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BEACH: Fashion and Swimwear shoot

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It will be a lovely warm weekend, and believe it or not, it is the perfect time of year for a beach shoot! Hoping we can shoot through the afternoon and catch the sunset at 4:49 PM

I apologize that I often have to post meetups with such late notice. Because I freelance photography, I never know whether I will have a free weekend until mid-week.

Pay cash upon arrival, money goes to cover MUA kit and stylist wardrobe fees.

I will post some example images below of the quality images I would like everyone to challenge themselves to create. If viewing this on the meetup phone app, images may not appear.


Just to make us drool, this is what a typical commercial beach shoot looks like...

I have been had recurring issues with a few members, so I am going to put out some basic requirements for working with the model/s.

The model/s will be working for trade (TFI - Time For Images) meaning they MUST receive photographs from this shoot for their own personal portfolios. Please respect the Models and MUA and ensure that they receive some photos within a timely manner.

Please do not monopolize the models, remember that there will be other photographers wanting to shoot, please be kind and respectful of each other, take turns to ensure that everybody gets a chance to shoot! 

Modeling/Posing is very hard work and can be quite tiresome. Please allow the models to occasionally take a break as needed. 

Please respect the models personal barriers or “safety-zone”. Do not touch the models to pose them without their express permission. This is akin to groping and creeps the model/s out quite readily. If there is a wardrobe problem please ask the model to fix it, do not take it upon yourself to start pulling at the models clothes without their permission.

Do not force or badger the models into posing in a manner that they feel uncomfortable with. If the model is apprehensive about certain themes or styles, drop it and do not assert “peer-pressure” just to get what you want.

Please do not make sexually suggestive comments towards model/s, this is just plain rude and creepy.

I know many of these guidelines may seem obvious, but I want to be certain that everyone understands. I can no longer tolerate poor behavior, I have been very lenient with many of you, hoping perhaps that time and experience would prove the importance of professionalism. Unfortunately, my patience is beginning to wear a bit thin, anyone blatantly disregarding these guidelines, will be asked to leave shoot in no uncertain terms.

I don't think it is a great deal to ask everyone to please maintain a level of professionalism towards models and other members.

If we all work hard together, we can ensure a fun shoot for everyone!

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  • Thomas K.

    Thank you Ethan for the opportunity to co host with you. This is our 2nd event together and everything went as smooth as possible. Thank you Manika and Mirna for an amazing job as MUA. Models looked fantastic. Thank you Liz and Oriana for all your styling work. Wardrobe, nails, and directions were spot on.

    Thank you models for attending. Everyone was on time. That made things super smooth from the beginning to the end. Thank you photographers for attending. This is a team effort and without every single person we couldn't have done it. Sunset was amazing. Everyone was amazing. Hope you guys got great shots. :)

    1 · December 30, 2013

    • Manika

      Seriously I had so much fun with everyone! Grateful for the opportunity to work with Amazing talent .

      December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Photographers please check their reflectors. Someone picked up my large rectangular reflector by mistake. It is easy to mistake because the reflectors all fold down into the same size.

    December 30, 2013

    • Anand V

      I believe I have yours, Steve. Let me know any convenient time and we can exchange. I live in west of SF
      Like · just now

      December 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ethan, there's been an update. he-he. thank you.

      1 · December 30, 2013

  • Ken S

    Thanks again Ethan for another well organized fun filled afternoon of shooting!

    December 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you ken for being such a great friend. You've got a great character.

      1 · December 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you for the kind compliment Ken, I appreciate it :)

      December 30, 2013

  • FELIX L.

    I CAME TO WRONG LOCATION IN 1000 STEP BEACH

    December 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Unfortunately, location had to be changed due to permit issues with city, I sent out a "Meetup Update" email to all RSVP'd members late Friday night. It is important to check not only your email before hand, but also the meetup page. There are often last minute situations that arise and must be dealt with. If like many, you use Gmail, any emails from meetup.com will be directed into the "Social" tab, so be sure to check that also.

      December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One of the best! Nonstop shooting, loads of fun!!!

    1 · December 29, 2013

    • David Dang (.

      Hi Steve, this is BiBau. May I have the exact address for met up tomorrow?

      December 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am glad everyone had fun, it was a great shoot!

    Special thanks to all the models and our Makeup artists, Manika and Mirna for making all the models look even more beautiful!
    Also special thanks to Liz our intrepid stylist for creating some unique wardrobe!

    December 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, all the ladies working behind the scenes worked tirelessly, cranking out one beauty after another, big applause from me. Thank you!

      December 29, 2013

  • Manika

    Great meeting everyone was fun !

