Went out tonight to scout for a family photo session that I have planned for this weekend.  We got out late and had already lost direct sunlight so I got off a few natural light shots and then broke out the strobe and umbrella.  Downtown Melbourne, we have spent more time walking down there lately and it is actually a cool little downtown. 

Above is one of my favorite shots.  Got some personality from the kiddos and the wall is great.

On The Fence

Light Pole

This one is great too with the store lights in the background.

Scary Door

What can you say about this one.  Hilarious expressions.  I told them to look like they were scared of the spooky door.

My Babies

The family.  I like having the incandescent lights in the background to add some color contrast.

3 On The Floor

This is another one that we can put in the personality folder.


The Assault

This isn't so much of a photography post as it is about a fun morning and being thankful for all of our warfighters.  We went to the Navy Seal Museum in Ft. Pierce this morning for Muster, a yearly event apparently.  We have never been and didn't know what to expect.  We thought there wouldn't be many people and we would be in and out.  Well, not so much.  It was a Veterans Day celebration.  I'm not good at estimating crowds but we figured between 1 and 2 thousand people there. 

This is probably my favorite shot photographically.  This a mechanical mock-up of an apollo capsule.  It was used by the Navy for training divers to recover the real ones.

This is the actual lifeboat that was used by the 3 pirates holding the Maersk crewmember hostage.  The Seals took care of this situation in an amazing way.  If you don't know what this is about, you should google it.


The Assault

Then the assault came.  It was soooo cool.  Maggie and Eli were terrified holding onto Mommy.  Hez was on my shoulders, squinting from the debris blasting us from the rotors of the Blackhawks.  "This is so awesome!" he says.  Hummers came rolling in.  Gunfire erupted.

Fun With A Minigun

After the demonstration we were able to meet some of the Seals and check out some hardware.  Here is hez dry firing a gun-mounted minigun.  I think he likes it.



Here are the boys inside one of the Blackhawks that we just witnessed in action.

I shook a hands with the soldiers I could get to and told them how thankful I am for their service.  You should too.