Winter in the Castkill Mountains can be cold, windy and even uncomfortable. However, it can also be absolutely stunning.
I awakened Saturday morning to very mild temperatures. I knew the weather forecast had snow predicted for the afternoon, but I went about my schedule for the day not even giving it a second thought. In the afternoon, right as I pulled up the driveway for my shoot, the skies began to let some flurries loose. At the same time my phone vibrated as an emergency weather alert for “white out” conditions for the next hour came through to my phone. Not bad for mid-November in the Catskills!
Sure enough, the winds picked up over the next fifteen minutes. The cold air mass had certainly arrived, and temperatures dropped nearly ten degrees during the time of the session.
Of course, we could have rescheduled the session. That would have been an easy thing to do. Instead, we worked with what we were given. Slight adjustments made here and there to account for the wind and the cold were all that were needed. We even worked in a few minutes to throw our jackets back on and warm up before finishing things up. All for good reason!
The entire time I was shooting, I was thinking about Kenny Chesney being somewhere in the Caribbean singing “I Go Back.” The song is certainly a favorite, and it has truths that not only ring true about songs but also about photography. To me, photos and music go hand in hand. They both have the ability to take you back in time to a special place, and in many instances, to times and places that you haven’t been to in a while.
This session with Ryan and Diana will always remind me of what started out as a gorgeous day and that quickly turned cold and snowy. It will also remind me of a family farm that was a perfect location for an incredible photo session to celebrate the upcoming holidays.
It will also continue to serve as a reminder of why I love being a Hudson Valley Wedding Photographer!
Thank you Diana and Ryan for braving the cold and snow with me. I love the results and hope you do as well.