One of the things that I love the most about my job is that it is always such an organic process. As with the unpredictable nature of Colorado weather, especially during the summer & especially in the mountains; so too is my job as the wedding photographer totally unpredictable on most occasions. Usually I am equipped with a general knowledge of whatever venue I’m headed to, as I have been to most of the best ones in the state by now. But other than that and a “loose” idea of a timeline and all the players, my job absolutely requires that I am able to go with the flow and make the best decisions possible in the moment they are required to be made. I think that it is this unknown factor that inevitably exists in the context of a wedding day that is the thing that has many photographers not able to enjoy their role. And admittedly, 10 years ago when I first started photographing weddings, I had similar waves of anxiety around what couldn’t be “known” every time I approached a wedding day. But here’s the thing I have realized as the years have gone by, both in my work as a photographer and in my own personal life in general: In MOST circumstances we have very little control. The desire to control what is uncontrollable is one of the main things that causes people stress and anxiety. Accepting our lack of control and welcoming any outcome, devoid of expectations, is truly key to a more balanced sense of satisfaction. Try it sometime and see for yourself!
Like many summer-time mountain weddings I have photographed, the rain clouds in the distance on July 29, 2012 threatened the the planned outdoor ceremony for Lisa and Patrick at Devil’s Thumb Ranch. But before they rolled in, I was able to take my gorgeous bride and handsome groom outside for their first look. The dramatic background and soft light worked out wonderfully! But pretty much immediately following that short window of heavenly light, I was making plan B and C decisions regarding the when and the where of the photos pretty much for the rest of the day. The ceremony was moved inside and was absolutely beautiful! Who knew plan B was just as perfect as plan A might have been? Lisa and Patrick’s amazing attitudes had a lot to do with it. They were both so happy to be getting married that the rainy weather was neither here nor there. They both had giant smiles on their faces all day long! All said and done, it was a gorgeous wedding day and I had a wonderful team to work with. Rami, from Pickme Events was the fabulous coordinator/florist! Love her! Sarah from Sarah Box Photography was my top-notch second shooter who I always feel lucky to have! Elite DJ’s provided the rocking tunes for a grand dance party. And of course, last but not least, the staff at Devils Thumb Ranch were as accommodating and friendly as could be. A giant thanks to all the people who created this magical wedding day and also to my wonderful couple, Lisa and Patrick! May life bring you both all the joy & happiness you deserve now and always. Thank you for choosing me to document such a wonderful celebration!