When I planned my recent trip to Colorado, I was thankful that I had lived out there a few years back. After having been in New York for the last 9 years, I knew that 11,000 feet is really no joke! Planning for my clients, I headed out a week early in order to acclimate before the wedding day.
What a wise decision it was, and one that I am sure the bride and groom will appreciate when they see their wedding images, since I was fresh and fully charged on their wedding day. On a side note, the band also flew in from the Hudson Valley in NY, and I cannot imagine having less than 24 hours to acclimate needing your lungs to work at that altitude while singing. They certainly sounded great, but I imagine they were hurting.
Since I had a bit of time on my hands, I was also able to use the trip to see some old friends and go to some of my favorite spots like Mount Evans and Breckenridge. I was amazed by the damage from the Pine Beetles, as I have not been out there since all of that invasive devastation has left many of my old photo locations in disrepair, to say the least.
My dear friends, and pat wedding clients, spent a few days with me, and I was able to photograph their family the day after the wedding that brought me out there. I love their family photos, but I was also lucky enough to be able to take the two of them out for a portrait shoot on my last day in town. This was special to me, as it isn’t often that I get to photograph close friends in their environment when they live out of state. I was also glad to be able to share my current artistic vision with them as things are just a bit different now as compared to how I was shooting back in 2002, to say the least.
Here is one of my favorites from that shoot, because it not only shows them, but it also shows the Colorado that I still love. It captures their relationship as those closest to them know it to be. Sure, it looks all lovey-dovey and dreamy, but that is really them.
Thank you both for taking me in with open arms, and for remaining best of friends 12 years after your wedding. Here’s to many more opportunities for our families to spend time and make memories together.