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Working With Christina
Photographers embrace challenge. We thrive on finding new ways to light, to frame, we are in search of places that are out of the beaten bath, things that elevate and inspire us to produce a shot that the world has never seen, one that is unique and thought-provoking. One that tells a story.
One of the biggest challenges for us is to keep our subject matter fresh and exciting. How do you take a unique photo of the Golden Gate Bridge when it's by far one of the most photographed subjects in the world? How do you find a new way to take a portrait of a familiar face?
You don't. Not when it comes to Christina. It finds you.
Working with Christina is challenging, but only because the image you can potentially end up with is limited merely by how far you are willing to let your imagination take you. You tell her your vision and she becomes it, effortlessly and naturally, she makes you forget that you're there to take photos and immerses you in your own dream world as if it's always been real to begin with. And when you believe in it as a photographer, the only thing left to do is get as many frames as you can and be thankful that you get to work with someone so talented and imaginative.
So, naturally, when I heard that Christina was coming back to the Bay Area for a few days, I couldn't help but get excited imagining the possibilities. After all, you don't say no when your model offers you to climb on top of a train or into an abandoned train car through a broken window in the pouring rain. You just don't. You conscience will never forgive you. But, follow your imagination, and it will keep a smile on your face for weeks to come and produce beautiful images to last a lifetime.
I'm thankful to have her as a friend.
Christina's Sunset Photo Shoot
Got together with the lovely Christina the other day for an impromptu photo shoot. She borrowed a yellow princess dress from a friend and I immediately thought, contrast. We went scouting for locations and ended up at a pretty industrial-looking railroad yard, which is exactly what I was looking for and it worked out perfectly. Lucky for us the weather co-operated as well and the sky lit up with amazing shades of red and purple, the kind that remind me why I love being a photographer.
Christina's City Lights Shoot
San Francisco, CA
Don't let anyone tell you that being a model is easy. Not when you're climbing the hills of San Francisco in heels and a long evening gown in the middle of January in 40 degree weather (which felt more like low 30's because of the wind). And not when the shoot involves running out into the street between light changes, gathering yourself, and producing beautiful pose after pose.
That's exactly what Christina and I did on this bitter January evening followed by a brief trip to Treasure Island for a few more shots in this freezing weather. As always, she rocked it! Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot:
Julia's City Shoot
San Francisco, CA
Decided to revisit some shots I took on the streets of San Francisco with Julia. Believe it or not she's a professional model, but you would never know, she did an incredible job in front of the camera! Such a good job in fact, that it was hard narrowing these down to just a few. And yes, her eyes really are that color.