Amarillo, Texas | Travel Photographers

Traveling to Amarillo

Back in September of 2017, we traveled to Amarillo Texas to shoot for visittheusa.com.  We covered St. Louis, as well as Amarillo for them.  While we can’t share the images licensed by our client, we can share some of what’s left.

It was a challenging shoot in several ways, the first being that I (Ian) came down with a nasty cold a day before we were to travel.  Our plan was take some personal time off in Colorado, before heading to Texas.  Not wanting to travel by air with a fever, that plan was quickly scrapped.  We came to conclusion it would be best to rent a car and drive to Amarillo.  This would give me some time to rest and recover, while not coughing all over my Southwest seat mates. Thankfully it’s a pretty easy 12 hour drive to Amarillo from St. Louis.

 

Palo Duro Canyon State Park

The main attraction in the Amarillo area is Palo Duro Canyon State Park.  Funny enough, we actually detoured to visit this park on our own in November of 2016, on our way back from California.  It’s known as the Grand Canyon of Texas.  The park is about a 40 minute drive south from Amarillo.

Another interesting challenge for the assignment, was the lack of any budget for models.  We’d be on our own to find people willing to sign model releases to appear in our photos.  Filling in as talent, Kelly and I ended up posing for each other quite a bit.

We entered the park at sunrise to get an early start hiking the 6 mile Lighthouse trail.  There’s not much shade. Even in September, the temperature quickly gets past 90 degrees.

Palo Duro Riding Stables

Jesse and Kristin, of Palo Duro Riding Stables kindly let us take photos at their location just outside of the Palo Duro Canyon Park.

Big Texan Steak Ranch

No trip to Amarillo would be complete without visiting the Big Texan Steak Ranch.  A legend from old Route 66.

Cadillac Ranch

Kelly flew back to St. Louis early, while I finished shooting.  After dropping off Kelly at the airport, I headed west to the Cadillac Ranch.  My timing ended up being quite lucky, as an incredible rainbow appeared not long after the passing of a torrential downpour.

 

I hope you enjoyed a quick look at our adventure to Amarillo, Texas.

AntiGravity Fitness | St. Louis Photographers

AntiGravity Photoshoot | St. Louis Commercial Photography

We had the opportunity to work with Kate Rouzer of AntiGravity STL Aerial Yoga & Suspension Fitness, inside of Upper Limits in Chesterfield, Missouri.  Kate, is also an amazingly talented ballerina at the Saint Louis Ballet.  We had a great time shooting Kate, along with her student Tori.  Creating clean images inside a busy rock climbing location wasn’t easy.  In order to hide the locations busy environment, we cut out all of the ambient light.  We then used 2 Profoto B1 heads along with 2 Nikon SB-900 flashes to create our own light.  The gridded Profoto 1×4 soft-boxes really help to control the light, all the while keeping it soft.  See more of our images and book your next workout at antigravitystl.com

NatureSweet Campaign | St Louis Photographers

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THE SWEET SPOT | ST LOUIS PHOTOGRAPHERS

Roaming Hunger, an agency specializing in the use food trucks, connected with us to photograph their promotional campaign for the NatureSweet brand.  The campaign took place in the parking lots of several grocery stores across St. Louis Missouri.  The client wanted a St Louis photographer to shoot bright and colorful lifestyle images to showcase the branded food truck, pop up bistro, and amazing food.

This was a challenging shoot given the rather unusual location (a grocery store parking lot in St. Louis), time of day (no golden hour for us!), and the very hot July weather.  Another challenge, is the task of getting signed model releases for any recognizable subjects in the photos.  One might get a great shot of a person, but without a signed release, the image is useless to the client.  As photographers, we don’t always get to our models, location, or time of day to photograph.  Having a set of skills to overcome these challenges is what it’s all about!

We think the results turned out great!  Read and see more from the shoot on the Roaming Hunger agency website: roaminghunger.com/agency/the-sweet-spot

Photographers, be sure to checkout the equipment used below.

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Equipment Used

  • Nikon D810
  • 24-70mm 2.8G
  • 24mm 1.4G
  • 35mm 1.4G
  • 70-200mm 2.8
  • 16-35mm f4
  • Profoto B1 with Magnum – We avoided using strobes for just about all of the images, due to the distraction they cause in this type of setting.  However, we did put a b1 strobe to use lighting the interior of the shipping container.
  • 7ft Westcott Diffusion Umbrella – This was an especially helpful tool on this shoot.  The umbrella diffuses the harsh overhead sun, allowing us to take gorgeous photographs of the food and tomato products.  Finally a good heavy stand, along with sand bags, are critical to using this without a photographers assistant.  See behind the scenes image below.

If you would like to see more behind the scenes images, head on over to our Instagram account: @prattkreidich