Summer is my favourite time for making portraits – the golden hour stretches into golden hours, and it’s warm enough to shoot outside wearing just a tee-shirt and pants – no shoes required – and everyone is in a generally better, more relaxed mood. So when I was planning this shoot with Brandi, another of my talented friends who dance, it seemed only natural that we take advantage of the most happening, summery spot in Vancouver – Jericho Beach.
We arrived at the beach as the evening sun was in full swing, every step in the sand puffing up a cloud of dust shining orange in the light. As opposed to my previous sessions with dancers which were done in studios with bassy music pumping out through surround-sound speakers, this shoot was more free flowing. Without music or choreography to play off of, Brandi was able to use the movement of her body to react to and play with her environment. The light began to dim and we got to end the day watching an incredible sunset. One of my favourite times to shoot is just after the sun has dipped below the horizon. For a matter of only a couple minutes, the light is beautifully rich and soft, and the colours are more muted. In this selection of images from the shoot, you can see how the lighting progressed from something more harsh with deep shadows, to something more glowy and finally the softest images as the end.