The most unique MoscaPhoto engagement session to date!
Well... it happened!
Just yesterday, in fact. We met up around 9am in Hood River, in the Columbia Gorge. We drove to Trout Lake, WA, got our Snow Passes for the day and then ventured on forest service roads, all the way to the end of the plowed area. Then came the snow shoes. All of our gear was in backpacks, along with Wendi & Danny's change of clothes and food and water. Two miles down the road, we reached the Ice Cave!
There was no one there. No one around at all. We were the only 4 people for what seemed like miles around, which was perfect for our super private photo shoot with the two of them. We could shoot and not worry about having people in the background, and they could be free to be themselves without worrying about spectators observing. It was a perfect day!
Once in the cave, it became pitch black. Only the light from our head lamps and Danny's propane lantern allowed us to venture deep within it, to find the perfect spots to set up. The ground was covered in inches of thick ice. It was difficult and dangerous to walk anywhere, meaning we had to take our time when moving around. We only went about 80-100 feet into the cave, and it took us about 2 hours! Actually, on our way back out of the cave, I accidentally slipped and my camera's lens hit the ice... the metal hood of our 85mm 1.4 lens hit first and it dented. OOOPS! Its ok, that's why we keep hoods on lenses no matter what the conditions are. WHEW! :)
Remote flashes were set up, carefully, so that we could light up the dark cave all around Wendi and Danny, to make the darkness come to life. After all, we wanted to make sure we could capture light (albeit artificial) shining through and around the giant icicles!
On our way out of the cave and forest, we stopped by what looks like an old car dump, where old rusty abandoned cars lay in place since they were first left there. The one we chose to see up close, has a great hood and the roof still intact. Wendi and Danny jumped right at the chance to get in the car for a fun few shots. We love these people!! :)
What a great, adventurous day... WOW!
Wendi & Danny will be getting married soon and we can't wait for it!
Wedding day: April 9th 2011
Location: World Forestry Center, Portland OR