Sunset Family Portrait Photography at Clearwater Beach

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They came to Clearwater Beach all the way from Canada. Enjoying some family time at the beach and taking the time out to have some awesome family portraits created at Clearwater Beach. This incredibly sweet family was a pure joy to work with. It seemed like every image we captured from their Clearwater Beach Photography session was a winner. Is it even possible for this gorgeous family to take a bad photo? We don’t think so. We had a wonderful time creating memorable Clearwater Beach Portraits for them, and hope to share the same experience with your family next.

Summer is shaping up to be very busy again for us. We still have session slots available. But keep in mind last summer we photographed over 90 families just in June, July, and August alone. So once summer gets into full swing, our calendar gets packed quick. We can’t wait to meet you and your family next at Clearwater Beach. See you at the beach!

Setting the Perfect Scene for Beautiful Clearwater Beach Family Photography

We wanted to share this image created from yesterday evenings family portrait session on Clearwater Beach. These twins were so fun, and never stopped laughing the entire time. We know they keep Mom and Dad on their toes with lots of silliness, giggling, and mountains of energy.

We always start our Clearwater Beach Family Portrait sessions one hour before the sun is supposed to set and shoot straight on till it gets dark. Lots of times, we get many parents who think their kids won’t last the entire time, and perhaps think a shorter session would be better. Often this reasoning stems from past experiences with other photographers. We always insist on an hour long session at sunset. What’s really interesting is we’ve never had children not last the entire time. Actually we think it is crucial to have as much time as possible in a session and start early. This gives us time to build and earn trust with little ones and get them comfortable with the process. From the first moment we meet a new family, we make it all about the kids. Getting down to their level and engaging them with silliness. Showing them that although we may be strangers, we are silly like them, and this is going to be a fun time at the beach.


We created a wide variety of portraits from each Clearwater Beach photography session. A good mixture of beautiful journalistic images like this one, and a healthy amount of smiley faces looking at the camera. Then of course we throw in all the running images, silly images, and more. We take lots of pictures.

We keep the children moving. We keep them engaged in the process. We keep them stimulated by moving from spot to spot on the beach. That’s how we get them to last the entire session. We don’t stay in one place and make it boring. We don’t force them to do anything. We work around the children, their unique personalities, and moods which can change frequently over the course of a beach portrait.

In this beautiful Clearwater Beach portrait we are sharing here, this is a perfect example of how we set a scene, make the beach photography process stress free, and work with what is going on with the children in the moment. At the point where we set up for this scene at sunset time at the beach, we had already created a TON of portraits. We knew the boys here were starting to reach their threshold of having enough with portrait time at the beach. It was past their bedtime and they were getting hungry. uh oh…. So we did not even attempt any type of classic, looking at the camera family portrait for this scene. Instead. We first place mom and dad in a seated position up against each other at a perfect angle where we knew we would be able to see everybody and grab a beautiful landscape in the background. We wanted to make a romantic portrait interaction between mom and dad, while including the children.  But we directed mom and dad just to play with the kids for a while, pick up sea shells, give them kisses, and just focus on the kids, not the camera. Then in a moment, we saw the perfect scene taking place, and we simply suggested to Dad that he lean over and give mom a kiss. Just like that a beautiful family portrait was created.

We love this Clearwater Beach Family portrait because it has so much going on in it. It shows so much about this young, adorable family. It shows love. You can tell this is a happy family, with so much love between Mom and Dad, with two adorable, energetic, and genuinely happy kids on tow. This to us is what an ideal family portrait communicates. We teach photography every so often to newer photographers. SO many times we see photographers get hung up over gear, and technique like whether to light an image or not, or what kind of camera is best, and other useless knowledge like what f-stop is best. Etc etc. But see, none of that really matters in the grand scheme of things. Because no portrait session is ever the same, conditions are never the same, and equipment matters so little. We photograph family portraits on everything from a Nikon 7100, Nikon D810,  Leica M-E, Fuji X-m1, and Fuji X100t. Sometimes we light our portrait using profoto lighting. But most of the time we just create portraits using nothing but beautiful natural light, and nothing but a standard prime lens. We’ve found equipment matters so little. What matters most is the interaction between the photographer and the people being photographed. Direction and communication matters, and what we don’t mean is posing, we never pose, we just set up a scene and see what happens within the parameters of the scene. There’s no big secret really. It doesn’t matter if you are some Leica Portrait Photographer or a person with an entry level dslr. Equipment matters very little. It is about being a photographer that is comfortable in your own skin, being true to yourself, and being able to communicate ideas effectively.

That’s how we create Clearwater Beach Portraits every day.

That’s the Clearwater Beach Portraits difference, between our work and other work you see around town.

