Family Holiday Beach Photos – Grand Cayman Island

I’ve really been having fun with the family photos this week.  With bookings every morning and evening during the holidays, I’ve been challenging myself to do something new and special for each group I work with.  This family was staying at Seven Mile Beach Resort but, wanting to get away from the crowds, we took a 20 minute cab ride to a remote local beach without the holiday crowds.  Due to the pre-sunrise arrival these photos really have a special feel.  It doesn’t hurt that they could start a modeling agency within their own family!  This was a one hour shoot.

Jet Flys Through WaterSpout – Passengers Unharmed – Parasail Makes Narrow Escape!

Aside from cropping, this photo is un-manipulated.  Just as I was beginning a family portrait session at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, a passenger jet began final approach to Owen Roberts International Airport.  Viewed from Seven Mile Beach, the aircraft appeared to fly directly through the funnel cloud.  Meanwhile, the parasail boat seems to have barely escaped being sucked up into a tornado on the surface of the water.  I’m sure both craft were well out of harm’s way but it must have been a thrilling ride for everyone!

Colin - Looks more like jet flys near waterspout, but no way is it flying through the waterspout!December 30, 2011 – 12:27 am

David Wolfe - You are quite correct of course. But, really now, lets be honest. People aren’t interested in bland headlines like “Jet Flys NEAR Waterspout – Passengers Don’t Notice”. Those keywords just wouldn’t draw as many comments. However, I did photograph a wedding for an astronaut who actually piloted a Space Shuttle mission. My wife and I were lucky enough to take our kids and witness the Space Shuttle Launch up close. Greg later sent me an email from space! Still checking on a jet airliner’s ability to withstand the forces of a waterspout. Let me know if you find out anything!.December 30, 2011 – 8:59 am

Paty - Wow! Awesome Pictures!December 30, 2011 – 6:50 pm

Andrea A. Calderon - Awesome Photography David!!February 1, 2012 – 2:01 pm

Christmas Eve Portraits – South Sound – Grand Cayman

Family portraits are my favorite job and, living in a beautiful destination like the Cayman Islands, I get to a lot of them.  I love it when people take advantage of a special occasion like a 50th wedding anniversary or significant birthday to get the whole family together and take pictures.  I photographed this family a couple of years ago when they were staying at the Cayman Castle.  This year they rented a private home in South Sound and asked if I could come back and work with them again.  Of course the holidays are always a busy time and Christmas Eve was the only day left in my schedule.  When working with large families I try to get a good portrait of the matriarch and patriarch, a few good photos of each of the family groupings, and some great pictures of all the kids.  It was great to see these guys again and I’m really pleased to share a few of my favorite photos from this 1.5 hour session.

I Shot the Playboy Centerfolds in Vegas!

OK.  So I didn’t shoot the pictures that actually appeared in Playboy Magazine but I did photograph the actual Playboy Centerfold Models at the Shoot the Centerfold photography workshop in Las Vegas this past weekend.  Playboy photographers Arny Freytag, David Mecey, and Jarmo Pohjaniemi were the course instructors.  Also on hand were Playmates Jessa Hinton (Miss July 2011), Ashley Mattingly (Miss March 2011), and Olivia Paige (Miss September 2010).  Senior editorial staff for Playboy magazine were also there to review portfolios and answer questions. This was a great opportunity to network with other top photographers and share ideas and insights.  I learned a lot, made a few friends, and will certainly attend in the future.Jessa Hinton (Miss July 2011) models on a 30 light set created by veteran Playboy photographer Arny Freytag.
Arny Freytag demonstrates lighting and posing techniques.Playboy photographer, Jarmo Pohlaniemi, and his crew work with Playmate Olivia Paige (Miss September 2010).  The course instructors and their crews could not have been better.  Attendees could ask questions of anyone at any time and information was shared freely without reserve.  Miss March 2011, Ashley Mattingly, lights up a set created by Playboy photographer David Mecey. The models were all approachable, professional and fun and worked extremely hard for all three days.
Of course the Playmates couldn’t keep their hands off of me and kept begging for a photo.  I finally relented and agreed to pose with them.  What else could I do?

