Seasons greetings everyone!
When Destiny reached out to me inquiring if I would be interested capturing her family photos for her Christmas card/Family portraits I was thrilled at the opportunity. Because I am still a newb in the C.S.R.A and have a lot to learn in terms of scouting interesting locations for photoshoots; I am always looking to try new places. I had heard of Brickpond Park by many photographers in the area who go there for sessions with their clients. I personally have never been there. So the day before my session with Destiny and her kids I decided to scout the area. When I got there I was a bit thrown off. While it was a very picturesque, it did have have a warning marker throughout. A marker that really doesn't go unnoticed. Beware of Alligators!!! Do not attempt to feed or harass if encountering one. *Gulp*
As I walked through the area getting ideas for the session, I kept my eyes on the water......just in case. Toward the end of my scouting throughout the park I decided to head on back. As I walked back across one of the many ponds I peered out into the distance and notice something still and staring at me. It was an alligator alright! About 7-8 feet. I noticed a stray dog in the area just moving along the edge of the pond. The alligator didn't seem to be interested. It just stayed there minding its own business. After all that, I still felt that it was safe enough to have the photos taken there. Worse case scenario I could just beat it with my gigantic Canon 70-200 lens ;-p
On the day of the photo session, Destiny bought her very photogenic kids Pierre, Carter and the newest edition to the family baby Salih! Pierre was very helpful throughout the session helping me and his mother out with anything we needed to capture the best photos we possibly could. Carter is just full of personality and kept us laughing throughout. Baby Salih did what most newborns do.....sleep hahaha. However, she did wake up from time to time just to give me a look. All in all, I believe I captured some of my best photos that day and it will definitely have a home in the IMP portfolio body of work. I would like to thank Destiny for supporting and trusting me with photographing her family. I look forward to photographing her family again in the near future!