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Florida Keys Photographer In Love With Family Photography

Capturing Moments That Really Matter
https://www.baysidekeylargo.com

In Love With Family Photography

Whether it is a loving family photography session for you and the family at Bayside Inn in Key Largo, that you seek or the fact that as a mother of four and professional photographer I am actually truly loving family photography sessions this fall. Well either way. Loving is the verb and the adjective. Someone with a PhD in language please weigh in here!

Florida Keys Photography Skills – Never Stop Creating

The Key Largo Chamber of Commerce are an amazing resource for me. And all their members are lucky to have the advantage of their email blasts and other marketing that is included with membership. The seasonal family photo sessions below are ALL a result of the work of the Key Largo Chamber Of Commerce’s email blasts.

Every call I received has been in response the their marketing. So. Massive Thanks. Proud to support local business and the community. And I recommend sending them your marketing dollars this year. Instead of your out of town options.

Nothing works better than local business networking. Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Google Ads. Save it. Invest in the local chamber of commerce and other business network organizations. It works like word of mouth used to before covid.

My Photography Why’s

‘CHILD OF TWO REFUGEES, MOTIVATED BY EMPATHY, FREEDOM & COMMERCE. VERY DEEPLY INSPIRED BY A DIVERSE WORLD & POWERFUL CULTURAL STORIES.’

Sunset Photography Sessions
Islamorada, Florida at the iconic
Founders Park Beach

Florida Keys Photographers – A Comment from Key Largo.

The pandemic shrank all our lives to a few square feet. Lucky we could still walk dogs and go to the store. Not everywhere was so free. Other countries, the stories from the world wide social media and news….backed up by what we heard over the phone from people in Europe, India, Thailand.

Florida Keys Photographers – Staying Close To Home

Individual stories are incredibly hard to hear. Especially the ones that were describing getting stuck with no help, stuck far from home, no way to get back, not being allowed out at all to get food for the family, or necessary drugs. Loneliness. And no income. And slipping down into no hope. How did you cope? I stayed busy, insanely.

Climbing back out of that!! It has been a very challenging journey. For us all! I, personally maintained my emotional balance & survived by hugging the kids more, walking the dogs three times a day! Reading non stop. Staying away from negative stories and people. Avoiding anything but life threatening arguments. And polishing my film making and photographic skills. I have a few people to really thank for that!

Family, Wedding, Drone Photography Sessions.

Family, Wedding, Drone Photography Sessions
Islamorada, Florida

Bayside Inn, Key Largo, Family Photography Sessions

Sunset Photography Sessions
Key Largo, Florida at Bayside Inn in Key Largo

Florida Keys Photographers – Not Just Practice, I Love The Competition.

I’ve seen and worked with some of these dreamy talents below. This group of talented photographing ladies are the not all based here but all work as Florida Keys Photographers on occasion. These are the ones I follow religiously. And love their stories the most. Their vibe, demeanor and general overall character are my faves. Their work has influenced me with a variety of soft hues and sharp focus and every kind of edit in between. Always professionally creative!

I have enjoyed you all ladies. In particular you kept me up and challenged during these last 12 months. Bravo! Do, please, continue being admirable.

Poirier Wedding Photography

Ania Burre Photography

Conch Republic Photography

Mariela Care Photography

Claudia Rios Photography

Yolanda Hill Photography

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happy photographer smiles while she makes video

I am a happy photographer who smiles when she makes video and flies her drone, whilst tapping out her favourite tune on her knee. We love this work. (FYI – in case you did not notice, this post is all about me – but in the process it’s about your journey too. You – oh fellow creator of life changing, human improving content!)

I AM A HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHER

Being a happy photographer means you’ve balanced work that generates payment with work you love to make. Means you make photographs because you love the work, and you have the creativity and energy to continue learning a little each time. And sharing. And bringing love into people’s lives. (and I can shoot photo even when a migraine is in full swing…something about being behind the lens…it’s magical healing powers)

HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHER SMILES WHILE MAKING VIDEO

Being a smiling video maker means you’ve (hopefully) charged enough for the work you love to make, and you still love it, 18 hours after your edits are still not done. And you still love it after the client asks for more edits than you were paid for, and you still love it when the work you do is shared and cried over and watched by thousands. And you still love it when your family hire other people to make video for them. (!!?!!) Even then!

BIGGEST POWER BOOST – watch other people’s work. Look for challenging shots and duplicate. Master that one technique..and slay the skills one at a time!

WANT TO EMULTE THIS SHOT #1

King Arthur & The Legend Of The Sword – running from the Black Legs through Londinium – there’s Arthur, Percival, Rubio, Bedevere – the tiny hemmed in lanes and the camera is on their wrist or shoulder mount and you get this insane up close up of their facial expressions as they yell ‘move’ ‘move’

WANT TO EMULATE THIS SHOT #2

Opening Scene of King Arthur Legend Of The Sword CGI – i know but the swinging elephants trunk as it crushes a tower, and the horse galloping under it just before it crumbles!! And the music!!!!!

