I've always wanted to do a shoot in the hot springs and I finally made it happen when me and Megan decided to go to Mystic Hot Springs in Utah back in January of this year. I first came across this hot spring on Instagram through @rusticbones (one of my inspo btw) and I knew that we just had to go to this beautiful hot spring.
Getting to the hot springs from southern Utah was quite the journey (more on that in a separate blog post). But once we saw the hot springs we were amazed by the beauty. The contrast between the orange/red rocks and the snow was something that I had never seen before.
After we got changed we had to walk on snow in our bare feet to get to the hot springs. We were freezing at that point and we were looking forward to dipping our toes in the hot spring. But there was just one problem, the hot springs was 100 degrees Fahrenheit! It literally took us about 10 minutes to slowly get into the water and adjust our bodies to the hot temperature. After we got in, we started taking portraits and enjoyed the scenery.
One of my goals as a photographer is having certain moments in mind when capturing a photo. I call them my "photo goals". I've always been wanting to capture a moment in a hot spring with snow falling from the sky and I finally got to check that off my list. It was such an unreal experience that I'll never forget.
This was also my first time doing a bikini shoot (and a little bit of implied). When it comes to bikini and implied shoots, there's a great deal of trust that is involved between the photographer and model. Shout out to Megan for trusting me with these poses and also being such an amazing person to work with.
There was an area going up from the main hot spring where there was 3 bath tubs each with hot water in them (not as hot as the main hot spring which was nice!) We were treated to an amazing view overlooking the whole city of Monroe and the surrounding mountains.
If you're ever visiting Utah I would highly recommend checking out Mystic Hot Springs I haven't been to a lot of hot springs, but this is one of the best ones that I've been to so far. They also have tent and cabin accommodations as well so you can easily spend a whole day in the hot spring. Make sure to follow me and Megan on Instagram! Thanks for reading!