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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Beach Portraits at Treasure Island St Pete Beach FL

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My clients contacted me to photograph their young family while vacationing in Florida for the week. When photographing  children, I let them play at the beach and relax between posed photos. Sunset is always an ideal time for photos, but can be a tricky time of day as it can be dinnertime or close to bedtime. These little one were troopers, very well behaved for their young age and obsessed with playing in the sand!

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Independence Pass Colorado Hike above Linkins Lake

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I love to walk and I love the mountains, so I am naturally drawn to hiking. I was recently inspired to photograph some panoramics by the rocky mountain landscape photographs taken by Scott Krebs. In addditon to being an amazing portrait photographer, Scott loves to take the time on hikes to document majestic natural scenes. He also happens to be a great hiking partner and was my companion on this hike.

With Photoshop’s merge to panorama feature, my brand new nikon D800, and a perfect sunny day, it was beyond easy to capture this hike above Linkins Lake near Independence Pass, Colorado. While post-processing these images, I kept my edits simple with just sharpening. The dynamic range of the D800 is simply amazing compared to my D700. I was able to maintain highlights in the clouds with details in the shaded areas of the mountains. I shot these images vertically at 24mm between F11-13 and merged to panorama in PS5.

Our day began with a drive from Breckenridge over Freemont Pass into Leadville, through Twin Lakes and over Indepedenence Pass. We parked at the Linkins Lake trailhead, and this was the view from the parking area. Not too shabby.

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My brand spanking new Ariat hacienda cowgirl boots needed their photo taken in this gorgeous setting. Apres hike, we drove into Aspen for dinner at Wild Fig, where they were paired with jeans and a tee for their first official wearing. As my first pair of cowboy boots, this would be their birth announcement! KGS_0890smaller

Quickly we ascended above the parking lot, starting our hike at roughly 12,000 feet. Soon we were above treeline and within an hour we arrived at Linkins Lake. From the lake we continued on the trail, hiking past the old mining cabin and shaft.

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Scott photographed me in a photo merge with his Nikon 85mm at 2.8 on his Fuji Xpro 1. This final image was created from 8 separate captures. I am impressed with the unbelievable depth and sharpness in this portrait.

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Denver Country Club Summer Bridal Portraits

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Congratulations to Margo and Will who were married today at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Denver with their wedding reception held at Denver Country Club.  A few weeks ago I photographed Margo’s bridal portrait at Denver Country Club and these images showcase how beautiful she was today on her wedding day. I am looking forward to posting images from this wedding weekend in the upcoming weeks. In the interim, please enjoy this session.

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St Pete Beach Treasure Island FL Sunset Family Portraits

St Pete Beach Treasure Island FL Sunset Portraits

My clients were vacationing at the Sirata Beach Resort in early August and contacted me to photograph a sunset family portrait. The Sirata Beach Resort and Conference Center is located in St. Pete Beach, the Sunset Capital of Florida.

For their sunset beach portrait session location, I selected the Treasure Island St Pete Beach public access which features a wide beach with lots of seagrass dunes and proximity to the beach.

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St Pete Beach Treasure Island FL Sunset Portraits

St Pete Beach Treasure Island FL Sunset Portraits

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Sarasota Bradenton Longboat Key Florida Sunset Beach Portraits

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My clients planned their week vacation to Sarasota Bradenton’s Longboat Key Florida during July and contacted me after seeing my previous beach family portrait session on the Kristen Sloan Photography Blog. I selected this public beach location at the mid-point of the Key, which has great dunes, plenty of trees and beautiful sand.

With sunset at approximately 8:25Pm, we began photographing at about 7:00PM and we were blessed with soft filtered natural light courtesy of the clouds. I was nervous earlier in the week, as the west central coast of Florida had experienced several days of all day rain. Luckily the sun shone for us on this day!

I loved the outfits colors that they selected to wear, which really popped in the photographs and worked well with their hair and eye colors.

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