Yoga Backbend at Sunrise


Backbend at Sunrise by Chip Bunnell Photography

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I learned long ago an important truth: Each new sunrise brings new opportunities and possibilities.  Often, these opportunities come as a joyful surprise.  On a particularly gray morning in March, this was once again proven through the lens of my camera.

The sky was covered with thick, low clouds; a heavy fog blanketed the beach.  I ventured into the pre-dawn darkness, in hopes of capturing a moody image of a commercial fishing pier.  Even though I have photographed this location countless times, I had a new image in mind.  As I ventured to the beach, I made my previously-visioned images, moving from side to side under the massive structure.  It was then I noticed a new and unexpected sight – a beautiful woman performing a variety of yoga poses in the early morning light.  After introducing myself, I asked if I could make some quick images of her doing various yoga positions.  She smiled and agreed.

My willing subject was Susie, a Professional Yoga and Pilates instructor.  Her strength and control over her poses more than validated her credentials.  After several poses on the beach, she agreed to again assume her handstand backbend that originally caught my eye.  Hard edges of the pier structure were softened by the gentle curve she provided.  The soft morning light added a natural warmth and a natural glow to her skin.

For professional Yoga or Pilates instruction, contact Susie to schedule an appointment.  Be sure to check out her website:  You will enjoy her friendly manner as well as her knowledge of how to strengthen the human body.

Photo Stuff:  Single frame, natural light.  Processed in LR and Topaz Clarity
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How a Strippoli became Quick


Mr and Mrs Quick by Chip Bunnell Phtoography

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Last week, I had the true honor of photographing another super fun wedding couple on their special day! The simple words “I DO” turned a seemingly ordinary Saturday into the incredible day Ms. Strippoli became Mrs. Quick. Surrounded by a large gathering of family and friends, all watched as two families became one.

Julia and Troy looked nothing short of amazing! Julia, surrounded by her mother and 5 of her dearest friends, transformed from her normal radiant self into a truly stunning bride. There was much laughter as each person did their part to help Julia realize her dream day. Her young daughter and son, Tatiana and Jionni, were on hand to frequently steal the show with their innocent playfulness.

Julias Bridesmaids by Chip Bunnell PhotographyDorothy may have had her ruby slippers, but Julia had her own slippers that carried her down the aisle and later to the dance floor.

Julias Ruby Red Slippers by Chip Bunnell Photography

A touching moment for me was seeing Julia’s mother, Jodie, help Julia with the final details. Then mother Jodie simply paused to gaze upon the strong woman her once baby girl had become. What a privilege to witness this private moment.

Mother Daughter Moment by Chip Bunnell PhotographyAs for Troy, he was surrounded by five of his closest male family and friends. Each had their own personalities, but all shared a common bond of bold, boisterous fun. One thing was clear – they were all there to support Troy and ensure nothing went astray as he prepared to take his bride.

Troy and Groomsmen by Chip Bunnell PhotographAfter exchanging a poem that Troy wrote for Julia and then the touching, sentimental words Julia wanted Troy to hear, they each gladly said those two words that bonded them as one family.

Their Kiss by Chip Bunnell PhotographyFear not, for this is not the end of their story, but only the end of this part of the day. More details and images will be revealed in the coming days. Until then, please join me in offering a hearty congratulations to Julia and Troy, now known as Mr. and Mrs. Quick!