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Mad Max

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Mad Max

You guys. This shoot. 

First of all, this shoot almost never existed. I had photographed Cody last year around this same time and we were wanting to do it again with his other guitars. Everything was good to go, but then at the last minute (aka like two hours before our scheduled time) we were unable to go to the location for which we had planned. So I thought, eh, why not just go to the dunes? Sand is pretty cool, right? Then all of a sudden I got that insane burst of inspiration that almost physically hits you right in the face. You know what I'm talking about. There in neon letters: Do A Freaking Mad Max Shoot. And just like that everything fell together. We got the props (Cody had previously made both the guitar and the glove), the wardrobe, the makeup (found on site thanks to an old campfire, haha), and Cody's friend Sydney even kindly agreed to model. I was freaking out the whole time over how awesome it looked, especially because it all came together in under an hour.

With the processing, I tried to find a nice mix between my personal style and the style of Fury Road. Obviously, one thing I especially loved about the movie was the super saturated red tones, and how magnificent all the landscape colors were, whether the characters were in broad daylight or under darkness of night. So I tried to mimic that same feel while also staying pretty Lauren-y with the processing. I'm pretty pleased with the results!

But for real. This shoot. Seriously a dream. Probably one of the best happy accidents ever.

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Sandi Sisters

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Sandi Sisters

Helene, Inner Light

Helene, Inner Light

Shireen, Water of Life

Shireen, Water of Life

I'm seriously so excited to share these images with you! From the very first moment I met up with Helene for coffee many months ago, I knew this shoot would be a fantastic experience (and that Helene and Shireen would be a joy to work with!). They are the brilliant minds behind SandiSisters, a yoga, spiritual lifestyle, and healing community. Unrelated to them I've started getting into yoga for about two months now, so it was fun to get to talk about different poses and meditation and bettering yourself. We explored a little bit of the Oneonta Gorge, which was actually pretty busy despite what these photos tell. But the occasional audience that we gathered only made the shoot more fun! It was awesome to be able to create some more creative images with them, and I'm excited for the next time we get to meet up!

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