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Morro Bay, California … The WSL SLO CAL OPEN at Morro Bay

First of all, full disclosure: it was our first time in Morro Bay, California …

Analysis: it’s freakin’ rad, bro! From a quick visit to Wavelengths (Andy left behind his trusty winter hat) to a fabulous dinner at Thai Bounty/Milanés Cuban Cuisine and a rockin’ after party at The Siren … We had a blast over those epic 5 days!

Now, here’s the story … We’re super stoked to sponsor two local World Surf League competitions this year: The SLO CAL OPEN at Pismo Beach and the event featured on this blog, The SLO CAL OPEN at Morro Bay.

Andy McKay of Surfers of Tomorrow and SLO CAL chose a perfect spot for their second comp of the year! Morro Bay rocks! Now, scroll on and check out some of the awesome behind the scenes activities! And thanks to so many of the great sponsors,some of whom were able to be there in person: Mid-State Containers, Catch Some Air, and Surfing for Hope, to name a few.

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We’d love to connect with you!

Thanks for checking out our blog. As well, be sure to check out and support Surfers of Tomorrow. Let’s keep WSL events on the Central Coast!

Moreover, we’d be honored to speak with you about preserving your most important memories. Whether it’s your family, your furbaby, your business, or your future family … We definitely have  your back.

We’ll walk you through an unparalleled, luxurious photographic experience! So, CONTACT US TODAY, and learn how you can book us for your next portrait session, wedding, or event. We’d be stoked and honored to photograph you and your loved ones!

 

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WSL SLO CAL OPEN, Pismo Beach, California

We’re super stoked to be a sponsor of two local World Surf League competitions this year: The SLO CAL OPEN at Pismo Beach and Morro Bay … The first one went down in Pismo Beach (Jan. 30 – Feb. 2). Check out some of the action, because, well, sometimes we take event and sports photographs too!

Organized by Andy McKay of Surfers of Tomorrow and SLO CAL, these events are great opportunities for local Central Coast surfers to get in on the action in the WSL’s Qualifying Series without having to cover hefty travel expenses! And you never know when some seasoned pros might show, like former touring pro Brett Simpson. Legit!

THE PIER

We love the pier at Pismo Beach, even in the midst of a bit of parking lot construction. It’s our local surf spot and always makes for an epic scene.

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THE STAFF

McKay and the WSL assembled a top notch staff to support the event, from volunteers who prepped meals, tallied scores, and helped with set up and tear down to the professional announcers and judges. Well done, friends!

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THE SURF/SURFERS

Check out some of the action! Some decent waves and some solid surfing, esp. by the amazing Sawyer Lindblad, who took the contest at only 14 years old! Awesome!

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THE SPONSORS

So many great sponsors: can’t thank them all enough for supporting these events … and the surf culture of the Central Coast!

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT US, SUNSHINE & REIGN PHOTOGRAPHY?

First, be sure to come and see us at the next event: The SLO CAL OPEN at Morro Bay, from Feb. 27 – March 1. We’ll be selling $500 luxury gift certificates towards a portrait session and wall art. The cost of these gift certificates will be only $50. And we’ll donate that $50 straight to Surfers of Tomorrow, who work to get local youth into surf competitions. Second, CONTACT US TODAY, and learn how you can book us for your next portrait session, wedding, or event. We’d be stoked and honored to photograph you and your loved ones!

WPPI Photo Walk (2017) || A Bride Getting Ready

WPPI 2017 was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in early February, and we were stoked to participate as leaders of a photo walk. Our WPPI Photo Walk, which we called “Up Your Getting Ready Game, In the Most Rad Way!”, focused on some of our favorite techniques for photographing a bride getting ready. Since we wanted to make the photo walk as real as possible, we brought in the ah-mazing Sam from Amelia C & Co, Las Vegas’ top hair and makeup artistry company. Sam rocked out a hair and makeup sesh on our bride/model, who was compliments of the fantastically wonderful Jennifer Coughran Rapoza of The Model Network (Facebook and Instagram).

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Tether Tools and MagMod sponsored our WPPI Photo Walk, and they were both present, along with 25 photographers from around the world. In particular, we demonstrated how we use Tether Tools’ RapidMount PowrGrip Kit for photographing in the shower. Then, we demonstrated how we use Tether Tools’ RapidMount SLX with RapidStrips when photographing in the bathroom. If you haven’t had the chance to grab one of these legit pieces of essential gear, hit up the links and use the code WPPI17, which will net you 10% off!

Finally, we demonstrated how we use MagMod’s MagGrid, which is the essential tool for directing light, and absolutely fundamental if you want to nail that somewhat elusive “shower shot.”

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After getting to know one another for a bit, we walked our 25 photographers through three common siutations: a bride in a shower, a bride doing some finishing touches on her makeup (a “three mirror” shot), and a bride getting her hair and makeup professionally done by a hair and makeup artist. We also talked about a few extra “tools” we use in order to up our getting ready game: a convex lensa prism, and a basic string of LED lights.

 

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The WPPI 2017 Exhibition Floor

While at WPPI 2017, we also spent some time in the RL Handcrafts booth. RL Handcrafts is definitely one of our most fave photography companies! And they make the finest camera straps around, by hand. You can read our review of some of their gear over at SLR Lounge: RL Handcrafts Review.

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