Caitie Beth Nelson
Destin + 30A Family + Senior Portrait Photographer
We began planning our session together months in advance. This was no last minute event for Sharon, and email conversations with me would not do. This had to be perfect. Her adult sons and families were flying in to Santa Rosa Beach for their family reunion vacation. No one in this group was from Florida, and to all be here at the beach together was something special.
We talked all about it together on the phone, which honestly, is my preferred method of conversation. A lot of our clients drive or fly into the 30A and Destin areas from out of state. Choosing a photographer without an initial in-person consultation, or even a referral from a friend, can feel risky. For Sharon, it was a big risk. The family had gathered together a couple of years before for a beach vacation and hired a photographer for formal portraits on the beach. Her experience with the photographer during the session was uncomfortable, and the images she received were such a low quality that they could not be used as prints. It was a waste of their time, and disappointing, to say the least. I was glad to hear about her experience and assure her that our time together would be different. My product would be exceptional.
After our initial conversation, Sharon emailed a picture to me of a gorgeous family portrait she had hanging in her home. Clearly, this was a prized possession. She wanted me to create a portrait that was just as gorgeous with all the new family members. I was excited to begin working with her. I don’t work to create digital files; I create art. What I do is meant to be seen off of the screen on with the eyes on a wall or in an album to be held in hand. I want to evoke emotions. I wanted Sharon to feel just as proud looking at the portrait we created as she did with the portrait she already had. So, that’s what I set out to do.
We planned outfits. We set a date. We planned to meet at her beach access in Seagrove Beach.
Then, on the day of our portrait session, thunderstorms were expected — and they sure came down. We kept in touch throughout the day and Sharon felt confident that it would all work out. She told me all about their family luck, and she just knew it would kick in today.
(I felt confident, too, but that’s because our summer storms almost always clear up for a sunset portrait session ;) )
As everyone gathered for our portrait session to begin we saw a rainbow. Caplan luck had saved the day, indeed. And we went on to create stunning beach portraits that evening.
A few months later, a very proud Sharon shared a picture with me. It was a portrait I had taken that evening, printed and ready to be hung up and proudly displayed.
Choosing your beach photographer is important. We serve clients in the Seaside, Seagrove Beach, Destin, 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Alys Beach, and surrounding areas and this means we serve tourists. Your vacation time is precious and you need a photographer you can trust. Contact us for more information so we can plan your perfect beach portrait session.
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