In the midst of my busy season, I was feeling a little bit in the rut. Instead of putting my camera down, I decided to try the opposite.
I don't plan too far ahead with my own shoots simply because things are unpredictable sometimes with kids, so when I saw the opportune moment (kids napped well and sunset was still an hour away), I grabbed my camera and went to Ocean Beach.
I knew at that time of the day, the tide was slowly going down, and there was a possibility of hiking up to Sutro Baths from the beach.
But again, I didn't want to push an agenda on the boys... they usually backfire and I end up with frustration and no pictures. So, we simply took our time and made our way down the beach as each interesting thing caught the boys' attention. What really pushed us to go farther was seeing about 20 police officers on motorcycles racing down the beach towards the Cliff House. Now, they were motivated to run down to check out what was going on! Later, we realized that they were just doing an exercise, not "rescuing people" like my boys were hoping.
Nonetheless, their curiosity propelled us to where I wanted to go.
Will was unusually brave that day, and Luca didn't even fuss about wanting to be carried! With them leading the way, we finally ascended to the edge of the ruins, and just in time for another gorgeous sunset!
I was reminded that this is why I am a photographer: to record adventures and the real, as-if-you-were-there moments.