Wednesday, September 15

Church Street Shooting | Orlando Florida Senior Portrait & Model Photographer

Wow. It has been so long since I have been to Church Street in Orlando! I remember frequenting it when I was much younger, but back then it was called Church Street Station and was one of the few places to go in Orlando. This was long before City Walk and Downtown Disney showed up in the Orlando night life scene. The last time I was there must have been at least 20 years ago!

I finally visited it again a couple of weekends ago, to shoot pictures. What a great backdrop for portraits the area makes. With it's red brick and railroad tracks, there are so many great scenes that can be staged in this area. I had a lot of fun shooting that day with a great group of people. You can see all of the shots from the Church Street Shoot on my website.

Jolene was gem to work with. Her bright blue eyes, beautiful smile and warm personality really showed on camera. I was amazed at how well her skin photographed for me as well...just so gorgeous and creamy. She was kicking it in her cowboy boots and hat too! Simply lovely girl. I hope to work with her again.

Model Jolene in Cowboy Boots and Hat

Zahide was so fun to shoot. She definately took the cake when it comes to shoes. I want her shoe collection. Here is a shot of her wearing the same Gucci "Helena" cutout boots as Angelina Jolie did in the August 2010 issue of Vanity Fair. Looking at her you could never believe that she is the mom to two kids. She just doesn't look old enough! Her kids, who accompanied her on the shoot, were two of the most well behaved children I have seen in a long time. I can tell she is a great mom, and beautiful both inside and out!

Model Zahide in Gucci Helena Cutout Boots

Lissette definately knew how to work the camera. It was obvious that she has spent some time modeling. Her skin was gorgeous and I couldn't take enough close up shots of her! She could work a hat like no one I have shot so far!

Because of the tight spaces, I got to work with my Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8D, also known as the "nifty fifty," doing close up shots on the sidewalk, and was very pleased with the results. I am sure she thought I was a fool, "oohing" and "ahhing" over my shots with it, but it is a fairly new lens for me and I haven't used it all that much. It certainly lived up to the "hype" I had heard about it! I can't believe such an inexpensive lens does such great work. Though I tend to be a "zoom" type shooter, I have actually been rethinking that style of shooting, as of late, and will begin working more with my prime lenses. The quality is superb, as evidenced in this shot of her below.

Model Lissette in Fashionable Hat with Flower

Rounding out the subjects for the day were a group of fun friends – Zhenya, Jazzmyn, Tamila and Vahid. Another set of people I would like to work with in the future again!

Zhenya and Jazzmyn make such a great couple. They look like they really enjoy being in each others company! Loved shooting them and was sorry I didn't get a chance to take more of them, but was very happy with the shots I did get of them!

Zhenya and Jazzmyn Share a Look

Tamila is Zhenya's sister and she was great fun to work with. She had plenty of great ideas of her own for shots, which was wonderful. I can tell she has a great personality and is such fun to be around, not too mention beautiful.

Model Tamila in Blue Dress

I actually did a double take when I met Vahid. He looked so familiar to me! I finally came to realize that I had shot him previously at another session and already had some great pics of him in my gallery. That was crazy! Here is one of him posing with Jolene.

Vahid and Jolene in Front of Brick Wall

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I am a portrait and fine art photographer, servicing the Central Florida area. I have had a love of photography for as long as I can remember. Having spent 15+ years of my adult life as a graphic designer, I knew I had a creative mind and a visual eye for things. While design was my forte, I always carried a camera everywhere, and somehow was the "designated photographer" at just about every event I attended. But, it wasn't until I picked up my first "real camera," a Nikon DSLR, in 2008, that I really knew photography was what I was meant to do with my life! I photographed everything in sight, after getting that camera. But, I knew early on that I was meant to photograph people. I just genuinely love faces! All faces. I could look at faces all day long. Faces are just beautiful to me. Doesn't matter the age, the color, the shape or the size. I find nothing more fascinating then faces.
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