The first thing I asked Jessica when she walked into the studio was “what music would you like to hear?”… “Madonna!” she said. I knew instantly this was going to be a fun shoot.
Jessica’s primary objective was to do a beach pin-up portrait as well as a surfing pin-up shot. I was so excited when we first talked about it and I knew this was a great opportunity for me to get really creative and experimental, however, I was faced with a bit of a challenge. I had no idea the surf board she was bringing would be so long. I know, I live in California on the Central Coast and I have never surfed. I should have done more research on surfboards. The point is I knew instantly that it was going to extend beyond my backdrop, but that’s okay, thank God for Photoshop! Because of the fin I had to raise the board off the ground while still giving Jessica enough stability for her to balance on the board. Two crates and two pillows did the job perfectly.
Once the shot was taken I photographed the actual surf separately so I could superimpose it against the background after the image was masked out of the studio background. I did not want it to look like she was really surfing because my vision was to maintain the pin-up illustration effect.
Along with the beach pin-up and fun surf pin-up shot we did a dramatic romantic lace look with natural light. Her reaction when she first saw these shots… “I look like a model.” I love hearing those words.
If you have any ideas for a fun beachy look or would like to book your own photo session at the beach than feel free to CONTACT ME for more information