I’ve mentioned before how much I love traveling, so when there are opportunities to visit awesome locations I jump at the chance. Bonus if there are opportunities to shoot too. I put visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park on my 101 Goals in 1001 Days list because its been haunting me ever since I saw it from the distance on our drive to Mesa Verde in 2013. If you’ve never heard of the Great Sand Dunes, look it up. Its incredible. And the craziest thing is, there is no ocean around for over a thousand miles. The dunes are literally this huge sand field in between two mountain ranges. Totally unexpected and another checkbox on the “reasons Colorado is amazing” list.
When I started thinking about visiting the dunes, I had two shoot ideas pop into my head immediately. One was a wedding shoot and one was a creative shoot. I’m waiting to share the wedding shoot for now, but I’m excited to showcase my vision for the creative shoot.
The vision basically started with a wardrobe–I vibrant red, historical costume, of the era of Marie Antoinette. This costume was all I could think about for weeks. I had to find it! I scoured the internet, I searched local costume shops, until I finally came across Hale Theater Archival Costumes in Utah. They had just what I needed and they would ship a single costume to Colorado! Hooray!
We enlisted the help of April (@apriljoy08) for hair and make-up and Deziree, a photographer who runs Deziree’s Photography volunteered to be my 2nd shooter for the wedding shoot and my model for the creative shoot.
Fortunately the weather was fantastic for the wedding shoot, but unfortunately the storms rolled in for the creative shoot the next day. My visions of shooting for a good solid two hours at the dunes on day 2 turned into about 30 minutes total of shooting, bordered by mad dashes into the car to warm up our hands and feet, gale force winds, and stinging rain. Deziree was a trooper throughout it all and while I didn’t get to shoot as much as I wanted, I did get to see out my creative vision of photographing a woman in a red historical costume at the Great Sand Dunes National Park.