For years, I have attended the annual Easter Parade of the Dunbar Community in Ft. Myers Florida. The way this community celebrates Easter Sunday is like no other. It is an all day event! Church early in the morning, the Easter Parade immediately after and then fun times with family and friends. I decided this year to try to capture the essence of the community to the best of my ability. The parade had the fancy cars with the 24 inch rims, the infamous dance groups, high school bands, churches, local football teams, government agencies and other small businesses & organizations who were involved in the festivities. All in all, there was no drama… the kids got plenty of candy and we had a blast!
This was a big family session! I am used to capturing 2 or 3 people MAX, but this was 11 people! 6 adults, 1 teenager, 3 toddlers and 1 infant! The shoot began approximately at 1 p.m. and lasted about an hour. Talk about the longest hour ever! This shoot was another great learning experience for me. Learning how to position subjects, how to use natural light to the best of my ability and knowing my environment all played a major factor in capturing a great image. It seemed there was often one person off in group pictures and that was a HOT MESS, literally! I believe that I did get everyone looking at ME (or my camera), but some eyes still strayed off into the beautiful surroundings that Centennial Park had to offer.
As mentioned before, the location of the session was at Centennial Park in downtown Fort Myers, FL. The park is perfect for large group sessions or intimate engagement sessions. I took approximately 300+ photos that day, but after trashing the practice shots and “not too great” images, the family ended up with about 200 images. Not bad right?
I won’t post ALL 250 pictures, but I just wanted to briefly showcase some of these amazing images. I think I captured the spirit of Spring, Happiness & Family!
I am still on my journey to becoming a GREAT PHOTOG, but I do recognize that I have a way to go. Each and every client is helping me to improve my craft and I am so so grateful! REALLY I AM!
Thanks to the Harris, Brown & Denson Family for trusting Shay-Capri Photography in capturing your family! 🙂
Two weekends ago I had the pleasure of doing my very first Wedding Photography. Just me! I of course had the help of my cousin Amber, but other than that… It was all me. I was sooooo nervous. Seriously. Only because I did not know what to expect. The theme of the wedding was Country. Yep, No formal attire, or high heels or suits. Jeans, T-shirts, boots and Cowboy Hats.
So yes, very different than most weddings that I have ever attended, but I think it was such a great idea! A low budget wedding, helps save money for a great Honeymoon! Any who, I decided to experiment with doing a Wedding Photo Booth. I’ve seen so many different styles of photo booths online, however I opted out for the more frugal version.
Needless to say, the Photo Booth was a hit! In the beginning, no one really wanted to come “take a pic”, but when one came, they all came! Yay! All of the props were handmade by my cousin Amber and I. We made photo signs that read a variety of sayings like “I came for the cake“, #team bride, “I’m still single” and so on. We also made mustache’s, glasses and lips out of card stock paper and hot glued them to wooden sticks. Other props were Cowboy hats, boas & a personalized Polaroid theme cut out.
The wedding ceremony was not long at all. Not how I expected it anyway & trust me, I am not complaining. The reception was immediately following the wedding outside of the church. There was BBQ style food and the decor consisted of a Cowboy Picnic. Very intimate and cute!
Even though the sun was beaming, and there was NO circulation of wind, the wedding goers were eager and excited about doing the infamous Cha Cha Slide & Cupid Shuffle.
All in all, my first wedding was a great experience! I learned a lot and saw a lot. I am still a beginner in photography, but slowly I am learning my way.Congrats to the bride and groom Stanley & Shantel Wiley!
So I have been wanting to start a blog since forever. Finally, here I am. Not that my life is sooooo interesting that someone would want to know what I am doing (each and every day), but because I need a place to vent! I have so much going on, that I barely have anytime to myself. I know there are people like me, who just wants “free time”. Away from work, school, kids, partners (or lack there of) etc. So I am excited! I have a special place where I can go just to babble. Like what I am doing now. So I can check “blog” off my creative to-do list. Yep.
First post though!