My second photo shoot in Bend (gosh, two weekends ago now!) was with my wonderful friend and colleague–and another inspiring outdoorswoman–Justine.
Justine is an avid snowboarder, split-boarder, and general mountain sports lover, and spent the last decade organizing and developing Europe’s biggest skiing and snowboarding events for numerous action sports marketing agencies. She grew up in both France and the US, and has some great experience in and perspectives on the international outdoor industry.
I first met Justine through Outdoor Women’s Alliance, a nonprofit organization for which we both volunteer. I’ve come to know her as an incredible big picture thinker, strategist, leader, mentor, and life coach. In fact, it’s actually because of Justine that I was able to kick myself into gear to finally start freelancing after years of dreaming and talking about it.
I’m still kind of amazed. After just one Kick Start coaching session with Justine back in October, I broke through a bunch of barriers that had been keeping me from pursuing freelance photography. I had always been hesitant to try a coach, both because of the cost and because I wasn’t sure what I really needed, but Justine made it so easy and natural. Within an hour, I was able to move past all sorts of things that had been holding me back, and developed an action plan that helped me get my business going within just a few weeks.
I will likely do a separate post more on this process, because for now I’d like to focus on the gorgeous photos we were able to get during our shoot.
Justine needed some pro shots for her coaching website, Just a Wild Thought (seriously, check it out–she is an amazing coach), so while I was in town, we spent some time romping around in the woods with her dog, Wanaka, and taking photos.
It was so much fun shooting with Justine, getting to capture her inner and outer beauty, strength, and silly-ness! 🙂 Thanks again for the opportunity, Justine!
Check out her website, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re interested in getting in touch with her for some coaching!