Posted on April 14, 2015
My clients attended a wedding at the Postcard Inn in St Pete Beach Florida and scheduled me to photograph their entire family on a Sunday morning. The wedding took place at sunset on a Saturday, so the portrait session was scheduled for early on Sunday morning which worked great for the young children and everyones travel departures. Morning beach portrait sessions offer amazing blue sky and blue gulf waters and the dunes just north of Postcard Inn gave us some nice shade once the sun was higher in the sky.
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Posted on April 2, 2015
I really love photographing beach portraits on Sunset Beach at the southernmost end of Treasure Island, right in front of the Lands End Condos. My clients have been vacationing at Lands End for a number of years and their children booked us to photograph the family. This section of Sunset beach features nice dunes, a jetty and a quiet stretch of beach. The area can also be accessed by a short walk at the southern unpaved public parking area on Sunset Beach.
The sweetest part of this Sunset Beach Treasure Island family portrait session was that the kids hired me to surprise their parents on their 25th wedding anniversary. I was honored to commemorate the day! CONTACT KRISTEN SLOAN PHOTOGRAPHY TO BOOK YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION OR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Posted on February 11, 2015
We have been fortunate to photograph some recent High School Portrait Sessions and this session certainly was fun and fashion forward. My client and her family drove from the Orlando area during their vacation from Iowa to have these portraits taken in Treasure Island Beach, just minutes from Saint Petersburg. I am so thankful that they hired us and gave us the opportunity to create these photos.
How much fun are these yellow heels and top paired with her white skinny jeans?! Sometimes we arrive at the beach on a sunny day with clear blue skies and it is fun to shoot some images with sunglasses while the sun is bright.
This coral dress totally compliments my clients great red curls. She brought along the gray hat and it always fun to create a different look!A perfect pastel sunset to pair with our high school client’s cute southwest miniskirt and tank.
I really like blending natural light with strobed light at our portrait sessions, especially at the beach.
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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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