I’ve been to Manhattan beach several times, and have always limited my visits to the touristy beach-side. We first went to a trail near Manhattan beach. The trail had good patches of shade where we started to shoot portraits.
I would never guess the presence of a trail beside a beach.
When Jeanette was a kid, her dad used to bring her to these places.
I guess finding nice, never been seen places is one of the perks of engagement sessions .
We then headed off to the houses near a sandy shore where we planned on doing an “under a pier shoot”. Seeing from afar that the Manhattan beach pier is made of concrete, we proceeded to go to the ‘much farther’ log-made pier.While passing by the concrete-made pier, we were enthralled by the play of light passing through the pier columns. Straight out the camera I was seeing light rays like I was in a Cathedral. Given that the pier was little bit unsightly, the light more than made up for it. Made it even beautiful. At least from my point of view.