In January, my best friend and I took a trip up to Portland. It initially started as a destination trip with a focus on meeting her cousin for a photo shoot. Her cousin, Jordan, is a very talented ballerina who gracefully agreed to run around the city with us.
We started the journey from Sacramento at 6 o'clock in the morning and were met with a beautiful sunrise shortly thereafter. We had almost made it to the Portland border when we realized that we were out of gas. Rather than risking the few miles to the next town, we stopped at a gorgeous beach and called AAA for help. While we waited for the gallon of gas to rescue us, we played on the most unique beach I had ever been to. The sand was black. No really, it was black!
Isn't that just incredible? One other pair was enjoying the salty air and that was this girl and her human. She smelled the homemade beef jerky in my pocket and we became fast friends.
We also stopped by the Paul Bunyan visitor center where we found beautiful displays of symbiotic living.
And here is my partner in crime, Kimberly. She was an amazing assistant anytime I was shooting, ready to hand me a different lens or cap. She even offered some great ideas that ended up becoming my favorites shots.
We used Airbnb to book our stay at an urban farm in the middle of Portland called the Big Yellow Farmstead.
Jordan met with us in the morning, joining us for coffee (the best drip coffee that I have ever tasted, infused with fresh goat milk). We started out talking about her journey as a ballerina, the ebb and flow of being an athlete in this field, and the stress it puts on the body outside of just the feet. It was incredible getting such insight while capturing the beauty of a ballerina outside of the studio.