As a born-and-raised Manatee County kid, we lived close to Emerson Point on Snead Island from the time I was in middle school, until well after I graduated high school. My cousin and I would ride bikes out there, and we had many picnics and one Thanksgiving holiday under the trees there. It's really a stunning place that feels really sacred. It's everything I love about Florida ecology and it will always hold a really special place in my heart.
Unfortunately, it had been years since I've been back there and when we were brainstorming spots that felt quintessentially "Florida" and weren't the beach, this is the first spot that popped in to my mind. The dense canopy of old live-oaks make for a really gorgeous background for this sweet little family session. Even though he was shy, darling Jace was a great sport during the entire shoot.
We headed out around 9 a.m. on a Sunday. The weather was just perfect and it was the perfect way to start the day.
Here's a few of my favorite shots from the day:
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