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Family Portraits on the Beach in Clearwater

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The best thing about being a family portrait photographer on the beach in Clearwater is the people that you get to meet every day. We see it all, from small families to giant groups, across multiple generations… and we get to share a few moments with each one. 

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One of the best ideas you will ever have is to get a multi-generational portrait shot on the beach in Clearwater. Trust me on this one, I just recently had my own family portrait done with my parents, their kids, their grandkids and the great=great-grandkids. It’s hanging in a place of prominince in my home as well as the homes of every person in the photograph. Family portraits bring you joy every day!

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Fun times creating Clearwater Beach Photography.

This family was a blast to photograph. When we arrived the kids were already down at the beach splashing around in the water at Clearwater Beach. Laid back good times was what this session was all about. You could really feel the sense of very close bonds this family had with each other. And the couples, talk about some happy couples. Both the couples in this group were so adorable. You could just feel the love. It seemed like every other frame we had during the editing process they were looking at each other with big smiles full of love. That’s an amazing thing to witness. It’s a blessing that we get to share in and capture such moments with countless families every year as we capture their families Clearwater Beach Photography. After photographing hundreds of beach family portraits, I can attest that it really does never get old. Family portraits are never the same experience from one family to the next. We love keeping the kids energized during our portrait sessions on the beach, because we want them to have fun and not feel like getting portraits created is a chore. The kids here were amazing to work with. So full of energy and we’re just really awesome and happy kids. They loved playing at the beach and we loved photographing them. It’s working with the kids which is the best part of the job. It’s always so much fun.

We can’t wait to see you out on the beach next!

We are getting a lot of inquires already for October, November, and even December. So be sure to call us, so we can discuss your family portrait needs at the beach a little earlier this year. Because it is going to be an extremely busy year. We did 93 portrait sessions in June, July, and August alone. So we are preparing for an even busier holiday season. We’re ready for you and your family next!

There’s a reason why we are the busiest photographers at Clearwater Beach. That’s because we listen to our customers needs. We make their Clearwater Beach Photography about them not us. We are silly and crazy, and love getting the kids excited about portraits. We’re very high-energy because we love what we do. We are also experts at communicating our portrait ideas, posing, and creating those journalistic shots.

The biggest reason we hear over and over again from our customers as to why they chose us, was because our work was vibrant and full of life. It had excitement and real enthusiasm in it. We love to hear that. We believe that consistency counts. The Clearwater Beach Photography you see on this website is consistent. We show ALOT of work here throughout all the pages on this website. If you like the photography you see here, then that’s what your going to get. No surprises or excuses with us. That’s the professional difference behind our Clearwater Beach Photography!

We hope to hear from you and your family soon!

Thanks again for checking out our work.

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Some of our latest work – More fantastic Clearwater Beach Photography

It’s been hard to keep up with the blog lately, because we have been extremely busy and focused on getting all of our work turned around in 7-days or less. The month of May was a fantastic month, with many great families to work with. We’ve decided to start a “best of” section which we will be adding to the website to chronicle the best of Clearwater Beach Portraiture year to year, starting this year. In the mean time, please enjoy these images which we have taken in the last week of May. June is now here, and about half of the month is all booked up. So expect to see some more amazing portraiture soon from our awesome Clearwater Beach Photography sessions. We love what we do, and love sharing our work. Hope you enjoy. See you at the beach this summer!

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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.

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“So there we were…” Pirates!

So there we were in the middle of a beautiful Clearwater Beach photography session, when off in the distance we suddenly heard the echo of canons firing. It couldn’t be… Could it?

Pirates!

Luckily for us, they seemed to be the friendly Pirate types. Perhaps they were circling the beach, preparing to come ashore to look for buried treasure. Or maybe, they had just heard that Clearwater Beach was voted the best beach town and just wanted to check out the place and stay a while. Regardless, what a great way to end a session. That little boy will always remember the pirate ship he saw at sunset along the horizon, and the roar of the canons. Captured forever by in a stunning Clearwater Beach Portrait.

If your vacationing on Clearwater Beach, be sure to check out this link http://captmemo.com/ for more information on the Pirate Ship. Your kids will love it.

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