A few months ago Melanie contacted me from South Dakota about having family beach portraits here in Florida when her family was to come down on vacation. I always like to photograph out of state families as they have full appreciation for the beauty of our Gulf beaches. Locals I guess get used to spectacular sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico. A large storm was scheduled to roll over central Florida around the time of our scheduled portrait session, but we stayed dry and were treated to dramatic stormy skies for use as backgrounds.
The sky kept changing from dark blue (see top image) to fiery yellow (above) to metallic purple (see below). I had never seen it go through such a range of color before. Often the intensity of one color will vary, but to get three distinct background colors was unprecedented.
One other good thing about the stormy weather is that it kept almost all the people away from Sunset Beach, so we had no trouble making the above shot of Melanie's family talking a long walk down the shoreline. I was able to make the shot I wanted to in just one take.
What a great feeling to be tossed up into the air, especially when you never know if you will land in the ocean! Too bad it is not common for someone to be able to toss 185 pounds into the air. I would like to be able to touch the sky too!
I titled the above photo, "The Fighter." I would say he is a southpaw by the looks of things. I am glad I was using my Nikkor AF ED 80-200mm f/2.8D lens from a distance for this shot and was at no risk of that left hook!
Their dad had all sorts of shall I say "unique" expressions to get the children to look at me, such as "Elmo is coming out of the top of his head," and the like. I had not heard that one before but it worked so that's all that matters. It was a fun challenge photographing this family of five and I am very pleased with the results the stormy skies provided.