It's been a busy couple of months, August and September, and I have several new photo shoots to preview for you. I'm really excited about these photo sets and look forward to creating a more thorough set of edits. Starting here, I'll share some previews and behind the scenes stories.
In early August I worked with Skye at a location on the Ohanapecosh River. I'd first shot with Skye in January of this year, and have been looking for an excuse to do so again. In late July I had some time at the end of my work day and decided to do a bit of exploring, so I pulled up a local map to consider what nearby locations might have hidden beauty suitable for future photo shoots. The Ohanapecosh River is always reliable, and there was a piece of it that I hadn't yet explored, so I found an access point and bushwhacked in. And Oh My Goodness it was so beautiful! Big rocks, cliffs, a sandy beach, pools of green water, and a broad, low waterfall with a fallen tree bridging the canyon right in front of it (more about that in another post). It was a magical spot and I immediately thought of Skye -- it just felt like a spot in which she would thrive.
So I reached out to her, and we set up a time to shoot. And I was absolutely correct! Skye loved the spot and, as you can see in these preview images, absolutely killed the modeling.
We started on the beach, shooting alongside the emerald water, and around some bleached driftwood that had washed ashore. The wet sand sticking to her skin made great patterns! Skye spotted a crevice in the cliff that looked interesting, so we did some poses there that turned out amazing. Then we hiked up the river through the rocks to the waterfall, where Skye posed numerous places against the backdrop of the flowing water. I brought a monopod along so that I could shoot at 1/10 second to capture the flow of the water, and Skye held perfect ly still to make these beautiful, ethereal images.
At the end of that segment, we did some shots with Skye down by the water's edge, interacting with the water, and then up on a rock as the mist from the waterfall washed over her. The afternoon light was spilling into the canyon at that point, making gorgeous moats of light and spray, which I captured both in still photos and a brief video.
Then we hiked back to our starting point and did some final poses on a rock in the river, against the backdrop of the dark cliffs highlighted by lush green ferns and moss.
Skye truly is an exceptional model. She's done it more as a hobby so far and I really enjoy following her Instagram account to see what she's created. But she could totally go professional in a heartbeat if she wanted to; she has a background in dance and knows how to pose with her body, and she's completely natural in her skin, a combination that is compelling on camera.
Enjoy these images... I'm sure it won't be my last session with Skye.