On August 11, Robert and I started packing the car at 6:00am for our highly anticipated photo shoot in Santa Cruz, California. By the time we were done filling the car with gear we had loaded four camera bodies, six lenses, four speedlights, two umbrellas, a reflector, various light stands, a set of cybersyncs, and an ice chest full of water, root beer and coke. When the girls arrived, they piled in and we took off to Santa Cruz. Our first stop, after Pizza My Heart of course, was the warf. We drove all the way out to the end, parked the car, and Robert and I set off to find the perfect location to shoot while Chelsea, Jordyn and Bri turned the SUV into a changing room. Before long we were shooting away. We shot around the boardwalk area for a while, then decided it was time to head up north to find some train tracks and the perfect beach to shoot at during sunset. When we got to the train tracks Alex was ready to go. We got some great shots of everyone on the train tracks, then headed down to the beach just in time to get a few shots off before the sun was gone.
End Notes: This was a rare shoot where all of my lenses were useful at different times. The 18-200mm lens was perfect for wide shots overlooking the ocean, the 50mm f/1.4 was great for down at the beach, and the 70-200mm f/2.8 came in handy for the shots on the railroad tracks. Though we packed all kinds of light modifiers, we were really only able to use simple diffusers because of the wind. Any reflector or umbrella we tried to use would have taken off. The wind did make the girls hair look great, though. Most of these photos were taken with two speedlights; one on each side. This was especially helpful at the traintracks with the sun behind the models. Thanks a lot to Robert Linggi for helping me with the lights and arrangement. Also, thanks to the models: Alex, Chelsea, Jordyn and Bri.
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