Sometimes, it's nice to just do a shoot that doesn't involve a deadline, or expectant clients, or even the presumption of success. Shoots like these help me relax, and recenter my own creative styling. 

So, I set out to Lake Berryessa with two awesome volunteers: assistant Ananaya and model Lauren. A short hike later, and we were on the rocky shores of the reservoir. Platform boats passed by, toting an american flag and eyeing our model clad in just a blanket. 

A moment later, and privacy was restored.

Lauren dropped her blanket. She stepped out into the murky waters of Berryessa, and nailed the pose right out of the gate.