Monthly Challenge : Pillsbury Mountain

Phew! The holiday season has come and gone and as a result, it's been well over a month since my last blog post. Working at a ski mountain means ensuring everyone enjoys their holiday break at the expense of your own.

Now that schedules are returning to normalcy, I've finally found the time to blog a new project in the works.

Amber, from Saddleback Studios, and I are so excited to grow in our photography this upcoming year that we've decided to challenge ourselves with monthly shoots.

Rather than beginning in January (which probably would have made more sense), we took advantage of this year's unseasonably warm temperatures and did our first challenge shoot in December.

Early one morning, before sunrise, we met up to hike a local mountain. We had hiked it earlier in the fall and were captivated by one particular spot near the summit of the mountain. All of a sudden, you seem to be instantly transported to the misty forests of the Pacific Northwest.

What was challenging for this shoot was the changing light. Since we started hiking well before sunrise, the beginning of our shoot captured dark, moody light. Plus, there were clusters of thick woods and fog which created dynamic images in terms of lighting. As the sun rose higher, it began to break through the fog which created significant changes between images taken mere seconds apart.

Amber and I want to use these sessions as learning experiences. To play with creative ideas without feeling pressured by time constraints or a paying client. A time to work out the bugs and grow as photographers.