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Florida Keys Photography & Film

Florida Keys Photography & Film

The Most Beautiful Places For Florida Keys Photography & Film

1. Iconic Largo Resort is tucked away on the edge of the world.

if you told me I’d only shoot photo and film here until the day my hands can no longer hold a camera I’d tell you that is just 100% fine. thanks. because this is a heavenly spot.

Florida Keys Photography & Film

These are not all secrets. Nor are they necessarily public. But most importantly they are my faves, and I live here. They are my faves because the best things have happened here. For so many people. Weddings, engagements, coming of ages and turning 21’s and family cuddles.

And now you know someone who knows the most Beautiful Places For Florida Keys Photography & Film. Don’t worry the list is always growing.

So let’s take a trip down the Overseas Scenic Highway, an All American Road and see one of the reasons this US1 merits those names. Could be on account of all those bridges over all that azure blue water on each side.

Atlantic Ocean or Florida Bay & Gulf of Mexico…it is really pretty.

2. Miraculous Snake Creek Bridge

One of my favourite places to shoot photographs, seriously, is a bridge. Right in the middle. If you want boats. Ocean views. Kite surfers. A bridge opening and closing.

The best place is 20 feet to the south side of the crack of Snake Creek bridge. The mile marker … and Lat Long…. Snake Creek Bridge is in Islamorada.

You can see the US Coast Guard Station looking to the bay side and the open azure glistening ocean over the other. And the beauty of this spot is it’s right next to the bridge guard…the person that raises the bridge when a boat that’s too big goes under from Ocean to Bay or vice versa.

If, like me, you want premium boating and Keys life style film and photography, those amazing and beautiful birds, jet skiis, and boats in motion, you want to fly your drone to capture them?

This is the BEST spot. Only downside it’s on the side of US1. YEP! Standing just north of the incline to Snake Creek bridge there is a lay-by. Where a car can pull off and sit out of traffic. The bridge opens on the hour, every hour, it is a perfect spot to be there ahead of time and shoot time-lapse. That would be my suggestion.

3. Simple Wonderful Rowell’s Marina.

Florida Keys Photography & Film
Rowell’s Marina – A Perfect Portrait Backdrop
Sunset – And 30 Minutes After
Key Largo Public Parks

4. John Pennekamp State Park

All of it, but also, actually the road leading to it outside, adjacent to US1’s scenic overseas highway, that All American Road, that one……actually, the walking pathway that leads right past it’s front door and the Tamarind Trail. Two of my very favourite spots on earth.

5. Key Haven Key

My newest most favourite place in the Florida Keys is Key Haven. No pale in particular here, just grab the camera, the sd cards and head down towards Key West, stopping to look at some of the most gorgeous neighbourhoods in the Florida Keys.

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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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Epic Drone Video

When a family embarks upon a journey like the journey this one has, it’s inevitable those around them, particularly their visual story teller, will comprehend their feelings – it’s impossible to avoid the earnest love they fee for their childhood home!

And almost brings me to tears. Hence the cinematic music! And the drama of true love for this place. That is so much more than a place.

One does not lightly let go of such a valuable and coveted 9 acre ocean front estate.

Filming here – I smiled the entire time, brought back memories for me of the day I learned our English country mansion, nestled in the depths of Surrey’s National Trust Forests, was being put on the market.

I was devastated. I left my Red Sea Scuba Schools scuba diving work, a successful career in PADI’s world wide career scuba network, and flew back to confront the parents whose divorce prompted the sale!

Letting go of ones home, especially such a beautiful one, is as much of an upheaval as anything I have ever experienced. It’s still a space in which we mourn it’s loss, for my siblings and I, to this day!

Whoever purchases the Roebling property, whether 3 or 6 acre (sold as two separate lots) or the 9 acre complete parcel.

Commercially zoned, or otherwise, they will surely embark on such a journey!

It is absolutely magical, green, dreamy and inspiring, just running through trees, along or approaching from the sunrise speeding across the waves into the lagoon. Or walking out to the islands, across the flats at low tide! Or watching the hawks and gulls play and hunt!

Adventure movies could be made here! Epic!

www.instagram.com/tv/CHDqMJ3FSGa/

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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.