Longboat Key FL Beach Family Sunset Photos

Longboat Key FL Photographer Kristen Sloan

This beach family portrait session was taken in Longboat Key, FL where my clients were vacationing. Portions of their family stayed at Wicker Inn, while some stayed at the Sea Oats Condos. We usually meet our clients and one and a half hours before the sunset to allow for variations in the weather. This night was a windy evening, with storm clouds rolling in right at sunset. I really like the blues and greens this family chose to wear; the colors remind me of sea glass.

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Special thanks to Steven Le and Scott Krebs for photographing this session for Kristen Sloan Photography.

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St Pete FL Senior Portrait Session at Treasure Island Beach and Downtown Saint Petersburg

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This senior portrait session was so much fun!  It was a thrill to photograph Lily, the sister of one of my previous senior portrait clients. Lily lives in inland Florida and decided the beach would be a great location for her session. I had her stop by the house so I could help select outfits; one of my favorite parts of designing a senior portrait session. Lily is a natural beauty (like her sister) and I love how her hazel eyes and warm medium brown hair pop in these senior portraits.

We headed out to St Pete Beach Treasure Island on for a sunset shoot on a beautiful warm night. Scott and I started out shooting these first portraits  of Lily in her blue dress with natural light.

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For a few images while the sun was quite bright, I utilized  off camera high speed synch fill to allow me to shoot at 2.8 at 4000th of a second with my Nikon D800 in commander mode with our Radio Popper PX triggers.

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We walked out towards the water and took advantage of the gorgeous dunes this beach offers. Mom’s favorite dress was this cute red strapless and I think it looks amazing in this beach setting. Typically at this time of day we photograph our strobist shots with an Einstein and  a 50 inch soft box. Scott likes to add a neutral density filter to get to nice portrait aperatures. When the sun was covered by the clouds I turned off my triggers and photographed Lily in natural light.

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Closer to sunset we moved towards the waters edge where I like shoot a few remaining moments of natural light.  At this time,  Scott prepares two Saberstrips on a boom stand. Lily’s sister loaned her the cute colorful top and I love how it compliments the soft pastel colors of the sky at sunset.

st pete fl  beach high school senior portraits photos

st pete fl  beach high school senior portraits photos

st pete fl  beach high school senior portraits photos

On the drive back into St Petersburg, I had Lily change into this cute black dress and Scott suggested this location near the Green Bench Brewing Co. Scott handheld one SaberStrip for me while I quickly captured these images with my 85mm at 2.8. It was fun to give Lily another look  and setting to her senior portrait session.

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Saint Petersburg FL Couples Maternity Pregnancy Portraits at Treasure Island Beach

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I love photographing maternity portraits sessions and it is especially fun to photograph a pregnancy couples session at the beach. My clients were vacationing in Florida before the arrival of their baby. My client was about 32 weeks pregnant at this session, which was a great time to capture this couples pregnancy session. I thought her ivory lace top with the black ribbon was an adorable wardrobe choice.

Scott and I photographed this maternity  session at Treasure Island in St Pete Beach Fl after having to reschedule due to the previous day’s rain and dark overcast skies. I was beyond  happy the sun shone for this session! With many of clients vacationing n the St Pete Beach areas, I remind them to schedule their portrait session early in their vacation to allow some room to reschedule in case of inclement weather.

st petersburg fl maternity pregnancy portrait photographer kristen sloan

st petersburg fl maternity pregnancy portrait photographer kristen sloan

st petersburg fl maternity pregnancy portrait photographer kristen sloan

st petersburg fl maternity pregnancy portrait photographer kristen sloan

st petersburg fl maternity pregnancy portrait photographer kristen sloan

st petersburg fl maternity pregnancy portrait photographer kristen sloan

st petersburg fl maternity pregnancy portrait photographer kristen sloan

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Treasure Island Sunset Beach FL Family Beach Portrait Session

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While planning their week vacation in Sunset Beach, St Pete Beach FL, my clients booked Kristen Sloan Photography for a family beach portrait session. They had rented a place in Sunset Beach, a residential beachfront community and beach located at the southern tip of Treasure Island, Florida. Scott and I photographed the session in Treasure Island at one of our favorite public beaches. I really like the combination of the black with the aqua for this family’s portrait attire.

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st pete beach sunset beach fl family photos

st pete beach sunset beach fl family photos

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I love how the sunset illuminates the clouds in this photo. Sometimes we are blessed with a perfect night for sunset photos.

