To say that I can be the most random and spontaneously adventurous person is an understatement. The only issue would be finding people to work with, who share the same theories of life and work spontaneity. I just keep on rolling along with my adventures until someone else hops on the 'train' with me. Apparently it wasn't has hard as imagined...
I suppose we should start with the basics of how random this was put together. A beach shoot was already in the plans for the spring/summer. But maybe the planning was unnecessary. At 2am on Sunday morning when most people were stumbling out of the bars around Baltimore, I was busy putting gear into my trunk. Probably looked suspicious packing some bags into a trunk in the dark night, with one lonely street lamp overhead lighting a small patch of sidewalk. Gives the feeling of a mob job about to go down somewhere on the docks. That would be a great idea for a creative shoot, soon (hint hint)!
Three hours later as the blue hour was starting to shed light over the night sky, our toes were in the sand. With me, a model who spontaneously wanted to do a beach shoot with little to no planning whatsoever. The only problem that became clear was the sunlight was going to be a problem. There may be some irony behind a sunrise shoot with problems from the sun itself. A heavy band of clouds had blocked the view that we were counting on for a gorgeous backlight. With an added bonus challenge, haze was also now involved into the equation. Morning haze over the beach has always reminded me of a hot summer day in the desert. For some reason when I think of this, I also think of Dubai. Though I cannot really explain this coralation.
I decided to pivot my approach for the shoot, and use the haze to my advantage by grabbing all the light I could reflect back, using it as a backlight and a strobe for my key light. The quickly created scene worked better than I could've thought over with too much planning. The sun eventually rose above the clouds to a point where we could manage the scene a little better. All in all, this shoot worked out better than I could've imagined with little to no planning. Maybe this will be the lesson for the summer. Less planning, more doing!