Showing posts from May, 2017

Morning Fitness with Evelyn

We finally had a break in the cloudy springtime weather!  Evelyn and I had been trying to get together for a sunny fitness shoot for almost a month since April.  We had some beautiful weather but then clouds and rain moved in for the better part of two weeks – until a few days ago.  It was the perfect time to get together for an early sunrise session at Second Beach in Newport!

This shoot was for fun.  I've known Evelyn since college, and she's now a fitness and trainer, so when I thought of doing a fitness shoot she was the first person I called.  The concept was an warm and sunny bodyweight workout on the beach, full of lunges, pushups, burpees, plyometric moves, core work, and some stretches to cool down.  It was cool and rather windy but within the first twenty minutes Evelyn was working hard enough to shed the layers and work it to the max!  It was so much fun, we're already thinking ahead to another shoot!  What concept should we do for the next one?


Golden Hour Yoga

Outdoor photography can be a tricky thing, mostly from it's identifying feature:  the outdoors.  It can be hard enough to find the time to do a shoot, add in other people's schedules, unexpected weather, and it can be downright difficult to get that perfect shot!
A couple months ago I planned an outdoor yoga shoot with my new model friend, Amy.  We were planning on photographing in the snow in Bristol.  It was late in the afternoon, rather cool still, but we weren't getting the shots we wanted.  The sun was sinking lower, but was keeping everything a tolerable temperature, and then it started to turn golden.  It was that time of day when everything looks magicall!  We found the best spot facing southwest with water in the background, and utilized every last minute of sunlight we could!  It felt like we were photographing in the summer, even though it was technically the last few days of winter.  Amy was a trooper and these are perhaps my favorite yoga photos to date!

Rhode Trip // NoCal // Last Day

We woke up in Gualala for our last day on the road. It would take most of the day for us to drive back south to Alameda, so we planned to break up the drive along Highway 1 with stops at Point Arena Lighthouse and Headlands, Schooner Gulch, and Salt Point State Park.
It was a chilly morning, but we were packed and on the road by 9am.  The sun was out and shining, a beautiful way to end our week on the road!  Within an hour we were at Point Arena Lighthouse, and took another hour to explore the Headlands.

Destination:  Point Arena
Trail:  Headlands Trial
1 mile

After a quick view of the lighthouse, we explored the headlands trail.  It was a large expanse of relatively flat ground, and appeared to be a cattle pasture, with hoof prints in the soft mud.  The grass was short and the sun was becoming hot, providing us with an entirely different landscape than we had experienced all week!  The pasture walk took us to the rim of the bluffs, where we watched the wave action and erosion at work.…

Rhode Trip // NoCal // Day 4–5

It rained a lot over night.  Probably more than 1".  When we checked the weather report, the winds had peaked at 50mph gusts, and we were so glad we didn't drown in our tent overnight.  We were in the hotel in Fortuna, just outside Eureka, and while the forecast was for more rain and wind, there were breaks in the storm as it moved in bands up the coast.  We took the opportunity to drive about half an hour north to explore Trinidad.

Destination:  Trinidad
Trail:  Trinidad Lighthouse Trail
1 mile

Trinidad was a cozy little town nestled on the side of a hill, with a small harbor below full of fishing boats bucking in the wind and waves.  One side of the harbor is protected from a prominent rocky hill, with Trinidad Lighthouse facing the open ocean.  We hiked up the hill under cover of gray clouds and strong winds, reaching the top for a great 360° view of the coast.  It really wasn't much of a lighthouse trail since the light was buried in brush off the path, but it was a nice…

Rhode Trip // NoCal // Day 3

We woke up to sprinkles of rain and sunshowers.  That forecast from the beginning of the week was catching up to us.  What had originally looked like a day or so of rain we could hike through was taking a turn for the worse.

The forecast had increased to 3" of rain over the next couple of days, mostly overnight, with 30mph winds gusting to gale force of 50mph.  The plan had been to continue north to the King Range Wilderness, driving around the mountains to the north side where we could hike the Lost Coast Trail along the beach to Punta Gorda Lighthouse.  From there we would do the southern end of Redwoods National Park before camping for the night.  The Lost Coast Trail was one of my most anticipated stops of the trip, and Redwood National was one of Brad's, but we both decided the forecast was just too severe to tent camp for the next two nights.  So we came up with a last minute contingency before leaving MacKerricher.

We thought about heading east towards Tahoe, where th…

Rhode Trip // NoCal // Day 2

We woke bright and early at the campsite in Wright's Beach to the sounds of ocean waves and children playing.  Our tent was nestled in a small patch of pine needles and leaves beneath tall bushes, and just around our cluster of bushes was a wide open beach and crashing waves.  It was cooler than in Alameda, and the sky was overcast, but it was refreshing to be by the ocean.  The camp was full of families in RVs on their own road trips.  We were the only tent in the whole place.

By 9:30am we departed, and continued our way up Highway 1.  Today we were exploring the Sonoma Coast, and by the end of the trip this had been my favorite stretch of highway!  The road was winding.  We were hugging the side of steep hills (or were they tall enough to be considered mountains?), and to our left was a plunging drop straight to the sea below.  Small pull-offs for allowing traffic to pass doubled as scenic overlooks, and we stopped to take in the view.

Civilization became more and more sparse, a…