In the year plus since I became a member of the Arcanum, I’ve been very fortunate to meet and shoot with so many great photographers. This past weekend, I got to have a photography play date with yet another friend from our cohort, John Ott.  John was out in Los Angeles from Colorado to spend Christmas with family, so we took the opportunity to check out the Santa Monica Pier. It had rained the night before and the night after our outing, but this day was absolutely perfect!

John shoots from the pier.

We arrived at the pier a bit early for sunset, so we walked the pier and did a bit of “street” shooting. I’m much more of a “get all these people out of my shot” kinda girl, but what the heck, I gave it a shot.  I figured a local band playing the pier might be less weird for me than shooting random strangers walking the pier.

Santa Monica Pier

Demantau plays the pier.

The Santa Monica Pier has a little something for everyone, restaurants, carnival rides, arcades and even an aquarium. We gave it all our once over, but some of my very favorite places to shoot here is underneath the pier. This pier has the most interesting underbelly that I’ve ever seen!  Have you ever seen orange boats tied to pileons? There is a total of four boats under the pier, however only these two are close enough to be photographed together.

Santa Monica Pier Boats

Under The Boardwalk

When I shoot at the beach, it’s a given that I’m going to get wet, so I usually wear something that will dry quickly… except, I didn’t this time. It’s been cold here at night and we were planning more fun in the city later on, so I wore my jeans. Dumb, dumb, dumb! By the time we were done shooting under the pier I was already wet up to my knees. It would only get worse once we came out of the shadows of the pier to shoot the sunset from the beach. The clouds today were the perfect set up for an amazing sunset.

Santa Monica Pier

Twilight on the beach in Santa Monica

Sunset was just amazing here tonight! Such a treat, especially since this was my friend John’s first time shooting a sunset on the beach.  Couldn’t have ordered up a better scene.  We had so much fun hanging out and getting wet in an effort to capture the beauty of this day.

Santa Monica Pier

Night falls on the pier

When the last of the light was gone, we pulled ourselves out of the water and headed towards the car. Where, I exchanged my soaked tennis shoes for …. WATER SHOES I found in the back of my car. Yes, a total fail! Quite ironic that those were the shoes I found in the trunk of my car after the fact, had a good laugh about that. After a great night of shooting we headed to dinner at Bubba Gump’s on the pier. We were wet but happy! Thanks to my friend John for the fun day and good laughs!


Check out John Ott’s work HERE.

To see more photos from the Santa Monica Pier check out my GALLERY.


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