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A · Married on 05/14/2016
We all have heard that the wedding day just flies by. It does. We can’t possibly be everywhere we want to be, or see everything we want to see. That is why beautiful photographs are so important, and worth the investment you will make when you contract with a professional photographer. Photos will bring to life moments you didn’t even know happened, and they will provide you with memories of moments you never want to forget. There are a lot of photographers in Southwest Florida, but there is only ONE Tonya Malay! Responsive, organized, prepared, creative, calm, attentive, kind are just a few words to describe her. She clips your timeline to her lapel, and you can be confident she will keep you to it. That alone is priceless! Her entire process from the initial meeting, contract signing, to viewing and downloading your completed photo gallery is efficient and so very professional; She makes great use of technology for your convenience. Tonya has many favorite photos she likes to take for all her wedding clients, but she also encourages you to pin inspiration pictures which she will do her best to include. The quality of the photos was beautiful. She spends time going through each one perfecting the elements so as you view her final work there are SO many WOW moments. Tonya works with her college-aged son, Michael, who we also found delightful and excellent to work with. The two of them work seamlessly together – it’s no wonder they earned such a wonderful regional reputation. Thank you Tonya and Michael!
Elizabeth · Married on 10/27/2018
Best Decision We Made (Other Than Marrying Each Other)!!!
Tonya is the most amazing, organized photographer - I truly don't know how we would have gotten through our wedding day so easily without her! First of all, her photography is amazing so it really speaks for itself. She works to capture the best possible background in every shot. Tonya is so organized, which made it as worry free as possible for us so we could enjoy our day. Throughout planning the photography schedule for the day she came up with the master timeline that we used for everything. Tonya went above and beyond her photography job, from having anything we needed (that we didn't know we needed!) - she fixed a broken boutonniere, pinned hair back with her kit of hair spray and bobby pins, and even took over the mic at one point when the band was about to make a mistake...no one noticed this smooth move except for us but it was incredible and so appreciated!). She really did it all and without knowing how hectic a wedding day gets, everyone in our family felt so grateful for her. We highly, highly recommend them!
Angela · Married on 06/04/2018
Tonya took beach photos of our family while on a vacation to Bonita Springs. I am so happy to have found her and couldn’t have been happier with our pictures. It was a pleasure to work with her!
Christine · Married on 06/01/2018
If you are a bride who wants to make sure your dream wedding is captured in photos you will cherish for a lifetime, then Tonya Malay is the photographer to call. From our initial call and the planning session right before the wedding to the day of the event and preparation of photos after the event, Tonya went the extra mile to produce the most amazing photos that beautifully captured every moment of our wedding day. In addition to being incredibly talented, organized, and professional, Tonya and Michael are personable and fun. My husband and I are so happy and forever grateful for the way they created an enjoyable experience for us while capturing and producing the most breathtaking photos.
Lauren · Married on 05/17/2018
Tonya Malay and her work are both absolutely fantastic! I honestly couldn't be more pleased. My husband and I live in Chicago, so we didn't have anyone to refer us a great photographer experience. We did some online research and I really thought Tonya's images stood out. We got to meet with her in person and she is very thorough and organized. Ahead of the wedding, we had a plan, and even though the day got a bit off track, Tonya made sure to capture all the images I wanted. The sunset photos are actually unbelievable, and many of the images are so crisp and beautiful that it looks almost like we were photoshopped in the images even though we were there! Tonya's customer service is amazing. I had some issues with the chest of my dress, and Tonya went above and beyond with her photoshopping to make sure that everything was fixed and there were no problems. I would HIGHLY recommend Tonya!!! I had a great experience and wouldn't have changed a thing. We're VERY happy with our images :) :) :)
Jennifer · Married on 04/28/2018
I can’t even begin to say how pleased I was with Tonya!! We could not have picked a better photographer for our destination wedding! She went above & beyond from the very beginning in more ways that I can say. She even helped is create a moment by moment timeline when things fell through with our wedding planner & helped me change out of my dress between the wedding ceremony & reception (which are both way out of her job description.) She is friendly & VERY thorough. All of my guests & the wedding party were also impressed. Her son also did a great job in helping her. I HIGHLY recommend her!!
Eleana · Married on 04/20/2018
Tonya and her team were wonderful from beginning to end. We knew what to expect, no surprises! She is very professional and wants nothing but the best for your photos. We both have big families that can be difficult to wrangle together at times but Tonya and Michael handled it effortlessly. I highly recommended Tonya to anyone who is looking to have a worry free day when it comes to photography. We just got our pictures back and they are nothing but wonderful. Thanks you so much for your excellent work!!
Andrea · Married on 04/01/2018
The pictures of Emily and Daniel’s wedding were beautiful. Tonya and her sons did wonderful work capturing the beauty of the wedding and all the
fun everyone had at the reception.
