Ma-Ha Photography goes on a road trip to Gualala Ca.
Whenever you have a client that has been coming back for years you come to trust each other. I was contacted by Jessica and Brad. I have done several photo shoots for them in the past. She really wanted to go to their favorite spot to do photos. Of course their favorite spot is a small town called Gualala near Fort Bragg and some 4 1/2 hours away. ROAD TRIP! ok so it ended up being one very long day but it was so worth it.
I had asked Jessica what type of photos she was looking for and she didn't know. I suggested since we were going to the beach, how about something more steamy, kind of a romance novel cover type? She thought it would be fun and so we found a few examples to reference and a clothing choice that would work and set a date. Now I normally would not suggest such a shoot with a client but since two major factors lead me this direction I decided to go for it. Factor 1. Know your clients. I have known these clients for a long time and knew that a shoot of this style would be right up their alley. Most clients might find a shoot like this too subjective and that is fine but they're a few that like that type of photography. You have to know your client to know which kind they would like. Factor 2. The clients trust me. First time clients are usually very apprehensive when it comes to posing and trusting that what you are doing will look good. Since I have worked with them in the past they trusted me, and that whatever I asked them to do would turn out good.
Back to the ROAD TRIP! My wife and I (and our new little puppy) all loaded up the car and set out for the coast. My wife has never been up the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) and never seen its beauty. The winding roads and the cool fresh air made for a nice ride. We got there in the early afternoon, a little before the clients did so we got to hang out and relax. After the clients arrived we drove up the coast, stopping at a wharf for a quick outfit change and couple of photos. We then headed up to the lighthouse on Point Arena. We got a couple of very nice photos off the cliffs. From there we headed back down the coast to a pretty secluded beach where we spent a bulk of our time. A gorgeous place. I can see why it is their favorite place to go. We decided to take a break and headed back into town for dinner at a BBQ joint called Bones Road House Restaurant. Wow what a good place to eat. Then we went back to the beach for a few sunset photos. While the sunset was not what we had hoped for we still managed to get several nice photos anyway.
Enjoy the photos from our trip to Gualala!
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