One of my favorite things about photography is getting to know and love my clients. It is such a privilege to have clients that allow me to be apart of the monumental moments in their life, as well as some of their everyday ones. Sometimes that relationship turns in to a very long and wonderful friendship.
Sometimes, on the other hand, you have people that are friends first, and then you get to photograph them. 🙂 This family happens to be good friends of my husband and mine, but this was the first time I’d had the opportunity to photograph them. It’s possible you’re sick of hearing me say things like, ‘since I’m new to south Florida’ and I know that I’ve been here for over a year now. However, I’m afraid I have to say it again. Much as we love it here, it’s just a huge change, both good and different. I saw a massive raccoon climb a tree and stare at me as I moved by the other day. A Sandhill Crane and I had a stare down in the road yesterday (he wouldn’t move and was annoyed that I was trying to drive on his road). And this weekend we were swimming (technically speaking, we didn’t get that close!) with the sea turtles. I’m still working on my adjustment. Now in California, I lived in a place that had a beautiful lake and although there were some incredible and diverse portrait locations, it was not uncommon for people to call me and say ‘we’d just love to have our pictures done at the lake‘. Now don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the lake, it simply was something I’d just shot a lot. Each portrait session is important to me. It’s important to me for you to see your family in a way you maybe hadn’t before, to show you a different side of something you think you know well. To make images for you that are completely unique to who you are. So, I love finding new and different locations and trying new things to keep that creativity alive. No offense to the lake.
I said all that to say, I’m sure that at some point I might get tired of the ‘let’s do portraits on the beach‘ thing that being in south Florida brings opportunities for so often. However, I’m not at that point yet. Right now I’m new enough to this place that I am still thoroughly enjoying every beach portrait session I have, and as giddy as everyone else about the beaches here.
Especially with these guys. So when my friends said they wanted to do their portraits on the beach, I was kinda excited. We chose The House of Refuge in Stuart for our family portrait session. House of Refuge is a popular wedding venue in south Florida, a historic building and a just genuinely beautiful area. I love shooting here and the images we can get.
There is so much I could say about these guys, and anyone that knows them would have much to say as well. These guys have just been there for us, and we completely love them. They genuinely love each other, love God and love people. It makes them a joy to be around. Enjoy.