Rain Rain Go Away… Our super secret Indian Rocks Beach Photography location


It was a beautiful day all day long. Then about 40 minutes before this recent portrait session from last week, a giant storm started to take form. The sky looked like something out of Armageddon. The radar forecast around Clearwater Beach looked even worse. Mom was especially disappointed because this was her only day to do this portrait session before leaving for home. She was only here in Clearwater Beach for a very limited time. So we said… Ok, lets just see what we can pull off. We wanted to try and at least get her one or two images, so she didn’t leave empty handed. At least she would have something.


So we began to create some portraits. This little girl in the portraits was amazing. She had so much personality and loved to play to the camera. Which made getting at least a couple initial portraits very easy. The sky started to look worse though after we squeezed in one or two images. Then the authorities started patrolling the beach, telling everyone to get off the beach because of lightning.

The situation just went from bad to worse. It started to look like this portrait session was over.

However, at Clearwater Beach Portraits, we don’t surrender that easily. We knew how important it was to mom to have these pictures. We could hear it in her voice and see it in her eyes how disappointed she was over the weather. We south down the coast and saw the clouds clearing up a few miles down the road. So we made a snap decision.

We told mom to jump in her car and follow us. Our destination? A super secret back up location we had used once or twice before. A little nook around Indian Rocks Beach, a tiny little beach access point. So today we were turning this Clearwater Beach Portrait Session into an Indian Rocks Beach Photography Session. Well… whatever works right?


We arrived to our top secret because location in a matter of minutes. The sky was clearer here, but we had one problem. It was raining. We had a light sprinkle. Not bad. But just enough to be bad for the cameras, and have wet hair and clothes in a matter minutes.

So I turned to mom and said. Well it is the beach. How about we just work with the rain and just go run in the water. Lets turn lemons into lemonade. After all you never know what your going to get.

Mom said, lets go for it….

So we did…


What happened next was magic. We worked fast, directed ideas in a very speedy fashion. Just in case it started pouring at any second. But it never did rain any harder.



The Indian Rocks Beach Photography we captured at out super secret agent location turned out to be absolutely magical. In fact… these portraits turned out so amazing. Perhaps we should make this special Indian Rocks Beach Family Portrait spot a regular choice for families who are vacationing a little further up Gulf Blvd towards St. Petersburg Beach, Redington Shores, and also on Indian Rocks Beach. But we are definitely keeping the name “Our Super Secret Indian Rocks Beach Photography”…. Sounds mysterious, right?

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Another huge wave of recent family portraits created on Clearwater Beach in May!


This image is of an amazing family we photographed just last night on Clearwater Beach! They were a referral from another family we recently met and created portraits for back in March! We had an amazing time with this energetic bunch! Can’t wait to see you at the beach. 🙂


We have a huge wave of recent family portraits created in the month of May so far to share with you. We hope you enjoy these images as much as we did when we created them and got to work with these incredible families. In this latest post to our blog you will find a large variety of Clearwater Beach Photography. Everything from Family Portraits at Clearwater Beach, Senior Portrait Photography at the beach, Engagement Photography at the Beach, and more!

Summer is upon us. We already have a large number of portrait sessions scheduled for summer 2015 at Clearwater Beach, and are booking daily! We hope to hear from you soon. Can’t wait to meet you at Clearwater Beach!

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Clearwater Beach Photography – Highlights – It’s all about those unexpected moments!



Sometimes you just know a portrait session is going to be amazing from the first moment you meet the kids! This was the case when we met this lovely family of five at Clearwater Beach. The moment we introduced ourselves, we knew these kids we’re going to be high-energy and super silly. Just the way we like it! Next up, is a picture from a portrait session which was created a little over a week ago. Much of our Clearwater Beach Photography revolves around setting up a scene. Rather than traditional posing, we instead act like crazy directors on set. That’s how we approach our Beach Portraits and get such natural smiles along with capturing the such special moments every evening. We set up a scene and see what the kids do. Like this funny moment.

We started by setting the scene for Mom and Dad to be in the background of the image, slightly off focus. Then lined the kids up, and told them on the count of 3… 2… 1.. run right into the camera. Setting up a scene like this, always guarantees a great moment is about to be captured. It just works, because children can’t be expected to sit still and be told “smile for the camera”, that is cheesy and unrealistic. We love motion and action in our images. The more going on in the picture the better.

What we weren’t expecting was after we let the kids race. The little guy in this image wanted to keep on running…. and running… pretty much all the way down the beach. Well, leave it up to big brother to take matters into his own hands. What happened next was what we captured in the image above. Big brother dragging little brother back to Mom and Dad. Mom might have been worried that someone was getting his clothes messed up! But we knew in that moment we had an amazing image. The scene was set up perfectly for us to capture it, ensuring all the elements for a perfect image was in place.

Here is the other image of the race which we started with. 🙂

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