We have some great locations in Idaho. We have mountains, forests, and even deserts. I had always wanted to visit Bruneau Sand Dunes State Park and, this past fall, I got the opportunity to check it out when Whitney contacted me to photograph her in the sand. Whitney was adding to her modeling portfolio and wanted something new.
On the day of our shoot, I packed some lightweight gear in the trunk of my car and thought I had prepared well. Unfortunately, I quickly realized that I hadn't prepared as well as I thought I had. On my feet were an old pair of running shoes while Whitney had on some flip flops. Her choice of footwear was interesting at first because we were in the parking area with packed dirt and rock, but as soon as we moved to the sand, realized she had it right. The sand quickly started getting into my shoes and I cringed at the thought of having to deal with sand in my shoes for the next couple of hours, but tried to put that thought out of my head.
I evaluated the light, picked my lens and started giving some direction. It didn't take long to realize that the wind was pretty strong and was causing Whitney's hair to get blown all over the place. It made balancing upright more of a challenge, too. But Whitney was up to the challenge and created some really striking poses for this series of images.
I changed perspective and dropped down into the sand as Whitney moved into a seated position in the sand. The new perspective was good, but the mouthful of sand, not so much. We continued to fight the wind, but still got some great results.
After an outfit change, we moved to the other side of the dune and positioned Whitney so that the wind would blow her hair out of her face and continued shooting.
When we had finished, Whitney got up to move to a new location and as she pulled the hair out of her face I saw an opportunity for a headshot. It just took a moment to frame her face with her arms, and we got this great headshot.
We moved to a new location that had some of the desert vegetation and made use of that location as well. Not your typical sand dune kind of look, but again it was another option for added variety.
A bit further still we found some trees that gave us some shade. It was a good opportunity to shoot something a bit moodier and with Whitney's third outfit, this moved us to an outdoor boudoir look.
We were about out of time and had to head back, but we quickly moved out of the shade for some final shots.
In all it was a productive shoot. A few locations all within walking distance of our initial dune. 3 outfits that worked out well with the sand dunes as well as a final boudoir look. The planning is such an important step in our sessions. It helps to make sure that there's a roadmap for the shoot and makes the entire experience all the more exciting. If you would like to talk about a shoot with us, contact us for more information.