Tina at The Valley of Fire

While traveling out west last fall through Nevada and Utah I decided to look up a couple of models and ask them to do a photo shoot. I was lucky on short notice that Tina was available. My plan was to shoot at the Valley of Fire near Las Vegas. I have been there several times in the past but this beautiful  red rock canyon offers so many different views. Around every corner there seems to be a more spectacular view and it almost becomes overwhelming.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Valley of Fire State Park is the oldest state park in Nevada, USA and was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968. It covers an area of almost 42,000 acres (17,000 ha) and was dedicated in 1935. It derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park’s attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays.

Interestingly as we turned on the road leading to this wonderful Nevada State park there was a row of trucks all lined up in a large open area.  Having been to the park several times in the past I had never seen them. This time it was a Sunday so I assume that is why they were parked there this day. As you will see the rigs made for an interesting start to our photo shoot.

The Trucks

Naked Sunning









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Naked tail light
Tail Light


Nude with lightning
Lighting Strikes

Although I like both images I just like playing by adding some lightning in the background. Which one do you prefer?




Naked Sunning

The Viaduct

A few days before my intended photo shoot my wife and I traveled through the Valley of Fire looking for areas that I wanted to shoot. As I mentioned before I had been there several times but memories of exact locations seem to fade with time. I noticed a large viaduct and checked it out and put it on my shoot site list. It added a nice contrast to the majestic red rock scenery.






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There was something about the repetitive vertical lines, the strong contrast and the use of a wide angle lens that helped to make these images stand out.


The Serpent

I call this area the Serpent because someone painted an eye on one of the rock formations. I thought it was interesting graffiti so I included it in a few images.










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Natural Arch




The Cabins

The Cabins are a set of historic stone cabins built with the native sandstone of the park by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s in order to provide shelter for travelers in the area. A very neat set of buildings they were recently restored  . These structures are the only standing historic structures within the park.

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Funny story about this shot. I was doing the sequence image in the cabins above and had not yet finished when a car drove up and a couple got out. Tina quickly put on clothes.

It was getting dark and I was quickly loosing light so I went up to the couple and asked if they would mind if I finished my sequence with a nude model. They were fine with that. When I finished I asked if I could take their pic with their camera, they loved it and asked if I wanted to take some images with the model and their new Corvette.  They were a charming young couple from England just visiting Las Vegas for a few days.


An interesting day it was, indeed. So now I am photographing a few  nude images of Tina with the Vet and up rolls two vans full of …. photographers! Yes photographers on a photo safari. It was almost dark and they all had tripods so I am pretty sure they were planning on a night shoot at the stars.


Another short note about this shot. It is flaming steel wool on a chain swinging around Tina’s body. You have to be careful not to burn the model (so far it has never happened) but you must also be careful not to start a major fire. I purposely chose this rocky location for it’s lack of vegetation. With that being said there were a few dried up bushes in the crevices and they immediately caught on fire. Like I said I checked out the area first so I was positive that the fire could not spread. It is a good idea to take a fire extinguisher along just in case. BE CAREFUL!


Nude and Sparking
Naked Sparks


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