We met Hallie through a model/photographer networking website. After looking at her portfolio, I knew that we had to shoot her. We made contact and scheduled a shoot time and location. Then months passed by, Hallie called us wanting to do an engagement photoshoot. Needless to say we were thrilled to do it. At the time, I had first received my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens and was dying to shoot with it. There was so much energy in the young couple's presence. One could feel their excitement through laughter and playfulness; this translated to amazing attitude in their poses.
Brian and Quynh were one of our very first clients. At our consultation, Brian was skeptical about our experience, as he should be. Brian asked all sort of questions regarding what cameras and lenses we use and if we have any backup of a back up of a backup. Ok maybe that was exaggerated. Meanwhile, Quynh just demanded that she gets great photos.
While working as an engineer, my office was in the Old Cigar Factory in Ybor City, I remember it having charm and character. The trick was gaining access to it on the weekend, so I asked my former boss to give me access. In short, we took the couple on an all day photoshoot started in Ybor City, then Channelside, and ended in Downtown St.Petersburg at 9pm. We were all exhausted but it was so worth it in the end.
We took Thong and Thuy to Point of Rocks in Sarasota, Florida for their pre-wedding photoshoot. I learned of the location after a friend shot a long exposure there; I told myself, we have to shoot the couple there. Upon arrival, the same location where my friend shot at had erected a sign that read "No Trespassing, You Will Be Prosecuted." On top of the legal speed bump, we physically would have to hop over some algae covered rocks above splashing sea water to get there, so we resorted to conducting our photoshoot in a less scenic location. Even then, the scene was still quite surreal.
We had much more luck with our second session which took place in beautiful downtown St.Petersburg, FL. I was going for a look that is different from other shoots by incorporating flash to give it a bit of a commercial feel.
The first time we met Kim for a consultation in a pre-wedding photo session, she was extremely excited; perhaps the most excited bride-to-be that we have ever met. Kim really wanted a nature shoot as that was how her and Alex first met. Not wanting another typical Florida beach or local park location, I suggested that we visit The Devil's Fork Lake in South Carolina where I had visited my niece the summer before. Without hesitation, Kim agreed to the 10 hours road trip! The lake, as I had imagined, did not let us down.
A couple of weeks later, we met again in Channelside Tampa for part 2 of our pre-wedding shoot. The night was cold and the couple was hungry, but they hung in there and allowed us to capture some pretty amazing photos. Thanks to you both and we wish you a wonderful wedding day ahead!