Well the plan was to come back from this trip and write a blog post about it within the next one or two weeks. It’s a month later and I’m starting just now. So much for planning and actually doing stuff.
Anyway let’s talk about Fuerteventura.
As some of you might have seen on my Instagram I went on a surf trip to Fuerteventura with two friends in February. The plan was to finally fulfill my dream of learning how to surf. Apparently the universe didn’t approve with that and I hurt my shoulder while snowboarding two days before we left for Spain. Whatever, like this I had more time to take some pictures and experience the island instead of sitting in the water all day (just kidding, I would’ve loved to sit in the water all day long haha)
So this is supposed to be a fun little post about the whole trip, what we did and how it was. I’m going to write one or two other posts focusing on spezial shoots I did during the trip to showcase some basic lighting ideas and how I approach a shoot. Those are going to follow sometime (hopefully) soon.
So let’s dive into our trip. Stefan and I left Vienna on February 12th in what felt like -10 degrees and landed on the 25 degrees warm island. It felt like summer right away. We got a rental car, drove to El Cotillo to check out our apartment and went for a walk through the town and on the beach. Sounds romantic? It definitely was haha
So everything was perfect with the exception, that we didn’t have wifi in our apartment and we still had to do some work and research. I think it took us more than an hour wandering around the town looking for free wifi until we finally found a nice coffee shop close to our place that was run by an amazing women where we could settle for our daily morning and evening internet sessions.
The next day Stefan got his surfboard and we started driving around the whole north of the island, looking for waves and visiting Corralejo for the first week of our trip. We managed to find some nice waves and Stefan got more comfortable riding, day by day. Oh yeah and we also got a flat tire on a normal road after driving around on gravel for one week. So much for good luck.
Well circling back to the topic of photography, as I wasn’t able to go surfing, my plan were to try and capture the trip from a photographers point of view and create some kind of a surf-lifestyle story. That means whenever Stefan went surfing I was there with my camera while he was getting ready and when he got back out. I’m not sure what other people thought of us but we were joking and imagining that they were wondering who this famous surfer (who could barely do turns on the board in the beginning) with a private photographer was. Well I guess that’s the influencer lifestyle (just kidding, don’t take me too serious).
The second week started off with our other friend Manuel arriving and our move to a new apartment. Now we had our own terrace with a view of the ocean, which screamed for some fun pictures.
As I haven’t been taking pictures of anyone other than Stefan and Manuel to this poing I tried to get in touch with some more or less locals I was in contact before and we planned a couple shoots.
First there was Samuel, an incredible local bodysurfer we met while shooting an amazing wave one morning. We met up with him again some days later so I could take his portrait.
Second one was Adam, a surfer from Scotland who lives and works in Fuerteventura now. He offered me to borrow his underwater housing so I was able to swim out with him and a friend of his to shoot some close up action and lifestyle shots. Swimming out with big waves hammering down on me (I’m probably exaggerating) and with a camera in my hand for the first time I felt like I was going to drown a couple times. After I managed to survive the swim out it was an incredible experience though and I’m really happy with a couple shots I got. Huge thanks to Adam again at this point.
Third one on the list was Marius. A german surfer who came to Fuerteventura for an internship I think and started working at a surf-yoga place. We got in touch before I went on the trip and the plan was to shoot a surf-lifestyle story with him that shows the routine of a surfer. From the time he arrives at a surf spot up to when he gets into the water. We got super lucky, had an amazing sunset and the pictures turned out great.
Last but not least was Nuša. Stefan knew her from Austria and we met up with her and her friend Nina for drinks and to hang out a couple times. Both of them were amazing and we had a great time laughing a lot and them going surfing. As our trip was coming to an end I wanted to take Nušas portrait before we left, so we met up to shoot some pictures one morning and the shots turned out great.
After two weeks we had to get on our flight back to Austria. It was really hard to leave this incredible island and those amazing people behind. I’m super thankful that I got to meet every one of them and I really hope to see all of them again. I’m definitely going to be back on Fuerte soon.
To conclude this post I wanted to share some of my favorite (serious) shots I took with Stefan and Manuel. The plan was to show surfing and the beauty around it.
I really hope this was somewhat interesting for you. I’m definitely going to write another post about my shoot with Marius and the portrait sessions with Samuel and Nuša. They will be a little bit more into detail and more photography-talk-ish.
Anyway, this has definitely been one of my favorite trips lately and getting to know all those amazing people made it so much better. Thanks to all of you and hope to see you soon.
Disclaimer, most of the quick shots above were taken with a small canon point and shoot. I try and carry one with me for easy and fast shots when I don’t want to carry my big camera. I think you can see the difference though. So don’t be too harsh on the quality feedback on some of them.