I've been wanting to shoot more portraits lately, but in combination with the surf community that I've been so involved with the past year. My good friend, Kevin Tanner, behind Soudnings Surf Co creates some gorgeous handcrafted boards. He does all his own shaping, resin work, and glassing, and I wanted to photograph some beautiful boards to highlight his craftsmanship as well as portraits of my friends who ride them. I decided to do board portraits.
The idea really came to fruition when Claire Hodson, fellow surfer and resin seascape artist, wanted to do her own artwork on her next longboard. Knowing the beauty of both her artwork and Kevin's shaping, there was no way I wasn't going to photograph that board! There was a short window between when the board would be finished but before it would be waxed up for it's maiden voyage. So on a cloudy breezy rugged afternoon in early spring, Claire and I linked up for a somewhat impromptu session at her favorite break. Then, before I knew it, my friend Chelsea and I got together for shots of her trippy fish for golden hour.
All I can say is, I'm in love with what we threw together -- the beauty of it all, the light, the shapes, the rawness of these ladies, the real moments -- and can't wait to do even more! See other shots under the Lifestyle Gallery
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Some days I just don't feel like swimming. Some days I don't feel like shooting with a 7lb telephoto setup on the beach. Those days are perfectly suited for drone shots, should the wind be accommodating enough.
I've only had a couple drone flights this winter, one during a sunny but cold morning at the beach, and a second during a slightly windier day at Point Judith lighthouse. It's always a refreshing perspective!
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