It’s no secret that Justine and I love photographing swimwear – you know how there are shoe people? Well I’ve always been a swimwear person…fun fact, back in the day my mom used to pay me in bikinis for modelling for her shop!

Gooseberry Swim - Life, Set Sail
This Gooseberry suit is probably the sexiest one-piece I have ever worn, (find it here), but the best part about these photos is what isn’t captured…aka the fifty (no exaggeration) tourists hiking around us in full gear. I felt absolutely naked. I literally stood there by myself with dozens of hikers (and their dogs) making their way past me until all was clear and then Justine would maybe have 5 seconds to take one shot haha. This is where I really got to practice my poker face (because my insides were turning at all of the stares). But, if you’re a blogger I’m sure you know, you have to get over the fact that people will stare and point (and laugh) at you occasionally and the only saving grace is that you will NEVER see these people again!

Gooseberry Swim - Life, Set Sail
Gooseberry Swim - Life, Set Sail

To add to the difficulty of these shoot, we had to climb over a huge log jam to get to this area – it was probably a solid twenty minutes of climbing over slippery logs (and people have DIED doing it…like, why doesn’t someone just move those damn logs?). Poor Justine fell (with her camera gear) a good seven feet between some logs, landing straight on rock and fracturing her tailbone. Guys, this was some serious shit. I should probably just rename this post as the shoot that almost killed Justine.

Gooseberry Swim - Life, Set Sail
We’ve definitely done some weird and questionable stuff for photos in the past, but I think this one takes the cake for most difficult! What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for photos?

xx -b.

swimsuit: gooseberry // necklace: hart + stone // location: oneonta gorge
photos by justine milton


  • Justine Celina
    November 5, 2017 at 9:20 AM

    Oh my goodness, that’s totally crazy! Hope Justine healed up quickly. it really is quite ridiculous what we’ll do for photos — I’ve done lots of crazy things, for both the blog and for client work (last summer on a client shoot I stepped into a rusty saw, cut my ankle / calf badly and had to get a tetanus shot!). You’re totally right though, I’m over the stares and judgement when I’m the model, LOL! These images are beautiful as always! You wear swimwear so well. 🙂

    • Brittany Savage
      November 6, 2017 at 1:22 PM

      Oh my GOD! That sounds so horrible/painful haha, yikes! My other favourite one was swimming through a pool full of bugs in Palm Springs…and those photos didn’t even turn out for us! I think it took Justine a good month to heal from that fall, I felt so bad for her – I guess bright side is that none of her gear was damaged. What can ya do!?


Leave a Reply