This is one engagement session we will never forget. We initially planned to go to Palm Coast for something a little different but then at the last moment decided to give Little Talbot Island State Park a try. We went online and checked out some photos of the park and were really excited about a park setting with maybe some driftwood photos as well. When we got there, it was a completely different story. It felt like we drove 4,000 miles to get to the end of of the park where we thought we would get some privacy. We parked at the very end, grabbed all the gear, and we all headed down the boardwalk. Well, we hiked another 1,000 miles it seemed and there it was. A DEAD END. The boardwalk had completely fallen off at the end. We mean…gone. We then turned around and decided to try the previous one since we saw some people leaving from it when we first came in. We walked another 40 miles and finally made it to the second boardwalk and wouldn’t you know it, it was flooded beyond belief. You needed a kayak or a pole vault to even attempt to get across! By this time, we were starting to worry. We were getting close to being around 45 minutes late shooting and we knew the sun would be setting soon.
What was amazing, is that this entire time, Kathryn and Chad were so calm and so patient. We stood there at the end of the missing boardwalk for a minute in disbelief and then looked at each other and said let’s drive back up to one of the boardwalks in the front. We stated once again that we had to hurry since we were rapidly losing light. We figured, a third time would be a charm and we finally made it to a boardwalk that we could actually use to get down to the beach. The ironic thing is that this was not supposed to be a “beach” shoot but more of a park type shoot with maybe a few beach scenes. It’s funny how things work out sometimes and once we got started, we literally shot until there was no light. You could hardly see your hand in front of your face.
Once we were done, we had to take the closest boardwalk back to land but unfortunately, it was 6,000 miles away from where we had parked. There is no way you would have found the original boardwalk we came down on and you would have probably ended up walking to China. Chad and Jason literally jogged back in complete darkness to the vehicles and drove them back in order to pick us all up. We had just gotten back, and while we were loading up, one of the park rangers drove up and said…”you know the park closes at 8:15pm”. Yes sir we did but we just got a little sidetracked. 🙂
We have to tell you this. Kathryn and Chad are simply an amazing couple and even during the rough times of the shoot, they had smiles on their faces the entire time. Please enjoy the photos of the moments we captured.