Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Beach Portraits

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I had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend...
memorable because I was in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
just north of Cancun for my nephew Andy's wedding
to beautiful Sabrina.

Of course, this meant BEACH PORTRAITS,
and since my own kids couldn't be with us,
I was tickled to photograph my nieces.

I even brought along a bag of my hair flowers and
Joanna's favorite color is blue.

She's so lovely!

I really like to use my 50 mm lens for portraits,
and especially like to crank it open to f1.4.

But, I was really blowing out the details
with all that beach brightness.

Here is my niece Megan.

She is majoring in fashion merchandising in college,
so she brought along some flirty skirts that caught the wind.

You KNOW I love wind!

She understood my need for MOVEMENT in portraits
and was excellent at posing.

Fortunately, most young gals love to pose...YES!!

I have the prettiest nieces.

Joanna was missing her boyfriend Alex, so I suggested
she write him a sand love note.

This is where I totally blew out the details and
thought these photos were a bust:

In my camera, the sand heart was a white blob.
Fortunately, I always shoot in RAW, so I was
able to recapture the LOVE.

My sister did not really want to wear the hair flower...

But, I'm so glad she DID!
The flowers just add a nice pop of color.

Here's my sister Sally with her husband Joe
and daughter Megan.

Her best friend from high school flew in from California
to attend Sally's son's wedding.

Colette is like my sister, too!

My only photography assignment was to photograph
the gals getting ready for the wedding.

Sabrina was a beautiful bride!

Unfortunately, my camera is BAD in low light.
I had to crank the ISO to 400 which created lots of GRAIN.

But after a bit of editing, I love the photos.
It was fun being with all the gals and feeling
the wedding excitement!

It rained on the wedding day, so the ceremony
was moved to the gazebo which was just
as beautiful.

I was so happy to see Andy and Sabrina
saying their I DOs.

Here they are the day after the fun:

As we were gathering in the lobby to leave paradise and catch
our plane home, I realized...AS USUAL...I has NO photos of
my hubby and me.

That's because nobody can ever work my camera.

I had my brother snap this quick shot by the pool,
and, of course, we are NOT in focus.

Now I'm home with a sun tan and a big pile of laundry.


  1. These are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!! Love the location too.

  2. Such beautiful nieces you have, lovely pictures x x

  3. You've captured some beautiful memories. It looks like you had a lot of fun. Lovely location and great shots.

  4. These are all so gorgeous - it looks like you had a beautiful weekend!

  5. Gorgeous shots. I love the beach, but rarely get good photos while I'm there. Yours are fabulous.

  6. these are all fabulous Jill! :)

  7. Holy Mama! Your nieces are gorgeous. WOW! WOW! WOW! I love where they got married. Too pretty for words. How fantastically beautiful.

  8. This photography is wonderful! Beautiful!

  9. Wow what a beautiful wedding! You did a wonderful job. What a great weekend for you Jill!

  10. The bride is stunning. You did a great job at capturing the special moments. How fun to attend a destination wedding.