one?  I totally loved!!

Danie & Frank are HUGE Star Wars fans.  So when it came to planning her wedding, of course she wanted it themed.  Then mom came into the picture so they compromised. Danie said they would have a traditional ceremony but the reception was all them!  Their Safety Harbor Spa Star Wars theme was perfect!  Not to over the top, little things here and there and it all came together amazingly.

Classic white cake from Chantilly Cakes with a little peek-a-book Storm Trooper was a great touch, right down to the Storm Troopers and Darth Vader figurines under the gorgeous center pieces.  The smaller centerpieces were the Death Star (if you notice) so everything tied in together.

Huge shout out to all the vendors involved that made Danie & Frank’s wedding absolutely perfect!

Venue – Hair & Makeup / Safety Harbor Resort & Spa  |  Florals / DD Bloom’s  |  Cake / Chantilly Cakes  |  DJ / Patrick w/ Music on the Move  |  Photo Booth / Clik-Me-Quick

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Looking for a wedding photographer?  Only a few spots left for 2015 and 2016 is already booking!  Head over to the website for more!  Don’t forget I travel!
http://www.lisaottophotography.com

Be sure to like the Facebook page to keep up with everything
http://www.facebook.com/lisaottophotography

On instagram?  Me and my dogs are too because really, it’s more about them
http://www.instagram.com/lisaottophoto

If you see something you like, don’t forget to pin it!
http://www.pinterest.com/lisaotto

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Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Let’s talk about these shoes!!  When Danie first hired me, all she could talk about were her shoes.  Now I know why!  She made them all herself.  Yep, all DIY!!

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Her reception shoes!

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The ring bearers couldn’t be left out!

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

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Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

With their ceremony at 7:30, we had more time before to take formals but best of all, to do a first look.

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

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Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

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Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

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When I sent over the final questionnaire about their wedding day, I noticed something so completely different from any other wedding and I got a little giddy.  Okay, a lot giddy.  Instead of a traditional first dance, they were doing a lightsaber duel.  Yes, a freaking lightsaber duel!!  So while I was shooting the duel, Emily (my assistant) was videoing it on my phone so excuse the amazing videography lol  Please sense the sarcasm in that.

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
The sharing of the bread, salt and wine is an old Polish tradition.  At the wedding reception, the parents of the bride and groom greet the newly married couple with bread, which is lightly sprinkled with salt.  With the bread, the parents are hoping that their children will never hunger or be in need.  With the salt, they are reminding the couple that their life may be difficult at times and they must learn to cope with life’s struggles.
Then there are two shot glasses, one with Vodka, one with water.  They choose a glass not knowing which is which.  The one who gets the Vodka is said to be the head of the household.
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Frank got the Vodka lol

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer

Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer
Lisa Otto Photography - Clearwater wedding photographer