This is an image I dreamed of long before I set foot in Kansas. I asked my friend and fellow photographer Mike Mezeul
if he could snap a few shots of me in a white dress -- with a tornado in the background. It may have been a pretty ambitious request, but we were both determined to make it happen. I was able to put my own camera down long enough to change my clothes and stand in a field for a few minutes, completely transfixed on the force of nature in front of me. I’ll never forget the intensity and beauty of this moment, and I’m so grateful Mike was able to capture an image of it that will last forever.
Author’s note: I never would have attempted to get this close to severe weather had I not been in the company of professionals -- and you shouldn’t either. My friend Mike has over 15 years of experience shooting storms, and we were also joined by a meteorologist from the National Weather Service. Hours were spent analyzing data and discussing safety, and if there was a situation that felt questionable, we always played things on the conservative side. Nature is an awesome thing, but we have to remember to respect her -- and look out for one another. Photo by Mike Mezeul