David Goddard - I’ll come next time!!! Wow they certainly had alot of gear wowzers.September 29, 2011 – 8:42 pm

David Wolfe - Hey David. Yep. Lots of lights. We are trying to convince them to use Cayman as the venue next year. What do you think?September 30, 2011 – 7:37 am

Northern Lights in Temagami

Each summer I’m fortunate to spend some real quality time with my family in a very special place called Lake Temagami. The lake is protected by a an agreement called the SkyLine Reserve effectively limiting the cutting of trees or any development on the mainland. Translation: no car noises, no light pollution, and water clean enough to drink (in fact we do.. all summer long!).  We have a cabin there on Bear Island accessible only by boat.  Its more like camping than like being at a cottage.  For the first three years we had no running water and no electricity and lived out of a cooler, hauling drinking water in buckets from the lake and cooking on a propane bar-b-que. Today, two solar panels and four batteries provide enough power to run a small water pump and a few reading lights at night. Still no telephone or internet and we do our business in a two seater outhouse! Below is the view from our primary dock which faces due north.  That’s the Aurora Borealis. Look closely and you can make out the big dipper low near the water. It really is an amazing experience.  What you don’t get in this picture is the sound of the loons which sing to us every night, so I’ve also added a 30 second video below the image! Turn up the volume and watch this amazing natural phenomenon.

Listen to the haunting calls of the loons during this amazing display of Northern Lights as seen from our north facing dock on Bear Island, Lake Temagami, Ontario.

Des Kinch - Very cool David. I’ve always wanted to see that.September 13, 2011 – 7:01 pm

David Wolfe - Well, there are no guarantees, Des, but you are most welcome to sit on the dock with us next summer and look out for it 🙂September 13, 2011 – 7:10 pm

Lisa Spaulding - David — apparently your photo is being emailed between Temagami cottagers — my Dad sent this to me.

I’m from a 3rd generation of Temagami islanders and have spent part of most summers there since I was 5 yrs. old — let’s just say the summers have added up! I have only seen a handful of northern lights during my time there but nothing that compares.

This is one spectacular photo – absolutely captures the beauty of Temagami. This shot would be pointed in the direction of our island (we’re in the NW arm of the lake from Bear Island).

Are you selling or planning to sell prints? Do you have any additional Temagami photos you plan to release?

Would love to hear from you. Will be out of town for the next week in case you respond and I don’t.September 21, 2011 – 2:38 pm

David S. - David, we also vacation every summer on Temagami. Definitely a slice of heaven! What island number are you on? We are up in the NW Arm. I’m very interested in seeing other photos that you have taken, please post them asap.September 24, 2011 – 12:10 pm

Elisa - Amazing photograph! My dog LOVES the sound of the loons! Have to visit.November 26, 2011 – 7:58 pm

David Wolfe - Hi Lisa. My apologies for not responding sooner. Your comment inspired me to make this photo available but, when you contacted me back in September, I had no way of satisfying your request. After a few months of research and testing, I’m happy to report that I can now provide a print of the highest possible quality. I’ve uploaded the file to a SmugMug gallery where you can easily order prints and other products and have them delivered right to your door. Already I’ve had several clients (family portraits mostly) use this service and have had nothing but positive feed back on both the quality and price. In addition to the photo you’ve seen, I also added several others which I thought you might find of interest. SmugMug offers a variety of paper types including lustre, glossy, matte, metallic (which I think may work well for this print), even canvas. When ordering, be careful to choose a size that does not crop the image as this would detract from the print. For a full frame of this print, sizes that work well are 4×6, 8×12, 10×15, 12×18, 16×24, 20×30, 24×36, and 30×45. I’m planning to order a 30×45 mounted in a black box or chocolate box (check out the video for that product at the bottom of the SmugMug order page). On their merchandise page, they also offer 252 piece photo puzzles which look awesome! One final note. I actually uploaded two versions of your image with slightly different color tones because I just couldn’t decide which one I liked best. Either one will look great. Oh, by the way, my wife and I are both professional photographers in Cayman and spend the summers in Temagami. Up to now, we haven’t tried to do any work up there but, now that the kids are older, we are thinking of offering family portraits and unique property photos as an excuse to get out and see more of the lake and meet the neighbors. If you or any of your friends are interested, let us know. Let me know how it goes and I hope to see you on the Lake!February 15, 2012 – 2:56 pm

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