Seriously. This particular portrait session I came away with so many that I genuinely liked, that it was hard to narrow it down to these in this post! I guess that’s a good problem to have. Laguna beach rarely disappoints when it comes to golden hour photos. On this particular day, there was a high surf warning and huge (to me) waves! This made grabbing some of the shots next to the water a little hair-raising, but Darlene handled it like a pro!
This shot above was actually an “accidental” shot in that Darlene was not trying to pose. As she did her thing, I was looking for potential shots. Times like these make a pose that may not look natural seem natural because the subject is not trying or forcing a pose. I like these moments.
This image above is one of my all time favorites. This image looks great in color too, but it is just so classically beautiful in B&W to me. Love it.
You can see above that the surf is a bit feisty in the background! It was fun and we made sure to watch each others’ backs when doing these shots. There were a few times we had to stop what we were doing and brace or flee!
Having fun, a necessity on a photo shoot!
OK, is that next set of waves going to take me out or do I have time?….oh and this is fun!
So this is another one of my newly acquired all time faves. 2 from one shoot?
This was Darlene’s idea and I really like the way it turned out!
Beautiful colors going on here. This was during the last 15 minutes of sunlight.
Such a simple but powerful image.
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I like this photo. And not for ANY of the reasons you may be thinking! You see, this is my brother. This shot captured the moment when it hit both of us that we are down at the beach taking shirtless photos…’sexy’ photos, if you will. And yeah, it was awkward and funny. But hey, that’s what brothers are for, right? Do the things together that you would be too uncomfortable to do with strangers – but in the end it is actually way more uncomfortable. Perfect.
This is Matt and he is my big brother!
This small piece of grassland was sitting atop a secluded hill overlooking the ocean in Hawaii. Besides being beautiful, the winds coming off the ocean enveloped my body which was incredibly refreshing and one of a kind. For a little while, this felt like my own little paradise as hardly anyone drove by. You can read more about the reason hardly anyone drove by and why it was secluded, from my post The Road Less Travelled, Literally.
I am slowly trickling out photos from my Hawaiian trip as I go through and find the ones that mean the most to me. For me, this photo just brings a smile to my face as I place myself back in that grass atop that hill. 🙂
This beautiful sunset seemed so much more magical in person than what my camera originally captured. So, to make it look more like how it felt, I made it to have a slightly painted feel to it. A dreamy touch on the already amazing canvas of clouds and ocean. Isn’t a peaceful scene? It sure was when I was taking it. I am happy that this image brings me back to that same feeling that I can visit at any time. This might have to go on my wall…
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On my recent trip to Maui, my wife and I “found” a road that unexpectedly turned out to be one of my favorite adventures of the trip. We were looking to get back to a certain part of the island and the GPS kept taking us back through what looked like the long way. Going the ‘short’ way was never shown as an option…I thought “hmmm, well now I just have to see for myself if there is a road this way, because it just looks closer on the map.” That and I like exploring, so this intrigued me. I soon found out why the GPS never gave this route as an option.
This was a fantastically scenic route, but it was also a fantastically SCARY route! The road quickly turned into a two-way road, but with barely enough room for one car… for miles and miles. Luckily, not many people were on this road, either from all the mainlanders blindly following the GPS’ instructions or because they have taken it once before and swore to never voluntarily take it again! However, there were a few cars on the road and these few were enough to really make me sweat. [The video below is a short clip showing the moment where we faced oncoming vehicles on a very narrow road, rocky cliff side on the right and a straight drop on the left.] Luckily I found a small indentation in the mountainside and backed my perfectly pint-sized Nissan Versa into it, allowing for barely enough room for a couple of cars to squeak by. Mind you that the trusty Versa was not my first car choice, nor my second. Or third. In fact, I literally told the rental car attendant when she came back with my keys and told me my choice that “I hate that car.” Little did I know that it would take me almost 800 miles in a week and through the edge of insanity, above the clouds to the top of a volcano, and miles into “4×4 only” country to see a Hawaiian Red Wood forest. By the end of the trip, I had a deep respect for that little car!
But I digress.
When it was all said and done, I would definitely take this wild road again. There was a spot at the top that just seemed magical. Isolated on the top of a Hawaiian cliff with the ocean and valley surrounding each side of me, along with rolling grassy hills and the best tropical winds you can imagine. All at dusk. Does it get any better? I will save you the guessing, it doesn’t. I think the crazy road allowed for this place to stay special and isolated. The shot above (best viewed large) was taken at this spot as my wife took a moment to take in the scenery. This little spot will stay with me for some time for two reason: It felt totally tranquil, serene even. And almost dying for 2 hours straight has had a strange effect of burning the experience deep into my psyche!!
If you get a chance, take the road less travelled. You
might will be glad you did.
This picture below is when we successfully returned from our experimental off-road journey to the Red Wood forest! Notice the sign…but more importantly notice the thumbs-up!
After a good time in Maui recently, I have a few photos I will be sharing. This is a portrait I really liked taken during a beautiful sunset.
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