When we took the assignment to shoot the anti-aging author Lauren Kessler for Prevention Magazine we knew it would be a wild ride. Little did we know that our shoot would take us as far west as the Pacific ocean to make the photos that ran. Keep reading for a few more shots and a handful of behind the scenes from our trip to the Pacific Northwestâ€¦
Working with our editors at Prevention, we knew that we wanted a location that spoke to the natural beauty and natural renewal of our subject (and author of the article). Being on the Eastern Seaboard, we relied on the expertise of our location scouts to find the perfect spot to shoot
It almost feels like when working on the Pacific coast, you can’t go wrong. After Chris touched down in Portland, he hit the road and headed to the coast. We scouted and shot near the Heceta Head Lighthouse on a small coastline close to Lauren Kessler’s home.
Thanks to the scouting work of Portland based all-star assistant Ben Cort, we knew we’d found the perfect spot. Where else could you capture the natural beauty of the Northwest coupled with a beautiful and engaging photo subject?
Working on the coast meant that we kept our setup light and mobile – one octabank balanced against the ambient light. We also made sure to be ready at a moment’s notice for a rogue wave or tidal surge. Trust me, you don’t want to mix flash heads and salt water.
I should make note for all the assistants out there – if you look closely at the flash head the octabank is mounted on, you’ll notice it is wrapped in a piece of cinefoil which helps to protect it from the salt spray when working on the beach or in a misty environment. Trust me, it’s the little things that matter.
When you’re working in an amazing location and have a helpful and photogenic subject, it’s the perfect recipe for a successful shoot. Our day with Lauren Kessler was an inspiring introduction to shooting in Oregon – hopefully we’ll be back there soon.
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