New Sports Lifestyle Fashion Photo Shoot – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

It’s not frequently that you get to work with an amazing team of models, stylists, and hair and make up. I was lucky to have the trifecta of awesomeness for my shoot on Treasure Island in San Francisco.

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Kaitlyn and James were our models and they showed us their skateboarding skills. Kaitlyn had never been on a skateboard before but picked up how to ride quickly and was zooming all over the streets. James jumped on and off the board showing us how high up he could get. Stephen Candelino was the stylist and boy oh boy can this man style. The clothing he brought was like a dream from the 80s and 90s. A good dream. A very very good dream. I’m quite fond of both of those eras as they represented my youth and some of the best days I was a youngster. One of my favourite outfits James wore was a florescent pink pull over and white pants. James said he felt like Zach Morris in the outfit. I would have to agree. Katilyn wore so many great outfits it’s hard to choose a favourite. But, if I really did pick a fave it would be her high waisted jean cut off shorts, teal tank, grey vans, and skater ball cap. She was fab. Tacha Scott Santana owner of Dream Girl Make Up Institute was our hair and make up artist and kept Kaitlyn’s hair in place on the super windy island.

This shoot was pretty darn great. I love getting to work during the golden hour and chasing the sun all over the island. I had scouted the island the week before and narrowed down some spots that I thought would look great for shooting. The day of proved to be a little challenging as some of the locations had cars and other things in place that weren’t there before. The people on the island were so nice. They noticed were were doing a shoot and moved their cars so that we could take some photos and even invited us to use their restrooms if we needed. So nice!

Thank you so much you spectacular, amazing, wonderful team! I couldn’t have done it without you!

Check out the rest of the photos below.

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If would like to book a sports fitness photo shoot with me, contact me at lizcaruana@gmail.com or go to my website http://www.lizcaruana.com to see more of my work.

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How to stay motivated to exercise – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

You’ve heard it all before I’m sure. You need to exercise every day to stay healthy. Well, what if it’s just too hard for you to do that on your own.

 

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The answer is easy. Exercise with a friend, or a group. For years I used to run on my own. Mile after lonely mile I would run the streets of San Francisco in preparation for my races either here or other cities. After a while I wondered if I could learn more and get better if I trained with a group. Five years ago I joined the San Francisco Marathon Training program and learned quickly that training with a group of other people is possibly the best way to stay fit and stay motivated to keep running. Having a goal of a race that you are all training for together really is a no brainer. I’d been a cross country runner in high school and after a year in the program I learned so much that the following years I’ve been a pacer for new trainees in the group. Here I help runners learn how to properly train for a marathon and to know what to do about injuries and maintain good health throughout the training process. I can honestly say that there has been no better way for me to keep running than to sign up for a race and run with my group. The camaraderie and support you get from a group is unmatched.

For this shoot I worked with the lovely Gina from Stars and Lito from Scout as models. My stylist was the amazing Jenn Bonnett. I could not be happier with the outfits she selected. A lot of thought needs to go into sports fitness clothing selection as there is not much room for error.

Check out the images from the shoot below.

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If would like to book a sports fitness photo shoot with me, contact me at lizcaruana@gmail.com or go to my website http://www.lizcaruana.com to see more of my work.

Three ways to de-stress from your work week – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

You’re exhausted, you work far more than the 40 hour week, you feel like you can’t take it anymore. Believe it or not, exercise is really going to help you out. Here in San Francisco we a lucky to have so many wonderful places to get outside and shake out that stress. I had the opportunity to photograph Michelle Lew Libay a coach for the San Francisco Marathon training program Run 365 on a cozy socked in with fog morning down at Ocean Beach. We met at 6am at my apartment, looked over her clothing that we had talked about before the shoot, then head down to the beach. When we arrived, I was so excited to see how cloudy and grey it was. Perfect for running and perfect for photography. We grabbed our clothing and I grabbed my cameras and we head down to the water. I showed Michelle my inspiration images of how I saw the shoot and I was snapping away. Michelle was in such a positive mood, no wonder she is a coach for the marathon. I bet her trainees just love her and her encouragement. Stride after stride Michelle knocked every shot out of the park (or ocean, in this case).

