Is this the best sunrise photoshoot location in Los Angeles?

July 05, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

In this vlog, I get to shoot (pre-pandemic) with the multi-talented actress, model, writer, and dancer Ursula Maria at the iconic Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California.

With its stunning vistas, could this be the best place in the city for a sunrise photoshoot? Well, as you will see it's a case of yes and no. On the plus side you have the unrivaled unobscured views, classical architecture, and beautiful surroundings. However, this makes it an extremely popular place to view sunrises and sunsets so for a photoshoot expect to be fighting for good compositions with loads of people. Of course, this location is for everyone to enjoy and providing you are patient and respectful it's well worth a visit.

See if we managed to achieve our objective of shooting 4 very different looks. Let me know what you think of this vlog in the comments and also whether you have ideas for future shoots or would like me to demonstrate a particular technique in more detail.

A big thank you to Ursula and Akemi (who provided did Ursula's makeup) for being so well prepared and professional, not to mention showing off their amazing talents.

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Rich (Photographer): @radical_snaps
Ursula Maria (Model): @ursula_maria_
Akemi (Makeup Artist): @makeupartist_akemi


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