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Favorite Shots of 2015

Well Here we are at the end of another year, and it sure has been a bit interesting.  I started the year with anticipation looking forward to a new job with H&R Block as a Tax Associate.  I still planned on keeping up with my photography business, and I had a lot of fun with both this year.  While the first 4 months of 2015 found me concentrating on taxes, as soon as tax season ended, I started photographing graduations for the next 2 months.  And 2016 is setting up to be the same, although my role with H&R Block is a bit different.  After just one tax season with H&R Block I was asked to take over as Office Manager of the Edgewater, FL H&R Block where I had been a tax associate.  So this year I will be doing taxes, and running the Office with a staff of about 14 employees.  Once Spring Graduation season ended,  I was able to take part in the Florida School (Now called Florida Professional Photography workshops), which has been sue of the first in person photography education I have had since high school.  That also led to my attending the Florida Professional Photographers annual conference in Orlando, FL.  I used techniques learned at both and from a workshop led by my good friends and fellow wedding/portrait/graduation/marathon race photographers Ryan & Kylene.  I quickly implemented newly learned techniques with several portrait sessions and weddings.  Of course the first of the weddings was for one of my friends from college.  This wedding was in New Jersey in September, and I have to say it was a much appreciated break from the Summer heat in FL.  It was a great trip and even though it was a working trip I made sure to have time to have fun with some of my friends who I hadn't seen since the last wedding that our group had. Also, for the first time since I left NY I had real pizza!  After returning to FL, I then had my first beach wedding of the year, a small intimate wedding with a really fun family.  The family rented a beach house, had the wedding on the sand, and the reception on the deck.  Between photo shoots and weddings, I was busy studying taxes, and training for my new role as Office Manager with H&R Block.  As the year was coming to a close, I met my nephew for the first time.  While the situation is more that a bit complicated and would require it's own novel, my little brother's son was born in early December and we were finally able to meet the little guy on the day after Christmas.  As I post this in the last hours of 2015, I'm really looking forward to 2016, and all that it has to offer.  The shots that I selected below are some of my personal favorite shots that I created in 2015.  Of Course the first ones are of my new nephew, and my mom holding her first grandson.  

Have a great New Year, 

Guillow Family: New Smyrna Beach Family Portrait Photographer (PREVIEW)

This past monday, I met up with the Guillow family at their condo on the beach in New Smyrna Beach where they were staying for vacation.  I took several full group portraits then started shooting smaller family groupings.  We started at the pool deck area of the condo to get a controlled family portrait with my 2 light flash setup then went down onto the sand to get a variety of images with different looks and backgrounds.  Eventually we finished up with reflection portraits on the wet sand just on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean waves.  By the end of the shoot, when my contact had asked me where I was from and I gave the story, suddenly we realized an interesting connection.  My client's mother, who was part of the family portrait session was also a Catawba College Alum.  So much for me saying I went to a small college that you probably haven't even heard of.  Below are a few pre-views of the portrait session, some of my favorite images from the shoot.  

Family Portraits at the New Smyrna Beach Sugar Mill Ruins Park

I met up with the Sczesny family at the New Smyrna Beach Sugarmill Ruins park for a family portrait session to make some updated family portraits with a different feel then the family portraits on the beach I shot for them last year.  I have been wanting to take a family to the Sugarmill Ruins for some time, and this time it worked out great.  The remains of the old Spanish style sugar mill date back to before the Seminole Indian wars, where much of the mill was destroyed and abandoned, but it has since been turned into a county park, and is open to the public.


2013 Year in Photos: Florida Photographer Peter Arnold's best shots

From President Bill Clinton to each Bride and Family photographed this year.  I was busy, all added up there were tens of thousands of photographs that I shot this year.  Not only of my brides and grooms, families and children, seniors and a friends.  I shot close to 50 graduations, about a dozen Marathons and Half-Marathons.  Traveled to NC twice for shooting assignments which included Graduations, a Wedding, and a headshot photo shoot for an actress that has co-starred with Sandra Bullock, and Tim McGraw in the feature film The Blindside.    As I'm sitting here finishing out 2013, waiting for the last wedding album to be delivered, and pulling all my business information together to file Sales Tax and income Tax paperwork, and as plans for 2014 are starting to come together (ahem... Video..., well we'll see what happens)  I wanted to share some of my personal favorite images all shot by me this year.  Please leave a comment, and let me know what you are grateful for in 2013, and a resolution for 2014, and I might pick you for a complementary portrait session.  

Cheers, 

-Pete

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Behind the Scenes- The other stuff I photograph (Space Coast Marathon)

Just hanging out, shooting the Space Coast Marathon... They make everyone run in space suits!

This past Sunday morning I headed down to downtown Cocoa, FL to be part of the team of photographers from MarathonFoto photographing the Space Coast Marathon & Half-Marathon.  They had about 4000 registered runners but the number of actual runners that showed up was a little less than that.  It was a cold morning, as you can see in the photo, I even had to break out my winter hat, and gloves.  My day started with taking fun candid photos of the runners and their families before the start, then I was positioned right along the river as the runners entered Riverfront Park in Cocoa, FL to get to the finish-line.  It was fun, and I always like when I get a chance to photograph things other than weddings and family portraits.

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