A Zero Emission Portrait Session!
We were planning to push off towards the coast today taking Smith River Road, but we decided to stay an extra day so I could do a family portrait session with our hosts Shane and Missy. Coincidentally, they did a circumnavigation of the US by bike a few years ago! Shane is also the program manager for Safe Routes to School here in Eugene – so needless to say that there is a lot of bikeyness going on.
I spent the day doing a “day in the life” style family portrait with them and it was loads of fun. I realized how much I missed plying my trade – photography. Yes, I get to shoot fun travel style photos while on the road but I really enjoy portrait work, so it was a comforting thing to bring out the DSLR and shoot for a few hours. I’m making a conscious decision to shoot with it more on this trip.
So here are some snaps. Shane has a great Long John style cargo bike that he bought from CAT in Eugene that he has had for 12 years. He recently added a box to it to carry Isadora around town.
I played the slideshow of the shoot after dinner and we watched it on the laptop and ate ice cream with strawberries from their garden.
So tomorrow we REALLY push off and hit the coast. Sometimes these things happen and that’s the great joy of an open-ended tour. Thanks Shane, Missy and Isadora for being great hosts!
We’ll be hitting the Bay Area in a few weeks, so if you want to book a photoshoot (portrait or food!) don’t be shy in contacting us!
peteathome September 16, 2009 at 8:32 am
I don’t know if it’s just the magic of your photography, but that’s one cute baby.
BTW – been enjoying following your trek.
Best of luck.
david p. September 16, 2009 at 9:21 am
wow – i met shane at the national safe routes to school conference in portland! i attended a session where he was the panelist. small world. great pictures russ. i’m really enjoying you and laura’s adventures.
Kathryn Hall September 16, 2009 at 9:52 am
I do know who Shane is. I met him years ago when he was working at Starbucks – a very lovely person. Looked up Smith River Road on Google. Wondering if you could post your route to the coast. Doesn’t have to be a map – just noting the series of roads you took out of Eugene to get there, where you camped, and how long it took, how many miles.
Godspeed on your journey. May you know yourselves not as individuals with a will that directs your life, but as a focus of universal life expressing itself through you, as love having no other purpose than to give.
Cyclin' Missy September 16, 2009 at 10:02 am
What a bright-eyed baby! You captured the family in their element so beautifully.
Julian September 16, 2009 at 3:37 pm
Yay Shane & Missy! I’m a long-distance, haven’t met ’em yet fan (I do a Kidical Mass ride up in Seattle inspired by theirs). Love those baby-on-a-bike shots.
Dylan Atkinson September 16, 2009 at 3:55 pm
When you make it down to the Bay Area I would love to share I ride with you! If you need a place to rest, a home cooked meal, or any help navigating around the Bay – feel free to contact me.
All the best, and safe travels!
sara September 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm
Great snaps. Must say that I am partial to the baby-in-a-bucket-in-a-box-bike ones. Lovely gift for this family.
sara September 16, 2009 at 7:56 pm
When in the Bay area, I hope you hook up with Adrienne of Change Your Life, Ride a Bike http://changeyourliferideabike.blogspot.com/2009/09/happy-birthday-adrienne.html since those would be some fun photos to see.
Tim Olsen September 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm
Sweet shots Russ. I can tell you were having fun. How tough was the panning shot on the bikes… or were you riding along-side? I’ve been doing a mess of panning shots in low light, and at night, focusing on moving bikes. Can be challenging to get a good composition, but it’s so fun working it.
Jack September 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm
Beautiful pictures. That seem like a great place to carry a little one; up front where you can keep an eye on them. Thanks for sharing, Jack
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Great photos Russ. It looks like you are having some excellent weather as well. Keep up the good work!