Neelima & Chait make my job as a Panama City Beach photographer way too easy.
One of my favorite photographers, Jim Marshall, once said that “it’s really hard to take a bad picture” of Kris Kristofferson. The same could be said for this couple. They effortlessly fit into the environment and pose that they were placed in. They are a loving couple and very photogenic.
I have been to St. Andrews State Park hundreds of times and am therefore pretty familiar with it. While most of my photographs are taken at the actual beach area of the park, I have been known to venture into the lesser visited areas of the park as well. This photo session was one of those times.
There is an area of St. Andrews State Park called the Buttonbush Marsh. To get to the overlook you have to travel across a raised wooden bridge. At just the right time of day, the light streams through the trees and makes for a very nice spot to take portrait photos. This was the first stop of our beach photo session.
We did the shoot on Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial first day of the summer season here in Panama City Beach. Normally you can’t even find a parking spot at the park during the day. Lucky for us, sunset was approaching and most beach visitors were at their condominium getting ready to go get dinner at one of the many fine restaurants Panama City Beach has to offer. We walked right up and had 10-15 minutes of shooting time all to ourselves – just the way I like it.
From there I had the idea of shooting a vista-type photograph at Gator Lake, but it was way to crowded to even attempt. Having gotten a “different” type of Panama City Beach photograph at Buttonbush Marsh, we moseyed on down to the beach to get the more typical beach photos.
The light immediately started to get good after our hike down to the jetty area of the park. The happy couple climbed up the rocks and began doing the seemingly effortless task of posing for beach sunset photos. From there we hit the beach and just had fun. The sunset was phenomenal and a sailboat even came by and added a little flair to the background of the beach portrait photos. I had a great time photographing this couple & I hope to photograph them again someday.
See you on the beach! – Andrew