Photo Shoot Stories | Episode 5 | Crouching Lion and The Bride

So maybe it wasn’t a real bride. And maybe the crouching lion was actually a mountain. But no matter, for the end result was gorgeous.

styled session with model for photography workshop and mentoring with Oahu hawaii photographer

I had just had my third baby and was itching to get out of the house. 3 babes at home and a hard last trimester had me shooting nothing but my family in my own four walls for a while. And while that was a joy in it’s own, I longed to be outside.

When a few girls posted in a FB group they were getting together for a hike to crouching lion, with a fellow photographer who would model, and a wedding dress. I was beyond excited to join. I am such an introvert and I was exactly the opposite of what you would call fit after having my Faye Baby. But photography has a way of pushing me through my fear and anxiety.

black and white image of woman at styled wedding shootout with Oahu hawaii photographer

After an intense little hike scaling a mountain, climbing over trees, and using them to get up the particularly steep spots, we arrived to a perfect little outlook with stunning views of Kahana Bay and the surrounding mountains.

portrait of a bride model at styled wedding photo shoot workshop with Oahu hawaii photographer

After the hilarious process of changing in the wide open, at the top of a mountain with other hikers coming and going, we began to shoot. I was using a Nikon D7200 at the time and was focusing most of my time on this shoot figuring out how to pose.

learn portrait photography with Oahu hawaii model styled session behind the scenes
The Wind Takes the Bride

The beauty of working with groups and other photographers is you learn so many different perspectives. Things you would never think to say, ways to work you would never consider, and viewpoints you wouldn’t have thought to set up.

portrait of a wild and free bride in Oahu hawaii with photographer workshop and photo shoot
Bride on the Edge

We all bounced ideas off each other and put poor Vanessa in lots of odd and uncomfortable positions. Learning posing, camera settings, how different camera models, and lenses work were all perks of showing up that day. But of course the images are what we are all after.

portrait of a bride on mountain with Oahu hawaii photographer and mentor

At the time I was only interested in getting pretty shots of Vanessa in her dress and the views from the top. I have much different views of photography now and kick myself to look back at my earlier work and wonder why I didn’t take more in-between shots. The set up, the getting there, the laughing and joking of the other girls. I would love pictures of everyone all muddy after sliding our way down the mountain.

behind the scenes shot of photographer at photography workshop Oahu hawaii
The only Behind the Scenes shot I could find after digging through my archives

Looking back now I think the behind the scenes shot is my favorite. But of course that is my own nostalgia from the shoot. I learned so much this day, especially how gorgeous a bride on a mountain is.

portrait of bride from styled session in Oahu hawaii with photographer