Is the whole family heading down to Orange Beach, AL for the holidays this year? Are you already planning a big Spring Break get together on Pensacola Beach, FL?
When is the last time you were all in one place at the same time? When’s the next time you’ll all be together?
What about booking a portrait session while you’re all together?
I LOVE multi-generational portrait sessions – and the bigger the better! The group in the picture above and below – that’s just 3 generations – 17 people. Mom & Dad, their 5 sons, and the son’s families. One of the sons is newly married, and one newly engaged. I’d bet my last dollar that there will be more than 17 of them the next time they call me for a family beach portrait session!
Portrait sessions for extended family groups are a fantastic value because not only do I take pictures of the group as a whole, I also break the group down into each family unit, just grandkids, grandparents with grand kids, siblings, parents with their kids, etc.
So, the next time that the whole family’s together in Pensacola, Orange Beach, or Gulf Shores and surrounding areas – call me!
I think I’ve spent more time on the beach this summer since I moved to south Alabama/ Northwest Florida in 2005. Of course, at least 2/3 of those beach trips were to photograph lovely families like the Rodriguez clan above. But I love it! I’ve had the pleasure of meeting awesome vacationers from all over the United States. I’ve sat in the sand and watched more sunsets this summer than I have in years (possibly ever). I’ve gotten to watch thunderheads roll in over the Gulf of Mexico, watched dolphins splash in the warm water, and marveled at half a dozen rainbows. When I say I love my job, I mean it. 100%!
You know what you don’t see a lot of nowadays? Black and white beach photography. I’m bringing that back. You heard it here first! Just wait and see!
This year, my photography has moved to a more laid back, lifestyle direction. I still take “posed” family portraits but I’m more interested in showing your family dynamic and relationships.
I also try to get your kiddos to play. We need to capture pictures of our children being who they are – playing in the sand, splashing in the water, hunting for the perfect seashell. That gorgeous portrait of your little girl sitting in the sand smiling at the camera may be the canvas that you hang over your mantle. But in twenty years, the picture of her hunting seashells in that beautiful dress with her hair blowing in the wind will take you right back to the summer of 2016 and your family vacation in Orange Beach, AL.
And if I can get mom and dad to play too – MAGIC!!
Your kids are going to think you’re the coolest because “mom let us play in the water with our clothes on.” And hopefully, I’ll get more messages like the one from last week’s client telling me, “Thanks for such a relaxing yet successful session!”
Continuing with our “Family Day” series…
Last week we loaded up the kiddos and headed to Morrison Springs in Ponce de Leon, FL. In the past we’d always gone to Ponce de Leon Springs which is part of the Florida State Park system, but this time we decided to check out something new.
"Morrison Spring discharges an average of 48 million gallons of crystal-clear water each day to create a 250-foot-diameter spring pool and a spring run that flows into the Choctawhatchee River. There are 3 cavities reported at the bottom of the spring pool, 1 of which is 300 feet deep. The spring is popular not only for scuba diving but also for swimming and snorkeling."
If you’ve never been to a spring in Florida, I feel I should warn you – they’re COLD! Between 68° & 70° year round! It’ll take your breath away if you’re not mentally prepared, but it felt fantastic on this HOT July afternoon. The springs are also super clear – like pool water clear.
One thing we loved about Morrison Springs was the small man-made beach. Something we’d felt Ponce de Leon Springs lacked was the option to work your way into the water. Morrison Springs is also MUCH larger spring, so although there were more people around, it didn’t feel as crowded.
Thanks to Walton county, Morrison Springs now has bathroom facilities with outdoor showers, a large pavilion with grills, a wheelchair accessible boardwalk overlooking the springs, a couple of floating, diving platforms, and a boat ramp.
The springs are great for swimming and jumping in the water as well as scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding.
If you’ve never checked out any of northwest Florida’s beautiful springs, you’re really missing out! “Florida is home to more springs than any other state due to its geology, weather, and subsurface water flow.
"Because limestone formations in Florida are more porous than in many other areas, they can hold and transport more water, making the regional Floridan aquifer system one of the most productive freshwater aquifer systems in the world.
Florida receives between 30 and 100 inches of rain per year. Joints and fractures left behind in the limestone can eventually enlarge into water-filled caverns and tunnels. Springs occur when subsurface pressures force water up through an opening to land surface. The combination of highly porous limestones that can hold vast quantities of water, combined with relatively high rainfall amounts and subsurface water flow, are responsible for the occurrence of so many springs in Florida."
Lastly, I'll share a few pictures from previous trips to Ponce de Leon Springs, also in Ponce de Leon, FL.
More information about Florida’s Springs can be found here: http://www.floridasprings.org/
Amanda is the prop buying, location scouting, ponytail sporting, flip flop wearing, owner/ operator/ and woman behind the camera for Finding Beauty in the Ordinary Photography.
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