All day it was overcast. Then at 5:30pm it rained. However, by our family beach portrait session time of 7:50pm the skies were clear and the sun emerged providing an excellent backdrop for the Stanton Family's photographs on Sunset Beach, Treasure Island, St. Petersburg, Florida. I have mostly been pretty lucky with weather regarding sunset photo shoots. The streak continued yesterday.
I do not think I have ever seen kids remain as dry as the sisters above did when so close to the water's edge! They were fun to photograph as they readily showed their sibling affection for each other. I had my speedlights set in place to light them and dialed in the best shutter speed to pull in the remaining light from the sunset sky.
Their father joined them for a sunset portrait of their own. He did a good job of corraling them as there were starting to become more active! I just made sure no one jumped in front of the setting sun as I was composing the shot.
Of course mom had to get in for a photograph of her own with her daughters. With the setting sun as a constant deadline, it is important to have your lighting and camera settings dialed in so that you can quickly and easily move in new people for the next shot when shooting a sunset portrait session. You can note that I used exactly the same settings for the above three shots: f/5.6 ISO 200 1/160th and the same strobist settings as well. I believe I did not even change the speedlight positions either since both the mother and father got to the same eye level as their daughters.
It was a very fun family beach portrait session that went as smoothly as any I have ever photographed before and it was good to continue my lucky streak of avoiding rain!