Pit Stop Photo Shoot with Life Set Sail

From Brittany of Life Set Sail: Some of the best photos, scratch that, all of our best photos are the product of happy accidents…case in point, these. While driving through Yuma to shoot some sand dunes I saw this place and told Justine to pull over so we could snap some quick photos – conveniently enough I had brought an extra outfit that day, just in case!
Can we just take a second to admire this landscape? This is desert people, this is what REAL desert looks (not to mention feels) like! You could literally see the heat coming off the ground and we were really sweating it up out there, thank God for air conditioned cars!
The twirling images were probably my favourite, with Justine yelling at me to “just keep spinning”…haha, easier said than done people. This Free People dress I picked up from our local Adorn Boutique made for the perfect outfit for this spontaneous shoot. Now that we have the feel for it, I can’t wait for more desert shoots in the future! Arizona perhaps?

Palm Springs With Life Set Sail

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A few words from Brittany: While I’m still working my way through all of the content we shot in California, I’m currently planning my next trip! Incase you are new around here, Justine is the mastermind behind all the wonderful photography shared here on LSS and I could not be more grateful for such a perfect partnership, not to mention, great friend! Alberta certainly has some beautiful landscapes (those mountains though!), but I thrive most when trying new things and exploring different places…and it’s definitely time for another adventure. So where are we going this time? New York! It wont be my first time, but it has been quite a while since I last visited. I don’t even care how cold it will be, I cannot wait for this trip! The amount of content we were able to shoot on our last trip was insane and I’m so excited for another change of scenery…and to maybe break up all these California posts a little…who am I kidding? I freaking love California! If you’re sick of seeing palm trees you should probably just leave now because they aren’t going anywhere haha. Sorry, not sorry. What keeps you inspired? Have you been to New York? If you have we are totally open to suggestions on where to shoot, eat, etc.

Pastels in The Desert With Life Set Sail

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Boots: Jeffrey Campbell | Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger: Brittany Messner of Life Set Sail

A few words from Brittany about this shoot: We took these photos in the middle of Joshua Tree National Park and included…zero Joshua trees. It’s funny because if you’ve never been there yourself, you’d probably just assume that’s all there was, when in fact, there is so much more. I haven’t been since I was very little so my entire memory of this park was based off of a single U2 album (not an accurate representation at all).

I love this series we shot in the middle of the desert, even if it was so hot I was literally sweating in every place you could possibly imagine. We wound up doing three different sets, one here, one with actual Joshua trees and the last in the middle of a huge cacti garden. I only wish we had more time to go back, but it literally would have taken days!

I can’t help but laugh when photos come back to me because there are so many situations going on behind the scenes that the viewer is oblivious to. For example, I may look calm and relaxed in these photos but it was so hot (try high forties), that my feet got stuck in my boots because they were so swollen. On top of that I was really, really sweaty, trying to expertly position my boobs to not look weird, and fluff hair that was sticking to the back of my neck. Not everything is as glamorous as it looks people!

Luckily Justine and I seem to have this whole shooting thing down to a very well-timed art! Because we work together so often (and because of the nature of film photography), we don’t actually spend all that long taking photos. Generally it takes us about 15 minutes to shoot a look…which definitely comes in handy when you’re running from air conditioned car to the middle of the sweltering desert!

Looking back on these photos now, and really most of what we shot down south just makes my heart ache even more for adventure. I love the change of scenery, the chance to reflect, to see new things and take them in without being too stressed about the day ahead. Isn’t travelling so bittersweet that way? For now I will just have to try to find the beauty in my own backyard!


Laguna Beach With Life Set Sail

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Jeans: Black Orchid Denim from Adorn Boutique | Backpack: Mother Co. | Towel: Tofino towel 
Fashion & Beauty Blogger Brittany Messner of Life Set Sail

A few words from Brittany: I’m not from Laguna (San Clemente actually), but my mom grew up in Laguna Beach and I have been back often with her over the years. The funny thing is that it reminds me a lot of the island in Canada we moved to when I was seven (Salt Spring) in that it is a very artistic community full of hippies, musicians, and that slow-paced lifestyle. Even the touristy side to it is quite charming. 
Although I narrowly missed my alarm for sunrise the day we went down to Crescent Beach (okay I didn’t miss it, I forgot to set it), I’m still super thrilled with the way these photos turned out. We took so many that I’m actually breaking them up into three different posts…I guess that just shows how inspired we really were by this location! We spent a good couple of hours walking up and down a couple of the beaches just to make sure we didn’t miss anything!
When we wrapped up our shoot we had breakfast at one of my favourite places, Zinc Cafe & Market where we warmed up with coffee and laughed over our ridiculous escapades (fyi we stripped down and went skinny dipping for our last set of photos). After a good shower and nap back at the hotel we spent the rest of the afternoon hanging around Laguna before driving out to Palm Springs. 

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Indian Canyons Palm Springs

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Free People | Top: Talula | Choker: CoutuKitsch | Fashion Blogger: Life Set Sail

The Indian Canyons were one of the locations in Palm Springs that we most looked forward to shooting and were able to squeeze in on our last day before flying back home! We spent a full hour hiking paths with a very helpful ranger who taught us a bit about the canyon and their ancestors.

If you’ve never made the trip down, Palm Canyon is a whopping fifteen miles long of very rocky and barren terrain with the most random groupings of palms you’ve ever seen. The contrast between the lush fan palms and dry, rocky desert was absolutely breathtaking and unlike anything we had ever seen before. Even though it was, no joke, forty-five degrees outside with the sun beating down on us we are so glad that we were able to make this visit work, truly not one to be missed!

Its hard to believe everything that we were able to do on our short four day stay in Palm Springs, and though we definitely over-exhausted ourselves, we do not regret a thing. Brittany has always wanted LSS to have more of a travel aspect to it and this trip was such a great way to switch things up. We are so thankful to everyone that was able to make this happen, including the wonderful tourism board who sent us to some really amazing places that otherwise may have been overlooked.

If you are planning a trip of your own to Palm Springs, definitely put some time aside to visit these canyons…don’t be dumb like us and not pay attention to closing/opening times.

California Dreamin' With Life Set Sail

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Top and Skirt: Free People from Adorn Boutique | Watch: Chrisitan Paul

About a month ago now, Brittany and I went to California, we worked with a few really great brands and companies, but also did a lot of stuff for ourselves. The change of scenery was very much needed for both of us and I’m so excited to finally be able to share what we’ve been working on! 

We woke up every morning at sunrise and didn’t get back to our hotel until around 12 most nights, often shooting 5-6 different looks in a day (with quick wardrobe changes in the car)…and the days, were they ever hot! Our last day in Palm Springs was a whooping 45 degrees and not only that, but we spent part of it hiking through a canyon trying to squeeze in one last shoot before our flight! I won’t complain though, I love the heat.

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