Portrait session at sunrise in Ražanac, Croatia

This post is going to be one of the many from our family trip to Czech Republic and Croatia this past summer.

I want to start by sharing this portrait shoot I did with my little brother Toni. On our last morning before driving back to Czech, we decided to wake up super early (well in our standards at least) and go shoot at this gorgeous beach we found just by driving in the area a couple of days before. We wanted to start before the sun was rising, but I guess we pushed the snooze a couple of times too much. But we made it there just before it was peeking behind the mountains.

The sun, the fog, some tiny clouds and the mountain made the light change constantly but at the same time it was so magical and unrealistic. It was so quiet. It was just the two of us as we left the rest while they were still sleeping and there was no one else at the beach either, except for a lonely fisherman fishing with his boat nearby.

Going to Croatia at the end of June was perfect. We found out that the actual tourist or summer season starts on the 1st of July which, gave us a lot of privacy as the places were a lot less crowded. Of course in bigger cities like Zadar one can always see tourists, but just by driving a few kilometers away from city, there were stunning sand and rock beaches with a few to none other people.

We stayed in a lovely little village called Ljubač, just 16 km outside of Zadar. We rented an apartment, Vlatko through Accomodation in Croatia. With modern rooms and a lovely view to the sandy bay fitted our family's needs of an accommodation on a budget, more than perfectly. The hosts were also really friendly and helpful. They had olive trees, bamboo and lavender growing on their driveway and a small vineyard just underneath our balcony. Truly a dreamy destination!

We spent a couple of days on this very beach. The water was around +25 degrees and clear as a crystal. We bought some snorkels and glasses from the nearby shop and just swam for hours, exploring the waters and different fish. For a person, living in a country where it's tallest mountain is a little over 1300m, the view to the Velebit Mountains was truly breathtaking.