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Count Down to Baby Town: Sarah and Brian Maternity Photos, Denver

Sarah and Brian and I met in 2009 when they first came to see me about wedding photography.  They were planning a gorgeous wedding at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor’s Gulch in Beaver Creek on Sept. 5th, 2010 and I can remember feeling an instant connection with them both.  We became fast friends and over the last five years I’ve had the honor of photographing them at their engagement session, on their wedding day; as well as the privilege of lots of fun dinner dates since then to just hang out and catch up on our lives in general. It doesn’t happen to me “all the time,”  but truly, some of my favorite people in this great city are people who were originally my wedding clients.  Not only do I consider Sarah and Brian wonderful friends, but once again I am finding my path in the wedding world naturally leading me into the direction of family portraits, and I love it!  I have just recently been invited to document Sarah and Brian’s first child’s first year of life and I couldn’t be more thrilled for them or excited to share in this amazing time in their lives.

When I first became a wedding photographer I was pretty much convinced that I wanted to specialize in weddings and leave the portrait work to other “specialists.”  I didn’t connect with the idea of being a family or a portrait photographer.  It felt contrived, superficial somehow.  Weddings were where the “rawness” was for me.  The emotion, the drama, the love, the build-up, the pressure… the excitement.  And as I grew as a wedding photographer, something happened to me that I didn’t necessarily plan on or expect.  That is, I started falling in love with my clients.  Seeing them and documenting them during this time went deeper than just my lens & eyeball.  The images and the memories I captured got etched into my mind and then diffused into my heart and the entire essence of my being.  Albeit, though the lens (most of the time), I got to see what was pure and beautiful in my brides and grooms though the eyes and stolen glances of their loved ones and families.  And after the moment was gone and the day was over, I relived the feelings for countless hours upon hours after the wedding during my editing and finishing processes.  I don’t know how else to explain it, but these images have become a part of who I am.  Not only to other people, but to myself.  For me, it’s about the connection.  And it’s a connection that is bigger than a shared human experience.  It’s a connection in “love.”  A love that you can feel for someone when you can see who they really are and where they have come from.  And this has been going on for 10 years now.  It makes sense that my priorities as a photographer have expanded to include portraits of all kinds because it’s grown out of my connection to the people I have worked with and grown close to.  And while a wedding day still keeps my creativity piqued and my finger clicking, my portrait sessions give me time to slow down and capture equally important images.  We all know that after the wedding day, life goes on.  Families grow and dynamics change.  Joy expands.  When a connection is present, beauty is everywhere you look.  I love taking portraits for people because I just really love people.  That love transfers into my eyes and my hands the minute I pick up a camera and anymore it doesn’t even matter what the occasion is…a wedding, a new baby, a family reunion, or an engagement, the images are about sharing that love with the world, one couple, one family at a time.

Sarah and Brian, (and of course Lola!), my beautiful friends, Congratulations!!!  Thank you for sharing your lives with me.  Lots of love, now and always!

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