Amelia Island Beach Fun | Amelia Island Photographers

Photography: Capturing life through my lens from my perspective while integrating my own life’s experiences. There. It took me a while to figure out why my photography can never look like anyone else’s and why I shoot the way I do. That is my photography lesson for this day. I continually strive to stay up on today’s photography and offerings, but I have no desire for my photography to look like anyone else’s. I love uniqueness and always have. Striving to capture a unique image for my clients tops the list of motives for what I do. ‘Capturing special moments for a lifetime of memories’ has been my motto since the inception of my business in 2000. I continue to remember these words every time I turn my camera on my subjects. Having said that, I continue.

I cannot believe it has been 3 months since my last post. Where has the time gone? I think I have the answer to that question.

This photographer as well as her associates have been busy, busy documenting weddings, families, high school seniors and children. It has been a quarter of a year of almost constant shooting and we are always honored to be called on by so many.

I have never been one of those photographers who could limit myself to a certain genre of photography. I have been told I should, but what would I leave out? In every instance, and in whatever/whoever I am shooting, I find myself in my ‘element’. I think to myself, ‘now this is what I want to do’. That is, until the next shoot of a totally different type. Then, again, I think to myself, ‘now this is what I want to do’, etc. I think you understand where I am going. So…I thought it best to just share some of the images I have captured over the last few months. I have many more to share and will do so when I get back to this blog.

I hope you enjoy this mix of images–and I’d be remiss not to include a couple of my Nashville, TN wedding images, so they are here, too.BH1_0935rm AR2_0268rm AR1_0106rm ust a few I grabbed in a hurry off my desktop.

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And, if you follow us along on our facebook page, you will notice we also love shooting scenics around our gorgeous island and area. You can check out a few of those at: https://www.facebook.com/ameliaislandscenes.

Here’s one to enjoy.

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Thanks for dropping by. Hope you will come back to visit.

Blessings….

Pam

http://www.pambellphotography.com  -while there, please check out the ‘Moving Moments’ tab on my site.      https://www.facebook.com/pambellphotography

Another Day on Amelia Island | Trolley Ride and Red Balloons

Thanks for dropping by!

I thought I’d do something a little different today. I am going to share a few images and how they came about.

The first is this awesome couple right after they spoke their vows and were on the way to their reception.BH1_0739rm

When the bride and I planned out her day, she wanted to make sure one of us (either me or my assistant, Jensen) was on the trolley with them. No problem, I thought–I will gladly take that role, and send Jensen on ahead to take the early reception images. So…we boarded the trolley—IN THE RAIN. Oh–their are cute images preceding this one–umbrella, kiss and all, but this is the one I want to focus on (forgive the pun). I was sitting up front on the ice chest (sure that isn’t supposed to happen), but I needed one shot of the trolley full of bridal party. Anyway…I was just observing, just looking for opportunities, and fell upon this when viewing through my lens. The newlyweds were so into themselves, they never even knew. It was shot less than a week ago, and has quickly become one of my all-time favorites (and that is saying a lot, since I have photographed weddings for 15 years). For those who are camera techy–my Nikon D4 settings,  on this gray day, inside the trolley, with natural light, were as follows: ISO 1250, f3.5, 1/200, at 24mm with 24-70 2.8 lens.

The next image to share is this one on the beach, just a couple of nights ago, when I had a family of three in front of my lens.JD2_0207rm-2

I had had just a short opportunity to speak with the Mom of this little one before this beach session that was booked only 2 days out. This family was visiting our beautiful island, and were only here for a short period of time. With all my beach sessions, I always like to take a little something along, for the youngsters, especially, to give them something to look at besides me. I don’t like for all the images to be of the subject looking at me. That is true for little ones as well as bigger ones. 🙂 Anyway…I asked the Mom what they would be wearing and she told me. Then she texted me, a few minutes later, the day of the shoot, and told me she had a little red with floral top outfit she could bring along, and I said, please do. As I was gathering my starfish, shells, little white chair and white balloon, I looked around at my eclectic collection of props and spotted the little wagon. Then, I went into my balloons and found a cool red and white polka-dot one. So…I added these to my little arsenal for this particular beach session and went to the beach. The little red bucket was already in the ‘arsenal’. (sometimes little ones need something to sit down with at the beach, even if for just a nano-second). We had come close to the end of the session, and, after changing her first outfit (little white dress)  into this one, what you are seeing here, came to my head. This is exactly what I had in mind at that moment and not a moment before. I did not know how it would pan out. I didn’t know if she would be sitting by the wagon, holding the wagon, or pulling the wagon. I didn’t know if it would be in the foreground, background, or right beside her.  That is how my mind works. Any of those scenarios would have worked, but this is the one that actually came about based on her awesome energy and her ability (at 2!) to hold the balloon in her left had, pull the wagon with her right and take off running across the beach. I just happened to catch her looking back at the wagon. Totally non-posed, and pretty much totally unplanned. That is how most of my photography is. I do have things in mind, but I go with whatever the mood is at the time to capture memories. Again, for those who are techy, using my Nikon D4, the settings, in natural dusk light, were as follows: ISO 1000, f3.5, 1/500 at 160mm with 70-200 2.8 lens. And, a special thanks to Jensen, who had just finished showing this little gal what to do.

