hurricane irma from fort pierce, florida - a short film - treasure coast documentary photographer

Hurricane Irma was a force of Mother Nature like none other.  As I write this now, two weeks later in the comfort my air conditioning, I am so incredibly grateful for our only moderate inconveniences that resulted from the storm. Still, I cannot bring myself to really take in the joy of how our area was spared and my friends are all safe when this season has seen such catastrophe and so much sorrow. 

With my children held tight, the bathtubs full of water, and my camera battery charged, I documented our experience. We had no idea if we'd be under the eye or not as we watched her barrel through homes over islands and ocean. But we hoped and wished, twirled our arms at, huffed and puffed at, trained love bugs to flap their wings at the same time, threw coconut oil at.... everything we could do to somehow will Irma to pivot out to sea.

Whether or not to evacuate was a huge dilemma. With a breadth wider than the great state of Texas, the ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA was in the path of Irma. And if you did evacuate, where could you go when nearly seven million people were pouring out of Peninsula of Destruction? Add in that the cone of uncertainy during the best time to evacuate still covered Alabama to Georgia. You basically had to go to as far as Wisconsin to be safe.

And there were no flights, even though airlines graciously capped ticket prices. There was no gas. Not to mention bumper-to-bumper traffic that required consuming even more of that precious resource. It took a full day of driving to get sometimes 4 to 6 hours away. Children screaming. Dogs whining. Collisions, breakdowns, panic. Evacuating was a mental, financial, and logistical nightmare.

So we weighed our situation and joined the majority of our neighborhood by hunkering down. This was our experience leading up to, during, and following Hurricane Irma in a small neighborhood in Fort Pierce, Florida.


meanwhile on instagram...

Beautiful Blues at the Beach

Hello, beautiful blues.

This was the second half of a fun afternoon with a gorgeous family. Sometimes sessions like this make me wonder if this should really be called work. I mean, going to the beach and chasing kids with a camera? And it didn't hurt that the weather was PERFECT.

Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
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Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography
Treasure Coast Beach Family Photo Session // Ebb and Flow Photography


#jabonetemonth

After our Zombie Apocalypse family session we had a little bit of light left to explore a second location. Serendipitously, we found this retention pond glimmering in the warmth of the setting sun. You can tell by the smiles on their faces that this session ended with a lot of fun.

Zombie Apocalypse family session // #jabonetemonth // Ebb and Flow Photography
Zombie Apocalypse family session // #jabonetemonth // Ebb and Flow Photography
Zombie Apocalypse family session // #jabonetemonth // Ebb and Flow Photography
Zombie Apocalypse family session // #jabonetemonth // Ebb and Flow Photography

Zombie Apocalypse Family Session

This family is a blast to photograph. Not only are they fun, but they are creative and simply magnificent in front of the lens.

Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography

I mean, look at them! This is ALL them.

They are huge fans of The Walking Dead and wanted a family session reminiscent of the Zombie Apocalypse. As a fan myself, how could I say no?

Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography

This was the second installment in #jabonetemonth and the sessions, I swear, just get more and more fun.

Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography
Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography
Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography
Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography
Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography
Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography
Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography

And how else would a Zombie Apocalypse session be better wrapped up than with some baby zombie action? Hint: their next session of #jabonetemonth is based on this idea. Didn't I say these guys were fun? ;)

Zombie Apocalypse Family Session - #jabonetemonth - Ebb and Flow Photography