Amelia Island Adventures: Timoti’s and the Holiday Cookie Tour

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They say it isn’t a good idea to mix work and pleasure, but, at least on this occasion, I would beg to differ!  The weekend before Thanksgiving we had the pleasure of shooting a few photos for our friends at AmeliaIsland.com while enjoying the day on the island with some old friends.  Bryn and I left the kids behind and took a leisurely drive up to Timoti’s Seafood Shack for an early lunch before the B&B Holiday Cookie Tour.   This great little restaurant in Downtown Fernandina always has great seafood (pictured above) and on a bright, sunny, cool autumn day, the outdoor picnic tables offered the perfect setting to enjoy our meal.

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Shortly after our meal, we met up with Justin and Jill to spend the afternoon exploring several of the great Bed and Breakfasts Amelia Island has to offer.  The Amelia Island Holiday Cookie Tour, a much-anticipated annual event on the island, offers guests the opportunity to explore these great old Bed and Breakfasts decked out in all their Christmas splendor.  This is the second year we have covered the event (see last year’s highlights here).  While touring the B&B’s, we also snapped a few photos of Justin and Jill, who are expecting their first child early next year.

All in all, it was a wonderful day full of food, friends and great holiday spirit!  As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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Beach-side Olympians at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island

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I’ve got one more post for you today – this time a fun (and competitive) corporate event hosted at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  This energetic group, SuperDimension, spent much of last week enjoying the cool fall weather along the Atlantic coast – including an awesome afternoon of fun-filled challenges on the beach.  From an obstacle course and relay race, to memory games and a water balloon contest (above), this was a full-body experience.  The afternoon was capped with a team tug of war which the group absolutely loved!

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A few nights later, the group had their awards dinner – and to be honest, parts of it were absolutely hilarious (intentionally) – with awards for such things as best celebrity lookalike and “you should have known better”.  Of course, there were the serious awards too – but the group really did know how to have a good time.  As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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I’ll Take the Wine Festival with a Side of Fine Dining

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This month, we had the pleasure of shooting two events for Amelia Island.  The first, as hinted at above, was of the annual Amelia Island Wine Festival.  The event boasts a great combination of top-shelf local wineries, as well as other award-winning regional and national vintners.  The festival also featured fine cuisine from a variety of local restaurants, including a tasty and creative take on paella from the good folks at Espana.

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This past Saturday we also had the pleasure of shooting the above wild mushroom and spinach risotto an butter-poached shrimp entree from Bar Zin Bistro and Wine Bar.   As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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Shoreline Dinners and Conference Dreams with Inovalon

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One more post for today – this was a really fun and unique event we had the privilege of covering at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  The group, Inovalon, hosted a truly wonderful event at the resort – with lots of innovative ideas that really made the conference a memorable occasion.  Take, for example, the beachfront dinner – not only did the group have a beautiful location and stunning decor (above), but check out the gallery below to see their custom flip-flops and the guests encounter with the resort’s parrot, Amelia.

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If you happened upon our previous post, you’ll know we spent a great evening at Fort Clinch as well.  Be sure to check out all the fun shots we were able to capture at that great setting.  As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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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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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!

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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!

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Food Trucks and a River Cruise at the Ritz-Carlton!

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After some travel time and a few weeks of catching up, we again had the pleasure of photographing a great group up at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.   The event planning staff at the resort always comes up with great ideas and fun activities for their corporate guests, as was the case with this event.  The welcome reception was hosted in one of the resort’s great function foyers, with two food trucks located just outside the doors on the Oceanfront Lawn.

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The culinary staff at the resort really makes my job easy – they take great care in not only making their entrees taste great, but also look amazing, as evidenced by the photos in the gallery at the bottom of this post. When you browse through the photos, make sure to take a close look at the first picture – it may just look like a collection of nicely arranged vegetables, but it is actually an array of hand-crafted marzipan creations!   And that was just Tuesday night.

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We also had the privilege of photographing the group’s excursion along the coastal waterways surrounding Amelia Island.  The lunch cruise aboard the Naples Princess, a great new addition to the NE Florida charter fleet, provided the perfect platform to see the historic area’s best, including Fort Clinch and the wild horses of Cumberland Island.  We even had the pleasure of seeing two foals with their mothers.     As always, feel free to download any or all of the images for use as desktop wallpaper!  Enjoy!

