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One of the places I really wanted to shoot in the Nevada desert was a dried up lake bed. Luckily for me Wonder Hussy knew of two very accessible lake beds within an hours drive of The Strip. We visited the first one after we shot amongst the red rocks on our first shoot and the second one was two days later. As you can see, we had vastly different weather at the two lakes which allowed for some very different captures in basically the same type of location. It was absolutely freezing on the second shoot and I must give Wonder Hussy serious kudos for braving the nipple freezing wind and drizzle to allow me to capture such great images. It was so cold in fact that on that very night it snowed for the first time of the season, not too far away in the Grand Canyon.
If you want to see more of Wonder Hussy and learn more about the crazy life of a Vegas model, make sure you check out her blog – Wonder Hussy
I’ve completed my California Nudes AV with images of Rebecca & V Nixie. It was so much fun exploring Joshua Tree Nat Park and the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park with these two talented models and I was more than happy with the results. As you can see, it was a very successful 2 days shooting in the California desert
You may be thinking, what the hell is a Wonder Hussy?? I wouldn’t blame you if you were either. Wonder Hussy happens to be the name of a local Vegas model who I stumbled across some months ago on Model Mayhem. Her blog offered some helpful tidbits of local info about shooting in and around Vegas and as soon as I saw she had a pick up truck and would be happy to drive helpless photographers around to some cool desert locations to shoot, I knew she was the girl for me – to shoot with that is
Here’s Part 1 of my shoot(s) with Wonder Hussy where we ventured out into the Vegas desert and found some really red rocks.I don’t normally edit my art nudes with such vibrant colour but when you have a sky and rocks like that, they just scream saturation! I’ll probably still edit some black & whites later anyway though
My second shoot at Casa Dracula was with Los Angeles model St Merrique. This space really offers a great variety of areas to shoot in so it’s easy to achieve some very different looks in the one location. St Merrique was absolutely amazing to work with and the way the sunlight bounces off her lovely skin is just breathtaking.
Those of you that know me are well aware that I am a quiet soul and I normally don’t talk a lot during shoots but I think I hardly said anything at all during this shoot but only because I really didn’t have to. St Merrique was so good at posing and interpreting what I wanted all I really had to do was point her in the general direction and let her go for it. It was such an effortless shoot and the results were outstanding. Even if I do say so myself
If you ever get a chance to work with St Merrique, I highly recommend you jump at the opportunity.
Our third day in California saw Mal Grant and I leave Joshua Tree before sunrise to do some early morning landscape shots before heading down to Salton Sea and meet up with Rebecca Pardue and V-Nixie for an afternoon shoot. Well that was the plan anyway. After our plan of driving through the middle of Joshua Tree was canned due to road closure we drove around the outside of the park and down to Salton Sea.
We then drove the entire circumference looking for a good location to shoot later that afternoon as the girls were on their way from LA to meet us.We soon discovered that all the cool old buildings and rusting trailers etc that we had seen in photos have all disappeared. They have either disintegrated or been torn down as it would appear a number of areas have recently been rejuvenated. So it was time for a Plan B as lots of dead fish along the shoreline wasn’t really going to work for some afternoon art nudes.
A quick google maps search revealed a nearby State Park called Anza-Borrego Desert and after checking out some google images of the area we knew that it was going to be far more productive. So we meet up with the girls and headed south west to the park. Our first stop was a dried up lake bed but as the sun was quickly dipping behind the surrounding hills, we didn’t have long to shoot before the whole lake bed was in shadow.
We eventually found another spot to shoot in the beautiful desert dusk light until it was too dark. We then said goodbye to the girls after driving them back to their car. It was only a short good bye for Rebecca as we will be seeing her again in Baja next week but we won’t be seeing V again this trip but hopefully she will be making her way down under to Australia sometime next year.
While Fest X doesn’t officially start until Sunday, Mal and I were lucky to have a morning shooting in Joshua Tree National Park with two lovely models – Rebecca & V Nixie. We managed to make it for sunrise and some absolutely beautiful light along with a truly stunning landscape so I was very happy with the results. The girls were both amazing and bravely handled the cold of the pre dawn desert air. Joshua Tree National Park is certainly a place I would like to visit again and spend more time at. I could easily spend a week here exploring all the different areas, especially if I had a model or two join me