St. Augustine Family Photographer | Danielle Brooks Photography
St. Augustine Family Photographer and Family Portrait Photography Studio. Specializing in Family Photography, Senior Portraits, and Head Shot Photography.


St. Augustine photographer specializing in families, children, and seniors.

School Photography, A Lesson In Wrangling Cats | St. Augustine School Photographer

I recently had the opportunity to do a stylized photo shoot for Anastasia Baptist Early Education Ministry. It was probably the second biggest challenge I have undertaken as a photographer. There is just so much to do for school photos. I have such a respect for companies that come into big public and private schools and just knock it out of the park.Taking photos of so many kids is a little like wrangling cats.

Hannahlee, the Director of ABEEM, wanted to do something outside and stylized which is right up my alley! I had the hardest time deciding on what I wanted to be the set. I knew it needed to be simple and it had to make for a "balanced" photo. Luckily Brittany had a globe and some really vintage-y books I could borrow. I also borrowed a cute little red ladder from Frances. I threw some pencils in a mason jar, grabbed a couple apples and voila! I had a set! Unfortunately I didn't get any photos of the set I used for the Island Campus (these are from the SR 16 campus, and I forgot Brittany's globe and had to use one of the schools globes.)

As I said earlier, this set is at the SR 16 Campus. It was a great location because of the natural light. I put together a short video to show you where we were shooting to show you that you can find a location anywhere for awesome photos. We were in a parking lot for these! But the best part was that the sun was reflecting off the pavement which happened to be a very light cream color. It made for some great reflection and I was able to get the catch lights in the kids eyes. Pardon the camera shake, Kayla was gracious enough to film and we didn't have a tripod with us.

I hope the video was helpful to give you a sense of where we were shooting. Here are a couple of the final photos I was able to capture. What is the biggest challenge you are working on right now?