Last month, on our way from Savannah, GA to Orange Beach, AL, we made a stop in Jacksonville, FL for a couple of days to see one of our favorite couples!  Brad and Mel had us photograph their wedding a couple of years ago and we became fast friends.  They are now getting into wedding photography themselves and they volunteered to be our guinea pigs for workshop material.  Thanks guys!

The people of the photography industry are so open and giving.   Sean and I were fortunate to find several people early in our careers whose thoughts, advice, and experience pushed us to heights we would have never imagined.  Because we’ve been given so much, we love being able to pass along our experience and know-how to others!  It has been so much fun to talk with Brad and Mel and see them progress as artists and business people!  We really enjoyed being able to spend a couple of days with them just talking about branding, and shooting, and getting started.  Photographers are such dorks! ;-)   

Mel just sent over a few of their images from the shoot we did together and I had to share our experience…

We spent the afternoon on the beach covering just about everything we consider while we shoot: directing the client, how to get variety quickly, lighting set-ups, yada, yada.  We had a blast and Heather and Eddie were wonderful models!





I love the wind on the beach!  Here’s Sean shooting…





…and the resulting images






We’ve never been to a beach with fallen trees everywhere so we were almost drooling when Brad and Mel told us about this place!   




Oi!  There is a reason I am behind the camera!


Brad and Sean in action





Brad did really great here…


Sean didn’t do so bad either. :-)


Sean giving Mel the low-down


Everyone knows I’m just along to hold the flowers!


Another fantastic Bradford creation


The dynamic duo – are they cool or what?


 Again, I heart fallen trees!





Crawling through the branches a bit





…and Mel’s super swank results…





After the beach, we did a little night shooting on our way to dinner.  Eddie just got these hot new shades so we had to show them off!





I love this one of Mel’s






Afterward we ate yummy pizza and then went back to review the day’s work – and get a few goofy group shots of course! :)   





Can you even believe these guys are just getting started??

Mel and Brad, thank you so much for your friendship and for inviting us into your home to talk your ears off for two days!  We hope you came away with something worthwhile!  We had a great time and are so looking forward to seeing what great things are in store for the two of you!

 Much Love!

Mel and Sean    


  1. David on December 19, 2007 at 12:00 am

    Totally, totally awesome!! What a rockin’ shoot!

  2. brianne on December 19, 2007 at 8:22 am

    i know i should probably comment on all photos, but seriously, mel – your eyes are BEAUTIFUL.

  3. david & kimi b on December 19, 2007 at 9:34 am

    i can’t even express in words how rocking EVERYONE of the images are. even the ones of the mclellans behind the scenes! you guys are rockalicious! phrase of the day:
    mclellans workshop san diego!!! yah, SD! SD! SD! *chanting* no not south dakota.

  4. K. Crafton on December 19, 2007 at 10:04 am

    I’m loving the fallen tree/brush images!! Gorgeous as always!

    (ps: great seeing you two last night. Have a wonderful Christmas! xoxoxo)

  5. Mel Watson on December 19, 2007 at 2:17 pm

    We had such an amazing time with you guys! You are such incredible friends and mentors and we appreicate all the invaluable advice you have given us. You both did a fantastic job of explaining all that was going on during the shoot and helping us learn new techniques. We are blessed to have you as friends! As for your photos… they are stunning as always! ;) You set the bar high guys! :D

  6. holly on December 19, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    I LOVE IT!!!!

    I wish we lived near the beach!!!!

  7. mel on December 19, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks David! We had a great time doing it! Brianne – you are so funny. :) Personally, I think I’m looking a little cross-eyed there….Davorino and Kimilicious! Are you suggesting we come camp out in the Baxter livingroom for some CA fun? I have never been to California you know… Thanks Kate! We enjoyed getting to hang out with you guys too! Let’s do it again sooner rather than later – we do have tacky gift exchanging to do afterall! Hey Mel! It is always completely our pleasure to help you guys out in any way that we can! Thanks for letting me share your work! :)

  8. mel on December 19, 2007 at 2:56 pm

    Ah you slipped in while I was writing Holly! Thanks so much! I wish we did too – it would be much warmer now!

  9. Matt B on December 19, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    ok, I grew up in CA and have NEVER seen clouds so perfect at the beach. You guys had the perfect day for shooting!

    Of course, the talent behind the camera wasn’t half-bad either! :)

  10. Jacksonville Florida Weddings on December 19, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    Jacksonville Florida Weddings on the beach are romantic and make great Photography, Gulf Shores has white sand and is also beautiful for a Beach Wedding

  11. david & kimi b on December 20, 2007 at 11:26 am

    you know you guys are welcome to crash out at the ohana casa, then we can hopefully get some mclellan magic by osmosis!!

  12. Eddie Bojorquez (Studio 512) on December 20, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Excellent work on these. Thanks for getting such good-looking shots of me. Oh wait. That was another Eddie. Wish I coulda been there though – behind the camera!

  13. mel on December 24, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Davo – you’d better watch out – you might just get your wish! ;) Thanks Eddie! We can always come play at your house too! To make you a model or a photographer – now that is the question…

  14. jessica on December 27, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    mel, you can steal my tattoo if i can second shoot for you guys someday! hehe. that’s a fair trade, right? ;)

  15. mel on December 28, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Jessica my dear – the deal is struck! If I steal your tatoo, I’ll send you pictures and our wedding schedule! :)

  16. Nashville Photographer on December 28, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    Great Photo’s, if you are ever in Nashville,Tennessee look me up for some Photo’s.i’m a Nashville Wedding Photographer

  17. sean on December 31, 2007 at 12:39 am

    Thanks, Nashville Photographer. We… live here… too… and stuff.

  18. ashleigh on January 2, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    i’m sitting here doing some catch up reading/drooling on your blog and i have to say the back and forth between you two and “Nashville Photographer” is an unexpected source of entertainment! your blog by the way always brings me joy…can’t wait for me and ryan to be your subjects again:)

  19. sean on January 3, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    Hey Ashleigh!! :o) Hahaha – thanks. Happy New Year!!

  20. Ferry on February 2, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Great work…

  21. mel on February 5, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks Ferry! :)

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