Shooting on the fly

Improvisation

Most of the work I do forces me to improvise – I’m constantly working with subjects and locations that are continually changing. To keep up with my job, I like to practice. Nothing about this photo shoot was planned. We took a cool walk down a trail that led us through a wonderland of blackberries and spit us out onto the banks of the Columbia River. After setting down hordes of picnic stuff and camera gear, we started exploring. Before long, we were both thinking that this would be the perfect place to do some yoga.

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Hailey was feeling the Mother Nature vibes and I couldn’t believe the beautiful summer afternoon we were looking at, so we jumped in head-first to photograph any- and everything.

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My photo shoots with Hailey usually unfold just like this one. With nothing but our imaginations and my camera, we set out to find our inspiration and just make it up as we go.

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I love working with Hailey because she’s a great model, with or without instruction. At some point during these photo shoots I’ll stop sharing my ideas and just let her do whatever she wants, which results in even more magic.

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Improvised shoots are so much fun for me because I’m in love with the idea of the fleeting moment. I’d rather capture the moment than create it, if that makes sense. 🙂

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It can be pretty insane jumping into a photo shoot with no plan – a wedding is definitely the wrong time to try this technique! However, if you find yourself awe-struck in a beautiful place and you happen to be holding a camera, know that you’ve got all the pieces needed to create something incredible.

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