I’m so excited to share this next location with you because unlike my previous favorite locations, this one is a secret. It’s so secret, I can’t even tell you where it is. I can’t tell you, because I like secrets and also because it’s private property and that’s just bad manners. Some friends of mine own a pistachio grove and they use the land for bonfires and parties and cub scout meets and such. It’s like the Room of Requirement. They have graciously agreed to let me shoot portrait sessions in their lot, provided it’s not filled with cub scouts or on fire.
This is the perfect location if you are looking for something “rustic”. There’s a large wood pile, a treehouse, random bales of hay in beautifully lit corners, and it’s all lined with pistachio trees. One word of warning, the lot is irrigated once a month and, therefore, filled with water. Timing is everything. Also, it’s pretty barren in the dead of winter so if you want full trees I suggest any other season.