One last Florida shoot

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Of course my final Florida shoot would be on a beach.

But while the beach shoot was planned, the fact that it was my final Florida shoot was not.

Kayla and I decided to spend a morning at Clearwater Beach, which is one of the country’s best beaches. And as such, we were up nice and early.

Despite not being able to use my lights (a Clearwater PD officer nicely said I needed a permit to do flash photography), we still had an awesome time.

And I’m so glad that we did.

I’m writing this post from Durham, N.C., where I’ve since returned to where it all began. It was in Durham back when I was a reporter for the News & Observer (2005 - 2010) that I really started taking photography seriously.

So while I’ll miss some things about Florida - including Kayla, who became a great friend and one of my go-to models - I’m one who definitely prefers seasons.

Finding one's song on a beach

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For once, this is a photoshoot on a beach NOT in Florida, lol.

While in Atlanta recently, I reached out to a few models hoping to fill some free time.

It so happens Mia is a model who is also coming out with an album and was looking for some promotional pictures. 

So we went out to Pine Lake Beach, located right outside the city, and made some magic in the sand.

As any shooter knows, a good MUA makes their job so much easier, and Brooke Brown was able to do just that.

Do you need a maternity shoot? If you're pregnant, the answer is yes

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Of course it's in my best interest to tell you, the expectant mother, that you need a maternity shoot.

But the reason is much bigger than capturing great pictures.

Expectant mothers, especially those expecting their first child, endure an unique journey. Not only do they have a glow, but there's great excitement in having new life growing inside of them.

There's so much hope. So many dreams.

None of that can be captured once the baby arrives.

This is why professional photography is so important, for you want to capture moments like that before they go away - moments that Keren nearly missed.

Keren, who is a few away from giving birth, didn't want maternity pictures at first. But her friends told her she would regret not doing them.

Our mini session in St. Petersburg validated that.

Creativity in milk

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My goal is to create art when I work with models.

A pretty person in front of a pretty background? Easy.

Taking that same pretty person and creating a feeling, thought or emotion? That's the type of work I love doing.

Especially when taking everyday items and creating something unexpected.

African royalty

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This shoot came together with one look of the dress.

We had a completely different concept planned, but after seeing the dress, which she never wore before, I immediately thought of African royalty.

Then I thought of Black Panther. And yes, I also thought of Black History Month.

Talk about perfect timing for this shoot.