My mission is to help you Keep Memories Close
and enjoy them on your walls.
Hi, I'm Laraine (Henry) (Vallone) Ritchie, and I am so grateful to have been a Freelance Photographer for over three decades, twice winning the Photographer of the Year Award from the Professional Photographers Guild of Florida, and helping thousands of families make their cherished events into "Memories of a Lifetime" in albums and wall art. Giving time and talent to local and national charities keeps us busy and allows us to come in contact with the best people, LIKE YOU.
Special Thanks to Father Gabriel O'Reilly (deceased) , long time friend and mentor who requested that I photograph the children of Saint David CCD for First Holy Communion, which began my career that has lasted 37 years, leading to Weddings, Baptisms, Anniversaries, Dedications, Graduations, Christmas Cards, at Saint David and photographing sacraments at six other local churches. (St. Bernadette, St. Maximillian Kolby, St. Marks, St. Martha, The Schott Center and Our Lady of the Lakes (Miami Lakes). My volunteer work at the church has lead to many friendships, working with numerous charities and allowing me to give back to the community. (Forty years of Carnival Work, 12 years as Youth Minister, three years as CCD teacher, and whatever was asked of me. Even photographing over 500 children and teachers from a bucket truck high in the air.)
Thanks to my husband, family, and friends who have allowed me to use them for models for my many experimental and educational shoots, especially my children for the years that I was gone on Saturdays shooting Weddings, Bar-Mitzvahs, Quinces, and day long shoots. My business acquaintances who became loyal clients, and clients who became long-time friends. And especially my grandchildren who have inspired me to make some of the most fun images that I put into my pocket to pull out for my client's children. Working charity events have allowed me to do fashion shows, performances, and whatever program was being presented to the donors of the charity. And thanks to the teachers who have guided me through photoshop, composites, lighting, marketing, and social sites. As you can see, I have much to be grateful for, and meeting you will give me more.