After my first fantastic shoot with Zachary Stone Photography, I couldn't wait to work together again. So when Zack told me his idea of a doing a sunrise shoot at a nearby location, I was excited to try something I had never tried before...getting up before the sun to do a photoshoot.
He told me where he wanted to shoot, and I decided to do a some scouting beforehand so I'd have a better idea of where we would be (especially seeing as our peak sunrise time would be limited).
I spent an hour or more walking along trails, taking pictures of what I saw for reference later, and realized that a key element (water) was missing from what Zack had described to me. It was only on the day of the shoot that I realized I had gone to a different location than we were going to.
It wasn't too cold of a morning the day of our shoot, which worked out well for me as I was wading into the water for the earliest part of our work. Any later in the season and things may have turned out differently (lots of pictures from the shoulders down since my teeth would be chattering too much for a pretty picture).
Not only did I pick the wrong location to scout for out first setting (glad I followed him to get there), but when we decided to move to another part, and he asked if I knew where I was going, I was luckily following him again because the second location he was planning on going was, again, a different location than the one I had visited.
...This is why communication (or playing Follow the Leader) is important when it comes to traveling separately to location shoots...
In the end it all worked out fine, and the location we went to was even more beautiful than the one I visited during my scouting. We shot a bit in the garden area near where we parked before heading onto a trail to take shots at the wooden bridge (something I HAD actually seen before in my scouting!).
We finished our shoot around 9, just in time for everyone's stomaches to start growling. Our wonderful day ended perfectly with breakfast and coffee at a place called Hollis Country Kitchen, where we sat outside to eat and enjoy the last few days of summer (I even caught a chipmunk enjoying his breakfast nearby!). If you've never been, I highly suggest you check it out and sit outside on the patio if at all possible.
I've seen a few of the images, and they're all fantastic. I can't wait to share with everyone!
Thanks again for another wonderful shoot, Zack!