So apparently I haven't posted since the last time I got back from Spain.
I have only just arrived home from my second going, however, this time I went for some work. Model - Nicola Granada was interested in updating her portfolio while on location (as it was what her portfolio was lacking) and being a friend and former regular model for my old mentor Nick, she booked us both to come to Torremolinos for 2 days to shoot. I accepted the invite pretty much straight away, as anyone else would, and I also saw this as an opportunity to take a little time off and spend some time with Nick, so instead of just going for the shoot I was there for a week. Which as always was great fun, regardless of the fact that Nick had done his back in attempting to pressure wash the outside walls of his house on a ladder and thus rendered his mobility for the week and for the shoot in Torremolinos, fairly limited!
Nevertheless, I arrived at Malaga Airport last Thursday after an hour and a half delay (apparently the plane wasn't working or something and they had to source a new but smaller plane for us, unload the baggage and load it on to the new plane, tell a small few that they had to get a later flight, empty the new plane of baggage to find their bags and then fill it again). To be honest I'm not one of those people that you'll find effing and blinding over delays, there's nothing we can do about it just chill out with some music and a coffee and await further news.
The sun in Malaga was a lot warmer than I expected and getting to Nick's was a bit of a rush. We were obviously an hour and a half behind but because Nick couldn't really move (let alone drive the 2 hour drive it is to the airport), he had sent his friend Austin to pick us up. Austin owns a very successful language school in Ecija and normally starts work at 16:00. It was a little past 13:00 when we arrived in Malaga and it takes about 40mins to get to Ecija from Nick's. You do the math..
After relaxing at Nick's for a few days, before we knew it, Monday was here and Nick and I woke at the crack of dawn (it was about 6:30am) packed our gear and headed to the Coast to Torremolinos where we had a Hotel booked for the night. The drive was pretty peaceful, beautiful sights and light, cool air-conditioned air and hardly any cars on the road, though saying that, rush-hour in Andalusia basically means you can see around 5 cars in front of you.
We arrived around 10:00am with a dire need of coffee but for some unknown reason every place we entered didn't open or start serving till 11:00am. Alas, in the end we got our coffee's and called up to the room of Nicola and her MUA Clarissa and headed up to discuss wardrobe plans and ideas for shots.
After discussing our shots we headed out into the sun to begin shooting. This consisted of shooting at the beach, upon the rocks that held the lighthouse and a few down in the marina before we stopped for dinner and went back to the rocks to get a long exposure shot of Nicky against the lights of the bay. Pictures below..
After a long day shooting We got back to the hotel at around 1:00am. Knackered, hot and a tad sunburnt Nick and I went to bed but before we did, we noticed the moon rising up over the ocean, a picture I've wanted to get since I first saw it in Australia in 2006.
Day 2 of shooting started with me wanting to go for a 7:00am swim in the sea. However, upon waking I saw the sun hadn't risen yet and I took the opportunity to shoot Torremolinos just as the sun rose over the distant mountains. Pictures to the right.
After a large continental breakfast and an hour or so up at the room of Model Nicola and her MUA Clarissa, sorting what clothes we wanted for the day and Nicola getting a more natural style make up than the day before. We went walking down the promenade until we found a suitable place to start shooting. This was particularly harder today as the local council had decided to re-sand the beach and had closed off maybe half of it and had large machinery going up and down it all day.
It was a bit more relaxed today as we got a lot of shots done the day before and Nick sat out for the majority as his back was much worse than the day before. Nevertheless the shots came out exactly as I wanted and I am very happy with the results.
To wrap it up I had a great time shooting Nicola on location, something I'd not done yet on my journey of being a photographer. I had great time seeing Nick again and I hope Nicola is as happy with how the shot came out as I am.
Keep your eyes on the Facebook and Twitter because I also shot some stuff on 35mm Film and once developed I'll be posting another blog with all the images along with how I massively failed using my film camera after a 10 year break from it.