California Dreamin’

It’s starting to get cold here in the Great State of New Jersey. Rainy and raw today. Actually, it’s been unseasonably cold for a few weeks now. After a nice summer and fall, I guess this is what we are in for for the next six months.

Got me to thinking about a work trip I took back in August to SoCal – Southern California. We were working on a new story for the website I manage and need to do some beach photography. No, this had nothing to do with Baywatch or anything like that, but we needed to show someone very active and interacting with his family and this was the perfect place to do it.

But it was down in Venice, California, that I met the photographer I’d be working with, Craig Cameron Olsen. You may know the name and if you don’t, I’m sure you’ve seen his work. He does print work for a number of car companies, as well as editorial work for the likes of Outside magazine (one of my favorites.)


What a great guy and a great shooter. We met at his house in Venice and then to scout the location, we hopped on a couple of his beach bikes to do the short drive to Santa Monica, just past the pier. First time I ever scouted a location from the saddle of a bike before but hey, it worked. He had some really great ideas and all we had to do was was for the sun to go down a bit and get softer. We grabbed some lunch where we talked some photography shop. He was very forthcoming about his career and why he likes it. He really likes action and sports photography, which is why Outside is a great publication for him. But of course he’s very versitile and can do whatever is asked.

Finally, we got to the point of the day that we were looking for, we met our subjects and in two short hours, got a number of images that would work. It’s always nice to come away from a shoot with more than you need. And I was also very happy to work with Craig, learn about him and meet his family and know that if I need to call on a great shooter in Southern California, I can give him a buzz.

He was also helpful as I told him about my photography interests. As we were pedaling back to his place from the shoot he looked behind him and said, “Mark, this light is awesome. You better shoot some of the pier. We’ll wait, no problem. Take your time.”

This was one image that I made of that scene:

Santa Monica pier

Southern California, especially, LA, is abit surreal to me. The air tastes different, you’re always expecting to “see someone” (and you often do). But the city has such a history to me to, and I enjoy learning about different parts of it and stumbling upon things that you had no idea were there. Hey, sometimes it helps you to break on through to the other side…


© Mark V. Krajnak 2008 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 20D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 and Nik Software

3 thoughts on “California Dreamin’

  1. Great story, and I love the ferris wheel shot.

    Did you go searching for the Door’s Workshop or did you stumble upon it?

  2. Pingback: JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 09.11.20 | JerseyStyle Photography

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