Hertz Rent-A-Car Groundbreaking Event

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Last week I got to shoot photos for VisitEstero.com at the Hertz Rent-A-Car Groundbreaking event. Hertz is moving its headquarters from New Jersey to Estero, Florida. The move will create about 700 new jobs in the area which is a pretty big deal for Estero.

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I just wanted to share a few of my favorite photos from the event. It was a bit of a gloomy morning but once you got under big giant tent where they were having the event you kind of forgot about how nasty it was outside because of all the smiling faces and refreshments. Tons of delicious food and drinks to be had before and after the event.

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There was an abundance of Florida legislature present at the event. Many of them took turns speaking about what sort of positive impact Hertz coming to Estero is going to bring. Governor Rick Scott and State Representative Ray Rodrigues both spoke at the event.

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Hertz had four or five different cars on display but the coolest one by far was the black and yellow Mustang.

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Executive Vice President, Richard Broome takes the podium.

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Governor Scott presented Hertz CEO, Mark P. Fissora with a medal and flag before it was his turn to speak.

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Getting ready to break ground.

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Governor Scott was all smiles after the event while answering questions from the press and taking pictures.

These were my favorite photos from the event. If you would like to see more you can head to my facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/timmurphyphotography

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Photoshoot with Sammie

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Last week I headed back to Koreshan Park to do a photoshoot. My friend Sammie volunteered to model for me. (Thanks Sammie!) While at Koreshan Park with photography class the week before I saw a couple places I wanted to take photos at but I never got the chance to have the model pose at those spots before I had to run and go to work. Also I wanted to practice some of the things I had learned on the trip with photo class that guest speaker Mike Owen taught us.

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I wanted to practice working with a model and posing a model because it is actually way harder than it sounds. You have an idea in your head how you want them to move and how you want the shot to look but it can be hard to explain to the model what you are thinking. Practice makes perfect though…The more you get out there and actually shoot photos and work on things like learning how to pose models the easier it all becomes.

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I really need to invest in getting some reflectors. When I was at Koreshan with photo class we were using them a lot to create even lighting or to block the sun a bit because it was really bright out. It was the same situation when Sammie and I went last week. It was super bright and finding even lighting was a bit of a challenge.

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It was a really fun day and it was a painless photoshoot. Sammie did a great job modeling and she was super easy to work with. It was funny because as soon as I started posing her for each shot it was like she figured out what I was going for and before I finished telling her how I wanted her to pose, she would pose the way I wanted and say “You mean like this?” haha I don’t know if she realized it but I did and I found it pretty comical.

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It was a good day and a great shoot. I hadn’t seen Sammie for a while before we did the shoot and it was nice to catch up a bit and hang out while we got the photos. Hope everyone likes the photos as much as I do!

Chasing Butterflies

This post is really really past due since the photos I took for it have been edited and sitting on my laptop for forever now haha. Sometimes you just get super busy and there isn’t time to make a proper post. That being said, now that I have had a few moments to myself I can actually sit down and write what I would like to.

About a week ago I noticed this bush at the bus loop on FGCU’s campus. It has these green stem looking things with blueish purple flowers all over, up and down the stems. I think it looks really cool so after class I went back to my dorm, grabbed my camera, and then headed back to campus so I could get a couple shots.

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I have no clue what kind of plant this is so if you do feel free to comment and let me know haha!

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After only about 2 minutes of shooting the plant I realized that the bush was a hangout spot for at least 20 or so giant furry bumblebees that were the size of peanuts! I was worried at first but they didn’t seem to mind me being all up in their business trying to get some photos. I tried to get some shots of the bees, but they weren’t really cooperating with me.

After getting over the fear of being stung by the camera shy bees, I spotted a butterfly floating around the bush as well. The butterfly was cooperating with me more than the bees were so I was able to get a few shots, but man did I have to work for it. The butterfly kept going around the bush in circles only stopping for fractions of a second on the green stems every once in a while. This was giving me an extremely small window of opportunity to get a good shot of the butterfly. Also my auto focus was giving me issues because it had to many things it was trying to focus on since the butterfly wouldn’t hold still. As I was running around this bush chasing the butterfly I was manually focusing and refocusing because the butterfly would move out of focus. I have a great collection of blurry butterfly pictures now but it was worth it to get the few shots that I did.

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I only shot photos of the bush and the butterfly for about 45 minutes but I was exhausted and I probably needed a shower. It was 97 degrees out and I was chasing a butterfly around a bush, you would be hot and exhausted too haha.

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Once again, just like the bush, I have no idea what kind of butterfly this is, so if you do, don’t be afraid to leave a comment and let me know.
Enjoy the photos!

Fort Myers Miracle – Baseball Game

So I am not exactly what you would call a baseball fan. I don’t have a favorite team or anything like that. I think it can be fun to watch sometimes though. My girlfriend, Laura has a friend at work (Thank you Diane!) who gave us some tickets to go see the Fort Myers Miracle play. They are a minor league team in our area so that was pretty cool and I mean come on they were free tickets, if it’s free its for me. Anyways I thought it would be fun to bring my camera along and get a couple photos.

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DSC_1582All in all it was a fun filled day of hanging out and relaxing with great people. It was a much needed day of relaxing too haha! Hope you enjoy the pictures.