The Lost Pearl:

A Collaboration With Sam Wallander

An image from the final selections of the shoot, keep reading to see all the final Images!

An image from the final selections of the shoot, keep reading to see all the final Images!

Without a doubt one of, if not the most, exiting shoots I've done yet. With the help of my friend Sam Wallander, we came together to draw up a collaborative project that would bring together his portraiture with my landscape work to create a narrative. After weeks of planning, scouting, phone calls and coordinating, and prep we decided on a shoot at Taughannock Falls in  New York State. Keep reading and you'll see more about the shoot, some behind the scenes, outtakes, video and the final images.

The Location: Taughannock Falls, NY

We knew we wanted this location for the big, beautiful and grand waterfall that everyone knows of when they look up Taughannock. We did not expect to get almost all of our images away from the falls though. The park is a massive gorge with long rock flats with the river cutting down the middle. The bends and the rock flats made for great compositions and the expanse of river made for many different scenes. Although it didn't go with out shoot, Cayuga lake is at the base of the river with some beautiful views. Here's some of the scenes from outtakes and scouting!

One of many hard bends in the gorge before the huge, trademark falls of Taughannock seen below accompanied by the crew. 

One of many hard bends in the gorge before the huge, trademark falls of Taughannock seen below accompanied by the crew. 

The main feature of the park, the large waterfall at the end of gorge.

The main feature of the park, the large waterfall at the end of gorge.

The rock flats that line the river and bends all the way up to the falls.

The rock flats that line the river and bends all the way up to the falls.

The Final Images

Here are the images Sam and I selected for the shoot. After weeks of work to put this out I'm extremely satisfied with the results. Sam, who is excellent at story telling in his images, developed the narrative about a girl who is finding herself in these dark, cold scenes. The Images then reflect bright colors and a fantasy-like theme in the girl perception. 

Enjoy the story!

Check out more of Sam's work here!

Behind The Scenes

The ride...

Not the best video, but a snippet of everyone packed in my car. We managed to get all seven dresses, lighting equipment, stands, camera equipment, food, our personal belongings, plus Me, Sam, our two assistants, and out model in my beautiful little baby blue 95' corolla. Was definitely a cozy ride and I'm sure my car was crying after the hour and a half trip there and back. None the less, we made it, and my car continues to impress me. 

Taken at the base of the large falls. This part of the shoot, the big shot we had planned from the beginning, took maybe 3 minutes. The mist from the fall made us, and all of our gear soaking. The wind from the falls required some reinforcing for the soft box, and my jacket to keep it dry which did not help me out.

Taken at the base of the large falls. This part of the shoot, the big shot we had planned from the beginning, took maybe 3 minutes. The mist from the fall made us, and all of our gear soaking. The wind from the falls required some reinforcing for the soft box, and my jacket to keep it dry which did not help me out.

On Set

The time put into prep for the shoot,our assistants Krit and Cody, and our model really made this shoot run extremely smooth. Here's a look at what we did and how we did it!

Krit took all of our behind the scenes along with doing a kick ass job assisting. This shot of our make shift wardrobe/changing room and Sam shooting. 

Krit took all of our behind the scenes along with doing a kick ass job assisting. This shot of our make shift wardrobe/changing room and Sam shooting. 

It was much colder and wetter than you would guess by the looks of the dresses and model. We managed to stay positive and had some fun.

It was much colder and wetter than you would guess by the looks of the dresses and model. We managed to stay positive and had some fun.

Setting up a scene before Sam and the model came in to shoot.

Setting up a scene before Sam and the model came in to shoot.

Some visualizing and prep before shooting.