The Martineau Family was visiting Florida from Pennsylvania . . . right in the middle of our stormiest stretch of weather. However, once again I was able to finish the portrait session just before the rain started falling. With three young children our time on Sunset Beach on Treasure Island was very fluid and fast moving. We roved the length of the beach as both my Nikon D300 with Nikkor AF ED 80-200mm f/2.8D lens and Nikon D80 with Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens dangled around my neck allowing me to photograph those near to me and still capture the action happening a bit further away.
Due to the storm's approach Sunset Beach was fairly empty allowing nice clean backgrounds free of beach combers and looky-loos. The Martineau children had free reign to run the shoreline. I wonder if a lack of front teeth allows one to run faster or does it create wind resistance?
While the children did the running the parents did some of the heavy lifting. I wonder, does a child notice the last time they were picked up by their father before they got too big to be picked up anymore? Does the father think, "that was the last time I ever picked up my child." Looks like there are plenty of years left of lifting though in this case.
No rest for the Martineau family that evening. I encouraged them to be as active as possible (especially with dark clouds on the horizon). I even asked them to run twice as the first time was not fast enough! The faster you run, the more natural it looks.
In the end I was very pleased with the variety of shots I was able to make and the fact we all stayed dry the entire time, not taking into account any perspiration after such and active shoot! Thanks again Martineau family for being so cooperative and not afraid to run!