Tracy · Married on 03/16/2018
The Tonya Malay Photography team was OUTSTANDING, AMAZING and WONDERFUL!! Tonya Malay Photography is a preferred vendor at the Ritz Carlton Beach Resort in Naples, FL and for GOOD REASON! Tonya and team are extreme professionals but also had personalities, which is what we wanted and needed for our special day. Tonya talked with me several times prior to the wedding to compile a list of what we wanted to achieve in our photos, while also making excellent suggestions; she was also open to all ideas that we presented to her. Tonya kept us on a tight schedule while also making us and our guests laugh and have fun. We got all of the pictures that we wanted and so many more! We were truly blown away by the images that Tonya captured. Tonya and her team have so much attention to detail and every single picture is AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL!! We are having a very hard time selecting which ones to print, frame and hang. But this is a very good problem to have! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Tonya Malay Photography to everyone! Check out Tonya Malay Photography's website (TonyaMalay.com) and I promise you that the amazing, gorgeous, unbelievable photos that you see on the site (and on my post) will be the same high quality, beautiful, amazing photos that you will receive! THANK YOU Tonya for the wonderful experience, the amazingly beautiful pictures and for just being so darn professional, nice and fun!!
Chelsea · Married on 03/15/2018
Tonya and her son Michael are so talented and were such an integral part of our wedding! We were planning our wedding from afar but Tonya was available to us by phone and was so helpful in putting together the timeline and considerations for our wedding. On our wedding day, she and Michael were so professional, and were right down to business from the moment they arrived. They really cared about us being comfortable and happy, and made sure we were on the timeline that was important to us. We had a very windy wedding day and they worked wonders with Photoshop as well.
Lauren · Married on 02/17/2018
I cannot thank Tonya enough for all her work to make our wedding day run smoothly! Tonya worked with us to plan our wedding day down to the minute in an effort to ensure she would be able to capture every moment - to include researching exactly when the sun would set and making sure my husband & I were on the beach for pictures. She also planned a phone consultation before our wedding to learn our family and bridal party's names and plan out all the posed photography. Because of her professionalism, our day went off without a hitch, and it did not go unnoticed. Several guests commented on how organized she was. We also had a lot of fun working with her and her son. They make a great team! I am confident our pictures will look amazing - we cannot wait to see them!
peter · Married on 02/10/2018
Tanya was very delightful to work with.
We are extremely pleased with the quality of her work and would use her again for other important events in our lives.
Marlene · Married on 12/02/2017
What a pleasure to have had Tonya photograph our daughter’s wedding this passed December! Her photography is outstanding, creative and responsive to our requests.
Tonya is a professional in all respects, and a wonderful person. We are delighted with her efforts and in the aftermath of the wedding, she continues to be helpful in relation to our questions and in the creation of a coffee table album. Thank you Tonya!
Wyman · Married on 11/27/2017
Tonya & Michael did an amazing job at our wedding!! From the beginning of our search process, they were easy to talk to, very informed and helpful throughout. On our wedding day, they were very professional, prepared and flexible throughout the day. We loved how Tonya took control during the many family photos and guided us through everything. The pictures were amazing and Tonya even removed all of lovely “Speedo swimsuit wearing” old men who were watching from the beach LOL. We highly recommend Tonya Malay Photography!
Randi · Married on 10/31/2017
We used Tonya to photograph our secret elopement on the beach at sunset at the Ritz-Carlton in Naples,Florida in November. We cannot say enough about how totally amazing she was. She took charge of absolutely everything with total professionalism, grace, ease, and elegance, yet kept it all super fun, relaxed, and so easy. She knew the venue incredibly well. Her incredibly well-thought out plan and time-line allowed her to get every beautiful shot from the get-ready to the first-look to the kettubah signing, ceremony, and even awesome fun sunset photos on the beach. Tonya basically ran our event and she was awesome!! The pictures are all breath-taking. Her professional work and artistic creativity are beyond compare. You will be so very over-the-top ecstatic if you allow Tonya to photograph your special event. We absolutely love her. We are so grateful for the most gorgeous photographs that bring us right back to the most beautiful day of our lives.
Anabel · Married on 09/14/2017
Tonya is an absolute professional with the most amazing talent I have ever seen in a photographer. Her attention to detail is helpful and stress relieving when you're trying to plan a wedding. I could not picture my wedding without another photographer. The final product was beyond amazing.
Rachel · Married on 08/25/2017
Tonya and her son, Michael, were an absolute pleasure to work with. They captured our wedding day perfectly and we are so grateful to them for providing us with such timeless, stunning photos that we will treasure for years to come. Tonya and Michael's services were efficient, professional and tailored exactly to our needs (and also Mother Nature's needs due to inclement weather on the day!). Despite our wedding changing locations from the beach to indoors due to wet weather, this wasn't a problem at all for Tonya and Michael and they took it in their stride, while also capturing beautiful images that were relaxed, natural and intimate. They even managed to achieve the impossible on the day and captured some stunning beach photos which were exactly what we had envisioned.
I'd recommend Tonya Malay Photography to anyone wishing to have classic, elegant photos of your big event that will last a lifetime.
Patricia · Married on 07/01/2017
Tonya and I instantly connected when we talked on the phone. I knew she was the photographer for me! She was incredibly knowledge and professional. She was so helpful and helped put my mind at ease while planning our destination wedding. She was also able to recommend vendors, since she is familiar with the area. My husband and I were able to meet with her before our wedding and go through all the details and memories we wanted captured. The day of the wedding Tonya and her team were prepared, organized and professional. My wedding party didn't even mind getting pictures taken because it was such a fun and relaxed environment. Tonya made sure my hair and makeup were flawless and everything was in the right spot. She knew all the right places for pictures and the right time for sunset pictures. Our wedding pictures are beautiful and everything we wanted and more! We received our pictures promptly as well. Tonya, Emma, and her husband Mike were all wonderful and nice. I highly recommend Tonya Malay Photography.
Stacey · Married on 06/27/2017
I cannot say enough about Tonya! She is amazing. I am so glad that we chose her to photograph our special day. Her photos are stunning! She really captured the beauty and the emotion of our wedding day! We have so many beautiful photos I don't know how we will ever chose. In addition to being a fabulous photographer, she is so professional. She really knows how to manage an event. Of course I was running behind in getting ready and she was able to really help direct everything and get us back on track. She made sure that we got all of the photos we wanted and more! She is super flexible and so easy to work with. She's open to any requests you may have. She wants to make sure you get exactly what you want. We were so at ease with her the whole time. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding photographer!
Lindsey · Married on 06/23/2017
We probably can't even think of enough good things to say about Tonya and Michael. As soon as we spoke on the phone the first time, I knew she was going to be an incredible part of our wedding. I interviewed several photographers in Florida, and none of them matched Tonya's talent, creativity, and professionalism. She was with us every step of the way. She listened to what we wanted, but she also provided very helpful suggestions and feedback. I had planned a huge surprise for my husband that required a "second" wedding day timeline, and Tonya not only kept it a secret, but helped me plan the whole thing to perfection. On wedding day, she and Michael kept everything running smoothly. Tonya even helped me be nice to my grandmother when she was making things a little difficult. Our entire photography schedule changed when rain poured down at the end of our ceremony, and Tonya handled that beautifully as well. Like I said, there are not enough good things we can say about Tonya. From first conversation to receipt of our photos, we could not be happier. Our photos are BEAUTIFUL and accessing them is very easy. Tonya and her son, Michael, are so talented, creative, and professional. We would just like to be able to work with them again in the future!
Lori · Married on 05/27/2017
Words do not do Tonya and her assistant, Michael justice. Not only are their photos gorgeous but they are extremely nice and helpful. We were a destination wedding and Tonya went above and beyond to help us find the best vendors in the area and give us advice on other aspects of our wedding. On the day of our wedding, they helped to ease stress and make sure everything ran smoothly. Tonya even had extra supplies so when a make up mishap happened, she was there to fix it so everyone felt and looked their best. I would hire Tonya again for any major milestone. You won't find a more talented, professional, and personable photographer.
Tave · Married on 05/20/2017
My husband and I were planning a destination wedding in Naples Florida, faced with the daunting task of committing to vendors from afar. Finding the perfect photographer was a priority for us. After looking through a long list of possible photographers, Tonya Malay's website immediately stood out as we were impressed by her beautiful photos which captured the spontaneity and joy of each event. Upon expressing interest to her via email, we immediately heard back. She was incredibly professional and ready to answer all questions and also offer insights and advice to help us plan our perfect celebration. Our positive impression of Tonya Malay was clinched on wedding weekend. She did both our rehearsal dinner and wedding day. She was perfectly organized from the beginning and kept everything running smoothly and on schedule. She had taken the time in advance to learn everyone's names, and this was amazing for both rapport and efficiency. After the wedding, we were surprised at her efficient turnaround time. Most of our friends were waiting much longer for their wedding photos. The quality of the collection was truly superb and we couldn't have been more excited to relive our special day through these vibrant, beautiful photos. She not only helped us get the photos we had envisioned, she also contributed her own creative ideas that resulted in a wonderfully well-balanced collection of passionate, beautiful, light-hearted, and truly memorable photos that captured our spirit as a couple both alone and amidst our family and friends.
Bottom line: if you are planning a wedding in Naples, Florida or surrounding areas, don't look any further! Tonya Malay is the way to go.
Heather · Married on 05/19/2017
Tonya is a wonderful lady inside and out. She spent countless hours before, during and after our wedding to ensure we had the absolute best wedding day and photos possible. I absolutely loved the sunset photos and ceremony photos. She captured some amazing footage! I would recommend her to anyone wanting a reasonably priced, hard working, wonderful quality photographer.
Madison · Married on 05/06/2017
Where do I start? From our first meeting we clicked with Tonya and her son Michael! Having her around for my wedding day was comforting and she really puts you at ease! We had complete confidence in her and she can really command a large family for amazing photos! Michael is a rock star at the candid photos! When we received our photos we were absolutely pleased and loved every single image reassuring us we truly made the right decision choosing Tonya!
Jenny · Married on 04/29/2017
Where can I start, Tanya is awesome! the best and most professional photographer I have ever met and work with. She did my engagement and wedding photos and did a fabulous job. Our photos are better then magazines, she captured every special moment of my special day. Thank you so much Tonya for a phenomenal job.