Posted on April 28, 2014
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.
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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Posted on February 24, 2014
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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Posted on July 17, 2013
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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Posted on May 14, 2013
Several times a year I join some fellow strobist photographers and local Tampa Bay models for an on location group photography session. I had met Tiago at a Museum of Fine Arts Saint Petersburg FL Erotic Art opening exhibition a few months prior and decided to invited him to model at our photo session in the Warehouse Arts District of Saint Petersburg, which covers a large area that runs from First Avenue North to Sixth Avenue South and 14th to 28th streets. Starting in 2000, with Saint Petersburg Clay Company, the district has attracted painters, glass blowers, ceramic artists, and metal workers who live and work in this industrial area of Saint Petersburg.
Tiago accepted and joined us at U562 Art Studios and Showroom, a gallery and working artist studio. We walked around the surrounding neighborhood and I spotted this blue pickup and last light in the sky.Working quickly, my assistant hand held one SaberStrip flash modifier for these shots, with my SB-800 inside triggered by a Radio Popper Jr. I shot my D700 with my Nikon 85mm lens at 2.8, ISO 200.
I love how Tiago’s clothes draw upon the blue pickup and then worked very well when I photographed him in front of glass artist Duncan McClellan’s studio doors. I spotted Duncan when we first arrived and he kindly offered for us to shoot in his studios gorgeous gated exterior garden. I thanked him for the generous offer but declined knowing that I had my eye on this door. I love how the light front the Saberstrip shadows the metal work on the door.
I strongly recommend visiting the Saint Petersburg Arts District during on of its Second Friday trolly tours. People can park at any of the stops and hop on the trolley, which will take them to about two dozen studios where art is made and sold.
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Posted on May 2, 2013
Sometimes a trip to the beach is a required break from wedding editing. And photographing a model is a great time to create new images and experiment.
The sunny F16 rules applies to shooting in bright daylight, and as photographers we need to have some serious flash power to match or overpower daylight. I decided to bring my Visatec monolight to Fort DeSoto Beach in Saint Petersburg Florida to experiment with cross lighting the sun.
My model Andrea had the perfect dress for the setting and we decided to keep the shades on!
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Posted on May 1, 2013
Couples pregnancy portrait sessions are becoming popular with my clients, and this pregnancy portrait session showcases this jubilant time in an expecting couples life. Photographed on location the Thomas Center in Gainesville, Florida, we returned to the location where this couple were married. A very sweet, sentimental gesture and the Thomas Center’s grounds are very pretty with mature oaks and spanish moss.
Raindrops did not slow us from photographing this session, and the umbrellas became fun props.
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Posted on May 1, 2013
I photographed portraits of Ann in along scenic Coffee Pot Blvd in Saint Petersburg Florida. Coffe Pot Bayou provides a beautiful backdrop, and I especially love the white stucco spanish style park structures which featured bougainvillea in bloom. As the afternoon light progressed, we sought the golden hour light on the Vinoy Park beach.
During this shoot I mixed available light with fill light provided by two SaberStrips in an upside L formation. The SaberStrips in this formation create a soft box look, and allow space for me to photograph my subject. At times I used the fill light, at other times I just shot available light.
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