I visualized this image, Beach Break for over a year before I actually had the ‘perfect storm’ to bring it all together. I scouted the area in the summer of 2002 and saw beautiful light at sunset, but the window of time for photographing was only about 5 minutes. I prepared for this shot during the winter of 2002-2003 and was able to capture this image on my first try in the summer of 2003.
I bought these chairs unfinished and my daughter helped me paint them, (during the painting process almost everything in the garage turned white as well, that is a whole other story!) I picked the props, the book is The Notebook.
My kids joined me that night as well as my ‘assistants’. The only thing my son did was roll down the dune onto the beach! I took this photo at dusk on the edge of light. When I showed it to my friends the next day the one thing I kept hearing….,”Do you know what is missing from this picture?” My answer, “Hmmm, what?” The answer from my friends was always the same, “Me, sitting in those chairs!”
A few days ago I was shopping at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I ran into a gentleman who said he had never shopped for a bedspread and was completely overwhelmed with the choices. He asked me how I knew where to start. My answer, was picture in your mind the end result you would like and shop backwards from there. He smiled and said now it all makes sense!
Many times when I photograph a ‘still life’ I visualize the photo in my mind and start from there. I visualize the location, the lighting, the props, the mood I am looking for and then I start creating the image often by scouting locations first. If you start with what you visualize as the end result sometimes its easier to begin. Don’t be afraid to let your journey change your initial focus as often unanticipated surprises arise once you start your journey. Just remember to take the first step and get out and start your journey! Not sure where to start? Join CCSPhotoADay for free on FB for daily inspiration.
One of the biggest compliments I received about this photo from a customer who bought this image, they said it was like having another window in the room!
Beach Break ©2003 Marcia Joy Duggan
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