lauren | new river | styled shoot

I had dreamed about this shoot for a long, long time. Since I was about 10 years old probably. I have camped on the river since I can remember. I grew up in those rushing waters and have seen the fog dance across the river on many early mornings. Ya see, before photography became a career for me I would often be sitting in the back seat of my mother's majestic Dodge Vista Colt gazing out the window as we drove down the country roads. I would snap images in my head through a mental frame and dream about printing these beautiful images in poster size fine art prints. I have been doing this since I was about 6 years old and I still do it today, but these days I usually have my big girl camera or my phone that allows me to keep the shot forever. But not always. Sometimes I smile to myself when I have taken the kids for a walk down a river trail, and I had made the decision to leave the heavy camera and annoying phone back at home... So I revert to my old imaginary ways and take shots with my heart. But on this early morning Lauren made those shots that I have dreamed of come to fruition. Lauren, the heart and soul behind Harvest and Honey , happened to need a few shots of the River for her upcoming cookbook (see previous post). I told her about my early morning shoot that I had scheduled on the river and welcomed her to tag along so that she could get the shots she needed. Well that morning around 5am I learned that my model was not able to make it but Lauren and I decided that we would go ahead with the shoot and both try and get a few shots of the river anyway. As we stood on the bank snapping away we both watched the fog gently play on the river. I was pretty bummed that I was missing out on capturing the shots I had dreamed of. Lauren heard my disappointment and said "I'll get in the River". I didn't give her a chance to change her mind. I threw one of my dresses on her and she happily jumped right in, literally. I am beyond grateful for Lauren's heart and her adventurous spirit. One of these photos was featured on Looks Like Film, any photographer knows that this is an insanely awesome honor. Folks have purchased photos from this session to add to their art collections! And I got the shots that I had dreamed of for so long! Without Lauren, none of this would have been possible and I am so grateful that she believed in my vision. Thank you, Lauren!! 

Amy Gray