I am available for hire, both as a model AND as a tour guide!
I have been modeling in the desert around Vegas for years, and have amassed¬†a collection¬†of amazing locations. I have scouted these locations both for their beauty, and their remoteness — no one is likely to surprise us while shooting at any of these places.¬† But even if you’re not interested in photographing me, I can take you on a fun trip around the desert just to see the sights. And if you have another model you want to bring along, that’s great too!
To simplify things and to minimize driving time, I have grouped my favorites into¬†three possible itineraries:
TOUR¬†A — this tour stops at¬†5-7 locations and covers the most diverse territory,¬†with many abandoned buildings. 4×4 is strongly recommended/required for this one!
Colorful graffiti and tons of natural, filtered light. You can drive right up to the site; no hiking required.
photo (2) by Odyssey International
Very rustic wooden building and assorted junk, with beautiful rust patterns and wood textures. No hiking required to access the site, but there is open desert with cactus, Joshua trees and some small sand dunes out back, which require some hiking to access.
photos by: Pacific NW Photography (1,3), Astroid Photography (6) and Oyo (4,5)
En route to the third location we pass a long, straight stretch of desert highway, and can stop here if desired.
photos by Mark Koller and Bold Daniel
*Optional stop 2: railroad tracks
En route to the third location we also pass a set of RR tracks…one of which is still in use. The other is an abandoned spur with a few old rail cars on it. This is right on the road, so easy to stop at, if desired.
photo (1) by Mark Koller
*Optional stop 3: Mojave Memorial Cross/Joshua tree forest
Also en route to the third location we will pass this granite boulder outcropping with a cross on top, surrounded by a Joshua Tree forest. This is right off the road, so easy to stop at if desired.
photos (1) and (3) by Dead Clown Studios,¬†(2) by Crae
Beautiful valley full of Joshua trees, cactus and several abandoned cabins in various states of disrepair…plus an assortment of old junk cars/buses. 4×4 required to access this site!
photos by Shutterbug Studio (5,6)
4. Dry lake bed
Classic flat, parched dry lake bed. No shade, so this location is best left for sunset. Bumpy dirt access road, high-clearance vehicle advised.
photos by Kevin (1), Tunnel Vision (2) and Rising Phoenix (3)
Tour B —¬† mostly nature sites,¬†plus one major abandoned industrial site. This tour only hits 3-5 locations, allowing for more time at each one.
- Red rocks
The topography here is identical to that in Valley of Fire, and similar to Red Rock Canyon, but this location is more remote and thus far less crowded. This is a good place to shoot midday, as there are lots of shaded areas and slot canyons filled with soft, reflected light. The parking lot is paved, but it’s advisable¬†to hike about 10 minutes on a very easy, flat trail to the farthest reaches of the area, in order to ensure privacy.
photo credits: Shutterbug Studio (2) and EDF Photography (3)
En route to 2nd location, we will pass this warm spring pool, with small waterfall. This is right off the road, so easy to stop at if desired.
2. ¬†Abandoned industrial site
AMAZING ruins on a massive scale — gears, pipes, old buildings, rusted machinery and tons of interesting junk. It looks like the set of Mad Max; totally post-apocalyptic and bizarre. There are a few shaded areas to shoot here, even at midday. You can drive right up to the site and park; no hiking required.
photos by Shutterbug Studio (1-4) and Marshall Bradford (5-6)
*Optional stop: en route to the 3rd¬†location¬†we will traverse a lonely road (same as tour A)
*Optional stop #2: en route to the 3rd location we will also pass railroad tracks (same as tour A) and a giant graffiti beer can. Both are right on the route, so no detour required.
photo by Shutterbug Studio
3. Dry lake bed (same as¬†tour A)
TOUR C – a little bit of both
- Red rocks (same as Tour B).
- Abandoned warehouse (same as Tour A).
- Abandoned silver mine (same as Tour A)
*Optional stop: lonely road (same as Tour A and B)
4. Dry Lake Bed (same as Tour A and B)
Incoming search terms:
- naked at red rock canyon