Our first day we landed in Costa Rica in the late afternoon and were welcomed by our hosts, StayInCostaRica.com and MMH Marketing with a cocktail and some delicious food– which was cooked up all week long by our man, Jose. To say we were exhausted would be an understatement! I must put this into perspective for you– the day before we put together an awesome photo shoot for Style Me Pretty and literally left Stamford, Connecticut to head to the airport (and wait 5 hours for our midnight flight!). With a 5 hour layover in Mexico City (which added to the delirium) we finally touched down around the time we wrapped up our photo shoot the day before. Weee!
The hospitality of our hosts really got us ready for the next day, which was a full day of shooting and scouting for locations. We met up with our photographers who got up to watch the sunrise and photograph our models surfing in the morning. The spot for our first shoot was where Larry of StayInCostaRica.com and our models Michelle and Alejandro surf every morning– Playa Hermosa . It’s a black sand beach with gorgeous views. It’s also where the International Quicksilver Surf Championships is held every year in August. We decided that for our beach shoot, the parking lot would be our ideal spot. A parking lot — I know. Even Larry said, I can’t believe we’re shooting in the dump where I park my car every morning!!! But seriously– it was so beautiful and had every element we were looking for. And to be quite honest, we can make ANYTHING look good.
After chose the beach, Carla, Mike, Tony and I went on a Costa Rican adventure to find the rain forest location for our second shoot… wait until you see it! Shout out to our friends The White Dress by the Shore and DD Nickel who were also part of our scouting adventure.