Born and raised in New York City, surf and lifestyle photographer Emily Goodman has completely submerged herself into Southern California’s pristine coast by capturing incredible aerial maneuvers by some of the best athletes on the planet and preserving the beauty of mother nature’s gorgeous sunsets. Goodman currently resides in a place where the Malibu rights are endless and hollow Zuma Beach barrels intrigue any photographer. The priceless moments that Emily Goodman shares with the world are vibrant and full of variety, as she plays with color in post developing her unique style. Learn more about her in an exclusive Surf Channel interview.
“I like to get the slice of a moment, a wave cresting, rippling, spraying, and sink into that single frame.” – Photographer Emily Goodman.
The Surf Channel: When and how did you begin surfing?
Emily Goodman: In 1995, I moved to the beach from Hollywood and got a board to paddle around on. My first time out my board pearled and the fin spiked me in the leg right through my suit. I got 20 stitches and couldn’t wait until I got back in again, which happened to be Christmas eve, my birthday. It was the best Birthday present ever. When I got back in, it was on a body board at Zuma and the waves were breaking perfectly for long rides.
What inspires your surf photography?:
Goodman: I grew up summering in Fire Island New York and moved to Malibu to get back to the coast. There’s something about being out in the ocean that makes me happy… the smell, the spray, the sea life, and most of all the color and clarity of the water.
I studied design and animation, the motion of the waves never fail to provide endless entertainment. When I’m hearing the sound of water slapping the bottom of my board, I’m content. I moved to Malibu Road and began photographing the surf in HDR. The sunsets were staggering and the swell was hypnotic and inviting. I couldn’t resist photographing it and trying to capture its sensual beauty. Once I started, I was hooked. I get so excited to see what will appear, an epic ride or someone hanging out waxing a beautiful board.
Coming home to download my shots is like opening presents from under the tree. I get so excited to see what I got!