Adobe Premiere Pro – Final Cut Pro – Red – Arri – Sony – Iphone: it’s about lighting and composition in the end. Whatever device is in your hand.

I am a smiling videographer. Fore sure. Why? You know, if you make video, it’s because it is raw and real and tells the story. And YOU are the creator. And being the creator is an honour and a privilege and one that can not be replaced lightly. You should consider yourself an exceptional person in the sense that to tell our story it is first a skill with the eye of the beholder and secondly a skill with the camera.

Don’t underestimate your talent! Being a video creator is a creative journey that can not be given as a skill, it has to be learned and truly utterly earned.

THE EDITING SIDE OF IT IS VERY REWARDING, SUPER LONG AND TIME CONSUMING.

Hiring a post production team is a great idea, then you get more people who love what they do and are working because they love it. And want to do it more. Right? We hope so. But I’ve only ever hired three people to work with me. Each time their work was absolutely exceptional. And I think we all learned alot.

if you send us some money we will be available to listen and respond to your pro requests, questions and send you regular creator information. whether its how best to learn to fly a drone, which drone to fly or what side the logo should be on your photographs, wedding photo, real estate videos or million dollar yachts promos…we are pros and we knows..and we get the motion graphics and the subtitles and the intro and the outro

happy photographer smiles while she makes video

LETTING EDITING GO – LEAP OF FAITH?

elopement – 4 vendors, 4 hours to shoot. 24 hours to edit. friends for life – and featured in wedding magazines, 100%

The video above was shot by myself and my husband. I also shot photographs for this couple, they are being featured in the online magazine www.whatifweelope.com @whatifweelope in December. When you let the editing go, whether it is photo or video, you give up the creative process. Yes. You do. BUT….

GIVING UP PHOTO EDITING You no longer decide the framing, the tone, the color, the cropping, the spot removal. But you get all the time you need to go shoot more photos and video.

GIVING UP VIDEO EDITING You no longer have control over the story, someone else creates the magic. With the work you have shot. Let’s hope they don’t call you and say, I can’t work with this…that’s never happened to me. But I am very aware of quality now, since I look back over my older work and see terrible mistakes.

EDIT IN HOUSE OR SEND IT OUT?

When you embark on a journey saying I want to make a difference in people’s lives with my skills, make their memories legendary and help them capture the meaning in a moment. That is when you are truly alive. When you are being true to your inner drive. But can you afford to live on it? I make the content in order to make more content…if I have enough income that month to replace a broken lens, fabulous…I can rarely afford editing services. But a broken lens needs fixing

Whether you edit in house or send it away is up to you. If you are BURNED OUT and not getting enough sleep (hello….anyone?) then maybe send the content away this one time…you never know that may be the beginning of a great partnership in visual content production.

Sign up for the news about our content production and how we do it. All in house, with a little help from our friends around the world, when things are busy in the busy season.

FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM – PLEASE

happy photographer smiles while she makes video

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Do you love to make social media photography?

Do You Love To Make Social Media Photography? Well we totally love it…this one is called “NO ADDITIVES NEEDED” it’s about a drink I discovered. Yum. Sour. #citricacid #chilli #limejuice #orangejuice #negromodellodraft – this Mexican restaurant spot was spicy and sassy and cheerful as i entered – drawing me in to this #happy #bright space – when I slipped quietly into a noisy (fun happy background noise) quiet (able to not speak and read my book) corner of the Puerto Vallarta Bar & Grill – Islamorada and it made my night off a blessing! This was MY FIRST EVER #michelada I felt brave ordering it – even braver drinking it but ‘pucker my puckering lips’ what a fabulous sour kick on the rim with the #tajin all round the edge – what a way to drink beer! My first ever #micheladas all I can say is thank you oh creator of food! And of course @puertovallartafl puertovallartafl

Nada Khalaf-Jones Google Local Guide Level 8

social media photography

Sky Born Visual on Google just posted Florida Keys Social Media photography. When you just need to make a big noise about a small detail, it really really does work. Google is brilliant for spreading everyone’s experiences worldwide. The the fun begins. Because that is a LOT of people and a lot of photographs.

The issue is standing out. More correctly – making it clear what it is your photograph is useful for.

Social Media and Branding photography are all the rage more so now than ever. Everyone has access to smartphone technology with bokeh, f stops, panorama, stabilised 4k 60fps video. So if you want to make your friends boutique a branding look book the technology you need is in your hand. And content is getting more professional looking, even the very inexperienced visual content producer can make a fabulous social media post.

