Well. I checked an experience off my bucket list Saturday. My friend Frank has been flying since the late 1960’s and I trusted his piloting completely. I had no idea how it worked, jumping from cloud to cloud on he cloud street. First we were towed up behind a single engine plane. It was important to keep the nose at the right angle so A. we didnt pull the towing plane down or B. we didnt make the plane crash. Success! When we were towed to the first cloud which was close to 3,000 feet, I was able to pull the yellow tow hitch and we were on our own. Clouds have updrafts underneath and finding the updrafts, which are like invisible tornadoes, was hard but frank knew what to look for. With no clouds, you glide back down to earth. Following the hawks and eagles gave clues to where the updrafts were. To go higher, you must ride the updraft in a circle round and round as you get higher. Then you can glide to the next cloud, looking for another updraft.We glided for an hour between 3-4,300 feet in the quiet. Theonly noise was the wind blowing through the porthole window and the altimeter beeping as you descend. It was an amazing feeling. I couldn’t stop smiling!! Perfect day to see all of Duval county, downtown Jacksonville and eastward to the ocean. I only had a 24-85 lens on my camera. No room in tight space for a longer lens.
Every Christmas the Ingram Family hires Santa and Mrs. CLaus to make a personal visit with their three families with grandchildren under the age of 6. I photograph the entire hour of fun with individual and family portraits. I then custom design a large book for each family with the images form the session. The little ones remember me now and welcome me with kisses and hugs. One little 5 year old came up and told me I was the best picture taker EVER.. OMG I melted.
The Reed Family with their 6 year old Triplets are always a delight to photograph. The boys are so well minded and take posing direction like pros. Its so great also when clients put time and thought into the attire. It really makes a difference. I photographed Amy and Greg’s wedding in the Bahamas about nine years ago and have been fortunate to get to know the family, the grandparents and some friends over the years. Watching the babies grow each year is so wonderful.
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.