Desert Wind : Joshua Tree Portraits


I was honored and lucky enough to attend the FOSTER Workshop back in June, hosted by Ben Sasso + Katch Silva. It was a collaborative time for sharing work, meeting other photographers, learning about workflow and creative ambition…and we even slept in the dirt with the coyotes. Alright – confession – I moved to the tent after hearing an unidentified creature scuttling towards me in the night, but I started out under the stars and I think that counts for something right? (Right.)

DIGITAL  |   Canon 5d Mark III   |   85mm F/1.8 + 35mm F/2   |  Kodak Portra Preset

FILM    |   Nikon FM10    |   Voigtlander 40mm F/2   |  35mm Kodak Portra 400




My goal is to attend a workshop in a part of the world that looks very different than the pacific northwest… every year if possible. It’s so helpful to surround yourself with people you can learn from, not to mention tremendous teachers like Ben + Katch. I absorbed many great ideas and got to take part in inspiring shoots like the one you see here. The terrain in the Joshua Tree area is beige and warm, so different than the lush greenery of the PNW…which makes for some interesting work to add to my portfolio.





Joshua Tree National Park is like nothing I’ve seen. It’s vast, pastel, rugged and soft all at the same time. Do you remember the Truffula trees from “The Lorax”, well they seem to actually have them in this part of the world. After the workshop I was able to drive deeper into the park all by myself, blasting music from my car, just having a lonesome adventure. It was an experience I’ll never forget. I would like to report also, that I DID step on multiple cacti, but that my foot has healed fine. In case you were all on pins and needles about that (no pun intended). Okay I intended it.











I’ve never seen so many stars in my whole life as I saw sleeping in the dirt of this gorgeous landscape. I felt tiny and insignificant…in a good way. Like I was floating in a dark sea, never to be lost. It was a wonder-filled feeling. One that I won’t forget.

  • Erin Lynch

    Absolutely stunning photographs – I adore these!

  • Erin

    Wow. These are absolutely gorgeous photos.

  • This is all kinds of dreamy! And the model looks like Avril Lavigne!

  • Funny Nanny

    I love these photos! Amazing. I love the outfit model has on, so summery and perfect for location.

  • Gorgeous! Joshua Tree is definitely on my bucket list!

  • pechluck

    You did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the atmosphere!

  • Aubrie LeGault

    Beautiful! Sounds like a great workshop… and I like the idea that you went somewhere different than the Northwest.

  • Kira Provenzola

    What a lovely location. Gorgeous photos!

  • Beautiful photos! The wind seems to be blowing perfectly around this gorgeous couple. Incredible job capturing the light, too!

  • Lovely work… the wind is seriously doing some amazing things with the model’s clothing and hair and I know that part of that is your skill in catching it like that because my wind shots are not quite that beautiful! 🙂

  • Beautiful photos indeed. Now I am going to have to go look up Joshua Tree!

  • I would have slept in the tent too! 🙂 Joshua Tree is now on my list of places to visit.