I moved to Pensacola in early 2011, and in the 7 years that I'd resided in this beautiful, gulf coast, Florida town, I had never been able to see the Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show! Don't get me wrong - I've seen the blues fly. Heck, I can watch them from my front yard at times. Plus, I've been to the practices on Pensacola Naval Air Station, and I've watched the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show in November from Fort Pickens. But the summer show, that's a commitment I've never been able to make. And honestly, with 3 kids, hitting Casino Beach at 5 am and spending the entire day in the sun was not something I was ever going to be interested in doing.
So, last August, on the day they opened up booking for the 2018 Blue Angels Pensacola Beach Air Show, I cashed in some IHG Reward Club points and booked my family a room for the weekend at the Holiday Inn Express on Pensacola Beach! I was FINALLY going to see my first Beach Air Show!
And for the next 11 months, I looked forward to that weekend in July like a little kid waiting for Christmas. Side note - don't buy me "stuff", gift me an experience - a state park pass, send me to go see the manatees, offer to watch my kids for a day so I can go on a photography adventure, etc! Ok, back to my story.
I blocked the Air Show weekend off on my schedule 11 months in advance to make sure I didn't book any clients (unless they were willing to meet me on the beach in front of my hotel). Then, the opportunity to take the leap into birth photography - my dream - fell into my lap along with a previous client willing to be my "first" and share her photos... and she was due the exact same day as the Air Show!
As my 4 year old would say, "dun, dun, duunnnnn."
If you've read my previous posts, you already know that I took the leap. I decided that if I missed seeing the air show for one more year, it would be worth it to start this new adventure in my Pensacola photography business. Two weeks before the air show, when my client was 38 weeks along, I went on call for her birth photography. But, as expected, the baby girl wasn't interested in an early arrival. So, I touched base with my birth client Friday morning before heading to Pensacola Beach. All was well with her and baby seemed happy staying put for the time being. I packed up my family and headed to the beach, but I also packed my photography bag with everything I'd need if I got "the call". I warned my kids that if I got "the call" we'd all have to go and my amazing on-call nanny would meet us at the hospital to get them because, though I'd be able to get OFF the island, it was very unlikely that she'd be able to get ON the island Saturday.
Then I crossed my fingers!
And it all worked out! I got to see my very first Blue Angels Air Show on Pensacola Beach, and my client's 9 lb 6 oz baby girl was born 4 days later.
In fact, the entire weekend turned out so well that I've already booked our room for 2019!
Now, if you've read my little story and are still here, I'd like to thank you with some of my favorite pictures that I took during the show.
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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