One of the most interesting places I’ve been to is Venice Beach, Calif. It’s a dream for anyone who loves to people watch.
I went there for the first time with friends Thaoly Vu (now Thaoly Roberts! Yay!) and Heather back in July. I was overwhelmed with the beautiful chaos of this place – there were amazing things happening all around me, and so many interesting characters, that I had a really hard time figuring out where I wanted to point the camera. Every race, age, color, status, and personality has melted together here to create a wonderfully unique, harmonious culture.
When I went back to L.A. this past weekend to cover Thaoly’s wedding, I made it my mission to drive back to Venice Beach again.
Below is a collection of photos from both visits. Hope you can see the beauty is this place like I do.
After moving to Charlotte, Brandon and I decided to explore uptown and get acquainted with the city. There were so many great backgrounds for photography, so it was oodles of fun. And having such a carefree boyfriend was definitely icing on the cake.
Sherry Patrick, the new president of the Gainesville Alachua County Association of Realtors, poses in the lobby of Coldwell Banker Wednesday afternoon.
During my final for the class, I found a bunch of really interesting subjects to cover as part of my “rebel” theme. The first one I found was Eric, a tattoo artist in Gainesville.
Next assignment was working a situation with a flash. I figured I’d try it out on my next Alligator assignment – a profile on a UF fencer. The gymnasium where I had to shoot it was just awful. I had come there with all these cool ideas in my head as a shot list, and none of them were going to work in this scene. So, I just posed her against the plain blue canvas and bounced a flash to the side off a white wall. Worked like a charm and had a nice soft touch to it.
Next was using a strobe. FUN!
Since I’m bored, I figure I’ll start with stuff I did when I was in class and just learning how to use lights and strobes. I had the most fun in this class than any other. You were allowed to think creatively, and I was learning something new everytime I turned started a new assignment. First one was to experiment with a single constant light source.