Wild Child


Model: Alexandra Ford          MUA: Erin Celine

I have a little hidden sanctuary that lies right in the middle of San Diego County.  It is a place I can go to get away from the bustle of the city without having to actually leave town.  It also provides me the perfect location to shoot bohemian nature shoots year round due to the unique canyon vegetation that grows there and the small creek that runs through it year round (some months much stronger than others but hey, thats SoCal.)  I recently decided to bring the absolutely gorgeous Alexandra Ford there for a nature shoot showcasing a few looks for her blog, and it happened to be one of those days where everything comes together perfectly.  

Alexandra's first look featured this adorable Lace and Whisky romper, Jackson and Hyde clutch, Klubnico heels and a vintage Stetson hat (that I have to admit I was basically obsessed with)! We happened to make it out to shoot at the perfect time of day for my little canyon, and the light coming through the leaves created a slight fall feel (despite the 100 degree heat we were shooting in!). 

The day before our shoot we got an unusual amount of rain here in San Diego, so my favorite little creek was flowing much stronger than it usually does.  My favorite part of this area is the deep pool that is tucked back behind some overhanging brush.  There is water in this pool year round, but when it rains the water really rises creating a tiny little swimming hole.  As Alex and I explored the creek, she was more than happy to kick off her shoes and hop into the pool and cool off.  The afternoon light bouncing off the shimmering pool and Alex rocking her adorable roper created a scene that has become one of my favorite shots I have taken recently (the shot in the second row on the right).

Alex's second look just screamed fall and I wanted to be sure to showcase it in a different area than the creek- one that gave the impression that seasons change here in San Diego!  This location is in the same canyon as the other, just off a different trail from the creek.  In this look she is rocking a Raga Coat (which I am seriously DYING over!), Brandy Melville tee, Zara pants and shoes from Forever 21.

This canyon is also home to one of my favorite fields, and whenever I am there I have to have my lovely model strike a few poses in the flower filled area.  I love the way the pink tones worked with the red flowers and the late afternoon light.  

A huge thank you goes out to Alex for being such an amazing and professional subject and to Erin Celine Makeup for once again bringing her killer talent to the table.  I am so excited to be working with Alex again next week, this time in her neck of the woods (yes, we are actually going into the woods and I can't WAIT!).  And as always, be sure to check back soon for my next post coming this weekend featuring @mariweather and my newest publication, Riptide!