This past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity to work with a phenomenal talent and truly beautiful person, Holly Loveday!
Our plan was to shoot in an area of desert closer to her then my usual meanderings, which happened to be an area I'm not very familiar with so I spent several days searching online resources for any interesting locations I could find. I printed some maps and had a vague idea where we could go to find some interesting old buildings and nice desert terrain.
As it got closer to the weekend it became apparent that our chances for good weather were slim, in fact, as late as the day before an 80% chance of rain was predicted for most of the morning, wind and cold temperatures the balance of the day, a non-photographic meaning of the term 'exposure'. I actually suggested to Holly that we consider rescheduling the shoot to which she challenged... "where's your sense of adventure?"
I left early, my thought was to get there in plenty of time to scout a couple of places prior to picking up Holly, a good plan I thought until I ran into a massive traffic backup just 40 miles south of her. This used up all the time I had set aside for any pre-shoot scouting. This shoot was becoming one of those times when nothing was going to go right, boy was I wrong!
It rained but cleared and the sun came out just before it was time to shoot, but the winds came in force, and it was cold! And Holly? Didn't phase her at all, she is in a word, Amazing. At one point the wind picked up a piece of wood paneling that hit the Jeep doing some minor damage, while we just kept at it and in spite of the conditions, smiled in the face of adversity ;) and found some nice locations along the way, what a day, what an artist!! What an adventure.
"If you're lucky enough to have something magical happening in front of your camera, don't let it go. Keep shooting until the light fades, the magic evaporates or you or your subject have to leave." ~Steve Simon