St Pete Beach Treasure Island FL Family Portraits

For Kristen Sloan Photography, spring break is an especially busy time for family portraits session at our local St Petersburg FL beaches. Scott Krebs and I photographed our clients beach portrait session just before sunset, taking advantage of great golden hour natural light. As the shoot progressed, we brought our lights to photograph some strobed sunset pics which emphasize the gorgeous colors of the sky at sunset and in the minutes afterwards.

My clients spent the week in Florida, vacationing first at Disney World before driving over to St Pete Beach for a few nights at TradeWinds Grand Island Resort. They wanted their daughters to enjoy some Florida beach time, and the girls were fascinated with the water and sand. Scott and I photographed this family at our favorite public beach access point just north of TradeWinds in Treasure Island, FL. This section of beach offers a wide beach, beautiful dunes with sea grass and a lovely curve at the waters edge for sunset portraits.

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treasure island fl sunset family photos kristen sloan photography

treasure island fl sunset family photos kristen sloan photography

treasure island fl sunset family photos kristen sloan photography

treasure island fl sunset family photos kristen sloan photography

It seems like the sky colors are unique every day at sunset; truly one of my favorite aspects of photographing beach portrait sessions on the gulf coast of Florida.

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Vinoy Park St Pete FL Family Baby Portraits

St Petersburg , Florida is generally blessed with amazing winter weather. For my clients we chose Vinoy Park for their family portrait session with their baby daughter. When scheduling  family portrait sessions involving little ones, I find early morning to be the best time of day.

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North Straub and Vinoy Park St Petersburg FL Bridal Portrait

Bridal portraits have been a popular requested portrait session for my business and I love photographing them for a variety of reasons. For this session, the bride was to be married in St Petersburg Florida with her ceremony held at First Presbyterian of St Petersburg and the reception held at the St Petersburg Yacht Club. Scott Krebs and I chose to photograph her at North Straub and Vinoy Park  in St Petersburg FL a few weeks before her wedding weekend. These St Pete Parks surround the harbor and by shooting close to sunset, we were blessed with great cloud and sky colors at the session.

Bridal portrait sessions allow a variety of benefits for the wedding couple. For the bride, she is able to do her hair and make-up trial before the bridal portrait and then see the results in her photographs. The bride is able to put on all of her wedding trousseau and make sure undergarments, jewelry and shoes are coordinating with her dress. With my client at this bridal portrait, she was able to find out how much time it takes to lace her beautiful dress and add that time into her wedding day schedule.

On the actual wedding day, I am rarely allotted the amount of time with the bride alone that I have when I photograph a bridal portrait. This bridal portrait provides her with a relaxed environment to have her photos taken, also allowing her to enjoy the wedding day knowing that she looks amazing. These photos are a supplement to all of the great photos of her which will be captured on her wedding day.

We photographed this portrait session, starting at the Beach Drive Inn where our bride had her hair and make-up styled by Fruma Aharoni. There she put on her dress, assisted by two of her bridesmaids.

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From the Beach Drive Inn we walked over to North Straub Park for some photos on the lawn front of the Vinoy Hotel and Beach Drive. On her wedding day our bride the most adorable fushia wedding shoes, but for the bridal portrait I wanted her to be comfortable and wear a pair that were broken in and similar heel height. I also did not want the fushia wedding shoes to get grass stains on the heels before her wedding day.

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On this afternoon, I loved the sunlight filtered through the clouds and trees.

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Before sunset approached, we walked past the Vinoy Hotel to Vinoy Park for sweeping views of the harbor and St Petersburg Pier. It was a little bit of a walk, but so worth the effort. I can’t imagine having the time to do something like this on an actual wedding day, so it was a pleasure to have some many great opportunities to photograph.vinoy park bridal wedding photos portraits

Throughout the session, I had the lighting expertise of Scott Krebs who utilized two SaberStrips in an inverted L shaped formation to create a lovely softbox effect.