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A Bit of Tasty Refreshment for Amelia Island

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We just did a mini shoot this morning for our friends at AmeliaIsland.com.  They were looking for a refreshing photo of the classic Southern beverage, sweat tea.   Below are some of our favorite shots from the shoot – enjoy!

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Celebrating the Taste of Success with Firebirds Restaurants

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This week, the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island was once again host to a great group from the food service industry y.  This time, the folks from Firebirds, a small but quickly growing chain of great steakhouses, called the Ritz-Carlton home for several days.  We had the pleasure of photographing both their morning sessions and a great celebration dinner at the resort’s AAA five diamond restaurant, Salt.

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I’ve gotta say, its been a while since I’ve laughed so often at a shoot.  The whole group seemed to be a bunch of comedians, making my job even more enjoyable.  As you can see from the image above, the famous Rudy of Notre Dame fame was the guest speaker.  He encouraged the group to strive for greatness, never give up, and to always treat people with kindness and respect.  And now, without further adieu, below are some of our favorite shots from the shoot – enjoy!

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Special: Culinary Masterwork from The Stars Come Out in Amelia Island!

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How’s that for a long and convoluted title?  As you may have noticed from our previous post, this week we had the pleasure of photographing the wonderful Stars event at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.   Let me tell you – the depth and quality of the food was certainly worthy of the stars.

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

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A Gingerbread Dream at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island!

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Just last night we had the opportunity to spend a fun filled evening photographing the annual Anniversary Party up at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  Unlike all the hustle and bustle of the year, this event is focused on honoring all the wonderful staff at the resort.  As with all their events, the night was filled with great company, delicious food, and great decor.  This event also offered several of the hotel’s top performers – all marked by an above and beyond commitment to guests.  Congrats to all the winners!

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

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Welcoming Warmth at the Amelia Island Holiday Cookie Tour

Though the weather changed little between my first and second shoots up in Amelia Island this weekend, what was poor weather for a farmers market proved the perfect weather for a holiday-themed cookie tour of the historic Bed and Breakfasts of Amelia Island.  The cool weather and overcast skies made the warm and welcoming interiors of these beautiful homes all the more enjoyable.  It certainly got me in the Christmas mood!  On top of beautifully decorated homes, each B&B had its own signature cookie and a recipe card for each guest – and let me tell you, they were good!

This year’s tour encompassed a total of eight bed and breakfasts – many decked out for the holidays!  Below is a list of each B&B with a link to their website, should one of the photos stir a desire to visit one of these beautiful homes.

Addison House  |  Amelia Oceanfront  | Blue Heron Inn  | Elizabeth Pointe Lodge  | Fairbanks House  | Florida House Inn  | Hoyt House  | Williams House

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

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Fun and Fancy at the Amelia Farmer’s Market

Last weekend, we again spent some time with the wonderful folks of Amelia Island.  Our first shoot of the day was for the Amelia Farmer’s Market.  To be honest, the weather wasn’t very ideal – it was cold and drizzly much of the morning – but that didn’t stop many of the die-hard vendors or shoppers from coming buy to shop for fresh produce, local delicacies and great gifts.  The market has recently moved to the Amelia Island Plantation, where the ancient live oaks shade guests as they stroll along the winding lanes. As is often the case with small town events, everyone was super nice and it was so wonderful to see so many people catching up while they walked along the market, sipping their coffee and listening to the great live music.

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

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A Presidential Night with BMI!

Tuesday was a busy day for us – but not due to the elections – at least not directly.  Today’s earlier post (Making Dirt Float with Bastech) highlighted how we spent much of the midday on Tuesday, while this post highlights our evening photography.  We had the opportunity to spend several hours with the good folks at the Book Manufacturers Institute (BMI) up at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.  The night was filled with great company, delicious food, and great entertainment – not to mention a 46 inch TV broadcasting election results as they happened.  The group was really a fun-loving bunch and we had a ball working with them!

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

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