Ana & Gerardo - Couple's portrait shoot Long Beach

Every photoshoot usually has its surprises, this one being the moody weather. Us Southern Californians panic whenever the weather has any rain in the forecast. Well we weren't canceling this couple's photoshoot even if it wanted to rain on us (we had a backup plan on the Queen Mary in case it was torrential downpour). We started our couple's photoshoot next to the Long Beach Convention Center (@lbconventionctr) on their cool new Rainbow Bridge which mimics the geometry of a barreling wave and lights up at night with rainbow colored LED lights (too bad there's no real waves or surfing in Long Beach otherwise I'd live there in a heartbeat). 

It did rain intermittently here and there and props to Ana and Gerardo for braving the chilly and rainy weather with us. I'm sure they are both dry by now. After warming up for a bit we headed over to the Queen Mary ship to take some vintage and classy looking photos.  I didn't get exactly what I was looking for, particularly because the ship itself is not well lit and shooting at night, everything is near pitch black. A daytime or golden hour shoot would be most suitable for this location I believe. 

A big thanks to my good friend Ruben @signaturelookphotos for doing this shoot with me while testing out some new lights like the Godox AD600 which I'm loving.
Also thanks to my friend and super talented Photograher Elmer @tnkphotodotcom for helping me learn and implement more snazzy lighting techniques. ūüďłūüėé

Congrats to Ana and Gerardo on one year of marriage! Looking forward to photographing you both again!

Equipment used for this shoot:

  1. Sony a6000 mirrorless camera
  2. Sony 90mm f2.8 portrait/macro lens
  3. Godox AD200 Flash
  4. Picture Perfect Posing. This book is pure gold! I reviewed it again before this shoot
 All natural baby! The light coming around the corner of this wall had a nice diffused warm feel to it which highlights Ana and Gerardo quite nicely. Stoked when I come across natural light like this. Thanks again to these lovebirds for making my job easy :)

All natural baby! The light coming around the corner of this wall had a nice diffused warm feel to it which highlights Ana and Gerardo quite nicely. Stoked when I come across natural light like this. Thanks again to these lovebirds for making my job easy :)

Angie - Surfer Portraits Little Corona Beach

I'm really excited to share these photos from my surfer portrait series which I have been dying to do.  This first round of photos was taken at Little Corona Beach with my friend Angie ( @sea.sand.sol ) as the surfer subject.  Here I'm bringing my two favorite things together; seascape photography and surfing (and what better to include some friends).  I think most of us surfers don't have too many good photos of us surfing which is a huge part of what we devote our lives to.

Here I wanted to create some artistic portraits not just of the surfers in action, but moreso representing the surfers unique personality.  I also want to show the feelings and colors that I represent with surfing like vibrant oranges and purples, beautiful seascapes, and warm sunsets.

Also check out the time lapse showing the behind-the-scenes action during our photo shoot at Corona Del Mar Beach. :)

Thanks to my surfer friend Angie @sea.sand.sol for being my awesome subject for the surfer series I'm doing. 

And message me if you're interested in getting some shots like this.