The last image to share this day is from a recent family session. The star of this image is Dorie, the yellow lab.

SN1_0097rmShe is a beauty, and I am pretty sure she knows it. She stood right there, in front of me, with her family behind, as if to say–‘see them, they are my pack’. This image is pretty self-explanatory. I was referred by another of my clients to this family and loved being with them. It is not all the time I get a family of six, with 4 grown up children. The Mom had asked if the dog could be in some of the images, and I said of course (we are dog lovers around here–ours are beagles and Beagle/Bassett mixes). So, Dorie was in her fair share of images. I always look for and take an opportunity–and did not want to miss this one. When she sat down right in front of me, and I saw the family was in the background, I repositioned myself for best composition,  and quickly yelled (yes, with ocean waves, I had to use my outside voice) for them to hurry and stand close to each other and look at Dorie. It worked and I have a series of these, with this being the middle shot. Techies, here you go: Nikon D4s, ISO 640, f3.2, 1/1600 at 70mm with 24-70 2.8 lens. These settings because I know how to shoot beach shots to get the family in the background on a semi shady/sunny early evening on Amelia. 🙂 And, again, a special thanks to Jensen who was watching this one between shots and also making his famous ‘doggie attention getting noises’.

So, there you go. Three images, all taken within the last 2 weeks. All totally different scenarios, but all very spontaneous, because that is how I shoot. Yes, I shoot traditional shots with faces forward, looking at me, because there is definitely a place for those. But, I also shoot these, because they have a very special place in my heart. And…they seem to win over my clients, too.

And, now, I will just share a couple more with no explanation about how they took place. But, they were spontaneous, too. Capturing special moments for a lifetime of memories is something to achieve. It is something to chase after, to work toward, and that is what I strive to do with everyone who graces the front of my lens.

Have a great day!

Blessings….

Pam

PS…In honor of Mother’s Day that is just around the corner…a few extra special moments…

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Baby, Child, Family and Wedding, Too! | Pam Bell Photography

Hi Everyone!

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know how much I love all portraiture, all ages. I had the privilege of photographing an adorable 4 month old just recently and put together this little slide show from a selection of the images.

She wasn’t so sure about my big old camera, and I love the looks she gave when she looked straight at me. I do not think  you can capture too many facial expressions of a baby (of an adult, yes, (LOL) but not a baby), and this one gave me oh, so many!

Please enjoy this short 2 minute show. And, thanks, for stopping by!

Blessings…

Pam      www.pambellphotography.com    pambellphoto@comcast.net

Athena is 4 months old!.

Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Photographer| Engagement Session

Hi All,

Quickly dropping in to share an awesome e-session on our island.

What a great time I had with these two! Such a perfect couple.

So much to share….so little time. I’ll be back with more, later.

Enjoy!

Blessings…

Engaged!.

Amelia Island Photographer in Nashville TN | Nashville Engagement Session

Hi All,

This Amelia Island photographer travels and shoots outside the Amelia Island area periodically. This blog is about my recent trip to Nashville, TN. Actually, I was there for the annual PPA Imaging, which is a very large photography convention.  This year, over 10,000 photographers were in attendance. (That’s a lot of people, folks!) It is always a great learning and sharing time as well as a great time to catch up with friends from around the world who attend.

Since my couple, getting married in May, in Nashville, lives there, I thought this would be a great opportunity to document the two of them in their hometown. And, since this was my first visit to Nashville, I figured it would be a fun time. Locals always know the best photo ops, and this couple certainly did!

We, along with my 2nd shooter, Jensen Bell (Photography), and our assistant, Wade (in charge of holding light stand, reflector, bags and coats), met our couple in the parking lot near the stadium. We walked around for just a moment and found a perfect spot to shoot, since perfect spots are everywhere there!

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Then… to the walking bridge (not sure of the name, because there are bicyclists there, too) that overlooks the river and Nashville. However, since I am a little fanatical about silhouette shots, I had to capture a couple of those as we walked. I just couldn’t resist the use of this awesome ‘treescape.’

