With the time change, I am having to start my beach portraits early like 4:30. The Hudson family have two adorable and very active toddlers who kept me running. We also tried to get their two old dogs in the photo at one location. I offer my clients a mix of images and do some specialty retouching, tinting and enhancing to my favorites.
After shooting a fancy birthday party for Jaxson, I created a book for the family to remember the great event. Here are the pages/spreads. I don’t use templates and create the design entirely in Photoshop so that each book that I design tells the story in a unique way.
Saturday evening I photographed an eight year old’s birthday party. There were so many activities that Jaxson and his 25 friends had a crazy-wonderful time! Laser tag, magician, crafts , ball throwing in a pool on the ocean (one little girl fell in), cake, video games, dance games, catered dinner. ALl within 3 hours. It was difficult to photograph because the kids were running around most of the time and it was DARK.
I volunteer my time and services to help the Beaches Historical Museum. Saturday they had a ribbon cutting and opening of a cracker southern house which was restored. The Oesterreicher-McCormick Cabin was built in 1873 in Palm Valley. The preservation of this cabin’s architectural heritage has taken a couple of years and it was great hearing the stories of the families that lived in it and used it for the last century. Many of the family members attended.
The Sullivan family was so much fun to photograph. The first session was cut short because of two factors: too windy on the beach and also beach access closed for dune restoration after Hurricane Matthew. We used a friends garden which was protected from the wind. The next week, I located a beach access north of where the beach construction and happened to get a lovely evening. The loittle girls were so great. They didn’t want to keep their hairbands on but we did get some great images. WOrking with little ones can be difficultnso I work fast and change up the sets and poses to keep everyone happy and having fun.
Had a wonderful time volunteering to photograph the one and only James Armstrong, bluesman. Nearly 3 hours of rocking the roof off of the Beaches Chapel in Jacksonville Beach. The chapel is over a hundred years old and was moved to its current location by the museum. The acoustics are incredible. A super moon made the evening more magical.
Patriot Rail COmpany in Jacksonville wanted me to set up a small studio in their conference room. Its always harder hauling large soft boxes,backdrops and equipment and working around furniture. The result is nearly the same as in the studio except working in small spaces inhibits some lighting issues. Many of the executives wore eyeglasses which requires much more directing to tilt heads perfectly so the reflections of soft boxes don’t hit the glass.
Eleven Atlantic LLC needed new business portraits for their new office and website. The web designer wanted full length shots of each executive, shot on white which will be silhouetted out, made black and white and cloned together. I used a large photo white fabric backdrop which had some wrinkles but knew it would be stripped out. Getting people to pose with some fun is always challenging because most people are uncomfortable in front of a camera..but we actually had fun making it short and sweet. I then took all of them to my garden for a simple natural light shot.
Since Hurricane Matthew hit our beautiful beaches, it has become difficult to do a portrait on the beach. We lost yards of sand and the lovely dunes are mostly washed away and there id s cliff of sand. Therefore, I am trying a second location before heading to the beach. Besides giving the family a different look, its nice to have more images to choose from. Working quickly is imperative especailly when there are toddlers.If a scene doesn’t work because of light changing or a fussy little one, move on. You can always try it again but meanwhile everyone is having fun. Most people cannot smile on cue so working quickly and having fun is important. When shooting on the beach, only shoot when the sun is very low to avoid squinting. Having a second location to keep your clients engaged works well while the sun is getting lower.