• @alvinyjkim

Daycation + beach town shoot in Catalina Island

Great food, company, and location

I met Lauren on Instagram a while back through hashtags when I was shooting a lot of sororities in college and needed inspiration for sorority photos. She was also in college in Denver and we chatted about shooting if she ever came out to LA.

Lauren ended up moving out to LA and we finally got to plan a shoot in Catalina Island. I have been wanting to shoot in Catalina for a very long time and thought Lauren might photograph well there.

Lauren ended up inviting a friend who was in town from Chicago and we had a great time. I recommend all photographers in LA to shoot in Catalina. Very cost and time friendly/worthy.




Canon 1DX Mark 2 | Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L | Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 Art

Model: @laurenlamp | Friend/Subject: @jessicanysted


@alvinyjkim PRESETS - NOSTALGIC CALIFORNIA (store coming soon)


SHEIN swimwear | Coconut Spray Oil for body shine

Arrived in Avalon, Catalina Island.

The Catalina Express ferry leaves from Long Beach and the round trip costs $74.50 per person. Considering that a decent Peerspace location costs $150/hr before cleaning fees in Los Angeles, $223.50 for a daycation for 3 people is very cost friendly.

We were all super hungry on the ferry ride. Found this Mexican place called Maggie's Blue Rose Mexican (5~10 minute walking distance from the harbor) and stopped by before we started shooting. This burrito is a lot bigger in person. I think it was around $18.

What the girls brought to style with

Middle Beach

F2.8 | 1/4000 sec. | ISO 500 | 70mm

Very busy background but I liked the busy background. All the colors and people really added to the story. Some kid asked if we were famous. I wanted to give him a hug.