Organic Fine Art Oregon Coast Shoot
This shoot has been in my “To Do Shoot” list for over a year. There were quite a few times when I wanted to bring this shoot together in 2018 and 2019. However I felt like I needed to wait. (Things hadn’t quite fallen into place with vendors, timing and weather like I was hoping). I knew I wanted this shoot to really mean something. I wanted to capture more than just photos. I wanted to make sure I could capture emotion, mood and movement all in this shoot. Something I have been working really hard on the past two years; especially after starting my film journey back in 2018. I believe that’s why it took so long for this shoot to come together. Everything had to fall into place perfectly and I had to be ready when they did. I was aiming for a very foggy and stormy day on the coast. Without being washed off the shore and my cameras getting soaked! That’s not always easy in the winter on the pacific! However this day turned out perfectly for us. So perfect that when I opened my film scans I started crying.
Another very important part of this Organic Fine Art Oregon Coast shoot was that I was striving to make this shoot emotion filled and not the typical “golden hour session” all film photographers dream about. Over the course of my film journey I have tried to ‘stay true to my brand’ by doing my best to make each session look like my last. That defeats the purpose of shooting in different locations and during different seasons. I was trying so hard to ‘stay consistent’ that I was actually duplicating my sessions instead of making them their own. Telling a different story during each session. Planning this shoot over the course of two years helped me to realize that every session needs to be different. I need to embrace fog, rain, shadows, contrast, mood and movement. Getting to that destination is so fulfilling – Knowing you can create such a different atmosphere in each session and still have a brand. Still shoot film. Still be yourself and capture everything you want to and more.
It’s been a humbling experience through my film journey and I’m honored that this shoot is coming to the May issue of the Belle Lumiere Magazine Education article – where I will be talking about so much more when it comes to fulfillment – doubt – making each session it’s own story and staying true to yourself while building your brand!
Film Processing: https://photovisionprints.com/
Hair & Makeup: https://www.theunionknot.com/
Model: Mckenzie Lockhart