“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot
Jason flew solo for Brittany and Brian’s engagement session on a perfect Colorado afternoon. Our first meeting with this sweet couple was such a good time that I knew they would be a blast to shoot. Needless to say, I was a bit jealous that Jason got to shoot them (without me). You see… Jason and I are a touch competitive. We are also married. The past few years we have learned… scratch that. In truth, Jason (like any good man) has learned what we can compete on without causing a fight or tears from his (at times) overly sensitive wife. One area I relish the competition, and don’t get my feelings all hurt, is with the images we create. We keep an internal tally on who has the most “best shots” between the two of us. Before the shoot, I was definitely in the lead! The light was gorgeous, his Leica was performing perfectly in the bright sun, and Brittney and Brian were completely adorable. Jason officially crushed my lead with this one and, while I am happy for our couple, I am not congratulating my husband on his win.
I’ll take a win when I can…
So, brides-to-be, your fiance may have told you he refuses to do engagement pictures. He may have said he doesn’t understand why you’ll need them (since you’re getting pictures on the wedding day), he hates having his picture taken, he always looks stupid, he might spontaneously combust if forced to dress up and smile for a camera… the list of excuses is endless. Trust me, my photographer husband tried many of these excuses when we had engagement pictures taken!! Enter Lisa and Adam. Their fly fishing blog post is a surefire way to show your man that engagement photography isn’t merely standing and looking awkward and… could be the key to get him on board with the whole process!
Major points to highlight for him are as follows:
• Looking awesomely manly with all of his gear
• Comfortable clothing, including a ball cap
• Oh… and did I mention beer?
Good luck ladies!
This shoot was incredibly difficult for me. The drive to a secluded outdoor location was a breeze. The hike through the forest to this prime fishing hole took a little effort, but no complaints. Balancing on rocks, trying not to drop our gear (especially the Leica) into a flowing river, wasn’t really a big concern. Nope. The hard part was leaving my fly fishing gear at home while visiting one of Colorado’s fantastic Gold Medal Trout Fishing locations (only 168 miles of Colorado’s 9000 miles of trout streams, and three lakes, carry the “Gold Medal” signature). If you feel bad for me, don’t worry… two weeks after this shoot, Gina encouraged me to take a two day trip to fly fish some Gold Medal water for myself. The trip was totally worth the drive, the time, sleeping in my car, and the incredible fish I pulled from the water (and quickly released).
P.S. (Jason) Here are a couple of pictures from my Instagram feed during my trip