In an age where we are so used to getting mediocre service at best, it was a delightful surprise to get such a professional to do our wedding photos.
We did our homework and went to his studio, where he thoroughly and completely explained his many types of services and options. On the big day he arrived early, and went above and beyond what we expected. He made the whole experience of documenting our welding a delight. He was sensitive and understanding with our minister’s wishes as well as our own requests. The most impressive detail was that he was almost invisible throughout the entire ceremony and reception. He took both posed shots as well as many candid photos.
A few days ago we were thrilled to go to his studio to see the results. He sat us down with a glass of wine, started the music and we were transformed back to our wedding day and relived the entire day all over again. It was absolutely magical!
Most anyone can take a picture. It takes a real professional with an enormous dose of artistic style and flair to make your special event truly memorable.
We have only good things to say about Ray, and strongly recommend him for your photographic needs.
– Suzanne and Eric Evenson
Sean and I are really enjoying your art in our house. The portrait that you made of us on the beach after our wedding reception is displayed above the fireplace and the one that you created of me is displayed where you see it first as you enter the house. We have received so many compliments on how beautiful both works of art are from our friends and family.
Today, I had a neighbor come over and I showed her the wedding book you designed. She gushed over how artfully the images and backgrounds are organized and noted that your camera angles were very original in some of the pictures. One of the pictures is so beautiful that she started to tear up even though she was not even at our wedding.
Thank you for working with my parents and UPS to get our portraits to California. I like the frame that you chose for the recreation of my portrait and everyone that has seen it agree that the dress is showed off better with the darker colors surrounding it.
We are so grateful that you were our wedding photographer and will forever enjoy looking back at the memories that you creatively captured in your pictures to tell our story.
Take care and God bless you and your family,
– Rebecca Marvin
I teach art history. And as a teacher, I’ve never been able to afford having photographs of my son, Josh, taken at a professional studio. Because Josh was one of the concerto winners for the 2012-2013 BSYO season, he received a photo shoot with Mr. Ray Baldino, who offers the concerto winners a free session and a $500 package of pictures. What an amazing show of support for the arts in Brevard County!
But it’s not Ray’s generosity that most struck me about him. From the moment I walked into his studio, I not only felt at home, but in looking at the gallery of his photographs, a true “art gallery”, I was confident that he would be able to capture my son. And Ray did not disappoint. The amazing photograph of Josh with his cello, which Ray set to a perfect background with nuanced shading and color (the cello has a life of its own in this image), is not incredible because it has my son in it. It is phenomenal because in one photograph, Ray Baldino managed to capture the soul of my son and his relationship with his instrument. The intensity with which Josh demands notes from his cello and the keen concentration I have often tried to capture in my own photographs of Josh are on intimate display in this image. As well, the photo captures Josh’s passion and his vulnerability to his listening audience.
What I see in this image is something I have tried to teach my students, and that is that the mark of a true artist is not one who imposes beauty or digitally conjures it; nay, the true artist is the one who opens a space between his camera and the subject, a space where the subject is invited to be real. It captures Josh’s very essence as a musician. And Ray accomplished this not by forcing some vision he had for the pictures on the situation (which is what I have experienced with other less talented photographers whose studios are more like assembly lines than places where art is made), but, instead, by simply making Josh feel so at ease he felt free to be himself. What Ray captured is what he naturally brought out in Josh. He simply told Josh to play – not to pretend he was playing, not to pose with his instrument as with another person — but to interact with his instrument in the way I see during his many hours of practice at home. In this rendering of a cellist and his cello, Ray has captured the purity, the complexity, the intensity of that relationship, the interaction that any artist, whether that artist is a musician or a photographer, understands. Just as the best musician is not one that is simply technically proficient, Ray’s personality, the relationship he develops with his subjects, the atmosphere of collaboration that he creates, are not about knowing what f-stop or shutter speed to use but about artistry – this is a talent, not simply a skill.