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St Pete Beach Treasure Island FL Family Portraits

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For Kristen Sloan Photography, spring break is an especially busy time for family portraits session at our local St Petersburg FL beaches. Scott Krebs and I photographed our clients beach portrait session just before sunset, taking advantage of great golden hour natural light. As the shoot progressed, we brought our lights to photograph some strobed sunset pics which emphasize the gorgeous colors of the sky at sunset and in the minutes afterwards.

My clients spent the week in Florida, vacationing first at Disney World before driving over to St Pete Beach for a few nights at TradeWinds Grand Island Resort. They wanted their daughters to enjoy some Florida beach time, and the girls were fascinated with the water and sand. Scott and I photographed this family at our favorite public beach access point just north of TradeWinds in Treasure Island, FL. This section of beach offers a wide beach, beautiful dunes with sea grass and a lovely curve at the waters edge for sunset portraits.

treasure island fl sunset family photos kristen sloan photography

treasure island fl sunset family photos kristen sloan photography

treasure island fl sunset family photos kristen sloan photography

treasure island fl sunset family photos kristen sloan photography

treasure island fl sunset family photos kristen sloan photography

It seems like the sky colors are unique every day at sunset; truly one of my favorite aspects of photographing beach portrait sessions on the gulf coast of Florida.

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Vinoy Park St Pete FL Family Baby Portraits

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St Petersburg , Florida is generally blessed with amazing winter weather. For my clients we chose Vinoy Park for their family portrait session with their baby daughter. When scheduling  family portrait sessions involving little ones, I find early morning to be the best time of day.

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North Straub and Vinoy Park St Petersburg FL Bridal Portrait

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Bridal portraits have been a popular requested portrait session for my business and I love photographing them for a variety of reasons. For this session, the bride was to be married in St Petersburg Florida with her ceremony held at First Presbyterian of St Petersburg and the reception held at the St Petersburg Yacht Club. Scott Krebs and I chose to photograph her at North Straub and Vinoy Park  in St Petersburg FL a few weeks before her wedding weekend. These St Pete Parks surround the harbor and by shooting close to sunset, we were blessed with great cloud and sky colors at the session.

Bridal portrait sessions allow a variety of benefits for the wedding couple. For the bride, she is able to do her hair and make-up trial before the bridal portrait and then see the results in her photographs. The bride is able to put on all of her wedding trousseau and make sure undergarments, jewelry and shoes are coordinating with her dress. With my client at this bridal portrait, she was able to find out how much time it takes to lace her beautiful dress and add that time into her wedding day schedule.

On the actual wedding day, I am rarely allotted the amount of time with the bride alone that I have when I photograph a bridal portrait. This bridal portrait provides her with a relaxed environment to have her photos taken, also allowing her to enjoy the wedding day knowing that she looks amazing. These photos are a supplement to all of the great photos of her which will be captured on her wedding day.

We photographed this portrait session, starting at the Beach Drive Inn where our bride had her hair and make-up styled by Fruma Aharoni. There she put on her dress, assisted by two of her bridesmaids.

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From the Beach Drive Inn we walked over to North Straub Park for some photos on the lawn front of the Vinoy Hotel and Beach Drive. On her wedding day our bride the most adorable fushia wedding shoes, but for the bridal portrait I wanted her to be comfortable and wear a pair that were broken in and similar heel height. I also did not want the fushia wedding shoes to get grass stains on the heels before her wedding day.

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On this afternoon, I loved the sunlight filtered through the clouds and trees.

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Before sunset approached, we walked past the Vinoy Hotel to Vinoy Park for sweeping views of the harbor and St Petersburg Pier. It was a little bit of a walk, but so worth the effort. I can’t imagine having the time to do something like this on an actual wedding day, so it was a pleasure to have some many great opportunities to photograph.vinoy park bridal wedding photos portraits

Throughout the session, I had the lighting expertise of Scott Krebs who utilized two SaberStrips in an inverted L shaped formation to create a lovely softbox effect.

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Don Cesar Wedding with Ceremony at St Johns Vianney in St Pete Beach Florida

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My clients planned their destination wedding at the Loews Don Cesar Hotel  in St Pete Beach Florida to allow their guests to enjoy a fall Florida weekend getaway. The couple and their bridal parties got ready at the hotel and were transported to St. Johns Vianney Catholic Church in St Pete Beach Florida for the mid-day ceremony. Afterwards we returned to the Don Cesar for a luncheon reception in the South Terrace Ballroom which features an outdoor patio with sweeping views of the hotel, pool, beach and Gulf of Mexico.

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