On an overcast day Lara, her mum and I set off to the beach for this shoot. It was going to be a great day, the cloudy sky meant there would be no shadows and by increasing my ISO and opening up my aperture and changing my shutter speed I could get the bright airy images I was aiming for. The beach is only a short drive and when we got there we were surprised at how busy it was. There were cars lined up on the sand and couples, families and dogs enjoying the surf and the sand. It wasn’t the quiet beach I had been used to all winter, and it wasn’t even that warm yet. After finding our little patch on the sand, setting up the shoot where I could avoid people in the background was a challenge. But the even bigger challenge that day was when the sun decided to suddenly appear from behind the clouds, just for a moment, then hide again. This was happening every few minutes which made it quite difficult to make the necessary adjustments on the camera for the peek-a-boo light. To add to this Lara would be in position, then the sun would be blinding her. I had to think and act fast with my camera.
I was pleased with the majority of the photos from that shoot, but some were just plain failures … below there is too much shadow under her eyes and the bright appearance of the sun made her squint in both pics! What did I learn from this shoot … PATIENCE.