I drove up along the Great Highway at the far northwest corner of the San Francisco peninsula. There was no parking. Anywhere.
I was excited to be shooting Albert and Jennifer’s engagement session at Sutro Baths, and I breathed a sigh of relief when I finally found a parking spot. What on earth was going on??, I wondered. As I started walking around, I started overhearing the conversations of the crowd who were lined up along the vista point. Kids were holding shoe boxes with pinholes in it and were staring up into the sky. There was a park ranger walking around handing out special glasses, reminiscent of the cardboard glasses you get in cereal boxes when there was a “3D” image printed on the back.
Ah, the eclipse. We had no idea. Oops.
But as the moon traveled over the sun, unbeknownst to the naked eye, the crowd got more and more excited. The sky darkened and the shadows took on a bizarre shape. The world changed, and if you weren’t looking for it closely, you’d never know anything happened.
It’s kind of like the feeling you get when you’re lost in the moment with the person you love. The world seems to fade away, the noise of the crowd dies, and your world is just different – in a special, almost surreal way.
Jennifer and Albert’s engagement session was a special one that day. The crowds started to disperse after the eclipse ended, and we had the opportunity for some amazingly gorgeous photos in the evening sun. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day!