Posted on October 28, 2014
I love Cars and trucks. My instagram feed is full of them. The older, the better. We traveled to St. Augustine Florida in 2012, and I packed my grandfather’s Hasselblad 500C, bought some Ilford 120 film in St Petersburg at Zebra Color and decided to bring the Blad on vacation. I used to be a Kodak TMAX girl, but Zebra Color recommended the Ilford.
After walking around town, I spotted this beauty. Casa Monica Hotel. 1955 Chrysler Imperial. Just lovely. Well photographed I’m sure, but who’s counting?
I love the sound of the shutter when it releases and the crank of the film advancing on the Hasselblad. I was very proud to shoot this camera in college, as it had belonged to my grandfather who purchased it in 1958, the first year the Hasselblad was available in the United States. He had the Zeiss 60mm, the 80mm and the 150mm, along with a beautiful leather case, glass filters in every color you would desire, a polaroid back, film backs and a prism focus viewfinder. Nice setup for a college freshman at CU Boulder. I put a ton of Tmax 100 through this camera and usually printed on Ilford Multigrade glossy fiber base.
So in response to the recent BW challenges posed by fellow photographers, I decided to finally show these images. BW film is still my all time favorite photography medium, especially when printed on fiber base paper. And Zeiss lenses are amazingly sharp. When processing my digital images, I hand select images which I think would look great BW and then apply a warm tone BW effect in Lightroom.
Posted on October 27, 2014
It is fall in Saint Petersburg Florida and we are enjoying the weather! The humidity has dropped, temps are in the 70’s to low 80’s and outdoor activities have become enjoyable again. Scott and I took Ana on a walk to Northshore Park this weekend and enjoyed the perfect temps and sunset. I had recently upgraded my 50mm nikon 1.8 lens from the D series to a G and wanted to test the lens. We walked along the bay through Northshore Park and arriving at Flora Wylie Park for these casual photographs of our family.
Scott helped Ana sit up, while I quickly got a few shots of her. I wouldn’t say she can sit up on her own quite yet, but we have been practicing with her at home. Most of these images were shot between F2.5; I rarely shoot at 1.4 so I decided the Nikon 50mm 1.4 wasn’t a necessary upgrade. This lens tends to be used more when I photograph weddings, but comes in handy sometime when I am taking photos of Ana. For an amateur photographer, this is the first prime lens I would buy to get away from the kit zoom with variable apertures and at $200 isn’t a major investment. I shoot this lens a lot on vacation… lightweight, decent for impromptu portraits and nice for low light details.
Ana and I happened to be wearing matching greens, which I think makes this photo of us look nice. Thanks Scott!
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Posted on October 26, 2014
Many of our clients select Treasure Island FL for their Florida beach vacation. We love photographing portrait sessions on this wide stretch of beach for all of the natural grasses, palm trees and dunes.This family chose to stay at Bilmar Beach Resort , situated directly on Treasure Island beach.
Their youngest girl was interested more in playing in the sand, rather than posing for photos, so Scott and I found ways for the kids to relax and enjoy the beach while we photographed them. Asking a toddler to participate in family photos can be stressful, so I prefer to let them play and capture candids of these beach moments.
The overcast skies produced a surprise vivid sunset!
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Posted on October 23, 2014
The humidity has dropped this month in St Petersburg to perfect fall Florida beach weather. But it is fun to look back at some of our late summer beach portrait sessions. This particular family was staying at Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites and walked out their backdoor to meet us on the beach at our favorite location in Treasure Island. The kids were adorable at this family session, and it is so nice to see an extended family vacationing together.
I am often asked what to wear for beach family portrait sessions. This family selected one of the most popular color combinations for beach portrait sessions; white and tans. These outfits were fitting for this warm August evening. I especially like the belt the mom wore to add visual interest to her cute white dress. I like the popularity of white attire for beach sessions, but don’t forget be afraid of bold accessories to compliment the white fabric so it doesn’t fade into pale sand.
These amazing seersucker monogrammed outfits were bought online at Smocked threads by Cecil and Lou, which hosts auctions on their Facebook page of current adorable childrens’ clothes, many of which are perfect for beach sessions.
As expected, my awesome partner Scott Krebs nailed the post-sunset portraits lit using two SaberStrips. These modifiers are perfect for the beach, as they do so well in the breezes which naturally increase around sunset.
How adorable are these proud, involved grandparents?!
And we always allow time for some fun photos; OHIO!
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Posted on October 7, 2014
Our clients selected Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites in Treasure Island FL for their destination wedding weekend. Friends and Family gathered on Treasure Island beach for their beautiful sunset ceremony to celebrate their union.
Posted on August 16, 2014
There is nothing better than combining Lilly Pulitzer and classic St Pete Beach Florida beach destinations. My client loves spending time in Treasure Island St Pete Beach, FL and adores the quintessential Florida resort clothing line, Lilly Pulitzer. So she decided to incorporate some great Lilly Pulitzer fashions into her senior portrait session.
We started photographing her session at the Pink Palace, the Loews Don Cesar Hotel.The rear courtyard faces the beach and was fillerd with gorgeous late afternoon sunlight.
I love this dress; the keyhole neckline, the side slit, the white lace detail. And her Lilly shoes are perfect!
Then we headed over to our favorite beach location in Treasure Island for these gorgeous images with this pretty white cotton strapless dress. I love her accessories; the metallic sandals and headband.
How amazing is this Lilly Pulitzer turquoise dress?! I love how as the night progressed, the colors in the sky picked up the accent pink colors in the dress.
On this particular summer evening, the sunset afterglow was perfect. Scott captured these moon images with two SaberStrips with a great low camera angle.
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Posted on August 2, 2014
For this Senior Portrait session in Pass A Grille St Pete Beach FL, my senior was visiting her grandparents and decided to have her portraits taken while on vacation. Their home is located in the middle of Pass A Grille, and we were able to photograph some images in front of their home garden. The floral black dress looks perfect with the garden foliage. After an outfit change, we walked two houses down to the private access path to the beach. This path had amazing dunes which we utilized as a backdrop for some of the images. On the drive over from St Petersburg, I was very happy to see huge white fluffy clouds and blue sky to the south. As the evening progressed, a storm system appeared on the gulf, which gave us some dramatic skies before sunset and soft filtered daylight.
Once again, my client’s attire totally compliments the beach on this particular day. I love the subtle blues of the water and sky next to the green dunes.
My client had her friend join her on vacation, and I was able to photograph the girls together throughout the session. I’ve noticed the trend in Senior Portrait photography is to include these “best friends” images. I thought the girls looked adorable in their coordinating blue chambray and denim dresses.
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