Styled Shoot in Bellingham, WA

One of my goals this year is to complete at least one creative shoot each quarter.  I believe these shoots are critical to achieving growth as an artist.  I also really love shooting for myself because there is no pressure or client expectations.  I am free to experiment and shoot what I want and if it just so happens to suck, well, it just sucks and nobody will fret over it.  And if it's just so happens to be awesome, everyone is happy and gets new work to add to their portfolio.  

This concept had been swirling in my head for awhile, but I was having a hard time finding the right location for it. I figured it would probably just stay in my head or on another Pinterest board until I became too busy for it.  I remember telling my friend, Sarah, about this concept and she mentioned shooting at her sister's house in Bellingham.  It had been years since I had been to the house so I couldn't remember what it looked like, but I knew enough to know that it would be a good fit for what I wanted to do. After scouting the house, I decided that I really wanted to tell a visual story of a girl in this old house and I wanted to do it right away.  So, I enlisted Sarah to rock her make-up skills and Corina (SMG models) to help me bring my vision to life.  We rolled up to Bellingham on a dark and rainy Wednesday and got to work.  The shoot didn't go anything like I had planned (they rarely do), but the images turned out far better than I imagined. We made a great team and I am so proud of the work that we created together.  In fact, I wished we would have had more time together (and more daylight) because we spent more time traveling and prepping than actually shooting and when it came time to shoot, we were on fire!  Towards the end, I was essentially shooting in the dark and unsure if any of my shots were even in focus.  This shoot really gave me a good kick in the pants and forced me to find the light, which is exactly what I had hoped for.  Take a peek at my favorites and let me know what you think!