I've wanted to shoot at this location on Tahoma Creek in clear weather for a long time. I'd been there last year with another model but it was a cloudy day and I couldn't fully take advantage of the magnificent view. In mid-July I corrected that deficit with AIM.Model, traveling through the area and staying at a local Air B&B. We got out to the site early to take advantage of the morning light, and as it turns out it was almost too early, as it took a bit for the light to rise over the trees and low ridge to the east and shine on the river itself.
We did some photography in the forest first, which passed some time, and I love the way those images are looking. As the sunlight arrived, I experimented with various lenses, mostly wide angle, to capture the patterns and perspective lines of the glacial riverbed with its scattered rocks and driftwood.
As we neared the end of the shoot, AIM started scooping up handfuls of sand and throwing them in the air as she gyrated among dance-like poses. At first I was skeptical of this tactic, but the pictures were looking pretty good, and as you can see, some of them are actually turning out amazing. I love the way the sand catches the morning light. It adds a lot of kinetic energy to the images. AIM also grabbed a large stick and used it as a prop in her dancing, and I love the geometry it adds to the photos.
There's more work to be done on this set, but here are a few preview images to whet your appetite. I'll be moving on to preview images of other shoots as well before returning to this one later for a more thorough sort-and-edit.