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Epic Mandy | by Dave Ward Photography
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Epic Mandy

Mandy at the Lake Diablo Overlook.


It was my most involved, epic shoot so far. Mandy and I drove together from Bellingham down to Burlington, and then east on Highway 20 to Lake Diablo, 106 miles there, and another 106 coming back. We stopped to shoot in Concrete, WA at the cement plant, at Rockport State Park, then at the tiny Wildwood Chapel at Marblemount, at the North Cascades Visitor Center at Newhalem, then finally at the Lake Diablo Overlook.


This was from the climactic shoot at the overlook. The clean mountain wind whipped her hair and dress, giving the shoot an intensity and passion that you just can't plan for or create artificially. Mandy herself was an outstanding model. She's gifted with awareness of the placement of her body and of what looks good, plus an ability to flow from one great pose into another 30 times a minute. Mandy reminded me of the difference between a photo model and a photo subject; she commanded the lens like a pro.


The karaoke duets on the way back was the icing on the cake of a perfect day and a perfect shoot.


Have a peek behind-the-scenes at some video from this photo shoot.

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Taken on August 2, 2008