They are a fact of life here on the South Dakota prairie, especially on warm fall days. Rattlesnakes can surprise you with their telltale sound…or surprise you even more when you see one that you didn’t hear.
That was the case as I photographed a mother and her seven year-old daughter on the Missouri River bluffs near Chamberlain for a South Dakota Tourism assignment. Mom was walking along, and then took one HUGE step over a juvenile rattlesnake lounging at the edge of a grassy area. No warning rattle. It was a dangerous situation, since the young ones are the most potent; they haven’t yet learned to shut off the venom spigot once they start biting you and instead inject more than an adult would.
We continued the shoot with no further issues…but we checked the grass wherever we walked from then on.
LaRayne and Sage Woster along the Missouri River north of Chamberlain.
I don’t often get to incorporate my kids into shoots, but it’s always fun when I do. Jack recently worked as my model for a South Dakota Tourism shoot at Palisades State Park, and it involved the outdoors and kayaking, two of his favorite things. I captured this moment after we had just loaded up the kayaks after finishing the shoot.
Ah, Vermont in the fall.
Recently I worked with longtime client Tractor Supply Company to get some farm imagery with an autumn theme, and we had a great time shooting in the Green Mountains for a couple of days. We hit the beginning of the foliage, so the trees had a long way to go yet, but that’s what you get when you plan a shoot several weeks in advance. I was able to add on a “personal day” before the shoot, and spent it shooting the colors and also frolfing on two awesome disc golf courses. Great trip!
Father and son and dog.
Our trusty producer Renee holding the Tri-Grip.
Art director Tracie gets a boost onto a round bale.