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Don Cesar Wedding with Ceremony at St Johns Vianney in St Pete Beach Florida

My clients planned their destination wedding at the Loews Don Cesar Hotel  in St Pete Beach Florida to allow their guests to enjoy a fall Florida weekend getaway. The couple and their bridal parties got ready at the hotel and were transported to St. Johns Vianney Catholic Church in St Pete Beach Florida for the mid-day ceremony. Afterwards we returned to the Don Cesar for a luncheon reception in the South Terrace Ballroom which features an outdoor patio with sweeping views of the hotel, pool, beach and Gulf of Mexico.

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Beach Portraits at Treasure Island St Pete Beach FL

My clients contacted me to photograph their young family while vacationing in Florida for the week. When photographing  children, I let them play at the beach and relax between posed photos. Sunset is always an ideal time for photos, but can be a tricky time of day as it can be dinnertime or close to bedtime. These little one were troopers, very well behaved for their young age and obsessed with playing in the sand!

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Denver Country Club Summer Bridal Portraits

Congratulations to Margo and Will who were married today at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Denver with their wedding reception held at Denver Country Club.  A few weeks ago I photographed Margo’s bridal portrait at Denver Country Club and these images showcase how beautiful she was today on her wedding day. I am looking forward to posting images from this wedding weekend in the upcoming weeks. In the interim, please enjoy this session.

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Sarasota Bradenton Longboat Key Florida Sunset Beach Portraits

My clients planned their week vacation to Sarasota Bradenton’s Longboat Key Florida during July and contacted me after seeing my previous beach family portrait session on the Kristen Sloan Photography Blog. I selected this public beach location at the mid-point of the Key, which has great dunes, plenty of trees and beautiful sand.

With sunset at approximately 8:25Pm, we began photographing at about 7:00PM and we were blessed with soft filtered natural light courtesy of the clouds. I was nervous earlier in the week, as the west central coast of Florida had experienced several days of all day rain. Luckily the sun shone for us on this day!

I loved the outfits colors that they selected to wear, which really popped in the photographs and worked well with their hair and eye colors.

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Don Cesar Wedding on Saint Pete Beach Florida

My photographer friend James Zambon provided me with the opportunity to photograph a wedding with him at at the historic Don Cesar Hotel on St Pete Beach FL in late April. I love photographing weddings at historic hotels, with the Brown Palace Hotel and Hotel Teatro my former wedding favorites when I lived in Denver for 18 years. Now that I have moved to sunny St Petersburg Florida, I am beyond pleased that historic hotels like the Don Cesar and Vinoy exist as elegant wedding venues.

The Don Cesar aka”Pink Lady” opened in 1928 during the jazz age and some it more notable guests from that era include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Al Capone, Lou Gehrig and Franklin D. Roosevelt. With the recent popularity of the 2013 Great Gatsby film, I envision a Gatsby themed wedding hosted at the Don Cesar. I would love to be the photographer!

Katie and David planned a beautifully simple late April wedding at the Don Cesar where they were able to enjoy the hotels amenities and ideal location on St Pete Beach. I photographed Katie and her bridesmaids getting ready in her balcony suite. James met up and photographed the groom David and his groomsmen in the lobby bar, while I started photographing Katie and the girls in a pretty hallway on the 5th Floor ballroom level.

Katie and David’s ceremony was at 6:30PM in the central Courtyard of the hotel, allowing guests a great vantage  of the hotel point to view and hear their vows. After the ceremony we photographed Katie and David on the beach, along with the bridal party. While the sunset was disappointing this evening, the soft natural light on the beach worked well for photos. Their cocktail hour, dinner and recepetion was held in the North Terrace Ballroom.

Working with James is a pleasure, and we had a great time photographing Katie and David’s wedding. We both have been photographing weddings for a number of years, and its nice to work with a professional who understands how to photographically tell of the story for our clients wedding day.

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