My husband and I recently took a quick trip to one of our favorite beaches in Florida. We try to make it down there at least 1-2x a year. We are hoping these visit will be more frequent in the next year as my photography seems to be taking me here and there these days and what with family/friends moving to Florida.
It was a busy time of year to go, right after the 4th of July, but we still had a great time. We spent a lot of time at the giant lagoon pool and on the sunny beaches. It's been a while since we have had such fresh seafood! So I ate it every chance I got!
I was able to collaborate with some lovely creatives while we were there. I love working with people that you can instantly and naturally vibe with. That "groove" is just so important when creating an image together. Most of my images tend to take more than just my efforts to create. So I've become very grateful those who work side by side with me to make photo magic. I couldn't do this job without them.
I can only tease you with this one image of my new series, The Pearl, because it was recently picked up to be published in a magazine based in Florida. It's set to release in October so I will be sure to announce when it's out on new stands.
I must tell you though as we arrived to the beach (after 2-3 hours of hair, makeup, wardrobe and travel) it began to rain. Lately, I've tried to look at circumstances with the eyes of an opportunist and accept that what tend to be annoyances or inconveniences actually could be something great. So into the rain we went. I covered my camera in a bag and one of the team members kept an umbrella over me. And even though the model, Piper Arielle, couldn't hear us over the waves while salt splattered my lens and raindrops on her face, I noticed she still kept her composure and the weather actually elevated the mood of the shot. Resulting in images that exceeded my expectations. I will show you more from this series in October and will include some very dramatic closeups but for now here's a behind the scenes shot.
The rain subsided in a couple of hours and brought us the most beautiful sunset that included a pod of dolphins playing in the distance. I couldn't believe it. I watched the golden light wrap around my model and I shot on. It was a gift of a day.
I've noticed how important it is to my creativity to get away from familiar surroundings and shoot for fun now and again. Of course, any time I get to take a picture I count it all joy, but removing client and a budget is a nice change of pace. I encourage other creatives to try to do the same. Go make something you love with friends who support the vision.
Well, August is upon us and I will proceed into a very busy season. So I might appear MIA but not to worry I am either shooting, behind a computer editing or traveling which also means I will have more photos to share.
Until my next post!
- Lauren Athalia