Florida Engagement Session :: with Hannah + Parker at Fort Desoto
Sarasota is a home away from home for me and David. We go there when we need to get away, relax, and not think. Too hard, anyway. Perhaps read a good book. Don't get me wrong, when we want an adventure Europe and visiting my family are awesome, but sometimes, after a full wedding season, or in prep for the wedding season, we just need to clear our minds Sarasota Florida is where we go. :) I think it has something to do with the fact we spent a 2 week honeymoon on Longboat Key after we got married, and that David's grandma Shirley has a condo there, so things just really seem like a 2nd home, full of good memories. :)
This is where I got to shoot Hannah and Parker - well, technically, Fort Desoto Park is in St. Pete, so read on how we got all the way there…
Fun fact - Hannah was actually a bridesmaid in Emma and Jeremy's wedding at the NP Event Center just the year before! And that's how we met first! :) See if you can pick her amazing freakin' braid from the wedding crew crowd in that blog post ;)
Fun fact 2 - We were actually going to do this session at Nokomis Beach, which is probably my absolute favorite place to veg out on a beach… I even drove there to scope things out the day before, but due to a fierce Red Tide mentioned above (never seen this many dead fish in my life!) and the fact you could't even take one breath without coughing we moved things closer to Clearwater area, where these two live.
They suggested Fort Desoto in St. Petersburg. Cool. I'm game. Perdy and semi-secluded? Sounds just like what we needed. As you gather - this was my first time at Fort Desoto, and I fell in love! Gorgeous area! Loved the North Beach, I arrived early to scope it out a bit (you see a pattern here ;)), and while driving around getting an idea on the area, David took the wrong turn, putting us in the Fort Desoto Campground. Not exactly the plan. But. Once I saw a few awesome camping sites, complete with birds, baby raccoons (OK, those buggers are adorable when small and less pesky!) I was kinda hooked on people's awesome tents and every variety of tree-hanging-hammock! Almost borrowed one of the said hammocks for photos... Forgot. Remembered now as I write this. Oh well... Anyway - I made David do a loop back so I could see every single campsite, because let me tell you - if camp sites looked like these, I'd be into camping!!!!! Once we drove by the camp site #36, I was utterly in love, ready to buy a pair of Keens, not shower for weeks, and make friends with baby raccoons! The swooping tree, the picnic table, magically backlit, it was freakin' love at first sight!!!! No matter it was like a 10 minute drive from where we said to meet, I was bringing them back here! So glad we did it!!! And all because of a silly wrong turn ;)
I should probably add why I called this session my “steamy”. It actually had nothing to do with us, though those two sure pack some heat!!! It was actually close to 100 degrees, 100% humidity, we were all sweating balls, so all this frolicking you see, that's some easy going people right there, and one adventurous photographer! ;) Ending in the water seemed fitting and welcomed by all! I followed them into the waves right in my romper, and man.... it was glorious!
To Hannah and Parker - you two are oodles of fun!!!! I love your easy going spirit, your up for anything fun personalities, the infinitely intimate ways you interact, and... your hair. I love your hair! Thanks for playing lovers!!!! - Ester :)