Earlier this year we received a call from our editors at Field and Stream magazine to photograph their Heroes of Conservation finalists for 2013. Since 2005, the magazine has been profiling and recognizing a handful of dedicated sportsmen and women who work to protect, improve, or create wildlife habitat and embody the spirit of conservation.
Weâ€™ve had the honor of meeting and photographing some of these heroes in the past, (you may remember we blogged about the shoots last fall) and this year was particularly significant because we were given the task to photograph all six of the Heroes. Taking us from Wisconsin to Maryland, Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, and Oklahoma in the span of two weeks, this assignment was a whirlwind tour of the country. We wrapped up these shoots having met and made great photos of six inspiring conservationists. Weâ€™re excited to share the stories and the behind the scenes for each shoot â€“ our second adventure comes from shooting in Arizona with turkey hunter and retired US Forest Service Office, Steve Sams. Keep reading for more from portraits from the day and behind the scenes…
We met up with Sams near his home in Prescott, AZ. After flying into Phoenix the day before and landing in 110Â° heat, we expected a grueling day in the scorching desert. Little did we realize that Prescott and the woods we’d be shooting in were at a way higher elevation – offering up sunny, mild temperatures and cool breeze. We knew we were in for a good shoot.
Working out in the woods meant that we needed to haul as little gear as possible, so we kept our setup light, running a single 36” octabank on a 2000 w/s Dynalite power pack powered by a portable gas generator. I know that might sound like a pain to carry around the woods, but trust me – for us, that is packing light.
With the combination of the natural beauty of the Prescott National Forest and an easy going photo subject like Steve, making portraits came easy.
Speaking of natural beauty, Chris made sure to shoot some extra landscapes as well as a few Instagram shots of the forest and valley beyond. No matter how many times we shoot out west, I’m still amazed at the views the are revealed to us.
Speaking of Instagram – are you following Chris? If so, this shot may look familiar, but if you aren’t make sure to take a look: http://instagram.com/crismanphoto
Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more new portraits and behind the scenes from our adventures shooting the 2013 Heroes of Conservation.