Nick + Deb | TPC Sawgrass Wedding Photographer

Nick and Deb are from Tampa and found me in a Google search. And boy am I glad they gave me the call because they are AWESOME and absolutely loved working with them. After what turned out to be one of my favorite engagement sessions, they had one of the most incredible weddings ever at one of the best venues in Northeast Florida, the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse.

Congrats you two on your big day and thank you for letting me share in it!

Special thanks to the very talented Bre Cherry for second shooting. Hire her for your wedding here: www.brecherryphotography.com

Hope + Choua | Crystal Ballroom Wedding Photographer

Ok so this is the first of blogging several weddings I am way behind on. I got a chance to shoot a very fun and special wedding for this incredible couple, Hope and Choua. The post will start with their engagement shoot in down in St. Augustine followed by their amazing wedding that took place even further south down in Daytona at the beautiful Crystal Ballroom. Take a look through their images and join me on congratulating Hope and Choua on their special day!

Help Me Bring Joel to Panama!

So first up, I'm way way wayyyy behind on blogging. So I apologize for those who are regulars around here and haven't seen much in the way of recent work. I am planning to get on that soon. I've been incredibly busy and also working through some health issues that have had me fairly distracted the last few months. But keep an eye out for some updates soon! In the mean time, I wanted to share a VERY important post.

In June of 2018 I will be leading a mission trip to Caisan Panama with Eleven22. If you've been following here for a while you may have seen my last trip to Panama. (adamszarmack.com/panama) But now I am being called back and this time to lead! I am incredibly excited about this opportunity since I just led another mission trip to Jamaica back in late August that was amazing. (adamszarmack.com/jamaica) While I was there I met a very special young man named Joel. He is 15 years old and one of the most gifted young musicians I have ever seen. During my time there he and I got the incredible opportunity to do musical ministry for many local kids in Jamaica ranging from music lessons to worship gatherings. Through that experience I developed a great relationship with his family and of course with Joel as well. At the end of the trip, Joel's dad asked me if I could do my best to stay a part of Joel's life and be a role model for him. I promised him I would although at times it has been challenging due to us living in separate countries. But when I found out I was going back to Panama next summer, God immediately put it on my heart to take Joel with me on this trip. But it's not exactly the easiest thing down in Jamaica for their family to raise money as simple as we can here in America.

And that leads me to the point of this post...

I have talked through some logistics with Eleven22 and with Joel's family and I have made it a personal goal of mine to raise the money to help cover the cost of Joel's trip participation. The total amount of the trip for a regular participant is $1,800. If you are reading this now anything is stirring in your heart, YOU can be a part of supporting what would be an INCREDIBLE opportunity for Joel by contributing financially in ANY way you can. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL.

To make a financial donation towards Joel's trip cost simply go to the following link. You can make an online donation and even do so anonymously if you'd feel more comfortable doing so.

And if at this time you are unable to donate, please consider passing this along to someone you know who may be able to.

With absolute utmost sincerity,
Adam Szarmack

ME AND JOEL LEADING SOME KIDS IN MUSIC DOWN IN JAMAICA THIS PAST SUMMER. JOEL IS ON THE KEYBOARD. LISTEN TO HIM GO! HELP SEND THIS GUY TO PANAMA SO HE CAN DO THE SAME THING FOR LITTLE PANAMANIAN KIDS!!

Emily + Brock | Epping Forest Yacht Club Wedding Videographer (VIDEO)

Brock and Emily found me in a Google search when they were looking for videographers for their wedding. When we first met and started talking, somewhere during the conversation we found out that we both go to Eleven22! So I do not believe we met by accident. :)

Brock and Emily had a beautiful wedding at one of Jacksonville's most incredible venues, Epping Forest Yacht Club. But my favorite part about this couple, AND their wedding, is that it put Jesus first! And you can hear it coming straight from both their hearts in their vows to one another. So come along and take a look at the wedding highlight reel from their special day and join me in saying congratulations to this amazing couple!

Josh + Olivia | Atlantic Beach Wedding Photographer

I met with Josh and Olivia and instantly knew one thing--I am going to LOVE working with this couple! From the moment we sat down and first started talking we hit it off. They are my people! And it made the tasks of shooting their wedding photos feel like fun and not work. That is always a big plus!

They had an AMAZING wedding on the beach that we thought might not happen when just moments before the ceremony a massive thunderstorm came barreling through, but luckily it moved on and the result was actually just perfect. Cool weather with surprisingly ZERO wind and a nice soft light tone throughout the sky for good pictures. Everything ended up being perfect and I can't imagine it happening any other way.

My favorite part of the wedding ended up being when Josh got on the microphone during the reception and shocked all of us with his personal rendition of "I'll Be Your Crying Shoulder" that absolutely blew the roof off the place. I've seen a few grooms over the years attempt to sing to their bride that didn't go so well and so I always have low expectations. But oh boy, Josh singing....man I have never seen anything like. Someone get this guy an agent!

