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

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.

Jackson laughing in the sunset

 

Cool Senior Guy Portraits – St Pete

Our boy Anik from Boca Ciega HS is into bodybuilding so we took some time to show off the results of his hard work.  We love how the lighting in these images highlights those chiseled muscles!

And then a slight change in pose and light and whoomp, it’s like he’s a whole different boy.  I don’t think I’ll ever stop being amazed at the magic of photography for capturing facets of our selves that we maybe don’t normally see.

cool senior portraits for guys St Pete

 

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”

St. Pete High Senior Portraits – Pami

Our newest Beachcomber ambassador Pami from St. Petersburg High School was a real trooper.  We had such a great time experimenting with cool special-effects nighttime shots..

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edgy after dark senior portraits downtown St Petersburg Florida

 

Totally diva-licious! Though I think my favorite images were still the traditional senior portrait looks..

awesome high school senior portraits Saint Petersburg FL

We had a FANTASTIC fun time shooting these portraits of SPHS senior Pami out on the downtown Saint Pete waterfront.  Contact us to schedule your own Beachcomber experience!

Senior guy portraits that make girls go “oooh”

As I promised, we didn’t leave the hyper-cool Armani sunglasses on BCHS senior Anik the entire time – and just look at those dreamy brown eyes, hehehe!  Every single chick I’ve showed these photos to so far has gone “oooh”, and that includes women from age 11 to 77.

senior portraits for guys

 

 

 

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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Boga Ciega High School Senior Portraits – Anik

Today I’d like to introduce the first of our new crop of Beachcomber Ambassadors for the 2013/14 school year, Anik!  (cue fanfare)

Among other things Anik’s big on fashion so we decided to go for a high fashion vibe with his first Beachcomber portrait session.  Can you guess who the designer inspiration for this shot was?  *grins*

Boca Ciega High School senior portraits

Anik was amazing to work with, a natural in front of the camera, and we captured TONS of fabulous images.  Our Tim was on fire!  (Unlike the one special effects shot we tried that failed miserably despite my herculean efforts.)  There’s so much gorgeousness here I can’t bear not to share it all…so I’m just going to have to do more than one post.  ;p

p.s. No, we didn’t leave his sunglasses on the whole time, lol!  Just wait til the next installment…