*Tonya Malay is one of the most experienced and sought after photographers in Southwest Florida. She specializes in natural light, sunset, candid, and classic photography and has photographed over 1500 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 fourteen years running, four time winner of the Editors' Choice Award, four time recipient of the Best of Bonita Springs in the Portrait Photographers category, winner of the Best of The Knot Award, and included in the top Fort Myers wedding photographers by Expertise in 2020.
*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 400 reviews to date and has an average 5 star rating.
Maverick, our blue merle Mini Australian Shepherd, is our most loyal furry family member and official cat herder.
He enjoys meeting new people, belly scratches, and playing with his kitties. He's very gentle and sweet with them. Lady Glamourpuss is absolutely obsessed with him and loves to play chase and hide and seek with Maverick. He is a VERY good boy.
Sir Twinklepuss, our excessively furry shaded golden Persian, is spoiled rotten.
When he's not being utterly cute and melting hearts, he enjoys hunting lizards on our back lanai, having his fabulous coat brushed and styled, romping and stomping with Lady Glamourpuss, and hitting the catnip with Sir Glitterpuss.
Lady Glamourpuss, our shaded golden Persian diva, is the heart of our home.
She is sweet, she is kind, she is feisty. She can go from ultimate lap cat to fierce huntress on our lanai. She loves to meow and is always bossing us around to give her treats, let her on the porch to hunt lizards, or to pet her. She has everyone in the house, including the boy kitties and Maverick, completely wrapped around her paw.
Meet Sir twinklepuss
Sir Glitterpuss, our folded ear shaded golden Persian and head of the furry household, 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 and really enjoys gaming and keeping up with current events. He also inherited my love of animals and can't get enough snuggles from his fur siblings.
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 I pride myself in presenting absolutely beautiful images to my clients. I have spent my entire career perfecting my craft, always incorporating the latest trends into my photography style, mastering both natural light and flash photography techniques, 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 is unique, therefore I adjust my approach and style 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 am obsessed with our furbabies who get constant love and attention. I have a big heart with lots of love to share!
Meet Lady glamourpuss
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Will you be our photographer? Yes, I will be the main photographer and will be with you for the duration of your photography coverage. I work with my son Michael who is my business partner and second photographer. Michael is also available to photograph intimate wedding collections.
Do you travel? I love to travel! I am happy to give you a custom quote based on your event logistics.
Will we have rights to print our images? Yes, all of my wedding collections include rights to print and I include a Usage License that can be given to any labs and album companies that require one.
How do we reserve you for our wedding? A 50% retainer is required with a signed contract to reserve your wedding date. The balance is due two weeks prior to the wedding.
Do you have insurance? I carry 3 million in liability insurance and am happy to provide your venue with a certificate of insurance if required.
What type of equipment do you use and do you have backup equipment? We shoot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, Canon EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens, and the Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash. We use Lexar flash cards and Lexar compact flash cards. We attend each event with backup equipment, and the Canon 5D has dual card slots so that your images are captured on two flash cards for added security.
How will you deliver our wedding images? Once your wedding images are completed I will send a link for you to view your images in a personalized and password protected online gallery. You’ll be able to share this link with friends and family in addition to downloading your images from the gallery directly to your computer, Dropbox, or Google Photos. After the download you can archive your wedding images on a flash drive, external hard drive, or online storage cloud for safe keeping. I will keep the images archived for two years. In the event that you lose or misplace your images after your gallery has expired, I am happy to send your images to you on a flash drive which would be $100 to include shipping.
Can we order prints and albums from you? Yes, you are welcome to place a print order using your online gallery, or you can call or email me to place an order after your gallery has expired. I offer two styles of beautiful professional wedding albums and you can place an order at any time. There is no time limit for print or album ordering.
How many hours of coverage will we need on our wedding day? I am more than happy to help you with a general timeline so that we can determine how many hours of coverage would be perfect for you. I can look up your sunset time and suggest the best time for the ceremony. The number of family and wedding party members, whether or not you would like to do a First Look, and the amount of coverage you would like both prior to the ceremony and during the reception, will ultimately determine the amount of hours that will be needed.
Do you shoot natural light or flash photography? We specialize in both lighting techniques and can capture your wedding day in your preferred shooting style. My personal preference is natural light for day photography, and both natural light and flash photography at sunset to capture the vibrant colors in the sunset sky. We can also shoot for clear crisp backgrounds or heavy bokeh for those preferring a more ethereal look.
What is your photography style? Our 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 is unique, therefore we adjust our approach and style accordingly for each wedding. We truly love candid photography, and really enjoy capturing genuine moments and emotions in our images: the bride hugging her mother after the ceremony, the wedding party laughing with the couple during the portrait session, a groom's mother crying during the mother/son dance, the couple laughing and crying during the speeches, and countless other emotional and joyful images. We fully document your day, including a focus on family members and guests, to capture a wide variety of both posed and candid images for you to enjoy and cherish for many years.
What if it rains? Many of our local venues have beautiful indoor areas as well as covered terraces which we can take advantage of to capture some beautiful images. I am also happy to do a 30 minute outdoor photography session at Lely Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs in the event that we are unable to capture any outdoor photography on your wedding day. I do kindly ask that you take advantage of this complimentary session in your wedding attire within 2 weeks of the wedding day. I do not offer a free portrait session in lieu of the wedding portrait reshoot. If you would like to do your complimentary session at your venue, there would be a nominal travel fee of $100.
What is your turnaround time? * January, February, July, August, September: 4-5 weeks
* March, April, May, June, October: 5-6 weeks
* November, December: 6-7 weeks
Do we need to pay sales tax? 6.5% Florida sales tax is collected from Florida residents only, or if albums and prints are delivered within the state of Florida. If you live out of state and complete a digital download, or your prints and albums are shipped out of state, no sales tax is required.
I have a wide variety of collections available for most budgets, and am always happy to customize a collection to meet your specific needs. I would love to speak with you about your event so I can discuss a timeline and recommend a collection that would be perfect for you! Please click below for portrait, wedding, and album pricing in addition to our picture lists and wedding day tips for ideas and inspiration:
Wedding Collections and Pricing
Portrait Collections and Pricing
Album Information and Pricing
Candid Photography Picture List
Posed Photography Picture List
Wedding Day Tips
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!
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