Grayson highlands is located in Grayson County, Virginia, United States and is a favorite hike of mine. As far as I know the park was established in 1965 and it is part of the appalachian trail. I personally first heard of it when there was talk of a location that had ponies at it. Wild miniature ponies. Any one else coming to the area would be interested in hiking, horseback riding, and backpacking but I came for the sights and a chance to take the best sunset photo I have done up to date. If you have never experienced hiking to such an elevation that you reach mountain meadows or balds, then you are missing out on an experience of reaching a hight that feels seperated from easy travel. Your lungs start to work harder and the only cathardic release that you get is the sights you take in.
Rachel and Evan are a mix of new and old to me. I knew Rachel in college, she left for her own reasons, and we met again after I had already finished my photography degree. Rachel met Evan after we finished a photo project to gether and I was already on my way to Portland. Three years later and one instagram message as well. We planned a photoshoot on the mountain.
I wanted to take on the challenge. How difficult can I make a photoshoot? Where can I draw the line of safely having a couple model for me, make the images aesthetically pleasing, and give the couple a result that was unforgettable. In everything we do there is a little bit of us there too. I said goodby to this side of the mountain years ago. I even made one last trip to do it on my own, never wanting to come back because of the memories I needed to leave behind. But I did come back, and I saw the whole area differently. It wasned a trail to me anymore. It was a fresh mixture of colors and textures that I could make my own.
Thank you to Rachel and Evan. Thank you to the park. And thank you to you for reading. This Journal in particular is very good at showing what I can do on location, in an elopement style setting. Please check out the booking page if this interests you for your own wedding day.
The Wedding Llamas are key characters in an area that prides itself on the diversity of its populace. I have had a few opportunities to work with them before but this was the first time I came to the shoot as a professional photographer and not as a project. One of the Best locations to work with them is the park in Battle grounds. We spent the hour walking by the water and petting Rojo and Napoleon.
Immediately after our time with the wedding Llamas was up we took a little trip to Pittock Mansion to get the best view of the city. Alex and Josh were from a different state and stopped by to specifically shoot with the LLamas before their elopement.
I met Whitney and Issac when they were allready married, working towards their career in a local cafe and daycare, and we built up to the photoshoots. Their love was kind and soft with a big emphisis on the moments in-between. I got to spend just enough time with them to understand just how much can be said by being quiet.
This entry has been uploaded multiple times as my website is re-invented. I get a chance to look back at my old text and remember, I was a really bad writer. But there were some points that I touched on that brought back a lot of good memories. The Most important one was the knowlege of this being one of the last big projects that I took cared of before leaving the TN Area and going into the Portland area. And yes, I drove across the U.S. to get here. Why did I always choose this as the first Journal entry? I was asking myself this as much as I was asking a general audience on social media. I think its becasue this was the transitional project. I wanted to put as much as I could into it to say goodbye. my childhood area, my family, all of my friends, and all of my resources were being left behind for the chance to make something more. Now I have a list of Cafe's that I can go to, write, and meet people. A lot has changed but this set of photos, remonds me of what I felt when I was moving on.