It has been almost 7 years since we started our senior model program, more affectionally referred to as the 'Ike and Tash Street Team." When we first started our rep program it was to create a link to the high schools and to high school seniors so that we could grow our business and become a strong competitor in the senior market here in the South Sound. What we didn't expect were the relationships that would develop, the fun we would have and the ministry that this little idea would become.
Every year, before summer ends, we try to do a really awesome amazing stylized shoot for marketing purposes. As the years have progressed those shoots have turned into experiences; and now they are road trips. Some are just a few hours, some are 1 day, but this year, we up'd the ante and took our girls on a weekend trip!
It has been my dream to shoot at the Great Salt Lake or White Sands National Monument, but as you can imagine - getting 20+ people to those places can be challenging. I went on a google search looking for salt flats in the Pacific Northwest and happened upon the Alvord Desert.
Alvord Desert is in the southeastern corner of Oregon, below the Steens Mountains . It 84 square miles of a dried up lake and its ABSOLUTELY stunning.
I presented the idea to the girls and their parents, noting we would be driving 10.5 hours to the middle of no where - they got excited with me, and three weeks later we packed up two vans to head to the desert.
Each of these beautiful girls have woven themselves into our hearts. They are all so bright, generous and kind and every opportunity we get to spend with them is so treasured. I can't believe this is our life and how we get to spend our days. We are so blessed and so thankful!
To check out our adventure in video format you can catch Part 1 of our trip here
and Part 2 of our trip here
These videos put into words - what I won't in this blog post and show just how fun, raw and real our adventures together are.
To narrow down 700+ pictures to create a blog post is so tough, but here's a little sneak peek of what took place that day.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post, the fun boho looks we created.
Hair for this shoot provided by: Bronte Stevenson
Makeup provided by: Isabel Boyd
Styling: Tawny Smith of The Chic Chameleon