Styling, shooting and getting lost and found in Oregon, part 2
Last week I was invited by the very talented Jessica Hunter, from Yakima WA to take part in a styled shoot she was organizing along with 6 other photographers, 3 models and several other vendors. She specializes in adventurous locations but I don't think I'd really absorbed what that meant when I asked to tag along on the shoot!
We were looking for Abiqua Falls, which is (as it turned out) pretty hard to find. GPS will send you astray and it sent us (in four cars) to completely the wrong side of the mountain. After trying and failing to find the right fork in the road for three hours, some of us were running out of gas.. and, it has to be said, patience! So we regrouped, went back to the starting point, got gas, got food.. and headed out again. About an hour and a half later, after finding the right road, negotiating the rocky, wet, muddy track to get there and the insanely steep and slidey path almost straight down the side of the ravine and along the river, we finally found what we were looking for. And man, was it worth the exertion! Abiqua Falls is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. As you'll see from some of the pictures here, the basalt rock formations are stunning. One expects a dinosaur to come thundering around the corner at any moment.
We had about an hour to get the shots everyone needed so there was a flurry of dressing and setting up equipment and then an intense hour or so of shooting, while the intrepid models froze in the frigid mist coming off the waterfall. Everyone did such a good job though! I am thrilled with the photos that I'm starting to see come out of that experience and even though I still hurt from the climb two days later, so happy and grateful for the experience.