My very last photo shoot in Tampa Bay was a James Bond themed portrait session with former photography student Nicole and her husband, and thanks to Dimmitt Automotive, an Aston Martin too! It was a great way to conclude my first 6 years of formally being a professional photographer in that area.
As I just had ACL knee surgery 7 weeks earlier, and this was also the first ever outdoor photo shoot Kiki was with me, it was still a challenging shoot to physically do beside the technical challenges of photographing people with a car. Having taught Nicole a few photography lessons provided the advantage that comes with photographing someone you already know, so that helped a lot, especially that day!
With our Tampa Bay departure day rapidly approaching and with having to do physical therapy for me knee on a daily basis and Kiki needing her annual vaccinations and not knowing if we could find an Aston Martin to use, it was a small miracle all those factors came together at exactly the right time so that I could go to the vet that was near the Dimmitt Automotive dealership that kindly said we could use the Aston Martin as a portrait backdrop for free all on just the day before the day before I was to leave Tampa Bay!!
I was very glad to be able to come up with an idea to bring to life the James Bond themed portraits Nicole wanted, even having an Aston Martin to boot! They dressed the part as you can see and were great keeping cool in such clothes in the sweltering Florida June heat. Kiki did her part staying under a shady tree and letting me take my time trying multiple angles and poses and lighting techniques.
So that is how I concluded my photography time in Tampa Bay. I could not leave before getting a photo of Kiki and I with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage!