Calendar Time – September HD Desktop Wallpaper!

2013 09 September - Sunset St Johns Jacksonville FL

Can you believe it’s almost September?  We have posted 5 different 1080P HD wallpapers for your autumn enjoyment.  This month features the autumn mountains of Colorado, the US Capital Building at night, Sunset on the St Johns River, an old-school Arby’s and finally, one of my favorite shots from this year’s Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance – a trio of Ford GT40 racers in Gulf livery!  If you want more automotive-themed desktop wallpaper, be sure to check out our Automotive section!

As always, feel free to share, download and enjoy!

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Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

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Jax Chamber Startup Quest – Innovation Hits the First Coast

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Last week we again worked with the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, this time covering the final session and award reception for a new program – Startup Quest.   If you have seen Shark Tank, you’ve got an idea of what this is all about.  One of the first programs like this in the United States, Startup Quest is designed as a 10 week entrepreneurship simulator for degree-holding professionals in the Jacksonville area.  Each group took 10 weeks to research, develop and finally present their innovation to a panel of judges who weighed a variety of criteria to determine the winning team (below).  My verdict – this program is a great way to gain additional skills and an entrepreneurial spirit!

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Below are some of our favorite shots from the shoot – enjoy!

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Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

Did I Mention the Bacon? Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff 2013

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This past weekend, we once again had the pleasure of being the official photographer of the Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff.  We spent Friday evening and Saturday at the event – enjoying the amazing aroma of the manifold wood smoke and the masterfully crafted meats of the competitors.  Add to the cookoff some top-shelf bands, a fun-filled kids zone, and the great sponsors and vendors, and you’ve got yourself quite the weekend!  New this year was a bacon competition – which ranged from breakfast-style preparations, to bacon desserts such as doughnuts, brownies and chocolate-dipped bacon (below).

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All in all, the weekend was an amazing precursor to the great American tradition of tailgating and football!  As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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Copyright 2013 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

Food Trucks and Salt Infusion at the Ritz-Carlton

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After a wonderful anniversary evening at the acclaimed Salt, it was back to work, serving a great group at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  Our two day coverage included a food truck-themed dinner along the stunning Atlantic coast, followed the next day by a great charity function, historic tour and salt infusion lessons.

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The Ritz-Carlton has always put a high priority on giving back – and this group was no exception.  Through the resort’s community footprints program, the group spent the early afternoon putting together 500 dinner kits (above) for the many needy families that call Amelia Island and the surrounding area home.  We also had the pleasure of photographing a very unique culinary class for the group – a salt infusion workshop where guests gained hands-on experience in producing some of resort’s signature infused salts.  The aroma in the kitchen was amazing!

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As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

Copyright 2013 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

A Dinner for the Senses – Dining at the Ritz-Carlton’s Salt

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One more post today – we had the pleasure of celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary at the AAA Five Diamond restaurant, Salt, at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – and I am comfortable saying it was the best all around meal I have ever had!  The evening was full of surprises – such as an especially delicious smoked prawn masterpiece compliments of Salt’s Chef de Cuisine, Rick Laughlin (below – note the smoke filled glass dome).

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To start the evening, we enjoyed artisan breads paired with a selection of exotic and unique salts.  For our first course, Bryn enjoyed Grilled Romaine Salad with a Tomato Fondue and I sampled the Chilled Avocado Soup with Australian Crab and Cumin Crisp.  The chef treated us to the above second course – a smoked Prawn over Grits with a Balsamic Reduction.  For our main course, I enjoyed  Beef Tenderloin and Main Lobster, while Bryn had the Diver Scallops with White Asparagus Risotto and and English Pea Broth.  And, to finish our evening, we each had a Souffle – Bryn’s was Dark Chocolate with Salted Carmel Ice Cream and White Chocolate Cream Anglaise, while mine was and Orange Grand Marnier Souffle with Orange Rosemary Ice Cream and Grand Marnier Anglaise.  The meal was amazing!

As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

Copyright 2013 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

Dreambuilder’s Newest: Welcoming and Warm Architecture in Jacksonville Beach

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Early last week, we had the pleasure of shooting another splendid new home from Dreambuilder Custom Homes.  This new house was designed alongside another Dreambuilder home (see below – to the left of the image).   Though not a gigantic house by beach standards, the open floor plan, strong lines and tall ceilings make for a spacious and welcoming environment.

2013 08 Architecture Dreambuilder Home 19Dreambuilder’s Modern Take on the Classic Farmhouse

As we have come to expect from Dreambuilder, this home has a great combination of premium elements that really add to the overall chic appeal of the house.  Please feel free to check out some of our favorite shots from this shoot below.

Want to see more of our architectural work?  Check out our full portfolio at pro.deremerstudios.com/architecture.html.

Copyright 2013 Deremer Studios – Jacksonville, FL
Check us out at: Pro.DeremerStudios.com (Commercial Photography) or DeremerStudios.com (Wedding & Portrait Photography) |  904-744-1103  |  nate@deremerstudios.com

It Rained and Poured for 40 Minutes, Minutes!

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Another evening of dramatic weather for the Jacksonville, FL area today.  Thankfully, I don’t think we have had any tornadoes this eveninng, but the lightning was cracking and the rain came down in 5 gallon buckets!  I went out between meetings to take a few photos.  Here’s some of our favorites!  Enjoy the photos – and of course, feel free to download as HD desktop wallpaper below!

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