Maternity shoot with Ellen T. on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa, Florida by Deuce Bradshaw

I've been doing a lot of maternity shoots lately. It may be because I'm super focused on babies since our new arrival, or maybe just luck. I'm not sure. When Ellen hit me up a couple of weeks ago to shoot and she mentioned that she was expecting; I instantly knew that I wanted to get outside and get shots with epic skies, gorgeous water, and great scenery.

Ellen T. on the Beach of the Courtney Campbell Causeway

I called up my friendly neighborhood photographer, Shelton Floyd, (IG: @Fettish) to help me out with the shoot. He graciously accepted and we met up with Ellen at the Courney Campbell Causeway in Tampa, Florida.

Now, I need to explain that the Causeway is one of my favorite places to shoot. The variety of beaches that are there make it perfect for any kind of shoot. There are rocks, sand, and even mangroves. The fact that it curves and bit and has sun across it because it's southern-facing helps too. Sufficed to say, I love that place.

While a lot of photographers choose a "light an airy" look to photos, I always come back to the feeling that they're blowing out the background because they don't know how to get the sky to be properly exposed. I love seeing gorgeous clouds and blue skies in images and it drives me nuts when the sky is overly white for no reason. You'll often see me lugging around a giant light stand because I feel like there's a lot that can be added to fill in shadows or bring up the subject's exposure in order to get the sky into that perfect blue.

Ellen's dress blowing in the breeze on the Courtney Campbell Causeway in Tampa, FL.

I just want to use my last few words here to thank my fellow Tampa Photographer, Shelton, for the assist and our gorgeous subject, Ellen. Remember, that if you're looking for a Photographer in Tampa, Florida to check out my contact info and let's talk about how I can make your photos come alive.

Photoshoot with Tampa Based Musicians @3DimensionalMusic by Deuce Bradshaw

Coleton and Logen from 3Dimensional Music in front of the Tampa Theatre

3Dimensional Music

Meeting interesting people is one of the highlights of being a photographer. It's especially great when you get to meet other creatives working in the Tampa Bay area.

I came across the guys from 3Dimensional music on Instagram. They're a Tampa based group that bring a bit of rock, soul, and pop together into an amalgam of music stylings. I felt the first thing the guys needed was a few shots that showed off their Tampa roots. So, I had the guys meet my assistant, Chris Navarro (IG: photos_by_navarro) and I at the Tampa Theatre.

The first shots were group portraits that were followed by a few individual shots. I used the lighting from the Tampa Theatre sign as the "rim light" for the guys, and the Adorama Flashpoint AD600 w/ the 28" Glow Parapop as the main light. I shot low and wide to give a sense of power to the guys and then had them lean in a bit to compensate for the angle.

After shooting at the Theatre, we moved to the parking garage where there's some amazing murals. One of the first things I did for this shoot was spend an hour looking at the group's online presence. I wanted to get to know the guys as well as I could before the shoot. One of the first things I asked was about Coleton jumping around. He mentioned that he had a background in Martial Arts. When we got to the stairs setup his bold personality came out and he insisted that we get a jumping shot. It was an awesome opportunity to emphasize their personality differences, so while Coleton was jumping, I had Logen start playing on his phone. The result was a stellar photo.


Coleton and Logen of 3Dimensional Music

Coleton and Logen of 3Dimensional Music

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