Location Scout: Whitewater Preserve
As a photographer, location scouting is one of the key essential for the photoshoot. Going to the location on the day and going to the location few weeks prior to the photoshoot saves you tons of time on the day of the photoshoot. I try to scout places I plan to photograph week prior and because I am a freelance photographer, I have time to do so ( another perk of being a freelance photographer). Also, I love to travel and find new places I never been to.
For my first Location Scout blog, I went to Whitewater Preserve near Joshua Tree National Park. I never heard of this place but my friend I am working with saw this place on Instagram. I saw the place and it looked interesting with a brown cliff, turquoise lake, and yellow flower bloom. I decide to take a look.
It is about 2hr-2:30min drive from Los Angeles. Think about going to Joshua Tree but closer. When you go out, you will go through a small path for 5- 8 min in. The parking lot is at the end of the road. So just keep on going.
Here are the views I saw as I was going in:
As for Daylight, It is an open field with two low mountain on the West and East. So shooting there through the day wouldn't be problem except hour before the sunset.
At the Hiking Trail
The road to the hiking trail is well made and clean. I went there after the rain and the place was green and had a decent amount of water going down the stream. There was no map provided but there were signs that lead to the trails. Most of the view is in the beginning and hike and toward the end, it is flat or going up to see the view. As a photographer, you want to find a place to shoot near and not too far to walk for the team and the model. Also, you want to be close to the car if you've forgotten something. However, as for location scouting you want to do more research than what you are actually going to shoot.
This is how Whitewater Preserve looks like and hope you found this resourceful.