When my husband and I took a trip to Scotland last fall I dreamed of doing photo shoots with the amazing castles we saw. Unfortunately I didn’t have anything lined up and castles are few and far between here in the states, so while planning a trip to Portland recently I decided to arrange a photo shoot at Multnoma Falls Lodge, which has amazing stone walls that give a castle-like look. I’ve adored this location for years, after first seeing it while visiting my Mother-in-Law who lives about a half hour away.
Luckily, I was able to connect with Kiyerra, a Washington photographer through a national photographer group we’re both part of. She answered my call for a model and took a turn in front of the camera for a change. She even did her own make-up and hair styling! I rented up a couple dresses here in Alaska and brought them with me to Portland to complete the romantic fairy tale look.
Devastating wildfires raged through the area around the lodge last summer, but the lodge was saved thanks to the efforts of several fire crews who stayed throughout the night to soak the roof and surrounding ground, keeping the fire at bay! Their efforts kept the lodge safe so that future generations can continue to enjoy it. I’m grateful for their dedication – it preserved a piece of history and provided me the opportunity to create these images.
Due to the fires, many areas of the valley are still closed off and access is limited. This caused a few headaches with traffic getting to the lodge and parking. We also had to work around mobs of tourists who had come to see the historic site, but we made it work and had fun getting to know each other and chatting about photography while we shot. While it’s not a castle shoot exactly, I love how the images turned out. I hope you enjoy them too!