Keystone Award Winning Photo

Back before Tim the Beachcomber Photographer was a beachcomber he was a newspaper photographer. An “award winning” photographer in fact; he won the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association’s 2001 Keystone Award for best feature photo.  I know I’ve spoken of it before but I found the file when I was doing some backing up recently and so I wanted to share the actual image with you..

portrait of a mother & her wounded son


Bachelorette Beach Party

Here at Beachcomber Photography our specialty is portraits not events but every once in a while something comes our way that’s too interesting to pass up.  A bevy of attractive young women in bikinis, drinking beer and playing wiffleball – I bet y’all can guess why Tim was keen to be the photographer for Alex’s bachelorette party at the Postcard Inn on St Pete Beach!  *grins*

St Pete Beach party photos


Beachcomber Ambassadors

Hey Seniors!

Why sign up to be a Beachcomber Ambassador?

Because of what’s in it for YOU

  • AWESOME funky senior portraits – FREE!
  • Internet-ready image files – FREE!
  • Wicked cool photo graduation announcements – FREE!

Plus earn CA$H for each friend you refer for our kick-ass senior portraits!

downtown St Pete FL high school senior portrait

We’re looking for two seniors each from:

  • Dixie Hollins
  • Boca Ciega
  • Seminole High
  • Northeast High
  • St Pete High
  • Lakewood High

You don’t need to look like a supermodel to be a Beachcomber Ambassador, just have a fun & outgoing personality!

Be a Beachcomber Ambassador!


As a Beachcomber Ambassador you’ll get TWO free on-location portrait sessions, with our full celebrity treatment, between now and spring 2014. Your FABULOUS images will be expertly & artistically enhanced (we love having fun with special effects!) and collected into a web-ready download pack with file sizes and dimensions perfect for sharing on facebook, blogs, etc.

downtown St Pete FL high school senior portrait

You’ll also get 30 free custom printed photo graduation announcements in the spring, plus discounts on other prints & gift items. But best of all you’ll earn $20 CASH for every friend you refer who chooses us for their senior portraits – and your friend will get a juicy discount too!

So what’s the catch? As our emissary we want you to tell all your friends about the great time you had with us, and share your awesome senior portraits with everyone you know. It’s that simple!

Be a Beachcomber Ambassador!


We’re only accepting two seniors from each school for this stellar opportunity so don’t wait – apply now! To apply just write to us and tell us about yourself – who you are, what school you go to, and why you think YOU should be a Beachcomber Ambassador.

Rock on Class of 2014!

Be a Beachcomber Ambassador!
funky Pinellas senior portraits

4 easy steps to otherworldly eyes

I have a big mental list of posts I mean to write but I thought I would start with something fun and share with you a simple technique for juicing up a black & white portrait by giving your subject vividly colored eyes.

Sometimes you take a photo that’s beautiful enough in color but just begs to be black & white, like this shot of Amanda..

 Amanda with palm fronds in downtown St Pete

We could turn this color photo into a B&W in several ways but the way I liked the look of was to completely desaturate it, turning the color saturation down to 0%.

By the way, you should know that the steps I describe here do NOT require Photoshop.  I’m certainly not a Photoshop wizard and the magic I worked on this photo was done in PhotoImpact, a consumer level program I’ve used and liked for years. But there are lots of photo editing applications that have similar features.  The names of the tools & functions may be different from program to program but you should be able to find equivalent options in any half decent image editing software.

Anyway, turning the saturation down to zero gives us this stunning image.. Continue reading “4 easy steps to otherworldly eyes”

Introducing Beachcomber Photography

Hi there!  This is our brand new Beachcomber Photography blog and right now it’s a wee little babe.  But I’ll be filling it up just as quickly as I can with all sorts of nifty stuffs: tips to help you take great photos and look great in them, reviews and links to other interesting tidbits, the occasional random rambling, and of course accounts of the fun Florida portrait photography we do and examples of the stunning images we create for art loving people like you.

Because it’s such a new, tiny thing I ask you to please be kind to this little blog and bear with us as it grows into the best portrait photography blog it can be.   There will be many changes these first few months and probably a lot of awkwardness.  I hope we can count on you to leave lots of comments, tell us what you like and where you think we could improve.  We want you to like our new blog and always find something worth coming back for.

Thanks for your support, and happy sunsets!

sunset as seen from Sacred Lands on he gulf intercoastal waterway near St Pete Beach