*Tonya Malay is one of the most experienced and sought after photographers in Southwest Florida. She specializes in sunset & candid photography and has photographed over 1400 weddings to date. Tonya approaches each wedding with enthusiasm, passion, and commitment to excellence.
*Tonya has received multiple awards for both her photography and her customer service. She is a recipient of the Couples' Choice Award for eleven years running, in addition to the Editors' Choice Award for the past four years. She is a two time recipient of the Best of Bonita Springs in the Portrait Photographers category, and winner of the Best of The Knot Award.
*Tonya is a past president of the National Association of Wedding Professionals Naples Chapter and she is a two time recipient of the National Association of Wedding Professionals Member of the Year.
*Tonya is a two time recipient of the Platinum Circle Award, naming her one of the top 10 published photographers in the country. Tonya's work has been featured in regional and national publications, including ten magazine covers. Her company was also featured in Gulfshore Life Magazine, one of Southwest Florida's most prestigious publications. She was named one of Southwest Florida's most beloved photographers.
*Tonya has received over 360 reviews to date and has an average 5 star rating.
Buttercup, our Pomeranian, or as we affectionately like to call her, our Pom Pom, is my meeter and greeter.
She also enjoys taking part in my phone consultations by barking for absolutely no good reason during important conversations. Buttercup enjoys love and attention, playing with her toys, and begging for food.
Sir Twinklepuss, our shaded golden Persian, is spoiled rotten.
When he's not being utterly cute and melting hearts, he enjoys hunting lizards on our back lanai, being brushed and combed and having his insane hair styled into ridiculous designs, and hitting the catnip with Sir Glitterpuss.
Meet Sir twinklepuss
Sir Glitterpuss, our folded ear shaded golden Persian, loves to help edit your images.
When he's not hard at work helping to photoshop he enjoys catnip, grooming himself incessantly, and long naps in the afternoon.
Meet Sir Glitterpuss
We've all heard the saying "I wish I could clone myself." Well, that's exactly what I did!
My oldest son Michael Malay inherited my artistic talent and passion for photography. As my apprentice, Michael has had extensive training in both lighting and technique, and is a force to be reckoned with behind the camera. He has been my business partner and second photographer since 2014.
In addition to capturing the wedding day events, Michael is responsible for photographing the boys getting ready, ceremony details, reception details, and cocktail hour candids. He has a true talent for candid photography, especially fun dance floor candids. He can also tie a mean bow tie!
After the wedding, Michael also assists with post-production workflow, editing, and photoshopping your wedding images.
Michael majored in Finance at Florida Gulf Coast University, and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. When Michael isn't working he is plugged into an electronic device, either his phone, laptop, or XBox. He also inherited my love of animals and movies and has a Netflix addiction.
I love weddings, I love photography, and most importantly I love my couples! My work is my art, and a reflection of both myself and my company, therefore presenting absolutely beautiful images to my clients is of the utmost importance to me. I have spent my entire career perfecting my craft, always incorporating the latest trends into my photography, mastering my proficiency and technique, and pushing myself to achieve perfection.
My style incorporates a combination of candid and classic photography with an emphasis on capturing the little details and special moments of the day. Every couple has their own unique style, therefore I adjust my approach accordingly for each wedding. I schedule a consultation with my couples prior to their wedding to get to know them on a personal level and to discuss their vision for their wedding.
It's important to me that my couples enjoy their wedding day. I work closely with my clients to carefully plan their photography schedule to allow them to fully experience their wedding.
I'm happily married to my husband, Mike, and we have two boys, Michael and Matt. When I'm not working I enjoy gardening, playing classical piano, watching movies, and reading. I can lose a Sunday lost in a great novel. I am also an avid animal lover. And if you can't already tell, my favorite color is pink!
I love photographing anyone and everyone. I don't choose my couples, my couples choose me. I enjoy capturing both intimate weddings and extravagant events. I very much look forward to hearing from you and thank you so much for considering me for your event!
For new inquiries, please be sure to include the following with your email correspondence:
1. Wedding or Event Date
3. How you heard about Tonya
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