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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.