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Scott planned the perfect beach vacation for our family in the Cayman Islands. He lived there for four years so he didn’t have too much trouble finding the beautiful spots for us to enjoy. It’s been non-stop weddings, babies and boudoir so I was ready for the break. I don’t have the chance to photograph our kids much, so this vacation was very special to me. I was able to shoot the adventure when I wanted to.

Time has been blowing by at warp speed for us lately. We now have a 1st and 3rd grader. Moving into new stages of life always makes me a little nuts. Words cannot express how much I appreciated the many things about this family trip.

Images copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Images cannot be used without photographer’s permission |

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Our son really wanted to photograph the shells. Got to start ‘em young.

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White Sand Water Sports took us on a day trip excursion. Chris was our fabulous guide and we couldn’t have seen more beautiful things. This particular day is in the top 10 of the most memorable in my life. It was the feeling of experiencing something so raw and beautiful with the ones I love.

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Stingrays were very snuggly that day. We could feel their mouth ‘suckers’ kissing us. Weird.

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Our daughter was in love with this mermaid tail. It brought us so much joy to see her ‘morph’ into such a graceful mermaid, right before our eyes.

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We used an underwater camera for these ‘outtakes.’ (Thank you Keri and Jim!) Getting up close and personal with the sting rays just had to be captured! Chris, from White Sand Water Sports in Cayman, provided us with an amazing experience. I would highly recommend this company to anyone who wants adventure and fun!

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Our daughter pretty much hung out on my shoulder until she realized they weren’t going to attack her. She said they looked like shark monsters. They acted more like cats to me. The way they would glide around your legs and arms was really cool.

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Snorkeling with Scott was a highlight. Loved every minute of exploring the peaceful sea.

#thankful

Back in 2009, I shot Lindsay and Alan’s beautiful wedding in Jamaica. I recently had the honor to capture their new addition in the Cayman Islands, where they live. It was so much fun to see them again and meet their baby girl. I love to follow my clients thru the years, capturing these times that seem to blow by so quickly.

I did some lifestyle shooting at their home first, and then we went to this gorgeous beach in their neighborhood. They love to spend time there, so it was important for me to document this for them. Ironically, my husband lived on this beach for four years! It couldn’t have been a more peaceful day to shoot the bond among this family. One love.

FLASHBACK to 2009 in Jamaica with me…

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Now, in 2014 plus one!

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All images copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Cayman Islands Family Lifestyle Photography |

  • Alan - Love Love Love!!! Jill you always capture the moment! Thanks so much for the great photo’s, can’t wait to show them off.ReplyCancel

When I met with Mandy and Daniel, we immediately connected. Don’t know if it was the fact that Mandy is from Germany and she LOVED my last name, or all the things we had in common. This wedding was full of personal details and family traditions. One of them was the ‘placing of the night caps’ at the strike of midnight. After their wedding at Lioncrest, we came to The Inn on Biltmore to partake in this German tradition.

I always look forward to providing a custom experience for my clients. I purchased specialty umbrellas, matching their colors, because it was supposed to rain that day. As luck would have it, we never had to use them.

As with all of my clients, I look forward to delivering all of their images on a personalized PASS website just for them! Here, they can download, share, and store their images easily.

Their montage is full of great dance moves and beautiful details from their day. Enjoy!

All imagery copyright @2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Biltmore Wedding Photographer |

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Blossoms at Biltmore Park provided amazing floral for this couple. It was exactly what they envisioned for their special day!

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I love these little details. This old bible was Hal and Helga’s when they were married year ago. I absolutely love family heirlooms like this.

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I truly loved working with this wonderful family. I just HAD to shoot this of moment before the night came to a close. (Mandy, me, Hal)

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Mandy’s family was here from Germany. They were in charge of this awesome tradition at the strike of midnight! Night cap anyone?

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What a fun way to spend my birthday! Couldn’t have been sweeter people.

All images copyright @ 2014 Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Biltmore Wedding Photographer |

Professional Vendors::

Venue:: Lioncrest at Biltmore Estate
Florist:: Blossoms at Biltmore Park
Second Photographer:: Nick Breedlove
Cake:: Biltmore
DJ:: Pat Lance with Spintastic Sounds

  • Mandy and Daniel - We truly couldn’t have asked for anyone better to shoot our wedding. Daniel and I knew when we met with you Jill that we wanted you as our photographer!!! You made the day so special for us and I just felt so comfortable with you. I didn’t even worry about the potential rain. Seeing our pictures now, we are just amazed and thankful for all you’ve done. You’re the best!!! Thank you for everything. <3ReplyCancel

Rain or shine, Lauren and Jared were beaming on their wedding day! Their ceremony and reception was held at the gorgeous Deerpark at Biltmore Estate. We had umbrellas on hand, but only needed them for a short while.

Some of the things I loved about this wedding…

Jared never stopped holding her hand.
Organic table decor. I’ve never seen something so pure and fresh.
The groom carried Lauren when her feet hurt.
This easy going couple trusted us to provide some creative imagery. We had fun with them.
They had a fire pit for their guests to enjoy smores.

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Getting ready at ALOFT hotel always rocks!

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First sight bliss in the vine columns at Biltmore.

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I was a big fan of this cool fire pit. Smores for these fabulous guests really made the evening fun!

Professional Vendor love::

Planners:: Wedding Connections
Hair:: Emily Wells
Make-up:: Blush Asheville
Programs:: Dena Rutter
Second Photographer:: Stephen Torrence
Cupcakes:: Short Street
Cake:: Biltmore
Floral:: Blossoms at Biltmore Park
Officiant:: Howard Hanger
Wedding Music:: Donna Germano
Band:: The Buisness, East Coast Entertainment
Trolley:: Gray Line

  • Lauren Pohl - Jill your work is amazing I am so in love with these photos! These pictures capture our day perfectly! Thank you for everything. You are the best!!!!
    xoxo
    Lauren and Jared PohlReplyCancel

  • Andrea Pohl - The initial photo of Jared and Lauren together is exactly how I always envision them…messing with each other and laughing, but this time all dressed up. Very good, I love all photos. AndreaReplyCancel

Emily and Matt had their wedding at Deerpark at the Biltmore Estate. The Bloom Room really made their purple and neon green design elements POP!!! The couple even provided sunglasses, glow sticks, and flip flops for each guest to have and wear at their fun reception/dance party.
There were many beautiful moments throughout their special day. One of my favorite things about shooting this wedding was capturing the sweet friendship with Emily and bridesmaids as well as a connection with her Dad that I just couldn’t stop shooting. To view the emotion, visit the montage below…

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All images copyright @Realities Photography | Jill Schwarzkopf | Biltmore Wedding Photographer |

Professional Vendors::

Venue:: Deerpark at Biltmore
Hair/Make-up:: Suraj Salon
Planner:: Belle Soiree
Florist:: Bloom Room
Second Photographer:: Ian Riley
DJ:: Spintastic Sounds

  • Emily DeCarlo - Jill,

    The pictures are fantastic! We haven’t stopped looking at them! You did such a great job on our wedding day and we are thrilled with the outcome! Thank you so much for capturing all our special moments so perfectly!

    Emily & Matt DeCarloReplyCancel