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Marc Amesse

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A Girl and Her Horse

This Central Coast portrait session was completely casual - no styling, no lighting equipment, etc. It was just a real day on the ranch with a girl and her horse 

I always wonder how to describe my photographic style to people. I am still uncertain what it is. What I do know is that I like my photo sessions to be casual and fun. I don't like to force poses, smiles, or situations. I want my photo sessions with clients to be enjoyable. When I finish a photo shoot - and the camera is put away - and everyone is still smiling, I am happy. 

Yes, it is about getting the photos and delivering great photography. To me, the process of getting great photos is the best part. Days later, when my customers are looking at their photos, I want them to view the photos with good memories of their experience.  

This session was easygoing, enjoyable, casual, and down to earth. 

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Danger Keep Out

With the big rain storm hitting California, I had to watch the waves crash against the jetty at Morro Rock in Morro Bay, CA. I had an appointment with eye doctor in Morro Bay, then made a quick stop to see the waves before heading off to work.

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I took these photos because they remind me that some of us are wired to push the line between safety and danger. We don't want a false line. So, we move it inch by inch. We test its safety and sense of danger. We want to see where we can stand and know it is the true edge.

With all the pushing, nudging, and testing the line, it is important to know that the line must change.  A person returning to a once familiar position of the safety's edge may find the earth has fallen away or the waves and storms are bigger. Just like these waves are a force to consider so are the waves of life. Keep your eyes open and never turn your back. 

Now, before you call this unknown couple crazy, they were not in danger of a crashing wave. The focal length of the lens compressed the distance between them and the surf. It was safe. They were on another grouping of rocks. The biggest danger was slipping on a wet rock. 


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Find the Magic

I had an amazing day in Morro Bay photographing this wonderful family.  We hiked, played, explored, and just enjoyed the light. I love days like this.

Photography with kids needs to be fun. Everything is a game for a child - exploring, touching, listening, looking, etc. A child engages almost all of their senses.

As adults, we have touched dirt or grass so many times it has lost it's magic. A child touches dirt with a sense of wonder; dirt does stuff. It sticks to things (faces), it changes color, it is smooth or rough, it blows away in the wind, grass and trees grow out of it, houses are built on it, animals live under it, bugs and toy trucks move on it! It is magic.

With this little guy, the photography happened between the fun. When this family looks at these photos years from now, they will remember him as he was - a playful, inquisitive, active little guy. As their photographer, I want to give them real photos that will bring back amazing memories and the magic.   

Thank you to this family for letting me do what I love.

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