For my dad’s 60th birthday, we wanted to give him something to commemorate his special day. He’s notoriously tough to shop for anyway, but any gift ideas we came up with were just repeaters on things that had been done before. I mean, how many Panama hats and cigar accessories can you give one person?!
Then, it struck me: growing up, we had always gone to Olan Mills to have our family photos taken. (Yes, some years MUCH better than others!) It had been ages since our last one, so I thought: why not hire a professional photographer to take family photos of us on our vacation? We went back and forth on the idea for a few days–I mean, in the age of digital photography and selfie sticks is there really a relevant place for paying for a professional photographer? My answer: always a resounding YES.
Quite simply, the photographer can do three things that our selfie stick can’t: 1. motivate everyone to actually be dressed and color coordinated at the same time (harder than it sounds on vacation–or anytime, really!), 2. edit, edit, edit. Worth its weight in gold!, and 3. it sounds silly, but the photoshoot can be a really memorable, fun experience in and of itself! In fact, I’d go as far to say that the hour we spent taking these photos was one of the best we had on vacation!
I placed an ad on Key West’s Craigslist, and while my inbox quickly flooded with responses, I couldn’t have been happier than with Francy Nunez. (Seriously, if you’re in the southern Florida region and in need of a photographer, she’s your gal!) She let us do our fair share of goofy poses, and also posed us for family shots that will be framed in our living room for generations to come.
p.s. my 10 favorite things about Key West.