Florida Photographer

Photographing a Children's Birthday Party by Christian Hernandez

I recently photographed a children’s birthday party and had a blast capturing the memories. I’ve thought about my previous experiences photographing children and saw an improvement in my confidence level on this shoot, as well as with my level of skill photographing kids that are constantly moving around.

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Shooting My First Roll of 35mm Film by Christian Hernandez

A few weeks ago, I decided to purchase a film camera for a couple of reasons: To learn a new medium, stretch my creativity, and have fun continuing to learn and pursue photography. Until now, I only had experience shooting digital. With digital, you really have an unlimited amount of photos you can take - you’re only really limited by the size of your memory card. The camera will continue to shoot so long as you have battery and storage space. Film photography has a different look and feel than digital, but in addition to the aesthetics, film forces the photographer to be more careful and methodical compared to digital photography.

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Pete & Sierra - Outdoor Maternity Shoot by Christian Hernandez

Earlier this year, Pete reached out to me to let me know Sierra’s family was throwing them a baby shower in Florida. They live in New York City and have been good friends of mine for about 5 years. I hadn’t seen them in about a year, so when I heard they were coming down, I said I’d love to be there!

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Neemo & Trent - Prom Portraits by Christian Hernandez

A few months ago, I photographed Neemo and Trent on their Prom day for some Portraits. Apart from the traditional prom poses, I treated the shoot like a couple’s photoshoot and captured them being a couple. Their theme was Black & Gold and both were dressed to impress.

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Alpa Rama - Fashion/Style Influencer Photoshoot by Christian Hernandez

I met Alpa in July 2018 when I offered to take some photos for her blog. She's a fashion/style influencer that works with some major brands and is an expert at what she does. This time, we met up at Lake Nona for a very quick shoot around the area.

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My Year in Photography - 2018 by Christian Hernandez

I never set goals. Believe me - at the beginning of the year, nor at any other point in the year do I set goals. But since I now had time to think about what I wanted the rest of my year to look like, I set some goals for my business back in May. Since then, I’m surprised at how many of those I’ve been fortunate to have achieved. By God’s grace and provision, and with the support of my family and friends, I have thankfully been able to check several of those off my list. Here are 4 that I’m really proud of.

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Disney Family Photos with Southern Meets Urban - Christmas Edition by Christian Hernandez

Several months ago, MJ reached out to me for some family photos around Disney World property. We captured some great moments and when she returned for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade in December, she wanted to keep the memories alive with some photos.

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Hernandez-Nieves-Cottrell Family Christmas 2018 by Christian Hernandez

For years, our family has been opening Christmas gifts on December 24th. On the 25th, we usually go to my mom’s cousin’s house and shoot pellet guns at targets, eat some food, and be around family. This year, that’s what we did once again.

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Family Portraits - The Carmany's by Christian Hernandez

In addition to weddings, one other type of photography I’ve been doing more of lately is family photography. The Carmany’s reached out to me for a family portrait session at their home for this year’s Christmas cards. All included, we had 6 kids ranging in ages from small children to adults, and we took photos both indoors and outdoors. The day was a bit overcast and it actually rained at one point, but thankfully we were able to capture some genuine moments that made for great photos.

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Pet Portraits with Genevieve by Christian Hernandez

After getting together for a Walt Disney World shoot, Amanda got in touch with me again for some photos with her dog Genevieve. Genevieve is 12 years old and has cancer. Amanda has had her dog for a long time and since she is undergoing surgery soon, Amanda wanted some pet portraits prior to the surgery.

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Liz & Clay | Lake Mary Wedding by Christian Hernandez

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to assist in photographing a wedding. Once that the images have been finalized, I’ve been reflecting on my journey and I am enjoying seeing the improvements in my technique as well as my level of confidence with every new shoot.

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Photographing my Godparents by Christian Hernandez

My Godparents recently came up from Puerto Rico to visit the Florida side of the family for a few days. Among the obligatory visit to Disney, they allowed me some time to capture some moments and feature them in front of the camera. They revealed at the beginning of the shoot is that they haven’t had photos of them taken since their wedding 30+ years ago. I’m glad I was able to send them with some happy memories they can keep and share for years to come.

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Photographing Doc Dean's Pools for PoolPro Magazine by Christian Hernandez

Earlier this summer, I was hired by PoolPro Magazine to photograph a pool servicing company for an upcoming issue. With excitement, I gladly accepted. My task was pretty open-ended - to follow the team (a family) and photograph their operations working on pools.

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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay State Park, Hawaii by Christian Hernandez

While in Hawaii to photograph a wedding, my sister and I took some time to go on excursions and see the island of O’ahu. One of those excursions was to Hanauma Bay State Park, where tourists and locals alike have the ability to swim and snorkel in one of the island’s most scenic bays.

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Visiting the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites by Christian Hernandez

My sister and I came to Hawaii to photograph a friend of mine’s wedding in Honolulu. While we were here, we made some extra time to sightsee and go on some excursions. One of those was to experience the history at Pearl Harbor.

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Photographing a Traditional Bosnian Wedding by Christian Hernandez

On this day, I had the opportunity to second-shoot a traditional Bosnian wedding. Although it had familiar elements I’d seen before of a wedding ceremony, there were several traditions I had never seen before. One of which was their tradition to give servers (their own family members) large amounts of money for coffee.

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Things I Learned From My First Shoot with Children by Christian Hernandez

In September 2016 I was in Miami, FL for a few days. A couple of friends knew I was trying to grow my photography portfolio, so they set up a family photoshoot while I was there.

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Belkys and Nelson - Couple's Photoshoot in Central Park by Christian Hernandez

In April 2017, one of my co-workers, Belkys asked me if I would be able to take some couples photos of her and her husband. I said of course! We scheduled a date in May and met up in Central Park in New York City.

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Photographing my Grandparents at Disney by Christian Hernandez

In June of this year, my sister and I took our grandparents to Disney’s Magic Kingdom theme park. Disney had some special pricing for that month, and with the fact that they hadn’t been to the parks in several years, we decided to have a day of fun with them.

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Disney Family Photos with Southern Meets Urban by Christian Hernandez

Several months ago, MJ reached out to me after seeing some of my Disney-themed portrait work on Instagram. She runs a nutrition and lifestyle blog called Southern Meets Urban and in September, she was going to be traveling to Orlando and wanted some family photos around the parks with her daughters to document their trip. After finalizing the details on dates/times/locations, I was really excited and looking forward to capturing some special moments for them.

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