Location, location, location… those can be the deciding factor for a great photograph. Sure an abandoned alleyway with graffiti is a cool location for portraits, however, if you have a location like the Bonneville Salt Flats, that is hard to beat.
The question is: When is the best time for portraits on the Bonneville Salt Flats? I recommend late July to October. The reason being, they are the most dry during this time. During the rest of the year the salt flats are either covered in water or they are wet with pockets of standing water that may not be visible to the naked eye. There have been times where cars get trapped in the Salt Flats.
I love photographing on the salt flats. It is other worldly. Find the right spot and you have white salt that goes on for miles in any direction. There are some mountains to the west. You can photograph there at almost anytime. I typically will bring my big studio lights for power.
It’s a chance to get creative. Some people will bring props such as chairs, tables, picnics, or a BMW. Sometimes the weather cooperates, other times you get a storm. I love it most when there is almost a storm. You have great storm clouds over the white salt. The downside, it may actually rain and that is when we throw the camera gear and lighting into the car.
The salt flats are about 90 miles west of Salt Lake City. They are just west of the Utah/Nevada border. So after a photo shoot you are always able to swing by Wendover for some gambling or enjoy a show.
I will be traveling out to the salt flats at least once this season. And of course if anyone needs a photo shoot and wants to try the Salt Flats, let me know!
And during the rest of the year, it is still possible to photograph out on the salt flats. Some amazing photography can be created in the water. The water has a very unique, flat and mirror like quality. But personally, I like everyone to stay dry!