Founded by award winning photographer/filmmaker, Patrick Rea (, Classic Beach Portraits was created as a laboratory of sorts to test the best lenses ever made while taking portrait/engagement style beach photography. I adapt lenses like the famous Helios 44-2 and Takumar 50mm 1.4 to modern digital mirrorless cameras... to produce a unique retro/cinematic look. I shoot primarily at Shipwreck Beach and The La Jolla Tide Pools in La Jolla. With their dramatic cliffs, caves, and long white sand beaches, this stretch of coastline has more photographic potential than any other area in Southern California.