Guys, I did something crazy!
I decided to go on a 4,000 mile round trip from Texas all throughout California with a couple I had never met and an old friend who's photography I have looked up to for a while. My new friends Lindsey and Aaron were the gorgeous models for this trip! Jason of The Hunters Photography (based out of Northwest Arkansas) did a wonderful job helping me learn how to shoot landscapes and the couple. It's always scary going into something you're not familiar with, especially since I generally take event photos and live bands. Jason did a great job at coaching the couple and it's always good seeing how other photographers get their creative juices flowing to help inspire you to be better.
You all know I'm relatively new to photography. I've only shot one couple before taking pictures of The Parke's! I'll insert a few pictures from my first couple shoot to show my progress. For reference these were taken 1 year earlier of another couple from Northwest Arkansas!
First we started on a 25 hour drive from Fort Worth to Yosemite! We had plans to camp in the park and take starry night pictures after a day of couple pictures and exploring, but it was below freezing and just snowed a ton! So that plan fell through, but we stuck it out in the park and slept in a creepy cabin an hour from the park. Here are my favorites from that day.
The next day we went to San Francisco for a few hours. It was a decent little trip! I had been to San Fran before so I didn't have a whole lot that I particularly wanted to do! However, we did stop by the Full House House (?) and it was awesome!
After San Fran we trekked down to Los Angeles! We spent a little time in Hollywood, but my favorite part was spending time at the beach in Malibu. The sky was overcast and kinda chilly, but that made for the best results for photos. No harsh lighting and hardly anyone on the beach!
After Los Angeles we headed to White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. We were there for only about an hour and a half. It was a morning they were doing missile testing nearby and the park was closed during that time. But despite the short time and bright sun, and the pictures were stunning.
The last stop before home was the incredible little Prada art piece in Marfa, Texas.
We did this all SATURDAY - THURSDAY! It was so packed full of timelines and planning, and we were all so tired in the end, but I think we're all happy with the results. I am so excited to share these with you! Thanks to Lindsey, Aaron, and Jason!!!