“Making people's day. If someone comes in and they are mad or just down, I do my best to make sure they leave feeling better. It gives me the best feeling." This week we’re with Barista and Freelance Photographer Clifton Peaches @__Cliffy__ in Redding, California. As far a photographers go, I think it’s okay say that we often strive to make a connection with our subjects, and then somehow achieve illustrating that in end results. Clifton does that. A lot. He takes full advantage of Redding’s beautiful and epic surroundings in creating uniquely individual portraits. The man is talented. “My family moved up here around four years ago, I wasn’t planning on being here for so long but something about the city got a hold of me. Since I’ve been active in the community, with projects and things so I’d say that my community is my main connection.
I’m an introvert/extrovert who loves to love on people and make their day. I enjoy the mountains and I think that the best weather is overcast/rainy days. It’s kinda the only weather I really like to go out and shoot in. I’m also a musician, through playing drums I’ve gotten to travel all over the nation and the world. I have a big family being the second oldest of 13 and almost every single one us is a creative."
Hey everyone! @__cliffy__ here. super stoked to host this weeks @withthelocals I'll be showing you guys some of my favorite spots to adventure and shoot in, starting out with whiskey town. Whiskey town is a local favorite. Every summer tons of families head to whiskey town to enjoy the sun, the view, and each other. With mountains, water falls, and wildlife, all surrounding you. It can make for a grand time of adventure. Whiskey town is a man made lake that was constructed by the Army Corp engineers in the 40's. Cool fact, the reason it's called "whiskey town" is because there is an actual town at the bottom of the lake. Now of course they got everyone out before flooding it, if not that would have been rude. If you're ever in Redding it's a must that you visit whiskey town.
Next stop is @lassennps (Lassen national park). This is easily my favorite place to go. Being one of the few areas in the world that contains all four types of volcanos, LNP is the dwelling place of the largest Plug Dome Volcano in the world. The view overlooking the valley is incredible especially during golden hour 😍Lassen national park has just about everything a explorer/tourist needs. It is my absolute favorite adventuring spot.
If you're looking for a perfect place to watch the sunset/sunrise then look no further. Millville is THE (in my professional opinion) best I've found to watch the sunset/sunrise. Located right off the 44 east. I've returned here more than 20 times for photo shoots, and to prices life. Millville is a favorite for sure.
Shasta dam, my newest favorite place to go. Outside of doing shoots here I really just enjoy processing life here. All sorts of views, including a killer view of Shasta mountain. Also the deer here just walk up to you if you have chips.
Ok. Standing four stories tall, we have the coolest/sketchiest bridge I've been on in Redding! I love it though! I believe it's where they filmed part of "Stand By Me" ...don't quote me on that though... However, it would explain why Everyone calls it, "Stand By Me Bridge." During Golden Hour, the light shines over the bridge perfectly. It's super beautiful. If you're in Redding and wanna see a cool bridge, this is it!
Castle crags. Castle crags is an intense place. The hike alone will leave you sore physically for the next week. If you're the work out type and you are wanting to push yourself physically..go here. The hike is around four hours to the top (it's 6000 feet to the tallest crag!) and it is steep as all get out! However it is worth it in the end. Once again the view is amazing. It will be an experience you for sure won't forget. One of the main things I love about this place is the trees! They are tall and in the fall lushes green. If you're here when it's foggy it's the creepiest thing ever tbh..but it can make for some great photos. On a scale of 1-10 it's a solid 8!