This past weekend I set up a shoot with a photographer I had never worked with before, though I had been following his work for quite some time. A fellow photographer and friend (thanks Wicked Mojo Photography!) had suggested I contact Zack of Zachary Stone Photography to collaborate on something. We met up and decided to visit Portsmouth for our shoot, spending some time walking around the city and taking shots as we walked. I felt like we hit it off immediately and it was easy to lose track of time during our conversations.
After shooting in town for a while, we stopped for a snack at a local brewery, and put all of our stuff down (about 4 cameras and a variety of lenses if you include Zack's, Sam's, and my own gear) on the table and relaxed a bit. Toward the end of our meal, a waiter came over to the table to ask about the cameras, and we found out he shoots weddings in his spare time. Names were exchanged, along with conversation about photography equipment, and the gentleman was nice enough to share a favorite shooting location he frequented in the area. We ended up changing our initial location plan and visiting his suggestion, Ordiorne Point.
It was a pleasant surprise. There's something to be said about being open to chatting with others and networking a bit.
Once we arrived at our second location, we shot a bit in some grassy areas, and on the rocks in the ocean. I will say that this was my first time hopping across boulders (especially in long gowns/skirts) in the ocean for a shoot, so it was a memorable experience...especially when you can't hear the photographer over the waves crashing against the rocks. Lots of hand gestures were made in an attempt at communicating how to best pose against the background (don't worry, they were all done in good spirit...nothing snarky was gestured).
Another first for this shoot was my wardrobe. I've never worn sneakers to a shoot before (though I don't really consider converse sneakers), typically I wear flats and trade them out for heels when we start working, but during the course of this shoot, I only wore my converse or was barefoot (even though I did walk around with heels in my bag all day).
I will say that balancing on the rocks was much easier without the concern of my skirt getting caught under my heel whenever I moved (instead it got caught on my toes...oh well).
We took some amazing shots on the beach, and packed up as the sun drifted below the tree line, working at a more accelerated speed to leave once the killer mosquitos came out to prey on us.
The night ended with a delicious dinner at a small place in Hampton, and an exchange of musical interests as we drove home.
I had an amazing time during this shoot and recommend everyone visit Zack's photography page and show him some support!
What's your favorite location to visit, be it for a photoshoot, to meet up with friends, or even just spend some time by yourself, enjoying your own company?