The last two Thursdays have been filled with windshield-time, me a week ago and both of us this past one. And both were for the same purpose: Time behind a different type of glass...a camera lens. I'm trying to give Kayla plenty of choices for the casual version of a senior picture for her yearbook. This trip we brought Kayla home with us for both some family time and some different backdrops for those pictures. We hit a few spots in Pensacola and then headed for the beach.
The first stop was this enormous live oak tree adjacent to the city tennis courts. The huge low limbs offer lots of possibilities and you frequently see bridal shoots in progress when you drive by. Kayla gave a thumbs-up to this particular shot.
Grandpa, however, preferred this one of her perched up on one of those limbs. She looks relaxed and natural in this photo.
After a couple of other stops, we headed for the beach. This shot taken under the pier is kind of fun but probably not senior pictures material. I do love the interest the pilings on the pier add to the photo.
It was more of a challenge to get a great photo at the beach because of the glare. Although it doesn't look like it in this shot, there was quite a bit of cloud cover. In fact, we were worried about an afternoon thunderstorm cutting our session short...we have those almost daily this time of year. Fortunately, the sprinkles held off until we were almost done. This picture has possibilities but it might be better if the big sea oat behind her disappeared.
I tend to like the full-shade shots better because more of the eyes show up but there isn't much full shade at the beach. This one is pretty good under the circumstances.
There is, however, shade at Ft. Pickens so we took some there. While I like this photo, I already know Kayla's opinion. She says her smile is forced because she was worrying about ants biting her feet. They.were.everywhere. Had I known, I'd have carried a can of ant spray and treated the area where she needed to stand.
She looks very relaxed and Kayla-like in this pose on the beach at Ft. Pickens. Again, it's cute but probably not senior picture worthy.
Of all that we took on Friday, this might be my favorite and it's one of Grandpa's too. Does it beat out some we took in the first session? I'm not sure but it's a contender.