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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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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