Sanibel photography is always fun but when you have a run of bad weather, it can make it challenging. We tried to photograph the Hebb family over a the coarse of their stay and we had some unusually bad weather that week. So we took the unusual step of rescheduling during the day (rather than sunrise/sunset). Luckily we had a spectacular window, bright sun and blue skies. There was even some blooming Railroad Vine or Beach Morning Glory as it’s also known. According to The South Florida Plant Guide They describe the Railroad Vine as follows: “To call the unique railroad vine a fast growing ground cover is almost an understatement. Like a turbo-charged express train, it makes tracks so rapidly you can almost watch it grow.” Check out The South Florida plant Guide it’s a great resource for local plants.
Anyway back to the Hebbs, we managed to get some terrific shots, the kids did great. So much so we received this amazing compliment…..
“I just received my pictures and they look fantastic! I wanted to say Thank you again even though the weather seemed to be against us at every turn!”
Shooting during the day does have its pluses. Magazines sometimes prefer bright sun type pictures for a lot of shots. Some editors think ‘bright=happy’. While it’s not as flattering as low light photography, we can certainly help softening harsh shadows with the use of external camera flash. The only real drawback to full sun shooting is that it can hard on your eyes. Some people really struggle with squinting during a high sun shoot. If you have sensitive eyes I would not recommend doing a beach family portrait in full sun.
Sanibel photography is certainly more challenging than you might think but with the right tools and willing subjects it is definitely worthwhile.
Thanks to the Hebb family, it was great to meet you guys, come back and see us soon:)