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Then, we walked on, and captured more images for these two on the way to the top of the bridge. I took a little artist’s license with this first one. Yep, there were people, but I waited for them to pass for these images. I usually capture the ‘dip’ moment at the beach. Capturing it on the bridge in the COLD was quite unusual for me, but these two pulled it off with ease.

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Then, we reached the top of the bridge. What a cool spot! (And, did I mention COLD spot?–this was January 31 and brrrr for this Deep South gal).0080 DR1_0144rm 0084 DR1_0157rm

We had such a great time on the bridge. Just look at Nashville. This was a WOW moment for me. And, this perfect pair was so natural with the camera and easy to capture. So, to add a little variety, I pulled out the scarves that were hiding in my bag. (Never a dull moment with scarves!)DR1_0197rm

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As we continued down the bridge, we found some cool photo ops, buildings and, of course, the fountain.

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We had a ‘pick up and twirl’ in the middle of the pedestrian walkway, on the main street while crossing the road; however, there was no slowing down or blocking of traffic and no danger. We did have to practice the first time and then shoot the 2nd time, since I was walking on the pedestrian walkway that was parallel to my couple. Shooting while walking is always a bit of fun!

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Then, we had a few moments to hang around the Ryman auditorium area. So cool being in a place I have heard of most of my life. Oh, yeah, and I love to have a little fun with my couples. 🙂

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After that, we had a few moments to have lunch in a pretty special place called Merchants. It seems most people know of Merchants who are from that area. The food was delicious!

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As I parted ways with my couple, I left with some great memories of downtown Nashville, a full belly, and some awesome captured moments for this cute pair. I have shared a few of those in this blog, as well as in the slide show posted in the link, below, if you’d like to see more.  Enjoy! And….now you know why Jensen and I can’t wait ’til May!

http://video214.com/play/MXs80iCc7M9Jk3Rl065HBw/s/darkBlessings…

Pam of http://www.pambellphotography.com       pambellphoto@comcast.net

 

Wedding on Amelia Island | Destination Wedding Amelia

Hi All,

I am so excited to share this very recent wedding with you. This was an all destination wedding on our beautiful island, with a stunning bride and her handsome man. The venue was the Ocean Club of Amelia, right near Slider’s Restaurant, along the coastline. This jewel on the beach boasts perfect views and is a host to intimate weddings and receptions as well as other events year round. The decor has a very nautical feel, and the decorative shells were perfect for ring shots, as was the mirror and wall hanging with the natural hues. We love making use of whatever the venue has to offer and this venue definitely has some very special features.

Jensen and I had the best time capturing some images and memories for the newlyweds and their families and guests. They were blessed with a gorgeous winter afternoon/evening on our island, thus the gorgeous sky color present at sunset time. The golden hour lighting–just perfect! And, the silhouette opportunity presented itself, so, of course I had to snap a few, as did Jensen.

The paragliders just added that extra special touch and their timing was perfect! And, so many seagulls paid us a visit to see what was going on. Such a perfect beach wedding day!

The images you are seeing, here, show only a few moments of their day. So, enjoy just a taste of this celebratory event through these special moments captured… for a lifetime of memories.

Blessings…

Pam            www.pambellphotography.com   pambellphoto@comcast.net

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Amelia Island Photographer | Fun with Island Kids

Hi All,

Welcome to my 2015 blogging. Yep, I know I started a tad late this year, but, hey, better-late-than-never, right? 

I do have good excuses, but have always heard folks don’t want to hear excuses, so I won’t bore you. Just know I have been very busy learning some new things to share with my clients during 2015 and on.  Since my last entry in this blog, I have attended a wedding workshop with the great Bob and Dawn Davis Designs (looking forward to sharing the images, here), and also attended PPA Imaging, a huge photography convention that was held in Nashville, TN. I have honed some new skills and brushed up some old ones, have my sights set on some change-ups in my business and have a new camera —Nikon’s top — and a new awesome lens for my clients’ images.  I am ready for 2015.

I have chosen to share a few of my most recent images and some were taken with the new lens. Some of the images I am sharing were taken with one of my all-time favorite lenses. I have had it in my lens arsenal for over 5 years. I am also sharing two videos from two of my recent sessions. Hope you enjoy viewing what I love doing. 

I am making this a short blog since tomorrow is a big day.  I am teaching a workshop and sharing with others the joy of portrait photography and how to capture the vision. Can’t wait!

Until next time,

Blessings…

Pam     http://www.pambellphotography.com  pambellphoto@comcast.net

 

 

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