October 22, 2020
I had the pleasure of creating a “jewels of the desert” photoshoot for me a few other photographers. I actually got the idea from a client photoshoot I did out a Glamis Sand Dunes. (You can check out that blog post here.) This time, I decided to bring a few friends with me. Que of QueEighty8 Photography and Cat of Cat Warren Photo. We had Selina and Elsy as our amazing models. I got their dresses and some of their accessories from Amazon. I purchased Selina’s necklace and earrings from Jazzie Naturals, a local woman- and Black-owned jewelry brand here in San Diego. I actually have had the necklace for a while, just haven’t had a chance to use it.
This was an early morning shoot because again…it is hot in the desert lol. We actually started right around sunrise. I was running a little behind so I didn’t get to photograph/video the actual sunrise, but I was still able to get some cool drone footage. You can see it in the short video below. I filmed the drone footage on my DJI Mavic Mini.
After I finished up with my drone footage, I took some photos of our amazing models. I started photographing with Selina. I absolutely loved her purple sparkly dress. I will definitely be using it again. Then add on Jazzie’s beautiful jewelry and she was killing it. I loved the way this dress shined in the sunlight. I had some fun with the edits for this photoshoot and tried to make them a little more on the artsy side lol. Sometimes you gotta switch it up.
For the above image, I used a purple detachable train that I purchased off Etsy from J and L Designs Boutique. I loved that I was able to add more movement to this shoot.
I also shot with Elsy in her gorgeous red dress. I love how the red popped against the blue and tan/sandy background. I have used this dress in a few shoots and never gets any less stunning. I shot with a higher f stop in these images to get the sun rays to be more prominent. I loved how they turned out.
Near the end of our shoot, we met this really cool couple. The guy, Chris, was a dirt biker and he had been riding his bike around the dunes and jumping some of the sand dunes. He was gracious enough to do some jumps behind our models. I was able to capture this awesome shot of Selina. It looks like she commands her troops.
I can’t wait to do another creative photoshoot. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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