And, maybe for some things, video works better. But in a rush the photo you snap in the heat of the experience is often most impactful. And I feel like, since Google Local Guides make it so easy, why not send your best smart phone photos straight to the old Google timeline.

We have millions of viewers on photography we have made on smartphones too. It works, and we are now enjoy Level 8 Google Local Guide status on two accounts. It works well since its free to post and the views are numerous.

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Really Good Film & Pretty Good Photography

January has been a whirl wind month, while we determinedly continue to make really good film, the trend that began in 2018 towards pretty good photography, has become a constant parallel path upon which we find ourselves. Improving both fine photographic skills with family portraits and engagements, and weddings, as well as yacht film, business promos and featured wedding films.

Photographic and Film clientele are about the same in frequency now. In the wedding world, we have had some big wins with featured stories in wedding magazines, and the first engagement shoot, on the beach at the Hampton Inn, and our first family photo shoot for a famous nutritionist and celebrity chef, Katherine Mattox.

When I say photography is keeping pace with the film production. I pinch myself. I asked a very famous photographer (no names) what he would do, when I have this talent for film but love photography as much, he said pick one. I said I can’t. He said, well pick one for now, then pick the other in a year.

SO YOU LOVE FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY, WELL PICK ONE FOR NOW THEN PICK THE OTHER IN A YEAR

– anonymous famous photographer

Our tech has kept pace with the demands of 6 hour hot sun, ocean, sand, drunken wedding guests, wayward dogs, 100’s of thousands of miles of air travel. Wanting to share this almost end of January post to help anyone who is into this business, get a comparable view of what we use. Also, if you have a comment that would help us improve our work, please please share it in the comments. Only useful and positive comments are allowed here. We have a standard of polite and respectful behaviour.

FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY

THE best film and photography. Since January 1 2020 no drones have flown away or sunk beneath the waves. (Actually since January 1 2019 also) but Murphy’s law says something rubbish will happen eventually, but until it does this year has been a 100% visually creative winner.

QUALITY EQUIPMENT

The equipment is still all Sony Alpha 7RII AND A9 – lenses of note are the new Sony macro lens for the studio jewellery photography, and the drones are still the DJI Inspire 1 with the Zenmuse X5s and the Mavic 2 Pro with the Hasselblad Camera and the GoPro Karma Drone with the GoPro Hero 7 on board.

MAGLITE

The biggest change this year was the addition of ‘Maglites’ to the collection. Magnetic lighting system, keeps the white diffuser (and any other magnetic filter) strongly on the flash so you don’t get that harsh shadow blasting in the face. I use my flashes a lot for people and dog portraits. Lovely soft light is a magic specialty that we are always testing and perfecting, fine tuning. Light is the key to everything.

TASCAM REVELATION IN AUDIO

Audio has been boosted by the new technology of digital audio recording with the Tascam line of products. I remember one wedding when the groom sweated so much the mic unit shorted and I lost all the audio. Except the back up, which was thankfully good enough. Tascam is a solid digital audio recorder small enough to go in a tight jeans pocket and is worn by the speaker. On board sd card records it all so even if it dies from salt immersion the sd will still have the content. SD’s are surprisingly water resistant.

MacBook Pro ‘ARE YOU KEEPING THAT?’

Bought with the promise I’d return it before the return by date, I had one job after another following the purchase of this machine of magic. So I justified keeping it, since I needed to keep editing, since then I’ve been asked by all our Christmas holiday skiing gang from Vermont, everyone wants to know, ‘do you still have it, are you keeping the MacBook??’

Gosh. Human behaviour 101. I failed to live up to my word. But I’m afraid I don’t care this time. Because, another revelation; a MacBook Pro is fabulous for editing mobile.

It isn’t cheap and it isn’t so small with the 16″ screen, but it’s a powerful beastie. I tried editing on the road from Key Largo to VT with a Surface Pro but that was uncommonly slow and painful. That took 1 day to edit a 10 minute clip. It took me one afternoon to finish the entire hour of footage into a beautiful 10 minute 3 minute and 1 minute edit on the MacBook Pro. I LOVE this machine; YES you’ll need an external storage ssd. I have 2TB it’s fantastic. Get the quality SanDisk with the USB C and your problems will go away. I seem to burn battery fast.

BATTERY AZIZ!

Premiere Pro full 90 minutes of film content edited into 3 minutes and Lightroom CC 1500 photographs edited into 240 perfect shots uploaded to our http://www.nadakhalafjones.com gallery. That is basic day of editing for me. But I find the battery dies quite fast. Often see the end of the battery, completely, before I’m done editing. I want more juice guys. So, I’d say about a 2 out of 5 on battery. I don’t care if it isn’t supposed to last that long. FIX IT.