These stunning photos of a 15-year-old elk hunter changed the photographer’s perception from a negative to a positive.
After shooting weddings for decades, California photographer Hillary Maybery decided to focus on fashion and commercial lifestyle photography.
While searching on Facebook for teen models to shoot, she came across a picture of a 15-year-old elk hunter named Harlee. In the photo, Harlee stands alongside her father Brian over a 12-point elk she had dropped with a clean shot from 350 yards away.
Maybery contacted the family and arranged to join them on one of their morning elk hunts in Idaho. What followed were these fantastic photos and a fresh perspective of what it means to be a hunter.
Maybery masterfully captured the young huntress and her father in their element. I get the sense that Harlee is in wonder of the sights around her and the experience as it’s happening. The trip left an impression on Maybery too.
Maybery told Wonderful Machine that she learned a lot about hunting over the course of the morning.
“I thought hunters were barbaric, blood thirsty, gun lovers […] Hunting has nothing to do with violence or aggression. It’s a little like farming or gardening […] What I learned with Harlee’s family is that they want to know where their food comes from, have clean lean meat, they eat the whole animal, and share the meat with friends and family.
Now if we can just get the rest of the world to change their minds…
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