Its been an interesting month so far. I did a shoot with my friend that has a rare brain cancer. We started out in the woods next to a historic cemetery, and we ended our session in the cemetery. I know that may sound morbid to some, but it was her idea, which I loved, and we laughed the whole time. It took several attempts to get this “F U 2 Cancer” image because she was having a hard time not smiling haha.
The day of our shoot, the weather was getting increasingly worse. About a half an hour before the shoot, the wind was really starting to pick up, and the sky was getting darker. I almost asked to reschedule, but she said it wasn’t like the wind was going to blow her hair around, so we decided to face the storm together.
By the end of our session, the sky looked pissed, and the storm felt like it was about to get serious. We had a little bit of rain, but we ignored it while getting a few last shots. Later that evening, the wind was whipping down the street at 45mph with a steady rain accompanying it.
Obviously, we survived, but now there are multiple storms lined up that should bring us wet weather through the rest of the month. Out on the coast, some people are calling a few of them “monster” storms, or “storms of the century.” They’re supposed to bring massive waves that should give quite a show. I’ve been feeling the call to face the storm head on, and get some photos of the huge waves.
I was also feeling pulled to go down to Death Valley with Shannon today, to enjoy another awesome adventure with her. Unfortunately, my friend called me yesterday and said her chemo didn’t work and she had to check into the hospital immediately for at least 2 weeks of treatment. It’s pretty serious now.
I found myself at an interesting fork in the road yesterday. The conditions for Death Valley look unreal this week. It should be a photographers paradise. Meanwhile, things could get intense here in Oregon. I really really wanted to head south, but I couldn’t leave my friend to face these storms alone.