    December 29, 2013

  • Anand V

    Great meetup as usual. kudos to Ethan, Thomas, all the models and MUAs. Thanks everyone for making this a fun event.

    December 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any thoughts about Venice beach?

    December 27, 2013

    • Kin

      Venice is awesome, you could shoot at the canal too

      December 27, 2013

    • David Dang (.

      This afternoon I went to 9th st and pacific coast highway, then didn't see anybody over there:(

      December 29, 2013

  • Aries

    I have to step out, sick with the flu. I was really looking forward to this event :( next time

    December 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very sorry to hear that Aries. Next time then..

      December 29, 2013

  • tony r.

    Any chance of joining in tomorrow

    December 28, 2013

  • Ivan S.

    Hi...so the concept is mostly fashion type beach shot or will there be sports/lifestyle type things too? If there is some lifestyle stuff, I could come as a model. I'm really trying to learn more about photography this year and I figure being around photographers will help!

    December 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Fashion and swimwear shoot this time Ivan. I like the idea of a lifestyle shoot and will setup one line that soon!

      December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bring your Polarizing filters!

    December 27, 2013

  • Ron

    I find it curious that you needed to post those behavioral guidelines. They state the simplest and most basic tenets of common decency and professionalism. I understand that it was necessary to post them, it is just disappointing to know that it was needed.

    December 27, 2013

    • Pigpen

      Good thing you guys posted it. Me and ken don't have any decency or professionalism.

      3 · December 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes Pigpen... We know...

      December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have had hassle free beach shoots at Dockweiler beach.
    I can set this up there easily if there are no objections.

    Just need everyone to keep their lighting equipment (if any) unobtrusive and non-commercial looking. We can split up into small groups and disperse along the beach.

    1 · December 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Ron, don't think I want to paint my D800 anytime soon... Plus I didn't see a bow-tie design :P

      1 · December 27, 2013

    • Kin

      that we we have beach party for the past two year... at any shoot it always good idea to break up in small group shoot they don't both you.

      1 · December 27, 2013

  • Pigpen

    Awe man you guys are in my neck of the woods finally. Not sure if I can make it. I'm drove my Lotus to Arizona and having fun around curvy roads and fly fishing. Might come back early, who knows.

    December 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Fly fishing? From a plane? If that is the Bond style submersible Lotus, bring it to shoot :P

      December 27, 2013

    • Pigpen

      Haha I know a guy that caught a bass from an ultralight airplane. I don't have the lotus esprit. I have the elise. I normally keep it in Arizona since I live here half the time. I'll drive it back to oc one day.

      1 · December 27, 2013

  • Ron

    No such thing as PCH and 9th Street in Laguna. You mean PCH and 9th AVENUE!

    December 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Ron, I fixed it

      December 27, 2013

  • Timmy T.

    let shoot at Table Rock Beach so don't have to worry about permit .

    December 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Ken, any suggestions would be appreciated :) I only wish the city of Laguna had told me day one about their dumb jurisdiction/zoning.

      December 26, 2013

    • Kin

      abalone cove been there all the time.. you could check out picture of tidepool/ trash the wedding dress at meetup.

      1 · December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Am thinking to stick with my original location, 1000 steps beach in Laguna. If we all keep our lighting equipment compact (Meaning I have to leave my blackout "cage" at home) and split up into smaller groups, we will not have any issues.

    Plus there is a very long staircase for the cops to have to walk down before they can kick us out. If we get asked to leave, we can shift to nearby Table Rock Beach and proceed.

    December 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just curious, was wondering about your thoughts on Venice Beach. Tons of murals, rock formations in the water, grassy areas on the beach. Closer, and permits are not required. Venice beach prides itself on being open to artists and crafts.

    December 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I can call around tomorrow, if you like, but I don't want to call if you think not this time. maybe we can check it out for a future event.

      December 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can see a couple of beach photos at Venice on my website. www.steveescarcega.com

      December 26, 2013

  • Timmy T.

    Venice Beach sound good I like it :) Closer

    December 26, 2013

  • Kevin S.

    What's the waitlist process? I am just checking to see how I should schedule myself for this weekend?

    December 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      People always drop out last minute.

      December 26, 2013

    • Kevin S.

      Thanks!

      1 · December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Temporarily removing price and location whilst I get city/county to agree again... Been back and forth with them since Monday :(

    December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Price and location are apt to change, whilst I endure the fun of County and City permit ring around...

    December 26, 2013

  • Ale R.

    I am carless this weekend... if someone is departing close to Downtown LA and have an extra seat, maybe I can attend

    December 26, 2013

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