Aspen is Dani’s hometown. No matter where her life takes her or how much she’s changed, Aspen stays the same. Don’t we all have a place like that? It could be your hometown, or your parent’s house, or a decade’s worth of Sunday brunches with your best friends. For me, it’s my kitchen, but more than that it’s making family recipes in my kitchen. Whether I’m making my great grandma’s shortbread (and calling my grandma to ask again how I should know when I’ve put enough flour in), sharing the story behind “Bernie’s wife’s banana bread” with my stepkids, or making my grandpa’s scalloped potatoes thinking of his memory; there is something magical about those well-worn recipe cards. Maybe it’s my sappy sentiment that made me love shooting Dani and Anthony’s engagement session in a place so rich with memories for them. Even so, I loved it.
Generosity. This is the one word that comes to mind when I think of our time with Dani and Anthony in Aspen for their engagement session. Their kindness, hospitality, and generosity made me feel that they were somehow transplanted into 2012 from a long-lost generation. A generation with the deep belief that an other’s happiness is more important than your own. The afternoon began, as we waited for the sun to drop from the center of the sky, with cheese and crackers and a bottle of the best Pinot I’ve tasted (Williams Selyem 2009 Pinot Noir). Dani and Anthony took us to a couple of spots they had scouted out for photos (Anthony was a professional photographer for years). We finished the shoot wandering around downtown Aspen before they insisted on treating us to Aspen’s best sushi at Matsuhisa Aspen. Generosity, yep that’s the word.