Ok take a look through and join me and congratualting Josh and Olivia on their big day!

The Faces of Jamaica

About 8 years ago, I took a vacation to Jamaica. After going back a second time for a mission trip, I am not sure I could ever vacation to Jamaica again. (Keep reading)

The tale of two Jamaica trips...

The last time I went to Jamaica, (we'll call that trip "Jamaica A") I stayed at one of the Sandals Resorts. I remember landing at the airport and getting onto the shuttle with a bunch of other tourists. The next couple hours we cruised down the coastline highway drinking Red Stripes and listening to Bob Marley. I remember looking out the window and seeing some of the impoverished Jamaican families living in shacks and run down old homes. At that time, I was about 9 years removed from the last mission trip I had gone on to Peru. In fact, I was about 9 years removed from living out my faith in any kind of meaningful way entirely. I was living for myself and whatever made me feel good at the moment. So when I saw the conditions and how much they resembled past mission trips I'd done, I just did what anyone on vacation would do. I said "wow look at them--that is sad" and then buried it deep down so I wouldn't have to deal with any feelings of guilt while I passed right by them on my way to the resort. Eventually we pulled up to Sandals and we came up to a massive gate. It slowly opened, we drove through and then the gate closed behind us. And the people in need that I saw were closed off behind me. I no longer had to "deal with them" causing me any guilt for all the fun I was going to have. I was free to just enjoy myself.

We spent a lot of time poolside, drinking unlimited mojitos and eating as much as we wanted. We got to do a zip line and some waterfalls too and sure those were cool. Then on the last day we sat on the resort's man-made beach watching and laughing as pasty white northerners would run into the water only to find out that the floor is made of sharp rocks and not sand. We'd laugh as one by one they'd go running in and then slowly (and painfully) walk back out shouting "ouch-ouch". Yeah it was funny, I'm not going to say that wasn't a memory from that trip I enjoyed. But....THAT was the highlight for us. Sitting on a fake beach drinking beer watching drunk tourists cut their feet. Eventually the trip came to an end, we got back on the bus, and came back home to Florida. Was it fun? Sure, it was fun. But 8 years later, it did absolutely nothing to change any lives. Now that trip just rings a bit hollow.

Now let me tell you a little bit about "Jamaica B."

Last week I went back to Jamaica but this time, it was a much different story. 21 people (including myself) went to Jamaica, and 21 people had their lives changed forever. Not one of us came back the same person we were before we left. Instead of watching drunk tourists running around a fake beach with mojitos in their hand, I watched the people on my team step out in BOLDNESS and love and care for the men, women and children of Jamaica with a passion! The very people I turned my back to 8 years ago. Far more rewarding than any vacation experience could ever offer. And on top of that, I witnessed first hand bravery like I have never seen before as people on my team pulled together and helped one another work through some of their deepest most painful struggles. Many late nights with a lot of tears. And it was absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I cannot even begin to put into words how incredibly PROUD I am of each and every one of them. On behalf of my AMAZING co-leader Jenn Heller, I just want to say to you all, Adrian, Arden, Aruna, Ben, Brenna, Caitlin, Carrie, Diana, Diane, Doug, Hailey, Kaylie, Leslee, Lori, Matt, Mike, Michelle, Ryan and Sharon......WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU!! I am absolutely honored to call you my friends.

I'll let the images tell the rest of the story. We worked hard but we had a lot of fun too. Take a look at some of our shots from the Eleven22 Jamaica B mission team. And if anything in here tugs on your heart and you want to know more about what these kinds of trips are all about, just ask. The door is open any time. You just have to take that first step of faith and walk through it. coe22.com/missions

Want to see last year's trip to Panama? Ok. Go here: adamszarmack.com/panama

Billy + Catie | Atlantic Beach Engagement Photographer

Catie and Billy found me on the Glass Factory website and I am VERY glad they did because when we got finished with their shoot this past week, I walked away with an engagement photo that easily skyrocketed to the very top of my all time favorite list. Hint, it was the thumbnail of this post but in case you somehow miss it, scroll down and it's the one that should make you stop and say "wow." Ok so enough boasting about myself and the cool photo I took. Because if it weren't for these two awesome people who braved the storms of that day and still went out for their engagement session, we'd never have that photo anyway.

Catie and Billy are an amazing couple who are crazy about each other and like to laugh and just be themselves in front of the camera. We had a lot of fun starting at their 2nd story beach house and then found our way down a very cool and rugged painted dock that is sort of a secret spot in Atlantic beach that I am not going to share here so the other beach photographers can't steal it.

Check back for their Glass Factory wedding early 2018!!