Running Against the Wind – Desert Editorial Shoot – Roy’s Cafe – Amboy, CA

April 11, 2019

The last time I was at Roy’s it was 2003 and I was on what is still the most epic adventure I’ve ever been on or likely will ever be on. There are a couple of you (you know who you are) who will understand the significance of this place.

Roy’s has changed a bit since then. It’s no longer abandoned completely. There’s a little convenience store that sells old fashioned soda in glass bottles and pricey gas for the traveler who forgot to fill up before crossing the desert.

Nowadays, you’ll find a tour bus stopped to take pictures or a social media influencer creating content for her feed here.
Ah….the days of Instagram have changed so many places.

In ’03 there wasn’t a soul to be seen here. It felt like a truly abandoned desert oasis. Maybe it was. Maybe it only felt that way because I was a young, small town girl trying to figure life out after a loss that shook me to my core.

There is one thing I know for sure. I had headed west in ’03 looking for answers….direction. I am certainly am not the first person to do this. What I know now is that the open road doesn’t give you the answers. It can’t. What it can do however, is facilitate the opportunity to look within yourself.

WITHIN is where the answers lie.

How fun to share this place with such a kindred spirit. Deanna – You will have many more grand adventures. This I know for sure.

Thank you for sharing this one with me.

+ Show / Hide Comments

Share to:




About Me • About Me • About Me •

About jolene

As a photographer, the significance of intent cannot be overstated. I create photographs of women for themselves first and foremost. While some clients may choose to share their pictures with their significant others, my primary objective is to craft imagery for YOU first and foremost. I want you to look at your images and FEEL something. I want your images make you feel powerful, confident and self aware. I want your images to remind you of where you are right now. What you’ve overcome and where you are heading.

feartured post

The Photoshoot Experience

I pride myself on making the boudoir photoshoot experience process EASY! I will hold your hand every step of the way.



Are you a classic queen or a nature goddess?  Find out which boudoir style is right up your alley.




I photographed my first boudoir photoshoot in 2007, and since then I have been in absolute awe of what boudoir shoots do for women and their self confidence. As a woman myself I completely understand the struggle.  It’s getting better out there, but we are still constantly bombarded with messages of not being good enough. […]

ready to

take the leap?

The first step on any amazing journey is always the hardest . I firmly believe that everything you desire lies beyond the realm of fear.  I can't wait to show you!