While Tampa is an awesome place for photo sessions of any kind, our neighboring St. Petersburg can be just as much fun. I love Tampa for it’s contemporary feel – lots of cool architecture, historic Ybor City, UT campus with downtown skyline – all are very popular photo shoot locations among Tampa wedding photographers. But every time I get a chance to shoot in St. Petersburg – I really enjoy its charm and character. Vinoy, Beach Drive with all the little cafes and restaurants, Museum of Fine Arts, The Pier are all withing walking distance from one another and provide such a variety of photo opportunities for any occasion – wedding, engagement session or even just family photo shoot.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing the engagement, and later on the wedding, of a great couple – Jen and Ian. They both live in St. Petersburg and enjoy everything about it. Naturally, we decided that it would be a perfect place for their photo session. We started out at one end of the Beach Drive (by the Vinoy resort) and slowly made our way towards the Pier. I was amazed how diverse downtown St. Pete is – highraises on one side, the bay on the other, with lots of alleys and greenery in between. You can never run out of ideas shooting there.
The session was a lot of fun – Jen and Ian got really into it pretty much right away – they were posing, jumping, laughing and seemed very relaxed. I think we easily spent a couple of hours and by the sunset, ended up with tons of great shots. Here are few of my favorites, and stay tuned for the pictures from their wedding (coming up next).