I’ve been working on my environmental portraits lately and had the idea to shoot an arborist.
The work they do is fascinating. I wanted it to be more than the standard photo of someone in a tree from the ground. I’ve never seen a good photo of an arborist, by good I mean good composition, studio lights and all shot from their point of view, in the tree.
There are good reasons for this of course, getting up a tree safely with a camera is one thing but to make a photo like this something special is about the planning process.
Scouting locations to find the right tree, the right time of day then getting the lights in the tree and having the time to get set up and actually shoot. The last part is what I saw as the key factor.
In researching photos taken of arborists most of what I saw was photos of them working and when they are working they are busy, busy means they don’t have two hours to sit in one spot and have their photo taken.
This process takes a fair bit of planning and this particular set of photos took about two weeks to get our schedules to line up.
Six thirty Sunday morning was when our schedules did line up and I met Loz in a car park in Armadale before sunrise to set up.
It has been a while since I’ve done any sort of climbing and getting up the tree was harder than I was expecting but once I was up Loz practically ran up after me to the other branch, the rest is in the photos.