Have you ever wondered what would happen if you combined a photo shoot with sand, water, wind, and complete darkness — while battling the flu? You get a massive roundhouse kick to the face via Mother Nature, that’s what happens!
During my night shoot with Michelle Pieroway, the first blow was delivered by a rogue wave which took my backpack for a swim. Luckily, the contents of my bag (which included my phone, wallet, battery pack, and Speedlight) survived the dunk after a frantic towel wipe down. Only a few minutes after I continued shooting, I smelled something burning. That something turned out to be a small electrical fire inside my ring flash — which I believe was caused by ocean spray (not the delicious fruit drink).
While switching to my Speedlight, I placed my camera atop a giant rock in an attempt to keep it sand-free. The very next moment, I was to learn that Mother Nature knows no mercy… as a brief gust of wind sent my camera tumbling down the rock into wet sand. Talk about kicking a man when he’s down!
Despite the technical difficulties, Michelle hung in there like a champ and I managed to keep my cool while walking away with some keepers (and a runny nose). Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot…
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