I grew up in Southern California. Surfing, skateboarding, the beach, the sun, was all a part of how I was brought up. Even when we moved far away from the beach, the beach was always a part of me. There’s something so peaceful and at home about hanging out there, that I have always found it difficult to live anywhere that didn’t have a major body of water. The flip side of this is that I cannot stand being HOT! Yeah I know…I have issues. If it’s mid-80’s or warmer, more often than not I prefer to be near water or in the shade. That may have been one of the big factors in my decision to move to the great northwest! A decision I have never regretted.
Last week I was out on an editorial shoot with CityDog Magazine getting a few shots in West Seattle. It was a typical nice winter/spring day with some heavy clouds, but poking through were some great moments of sun. The kind of sun you can wear a sweatshirt and shorts in and be plenty comfortable (which is a good thing since this primarily what I like to wear).
One of our models was Nelson, a rescued pitbull and his owner Brad. Brad and Nelson love to skate the shores of Alki Beach so when I got home and started editing, this shot jumped off the screen. After playing around a bit, I just fell in love with it.
It reminds me of home.
Yes it is cloudy, and yeah the beaches aren’t in Southern California.
But to me…
they are better.
The Olympic Mountains, Puget Sound and the sandy beaches around here have the perfect balance of my past and the present. It’s something I can’t totally describe, but this picture tells it all. This picture will be one I display for years to come.
Thanks Brad and Nelson for being such great models and for taking me back home.