Stock Shoot BSS6 – St. John, USVI

St. John

Not the shoot from hell, but the shoot in hell. Wow, it was so hot and humid, and the best part… we had no AC for 12 days… good times! My shooting partners iStockphoto members Dan Bachman, Jacom Stephens and myself have really pushed it this year on creating great shoots. Opportunity arose to go to  St. Johns in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This could be great, we could fly some models down and bring our wives and make it a working vacation in paradise.

We found 2 new models and with 2 of our regulars, we all converged on the island. Well, we show up to the beginning of a tropical depression, 95% humidity, 98°f and cloudy. Not my idea of paradise! We truck across the island to the 2 houses that we were staying in just to find out that there was no AC, most islanders don’t use/have AC. I freaked out. I hate sweating and now I’m never gonna stop, ok I’ll stop complaining, we all made the most of it and didn’t kill each other ;).

The first 5 days the weather was just too cloudy and rainy to do anything. Not wanting to sit around in the heat for the whole time, we came up with a plan, called a local realtor and we ended up being able to shoot in a 6 million dollar house over looking a bay, wow, too cool, but still no AC :(!

Finally, the clouds moved out and we made it out to the beach. It was a little tricky trying to keep the sand and saltwater out of the gear. We all got some really great tropical shots! I’m just ready to shoot in the Arctic now.

Here is our iStockphoto lightbox containing a lot of our photos from our get togethers.


Dieter Spears is a Nashville Photographer, He shoots Stock images for iStockphoto.com and Getty Images. He is an iStockphoto Inspector.

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