Salton Sea Photo Shoot
A friend told me about Salton Sea a while ago. As soon as she describe it to be as a dried out beach that was deserted and completely ran down, I knew I had to photograph there. I wanted to do a fashion shoot with dramatic lighting, so when I heard of a large photo shoot planning to go there, I jumped at the chance. Then I realized I would be carpooling with two complete strangers, going to an abandoned location 3 hours from home. My mind started going all over the place of course, imagining the horrible scenarios that could (but were highly unlikely to) occur. So I made the 3 hour drive with my younger sister in tow as a lighting assistant and two other photographers I just met. We met up with a few other photographers, stylists, and models at a Starbucks to prep for the shoot. It was surely a sight to see many girls getting their hair done. Although I felt bad for the baristas since we used a whole lot of hairspray to hold up such awesome styles.
I had more than a blast shooting in the house frames. It was amazing to see what people left behind from their days at the beach. More than that, if you went near the water it was lined with whole fish skeletons (see one of my many models below). You can see a few in the jumping shots below.
I think the most interesting part of the day came just after sunset. We were photographing in a abandoned house when I suddenly heard a floor board creak in a corner where no body was. We shined a flash light in that direction to see a tall man lurking in the shadows watching us. Since he had gotten so close to us without anyone noticing, I knew I didn’t want to chance what else he could do. We all looked at each other and quickly jumped into the car. Next adventure I go on, I will be sure to skip watching “The Hills Have Eyes” before hand.