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.
beach family portraits
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 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.
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.
Sometimes I fall a bit behind on getting blog posts put together and posted, but I hope to be caught up soon. Which means that there are a lot more great photos to come soon. Here are some of my favorite shots from a family portrait session that I shot some time ago. I met the Woolslayer family at North Beach Community Park in New Smyrna Beach, FL to make some great family portraits on the beach. The weather had been a bit questionable that day with a bit of rain and overcast skies all day, but the sky cleared up just as we were getting started. The family was great, and we were able to get their photos in, just before we were swarmed by mosquitos at the end of our shoot… Welcome to FL.
Yesterday I photographed a family portrait session in New Smyrna Beach. I had originally booked the session for Tuesday, but the weather was not fully cooperating. However, yesterday the weather was absolutely perfect, with sunny blue skies, a light wind, and a calm ocean. I met the family at one of my favorite local beach parks, which offers a couple different locations for some different looks. Here is a quick preview of a few shots from yesterday.
Family Portrait Photography by:
Photographer Pete Arnold