Micky & Mike at Jungle Prada’s ‘Sacred Lands’

Mickey came to us looking for a photographer that could work with her unique dream.  As an older couple, and neither party on their first marriage, they weren’t planning a huge affair. But their love was as powerful as any twenty-somethings, and they felt their bond as soul mates deserved to be so celebrated. So she and her partner Mike chose to honor their ancestors with one of the most beautiful fusion wedding ceremonies we’ve been privileged to see, blending elements of western tradition with Hawaiian into an exquisitely lovely ritual.

 

 

The wedding ceremony was followed by an intimate reception held on the grounds, a wonderful experience with the jungle ambiance and the wild peacocks roaming through the party. Terribly exotic and romantic!

 

 

(And I can’t help but confess that I was drooling over the bride’s shoes, hehehe!)

 

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Altogether this was one of the most unique and wonderful weddings we’ve been privileged to be a part of. Here’s to a lifetime of happiness for Mickey and Mike!

The best time for your beach photo session

Couples romantic beach portrait photograph on Sand Key, Clearwater Beach in 'magic hour' sunset light

You may have heard of the “magic hour”, that special time right before sunset that photographers love so much. The light at that time is soft and warm and, because it’s not coming from directly overhead, it doesn’t cast harsh unflattering shadows on people. Instead it bathes them from the side in a lovely golden glow.

That magic hour is truly magical on the beach here in St. Pete, with the gorgeous Gulf Coast sunsets behind us. Unfortunately here in Florida we’re also extremely likely to be plagued with afternoon thunderstorms. Now that can be a very good thing – those looming dark clouds make for some gorgeous dramatic skies. But torrential downpours can also put a stop to any photoshoot.

Tim our beachcomber photographer is excellent at finding holes in the clouds to work in, and also at finding little nooks in the local scenery to shoot from when the weather’s not so hot. But did you know there’s another alternative you might not have considered; a way you can get “magic hour” light without afternoon thunderstorms? Because there are actually TWO “magic hours” in every day – just before sunset, and just after sunrise.

Those sunset photoshoot slots are also the most in demand, and thus they fill up quickly. So if you’d like to try avoiding the crowds of tourists on the beach and on the schedule, as well as avoiding potential thunderstorms, why not consider scheduling your photoshoot in the early morning instead of at sunset? You could have something like this as your backdrop…

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Clift & Jim on Sunset Beach

We were privileged to be there when Clifton and Jim tied the knot in an intimate, breezy wedding ceremony on Sunset Beach, FL. The guys had said they especially loved Tim’s black & white work. (They’d somehow seen ‘Ennui’, his satirical student-film tribute to Jean-Luc Goddard, lol!) So we made sure to give them some gorgeous black & white photos along with their romantic Florida sunset silhouettes. We even set up a bit of special lighting to create this stunning couple’s portrait:

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It’s possible to to create beautiful artistic images of your gay wedding, no matter how small, casual or non-traditional it might be.  When there’s this much love and joy filling the hearts of everyone present it’s a pleasure.

 

 

There were a few moments of alarm when we thought the power was out and there’s be no lights for the planned after-dark buffet reception. But photo assistant Ian stepped in and saved the day, finding the GFCI reset switch (probably blown by one of our regular Florida afternoon thunderstorms) that let our fairy lights glow.

 

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It was a joyous occasion, with delicious Cuban food and great music, a beautiful sunset and balmy tropical breezes. And a charming couple who so deserve their happily ever after. Congratulations Jim & Clift!

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Senior Boys Rock Downtown St. Pete

Their moms were dreaming of having photos of their baby boys all grown up and all dressed up. Cousins Lance & Bryce just wanted senior pictures that looked wicked cool. We took them to hip downtown St. Pete and I think we managed to hit both targets, don’t you agree?

Sand Key Communion

This sunny flower came out with us to Sand Key for photos to commemorate her first communion. Mom asked if we would mind including her little brother in a few shots and we were happy to oblige. I think it’s impossible not to fall in love with the results!

Rainy wedding day = happy marriage

Christy was worried that the Florida afternoon thunderstorm that’d blown in would ruin their Indian Rocks Beach wedding pictures. But Tim, our beachcomber photo guy, knew just how to handle the situation. Why should a little wind stop you from looking beautiful in your wedding photos? And OMG do those stormy skies make a gorgeous background or what!  In the end the dramatic skies went very well with their ‘Rat Pack at the beach’ wedding theme and Christy and Joe were very happy with the romantic images they have to remember their special day.

An Elegant Christmas Wedding

What could be more elegant than white roses and white satin for a Christmas wedding? Lovebirds Guilaine & Cleveland dance their way into a beautiful future together surrounded by family and friends, love and laughter.

 

 

 

Good Living in Tampa Bay

romance is alive and well on Sand KeyWhen life handed Pam Settle lemons she not only made lemonade she turned it into something to benefit her whole community. With her Good Living magazine she shines a spotlight on good people, good events, good adventures, good eating and good news from all around the Bay.  As she says

We believe is that there is no better source of true, honest-to-goodness good news than the good people, good organizations and good companies who comprise this awesome community. We have much to be proud of and thankful for, but the voices that carry this news often can’t be heard under the dull roar of negativity and bad news that permeates most of our media. We are here to give those voices a place to shout.

Good Living is an awesome resource for beachcomber families who want to live happy, healthy lives supporting our local community and in peace with nature.  Check out Good Living magazine and while you’re there take a minute to read Pam’s story of how this handsome charmer turned her life upside down only to make it into something bigger and better.

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