Joshua Rainey, a photographer from Oregon, was hired to shoot engagement photos for a local couple named Stevie Beard and Brady Hogevoll.
I shot the photo on a property owned by Brady's parents. They have over 150 acres along the Siletz River [in Oregon]. The whole family is very into elk hunting and even hosts Make-A-Wish elk hunts on occasion. Stevie and Brady came up with the idea and surprised me with it during engagement photos. We worked together to figure out how the image should look and set it up quickly before sunset. It was rather tough to get the shot though, since Brady could only be upside down for a few minutes. Brady tied his own knots and got himself hooked up to the tractor and then his dad lifted him up slowly.
The snap was posted on the Facebook page of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and it has since been shared almost 30,000 times.
The hunt is over, indeed. Kudos, Stevie and Brady.
But mainly Stevie.