We like these guys. Although we’ve only been in south Florida for about 2 years now, in that short time, we have made some beautiful connections with incredible people. This guy, he’s one of them. He’s single dad-ing it, and rocking it completely. He hangs out with us a lot and he can even model in a pinch. When my ‘groom’ model dropped out at the last minute for a styled wedding shoot we worked forever on, I called him and said…ok I know this is odd…but please say you’ll do it. He did. It was epic.
When we were planning his dad and daughter portrait session, we talked about a couple of different ideas for a natural light location. He was super cool in just trusting what my vision was. One of the things I try and do is know my client a bit to be able to find a location that I think can showcase who you are as a couple or as a person in your photography. In this case I actually know these guys super well so it made that part of the job super easy. One of the coolest things about this guy is that he’s completely into being a great dad, and although he’s been known to let his daughter paint his toenails on occasion, you can usually find them fishing together. 🙂 This Stuart area location is one of their favorite fishing spots. How cool is that?
As most small children go, M wasn’t super excited about me taking her picture for more than say, 30 seconds! So we just played and walked and I did the paparazzi thing the whole time. Jumping out of bushes and such. 😉 Hey, whatever it takes. Our turtle friend was very helpful because she completely forgot about me while she followed him around. Thank you turtle friend.
I have to admit that I got a little choked up once, as dad was tying M’s shoes. It was a simple moment, and one I captured with one frame of the camera. But as much as he probably ties her shoe 100 times a day, and doesn’t think anything of it, I know someday he’ll be dancing with her at her wedding and trying to understand when she had time to grow up. That one snap becomes such a beautiful reminder of this, right now moment, with fishing, untied shoelaces and chasing after turtles.