Kelsey and Robbie helped make so many of my photographer dreams come true as we captured their engagement photos along the Craggy Pinnacle trail last weekend.
These two were so fun to get to know, and made me feel more like a friend than just their photographer. I hear people tell me so often how they are nervous to get photos as a couple because at least one of them isn't that into photos. I got that warning as this shoot began, and damn I could laugh now at how silly that seems. These two did exactly as I would hope- they seemed to have erased the camera from the equation. Watching them love each other, watching them laugh; it all amounted to a fun evening of seeing exactly why they had reason to celebrate their next endeavor as husband and wife. Sometimes celebrating means telling people to dance like they will on their big day while another wedding is being officiated down the hill from us. Sometimes celebrating means telling someone to give me a look like they are cheesin' for a granola bar advertisement like I had told Robbie. Sometimes celebrating happens when you least expect it.
I genuinely believe that the people we encounter in life are all in it for a reason. These two exemplified kind, happy love to me, and reminded me of some important things that I have been overlooking in the midst of being busy busy busy. Sometimes, busy is bad.
After an evening full of shooting, I told them to take a break from the working photoshoot mindset to appreciate the sunset and where they were together. Watching as they sat on an overlook that felt like it was pulled from a magazine, conversing about things I couldn't hear, I found myself reminded to take a break, too. Sometimes I get so absorbed in catching details through my camera and not missing the best light that I forget to soak in the awesome environment that I'm standing in. This shoot let it resonate with me how awesome it is that my job includes hiking to beautiful views and watching the sunset. I've discovered more about the mountains I've grown up in within the last four years of shooting than I had in all of my years before that. I don't want to find myself so absorbed in capturing a moment that I forget to be within it, too. I genuinely believe I need to constantly reflect on that in order to be true to myself, to my photography, and to my future.
I hope that looking at these photos makes you as happy as they make me. Kelsey and Robbie gave more to me than I gave to them, and I am beyond grateful for that.
I'm wishing these two the very happiest future full of tons of adventures, and I most definitely hope their marriage is full of dozens more incredible sunsets spent together.
Thanks, you two.