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First Impressions: Lincoln Lake

A behind the scenes recap from the Adventure Awaits Fall Collection shoot for Impressions Online Boutique

A sincere first impression is best demonstrated by nature. Think about the first time you stood at the base of a giant waterfall, or the first time watched the sunset over the ocean. Those experiences were probably very easy to recall. Going into this shoot I knew Lincoln Lake was going to nail its first impression. 

Katie on the east end of the point. 

Katie on the east end of the point. 

Sonya on the west end of the point.

Sonya on the west end of the point.

Lincoln Lake is a hidden gem located just thirty mins west of Fayetteville. The rural drive there is mostly filled with pastures and the occasional lonely intersection or S-curve. We parked on the west end of the lake, grabbed all of our equipment and outfits, and headed for the point. The rocky point is what sets Lincoln Lake apart from other bodies of water in this region. It is made up of two bluff lines that intersect to form what closely resembles the front of a large ship. 

Freelensed, candid snap of Michaela carefully stepping from rock to rock. 

Freelensed, candid snap of Michaela carefully stepping from rock to rock. 

Another freelensed, candid shot, this time of Katie getting ready for another look. 

Another freelensed, candid shot, this time of Katie getting ready for another look. 

Upon reaching the point, it was clear that the models were mesmerized by the beauty that Lake Lincoln offers. While the models were getting prepared we built a small fire in a portable fire pit that was to be used a prop for several of the shots. We had driven through a few rainclouds on the way over but the sky was wide open and the sun was low. It was the perfect time to begin shooting. Everyone was in high spirits.

The lines on the levy are perfect for framing subjects. 

The lines on the levy are perfect for framing subjects. 

Trent went prone in the tall grass to get this awesome shot of all the models standing on the trail. 

Trent went prone in the tall grass to get this awesome shot of all the models standing on the trail. 

After exploring the point and shooting several different looks for each model, we packed up our things and headed back to the cars. The next stop was the levy on the north end of the lake. The path atop the levy is beautiful. It's a long, straight trail framed by tall grass and plants. The view from the levy is beautiful. You can see both channels of the lake and the point from this angle really puts things into perspective.  

Here is a shot of Sarah, that perfectly illustrates just how reflective and mirror-like Lincoln Lake was that day. 

Here is a shot of Sarah, that perfectly illustrates just how reflective and mirror-like Lincoln Lake was that day. 

The sun was getting lower and lower. We arrived at the levy at the perfect time. The sun was just above the tree line and the orange light it was casting was being diffused by a wall of very thin clouds. We started shooting immediately to take advantage of the perfect conditions. I witnessed a lot of smiles and laughter, all of which translated into the footage we were capturing. Lincoln Lake was doing a great job at entertaining its newcomers. We hiked down from the levy and back towards the cars, making one last stop in a field to shoot the last look in the final minutes of light. 

One more freelensed, candid of Sonya in the field.

One more freelensed, candid of Sonya in the field.

Abby posing just before the light faded for good. 

Abby posing just before the light faded for good. 

We gathered our things, hiked back to the cars, and said our goodbyes. We had a great time working with Impressions and the shoot couldn't have been any smoother. Big thanks to their team and models for being committed to this adventure. Oh ya, thanks Lincoln Lake...you killed it!

-Daniel

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