Most exquisitely, what Ray did in this picture was show Josh himself as a musician, an image the musician rarely gets to see. As a mother and an artist, I will cherish both the talent of the musician and the photographer forever.
Your Web Site is fantastic. I think what you’ve done is Genius. You’ve treated your website just like what someone would encounter when they come to the studio – all of the customer anxiety is eliminated by showing the store, the inside, photos of his work and then a photo of yourself. One of the things we very seldom do is put ourselves in other folks shoes and view the world of photography from their perspective. Most folks are intimidated by the camera and so it is a real effort to come to a studio because of the “unknowns”. You have eliminated as many of these anxieties as possible – I’m sure his phone rings off the hook.
I’ve never seen your place so maybe a place to start would be that so I can tell you what I see right off the bat that is very pleasing and comfortable to the eye. -John
With a great big “sigh of relief”, I will tell you that Ruben was very happy with the portrait. He does like it where it is placed now. I was so happy and surprised to hear him say so many positive things about it. He REALLY LIKES IT!……….Loves the one in his office as well…………..Thanks for everything. Talk with you soon. -Rita
I haven’t been to your site in quite a while and it is GORGEOUS! Tried to call to tell you in person but, hey, you are probably on a shoot! Ray, your place and your work absolutely ROCKS and I couldn’t think of a nicer person who deserves it! Keep up the great work! -Sharlene
I’ve been wanting to email you to tell you how impressed I am with the portrait you did of my husband. I can’t believe you captured him so well. Not only are your artistic skills incredible, but your knack for finding and pulling out the actual spirit of your subject is truly amazing. -Binki
I cannot thank you and your wife, Maureen, enough for yesterday. I had a wonderful time and you made me feel so comfortable. Like I said, I’ve never done that before and you made me feel at ease! We both had a wonderful time with you and wanted to thank you again. You are a wonderful photographer and friend. You made me feel good about myself and that means so much to me. Thanks again Ray!! -Toby
Good morning Ray – Mary LOVED the photos!!! She raved how excellent they were and how wonderful you are! She thought they were just PERFECT! I thought you should know!!! and my husband, daughter and best friend – thought you captured the true me!!! They LOVE them as well. THANK YOU for making me look so amazing. You are a wonderfully talented photographer – but much more than that, you are a wonderful, generous, kind man. I am very blessed to have met you. -Amy
I’m thrilled! Our family portraits are beautiful. We are all so thrilled! We were very comfortable. We had a large group with a large age range and everybody commented how much fun they had and how relaxed they were. It was a great experience! Go for it! Go for getting your family portrait! Don’t worry about how you look. Pick a color scheme and go for it! -Elizabeth Labonte
I cannot thank Ray and Mary enough for preserving my perfect day! The photos of my wedding turned out more beautiful than I could have hoped for or imagined. Working with Ray and Mary was easy, efficient, and fun. John and I will be forever grateful that we can revisit our special day on a daily basis because of Baldino Studios. Thank you! -Holly Montalvo Mayo
Thanks so much, Ray. We cannot wait to see the actual album. It would be like rewinding the actual day… Thanks for choosing to work with us and October 26th will be a day I will never forget. Thanks again for everything. See you when we get back! Regards, Teri and Kevin Dindial
Spending the day with Ray and his team is one of my new favorite memories! I didn’t know what to expect and they exceeded any expectation I had! I feel as if we were old friends. The staff made me feel very comfortable, very safe, they were very professional, and most of all, I felt BEAUTIFUL! As a wife, a moth, and a business owner, my life is about serving others. At Baldino Studios, they made that day all about me! I can’t wait to go back! -Christine
Hey Everyone! We hope you had a wonderful holiday! I know we did. Not only did we have the chance to spend time with our friends and family, eat endless amounts of delicious food, and of course get some great gift…
Ray had a more exciting opportunity: to give.
Over the past few months he has been dedicating his time photographing the Space Coast Region Porsche Club members to create a calendar that would benefit Candlelighters of Brevard.
