I have had the good fortune of some wonderful word of mouth for a number of out of town clients in Arizona. Naturally, when these clients visit San Diego, they want to be near the beach. When Sarah reached out to me telling me about her family and their plans for vacation, I knew that meant only one thing. Beach. And beach we did!
Over the last few days here in San Diego we’ve had what you might call “weather”. It almost sorta rained like two times and I’m pretty sure it rained while we were all sleeping on Thursday night/Friday morning. Whether it’s the promise of rain or rain itself, it creates amazing clouds in the sky which turns into gorgeous photos on the beach at sunset.
I will admit that driving to Carlsbad for sunset isn’t something I look forward to because I know it comes with a good amount of additional time in the car during rush hour traffic. Yesterday was almost an hour and a half drive in bumper to bumper traffic. I passed the time by keeping my cool and flipping stations on Pandora. It somehow was perfection. I had some time to myself and I got to hear a ton of music I haven’t heard in years. I was almost too relaxed by the time I showed up in front of the hotel to meet the entire family.
I was greeted with the standard apprehension paired with lots of smiles and hello’s. All concerns were immediately dashed away as we stepped onto the sand and began shooting. The tide had it’s own agenda yesterday. Combined with large waves, strong undertow and the desire to cover as much of the beach as possible with water, we were all forced to be soaking wet up to our thighs and just laugh at the whole thing. It was a divine way for me to work with a family. They gave themselves over to me and managed to enjoy each other as well as the beautiful scenery. The children have ruined me for life because they were so well behaved and accommodating I almost wandered if they were actually robots posing as children.
In short, they were amazing. It was all amazing. Just when I start to think that perhaps my new life of caring for my father has far outweighed my love of photography this family comes along and saves me from myself. I hope to bottle this moment and remind myself daily how much I enjoyed it and to push aside the anxiety that rushes through my body days and hours before I do a session because when I am present and in the moment I am joyful.