Fitness Photoshoot at Nelson
Ghost Town Las Vegas Nevada
Even thought I’m a Denver Colorado based photographer I do leave the state once in awhile. You have a good chance of catching me at one of the NPC national shows throughout the year. My trip to Las Vegas for USA’s NPC Competition is an example. Because I knew I was headed to Vegas, I’ve always loved looking at photos from Nelson Ghost town and really wanted to do a shoot there. My pinterest inspiration for Nelson Ghost Town can be found >>>HERE<<< .
I scheduled with NPC Figure Competitor Kasey (IG: @kaseylifts) to come out and do a fitness photoshoot there. It is about 1 hour away from the Las Vegas Strip. Really easy drive. I arrived at Las Vegas at 7am so the earliest we were able to get there was 9:30am. Being there early in the morning or later in the afternoon is ideal because it is HOT!!! Like 100 degrees by 10am! The sun is intense and casts really harsh shadows so either bring a flash or light or reflector to try and get even lighting or go with it and figure out shady places to shoot. We went with it and mostly shot in shaded places not only for better lighting but to stay cool.
The people at the ghost town are very accommodating. There is a main house with real bathrooms and space for the models to change. You need to call ahead and tell them when you are coming and how many people you are shooting. There is a $20 fee for the first 2 hours and $10 per hour after that. Realistically you will only last for however long you and your model can tolerate the heat. But it’s so worth it!! There are some really cool spots to shoot. There are old cars and trucks, some awesome barns full of antiques, a crashed plane and tons of nostalgic memorabilia. Don’t forget the cactus forest and even the road with views of the hills are pretty cool. I’ve included some of our images here but we only shot at a fraction of what was available.
If you ever get out to Las Vegas Nevada, it is worth checking out Nelson Ghost Town. Take caution though, the cactus there are really prickly so don’t touch them because you’ll need to go to the hospital to have then taken out (they hook into your skin). There are also rattle snakes. LOL! If you are into something unique and adventurous consider Nelson Ghost town in Nevada.