Do you ever have those events that you plan and plan for weeks in advance but, on the day, absolutely nothing goes right? My beloved photographer/friend, Michele LoBosco, and I had planned to shoot on Venice beach at sunset. Sunrise and sunset offer the two optimal times for shooting, in terms of lighting. They are called the Magic or Golden Hours for a reason; you look like you’ve been professionally lit by candlelight. So, I picked my perfect outfit, had my hair and makeup done and fought traffic to meet Michele at the beach. I was so excited. But, everything went wrong. First, I got some sort of makeup in my eyes that ruined my contacts. I had to throw them out and basically shoot blind. Then the wind kicked up and my beautiful blowout was shot to hell. We also couldn’t seem to escape the especially talkative transient who was wearing a shirt as pants (which worked surprisingly well). And, to top it all off, I twisted my ankle because I couldn’t see where I was going. (Yes, I realize that, in the grand scheme of things, these are First World Problems. But, they are nuisances none the less.) So, by the time the camera started rolling, I was not in a glorious mood. I honestly thought about scrapping the shoot altogether. I knew that my dreamy photo shoot was going to be a bust. But, we were both there (along with our tagalong pal), so I decided to suck it up. And what resulted were some of the loveliest photos Michele and I have shot together thus far. They were casual, yet elegant. Carefree and lovely. Even though the day didn’t go as planned, the final product was better that I ever could have planned. Moral of the story? Although some days may not feel like they’re going your way, tough it out. They may just turn around and surprise you.
Michelle Mason leather jacket (similar $, similar $$, similar $$$$), T by Alexander Wang silk gown (similar $, similar $$$$), XIV Karats necklace (similar $, similar $$$$), Catbird and ginette_ny rings (similar), YSL Glossy Stain in 29 on lips, Essie Spin the Bottle on nails
Photos by Michele LoBosco