This was the moment. In January 2016 I reached out to Jasmine and asked if she would be interested in collaborating her blog ideas with my photography skills. We met up to discuss our thoughts and we were on the exact same page as far as our combined vision. We both have a distinct desire and inclination to succeed. We planned the date of our first photo session and marked it on our calendars. I told Jasmine to pick a location she loved, so we headed up towards the Fort Myers Beach area, more specifically Bowditch Point Park.
We arrived at Bowditch and luckily found a good parking spot, considering everyone wants to get a glimpse of the sunset. The area was surprisingly quiet and only a few other guests were around. I had previously been to Bowditch for a beach day fishing trip and I explored the East side (bay side) of the peninsula. Jasmine and I headed to the West side which provided a much wider beach area with a long stretch of sand. We approached a boardwalk and it's "landmarked" as our first photo location (how fun!). The top left photo, pictured above, is the boardwalk area I'm talking about. Jasmine and I both feel comfortable communicating our ideas; this is why it's so great to work with her.
These photos were captured in the evening, about 40 minutes before sunset. Naturally, along the West coast of Florida, you can find breathtaking views because the sun sets in the West. Capturing a soft sunset was a key objective that Jasmine and I agreed upon prior to this photo session. The ocean breeze had a contributing factor in blowing Jasmine's hair and dress, which made the photos fun and playful. Incorporating movement into photos is something that I love because it makes the photo feel alive.
About half way through the session, Jasmine changed out of her chambray dress and into a floral romper from Lulu's. We continued walking down the beach and found an area with big, boulder-like rocks that set the perfect look alike scene as if we were in Colorado. Jasmine's soft curls gave a relaxed and effortless look against the rough rocks. As I mentioned before, we were aiming to capture the soft sunset and the purpose of this was to capture the soft lighting as well. Jasmine's skin tone and complexion are enhanced with the soft, natural lighting. To achieve this, switch your DSLR camera to the landscape setting with the flash turned off.
Bowditch Beach was at low tide which gave an even more vast beach landscape to work with. The sand that had been covered with ocean water earlier in the day was left with tiny water ripple marks. The sky was full of lots of blue hues, which complimented Jasmine's floral romper and blue flash lens Ray-Bans.
The photo below has to be one of my favorite shots because everything in the scene goes together and makes sense. It appears to be a cohesive image with soft rolling-ripples in the water and a watercolor blended sky. This was a particularly overcast day, but the clouds ended up working in our favor and provided a harmonious sky-scape.
I enjoyed the wide angle of the horizon we were able to capture at this location. I recommend traveling to Bowditch for sunset photo shoots, but keep in mind that you should plan to arrive before the sun is setting because you're working against the clock to capture the soft lighting.
Thanks for tagging along with me on this exciting journey!