Peter Harko ( Gold Prospector) photos by: CAJ Photography

July 16, 2012  •  6 Comments

Earlier this month I had the privilege of photographing Peter Harko. Peter is an avid gold prospector. He has mined for gold all over the United States. So when he asked me to tag along and take some photos I couldn't say no. In addition to being a miner, Peter is also my wife's cousin. So for this photo shoot, my whole family was invited. Our day stated at 4:00am and by 5:30am we were on the road to Peter's house. From there he took us to a beautiful stream in Vermont where he has been mining for the past year or so. Peter was a very good teacher. He taught us all how to pan for gold. Some of us learned a lot quicker than others but I won't mention any names. Even though we only found one tiny piece of gold, a good time was had by all. I really enjoyed this shoot. It was so different than shooting a wedding. It was very laid back and relaxing. No one in site, just the sound of the birds and the babbling brook. Here are some of my favorite photos from my day with Peter.

 


Comments

Mom & Dad(non-registered)
Scott, NICE JOB!!! Brought back memories of our trip to Alaska and panning gold, however, we didn't have to work so hard. Pay dirt was provided in little burlap sacks (the size of an Ipod). Everyone looks so serious in looking for those shinny flecks of gold but having a lot of fun in the process. This is a very different photo shoot but very educational and surprising that gold can be found almost anywhere.
Peter looks the part of a "real Sourdough" (term used to describe an Experienced Prospector)!
Rebecca Hart(non-registered)
Just love them -- gorgeous pics!!
Prospector Pete(non-registered)
HOLY COW!!!! You took alot of photos and ALL of them came out excellent!!!! Can't wait to get the disk to print out a few of the photos for us and Beccas parents of Shelby. Had an awesome time with you guys and I'm glad everyone had an awesome time!!!!
Andrea(non-registered)
Scott AWESOME photos of Pete and the kids. Thanks for posting....
Linda(non-registered)
Hi Scott, fun shoot and it looks like everyone had a great time....you captured some great images.....hope the kids found gold!
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