It’s never to early…to hire your photographer

We know we have touched on this before, but we want to express again how important it is for you to hire your photographer ASAP, especially when it comes to your wedding. People often think they can wait until a month or 2 before their wedding, but by then, it may be next to impossible to find someone who is available.

Some photographers schedule a year or 2 in advance, but most ask for at least 3-6 months. That’s not saying that they never have availability sooner, but as a rule of thumb, your better off if you don’t procrastinate.

At DLPS, we ask for a minimum of 3 months, but we prefer at least 5-6. This gives us a chance to meet with you a couple of times and make sure we have everything set. It also gives you time to pay for your photography in payments, rather then having to come up with the whole amount at once.

If you would like to talk to us about your wedding photography needs, please contact us through the form below to set up a consultation:

9 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer

When it comes to hiring a professional, people think that it will be expensive. It can be even more expensive if you hire somebody on the cheap who is not a pro. With the cheap and unprofessional you never know what you are going to get. At least, with a professional you can let them know what you want and have the ease of mind that you are going to get it.

If you decided to go with someone who is unprofessional for the event and you are unhappy, it turns out that it was an even more expensive endeavor than what you could have had if you had hired a pro. Remember, cheap does not always equal better.

*We stated nine reasons to hire a pro photographer, but the truth is many of these tips ring true of all professionals, regardless of what they specialize in*

  1. We are trained to do our job
  2. We are trained to use our equipment and we are comfortable with it
  3. We are there as employees, not friends, so we will stay focused on the job at hand
  4. We know about lighting
  5. We know about posing
  6. We have the ability to get portraits in difficult situations
  7. We can help keep you on schedule (very important during weddings)
  8. We have the resources to make you beautiful prints and albums
  9. We want your wedding / event to be amazing not just for you, but also for us because it is a reflection on who we are as professionals

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Learn Photography!

If you or someone you know wants to learn about photography, we encourage you to contact us for information on our private lessons. We offer lessons for anyone age 8 y/o and up. You must have a camera with settings that can be changed. Cell phones will not be sufficient.

At Dark Light Portrait Studios, we love to share what we know about photography. We will spend part of the time indoors discussing composition, lighting patterns and other important rules of photography, and the rest of the time out taking pictures.

So, contact us today to learn more about what we have available!


Why technology could be risking your memories

Cell phones, digital cameras, USB drives, The Cloud & DVD’s…..just some of the ways that people store photos these days. Fairly inexpensive for the most part, and you can store a ton of photos and take up very little room. Seems like an excellent plan. So whats the problem?

The problem is that in 5, 10 or 20 yrs, the technology of today may very well be obsolete. Many of us had VCR’s, maybe even 8 tracks. Or remember when your “cell phone” was really a phone in a bag that you plugged into the cigarette lighter in your car. You dont? Exactly my point.

So if you are keeping all of your memories, your families memories and those of your friends on some form of storage, what happens to all of those when the technology they are on is no longer usable? What will your kids look at when you are old or have even passed on? They surely aren’t going to be able to pull up your i-phone from 2017 and be able to look at those pictures. It will all be gone.

As photographers, we think that it is super important for you to get prints. You don’t have to get everything printed, but at the very least, spend some money and get a couple good, quality prints of the important people & events in your life. Because years from now, evidence of those things may be gone and you will never be able to get them back.

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We are always looking at new products to offer you. Is it high quality? Is it unique? Is it modern? These are just a few questions we ask ourselves before deciding whether or not to offer certain products.

We want you to feel that your portrait is a piece of art to share with everyone when you display it on your walls at home or in your office. So without further adieu, we want to show you one of the new products that we decided to offer this year: the metal print! We feel that a metal print is a unique, modern, high quality art piece that you will be proud to display in your home or office. The colors on these prints is phenomenal and they are meant to last!

We offer 2 types of metal prints… flat and curved. A flat metal print is a gorgeous, colorful print that you can mount on your wall.  The curved probably won’t hang well, but it is gorgeous when displayed on a shelf, mantel or desk. With a curved or flat metal print, you will stand out among your friends and family by having something that they probably don’t have.  We are super excited about these and can’t wait to show you the curved metal print in person!

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Turn your home into an art gallery!

Imagine having company over and them being amazed at the beautiful canvas portraits of your family on your walls. Our canvas collection wall art pieces are sure to make any room in your house stunning and will be great conversation starters.

The color and clarity of these pieces are phenomenal. We couldn’t be happier with our decision to offer these vibrant, in your face, canvas portraits. With so many varieties in sizes and collections,  you won’t be disappointed. This is a great way to display your portraits in a way that nobody else does. You will definitely stand out among everyone by having portrait art that you can pass down to your children. Portraits printed on canvas are beautiful and will stand the test of time, all while turning your home into an art gallery of your family!mikebritcanvas

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Stephenie + Dennis Riverwalk Monroe, La

We have known Stephenie and Dennis for awhile now. Tony first met them in Tae Kwon Do through Stephenie’s daughter Talia. We had the joy of photographing their family on Christmas Eve, Talia’s senior portraits and now their engagement session. We were so excited and honored when we got the call to do their session.

We were all trying to keep an eye on the weather in hopes that it would not rain us out, but no matter what, we all pushed forward and we are thankful we did. The fog that rolled along the river at the Riverwalk in downtown Monroe was great and added an awesome mood to their portraits!

With Dennis around there is not a dull moment. We handed them an umbrella since it started to sprinkle and Dennis just had fun with it. You would think he was going to break out in song and dance. It started pouring rain just as we did our last portrait, so apparently Mother Nature is looking out for these two!

They compliment each other so well you can see how in love these two are. We can’t wait to see what is in store for their future. Where ever it leads we know it is going to be great!

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The DO OVER Wedding Portrait Contest

In case you haven’t visited our Facebook page in awhile we have a contest going on. We decided that since we moved to a new town and to get the Tampa area to get to know us we would offer something special. This is a chance for 3 couples to win a 1.5 hour session with us, Dark Light Portrait Studios, to redo their wedding portraits!

The rules are simple: Post a wedding portrait of you and your bride or groom that proves that you are not happy with your portraits, and explain why you are not happy with them. All entrants must be in by May 30th, 2017. Entries must be submitted on our Facebook page at: If there are any questions please email us at or call us at 318-503-2147.

Good luck and may the best couple win!


We have arrived!

Well, we have been in Tampa for about 3 weeks now. It’s definitely a change from Monroe, LA. The traffic here is hectic and constant. Luckily, u-turns are popular here and with out of state plates, we can get away with not knowing where we are going and driving a little crazy sometimes.

There are a HUGE variety of restaurants just in the area of Tampa that we live. In the first couple of weeks, we had Mediterranean, Korean, Colombian, American,  Greek, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Chinese and who knows what else. OK, OK, we’ve spent a lot of time eating.

We have joined a Kickboxing gym and that is cause for some fun times followed by a lot of moaning and groaning when it comes to being able to move afterwards. BUT, it is a lot of fun and we are going to be in butt-kicking shape in no time.

Of course there are beaches everywhere. We are about 20 minutes from the beach (if the traffic is moving steadily). The beaches are beautiful and so far, it hasn’t been so hot that you can’t enjoy them.

We are just over an hour from Orlando, so we have plans to go to Disney world & Universal in the months to come. I’ve heard that Harry Potter world is pretty fantastic! We also have Busch Gardens here, as well as a couple of aquariums, a zoo and tons of other stuff to do.

Overall, Tampa has been good to us so far. We are having fun and getting out to meet new people. Feel free to come visit us here in the Sunshine State!!!


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