Virginia Beach portrait session with Gwen Cruz

The time to book a sunrise/sunset beach session is now.

It’s hard to believe that the 2014 beach season is winding down. It just doesn’t seem possible but it’s true. Just this morning I noticed more than a few dead leaves twirling and dancing around on the ground from a gentile breeze. Heck, today is also the first full day of NFL games.

I don’t know about you but I’m not ready to give it up just yet.  I truly belong shooting on the beach. Don’t get me wrong, I’m already thinking about and planning on cooler weather sessions like fall fashion and boudoir. I just truly feel the most complete when there’s sand under me and warm water nearby. There’s still a ton of beach/fashion/fitness/beauty, etc., images I want to get with newcomers and veterans this season.

Speaking of working with veterans I had the chance to work with Gwen Cruz recently. We joined forces once again to create something wonderful. This woman has become part of my inner core of people that just makes my heart and camera sing.

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We really don’t have to talk anymore during the session as we are totally attuned to each other. This means I can sit back, figuratively, and concentrate on getting the best exposures and compositions. I can also take the opportunity to try new things that may or may not work as she understands the process and is patient with me. Taking 20 minutes to play with the light that sometimes doesn’t work out would be unheard of in a regular session.

This helps me grow as an artist. Plus I take the lessons learned and bring them to future sessions with everybody.

This is why working with the same person over time is a boon to both parties. Sure, you’re going to get some great images by working with me once. Just imagine, however, how much stronger the images will be from a second session where most of the jitters and nerves associated with the first time are gone. There is a bedrock of trust and confidence that we can build upon for the second, third, fourth time.

The results never disappoint.

Think about it – once we find someone that does a great job – we keep going back to them. Family doctors, hairstylists, mechanics, etc. Once we form a good bond with a professional that treats us right, we stick with them.

It should be the same way with photographers.

Anyhow, it’s time to clean up the place a little bit, get some editing done, order a pizza, and start watching the football pre-game shows.

Don’t forget to contact me asap about a beach session before it gets too cold out there. Parkas rarely look good in a beach session.

Gear used: Nikon D7000, Nikon speedlight, 35-70 2.8D lens, CowboyStudio radio units

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