Thereâ€™s no doubt about it, winter in Philadelphia isnâ€™t fun. This particular winter brought more freezing temperatures and more snow than weâ€™ve seen in recent history – anyone in the northeastern United States can related as to how nasty the first few months of this year have been. Naturally, when our editors at The Nature Conservancy called with a cover shoot assignment in the Florida Keys, it was hard not to start packing our bags before we hung up the phone.
Wintry weather circumstances aside, Chris and I hopped a flight down to the Florida keys to meet and spend a few days photographing the TNC Caribbean Program Director Phil Kramer for this months cover of Nature Conservancy Magazine. How did the shoot come together? Keep reading to find out the whole storyâ€¦
When youâ€™re shooting in the islands and on the open water, there are always platy of unknown circumstances to behold – whether itâ€™s the sea, or the weather, or any number of unique factors, you need to be well prepared with a plan A, B, and C of how youâ€™ll attack the shoot.
In this particular instance, we knew that we needed to scout a handful of possible shoot locations the day before and roll into our shoot day with a variety of options that we could take advantage of regardless of weather, tides, water, or any other unknown possibilities.
So this meant we spent an entire day on the water, cruising in-between all of the lesser known and greatly untouched keys along the Florida coast. We were searching for white sand beaches and mangrove bunches – the more obscure the better.
After a long day on the water scouting out a ton of various options, we started at a perfect dock location in the morning, grabbing shots of Phil and his kayak before heading out onto the open water.
We spent the second half of our shoot day out in the water, shooting on remote and isolated islands in the Florida Keys.
You might be wondering how we managed to take our lighting into such extreme locations? Look no further than yours truly and the Dynalite XP800 battery unit – in this instance, housed very carefully in a backpack that I did my best to keep out of the seawater. Good thing I didnâ€™t trip!
All things considered, when youâ€™re in the Florida Keys, itâ€™s not a bad idea to cast a few lines and get a little bit of fishing in if you have the time. You might just nab a few grouper and bass while youâ€™re at it – makes for a tasty dinner!