Kylee Lynn – Coastal Florida Vintage Shoot

Kylee Lynn – Coastal Florida Vintage Shoot

Kylee Lynn

Kylee Lynn

This was a fun half-day photo shoot with Kylee Lynn of Naples, FL. I wanted to explore some vintage / coastal themes using the downtown Naples, FL area as a backdrop. Kylee proved to be not only a pro model, but an excellent location scout as well. I hope to have some additional projects featuring Kylee up soon as I expand my vintage theme collection.

This business is full of cliches.

Let’s face it. Photography is full of clichés. It’s got more lines than a failing dealership. If you’re a photographer, at some point, you will go through them for yourself. It’s normal.

I’ve been shooting professionally for just over ten years and at this point, I’ve met (and been) every cliche in the book. The oldest one is that you meet folks whose passion it is to capture your spirit in your natural environment. Translation: I don’t have a studio, or lighting, so we’re going to take a bunch of pictures by a pretty window.

Fact: That might be a cliché, but if you don’t have lights and you’re trying to break into the business, that is just called being SMART. You go girl.

Take a look at the graph I’ve created. Consider what your strengths are: then work to build the counterparts. You only get to the middle by doing all three.

The bottom line is the only cliché you should ever worry about is the one where you learn something from every single job. When you stop having “AH-HA!” moments, then you are failing to challenge yourself. With that, you run the risk of being the worst cliché of all. A starving artist.



Kee-Rah, Brother Bird.

So this guy was stalking lizards (presumably) by the dumpster. Red Shouldered Hawks may be a rare-ish sight in Florida’s Winter months. They migrate south to South Mexico/Central America during this non-breeding period, then return as far north as the Great Lakes to get it on.


Red Shouldered Hawk

“Its rising, whistled kee-rah is a distinctive sound of the forest,” – All About Birds (linked quote)

Not to be confused with the similar Red-Tailed Hawk, the Red Shoulder apparently builds its nest with sticks in the main crotch of a tree and perches nearby. I happen to know from my work in #treebiz that a “main crotch” (heh heh) is identified by the first fork of a tree into its main branches. This may call for a little investigation, although their hunting ranges into the miles, my apartment here seems to have all features of a typical Red Shoulder habitat nearby: water, tall trees and brush.