Ah, these two. Even sitting down to write this blog, I actually feel a little giddy in thinking about what to say about this couple. They are really, truly, amazing people. Cheryl and Travis are genuinely the kind of people that you want to hang out with and spend time with. They’re fun to be around, they care about other people, and they will make you laugh all day long.
When we were planning their session we talked about doing multiple locations and starting off nice and early. I really wanted to take them to the see the sunrise and make images right on the beach as the sun came out of the water. It’s always a little bit tricky when you tell a client; “guess what, I’m so excited to make your images and it’s going to be really fun when we’re hanging out at 6 a.m.!” lol These guys they were up for anything and the early morning didn’t faze them at all.
We arrived at the Hobe Sound beach just about 10 minutes before the sun came out of the water. Sunrise here in South Florida is probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Although I desperately miss sunsets at home at 7000 feet in the Southern California mountains, South Florida sunrises are definitely its sea level counterpart.
I am one of those photographers that will talk to you non-stop as we’re making portraits. It’s really part of wanting you to be comfortable in front of the camera. I say weird things, I make odd jokes, I interact with you a lot. While we stood there watching the sun coming out of the ocean (and my camera clicking away), I don’t even think I said any words at all for at least 20 minutes. It was so breathtakingly beautiful and I was having so much fun shooting away that they probably forgot I was standing off in the distance taking portraits. Once the sun came up out of the ocean, I was able to catch my breath a little bit and then we played with some more editorial / lifestyle type portraits on the ocean.
From there, we went to another favorite location of mine, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, which is just about 30 minutes north of West Palm Beach. Jonathan Dickinson State Park is a super fun location because it’s really massive, you can have a lot of different terrain and get a lot of different looks right in the same spot. Everything from “the highest place in South Florida” which you shouldn’t get too excited about because it’s only 86 feet…. don’t get me started, South Florida, I think you’re kind of funny… But it also houses a beautiful river, tons of woods, hiking trails, desert-ish areas, at least as ‘desert-ish’ as you can get in the jungle.
Travis won the client of the year award (yes, I’m having a plaque made up) when I woefully looked over at a beautiful field that I was planning to have them stand in, to see it completely filled up with water from the rain the night before. I said, “I wish I had a way to get you guys out there.” He looked at me, looked at Cheryl, walked over and picked her up and carried her out in the middle of the water.
Favorite. Client. Ever.
Cheryl and Travis, thank you for trusting me and going on a very early morning adventure with me. I think it’s probably safe to say we have some pretty adventurous memories that we wont be forgetting anytime soon. 😉 Everyone else, enjoy.