Fashion Lifestyle Photography in a Drought

 In Fashion and Lifestyle Photography

Woman watching the sunset on the shore of a remote mountain lake

Mother nature can be a total bastard sometimes, but extreme weather tends to bring unique photo opportunities, and this shoot was a result of the long drought California was experiencing prior to this last Winter. Before Oroville Lake made national and international news for it’s epic spillway failure this winter it received quite a bit of media coverage for the region’s multi year drought. As a result of the long, dry spell Oroville Lake was at it’s lowest level in over 30 years when we did this shoot in September of 2016. The low water lever had exposed some areas that had been covered with water for many years, and this resulted had a pretty distinctive looking landscape. We found a location that offered both a dead tree forest that had been previously covered with water and a desert sand dune landscape that resembled something from a post apocalyptic movie. Ultimately we got some great shots thanks to the talent of the model Sara Bernson, a great sunset and a unique location which was provided by mother nature being a total jerk.

The locations in the above photos are now 60 to 150 feet underwater thanks to an extremely wet and snowy winter.

Photo Shoot Notes

Model –  Sara Bernson
MUAH – Megan Raschka
Stylist – Bernadette North
Clothing – Free People High Neck Slip and Fresh Laundry tunic

Photo Gear

Camera – Fuji XT-1
Lenses – Fuji 50-140mm f/2.8 and Fuji 56mm f/1.2
Lighting – 3 Yongnuo YN560-3 Speedlites
Lighting Modifiers – Godox 32′ Octogon Softbox and a Photoflex 39″x72″ LitePanel Kit

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