Hello & Welcome!
I'm Tonya Ritchie, owner and photographer of JT Photography. I've been shooting professionally for over 14 years. I've shot over 250 weddings, from the FL Coast to the NC Mountains. Hundreds of families have trusted me over the years to document their lives from family sessions, to maternity and in-home newborn sessions. I've cherished each and every one! My goal as a photographer is to give you photos you cherish now and in many years to come, photos that show your true personality, the love between you and your children, and the bond between you and your loved ones. I want you to smile when you remember your vacation, maternity session, or your wedding day. There's nothing more rewarding. It's important to make sure you are comfortable in front of the camera, to be yourself, and just have fun!
A little about me - I'm a North Carolina native, relocated to Cape Coral, Fl in 2017 for year-round sunshine. I've known since I was a little girl that my heart was at the coast. Digging my feet in the sand, listening to the waves, and living my life in flip flops just makes me happy. When I'm not working, I love to kayak, snorkel, work-out, spend time with my family, and snuggle with my dachshund.
I look forward to connecting with you, meeting your families, hearing your story, and documenting your life!
Where do you shoot?
I live in Cape Coral but most of my clients are in Fort Myers, Sanibel, Naples, Captiva and Punta Gorda. I love new locations and I'm happy to travel anywhere in the US for sessions and weddings, so please reach out for a travel quote. I also travel to North Carolina 2-3 times per year (typically spring & fall) for sessions. I will post about those dates on social media a few months before.
What is included?
All my sessions and weddings include at least one consultation, more if needed. I love getting to know my clients and find out exactly what they are looking for. I also help with location choices, outfits, etc. Consultations are via phone or in person. Sneak peeks (2-3) are emailed within 24 hrs of your session/wedding, and the full gallery is provided via email within 2 weeks. I do not withhold photos, there will be blinking eyes, motion blur and duplicates, but everything else is yours. I do basic editing on each image myself, by hand, to make sure it's perfect. This includes blemish removal, white balance correction, cropping. However, teeth whitening, skin smoothing and extended editing is additional upon request. Your private online gallery is where you will download your high resolution images. Once your session is complete and your gallery has been delivered, I'm always available for questions, additional editing, prints, or anything else you need.
What kind of gear do you use?
I'm a Nikon girl, have been from day one. I have one main body and always have a back-up with me, with multiple lenses. I prefer natural light, so you won't see me with lots of light equipment for your session, but I do use flash accessories for indoor weddings & events when needed.
How long have you been shooting?
Everyone asks me this, and I love sharing my story. My first camera was a pink Barbie 110 film camera when I was around 8 yrs old. I remember being so excited to pick up the photos from Eckerd with my mom. My first job in high school was working in the camera dept. in our local retail store, I read camera manuals for fun. Total nerd here! I started learning the craft professionally many years later, started out shooting landscape, and then photo editing & restoration. In 2008, I opened JT Photography. I've shot over 250 weddings and even more portrait sessions.
Do I have to order prints through you?
You do not. Your online gallery will have an option to order prints, and this is great for out of town family and friends. I use a professional photo lab, and they will be delivered 7-10 days after you order. You can also simply download the images from your online gallery (hi-res), upload to your USB or computer, and have prints made anywhere you'd like. All print labs are not created equal - I'll be happy to share some of the best.
Why should you hire me?
I personally believe there isn't one photographer for everyone - and it's important that we're the right fit. I simply love my job, I love my clients, and I truly get joy out of creating memories for everyone. Even after all these years, I get excited after each session to see what was captured. I think for any profession, keeping that excitement is important. I know it can be stressful booking a photo session, especially with children, but it doesn't have to be. My sessions are relaxed, we take our time, have fun, and we will capture many beautiful photos in between!