The Best Days....are Beach Days!

As I pack our suitcases to hit the Florida beach this weekend I day dream of the clear water, beautiful sunsets and memories we will make. I read once that preparing for a Florida beach vacation (or any vacation) should be part of the whole adventure - I have embraced that idea b/c otherwise I get overwhelmed! Between the clothes, food, toys and packing up the dog for her own vacation - it’s a lot - so might as well try to enjoy it!!

I love documenting families from around the country that come to our Florida beaches to spend a week of well-earned and sought after vacation. I’m alive when I’m running down the beach with the kids, telling the adults to squeeze in just a little closer, and getting so sandy and wet that I feel like a kid myself.

Summer is here on our Florida beaches. I’m busy scheduling extended family photo shoots on Anna Maria Island, St. Pete Beach, Madeira Beach, Treasure Island, and more! I’m so grateful for all that hire me to do what I love!! This extended family was so much fun — and the “fun uncle” definitely was a hit with the kids!!

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Family kite flying on Bradenton Beach!! Grandparents and Uncles are the best!

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Summer is Coming....

Winter may be coming on TV but in real life….summer is just about here. Do you vacation at the beach in Florida? Spending summer evenings meeting families or friends like family along the beaches on the West coast of Florida to capture their vacation (and love, personalities and stories) is the ultimate job.

Do you beach vacation with friends? This session is of three families that vacation together every summer on Long Boat Key or Anna Maria Island. They invited me along one evening to capture each of their family units and then all of them together. If you vacation with friends, it is a great opportunity to document your own family and capture the kids playing while sharing the cost amongst the group. Contact me to discuss!

What is your favorite part of a beach vacation? A few of my favorite things include the sunsets, losing track of time, endless chips and dip, runs on the quiet morning beach, fishing off the dock, boating to an island, hint of a sunburn, building sand castle, and spending time with family and friends.

Yes, I get in the water to play!!!

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Time Flies, But Memories....

Yes, memories last forever! And so can images from a family photo session! And when we have a fun session you get both - images and fond memories!

When Robin contacted me about doing her son’s 1 year old photo session at an airport hanger I called my mom I was so excited. Robin and I created a plan to start at the airport and then head to another location to do the smash cake.

Did I mention this smiley 1 year old is named Maverick? Yep!!! How perfect!

During family photoshoots (well, actually it’s all the time) I’m looking for the location and strength of the sun, where the shadows are falling, and the cloud patterns in the sky. This evening during this St. Pete family photo shoot we had it all - we had the glowing sun coming through a window in the hanger creating warmth and interesting shadows. And we had a gorgeous blue sky with interesting clouds. Perfection!!

So thrilled to share some of the images!

p.s. this is the what Robin emailed me when she received her gallery (all the heart eyes for this): “I can’t even express to you how much we love these. They’re amazing.  Thank you so much.  We can’t wait to use you for upcoming opportunities and will definitely be telling everyone what a wonderful experience we had with you.  xoxoxxooxox.  A zillion kisses and hugs.  Thank you thank you thank you.”

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Totally love the toddler walk — he went between crawling and taking some steps! This stage passes so quickly, that I love capturing it for them!

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Happy Birthday, Maverick!!!

Your "About Us" Page is Vital!

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Displaying more than a handful of headshots on one web page requires pre-planning if you want it to look professional. If each person provides their own image, you end up with irregular cropping, clashing colors and a disjointed looking page. If you attempt to DIY using the same white wall to make them all the identical, you can end up with inconsistent lighting and unflattering images that when grouped together don’t actually look alike at all. I can help revive your about us page with not so corporate headshots.

With Datis, a company of about 50 (and growing), we discussed their current website re-design to understand the colors and layout which helped us plan out the headshots. From our discussions, I understood they wanted to look approachable, yet professional and for it to be cohesive, but not too matchy-matchy. The logistics of meeting with each employee for their headshot needed to be effortless - not a drive across town. I did a bit of legwork and came up with a few options and presented three themes unique to Datis. The final decision was to use shades of gray with some greenery in addition to requesting the employees wear any shade of blue. We accomplished this within a 5 minute walk of the office only taking 15 minutes of their day.

I also created some “in the office” images that feature their own employees working in their actual office space so Datis can provide potential clients an authentic peek into their company.

Here is a screenshot of their updated live website with the not so corporate headshots I provided them. Want to see what they were using before they hired me? Keep on scrolling.

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Below is their old “about us” website page.

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And take a peek in their office while they collaborate on projects!

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Headshots are the new handshake — they are the first impression you give to potential clients. I’ll help you drastically improve your headshots. Contact me!