This is one of the things that never happens. Ariell contacted me off of a comment she was tagged in on one of my Facebook posts. I was announcing that I was going to be in Los Angeles to photograph and while I was there I booked a couples shoot with Ariell and Rodney. That is so awesome and I want more of that! Ok? Tag your friends in your comments on my photos so that they book a shoot kthnxbai.
Anyway, on this day I got to really experience what the locals mean by "LA traffic". I thought I was clever by starting one hour before I originally wanted to start. I looked at Google Maps and found the location they wanted to shoot in, Vasquez Rocks. I calculated everything so if they picked me up one hour earlier than necessary we would have enough time.
Due to traffic they were one hour late to pick me up, so we lost my pre calculated head start. Then, on our way to photograph at Vasquez Rocks we were stuck in traffic again and lost almost another whole hour. I was looking at the sun. On the map. On the hills that would engulf the light and leave us in total shadow. Making irrational judgments in my head to steer off the road and just go somewhere else, BUT. I stuck to the plan and we arrived at the parking lot 20 minutes before the sun totally disappeared behind a hill. Usually I don't need more than 30 minutes to one hour for a shoot like this so it was enough time. Plus we were at an awesome location so there was tons of scenic backgrounds to incorporate in the shots.
Ariell and Rodney are both body builders so they already knew how to pose (at least a super hero pose).
Instead of calling it a day I talked with a park ranger prior to the shoot and asked if he could drive around talking in his speaker and say: "If anyone in the park is the owner of a black Jeep please turn around and return to the parking lot and remove yourselves from the premises. I will proceed to lock the gate. I repeat: please exit the park because I will proceed to lock the gate. Thank you".
I didn't tell him to do that.