Athletic/lifestyle shoot for Merrell in Oregon

I can finally share images from my first shoot for Merrell in Oregon earlier this year.

We spent four days shooting active lifestyle around Mt. Bachelor, Smith Rocks, Portland and the Columbia River Gorge area in March for Merrell’s fall and winter photo needs. There was a contingent of us. Each day there were 4 models present, my production assistant Whitney from Side of the Road Sessions, a marketing director from Merrell, 2 other independent creatives in charge of organizing models and apparel on set, a 3-man video production crew creating a piece from our shoot and an occasional extra local guide or Merrell employee assistant.

I had been a little nervous about creating natural, documentary-style imagery with a crew on “set” of this size–and working with actual professional models (something that was new for me). I felt it might look too staged. But we were able to make the whole shoot into a fun, light event with good humor. I was grateful for the willingness of the models to stay focused when they needed to, and listen to my direction. And extremely grateful for my assistant’s hand in keeping us on schedule–as we were shooting some thousands of images per day during multiple activity scenarios in various locations.

Here is a slew of my personal favorite images from a long four days with little sleep  :) This doesn’t necessarily reflect all of the imagery Merrell chose to purchase from the shoot–just my favorites that I feel best represent my personal style.

I’m looking forward to sharing images from our spring shoot in Costa Rica once Merrell has begun to market those as well as for future shoots coming down the pipes. Stay tuned! …


One thought on “Athletic/lifestyle shoot for Merrell in Oregon”

  1. Nathaniel…These are absolutely amazing! Great work!
    Alyce Pearce Crocker
    (Merrell Copywriter / Amateur Photo Crew Photographer ;-)

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