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Mckenna - Graduation Portraits Little Corona

Congrats to our newest grad, Mckenna, coming all the way from Texas just for this special beach photoshoot!  

The previous mornings had been severely overcast and windy, so with this graduation shoot being planned for early morning, I was a bit worried about weather conditions.  I guess cloudy and windy could make for some dramatic graduation portraits with a perfect storm feel.  Thankfully, the weather cooperated and brought us that classic and peaceful Pacific blue morning.  With hardly anyone else on the beach we had plenty of options roam. 

I even shot one of my signature long exposure portraits while I had Mckenna daringly balanced on top of one of the rocks while the waves crashed over it.  Check it out below.  I love how the colors become more saturated and the mood is ethereal with the misty seashore and sky.

Portraits were naturally lit with an off camera medium softbox for a fill light in some instances. I usually turn up my Kelvin to 6000k to give the images a warmer glow especially with the early day sun.  

Michelle & Brock - Engagement Shoot Little Corona


Before every photoshoot many times self doubt begins to creep in. Thoughts like, what if I completely bomb this photoshoot and every photo is unworthy. What if the client is truly disappointed in what they receive. Well I don't think I've bombed a photoshoot yet or maybe I felt like I did but in the end I was being overly self critical. As an artist I always want to do something new, something unique and special each time. Even though I may visit the location more than once I look to capture the same elements but with a different perspective. So these were some of my thoughts before the shoot yesterday. I had photographed here before and I wanted something special for this couple. Sometimes it takes a little bit of warming up before I feel my creativity to begin to flow freely. I remind myself to do what I do best, to go with what I'm feeling and to even take a minute to pause and feel the moment. Last night at Corona Del Mar I had this rad couple who were my patient subjects. @brock.allan & @michelleclarkk. Wouldn't you agree they both look great together? They were willing to get hit by a few waves well I had them showcase their mannequin skills with my long exposures. I'm super stoked on the photos we got and I hope you both love them too. I wish you both the best and congratulations again on your engagement! Hope to shoot with you both again sometime soon :) 

 

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This photo was a pleasant surprise. The cool textures in the foreground tide pool with the golden hours reflection was something I couldn't have expected. That's what I love about long exposures, you'll be surprised many times. We are used to seeing and experiencing time moment by moment, but when we take a longer duration of time, in this instance 15 seconds, then we begin to see change over time and how light and movement affects the world. I've always loved this about long exposures. I do love taking landscapes for the sake of the landscapes, but I also love adding the human element into the composition. For me it gives a sense of scale, of mortality, of being present.

This photo was a pleasant surprise. The cool textures in the foreground tide pool with the golden hours reflection was something I couldn't have expected. That's what I love about long exposures, you'll be surprised many times. We are used to seeing and experiencing time moment by moment, but when we take a longer duration of time, in this instance 15 seconds, then we begin to see change over time and how light and movement affects the world. I've always loved this about long exposures. I do love taking landscapes for the sake of the landscapes, but I also love adding the human element into the composition. For me it gives a sense of scale, of mortality, of being present.

For me silhouettes never get old. The simplicity with the light, profiles, and figures is rather flat, but they cause us to see in a new light or rather absence of it. Usually a photograph shows us the face illuminated at least to some degree. It shows us the subjects eyes and we can usually connect with them through that. But with silhouettes being more two dimensional, you can still convey so much with less. Here I sense so much energy is flowing between them with such a quiet and calmness. During  @brock.allan  &  @michelleclarkk  engagement shoot the other night I looked up and saw the sky begin to radiate this dynamic light. A simple pose and you don't have to do much when they are both in love. Even though you can't see their eyes you can see that they love each other and that their eyes are completely fixated on each other. Everything is so gentle but strong at the same time. And with the intense light their love is something powerful and that fills both of their worlds. I hope this intense love continues to shine brighter and brighter for both of you each and every day of your lives. :) ️

For me silhouettes never get old. The simplicity with the light, profiles, and figures is rather flat, but they cause us to see in a new light or rather absence of it. Usually a photograph shows us the face illuminated at least to some degree. It shows us the subjects eyes and we can usually connect with them through that. But with silhouettes being more two dimensional, you can still convey so much with less. Here I sense so much energy is flowing between them with such a quiet and calmness. During @brock.allan & @michelleclarkk engagement shoot the other night I looked up and saw the sky begin to radiate this dynamic light. A simple pose and you don't have to do much when they are both in love. Even though you can't see their eyes you can see that they love each other and that their eyes are completely fixated on each other. Everything is so gentle but strong at the same time. And with the intense light their love is something powerful and that fills both of their worlds. I hope this intense love continues to shine brighter and brighter for both of you each and every day of your lives. :)