It makes me so frustrated when you’re trying to do a fashion shoot and you see the security guard running towards you. I already know what he’s going to say. It’s the dreaded deja vu. We don’t have much time. Now it’s a rush rush and hurry hurry type of shoot. I was only able to snap three photos near this red structure. The security guard gets close enough and shouts, “This is private property and you can’t take any photos.” I’ve heard this so many times. How can a building in the middle of downtown Los Angeles be private property? They don’t care if you walk around or sit down or even eat your lunch but has soon as the camera comes out, 9-1-1! 9-1-1! Dang rent-o-cops.
I’m not too far from Laguna Beach and I think it’s such a neat little beach town. The locals are cool. The food is great. And if you take the time and explore, you’ll find hidden gems everywhere. This turned out to be an adventure since we really didn’t know where we wanted to shoot. And when you have a model that’s down to earth and adventurous, it really makes all the difference. We started with some strong organic coffee and then got down to the fun stuff, shooting. Like I mentioned in a previous post, coffee before a photo shoot makes all the difference. Well, for me it does.
It’s really awesome to setup a fun shoot like this. I enjoy experimenting with different props and ideas. I believe the most important aspect of shooting is being able to listen to the model and share her vision as well. After all, no matter how you look at it, it’s a team effort. It’s about having fun, laughing, and being productive at the same time.