I’m telling you my clients are bold and love pushing the envelop with locations. I’m game too. And these pregnancy photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background are just beautiful. But I’m also a very cautious person by nature so climbing to the top of an ocean bluff and taking maternity photos definitely freaked me out a little. When I’m in work mode I don’t feel quiet as anxious about things but afterward – I’m like, “OH MY GOODNESS! Did we really just do that?”
So, how did we end up on a cliff overlooking the San Francisco bay with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background? Well, when I spoke with the mom about the location of her photos she mentioned Land’s End. Great, let’s do it. I shoot in that area quite a bit. I assumed that she and I were both talking about the same location. But turns out that Land’s End is huge and when you describe a specific location it pretty much sounds like every other location in that area. The puzzle came together pretty fast. And literally while we were caravanning to the location I phoned her to discuss the mixup. Luckily we had enough daylight to go exploring. So I parked my car and they picked me up and off we went. They couldn’t tell me specifically where they were thinking but they had been there before. So we drove around and decided to get out and go for a short hike. Now, this isn’t typically how I roll. At ALL. Because light and location are such major factors in my work it was risky. But I felt in my gut this was the right choice for this couple. I knew we’d make magic.
Turns out serendipity was on our side. Because while we were trekking on a trail a young man (I think he was just starting college) struck up a conversation with me. He mentioned he was going to take time-lapse photos of the sunset. I asked a few questions about what was up ahead the trail. He invited us to his special spot. Great! I ran up to see it first and wow – it was beautiful. It felt like we were above the clouds looking at the bay. The perfect location for pregnancy photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I was really excited because I had been wanting to take portraits with a different perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge. Not just the typical viewpoint from the beach or Crissy Fields so this was a real treat for me.
That said, this cliff was scary as heck. I told the couple to stand as close the inside of the little trail as possible. It was a looooong way down and really not the safest place. They were super chill about it. Guess heights don’t bother them. Me on the other hand – I’m a total chicken.
Anyways, I just love these pregnancy photos with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back to this location because again, it was scary as heck but it was a beautiful experience.
**Hair and make-up by the ever lovely Vani Leon.