Running Against the Wind - Desert Editorial Shoot - Roy's Cafe - Amboy, CA

The last time I was at Roy's it was 2003 and I was on what is still the most epic adventure I've ever been on or likely will ever be on. There are a couple of you (you know who you are) who will understand the significance of this place.

Roy's has changed a bit since then. It's no longer abandoned completely. There's a little convenience store that sells old fashioned soda in glass bottles and pricey gas for the traveler who forgot to fill up before crossing the desert.

Nowadays, you'll find a tour bus stopped to take pictures or a social media influencer creating content for her feed here. 
Ah....the days of Instagram have changed so many places.

In '03 there wasn't a soul to be seen here. It felt like a truly abandoned desert oasis. Maybe it was. Maybe it only felt that way because I was a young, small town girl trying to figure life out after a loss that shook me to my core.

There is one thing I know for sure. I had headed west in '03 looking for answers....direction. I am certainly am not the first person to do this. What I know now is that the open road doesn't give you the answers. It can't. What it can do however, is facilitate the opportunity to look within yourself.

WITHIN is where the answers lie.

How fun to share this place with such a kindred spirit. Deanna - You will have many more grand adventures. This I know for sure.

Thank you for sharing this one with me.

Pre SPARK shooting - Palm Springs

I arrived a little early for Last year’s SPARK workshop and met up with my favorite muse DeeDee and some new and old photographer friends in Palm Springs.

I provided the model. DeeDee, Emil of Slice of Lime Photography and Stephanie of Philter Photography provided the wardrobe.

We had no plan. We just through it all together last minute and went out to play.

I have found that creating for myself has been my greatest opportunity for growth in this business. Creating imagery purely for the joy of it is so fulfilling.

So for any photographers out there that may read this…what have you created lately that’s been just for you?