How to get the "perfect shot"

The Shot: 

Shot by @fabs_photo

The Edit: 

Edited by Andrea Ortega – We kept this edit bright because we wanted to keep the cool blue tones that the wave lent itself to and show of that contrasting haku lei in the bright oranges and reds.

Wearing:

Hampton Top & Salty Bottom

Behind the Scenes:

We were just about to wrap up from this bikini completely because we thought we had the shot. We had our model sitting up on these rocks waiting for a perfect wave to hit the rocks and give us a bit of splash. It seemed like forever, and it’s actually really common when you’re working with natural elements like the ocean. A big wave suddenly came, except it was much, MUCH bigger than we hoped and expected. We yelled at our model to come back quickly (as we didn’t want her to end up on kookslams) but she couldn’t hear us because of the big rumbling of the wave. So she did what every model does and poses. BOOM! We got the perfect capture.

Why it works:

Sometimes the best photos aren’t planned, they just happen. That’s what happened here and we we’re pretty darn lucky. All we really wanted was some water movement in the background, but we got so much more! It’s always good to have your model stand tall and confident, especially with natural elements. A wave like this can easily overpower a picture and either the photo wouldn’t work or the model would drown within these elements. With one leg bent and an arched back arched you can easily appear taller, and leaner.

 

The Shot:  

Shot by @fabs_photo

The Edit: 

Edited by Andrea Ortega- We kept this edit more blue toned. It not only gave us these crazy water reflections that appear like mirrors, but it really pulled out the natural colors of the rocks and the bikini itself. We tend to photograph bikinis on rocks as much as we do in water because it reminds us of lava rock.

Wearing:

Okinawa Top + Molokai Bottom

Behind the Scenes:

We had our model out on rock again. The location was lower so we could capture simple water movement. We were between shots again, waiting for waves to appear but they never did. It actually worked for us because the textures of this rock added more character to the photo.

Why it works:

The first thing that we saw in this photo is that it’s relaxed. Although her face is strong, her arms and pose are relaxed, and her body is with good posture. Although you can’t tell, this position is extremely uncomfortable! Especially in the cold and with your bare feet on sharp rocks, it can be difficult to put on your game face! The most uncomfortable positions on camera usually come out looking the best and ironically enough look the comfiest. Step out of your comfort zone and just go for it! It might just look AMAZING!

 

The Shot: 

Shot by @fabs_photo

The Edit: 

Edited by Andrea Ortega- This edit is the same as the one previously. Still blue toned but also vibrant in colors, especially to pull out those purple tones in the bikini.

Wearing:

Thailand Top + Ho’okipa Bottom

Behind the Scenes:

We were looking around to find another spot to shoot at this location. After a small hike, we looked up and there was a rock above us that looked like a little seat. We climbed up and Abby, our model being amazing and crazy that she is, sits down and begins to give us these epic poses on this uncomfortable rock. The rest was up to us to capture it. Realistically this photo should be complicated and not work out, but when you’re willing to risk it and get out of your comfort zone, the photo says otherwise. You can also still see the water behind our model at a much further level. This was really important as this element tied our lookbook together across photos.

Why it works:

Angles! It’s all about angles. Look around for a good vantage point. Sometimes shooting from above the ideal spot captures more of the ambiance. It adds layers to the photo and gives you more background to work with. Photos like these work because you can also blur out the background a bit to keep the focus on the model but still add character to the overall picture.

 

The Shot: 

Shot by @fabs_photo

The Edit: 

Edited by Andrea Ortega- This edit we kept vibrant, and boisterous in color. The greenery was out of this world and we really wanted to capture that against the earth tones in the bikini.

Wearing:

Hina Top + Hina Bottom

Behind the Scenes:

Just as we were leaving, we found a tiny little gem in the corner of a residential street. Our model very quickly changed into a bikini and posted up next to the greenery.

Why it works:

Back and legs bent is the way to go. Don’t be afraid to move around, walk side to side, play with things around you, with your hair, and let the photographer do the rest. If you’re shooting with your iPhone even better. Tell someone to just hold down the shutter while you move around and you can do the rest later.

 

The Shot: 

Shot by @fabs_photo

The Edit: 

Edited by Andrea Ortega- We overly blue toned this picture to blur out the lines in the water a bit and bring forth some of the splash. The bikini itself is true to color as we care about keeping the model more true to color than the background itself.

Wearing:

Honey One Piece

Behind the Scenes:

It was actually very cold this day and unfortunately for swim, thats the cases on most days. Our model was very comfortable with laying down and just waiting for a wave to come while bystanders stared in awe of what we were doing (also very common!) We waited and waited until a wave strong enough hit the back of her letting off some wave texture. We kept getting tiny splashes that would just caress the model in cold water!

Why it works:

Extend your legs beneath you and arms above you in photos. This is the best way to elongate the body.

 

The Shot: 

Shot by @fabs_photo

The Edit: 

Edited by Andrea Ortega- We edited these pictures with a rustic look for our Coachella- inspired photoshoot. We kept it very western looking but also with our signature vibrance.

Wearing:

Tulum Top

Behind the Scenes:

Timing is everything and props are fun. We decided to get some colored smoke bombs and photograph with them. It turned out amazing but we only had a couple seconds to capture it, and we hoped we could. We can’t tell you how nervous we were pulling that pin in hopes to capture something good and not just a tiny smoke bomb mess.

Why it works:

Props work. Whether it’s a smoke bomb or a palm tree, it’s just another element to bring into the picture and anything helps to keep things fun natural and crazy.

Ultimately, a confident model and a good location will make for some great photos. You might not always end up with the shot you thought you wanted, but you’ll get something much greater when looking at your photos for the day. It’s always the unplanned ones that turn out the best and that you’ll never get quite sick of looking at.

Have fun with it,

xx LKK