The Lord is blessing me with such fun clients! It is a kick to get to know each individual and craft our photoshoot. Talia & her Mum, Amy, joined me for a location scouting session - I usually go alone - and what a gift that was, to brainstorm as we walk, to get happy about the gorgeous light in the evening! Amy is a vet who oh-so-conveniently makes house calls! and Talia takes after Mum with her love for animals and her work to help them :) she works at an animal shelter. Later in this post, we get to meet Talia's horse, Jay. First, flowers :)
The ladies at Snofalls Lavender welcomed us to photograph in their LOVELY field! Thank you!! Lovely Talia, in purple:
This is Talia's dress from Breckenridge this summer! Oh how fun for me, I can just imagine being there :) I totally felt like we were on a Colorado clothing shoot, or doing a feature for Sunset magazine, at this moment :)
I could photograph Talia in lavender for a long time, but we had many fun ideas in store, so a couple parting shots...
Our next stop is a mecca for some... it was the filming location of a shocking scene in David Lynch's Twin Peaks, I don't think I'll forget Ronette's long walk - The spot is not so desolate in reality, I love the rust covering the old bridge. I love the names chiseled into the white rail. We met a cyclist crossing who had ridden here from the midwest. There were dozens of teens & parents with kids floating in the river and soaking up sun on the rocky beach below us. My good friend & assistant, Jo, were up on the bridge with our model for the day, lovely Talia:
It is not easy to be vulnerable in front of a camera, as we all know, and this is where I feel Talia started kickin' it.
Moving on to meet Talia's Dad, Scott, and Amy and more friends eventually - we are in North Bend, at the place where the elk hang out. Where a funky vehicle with a lot of bones on the dashboard was parked, and Amy the Vet was naming the mandibular mandibles or - I don't remember - the surprising words flew off her tongue too fast to catch ;) We also had Talia's truck here, and here is our girl with her truck:
It was a toss up of whether to wash it, we kind of wanted to see the cat prints all over it :)
No elk yet today, we can take over the field. We walked along the elk trails through the tall grass, crossing through their beds where grass was crushed in wide ovals. Just imagine, a very large elk can sleep 30 feet from the road and not be seen here! Talia's friend, Grace, joined us here, to call out encouragement and carry lots of photography stuff, thank you, Grace :)
Love the tractor! Scott suggested we Photoshop the tractor exploding in the second photo - I like that idea!! Especially with Talia's easy breezy no-problems-are-going-to-stop-me look in that photo :)
Would you like to meet Jay? Talia has been riding this horse since she was 8 years old(!) And he doesn't look old enough for that to be possible.
Here he is! Jay!
Jay's owner is Rebecka, of Circle B Ranch in Snoqualmie. Rebecka was more than generous in helping to make this THE photoshoot Talia had been hoping for. She brought Jay and a buddy to our location, took care of all the tack and feeding and everything horses need for a couple hours working :)
When I thanked Rebecka, she said that she had wished for her horses in her senior photos, but didn't get to do it, and she's so glad to help out! I think it's wonderful that Talia has been able to basically "have" a horse for most of her life through Circle B Ranch. Talia takes riding lessons twice a week and sees Jay more often. And Jay also gets to "belong" to all the other riders who take lessons with him at Circle B. He's a super healthy horse!!!
and docile! One reason we chose this North Bend location was for the sunset on Mt. Si.
And she rides English too :) Rebeckah and helpers dressed Jay while Talia and Jo & I took photos at the horse trailer
How do photos turn out after the sun sets? Like this...
Jo was a huge help at this point, relaying requests to Talia while I stayed low to the ground with the camera. Jo & I communicated by phone over 50 yards or so, or by yelling to each other, I don't quite remember now! Let's say it was phones -
Ahhhh, what a gorgeous adventure. Talia, Amy & Scott, and Rebeckah, thank you for all the effort you put into this event, our result was worth it! Talia, I feel so blessed to be able to hang out with people like you for my "work". You are inspirational, I love seeing choices that you are making with how you spend your time, so that you learn and grow while caring for creatures :) It makes me so happy to have captured the likeness of Jay with you at about 17-18 years old each! I see your gentleness and quiet confidence, I hear from Grace about what a rock you are - such a solid faithful friend, and I praise the Lord for who you are :)
A little video, followed by fun behind-the-scenes:
Scott, Talia's Dad, took behind-the-scenes footage, yay!! so fun for me. So here we are: me, Jo, and Rebeckah, Amy & Grace, behind-the-scenes with Talia & Jay :)