A DIY Fashion Shoot in Yellowstone National Park


With just the photographer and one assistant, Dene Tha produced some memorable images for its Spring collection using simple techniques in an idyllic landscape setting. 

When photographing with natural light, one of the most important things to think about is timing. Things are happening very quickly, and the light is changing constantly, so you must have a solid plan for how the shoot will unfold. In this case, we shot two models over two separate days in a section of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. 

We had gone to the location to scout a few days prior, and we knew exactly where we wanted to shoot each model for the various looks we wanted to capture. 

The collection was almost entirely white, and we knew we wanted a warm palette in the images. We also knew we wanted to have texture in the photos, so we opted for film in the majority of the pictures, using ISO 100 for the intense daylight we would be experiencing. 

Film at that speed is relatively forgiving, but we were constantly checking exposure and shooting backup with a digital SLR (Canon Mark II) to make sure we were getting what we wanted. These pictures were taken with an old Canon 35mm SLR and 100 speed Nikon film. The light was simply bounced off of a piece of foam core wrapped in aluminum foil, and directed toward the model's face, giving her a constant glow against the dappled forest background. 

In the end, though, what really makes the pictures work are what is in them. You cannot ask for a better location than the rolling green hills, rustic pines, and glowing yellow grasses of Yellowstone Park. We had great models (Mercede and Teal) and really cool clothes (Dene Tha) and it all just came together. I just happened to be there when it was time to release the shutter.