Visiting all the way from Nebraska, the Poe Family were worried about the weather for their candid family beach portrait session. I told them on the phone in the morning that is is impossible to predict what the weather conditions will be like eight hours from now so do not worry. As you can see from the above shot, the rain did not fall on the beach, but the fact that there were storms all around provided for a very dramatic sky background for many of our family beach portraits.
The youngest and I share the same name which he told me with some great excitement when we met. It is good to know parents are still choosing it as a name. For this shot I tried to compose just so that the remaining sun appeared to be resting on his shoulder between his other two siblings.
The father requested this shot having seen an example of it with another family on my website. I believe I first came up with the idea for this type of shot last summer. For me to not be able to see the subjects' faces allows the viewer to wonder even more what the subjects might be thinking of as they look out upon the horizon with all the Sea and Heavens before them.
I did not have to say anything to neither mother nor daughter for this shot. I just placed them within my two speedlights, went back to be able to fit them within the frame and as I turned around they were already having fun so all I had to do was then push the shutter and voila!
The sun itself was really only visible once it dipped below some clouds just above the horizon. From experience I knew this would be the case and I had everyone ready to take advantage of the little time we would have with the sun in such conditions.
In our hour and a half portrait session we made a great variety of shots, which is always my goal as I do not like to shoot a similar shot and always provide the client with very different images, not merely just variations of the same shot. In this session the shot list ranged from of course all the family members, to each individual child shot, to husband and wife and then each parent with one of their children. It was a full session!