When shooting a successful session the stars pretty much need to align. And some of those stars can’t be controlled. Weather and light are two huge factors when shooting on location. Sometimes they cooperate and sometimes they don’t. It is up to me to somehow turn those two things around and rock the session. Two factors I can control, or at least have some say in, is outfit choices and direction. Direction given allows each client to feel comfortable to give me raw and real emotion. That is what makes a good photographer. Being able to make ourselves at home in the client’s mind which allows them to trust us and do all that we ask. I want each family to feel there are no bystanders watching. By doing this the images speak to me with emotion that isn’t staged. You can see that here is this series of images. Oh…and let’s not overlook outfit choices. If Victoria would have picked bright neon colors how would you feel about the images? Since this is a beach session I advised that the colors be neutral and calming. Well done Victoria!
The Albert family gave me so much to work with. They were in the moment from the very first shutter snap up until the last. They were not bashful and showed me their true love for each other. THAT is what I gravitate towards and it shows in their images. Beach sessions are really hard for me. Why? Well for starters I don’t shoot them often because I don’t get many requests for them. Second, the lighting on the coast is either really beautiful or really dreary. If it is an overcast day you will not have those gorgeous colors that brighten up the sky which is a turn off for mosts clients. Sometimes you never know what you are going to get until the day of the session. How lucky for us to have the most beautiful beach session I have ever shot. The sky, the color of the sand, and the rock formations really made this location unique. This is my new favorite beach location.
The stars did align for the Albert family and I couldn’t be prouder of what came from it. Thank you Victoria and to your beautiful family. It was a pleasure working with you. I am looking forward to the next clients who books a beach session!