Locations

The following images show some of the locations where I like to photograph.  Please read the description below each image to learn the pros and cons of that location and the time at which the light is best. 

Lighting can make or break a session.  I generally like to photograph 1 to 1-1/2 hours before the sun goes down in an area as that is when the light is soft and the most flattering.  At the height of summer (the longest day of the year, June 20th), the sun goes down at 9 pm in open sky areas which would put our start time at 7:30 pm.  By mid-September, sunset is 7 pm so our start time can be at 5:30 pm.  Some areas are a bit more shady, allowing for an earlier start time.  When deciding on a location or shoot date, you can go to Sunrise-Sunset.org to check the time for sunset in White Salmon WA.  Use the information to determine if a location at a certain time of year will work for you. 


To see more images from a location, click on the image itself.

Location One

Pros: Small Child Friendly, Close to White Salmon, Great views of the Columbia River

Cons:  Not appropriate for folks who have trouble walking on hills and uneven ground.

Lighting:  Open sky - Start time is 1-1/2 hours before sunset

Description: Location One has absolutely incredible views of the Columbia River and is easily accessed from the road.  The path to the shooting location is uneven however and is not appropriate for folks who have trouble walking.  There are lots of different mini-locations within this one location so you will get a large variety of images.  The temperature tends to drop toward the end of a session here, so always bring sweaters or wraps to help keep warm.  These extra outer layers can add even more variety to your session images, so bring something lovely.

Location Two

Pros: Small Child Friendly, Close to Hood River, Great wildflowers in spring, Beautiful grasses year round, Lovely views of the Gorge.

Cons:  Not appropriate for people who have trouble walking long distances on hilly and uneven ground.

Lighting:  Open Sky - Start time is 1-1/2 hours before sunset

Description:  In April, the balsam root and lupine bloom on the hills of this gorgeous location surrounded by beautiful lush green meadows (see the other images in this gallery).  In the summer months, the grasses turn a lovely golden brown.  There is a 5-10 minute hike to the shooting location so this site is not appropriate for people who have trouble walking long distances on uneven ground.  The temperature tends to drop toward the end of a session here as well.

Location Three

Pros: Small Child Friendly, Great for large families, Good for people who have trouble walking, Close to White Salmon, Wildflowers in spring, Beautiful grasses in summer, Great Fall Leaves, Access to White Salmon River.

Cons:  No grand views

Lighting:  Open Sky and Shaded areas- Start times for families with very small children can be as early as 3 hours before sunset.

Description:  This beautiful park just north of White Salmon is easily accessed from a parking lot making it a great place for large family portraits.  It has a lovely nature trail for families that can walk a bit further to areas with wildflowers in the spring and evergreen trees year round.  For those who can manage uneven ground and hills, there is access to the White Salmon River.


Location Four

Pros: Dramatic stair-stepped waterfalls surrounded by beautifully contrasting black rocks, Close to White Salmon

Cons:  Very rocky and uneven ground.  Rapidly moving and deep water.  Ten minute hike down into the canyon from the parking lot.  Not appropriate for very small children or people who have trouble walking on rocky terrain.  

Lighting:  Extremely Shaded- Start times can be as early as 2-1/2  hours before sunset.

Description:  This stunning location is a collapsed lava tube and has the most incredible series of stair-stepped waterfalls flowing over beautiful black rocks.  At certain times of the year, the water is a lovely aqua  color.  The deep canyon walls block a lot of sunlight so the area is best for smaller families up for adventure.  Small children must be looked after at all times.  I suggest bringing an extra person (who will not be having their picture taken) to help watch children when its not their turn to be photographed.  Parents are solely responsible for the safety of their children.


Location Five

Pros:  An incredible waterfall with child friendly shallow waters and a beautiful grassy area to add variety to your image gallery.   A quick and easy hike from a parking lot, Close to White Salmon.

Cons: The waterfall is located in a narrow canyon making this location best for small families.  Not appropriate for people who have trouble walking on rocky and wet terrain.

Lighting:  Extremely Shaded - At the height of the summer, the light is good at 9 am making this a great place for young children.

Description:  The base of this beautiful waterfall is fairly shallow allowing families to play in the water.  There are plenty of rocks to sit and play on as well a narrow beach.  The water is cold and the approach to the shooting location requires a person to walk through the water.  Sturdy water shoes should be worn and can be removed once we arrive at the shooting location.  The area also has a lovely grassy area with wild flowers great for the second half of a session.



Location Six

Pros:  Beautiful view of Mt. Hood surrounded by dense forest with access to lovely river streams.  Easy access from a parking lot with lots of places to play in gentle, shallow water and on large boulders.

Cons:  The area is very rocky and hilly.  Not appropriate for people who have trouble walking or rocky and wet terrain. 

Lighting:  Open Sky and Shaded Areas - Start time is one hour before sunset.

Description:  This wonderland is at the base of Mt. Hood about an hour away from White Salmon/Hood River.  A terrific place for young kids who love to play on rocks and splash in the gentle waters of the many streams in the area.


Location Seven

Pros:  Absolutely gorgeous views of Mt. Hood nestled in among beautiful lavender fields.  Super easy access from a parking lot.

Cons:  The owner of this location charges a fee in order to photograph here to minimize the number of photographers at the location at one time ($100/hr paid directly to the owner of the lavender field).  The fields are open from first bloom until the weekend after labor day. 

Lighting:  Open Sky and Shaded Areas - Start time is one hour before sunset.

Description:  This beautiful, well-manicured lavender field provides some of the most incredible views of Mt. Hood.  The lavender itself is dense with vibrant purple blooms and provides amazing color.  The location is relatively flat making it easy to walk through the fields.

Location Eight

Pros:  A beautiful river location with shallow waters at the edges and plenty of shore line to play on.  A quick  hike from a parking lot. 

Cons: The water is quick moving at the river's center.  Parents need to be watchful of children and you may want to bring a helper to assist in watching very small children. Not appropriate for people who have trouble walking on rocky and wet terrain.

Lighting:  Open Sky and Shaded Areas - Start time is 1-1/2 hours before sunset.

Description:  This river location is part of a park at the base of Mt. Hood.  Parking is easy and there are lots of places to go for pictures.  Some people have made small pools using rocks to make fun shallow areas for small children.  I've just recently scouted this area and the sample images were taken in the middle of the day.   


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