Fort Casey Photo Shoot

Imagine a rare day of sunshine in the Pacific Northwest.  You take your kiddos to Fort Casey, on Whidbey Island, to fly kites in winds blowing off the Straight of Juan de Fuca.  Nothing seems out of the ordinary, except that yellow orb in the sky.  Suddenly, 16 women dressed in black, toting roller skates appear and proceed to hang off the ruins of the fort.  A couple of them are in heavy, goth-inspired make-up.  You wonder if you should be concerned, but this is the Pacific Northwest after all, and our excitement is always a bit subdued. 

If that was your experience a couple of weekends ago, don’t worry.  It was just the Whidbey Island Roller Girls on their first photo shoot.

I am trying to build my photography portfolio, so I appreciated the opportunity to work with these ladies.  They’d only expected a quick headshot, but since it was a nice day we decided to have some fun with it.  Here are a couple of my favorite shots.

06/27/11 Update – All photos can be viewed on my new website,

Defying gravity
Julia looks like a super hero!
She emerges from the wall…

6 thoughts on “Fort Casey Photo Shoot

    1. I had to cheat a little bit, Lisa, and look at how other photographers shot roller derby photos. There are quite a few teams around here, and it seems like they prefer pics taken at older, more abandoned looking places. I think it suits their image well.

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