August is an awesome time of year for Clearwater Beach Portraits!

 

“I just wanted YOU to know.that I just viewed the pictures and you made me cry they are so perfect.  Thankyou so much I couldnt have asked for more….”
– Stephanie

‘We love the pictures, thanks so much.  I re-create pics of my kids every year on the beach, and I was trying to do it before sunset. (They will probably be on awkward family photos one day lol).’

– Jennifer

It’s always wonderful to receive nice little notes in our email like these from the past weekend. It makes what we do feel so rewarding. When we created and envisioned ClearwaterBeachPortraits.com a few years ago, we set out with the goal to make top notch family photography affordable. We asked ourselves why can’t family portraits be really fun, no hassle, with really amazing image quality, but yet also be really affordable. We took over 12 years of knowledge of owning and operating two brick and mortar photography studios and years of experience shooting countless types of portraiture, and then created the methodology behind Clearwater Beach Portraits. We are now approaching, doing over 200 family portraits a year, so we are happy to declare success.

ClearwaterBeachPortraits.com started as a special social project and grew into a thriving business. We have our customers from all over the country and the entire globe to thank for that.

We usually expect August to be a little slower. With all the kids going back to school and family summer vacations ending. To our pleasant surprise, we are actually proud to boast that we are just about as busy as we were in June and July. That’s a really huge deal for us. It was completely unexpected! This year is going to be a breakthrough year for our business model and we really have YOU to thank for this success story. Clearwater Beach Portraits LLC is really your creation. It was built for you not us, it was built based off of lots of customer feedback about how they use their images and what they really want out of their portrait photography.

So even though getting thank you notes in our email is totally awesome. It’s we that actually want to thank you.

Really, thanks so much for everything. We truly adore all of the families we get to work with.

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Some images from the latest Clearwater Beach photography portrait sessions.

This year has been off to a flying start. February was filled with some really great Clearwater Beach Photography. Be sure to always stay on top of the latest images by visiting our Facebook page here. We had quite a few amazing Clearwater Beach Portrait sessions. Here are some images from just the last week. We had the pleasure of photographing a small wedding and a few family portraits for some out of town guests last week. Looking forward to a few more next week and we are already getting calls for summer sessions from families planning their family portraits around their summer vacations. We’ll be out on the beach creating amazing family portraits. Hope to see you there!

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The things that matter most in life.

Below is an image of my parents, John and Kathy. About seven months ago, my family learned that my Mother had developed cancer that had spread to her lungs. After receiving the news, and once the initial shock wore off, I started to think about about the things that really matter most in life. I remember earlier in the day, before hearing the news, I was mulling over purchasing a new camera, I just had to have it. I was having a case of classic gear acquisition syndrome. I had myself completely convinced that if I just had this new gadget, my life would be much easier and better. When in reality I knew that the three other cameras I currently use on a daily basis, while showing their age, were good enough. After all it’s the photographer not that camera. Yes, it was a classic case of lust and materialism at it’s finest. Then the news dropped …

Suddenly, the concern over my perceived need for new gizmos, were replaced by the feeling and need to respond to this news in a constructive and positive way. Instead of dwelling on the worst that may happen or the unknown, I felt the need to celebrate my Mother. The photographer in me sprang into action. I realized, I didn’t have one single really nice professional quality image of my Mom or my Dad. All I wanted in that moment after the initial shock wore off, was an amazing image of my parents together, and quickly before much more time went by. I felt I was too close to the situation to effectively make a portrait myself, so I called up my good friend Rob Moorman, owner of Moorman Photographics to create a portrait for me.

Heres the finished image of my Mom and Dad, photographed our friends at Moorman Photographics.

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As a photographer, I spend every weekend celebrating other peoples lives photographing weddings, engagements, parties, and family portraits. Most of my weekday evenings are spent photographing family portraits on Clearwater Beach for people vacationing with their families.  Not many people realize this, but while it may seem fun and exciting to be a full time professional photographer, it also has it’s pitfalls which can take a toll on a person. Career photographers are always working at the same exact time everyone else is taking leisure time, spring breaks, summers, and we are especially working throughout all holidays and the periods surrounding them. Often times this means if we have a spouse, children, or close family, that we end up sacrificing a large chunk of our special time with family, to instead spend it documenting and celebrating yours.

(Heres a portrait we did for a family with a similar situation, out at a condo on Clearwater Beach)

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Even though there is a big sacrifice that I make to do what I love. I also realized how lucky I am. See, professional photography to me isn’t about some misguided need to be rich and famous that too many photographers seem to have today. I’ve always strived to make excellent work accessible to everyone. Everyone deserves to be photographed. Photography to me is more like a life-long study in sociology. It’s about having the unique opportunity to interact and work with people who come from all backgrounds and all walks of life. Every time I photograph a client, I learn something new about myself. I grow. I get a broadening sense of the world and humanity. I get to learn about the people I photograph, we share stories, and I get a glimpse into their lives. That is a beautiful thing.

People should be celebrated. Family should be celebrated.

Thats the value of a portrait and the most rewarding thing about being a portraiture photographer.

That latest iPhone you have in your pocket which was probably more expensive than three of our beach sessions will be outdated and obsolete in 6 months. Most of the gadgets and “things
we surround ourselves with, which comes from some perceived need, want, or just simply keeping up with the joneses will be forgotten, replaced, or discarded before you know it. However a beautiful portrait of your family will never be obsolete, it will never be just tossed in the trash, and most importantly it will help you to never forget the things that matter most in life.

Thats the beauty of what we do.