Film Series at Point Dume Malibu, Los Angeles

One of the last projects I worked on before leaving LA was a film shoot with my talented friend Sarah who I met through Brandy Melville. Between my internship and retail job, I feel as though I hardly had time to go to the beach this summer, and so when Sarah asked if I wanted to style and take photos in Malibu before our opening shifts one Saturday morning, I excitedly agreed. Part of not having a car this summer meant that my LA radius was fairly small. Since I mainly commuted to and from work, into downtown Westwood for groceries and dinner, and occasionally to Santa Monica when I had a day off, I'm so happy I was able to see Point Dume before I left the city.

Sarah's photography is powerful because she collaborates almost exclusively with her friends, and so she seems to understand what parts of themselves her subjects want to see in the photos. The tones in these pictures are ethereal and ephemeral since they were all shot before 7am. Knowing that I would appreciate the beach's dreamy, ambient backdrop, Sarah suggested I wear clothes in shades of white or cream to cultivate a paler, more muted aesthetic. The overcast sky softens the edges of each picture so that they seem almost intentionally blurred; that effect is certainly a byproduct of the medium (film) but I like to think think that the ocean fog also had something to do with it. 

In each of the looks here I pulled from my modest collection of vintage pieces: the high-neck top and skirt are both from Instagram (@minimalismvintage and @mercyvintage) and I bought the pink tulle slip at a flea market in San Diego. My high waisted black bikini bottoms are from Target.