I love taking family portraits, especially during this time of year. No, Florida isn’t known for its snowy evenings or colorful autumn leaves, but the season changes nonetheless. Mostly, the season changes in our big box stores. It might be 100* outside, but they’re going to sell that ugly Christmas sweater no matter what. Family portraits can really be done at anytime here in the south, but there is something nostalgic about doing it during the last few months of the year.
Doing a family portrait fundraiser for my daughter’s school is something new I’m trying this year as a way to give back to the community. Her teacher, Miss Courtney, was one of my first family portraits. She and her lovely family joined me down at Gemini Springs State Park, a gorgeous local park based around a spring and river. It has the true “Old Florida” feeling. Tall oak trees with long tendrils of Spanish moss, palm trees, clear blue waters, and historic buildings. We didn’t see any gators…this time.
The weather was perfectly overcast (thank you Hurricane Eta) which kept all of us from overheating. It had rained that morning, but we had nothing more than a fresh breeze while we wandered around the park.
Courtney has been in Florida for over 25 years! She knew exactly what warm family portraits she wanted that held the true vibe of the south in November. With family in Kentucky, New York and Indiana, she’ll be able to show off her holiday cards and rub it in a little bit while they’re defrosting their car windows. Her favorite thing about living in Florida? Our small town community and, of course, Disney World!
It was an incredible pleasure to see Courtney and her family in their natural Florida environment, and I’m so glad I got to capture it for them.
Courtney and Khaled, thank you for letting me tag along for our walk in the park and family pictures!