Last summer, I turned 40 and I decided that I wanted to treat myself to a “40 and Fabulous” photo shoot. I spend a lot of time behind the camera and I realized that when visitors come to my site, they have no idea what I look like. I was in a dire need for a professional head shot. I contacted Andrew Thomas Clifton via Facebook inquiring his prices for such shoot. I met Andrew in 2008 when then Senator Barack Obama was campaigning for the presidency. I was shooting footage for Portland Community Media and he was shooting photos. After the speech was over, he helped me carry my equipment, exchanged info. The rest they say is history. Through social media, we’ve stayed in contact and his career has boomed since then traveling across the country photographing weddings, engagements, portraits, etc. One thing I like about Andrew’s portraits is that he is able to capture women in a way that is sexy, sophisticated and classy. Since Drew travels a lot, he was only going to be on the west coast twice before 2014 was over. I booked the shoot in October for December in San Francisco. Well, when you are a contractor, there are plenty of times when your money doesn’t come on time. This was the worst time for a client to pay you late. I was devastated, I had bought my airline ticket, picked my outfits. He was very understanding when I told him I couldn’t make the December date. He told me not to worry, we will book for 2015 and it will be epic.
A few weeks later I received the new date for the photo shoot-February 16th. I wanted to reuse the ticket I bought for the December shoot but with the weather on the east coast disrupting many flights, I decided to go ahead and take Amtrak down to LA. My schedule was free for the week and I could take my time. I decided to leave both my camera and laptop at home which is a first!!! But I am glad I didn’t take it, less for me to carry. I decided to only use my Iphone 6 to take photos.
I almost missed my train. For some reason I thought the train left at 2:55. I get to the station only to find out it left at 2:25. Whoops. I dashed through Union Station and was able to get on the train and get a seat on time. I was lucky because we did leave a passenger in Portland. Whoops. Felt bad for him.
The Coastal Starlight is the most scenic route on Amtrak. The 2 hour ride down the California coast is so worth the 30 hour trip. Here are a few photos I took with my iphone 6 plus on the way to Los Angeles.
The shoot-my purpose for going to California in the first place. I was anxious about the whole shoot. I was worried about what my hair and make up would look like. Twice last week, I was accused of having “control” issues. LOL. Apparently I do. 🙂 But it was weird being in front of the camera. Got a little easier once we got the the 3rd outfit and he put on D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah”. I started grooving and I was in my element. Here’s a iphone photo Andrew took during the shoot on the rooftop.
Now it’s time to go home. Again, my train was scheduled to depart at 10:10 in the morning, I didn’t get to LA’s Union Station until 9:55. I had to get off the purple Metro Line, go up the stairs, walk through the terminal and walk down to the last car. I still got a window seat 🙂
There’s a saying that says the best camera is the one you have on you. The iphone 6 plus served me well on this trip. 🙂