Gold Dress + Teresa Vick

When it was my turn with “the gold" traveling dress

I knew I wanted to take it out and shoot with it multiple times before my one-week time limit was up. I decided on a couples shoot, underwater, and a spot in the Columbia River Gorge that I’ve been dying to shoot at. What I love about projects like this is that I allow myself the freedom to shoot creatively in a way I might not with a client.

My goals were this:

  1. Practice Freelensing
  2. Try to get wider, landscape-style shots
  3. Attempt an underwater session

Freelensing is always something I’m practicing, but wider, landscape-style images are not usually my forte and I’d never attempted underwater before. With a custom-made dress by Lexy Parks, how could I not use the opportunity to shoot Lexy-inspired with wide angles and amazing landscapes, especially when I live in the Pacific Northwest and the Columbia River Gorge is just 30 minutes away.

Next up, underwater session. I put out a call to my friends, found access to a pool, and borrowed a point-and-shoot digital underwater camera.

Things I learned from going underwater? I really want underwater housing now. The point-and-shoot allowed me to get some really dreamy-painterly images, as you’ll see.

However my favorite images from the underwater session are the ones where I wasn’t actually under the water myself but was standing at the edge of the pool shooting down over the top with a full-frame Canon camera as seen below.

Last but not least, I took the dress out with a couple and we roamed the streets of Portland, OR. Finding little nooks and crannies to shoot in is always fun for me. Under bridges, on bridges, standing on a ledge. I’m not sure if my models appreciate my sense of adventure but I sure had fun.

Graphic Designer since 2005 and natural light photographer producing mostly black and white images, some color, with a fine art style, located in Vancouver, WA, USA.

I love creating. I love finding beauty in the mundane and seemingly trivial. I love being a part of creating beautiful things. 

I tend to be an over-sharer. So here goes. Music, movies, and imagery are God's gifts to me. I'm convinced these are the tools He chooses to communicate with me. I make mistakes everyday, try to clean up the mess alone, make it worse, then finally, as a last resort call on the One I should have in the first place. I'm desperately searching to fill the hole that only He can fill and everyday I become more convinced that it won't be filled here... and I can't wait to meet Him face to face. To finally meet who I was created for. To finally understand.