I think it is quite fitting for us to publish Lauren and Santino’s snowy Vail engagement session during yet another Spring week full of snowstorms. I love a good snow and am quite content curled up on the couch with a blanket, my laptop, and my dogs. I alternate between working and gazing out the window at the beauty outside. The only real disappointment I have with our “wintery” spring is that I fear my tulips and daffodils won’t survive this storm. But they may surprise me!
Random fact: Vail is the second largest ski mountain in North America, second only to Whistler Blackcomb. I’ve always know Vail was vast and epic to ski, but never realized just how mammoth it is compared to other resorts. I’m always excited when I learn something new about the state I love. And, with the crazy snow we’ve gotten, Vail (among others) has extended its season for another week! Who can complain about that?
My complaint this week has to do with the weather too. We rescheduled Lauren and Santino’s engagement session twice last month due to Winter storms in the mountains. Further, I’m working towards my private pilot’s license, and wind/ice/snow are not good flying for the Cessna 172! Two cancelled flights this week alone.
However, I’m thrilled to share these images from our sun-drenched afternoon with Lauren and Santino. Lauren is stunning… and Santino is an Apple fan. In fact, he and I could spend hours chatting about Apple gear and fun small cameras (i.e. Leica, Fuji, etc). Their laid back nature and go-with-the-flow attitude made this shoot as simple as an afternoon walking around Vail with friends (and their fluffy dogs).
Is there anything more refreshing than a deep breath of morning mountain air? Summer or Winter, there is a crisp, fresh quality that is unmatched and unmistakable. I can’t think of a better ‘smell’. My favorite moment on a backpacking trip is unzipping the tent, stepping out into the dewy sunrise, and inhaling. It is a moment of pure contentment… followed by a mad dash of two dogs who are simultaneously trying to hurl their bodies out of the tent alongside me. Yes, of course our dogs come camping and backpacking with us.
Emily and Alan thoroughly enjoyed their morning engagement session in Vail. I think the invigorating mountain air had something to do with it!
Just another day in paradise. A sun-drenched Winter morning photographing an amazing couple in Vail Village, followed by an afternoon of snowboarding on a bluebird day. This work has its perks. I’m still amazing that we live and work in one of the most beautiful places on earth. As Gina said, Summer or Winter, Colorado is our home… and we absolutely love it.
We have gotten more inquiries for skiing/snowboarding engagement sessions this winter than we’ve ever gotten. It’s awesome! I, however, am pregnant. Knowing I’m not skilled enough on my snowboard to avoid major falls (even before I was sporting a real bump I couldn’t take the chance), I sit home while Jason “works”. Yes, “work” is in quotations because shooting and boarding are two of his favorite things and I can’t quite call it work (but maybe I’m just bitter about not being there with him) . Even not pregnant, I don’t think I’d trust myself yet with my camera… but I would enjoy the rest of the day hanging out with my husband on the slopes and photographing an awesome couple sans gear in town. So, while I am stoked we are booking clients who love strapping a board on their feet and kissing with goggles and helmets on, I just hope it continues next year so I can get in on the fun!
Perfect light + fantastic couple + snowboarding = perfect day! Need I say more?
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