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…

glorious 'magic hour' St Petersburg sunrise photograph

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!

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.

 

 

 

Three tips for great beach portraits with Grandma

As parents you naturally want photos of your kids growing up…but what about after they’re grown?  You don’t stop loving each other, or making memories together, just because the years have continued to pass.

(The hubs and I’ve been trying for years and no, no matter how much you tickle them they just won’t stop growing. ;p)

Sometimes the fact that everyone has grown up and gone their separate ways is the best reason to capture the moment on those rare occasions when you DO get together. These casual family beach portraits, taken when my sister and her crew were visiting from South Carolina, were the first time my siblings and I had been in any photos together since we were kids. I think you can see from the look on her face how much these multi-generational family photos meant to my mom..

Redington Shores grandparents family photography

If you’ve gone to the trouble of gathering the clan on the beach you want to make sure you come away with some fantastic images, images that show how truly cool and fun your family is as well as the bond of love between you.  The kind of photos that will make you smile every time you look at them.  So here’s a few tips on how to have a great Florida beach photo session with grandparents and grandkids: Continue reading “Three tips for great beach portraits with Grandma”

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

 

Romantic Couple Portraits – Sunset Beach

The weather was SO not cooperating when we went out to try for some romantic sunset shots of Paul (the dear hubby) and I a couple days ago.  But Tim managed to capture a few lovely images before the storms chased us off the beach..

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Pass-a-Grille Beach Family Portraits – 3 Sisters

With its delicious variety of different backdrops it’s no wonder Pass-a-grille Beach is a popular place for local photographers.  It seems like every time we go out there we see several, hehehe!

On the evening Tim captured these images of three Pinellas county sisters we were graced with thick cloud cover.  I was totally digging the way the colors of sea and sky reflected in Shawnee’s eyes..

stunning portraits of sisters at Pass-a-Grille Beach

 

While sister Dakotah was workin’ it like a supermodel..

 

stunning portraits of sisters at Pass-a-Grille Beach

 

Youngest sister Sierra was busy being distracted by her bff who was along for the ride so we didn’t do many solo shots of her. But we’ve already scheduled a best friends photo safari for just the two of them so we’ll make up for it later.  And we did capture some really stunning images of the sisters together..

stunning portraits of sisters at Pass-a-Grille Beach

Pass-a-Grille Beach sunset sisters portrait