There’s a big reason why the title of this post is called, “Chasing the Sun in Moab.” And that’s because we were literally chasing the sun. And I’m talking about full on sprinting.
*links to all things mentioned in this long, but somewhat entertaining shoot will be located at the bottom of the post*
The First Attempt
I had been planning this shoot for months. We had so many amazing vendors that I was so so excited for this shoot. My husband and I decided we were going to go to Moab a day before the shoot and meet the models there so we could have some fun! Later that evening, I get a call from the models, they had a family emergency and couldn’t make it…I was devastated! There was nothing they could have done, and nothing I could do, I felt helpless.
We had decided we were going to camp in Moab…in the middle of summer. Guys, worst idea ever. I don’t know about you guys, but my house has to be at least 67 degrees and a fan on high speed above my head in order for me to be able to sleep. I like to be COLD when I sleep. Call me high maintenance. I don’t know why I didn’t look it up beforehand, but it only got to 74 degrees that night in Moab. I think it 74 degrees around 4am. My husband Zack was a trooper as I was practically crying from the whole experience. We woke up, explored Arches / location scouted for round two, and drove home.
The Second Attempt
Flash forward a month later, I came back with different models / friends and we actually got the shoot DONE! Luckily all the vendors were so nice, especially the dress company located in Australia , and let me keep everything until I had rescheduled the shoot.
I planned this shoot a tad bit better than I had the first time. We drove with the models and I rented the perfect Airbnb so we could all be comfortable! Which can I just add real quick how fun it was to get to know Makayla and Brandon? They made the drive go by so fast. I am beyond grateful for their company and love. The only thing that went slightly awry was the timing. I just thought the sun was never going to set that night.
The first location we shot at was in Arches National Park. Because I had location scouted during the first attempt, I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot. We went to Sand Dune Arch first. We were having such a good time shooting I just forgot about time. I knew I wanted to also go to Dead Horse Point, which I thought was closer than it was. We finished up at Sand Dune Arch and drove super quickly to Dead Horse Point. When we got to Dead Horse Point it was already blue hour (after the sun sets, but the sky is still lit up). We just kept taking pics, not really caring about the sun.
My vision didn’t include the whole second half of the shoot happening during blue hour, but I just went with the flow. I was pleasantly surprised by my composure. The events of attempt one made me so much calmer during attempt two. Never have I shot 30 minutes after the sun has set, but I did and I loved it! When I say my ISO was 32,000 I am not exaggerating. It was an amazing experience to feel completely creatively free. I took blurry photos that were way too dark and have coloring issues, but they are some of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken.
If you made it through the whole story, give yourself a pat on the back. Thank you to all the amazing vendors who put their trust in me!
Models : @makaylasoelberg & @brandon22morris (a real adorable married couple)
Dress : Grace Loves Lace
Tux : The Black Tux
Jewelry : Treemyriah
HMAU : @allielareebeauty
Florals : @olive_sagefloral
Airbnb we stayed at.
My favorite restaurant in Moab (Pasta Jays)