A friend told me about Salton Sea a while ago. As soon as she describe it to be as a dried out beach that was deserted and completely ran down, I knew I had to photograph there. I wanted to do a fashion shoot with dramatic lighting, so when I heard of a large photo shoot planning to go there, I jumped at the chance. Then I realized I would be carpooling with two complete strangers, going to an abandoned location 3 hours from home. My mind started going all over the place of course, imagining the horrible scenarios that could (but were highly unlikely to) occur. So I made the 3 hour drive with my younger sister in tow as a lighting assistant and two other photographers I just met. We met up with a few other photographers, stylists, and models at a Starbucks to prep for the shoot. It was surely a sight to see many girls getting their hair done. Although I felt bad for the baristas since we used a whole lot of hairspray to hold up such awesome styles.
I had more than a blast shooting in the house frames. It was amazing to see what people left behind from their days at the beach. More than that, if you went near the water it was lined with whole fish skeletons (see one of my many models below). You can see a few in the jumping shots below.
I think the most interesting part of the day came just after sunset. We were photographing in a abandoned house when I suddenly heard a floor board creak in a corner where no body was. We shined a flash light in that direction to see a tall man lurking in the shadows watching us. Since he had gotten so close to us without anyone noticing, I knew I didn’t want to chance what else he could do. We all looked at each other and quickly jumped into the car. Next adventure I go on, I will be sure to skip watching “The Hills Have Eyes” before hand.
Remember in high school when we took pictures with our friends? We would get all dressed up and go down to the studio just for some wallet sized photos to pass out to everyone. Most of the time we would write messages on the back like: “Hey Girlie! Keep this safe.” Oh high school. But taking photos with our friends doesn’t have to stop with high school! Since we’re growing up, so should our photographs. Tasha and Philipa met in high school and have been best friends since. They wanted to do a photo shoot at Balboa Park. It was such a blast just having fun taking photos together. Tasha’s niece came along too so we all just played around and had a good time!
I love to take photos all the time. I typically use my family as models whenever I can. The photo above is of my little sister at Coronado Beach. We were meeting a couple there for their portrait session and since we got there early, we scouted the location for some great spots. I loved this spot since you could see the clouds rolling in over the ocean. They almost look like giant waves crashing down, so Carmen and I decided to have some fun while we waited for our couple.
The following photos are just some more fun shoots I did with my sisters. The first couple are from our trip to Disneyland earlier this year. We volunteered for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon (it is an early morning half-marathon at Disneyland) and we got free tickets to go to Disneyland! For the last couple of photos, I had my studio lights set up for a portrait session and decided it would be a perfect time to do our own Hunger Games inspired photos. The last photo was a long exposure at San Diego State University. We had to sit very still for 30 seconds. Funny how the two youngest sat still the most.
Last Friday a friend invited me to help record two bands for a local tv show called SoCal Live Showcase. They feature local artists and bands. While I was there video recording the event, I couldn’t help to get a few shots for myself. The bands were Mad Traffic (a rock band reminiscent of the Violent Femmes) and High Tide (a large california reggae band). It was at Winstons in Ocean Beach and while parking was a little bit of a hassle, it was totally worth it to hear the unique and awesome sound of these bands. The guys were all very talented and not to mention good looking (the sax player reminded me a lot of a Jonas brother… sorry). But thanks to SoCal Showcase, Sam Guest, and both bands for having me. I hope to do it again some time soon.
This past weekend, I had the immense pleasure to not only participate in but help coordinate a photography workshop. Sarah Zimmer, of Sarah Zimmer Photography, and I put on a workshop for young professional photographers. We found models and vendors from San Diego to come and participate in our event. This was an amazing opportunity to learn new techniques, meet more photographers, and network with some very talented wedding vendors. I cannot wait to Read the rest of this page »
And welcome back! This past Christmas Eve was busy for me. Typically, I spend the day over my Grandmother’s house making tamales (by the way these are the best tamales in the world), but this year, I had a wedding and baptism to attend. Like I said Read the rest of this page »