Every once in a while, you can get a little glimpse of what can be come of good friendships. A friend of Shannon who I work with wanted to give a special gift to Shannon and Bryan, a secret photo shoot on the day of their wedding. While the overall wedding plans were being kept low key, Shannon's friend knew Shannon had always dreamed of getting married on a beach. In the initial planning of the secret shoot, we did not know how it would all play out... its not usually a good idea to suprise a bride on her wedding, with unplanned events and as it worked out the secret had to be shared just before the wedding day. With a now planned short excursion to the beach Just before the wedding, I was able to capture some magic.
Family Portrait Photography
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.
I realize that 2015 is already well underway… and this post is long overdue. In the last part of 2014 I had decided I needed a bit of a break from photography. Every once in a while it's always good to take a step back, and evaluate what you have been doing, and give your brain a chance to take a break. I had an opportunity to take a course on income taxes offered by H&R Block and seize it as a chance to let my mind take a break from running my business for a while. Well, the course soon lead to a job offer with H&R Block preparing taxes, and became a much bigger part of my life that I had originally anticipated, and before I knew it it was already April 15th, 2015. Tax season is now over, and I'm back. Family Portrait sessions have already started, a wedding is on the calendar for September, and Graduation Photography season is about to start and will keep me busy for the next month of so. In 2014 my photography work lead me around the southeast and included stops in Florida as well as St. Simon's Island, GA. The photos below are a few of my favorite images from the family portrait sessions that I shot throughout the year.
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to travel up the coast to photograph some family portraits in St. Simons Island, GA. The weather was typical for the southeastern US, with scattered thunderstorms and rain peering the map all the way along the 2 and a half hour drive. When I got to St. Simons I checked the radar one last time and saw more storms moving in, but it looked like we might have a small window of an opportunity to make the shoot happen. I met up with the family at their vacation home, and we made a game plan to head down to the beach close to their house, and shoot until the weather made us stop.
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.
I met the Burch family at the family's beachside condo where they were vacationing on the sands of New Smyrna Beach, FL. I first met the Burchs a couple years ago when I first photographed them, but a few years had passed, and a few new little ones had been added to the family. The family is always a fun group, and was evidenced with the jumping group photos.
The Grimaldo family wanted to create some great portraits of all the grand kids together for their grandmother's birthday. I met them at Smyrna Dunes Park in New Smyrna Beach and we walked through the boardwalk and sand dunes to the area commonly known as the dog beach, as the late afternoon sun gave everything a warm feel.
Family Portrait photography at Old Fort Park in New Smyrna Beach, FL. I met up with the Hoffman family in the late afternoon to make some great family portraits using the run-ins commonly called 'The Old Fort' as the background. While the real history and origin of th sold stone foundations has been lost to history, it still makes for a neat background location for family portrait photography on location in New Smyrna Beach, FL.
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.
I first met the Stewart family when they asked me to shoot some beach portraits for their daughter's sweet 16 birthday party (Check out those photos by clicking here). So this year when the grandparents were making the trip to visit all the way from England, they asked me to meet them again to shoot some great family portraits as a gift for the grandparents.
As it turns out with a bit of a scheduling shuffle we were able to make the portraits happen right on the beach on a day when the sunset just lit the sky up the vibrant pinks blue colors.
Here are some of my favorite images from their photo shoot.