Our styled shoot at Seascape Resort (in Aptos) and beach was out of this world good. Meet Maddy Casteel — earth and health food loving Pilates instructor extraordinaire. She has lived in numerous beach towns
and recently moved back from Santa Barbara. Santa Cruz and its local beaches offer beautiful light, great people, and a local culture rich with conversation starters. If you’ve visited, you will know this tangible quality that I’m trying to describe!
We began at Seascape Beach, where we featured a necklace by Blue Moon Clothing Co., white and gold platters and sea-themed glasses. Last but not least, we enjoyed accessorizing this editorial shoot with white and milk chocolate shell candy from Marini’s Candies. Check it out — they were hard to discern from real shells. This would be an amazing favor at a seaside wedding.
Next, we chased the setting sun to Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz for golden hour. I think that Maddy so closely resembles Goldie Hawn or Kate Hudson in some of these images! I also love that Twin Lakes features the Crow’s Nest, delicious oceanfront California cuisine and an excellent place for parties or rehearsal dinners.
At last, we followed the last of the day’s light to highlight Maddy’s hard work. She is an avid runner, yogi and Pilates enthusiast. I was in awe when she did these poses on rocks and without falling.
Lastly, thank you to my partner in crime — Claire Morgan. Claire and I have chased the world’s sunsets together. I think we are up to eight or nine countries now. Go, Team Morgan!