A couple weeks ago I shot at El Moro with this really cool chick named Taylor Cochrane! When we started talking on Instagram, she told me that she wanted to do a shoot in some fields since she mostly does beach shoots. So we worked out the details and planned for a shoot at El Moro.
About a week after talking over Instagram, I got there at the agreed time with my friend Sebastian since he was staying with me for the week. In the parking lot we met and figured out the outfits for the shoot since she brought a bunch of different options with her, we decided on a dark blue dress with a small white flower pattern across it, purple dress and jeans with a light blue top.
After deciding on what to bring, we started hiking over to the fields that I had in mind. When planning the shoot, I didn’t realize how far the walk was since I had only been there once before. After a ten or fifteen minute walk we made it to the entrance of the El Moro beach. There I spotted an old red VW bus, not the in the best condition but it still was a perfect spot to shoot with the bus up being away from any other cars and parked next to some bushes. We shot against this bus for awhile, and it was worth it because got some really pretty shots of her next to the bus with some framing from the plants I was laying in to get the shot.
I was tired of laying in the bushes to shoot, so we went into the hilly area of El Moro to find some fields to shoot in. Almost every field that looked like a nice spot to shoot was either blocked by bushes or animal traps. So we kept walking down the trails. There we realized that all of the fields that we could shoot in were dead, so we bit the bullet and shot in the dead fields. The images were not bad at all but I was hoping for more full looking fields. In the dead fields, we shot for awhile just trying different shots that would give us that nature feel but most of the images were just boring because of the lack of color in the plants but a couple images came out just like I wanted, so it was worth it.
After getting poked to death by dead plants in those fields, we just walked around the area. In the area there was a bridge that we took some images on but nothing really came out the way I wanted. So we just kept going and shot with a lot of different trees, rocks or whatever else we could find. For the field images not working out as well as I wanted, the other spots worked out way better than I expected.
After being in the bushes for an hour and half, the sun started to set. There we took the hike back down towards the beach to get a couple shots on the sand before the light went away. On the way down to the beach we stopped for Taylor to change in the bathroom since we forgot to have an outfit change earlier in the shoot like we planned…
She changed and we walked through the tunnel down on to the sand. Before getting to the beach I already had a couple shots in mind. The first of them was to get her sitting on these large grey rocks with the cliff in the background. So I tried to get the image I wanted and it ended up looking the way that I imagined it would. After that we shot the second image that I had in mind, this image I had in mind was having Taylor sitting on the ledge of the life guard building with the cliffs like the last shot in the background. And again, it turned out the way I wanted!
By the time we finished those two spots on the beach, the light was fading away. From the beach, we hiked back to our cars and called it a day. It was a good shoot, and it also was the last shoot with my Canon T5i being my main camera. Because for Christmas this year I was luckily enough to get a Canon 5D Mark III, so for now on this will be my camera for my shoots. But until I get a lens to fill the gap between the 24mm lens and my 70-200mm lens the T5i might be used so that I have the perspective of a 50mm in my images.
Follow Taylor Cochrane on Instagram at: taylor_cochrane
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