As evidenced by her Instagram account, Theresa Phan enjoys capturing moments on Southern California's beaches. "I love to convey the peacefulness that is the ocean, which I call 'Life's reset button," she said.
She focuses, in particular, on surfers and their relationship with the water -- whether it be contemplating a wave or a silhouette during sunset.
The image above was taken on a foggy morning in Newport Beach. Phan says the surfer appeared out of the mist and stood looking toward the ocean for the longest time. "My heart skipped a few beats because I knew it was going to be a great shot," she said. "You know, that feeling when it's the right one."
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