Photo shoots in nature are my absolute favorite…but I’ve said that many times before.
I keep trying to think of why exactly I love them so much (besides the fact that I freaking LOVE nature) and I finally know why-
Everything is up to chance. The scenery changes not only by the day- things blooming and fading- but also by the minute-one moment full sun glare and the next dappled shadows.
I have to be in artist mode when I’m working outside- looking, searching, seeking for inspiration and then meshing that with the person in front of me to produce images that we can both be proud of. And it’s such a thrill! Things never go as planned, and that’s why it’s so moving when we capture what we do.
I hiked around the location of this photo shoot multiple times leading up to the day with my pup and had very specific ideas of what I wanted to do where. I should have known this would be pointless but nevertheless I wanted to be prepared. There was a gorgeous carpet of flowers I wanted to work with and the curvature of the nearby lake was going to make for some stunning fine art style imagery. I was very excited.
Well…nothing with nature is ever predictable! The flowers had all disappeared with the recent rain and the lake curve area was in full sun. After walking around for honestly 1.5 miles and me refusing to get mediocre images we stumbled upon a bunch of great locations! A gorgeous forest that let just the right amount of light in, a hidden fishing spot straight out of Huckleberry Finn, a grassy lane behind a porta potty of all things, and finally we went to a spot that I had hoped we could have time to get to- a gorgeous algae-covered pond complete with two geese!
Everyone always wants to do the nature shoots but the truth is that no one thinks about the logistics.
If you want to get ‘the shots’ you have to be willing to brave the mosquitoes and the creepy crawlies, roll around in the mud, and lay still when you feel a spider making it’s way up your arm (don’t worry it’s almost always a blade of grass!) Sometimes the shoots are freezing cold in the water and sometimes they are sweltering hot in the sun but you won’t ever be forced to do anything you don’t agree to.
In the end, we create magic together and the images are even more cherished because of all of the things that had to fall into place to get them.
Here is the unpredictable magic that Kiann and I created that day!
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