When Jackie and Mike first reached out to set up their engagement session, they were having some trouble narrowing down a location. She wanted something mountainy without the hour plus drive in traffic. They ended up choosing Lookout Mountain in Golden, as Jackie wanted a beautiful, woodsy feel to act as a contrast between their more formal outfits. We had booked the date over a month in advance, not knowing what the day would bring. I think you probably know where this is going.
It's only fitting that this subject is brought up on Memorial Day; a day to remember those who have given their lives in the pursuit of our freedom and right to live as we choose. Loss has moments of prevalence in my life, in some ways forcing me slow down. We've become old pals. It's always been there, right by my side side, popping up usually at the most inappropriate times.
Loss is the reason — the absolute, divine force — behind the art that I create. Don't get me wrong... I photograph the best times: the celebrations, the love, the new beginnings... but I also photograph because of loss. The act of capturing these personalities, families, lives, smiles... these ever-passing moments. It's therapeutic and has helped me recover during my own personal losses. It's the way that I choose to cope and to overcome immense grief.
There's not a whole lot to be said about Holly and Ryan. They're a very quiet, reserved couple at first meet, though you can tell they care very deeply for one another. Once they warm up to you, their love really shines. They're kind, goofy, romantic humans with huge hearts. As their officiant and groomsman said, "Holly and Ryan are like Ash and Pikachu; there cannot be one without the other."
Larissa and Chris are one of those couples you're convinced don't actually exist. Not only are they two of the kindest, sweetest and most caring souls, but they are adventurous, humorous, and not terrible to look at.
2017 was such an incredible year.
520 cups of coffee
3500+ miles traveled
countless editing hours
zero social life
and far too many amazing memories to quantify
I learned and gained so much through opening up my creative heart to some really amazing families.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for making 2017 so incredible.