Oopsie Poopsie…. Photographer fail.

Ever have one of those dumb idiot moments where you feel like you have been caught with your pants down? Like, “Wow man… I really should have known better.” One of those kind? But in front of clients or people you’re supposed to look super duper professional in front of?

Well that’s me – more often than I’d like to admit. I can be kind of an airhead… I’ll admit it. Thankfully, while being a total airhead at times – I can still snag some awesome photos.

Tuesday was one of those days for me. I photograph engagement sessions at Little Corona Beach in Newport / Corona Del Mar… ALL. OF. THE. TIME. Whenever a client wants a beach session, I recommend this one because it’s beautiful and there isn’t a required permit to photograph there.

For beach sessions, and any session really – I always like to try to get the golden hour if it works with everyone’s schedule. That doesn’t always happen, but most of the time it does. Apparently though, I have never photographed in the summer during golden hour at Little Corona Beach becaaaauuuuuse, my dumbass did NOT for one second consider the tide coming in at that hour. Oopsie poopsie! At any other beach that’s not much of an issue… but at this beach you have to walk down a really big hill to get to this little gem, which is a cove. So when you get down to the sand from this hill there are a lot of rocks and the sand leads up to the walls of this cove, if you will. Can you picture what I’m saying? If not, you’ll see it in a moment.

ANYWAY… We all arrived early and decided to go have a cocktail (or in Nikki’s case, a shot of vodka – YAS Queen) and chat. Kyle had me laughing hysterically throughout our cocktail hour and I knew it was going to be a great shoot. At 6:30 it was time to head down to the sand and wouldn’t you know it… the tide was not only high… but it was covering 90% of the beach where I like to shoot. In my head I thought, “Eff You See Kay – what am I going to do?” I was kicking myself for not even THINKING about the tide, but I have LITERALLY never gone down to the beach and seen the tide THIS high. I was in shock.

Thankfully Nikki & Kyle are cool as hell and were game to run around each bend I asked them to, to try to get in some little nooks where the water only hit us when the waves crashed… which at certain times had the water literally up to my hips (good thing  I wore shorts!). As the waves receded, we would run for it. I felt reassured that I was not the only photographer out there running with clients to avoid crashing waves. We even saw a pregnant lady running during her maternity shoot… That made me look LESS like an airhead photographer I think 🙂

All in all… we had a blast together. I couldn’t have asked for a cooler couple to be screwed by the tide with. Check out how much fun we had…

Note to self for future beach sessions: check the tide before scheduling.

For more information on how you too can experience my airhead ways and get some super fun engagement or wedding photos… check out my website at http://www.briannacaster.com and drop me a line!

Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @briannacaster for silly stories, and photo inspiration.

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