If you grew up in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area in Florida as I did, then you no doubt have fond memories of the Kapok Tree restaurant in Clearwater. This fabulous restaurant was as over the top as it comes, complete with its own garden of earthly delights. Sadly, the restaurant passed into culinary oblivion many, many years ago, but the ghosts of the past still remain…and I have the photos to prove it.
The good weather is finally getting to the northeast, albeit slowly. It is time to take advantage of the sun’s rays, and in celebration I am sharing with you photos from a recent Florida fashion shoot in Tampa. These are outtakes from my headshot photo session with model Nicholas Kolasinski. We shot at golden hour – the best time of the day to get out your camera – and were blessed with plenty of sun flare. You never know what you will get when you shoot almost directly into the sun, as we were in Ybor City. In processing the photos I manipulated the white balance slightly, but pretty much what you see is what you get. With photography being such a technical sport, the idea of bringing chance into a photo via sun flare is exciting.
Another set of photos to make you wish you were in Florida! Plus, a tale that may make you want to wait until alligator mating season is over to book your own visit down south.
Yesterday, my mother and I visited the Florida State Fair. For a city girl like myself, this was an introduction to the country life, complete with livestock competitions, homemade concoctions, and everything you would ever need to decorate your house à la Little House on the Prairie.