It's amazing how one small inspiration can turn into something big! I've driven past this old wooden boat on Lake Whatcom in Bellingham, WA, countless times, and every time I thought "I want to do a photoshoot on that boat!" With every drive by, I dreamt up details and ideas. However, I had a problem...I didn't know who owned the boat, and didn't know if we would even be allowed to use it. In my quest to ask for permission, I considered leaving a note, but didn't want to risk it blowing away or being considered a stalker (ha ha). So one day it came to me...use social media! My husband and I drove past the boat one day and I took a picture. I immediately posted it on a Facebook group I belong to: Sudden Valley Moms. Within 5 minutes I had a name and number of the owner! I called the owner and was given the green light!
My next hurdle was to find models! Luckly, I have access to a woman who seems to know everyone in Whatcom County... my mother. Using her Facebook, I went through her friends and found one of her past students and actors, Carleigh Smith (the blonde)! Carleigh then lead me to her friend, and fellow dance instructor, Taylor Lindhout, and the rest was history! We had SO much fun with this shoot! Stylized shoots, are my bread and butter! I love getting inspired, being creative and telling a story!
I want to say a big THANK YOU to:
Louise Segar, who lent us authentic, vintage 1950's bathing suits, outfits and accessories.
Chris Spens, the owner of the boat
Taylor Lindhout and Carleigh Smith, my models and brave boat spider killers!
Hair, Makeup and Styling provided by: Kelsey Michelle Photography & Beauty
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