Summer photoshoots are the best kind. The weather is warmer, our hearts are lighter, and inspiration is everywhere. For this particular photoshoot, I found my inspiration in a skatepark with two of my favorite dancers, Paige Dominguez and Genevieve Carlson.
Why a skatepark, you ask? The textures are beautiful, the concrete is smooth, and they provide a seamless backdrop. I love the grunginess and the rolling changes in the landscape. Because it's a public space, we made sure to be mindful of the time of day we chose so we didn't get in anyone's way. Local skate parks are usually packed on sunny days, but skaters don't tend to be morning people so we came right as the sun rose over the trees. The park was completely empty even by the time we left at 8am but that didn't stop the clearly irritated park manager from telling us that "that's not what the skatepark is supposed to be used for" 😅 😂
We caught the tail end of blue hour and then took full advantage of the beautiful morning golden hour. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the weather was a prime example of a perfect summer day in Seattle. I'd given the girls loose instructions on what to wear and how to style themselves. We wanted something effortless but very much fashion-inspired and as usual, they knocked it out of the park. The mix of prints and textures were throwing major cool-girl vibes and the girls channeled their inner Vogue.
I shot this series in natural light using my Canon 5dmkiii with my Canon 50mm f1.4 and Canon 70-200mm f2.8. I love the bokeh from my nifty fifty and the compression from the longer lens is so flattering. I shoot most of my sessions on these two lenses because they produce such consistently beautiful results.
I love how this series turned out and think it would be a great vibe for a fashion photoshoot or even a senior portrait photoshoot. I've been trying to mix more black and white images into my work and I love the few that I chose for this set. Let us know which image is your favorite in the comments below!