The success of any shoot is a balance between prep and chance with the scales tipping towards chance. Of course it's always wise to be prepared in the ways that make sense depending on the particular photographer. I find the more you leave to chance the better the results. This may seem counterintuitive but my feeling is that you simply can't control all that much and the more you try the more likely that things will fall apart or fail to meet expectations. What increases the success of these chances is working with those of like mind and creativity. Last night I had a rad shoot with Angelina Savanna Morales and really all we did was shoot in her studio apartment in East Hollywood. We got to play around with metallic accents courtesy of my friends over at Nüd Ink so that was helpful. My successful shoots are always based on my model and her willingness to work with the circumstances. Sometimes those scenarios are wonderful and inspiring to shoot with and other times it's just an apartment with some cool lighting and some beautiful accessories, but there's no reason those photos can't be just as stunning as a shoot in Thailand on a day with beautiful diffused lighting.
However, I am an adventure photographer and as much as I love a killer apartment shoot, I do love to explore the world. For today's set Annie Motel and I headed out to Joshua Tree's Hidden Valley to get weird, and weird we got. I've spent a lot of time in the desert in the past few years but largely it's been The Salton Sea and the occasional trips to Vasquez Rocks, so when Annie suggested we go to Joshua Tree to shoot I was all in. After a recommendation from Angelina Christina (Queen of The Desert) for where in Joshua Tree to go we picked Hidden Valley, a cute little hiking trail amongst the rocks. At certain points in the shoot we got very lost because Hidden Valley's trails are quite misleading, but that only lead to our excitement. Tomorrow I leave for Florida but today it's all Southern California baby as I present to you Hidden Valley.
Click the photo below to discover Hidden Valley