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.

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

 

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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Candice & Emma – Flamingo Resort

We met with these lovely ladies down at the Flamingo Resort in St. Pete, where they were staying for a weekend getaway.  Knowing they’d be game for a walk on the wild side we suggested a little something different for their portraits.  (Imagine me doing my best Beavis impression “Fire! Fire!”)

lesbian couples portraits at the Flamingo St Pete FL

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