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

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.