For those of you who may not know, Candlelighters is an amazing organization that helps children with cancer, especially by giving them and their families financial and emotional support.
(We’ve had the opportunity to volunteer, and I highly recommend you give it a whirl. It’s a great experience!)
So I wanted to share a little something about what was done around here to give back during the holidays.
What did you do this holiday that really put you into the spirit of giving? We would love to know!
Have a wonderful rest of December, and we’ll see you next year!!!!
At its annual Holiday Party at Eau Gallie Yacht Club, officials of the Space Coast Region of the Porsche Club of America presented a check for $8,510 to Candlelighters of Brevard, a local organization assisting children with cancer and their families. The check represented the proceeds of a charity auction held by the club in which members bid for the right to appear in the club’s 2014 calendar. Beautifully photographed by Ray Baldino of Baldino Studios in Cocoa and funded by Shay Rowe of Porsche of Melbourne, their contributions allowed 100% of the auction proceeds to flow through to Candlelighters.
Pictured are (from Left) Brendan McCarthy, Chairperson of Candlelighters; Shay Rowe, owner and general manager of Porsche of Melbourne; Ray Baldino, Baldino Studios; Jack and Lois Roberts, calendar project coordinators; and Steve Hoffman, President of Space Coast Region.
Well, thank you love birds! We received such a great testimonial from one of our most recent brides, Holly. If you haven’t seen the images we posted before, I recommend you check them out in the gallery section of the blog. Their wedding was one of my favorites!
I cannot thank Ray and Mary enough for preserving my perfect day! The photos of my wedding turned out more beautiful than I could have hoped for or imagined. Working with Ray and Mary was easy, efficient, and fun. John and I will be forever grateful that we can revisit our special day on a daily basis because of Baldino Studios. Thank you! Holly Montalvo Mayo
We are so excited to announce that Ray’s work has once again received merit, and will be participating in the international loan collection. The follow images were the winners.
*Did you know: You can see this image printed at Juice N Java Cafe in downtown Cocoa Beach!
International Print Competition – 2013
Local Photographer’s Work Goes to International Exhibition
Ray Baldino of Baldino Studios is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.
Cocoa Beach ,FL – August 12, 2013— 3 PHOTOGRAPHS created by (Ray Baldino of Baldino Studios in Cocoa Beach, FL Has recently been accepted into the (GENERAL/LOAN) Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2013 International Photographic Competition. Baldino’s work will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center January 12-14, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.
A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 682 (roughly 7 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection— the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much- anticipated “Loan Collection” book, and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.
Titled “Juice n Java”, “Midnight Sonata” and “We Meet Again”, Baldino’s photographs will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.
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Wow! What an honor!
A huge thanks to the wonderful members of our community for choosing us as your choice for photography!
We received such a wonderful compliment, I just wanted to share it with everyone.
I am so happy to hear wonderful words from our clients. You are the reason we are successful.
Thank you for taking the time to write such kind words.
Meet the lovely Labonte family! I had the opportunity to talk to Elizabeth after her photo shoot with her family and their show-stopper chocolate lab, Hershey. I was so excited to hear that they had such a wonderful time during their family portrait session, and they loved the images! “I’m thrilled! They are beautiful. We are all so thrilled!” is a compliment we can’t get enough of hearing. The Labonte family traveled from three different states to join together to have their family captured by Ray. “We were very comfortable. We had a large group with a large age range and everybody commented how much fun they had and how relaxed they were. It was a great experience!.”
Having such a large group can be difficult to coordinate. I asked Elizabeth if she had any advice for someone coordinating such a large shoot. “Go for it! Go for getting your family portrait! Don’t worry about how you look. Pick a color scheme and go for it!”That’s really great advice, especially for when you have others coming in from another state or another part of town. There are only a few times that you have the opportunity to get the whole family together, and you should take advantage of the moments!
The images below are of her immediate family, who had their own shoot that day!