December Challenge: Day 5 – Richard Santini

Richard Santini

What’s a photographer on the beach (at sunset) doing with a flash-mounted camera? Taking sunset photos like everybody else? Nope. Richard is a San Diego wedding photographer (his work looks pretty good — check out his gallery), and he was on the job getting ready to shoot a proposal. The couple was off walking on the beach and Richard was getting set up for the big moment when they returned — unfortunately a wave made its way up the beach and took out his setup with the blanket, roses, and candles.

That was right about the time I encountered him. He seemed a little tense after his spread got washed away, and the couple was due back any moment. I needed a portrait for today and the sun was setting fast, so I asked him if I could get a quick shot. He agreed to it and gave me his name so I could look him up. Then the couple returned…

To see the rest of my December Challenge photos, check the “Challenge” category here on the blog or visit my Flickr Set.

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About Brian Auer

a photography enthusiast from North Idaho. He's also the guy behind the Epic Edits Weblog. As a hobbyist photographer since 2003, his passion has been to constantly improve his photography skill set, to share his own knowledge with others, and to become an integral part of the photographic community.

9 thoughts on “December Challenge: Day 5 – Richard Santini

  1. Drew

    Very ballsy move Brian. Especially after his set up was ruined. I think that means you can pretty much approach anyone to ask for their photo. Great job.

  2. Brian Auer Post author

    I know — I really didn’t want to bother him, but the sun was going away fast. I was in desperate need of a subject but I wanted it to be somebody interesting. The proposal went fine, she said yes, they hugged, they kissed, the crowd clapped — it looked like he got a good set of shots.

  3. Brian Auer Post author

    I wish I could have done better with the portrait, but I only took one shot. I did, however, kind of hover around on the bank and snapped a few shots of Richard in action.

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