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So here are my tips to de-stress from your work week.

1. Exercise. Go for a run, a swim, a bike ride. Do something to get your mind off of work. Even if it is just 30 minutes. It will help lift your spirits, and refresh your mind.

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2. Meditate. The age old practise of clearing your mind is so valuable, especially if you know you won’t be able to get away on a mini break. Give yourself 10 minutes a day in silence to breathe, and practise.

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3. Friends. Call a friend, go for a walk, or get a meal together. Talking to someone who is not in your industry really help shed some outside light on things and can help you through the tough times.

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If you like this post please consider following my blog as well as my google+ page.

If would like to book a fitness photo shoot with me, contact me at lizcaruana@gmail.com or go to my website http://www.lizcaruana.com to see more of my work.

New lifestyle fashion work – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

I was so happy to work with Jenn Bonnett for my lifestyle fashion photography shoot.

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I’ve been pining over doing a shoot in the Lands End area of San Francisco for years and finally found the right stylist to work with me on it. Jenn and I spent many an hour brainstorming concepts and coming up ways to have the shoot look effortless and fun.

I think we really succeeded on this one as all the elements came together. We had fantastic models, great weather, and gorgeous scenery. If you’ve never been to Lands End, it literally is the Lands End. There is no more San Francisco at this point. It sits atop steep cliffs and never ending stair cases with epic views of the beach, the ocean and the Marin Headlands. In San Francisco on a clear warm day, it doesn’t get much better than this. Our models came from both Scout and Stars and proved to be great choices. Our hair and make up artist was Tacha Scott Santana owner of Dream Girl Make Up Institute. Tacha always does an amazing job and I could not be happier with the work she does.

When putting together a shoot with multiple models it’s really important that the girls match. This can be pretty challenging as they not only need to match height wise photographically, but they also need to be able to instantly connect so that they portray that they are friends. Lucky for us we keep a pretty light atmosphere on set and everyone became fast friends. I wish I could do this shoot over again except without the camera so that I could hang out and enjoy the beautiful sunset at the end of the day.

Thank you ladies for an amazing photoshoot. I couldn’t have done it without this amazing team that I get to work with!

Check out the rest of the images from the shoot below.

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If you like this post please consider following my blog as well as my google+ page.

If would like to book a sports fitness photo shoot with me, contact me at lizcaruana@gmail.com or go to my website http://www.lizcaruana.com to see more of my work.

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How to choose photos for a photo contest – from a top san francisco lifestyle fashion and sports fitness fashion photographer

This time of year is especially hard for me as it’s time for the APA Something Personal 2014 Photo Contest.

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What’s so difficult you may ask. The choosing! I’m always stumped as to what to submit. As a long time APA member you’d think it would be easy to figure out what your favourite or best work of the year is to share with your peers in a photo contest that will be judged by your peers, and then exhibited at the holiday party in front of your pees. No pressure or anything. Sheesh! So what do I do when I’m faced with this plague of indecision? Procrastinate! Just kidding. But really, what I actually did was I decided to choose my favourite shoot and put it up on my facebook page ask for help from my peers. Yep, it sounds a little bit like cheating, but it’s not. Why not ask for help when you need it. It’s especially important to a lifestyle fashion photographer like myself when you create literally hundreds of photos, making the final selects is exhausting and riddled with tough choices.

This shoot was with Achok from Scout Models. W25 magazine picked up the photo story and published it in their online and print magazine. I had an amazing team. My wardrobe stylist was Nikki Grattan from In the Make and my Hair and Make up Artist was Tacha Scott Santana of Dream Girl Make Up Institute. I mean, yeah, this stellar team makes the whole deciding tough!

So, with that said, I will share the photo shoot that I feel is my top lifestyle fashion photography shoot of the year. Who knows, I may post another shoot tomorrow if I get cold feet. But for now, here’s what I love the most. Let me know in the comments section what your favourite photos are!!!

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