Charlottesville, VA - Waldorf, MD
155 miles - 2 hours, 40 min.
Friday morning we woke up in a Cracker Barrel parking lot in Waldorf, MI. We had driven up the night before to visit the first of my photographer friends, Jason McNeil. He's not only the first of my friends on our route but was also one of the first photographers I ever worked with. I credit Jason immensely for helping me grow my career and standing by my side as we both learned the ins and outs of the alt-model/photography industry. His photos are still some of the ones that stand out most in my portfolio, and our experiences together are some of the ones that stand out most in my memories of living on the east coast. I'll never pass up the chance to reunite with him.
It was pouring rain, so our plans to shoot outdoors was thwarted. I've always felt that the trickiest part about traveling for photo shoots is finding a location, and a backup spot in case the first one doesn't work out. Fortunately, our home is on wheels and fits our aesthetic, so that provided us with an option. We met up with Jason at a local state park and caught up. I can't overstate how great it was to see him. Immediately I was inspired, and I felt like no time had passed at all. He's always had a way about him that puts me at ease, and I've been comfortable in front of his camera since day one. Being able to introduce him to Kyle was great. I've told them both a lot about each other, and they follow each other's work, so it was exciting to be the catalyst for their meeting. We shot the breeze for a while, then we shot some photos in Agatha. It was a quick little meet-up, but I'm so happy with the images and the overall experience.